Ready! Set! Go! The BIGGEST match of the tournament is upon us. The excitement is unparalleled, the intensity is top-notch and the hopes are high. Tonight’s the big encounter between India and South Africa. Let’s emphasize on some key aspects of the game.
The amount of Australian players to receive central contracts for the 2014-2015 cricket season has been shortened from 20 players last year to 18 players this year. Batsmen on the edge of selection Shaun Marsh and Phil Hughes have both been awarded contracts. Chairman of selectors John Inverarity commented on the pair saying, “Shaun Marsh and Phil Hughes are on the list, and of course it’s all three formats so they had points from ODI cricket – both Phil and Shaun played during the last 12 months…”
Alex Doolan Australia’s current No.3 Test batsman and young Western Australia all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile have been considered unlucky to miss out on contracts. “They were the two who would be the closest. Just two months ago, Alex hadn’t played for Australia so his time is yet to come. He’s very much to the fore in our thinking, he batted at No.3 in the three Tests in South Africa and did well. We’ll be looking to him, he’s the incumbent number three so it’s up to him to perform well and if he does he’ll be upgraded. This year, 18 (players) was deemed to be the natural cut-off point, and those who are on the brink and just outside will have the opportunity – if they earn selection – of being upgraded. It’s up to them, those who are outside, to perform well, win selection and be upgraded,” Inverarity said. The full list of former contracted players include Ed Cowan, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Alex Doolan.
With power comes authority and with authority comes the added pressure. These are the words fitting for every person holding a respectable job and more so, when he’s being watched by millions of people and being judged for it- the person I’m referring to here is, Mr. N Srinivasan.
N Srinivasan is the head of BCCI-the body that runs cricket in India. If there’s one person that has seen the rise of Indian cricket, it’s this very man. The first 4 years of Srinivasan’s stint post taking over as BCCI chief can be labeled as near ‘perfect’. The problem raised in the last year’s IPL when the world of cricket was hit by the ‘match-fixing storm’. Chandila, Ankit Chavan and Sreesanth – 3 players who got banned from playing cricket EVER again because of evidence that indict them having fixed IPL matches.
We’ve been getting a lot of repeated questions via social media and on the forums about the release of Don Bradman Cricket 14, so I thought I’d try and field some of them in one place. These aren’t ‘official’ answers, but reflect the best of the information we have at the moment.
When will the game release?
The 3rd of April is the official release date and should be the exact date in the majority of countries getting the game, though in some countries Friday releases are more common, so it might be the 4th in a few places. As that date draws closer we expect details to become firmer in countries without specific details right now.
What’s happening with the release in the UK?
More retailers are putting details up in the UK, including an official Amazon listing – which has yet to have pricing and order information added to it – PS3 and 360 – as well as other stores like GAME and ShopTo. Most seem to be listing the date for the 11th of June, one week after the release elsewhere. We still don’t have absolute confirmation either way.
No confirmation at this stage regarding the Steelbook.
Peter Siddle has been an important bowler for the Australian cricket team for a long time. He made his Test debut against India in 2008, coming into the Australian team for the injured Stuart Clarke. In the 2009 Ashes series in the first Test match Siddle showed how much damage he could do by taking a hat-trick on what just happened to be his birthday. From then on he has always been a consistent bowler that bowls a nagging line and length outside the off stump, who is also capable of picking up important wickets.
In the last and series deciding Test match of Australia’s 2014 tour of South Africa Siddle was dropped from the Australian team for James Pattinson. Australian coach Darren Lehmann commented on the reason behind dropping Peter Siddle saying, “He’d like some more wickets obviously but it’s the pace drop. We need him bowling 140 and at the moment he’s averaging 131, 132. He knows that, we’ve spoken to him and I’m sure he will be back bigger and stronger.” Siddle is now recognised from his diet as a vegan after adopting a healthier lifestyle. Some people believe the fast bowler who could previously bowl up to 145 km/h has been affected by his new diet and that has contributed to his drop in pace.
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