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Monday 28 February 2011

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Davies revealed his anguish at telling his team-mates before the tour to Australia. Andy Flower, the team director, and captain Andrew Strauss contacted the players on his behalf and their reaction was overwhelmingly supportive.

Bell said in Bangalore today: “We knew before the Ashes series. That didn’t change anything for us. He is a very popular guy in our team. We are all behind him. As a guy, he is a fantastic cricketer and that is what we see him as.

“He is a massive important person in our team going forward. He is a very talented cricketer, like I said. As a mate as well, like I said, we’re all with him, and the more cricket he can play for England the better.”

Davies hopes his decision will make it easier in future for other homosexual sportsmen to follow in his footsteps. When asked if sexuality is taboo in sport, Bell said “Definitely not.”

He added: “I think, like I said, for us as a group, I can’t speak for other teams and other sports but for us as a group, it didn’t affect anything for Steve or any of the other lads. It helped him by speaking to the guys and, we just got on with it. He’s a fantastic cricketer and we are all with him. He is a good mate of mine and that doesn’t change absolutely anything.”

Davies confided in Flower at a training camp before the Ashes tour and it was decided he had to tell his team-mates.

“I don’t think it had any effect on any of the guys,” said Bell. “We all supported him through the tour which could have been very difficult. I think he has got a massive future in English cricket and that’s the most important thing for us. He is going to be around for a long time and we support him through and through.”

Davies, 24, had been earmarked as England’s wicketkeeper and opening batsman at the World Cup but lost his place in the early stages of the one-day series in Australia.

Adding his voice to the messages of support for Davies, Vikram Solanki, chairman of the Professional Cricketers Association, said: “Steve has the full support of all his colleagues in cricket.”



Steven Davies was born on June 17th, 1986 according to

June 17th, 1986

June 17th

6 + 17 +2+0+1+0 = 26 = his personal year (from June 17th, 2010 to June 16th, 2011) = In the news.


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Graeme Swann and Ajmal Shahzad

17:11 GMT, Sunday, 27 February 2011

England tied an extraordinary World Cup game against India in Bangalore thanks to Andrew Strauss’ brilliant 158.

The co-hosts set an intimidating 339-run victory target after a superb 120 from Sachin Tendulkar.

Strauss and Ian Bell (69) put England in command with a 170-run third-wicket stand before Zaheer Khan dismissed both batsmen in successive balls.

The tail set up a grandstand finish but England fell one run short of victory after needing 14 from the final over.

England wanted 29 from the last 12 balls, having earlier faced a much easier equation of 67 from the last 60, and then two off the final ball but Graeme Swann could only manage a single from Munaf Patel’s delivery.

The late drama finished off the most enthralling match of the 2011 tournament so far, a game which both teams will feel they should have won.

The much-anticipated, sell-out Group B encounter featured two superbly crafted centuries and a maiden five-wicket limited-overs haul by Tim Bresnan, fast becoming England’s most reliable one-day bowler.

The tourists’ riposte had been constructed around an inspirational individual innings from Strauss, who made the joint-second highest individual score by an England player in a limited-overs international.

The England captain, dropped on 22 by Harbhajan Singh, was in imperious form, smashing 13 boundaries and a six in a ruthless 145-ball innings, silencing the fiercely partisan crowd inside the capacity M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

But Zaheer struck just when England were about to accelerate their run rate after taking the batting powerplay in the 43rd over.

Bell was the first to fall for 69 when he top-edged an off-side scythe to Virat Kohli at extra cover and the very next ball – a brilliant inswinging yorker – trapped Strauss leg before wicket.

Tim Bresnan celebrates a wicket

Tim Bresnan (l) took his first limited-overs five-wicket haul

The double strike deflated England’s innings, but late lower-order hitting from Bresnan and Swann, who each struck timely sixes, left England requiring 14 from the final over of the match.

Ajmal Shahzad shifted the odds in England’s favour when he struck a six straight back over bowler Munaf Patel’s head with the third delivery of the over.

A leg-bye, followed by a two from Swann left the same batsman needing two runs from the final delivery of the match – but his off drive could not beat Yusuf Pathan at mid-off, leaving the ninth-wicket pair to run through for the single which tied the match.

The gritty performance against the pre-tournament favourites contrasted vividly with England’s uninspired six-wicket victory over the Netherlands on Tuesday.

England had only won one of their previous 13 encounters against Sunday’s opponents in India – and another defeat looked on the cards when Mahendra Dhoni opted to bat on what appeared to be good wicket, despite the persistent heavy showers which had engulfed Bangalore and the lush green outfield in the previous 48 hours.

England made two changes, dropping Ravi Bopara for Michael Yardy while Shahzad was summoned in place of the ill Stuart Broad, and India swapped seamer Sreesanth for leg-spinner Piyush Chawla.

The capricious Sehwag (35) gave India a typically ballistic start before an audacious late cut from Bresnan’s first over was too close to wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who took an excellent diving one-handed catch to his right in the eighth over at 46-1.

New-man Gautam Gambhir, an astute player of spin, maintained Sehwag’s tempo while Tendulkar had been relatively restrained with 24 from 43 deliveries.

But a change of bat in the 17th over soon changed matters and ‘The Little Master’ thumped the first six of the match before bringing up his 94th half century with yet another imperious maximum off Paul Collingwood.

The onslaught was relentless – two successive leg-side sixes off the returning Swann, lofting the first over long-on before dispatching the second with a brutal slog-sweep high over deep midwicket and into the stands as the second-wicket partnership stretched to over 100.

Sachin Tendulkar hits out against Graeme Swann

Tendulkar smashed three sixes off Swann during his 115-ball knock

An unplayable Swann delivery from around the wicket accounted for Gambhir (51), pitching on middle before gripping and clipping the edge of the left-hander’s off stump.

But the dismissal caused minimal disruption to Tendulkar’s nerves, bringing up his 47th one-day century with a glance off his hip.

To put Tendulkar’s career achievements in perspective, the entire England XI have 22 one-day centuries between them – and he soon took his tally of sixes to five with a stand and deliver smear over long-on.

The 37-year-old’s fine knock came to an end in the 39th over but Yuvraj (58) and Dhoni (31) took India beyond the 300-run mark before the impressive Bresnan cleaned up the lower-middle order as the co-hosts were dismissed for 338.

Facing a required run-rate of 6.78, England openers Strauss and Kevin Pietersen took full advantage of some bizarre field placements by Dhoni, smashing nine boundaries in an exhilarating start.

Strauss, given an early lifeline by Harbhajan when he misjudged a tough chance at mid-on, was in particularly belligerent mood square of the wicket.

A huge slice of fortune accounted for Pietersen, whose ferocious drive straight at Patel’s head was parried in the air before the fast bowler completed a simple one-handed catch while sitting on the ground.

With his fast bowlers unable to exert any control, Dhoni turned to spinners Harbhajan and Piyush Chawla to apply the brakes as Strauss notched a run-a-ball 50.

Bell looked at ease alongside Strauss at the wicket, although the number four was fortunate to survive a close lbw call turned down by umpire Billy Bowden at 163-2.

India immediately referred the decision and the ball-tracking device available to the third umpire suggested the ball had made contact with Bell’s front pad in line with the stumps – but more than 2.5m down the wicket, which saved Bell’s wicket even though the ball was predicted to hit middle.

That let-off allowed Bell to play an excellent foil as Strauss scored a quite brilliant century from only 99 deliveries, his sixth one-day international three-figure score.

Bell launched a laconic sweep over deep midwicket for six to bring up his half century from just 45 deliveries as England dominated.

But the match turned in the 43rd over as Zaheer hit back. Collingwood, Prior and Yardy soon followed as England’s run chase looked to have faltered, but lusty sixes from the lower-order batsmen ensured England were in contention through the final over.

They just could not find that extra run which would have sealed a quite remarkable victory.



using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Andrew Strauss

154955 1291311         47

his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 47 = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent. 

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Wed, 29 Dec 07:46:30 2010

The contest between the two top teams in the world is heating up, and some of it is boiling over, with Paul Harris alleging that “it must have been something personal [said by Sreesanth] for Graeme Smith to react the way he did”.

The incident Harris talked about was when Smith was seen pointing his bat at Sreesanth, and sharing stern words.

It came three balls after Sreesanth had hit Smith on the finger with a sharp delivery, and there seemed to have been words exchanged then.

Harris, however, made the allegation in the good faith that Smith doesn’t react on the field unless a personal comment is made to him.

“For Grame to act the way he did – we all know Graeme really well – he doesn’t react to situations like that,” Harris said.

“If it was personal – and I have heard it was – I think we should cut that out of the game.

“I know Sreesanth has said a few personal things on the field, which is not great and we don’t condone that.

If he wants to do that, he can do that.

It must have been something personal for Graeme to react the way he did.” This was not the first time that words had been exchanged in this series.

It was not even the first time on this particular day, for that matter.

When Zaheer Khan came out to bat and swung and missed twice, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Smith were in his ear.

When Ishant Sharma got out, the umpires were not sure he had done so to a legitimate delivery, and Ishant waited next to the South African huddle for the third umpire to relay his verdict.

There were words spoken then too, and Ishant was seen turning back and responding to what looked like a verbal send-off.

VVS Laxman was quick to mention the earlier incidents when the Smith-Sreesanth run-in was brought up, but also sought to play things down.

“I am not sure what happened but saying that, it’s a series between two top teams,” he said.

“In a keen tussle like that, it is bound to happen.

It’s not only when Sreesanth said something to Smith, but even their bowlers came at us hard.

It’s bound to happen because both the teams want to win this game badly.

[These things happen] when the intensity at which the game is played is high.” Harris seemed to be in agreement with the intensity, but repeated the bit about getting personal.

“The game has been played in very good spirit,” he said.

“It’s No.

1 v No.


Every now and then it will boil over, it’s Test cricket.

That’s what people want to see.

Even we want to see it played hard on the field, but not getting personal.

That’s where we draw the line, it’s a fine line.”



Indian bowlers were right on track with speedster Zaheer Khan coming into action at the right time, getting Mark Boucher out. The South African tail was exposed to the Indian battery in the first session of play itself, putting them within touching distance of a historic win.

Prior to this, Harbhajan Singh had sent tremors down the South African dressing room as he claimed AB de Villiers before he could offer any resistance to the Indian charge. With half of the South African team back into the pavilion, India sniffed victory on the penultimate day of the Test while the home team desperately looked for a big partnership that would save the match.

This came after Sreesanth spit fire at the South African resistance to get the most dangerous man in their squad, Jacques Kallis (17), out cheaply with a brilliant delivery. The fall saw the morning session tilt slightly in India’s favour with four wickets in their bag.

Weather gods had the final say on Day 3 of the Durban Test as the South African scorecard read 111/3 at stumps due to bad light. Needing 192 more runs to win, the duo of AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis held fort and would have hoped to start the penultimate day of the Test without losing their wickets cheaply. However, the visitors had other plans, with the aim of levelling the series and retaining their supremacy in Tests.

Scorecard: India Vs South Africa»

In the last session of play on Tuesday, Sreesanth had come up with his second wicket of the innings to send the SA top-order packing. He claimed the crucial wicket of danger man Hashim Amla for a paltry 16 and with the third wicket’s fall, Indian camp had an understandable bounce in their step.

Earlier, Alviro Petersen could not continue for long in front of a disciplined Indian bowling battery and succumbed to Harbhajan Singh at a score of 26 runs. The fall of the second wicket opened the floodgates for Proteas top order and the Indians were offered a window of opportunity to seal the second Test.

Sreesanth drew first blood in the final innings, claiming South African captain Graeme Smith (37), bringing an end to a solid first wicket stand. The partnership gave the home team an upper hand in the early proceedings with two days of the match to spare.

The strike came just before tea time on Day 3, resulting in the South African scorecard reading 70/1 with Petersen giving company to Hashim Amla.

Yesterday, it was heartbreak for VVS Laxman as he was the last man to fall just at the brink of a well deserved century (96) as an outside edge flew into the hands of Mark Boucher, ending the Indian innings at 228 runs.



Sreesanth was born on February 6th, 1983 according to

February 6th, 1983

2 + 6 +1+9+8+3 = 29 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Self-confidence.  Self-assurance.  Coordination.  Adept.  Skills.  Talents.  Competence.  Expertise.  Specialty.  Combine.  Teamwork.  Cooperation. 


February 6th, 1983

February 6th

2 + 6 +2+0+1+0 = 11 = his personal year (from February 6th, 2010 to February 5th, 2011) = Be fair.

11 year + 12 (December) = 23 = his personal month (from December 6th, 2010 to January 5th, 2011) = Leadership.  Zest.  Action.  Exercise.  Physical fitness.  Athlete.  Sports.  Yelling.  Temper tantrums.

23 month + 29 (29th of the month on Wednesday December 29th, 2010) = 52 = his personal day = Sarcasm.  Harsh words.

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Ricky Ponting

November 23, 2010 12:00AM

JUST when you thought Australia’s preparations for the opening Ashes Test couldn’t get any worse … the first mystery ball of the summer almost knocked Ricky Ponting’s head off.

Australia’s Test skipper narrowly avoided being struck by friendly fire in a dramatic scare while he was facing Australia’s sophisticated new Pro-Batter machine at the Allan Border Field nets in Brisbane yesterday.

Trouble came calling when Ponting was facing the hi-tech machine, where real-life videos of bowlers are played and a ball shoots out from a hole where the bowler’s hand comes down.

A video likeness of young Victorian fast bowler James Pattinson was charging in towards Ponting when the video screen suddenly went blank before a short-pitched ball spat out and viciously bounced up at an unprepared Ponting.

The Australian captain rocked onto the back foot to deflect the ball away from his body, only three days out from the first Ashes Test.

“There was a little malfunction with the machine,” a startled Ponting said.

“The bowler was just about to load up and the ball came out of the hole. You can imagine that surprised me a little bit.”

Opener Shane Watson lasted just two balls before leaving the nets shaking his head in disgust yesterday.

“I’ll try anything once,” he murmured after being clean bowled and then edging a video delivery from Pattinson.

“I don’t think this is for me.”

While his teammates giggled Watson was stony-faced, with little chance of him fronting up against the Pro-Batter again this week.

“I don’t think he quite got his timing right on that, as you probably saw,” Ponting said.

Veteran batsman Mike Hussey fared better in an extended hit-out but clearly there are gremlins that need to be ironed out. The other problem with the $55,000 Pro-Batter – a similar system to what England have had for months – is that it does not yet have any footage of England’s Test bowlers.

Behind the hole in the video wall there is a sophisticated bowling machine which can be tuned to replicate the styles of the man delivering the ball on the screen. It can be programmed to mimic any bowler in the world, but it has to have actual footage of the bowlers and their styles to program into the computer.

So while England’s batsmen have prepared by facing the likes of Mitchell Johnson in the nets, Australia have had to make do with a limited selection of primarily Australian domestic bowlers.



Ricky Ponting was born on December 19th, 1974 according to

December 19th

12 + 19 +2+0+0+9 = 42 = his personal year (from December 19th, 2009 to December 18th, 2010) = Relationships.  Everybody loves Ricky.

42 year + 11 (November) = 53 = his personal month (from November 19th, 2010 to December 18th, 2010) = Straightforward.  Straight to the point.

53 month + 23 (23rd of the month on November 23rd, 2010) = 76 = his personal day = Efficiency.  Stand ’em up and knock ’em down.

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VVS Laxman's 16th Test century guides India to series levelling victory

Saturday, 7 August 2010 

An unbeaten 103 run knock by VVS Laxman guided India to a series levelling victory as they won the third and the final Test against Sri Lanka by 5 wickets here at P Sara Oval on Saturday.



India Won By 5 Wickets’ After slipping in the start of 2 nd innings Sachin Tendulkar,Vvs Laxman and Suresh Raina helped india to victory by their valuable contributions.The top order batsman didnt performed well and India losses 3 wkts in just 49 runs,After that Sachin scored 54 runs,Raina scored 41 runs and Laxman scored an unbeaten 103 runs and help India to Glory.

The win India has now levelled the series to was a fantastic performance by the Indian team and they showed that they deserve the crown of no.1 in test cricket.
After levelling the series,India will now eye on the upcoming tri-series featuring India,New Zealand and Sri lanka.india is considered to be in a good position to clinch the tri-series.



V. V. S. Laxman was born on November 1st, 1974 according to

November 1st

11 + 1 +2+0+0+9 = 23 = his personal year (from November 1st, 2009 to November 1st, 2010) = Athlete.  Sports.

23 year + 8 (August) = 31 = his personal month for August = Competition.  Challenges.  Tests.  Contests.  Contestant.  Competitor.  Contender.  Opponent.  Practice.  Training.  Stir.  Catalyst.  Reaction.  Striving to be number 1.  Personal best.  Outdoing yourself.  Rising to the challenge.  Stirring things up.  Stirring the pot. 

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Tue Jul 6, 2010 8:08pm IST
Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan, cricket’s leading international wicket taker, will retire from tests after this month’s first test against India, his manager said on Tuesday.”Murali took a decision to retire from test cricket during the West Indies series in November but with an unscheduled Indian series coming up he has fast-tracked his retirement from Test cricket,” Kushil Gunasekara said.

“The selectors want Murali to consider himself to be available for the 2011 World Cup which Sri Lanka is partly hosting with India and Bangladesh,” Gunasekara added.

The 38-year-old off-spinner is unlikely to play in the one-day Tri-Series against India and New Zealand next month but may play one-day internationals in the build-up to next year’s World Cup.

Sri Lanka are due to tour Australia in November where they will play three one-dayers and two Twenty20 Internationals and they have five one-dayers against West Indies in December.

Muralitharan has taken 792 wickets in 132 tests and 515 wickets in 337 one-day internationals since making his test debut against Australia in 1992.

A statement from Sri Lanka Cricket said an official press conference would be held “in due course” to announce Muralitharan’s retirement.

“Mr. Muralitharan has had discussions with the National Selectors, SLC officials and has had the blessings of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapakse and the Minister of Sports, Hon. C B Ratnayake,” said a statement on the Sri Lanka Cricket website (



Muttiah Muralitharan was born on April 17th, 1972 according to

April 17th, 1972

4 + 17 +1+9+7+2 = 40 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Helping out.  Pitching in.  Doing his part.


April 17th
4 + 17 +2+0+1+0 = 24 = his personal year (from April 17th, 2010 to April 16th, 2011) = Dominating.
24 year + 6 (June) = 30 = his personal month (from June 17th, 2010 to July 16th, 2010) = Cricket.
30 month + 6 (6th of the month on Tuesday July 6th, 2010) = Manager.

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Umar Akmal
Monday, 5 July 2010 20:28 UK

Umar Akmal’s stunning 64 from just 31 balls set up a 23-run win for Pakistan over Australia in the first of two Twenty20 internationals at Edgbaston.

Roared on by a partisan crowd blowing vuvuzelas, Pakistan posted a decent 167-8 thanks to Akmal’s three sixes and seven boundaries batting at number six.

It did not look quite enough, but some brilliant bowling from Umar Gul tilted the balance back in Pakistan’s favour.

Gul bowled two batsmen in his final over, with Australia all out for 144.

Pakistan started the game poorly to stand on 47-4 in the eighth over.

But Akmal, who arguably should be batting much higher in the order, got going with two lofted straight drives for six off leg-spinner Steve Smith.

After putting on 51 with Shoaib Malik, the 20-year-old Akmal continued to combine explosive hitting with some brilliant tactical awareness to ramp up the run-rate.

Shaun Tait continued the exceptional form he had displayed in the one-day internationals against England to take 2-25, once again proving the pick of Australia’s bowlers.


Although Shane Watson and Michael Clarke fell early in the Australian chase, some fine hitting from David Warner (41) and David Hussey (34) produced quick runs as aging seamer Shoaib Akhtar (0-34 in two overs) was cruelly exposed.

That appeared to give the Aussies the edge, but things began to turn Pakistan’s way when Hussey was caught on the off-side ring off the bowling of Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi.

Warner was bowled by Saeed Ajmal in the next over, and Cameron White, arguably Australia’s most dangerous batsman in this format, was brilliantly caught by Afridi at extra cover off the brilliant young paceman Mohammad Aamer, who took 3-27.

Mike Hussey briefly gave the Aussies a chance, but Gul found reverse swing in his final over to bowl him, and effectively seal the contest.

Ajmal (3-26) finished off the game with two wickets in his last over.

The result provided some revenge for Pakistan after having seen Monday’s opponents come back from nowhere to beat them in the World Twenty20 finals.

But the job is only half done, with the final match between these two to follow at the same ground on Tuesday.



Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name and the month of birth.

Umar Akmal was born on May 26th, 1990 according to

21 (U is the 21st letter of the alphabet) + 13 (m is the 13th letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 5 (May) = 40

So from ages zero to twenty-seven he has the number 40 going on. 

40 = Helping out.  Pitching in.  Doing his part.


May 26th

5 + 26 +2+0+1+0 = 34 = his personal year (from May 26th, 2010 to May 25th, 2011) = Things happen really quickly.  Skyrocketing.  Meteoric.

34 year + 6 (June) = 40 = his personal month (from June 26th, 2010 to July 25th, 2010) = Helping out.  Pitching in.  Doing his part.

When his number (40 (his ruler of ages zero to twenty-seven)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience.  So this is HIS month!!!


40 month + 5 (5th of the month on Monday July 5th, 2010) = 45 = his personal day = Intense.  Hardcore.  Deep impact.  Powerful force.

40 month + 6 (6th of the month on Tuesday July 6th, 2010) = 46 = his personal day = Historic.  History in the making.


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