SEHWAG HITS THE HEIGHTS

In India’s One Day International against the West Indies, at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, Virender Sehwag went on to score the highest every score in the format, with a blistering 219 off just 149.

It was an innings of sensational ball striking, as shown by the fact he scored 142 of his runs purely from boundaries. The only man to have scored a double century in the One Day International format before Sehwag was one Sachin Tendulkar, so he is in royal company.

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PIETERSEN FORGETS SPOT-FIXING

The Pakistan cricket team has been embroiled in a fair number of controversies over the years, but their latest one also happens to be their worst one yet.

Some of the most prominent players in their lineup have been accused of match-fixing and there seems to be conclusive evidence to the fact.

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TENDULKAR JUST WANTS A WIN

Although almost all cricket lovers are waiting eagerly for the moment, legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is not thinking about his 100th ton.

The Master Blaster, on the other hand, would rather enjoy his time playing the game than burden himself with the milestone or talk about the hype that this landmark has been gathering over the last few months.

Warne makes a losing return to cricket

Shane Warne’s return to cricket ended in defeat after his Melbourne Stars team crashed to a six-wicket defeat against Sydney Thunder.

The leg-spinner, who retired earlier this year, made a negligible contribution to his side’s efforts conceding 19 runs in two overs without taking a wicket, while his services with the bat were not required.

AUSTRALIA FIRM ON FIXING

Australian Cricket's Chief Executive could be forgiven for thinking that the battle had been won against the match-fixers when the Pakistan captain and his teammates were sentenced and charged with fixing certain elements of the game, but CEO James Sutherland has insisted that the battle has only just begun.

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BETTING ON SIXES

There was a time (not so long ago!) when the only bet you could place on cricket was on whether England would win, lose or draw. And you had to go into a shady bookmakers to place it!

Thankfully times have changed, and the internet has made it super-easy to place bets from the comfort of your own home.

Whilst you can still bet on the outcomes of matches (which gives you an extra reason to sit down and watch all 5 days of the test match!), there are now all sorts of other markets you can bet on - especially with the advent of live in-play betting.

IRISH GIVEN WORLD CUP BOOST

Ireland are close to securing their place in the 2015 world cup. The ICC Chief Executives' Committee has recommended that there should be a qualification process for the event in Australia and New Zealand.

A final decision will be taken by the ICC Executive Board in Hong Kong in the next two days.

There was an outcry in April when the ICC decided to restrict the 2015 competition to the 10 full members.

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SENIOR PLAYERS WILL PLAY

IPL organisers have said that the senior cricketers will be playing even after the IPL. Refuting media reports that cricketers are looking for rest after the IPL, the cricket board said on Monday that all senior players are available for the tour of the West Indies and England. The BCCI's chief administrative officer, Ratnakar Shetty, said the board had no knowledge of players opting out of the series citing heavy schedule.

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Flower Continues for England

England have been handed a boost ahead of their Test series’ against Sri Lanka and India this summer after the ECB announced that Andy Flower has renewed his contract and will remain in his role as team director.

“The ECB today announced that Andy Flower has renewed his contract and will continue in his current role as England team director,” read an ECB statement on Tuesday morning.

“Flower will remain on a permanent contract and is currently preparing for an international summer that sees England face Sri Lanka, India and Ireland.”

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AFRIDI BLAMES BATTING

Captain Shahid Afridi has said that Pakistan's batting is a cause for their poor World Cup.

Pakistan, bowled out for a paltry 184, were indebted to Afridi's one-man show, whose leg-breaks earned figures of 5-23 and helped his team avoid the kind of upset they suffered against Ireland in the Caribbean four years ago. I wish I'd had a free bet on it!

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