New Zealand dominate Day 1 against South Africa – Cricket News Roundup – March 7, 2012 – Part 1
New Zealand asserted dominancy on Day 1 of the first Test against South Africa after restricting the tourists at 191 for 7 on stumps at University Oval Dunedin.
Chris Martin struck three in the space of two overs to dismantle the middle-order before the Kiwi contingent made further inroads by taking out the tail.
Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith struck half-centuries, while Jacques Rudolph found form to remain unbeaten on 46.
India left out Virender Sehwag, while included Robin Uthappa in place of Sachin Tendulkar, for the one-off T20 against South Africa on March 30.
Zaheer Khan was also among the absentees, while Yusuf Pathan kept his place in a squad, which has a similar look to the one picked for the upcoming Asia Cup.
The match, which will be held in Johannesburg, will also witness the South African Cricket Board paying tribute to veteran all-rounder, Jacques Kallis, for his special services to the national team.
Mickey Arthur feels that the injury sustained by Michael Clarke will not affect his long term involvement with the national team, despite the skipper set to miss the first half of the upcoming tour of West Indies.
Clarke has been carrying a hamstring injury throughout the ongoing CB series before aggravating it badly during the second final against Sri Lanka, where he scored a sublime ton in a losing cause.
He has been ruled out of the deciding 3rd final tomorrow and upcoming limited-overs leg on tour of the Windies, which begins on March 16. However, Coach Arthur feels that the injury will not halt his career and is hopeful over the skipper’s swift return for the Test series against the Caribbean side.
Former Bangladesh skipper, Akram Khan, has resigned from his post as the chief selector following argument with the Cricket Board.
Akram cited board’s continued inference in selection matters as the main reason for his resignation.
"He (Kamal – chairman BCB) tried to interfere in our works many times in the past. We had to drop (Mohammad) Ashraful from the squad under his pressure," he said, referring to the middle-order batsman. "Given these circumstances, it's very difficult to enjoy the work, so I decided to resign," he said.