ABU DHABI: 32-year-old leg-spinner Yasir Shah has shattered Clarrie Grimmett’s 82-year-old record by taking 200 Test wickets in his 33rd Test here today.
He achieved this milestone in the 4th day of the 3rd Test against New Zealand by dismissing Will Somerville.
It is pertinent to mention here that Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett took his 200th Test scalp while playing against South Africa in Johannesburg back in 1936.
Relevant: Chairman National Selection Committee Inzamam ul Haq said on Thursday that the rare feat of spinner Yasir Shah of becoming the fastest bowler to take 200 wickets has made the entire country proud.
“He has taken himself and Pakistan into cricket history books by achieving an unprecedented record which was set 82 years ago and he will be long remembered for accomplishing such a rare goal,” he told reporters at the LCCA ground after prize distribution ceremony of a local cricket tournament.
“We are considering to select Yasir in the one day team as well as he has performed outstandingly in the longest version of cricket,” he said.
Yasir shattered the record in the third and final Test match against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi. The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for four runs – his second wicket of New Zealand’s second innings – to reach the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s record of 36 Tests set against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1936.
Inzamam expressed his satisfaction with the performance of the Pak team in the Test series against New Zealand and said players are working hard to justify their inclusion in the team.
“Doctors had given rest to opener Fakhar Zaman and pace bowler Muhammad Abbas and both of them have now resumed cricket practice to get into full rhythm,” said the chief selector.
To a question he said it is a positive aspect that Pak team’s middle order is performing good as Usman Salahuddin, Abid Ali are doing good and they will be given further chance in future as well.
He said veteran batsman, Muhammad Hafeez has taken the decision to retire from test cricket without any pressure from any quarter.
He urged Pakistan cricket captain, Sarfraz Ahmad, to perform further better as he can the potential to lift the level of his game. “His performance of good but there is still a room to improve,” he asserted.
He rejected questioner that players are selected on the basis of provinces or a specific region. “ We select players based on their performance, setting aside Lahore or Karachi factor, and selections in the national teams are being made purely on merit keeping in view on the future of the country in cricket “, said Inzamam.
He said pacer Muhammad Amir is a quality batsman who is now performing to a good level after overcoming a bad patch.
To a question, he said, there is no restriction from Pakistan cricket board to include batsman Salman Butt in the team. “ Whenever need will arise we will consider him “, he added.
He called upon the club cricket organizer to strengthen club cricket by organizing regular club tournaments and matches to expose the young cricketers to competitive and quality cricket.
A relevant piece published earlier:
Cricket: Australia v India second Test scoreboard
PERTH: Scoreboard at the end of Australia’s second innings on the fourth day of the second Test against at Perth on Monday:
Australia 1st innings 326 (M. Harris 70, T. Head 58; Sharma 4-41)
India 1st innings 283 (V Kohli 123, A Rahane 51; Lyon 5-67)
Australia 2nd innings (overnight 132-4)
M. Harris b Bumrah 20
A. Finch c Pant b Shami 25
U. Khawaja c Pant b Shami 72
S. Marsh c Pant b Shami 5
P. Handscomb lbw Sharma 13
T. Head c Sharma b Shami 19
T. Paine c Kohli b Shami 37
P. Cummins b Bumrah 1
M. Starc b Bumrah 14
N. Lyon c Vihari b Shami 5
J. Hazlewood not out 17
Extras (b8, lb3, w4) 15
Total (all out, 93.2 overs) 243
Fall of wickets: 1-59 (Harris), 2-64 (Marsh), 3-85 (Handscomb), 4-120 (Head), 5-192 (Paine), 6-192 (Finch), 7-198 (Khawaja), 8-198 (Cummins), 9-207 (Lyon), 10-243 (Starc)
Bowling: Sharma 16-1-45-1, Bumrah 25.2-10-39-3, Shami 24-8-56-6 (2w), Yadav 14-0-61-0 (2w), Vihari 14-4-31-0
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), Chris Gaffaney (NZL)
TV umpire: Nigel Llong (ENG)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)
Cricket: India all out for 283, trail Australia by 43 runs
PERTH: Australia held a 43-run first innings lead after bowling India out for 283 on the third day of the 2nd test here today.
In reply to Australia’s 326, the Indians lost their last five wickets for 35 runs after captain Virat Kohli made his 25th Test century to provide the backbone of their reply.
Nathan Lyon was the best of the Australian bowlers, taking 5-67. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood both grabbed two wickets each.
Kohli became the second-fastest player to reach 25 Test centuries in terms of innings, behind only Don Bradman, in making 123.
He also joined Sachin Tendulkar as the only Indian batsmen to have scored six Test centuries in Australia. His innings came to a controversial end when he was caught at second slip by a diving Peter Handscomb from the bowling of Pat Cummins.
Kohli was given out by the on-field umpires but believed it had not carried. However, the decision stood after it was reviewed by third umpire Nigel Llong. His dismissal triggered a late collapse, despite some aggressive blows by Rishabh Pant, who made 36.
Cricket: N. Zealand vs S. Lanka 1st Test
WELLINGTON: Scoreboard at stumps on day two of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka here today:
J. Raval c Dickwella b Kumara 43
T. Latham not out 121
K. Williamson c Rajitha b de Silva 91
R. Taylor not out 50
Extras (lb4, nb1, w1) 6
Total (2 wickets; 84 overs) 311
Fall of wickets: 1-59 (Raval), 2-221 (Williamson)
Yet to bat: H. Nicholls, BJ Watling, C. de Grandhomme, T. Southee, N. Wagner, A. Patel
Bowling: Lakmal 18-2-60-0, Rajitha 21-5-78-0 (1w, 1nb), Mathews 4-3-1-0, Perera 13-0-59-0,
Kumara 20-1-79-1, de Silva 8-0-30-1
1st innings (275-9 overnight)
M. Gunathilaka lbw Southee 1
F. Karunaratne c Watling b Wagner 79
D. de Silva c Watling b Southee 1
K. Mendis c Patel b Southee 2
A. Mathews c Watling b Southee 83
D. Chandimal c Patel b Southee 6
N. Dickwella not out 80
D. Perera c Watling b de Grandhomme 16
S. Lakmal c Nicholls b Wagner 3
K. Rajitha c Watling b Boult 2
L. Kumara c de Grandhomme b Southee 0
Extras (lb7, nb2) 9
Total (all out, 90 overs) 282
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Gunathilaka), 2-7 (de Silva), 3-9 (Mendis), 4-142 (Karunaratne), 5-167
(Chandimal), 6-187 (Mathews), 7-223 (Perera), 8-240 (Lakmal), 9-275 (Rajitha), 10-282 (Kumara)
Bowling: Boult 27-6-83-1, Southee 27-7-68-8, de Grandhomme 13-2-35-1 (nb1), Wagner
20-2-75-2 (nb1), Patel 3-0-14-0
Toss: New Zealand
Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS), Michael Gough (ENG)
TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)
Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)
Opener Tom Latham’s unbeaten century put New Zealand in charge of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington
on Sunday, as the Black Caps raced past the tourists’ first-innings total and looked to build an imposing lead.
Latham was 121 not out at stumps on day two with New Zealand cruising at 311 for two in reply to Sri Lanka’s modest 282.
It was a frustrating day for Sri Lanka’s bowlers on a Basin Reserve pitch that transformed into a batters’ paradise after wreaking havoc during the tourists’ innings on day one.
Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson narrowly missed out on his own century, falling for 91, and all New Zealand’s batsmen made good starts, with Jeet Raval making 43 and Ross Taylor not out on 50.
While the Sri Lanka attack worked hard, they could not build pressure and the two New Zealand wickets that fell were the result of rash shots from Raval and Williamson.
That was not an issue for Latham, who meticulously crafted his seventh Test century from 219 balls and never looked rattled at the crease.
He combined with Williamson for a 162-run partnership, laying the foundation for a huge total from a line-up that still has plenty of batting to come.
Despite failing to reach triple figures, Williamson still has a remarkable record against Sri Lanka, with three centuries against them in seven Tests.
That includes an unbeaten 242 at Wellington’s Basin Reserve in 2015.
Sri Lanka will be hoping for a dramatic New Zealand collapse on day three to salvage any hopes of a win.
Earlier, they added just seven to their overnight batting total before Tim Southee coaxed an inside edge off Kumara to claim a six-wicket innings haul.
Kumara’s departure for a duck left Dickwella stranded on 80 not out after he led a rearguard action for Sri Lanka.
Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne were the only other batsmen to offer any meaningful resistance, notching 83 and 79 respectively and forging a 133-run partnership.
Sri Lanka ranked sixth in the world, have lost their last five Tests against New Zealand and suffered a 3-0 home Test series whitewash against England last month.
They have faced upheaval in their coaching and selection ranks in recent weeks and arrived in New Zealand low on confidence.
In contrast, the fourth-ranked Black Caps entered the two-match contest buoyed by their first away Test series win over Pakistan in 49 years.