News in brief: 27 April 2007

It is touch and elegance versus brute power as Sri Lanka are set to take on the mighty Australians tomorrow at Barbados. Ricky Ponting has said that his team is more than ready for the Lankans even though they have some quality bowlers like Murali, Vaas and Malinga. His team mate and potential successor Michael Clarke continued in similar vain adding that the Aussies are in almost unbeatable form and Sri Lanka will have to play out of their skins to compete.

Cricinfo’s Rahul Bhattacharya pays tribute to Glenn McGrath and says that the great man is still on top as he prepares for a final fling.

Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan is on the verge of becoming the most successful bowler in cricket history but said World Cup victory over Australia on Saturday would top all his achievements.

Jayawardene does a Ganguly, keeps Ponting waiting! Much to the annoyance of Ricky Ponting, the Sri Lankan captain turned up an hour late for a scheduled beach photo shoot with the Australian skipper and the Cup to promote Saturday’s final, according to a media reports.

Gerald Majola, Cricket South Africa’s CEO, has criticised the team’s mental strength and inability to build on recent successes following their loss to Australia… and we thought mindless mud slinging was purely a sub-continent trait.

Steve Waugh who is currently visiting India has said that the Indians were dull and flat in the world cup.

Viv Richards who has been writing for the Hindustan Times recently has asked not to compare himself and Tendulkar

Steve Bucknor and Aleem Dar have been appointed to stand as the on-field umpires for the World Cup final

– Vish

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