Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Secret Behind the Ashes Victory

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Former England opener Marcus Trescothick’s in his new autobiography "Coming Back to me" revelation that he illegally used breath mints(Murray Mints) to help his bowlers gain extra swing during the 2005 Ashes series has received a mixed reaction in Australia.He admitted in his new autobiography that his chief job in the field was to shine the ball using “a bit of spit and a lot of polish” with the aid of the breath sweets.This has claimed mixed reactions from players in the field of cricket for going public with the story.

England stunned the cricket world with a 2-1 win in the 2005 Ashes, their first series win against the Australians in 18 years.The reverse swing achieved by England’s bowlers, led by Andrew Flintoff and Simon Jones, was a major factor in the upset victory.

He also revealed that he happened to drop the mints from his pant pockets while taking a catch but neither the umpires nor the batsman happened to notice it.

Some cricketing giants say that it was a tactic to increase the sales of his book.At least now we know why England lost the (next) Ashes: they lost their minty guy.

Anyway they got away with it, good luck to them. You can`t change the result of the Test series, so it`s no good worrying about it


Stadium to replace MAC

An ultra modern will come up at a Chennai suburb for the 2011 World Cup, to be co-hosted by India, in addition to the famous Chepauk Ground located in the heart of the city.

The new stadium would be located at Karunkuzhipallam, about 25 km from Chennai, on a 50-acre plot on Old Mahabalipuram Road.The Stadium would have a seating capacity of 60,000.The special feature of the stadium is that is going to have a Roof-top so as to avoid cancellation of matches due to rains.This is the second stadium going to have a roof top following MCG at Melbourne.It is a dream come true for Chennai.

The New stadium is expected to cost over Rs 100 crore.The financial implications of constructing the stadium and other facilities were being finalised.