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Pontings praise for pace spearhead Ishant

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Ponting in his Captains diary has written his team could have won the crucial third test at perth but for an awesome spell by Indian pacer Ishant Sharma.The young lad playing his fourth test,had bowled an awesome spell to me:seven overs when he was fast,aggressive and relentless,where I never felt as if I was truly ‘in’.

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November 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Punter says Gavaskar was no angel

Punter Vs SunnyRicky Ponting has lashed out at legendary Indian Sunil Gavaskar and other former players for
often blaming the Australian team for on-field confrontations, saying the Indian opener was not an angel during his playing days.”I know that over the past 10 years, probably longer, a notion has developed that the Australian team walks out onto the field intent on getting in faces and having a few words… Unfortunately, as soon as a spectator or a commentator spots one of my team chipping on opponent, they assume it is a pre-meditated attack,” Ponting said.
“The most laughable aspect is when I hear former players complaining, as though they never put a toe out of line in their day.”I still have a vivid image of Sunil Gavaskar angrily trying to take his opening partner off the MCG with him in 1981 when he was given out lbw in a Test match, but to hear him today, you’d think he was positively angelic when he was the best opening batsman in the world,” he wrote in his
‘Captain’s Diary 2008’.Ponting said he was disappointed by the hypocrisy of former cricketers who never kept the standards in their hey-days but were demanding the same from his team.  “In the four or five days after the Sydney Test… inevitably, some ex-players — mostly the usual suspects — were into us, and I found their hypocrisy extremely disappointing. They were demanding standards from us that they had never kept themselves when they were Test stars.
“The classic came when Tony Grieg suggested that the batsmen of today should be walking to make it easier for the umpires. This was coming from a bloke who in his day made a virtue out of not walking.
“I always presumed that ex-players are employed by media outlets because their experience gives them a rare insight into the pressure elite cricketers are under and the way we think, but it seems to me that many of them forget about their past lives the minute they are handed a press pass.
Ponting also took a dig at just retired Indian captain Anil Kumble, saying his comment ‘only one team was playing within the spirit of the game’ after the Sydney Test was borrowed from a former Australian skipper Bill Woodfull. “I’m not sure how extensive Anil’s knowledge of cricket history is, but — as was picked up immediately by reporters — his comments echoed those made by Australian captain Bill Woodfull during the acrimonious bodyline series of 1932-33.  “‘There are two teams out there, one is trying to play cricket and the other is not’, Woodfull had said to English managers during the third Test of that series,” he said.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman on Red Carpets for the movie Australia

Red carpets were rolled out in Sydney and the dusty outback on Tuesday for the world premiere of the epic movie “Australia” which aims to showcase the rugged continent, its history and indigenous people to the world.

Director Baz Luhrmann’s ambitious and grandly named film, the most expensive made in Australia, was released amid a blaze of publicity and a race to finish the movie on time.

Australian co-stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman have both carved out lucrative Hollywood careers but wanted to work with Luhrmann, a perfectionist who was so busy editing the film until the last moment that the cast did not see it before the premiere.

“I knew we would get there but it has been a long time,” Jackman told Reuters as he walked the red carpet in Sydney, while screenings were held in three other Australian locations.

The two-hour 40-minute long movie, which is reported to have cost News Corp’s 20th Century Fox about US$130 million, is a World War Two drama set in stunning Australian landscape.

An English aristocrat (Kidman) travels to Australia and joins forces with a “drover” or cowboy (Jackman) and an Aboriginal child to drive a herd of cattle across Australia, falling in love along the way.

Australia is pinning high hopes on the romantic adventure, which Luhrmann said he had filmed in the style of “Gone With The Wind” hoping to make his mark on Australian film history, but it remained to be seen if it would draw audiences globally.

“There will be some (bad reviews), and there will be some people who really embrace it,” said Luhrmann, admitting spending such a large amount on an old-fashioned style movie was a risk.

HIGH EXPECTATIONS

Early reviews from Australian critics were mixed, with David Stratton in The Australian writing it was not the hoped-for masterpiece while Jim Schembri in The Sydney Morning Herald said it was good but not destined to be a classic — and way too long.

Australian filmmakers hope the movie will revive interest in an industry that did well with quirky films like “Crocodile Dundee,” “Muriel’s Wedding” and “Babe” but has slipped in popularity after a few years of bleak, box-office failures.

The tourism industry has linked a A$50 million (US$32 million) international tourism campaign to the movie to try to make Australia a coveted destination in tough financial times.

Kidman, 41, who worked with Luhrmann on his last and third movie “Moulin Rouge” in 2001, said making “Australia” was a “once in a lifetime thing” for her.

“Rarely do you get a make a film that you have dreamed of doing since you were little, which will be part of Australian cinema,” said Kidman. “This is a celebration for me and hopefully for this country.”

The movie also focuses on “the stolen generation,” when tens of thousands of Aboriginal children were taken away from their families between the 1880s and 1960s to be raised by whites.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment