Thu, Aug 24, 2017 | updated 10:38 AM IST

Peter Siddle takes dig at De Villiers' sledging comments

Updated: Oct 19, 2016 12:59 IST      
Peter Siddle takes dig at De Villiers' sledging comments

Melbourne [Australia], Oct.19 (ANI): Australian paceman Peter Siddle has fired barbs at South Africa after captain AB de Villiers described the 2014 Michael Clarke's team as the most `abusive` he had ever faced.

The 31-year-old pacer's comment comes ahead of the three-match Test series between two sides, starting from November 3 at the WACA.

De Villiers had claimed that the sledging done by the Australian cricketers in their last three-match Test series in 2014 was the worst he has witnessed in his entire career.

The South African skipper further went on to say that sledging by the Aussies in that series was `personal` and over the top.

Insisting that de Villiers must never have been sledged before, Siddle said the Australian side was `pretty tame` during 2014 series in contrast to past eras and past teams.

"He must never have been sledged before if that's the case. We were pretty tame, I think, compared to probably past eras and past teams. He must have had some pretty quiet games in his career," Siddle was quoted as saying by news.com.au.

In a closely-fought series, Australia had emerged as the winners by a margin of 2-1 punctuated by a series of verbal altercation, including a feud between the then skipper Michael Clarke and South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn, and David Warner barking like a dog at Faf du Plessis on his dismissal.

Meanwhile, du Plessis, who is leading the side in the absence of injured De Villiers, believes the Australian cricket's snarly sledging era is now over, especially because Steve Smith is now leading the side.

"I have played against Australia now a lot of times and I think this (Australian) team is a little bit different than the team of old. The two of us play a similar brand of cricket now ... we more let the cricket do the talking," du Plessis said.

Pointing out that sledging is not as important these days, du Plessis insisted that the focus has now been shifted to respecting the opposition and trying to win the game

"I have gone through different stages of playing against Australia and certainly in the beginning it was different. But now under Steve Smith they seem to play a differentbrand and a similar brand of cricket that we do," he added. (ANI)

Robin Singh joins T20 Global League as coach

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 10:20 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 24 (ANI): Former Indian cricketer Robin Singh, who played 100 ODI matches for the country, have acquired coaching job for the forthcoming T20 Global League of South Africa slated to begin from November 3 and will run until December 16.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 24 (ANI): India will take on Caribbean side St. Kitts & Nevis---which would be their final preparatory match before next month's Asian Cup qualifier against Macau--- in the ongoing Triangular International Football series today at the Mumbai Football Arena.

Full Story >>

Pallekele [Sri Lanka], August 24 (ANI): India will take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the five-match series at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, here on Thursday afternoon.

Full Story >>

Pallekele [Sri Lanka], Aug 23 (ANI): Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday said that the series of upcoming limited-over matches scheduled to be held this year will provide a great opportunity to the players, including his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to define their roles and execute it well before the 2019 World Cup.

Full Story >>

AB de Villiers steps down as Proteas ODI captain

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 20:35 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 23 (ANI): In a shocking move, South Africa swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers has stepped down as the captain of the one-day international side after leading them for past six years.

Full Story >>

Srikanth eases into pre-quarters of World Badminton C'ships

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 20:11 IST     

Glasgow [Scotland], Aug 23 (ANI): Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth produced a rich vein of form as he crushed Lucas Corvee of France in straight games to storm into the third round of the World Badminton Championships here on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Aug 23 (ANI): All India Football Federation's Technical Committee, under the Chairmanship of Shyam Thapa, recently met in Bengaluru to discuss the development plan for Indian Football beyond the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be in held in India from October 6 to October 28.

Full Story >>

Wayne Rooney bids adieu to international football

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 18:34 IST     

London [U.K], Aug 23 (ANI): Star striker Wayne Rooney has announced his retirement from international football, thus bringing an end to his illustrious 14-year spell with England which also saw him become their all-time record goal scorer.

Full Story >>

Glasgow [Scotland], Aug 23 (ANI): Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal kicked off her campaign at the 2017 World Badminton Championships on a winning note as she eased past Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland in straight games in the women's singles event here on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

London [UK], August 23 (ANI): India's batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara will re-join Nottinghamshire for the final four Specsavers County Championship games of the 2017 season.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], August 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued show cause notice to senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials, including acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, acting president CK Khanna and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary and has asked them to explain why the Lodha recommendations have not been implemented.

Full Story >>

Rani to lead Indian hockey eves in Europe Tour

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 16:24 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug 23 (ANI): Rani will lead the 18-member Indian women's hockey team while Savita will serve as her deputy in the 15-day Europe Tour, beginning September 5 in the Netherlands .

Full Story >>

ISL 2017: FC Pune City rope in Rafael Lopez Gomez

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 16:04 IST     

Pune [India], Aug 23 (ANI): FC Pune City have announced the signing of Spanish defender Rafael Lopez Gomez for the upcoming fourth edition of Indian Super League (ISL).

Full Story >>

T20s allow you to explore your own game: Williamson

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 15:49 IST     

Wellington [New Zealand], August 23 (ANI): New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who is one of the leading Test batsmen of his age, believes T20, the shortest format of the game, allows a cricketer to explore his own game.

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 23 (ANI): It seems Russell Domingo, who is all set to be replaced by West Indian Ottis Gibson as the new South Africa head coach, already has a new job in hand.

Full Story >>

Scalped tickets for Perth Test to be put back on sale

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 13:13 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], August 23 (ANI): 2890 scalped tickets for this summer's Perth Ashes Test between Australia and England have been recovered by Cricket Australia (CA) and will be put back on sale.

Full Story >>

Proteas need strong leadership: Graeme Smith

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 12:57 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 23 (ANI): Former skipper Graeme Smith believes that a "strong leadership" is required by the current South African team.

Full Story >>

Chinese GP set to extend stay at Formula 1

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 12:16 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 23 (ANI): A new deal has been agreed in principle to keep the Chinese Grand Prix in the Formula 1 calendar.

Full Story >>

Madrid [Spain], August 23 (ANI): Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the decision by Spain's administrative sports court to uphold his five-game ban for pushing a referee is "incomprehensible".

Full Story >>

PSG surprised with Barca's move to sue Neymar

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 10:45 IST     

Paris [France], August 23 (ANI): Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have been left surprised by Barcelona's move to start legal proceedings against star striker Neymar for breach of contract.

Full Story >>