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Monday, July 28, 2014

Rose Bowl - Southampton - Hampshire ... history - Jadeja fined .. Anderson ??

Indians found themselves in a different position when the 3rd Test started here....... in an alien land, where we generally fare badly in the first Test, we salvaged an honourable draw and managed to win the 2nd one handsomely.  Stuart Binny has been shabbily treated despite a good innings – and now a fix for something not broke made – much clamour is about Rohit Sharma who replaced him.... and some say, they could have done that with Ravichandran Ashwin, who to some, is a better batsman than Binny.  – let us see whether the aggressive  Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli fire here.  Cook won the toss and survived  a straightforward when Jadeja missed off debutant Pankaj Singh. Earlier, the first delivery of the match was perfect from Bhuvneshwar, pitched on good length, moved, found the edge but did not carry to 2nd slip.  By the end, England had made a very good start.  Cook made runs but was out at 95 .... good now ......... though at a later stage, if he were to fail –his critics can say, he has not made a hundred for ......... so many innings. 

How much Jadeja’s mess of Cook affects Pankaj Singh, a tall and strapping right-arm medium-fast bowler from Rajasthan remains to be seen as Rajasthan gets represented after close to 4 decades after Parthasarathi Sharma played for India in 1975-76 against touring West Indies led by Clive Lloyd.
 
The Rose Bowl, Hampshire's fourth home and its most state-of-the-art, was designed by award-winning architects Michael Hopkins & Partners and hosted its inaugural first-team match in 2001. The ground, shaped like a circular amphitheatre, and its highlight - the three-storey pavilion with canopied roof - is a splendid feat of architecture.  The ground's development - costing a whopping £24million - ran into financial difficulties in 2000. The Rose Bowl (also known as the Ageas Bowl for sponsorship reasons) is a cricket ground in West End,Hampshire, England, located between the M27 motorway

The Port of Southampton is a major passenger and cargo port located in the central part of the south coast of England. It benefits from a sheltered location, unique "double tides", close proximity to the motorway network and good rail links. It is the  busiest cruise terminal and second largest container port in the UK. The port is located ten miles (16 km) between the confluence of the rivers Test and Itchen and the head of the mile wide inlet  known as Southampton Water. It has a long history - It is stated citing archaeological findings that the area has been inhabited since the stone age. The Anglo-Saxons formed a new, larger, settlement across the area. Following the Norman Conquest in 1066, Southampton became the major port of transit between the then capital of England.  The city walls include God's House Tower, built in 1417, the first purpose-built artillery fortification in England. During the Middle Ages, shipbuilding became an important industry for the town. Henry V's famous warship HMS Grace Dieu was built in Southampton. The port had been used for military embarkation, including during 18th-century wars with the French.  In 1912, the ill-fated  RMS Titanic sailed from Southampton.  The Supermarine Spitfire was designed and developed in Southampton.  Heavy bombing of the factory in September 1940 destroyed it as well as homes in the vicinity, killing civilians and workers. World War II hit Southampton particularly hard because of its strategic importance as a major commercial port and industrial area.

Hampshire is a county on the southern coast of England. The county town of Hampshire is Winchester, the former capital city of England. Hampshire is notable for housing the birthplaces of the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force.  Hampshire has a long maritime history and two of England's largest ports, Portsmouth and Southampton, lie on its coast. The county is famed as home of such writers as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.  Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall, Chaminda Vaas, Michaele Clarke, Shane Bond, Wasim akram, Glenn Maxwell are some of the famous overseas players to have played for Hampshire.

In the Anderson incident - Ravindra Jadeja was found guilty of an offence lesser than the one he was charged with - Level 1 instead of Level 2 -  but Indians feel that their allrounder did no wrong and should not have been fined 50% of his match fee. ESPNcricinfo understands that at the hearing England witnesses, Ben Stokes and Matt Prior, suggested to match referee David Boon that Jadeja had turned threateningly towards James Anderson, and the England fast bowler had acted in self defence.  Dhoni questions that stating that when somebody speaks from behind, it is natural to turn and that Jadeja's bat had stayed tucked under his arm all through. India see a minor victory in Jadeja's hearing, in that England in effect agreed that Anderson did push Jadeja.  Dhoni insists that  Jadeja had not been aggressive in his conduct.  Dhoni was also unhappy about not being allowed an appeal because the first guilty verdict for a Level 1 offence does not have a provision for an appeal. India has pressed Level 3 charges against Anderson, who will have his hearing on August 1.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

28th July 2014.

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