BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Legendary former West Indies off-spinner, Lance Gibbs, says poor pitches in the Caribbean are inflating the ability of spinners in the region and compromising their development.
"I believe the wickets in domestic cricket are too under-prepared and spinners are being made to look better than they are," ZIZonline quoted the Miami-based Gibbs as saying.
"In my day, for example, when we played in Barbados or Guyana, spinners had to work hard for their wickets, because there were very good batting surfaces.
"The wickets in Guyana now, and at times in Trinidad, turn too excessively which is not helping in proper development of spinners or batsmen and their ability to play spin."
Gibbs, who turns 81 at month end, remains the finest spinner to ever emerge from the West Indies. In 79 Tests between 1958 and 1976, he snared 309 wickets at an average of 29, with 18 five-wickets and two ten-wicket hauls.
Chelsea's Courtois out with injury
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois faces a long spell on the sidelines after picking up a right knee injury that will require surgery.
Just back from international duty, the Belgium international picked up the injury during a training session on Wednesday.
"I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee," Chelsea manager JosÈ Mourinho said yesterday. "As a consequence of that, he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out."
Warner to miss Bangladesh tour
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):
Cricket Australia says Test opener and newly appointed vice-captain David Warner will miss the team's two-test Tour of Bangladesh because of a fractured left thumb.
Warner sustained the injury while batting at Lord's in the second one-day international against England on September 5. He won't require surgery and is hoping to be fit for Australia's home series against New Zealand in November.
Australia play Bangladesh in a three-day tour match in Fatullah beginning October 3 before Tests in the coastal city of Chittagong from October 9 and in the capital Dhaka beginning October 17.
It will be the third Test series between the two countries and the first since Australia's 2-0 victory in Bangladesh in 2006.