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Monday's Cricket World Cup gossip

AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla
De Villiers (left) had to summon Hashim Amla as his runner against India

BREAKING GOSSIP

1041 GMT: Ireland captain William Porterfield has been reprimanded by the International Cricket Council for publicly criticising an umpiring decision after their defeat by West Indies. (ICC news release)

OTHER GOSSIP

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has had a scan on the thigh injury which he picked up during their win against India and forced him to bat with a runner. He kept wicket in their first game of the tournament, but a back strain has prevented him from doing so since then. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, De Villiers' team-mate Jacques Kallis has hailed pace bowler Dale Steyn as the best in the world after he took 5-50 as India slumped from 267-1 to 296 all out on Saturday. (Agence France Presse)

Ireland all-rounder Trent Johnston is on course to return against South Africa on Tuesday after missing their last game with a bruised knee. (Associated Press)

But fellow all-rounder Andre Botha is a major doubt for the game - which Ireland must win to avoid elimination - as he is on a drip after suffering a bout of food poisoning.
Read more: BBC Sport presenter Manish Bhasin's Twitter feed

A public holiday was declared in Chittagong to allow Bangladesh's devoted fans to follow Monday's game against the Netherlands. (Reuters)

England all-rounder Paul Collingwood insists he still has plenty to offer in one-day international cricket, despite contributing only 61 runs and one wicket in four appearances at this World Cup. "One reason I retired from Test cricket was to prolong the one-day side of things," he said. (Various)

England spinner Graeme Swann admits he was "wrong" to swear and lose his temper during the match with Bangladesh, as he became frustrated with the ball becoming wet because of dew - but felt the International Cricket Council were wrong to issue him with a fine. "When you have venues where the dew is heavy, day-night cricket shouldn't be played there," he said.
Read more: Graeme Swann's column in the Sun

Former England skipper Bob Willis, now a Sky Sports pundit, has laid into the current side, saying they "have never been good at 50-over cricket" and "resemble a club team". The fast bowling great reserved particular condemnation for Matt Prior, who was "so dozy it was unbelievable" when he was stumped in the defeat by Bangladesh. "He looked like one of the Seven Dwarfs," Willis fumed.
Full story: Daily Star

Despite England managing director Hugh Morris's denial that captain Andrew Strauss is poised to retire from one-day international cricket, the Daily Telegraph still claims the team "is approaching the end of an era". It suggests Alastair Cook and Ian Bell as possible successors - and believes Stuart Broad could succeed Collingwood as Twenty20 captain.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Australia captain Ricky Ponting was unconcerned that his three spinners failed to take a wicket between them in their 60-run win against Kenya on Sunday - while opposite number Jimmy Kamande has begged the cricketing authorities to give his side more matches against top-class opposition between World Cups. (AFP)

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland insists Ponting's captaincy is safe for now, despite a five-man panel reviewing the state of Australian cricket.
Full story: Fox Sports

Coach Alan Butcher feels Zimbabwe's exile from Test cricket since 2005 has contributed to their batting problems in this World Cup.
Full story: Cricinfo

India are set to drop at least two players for their final group game against West Indies next Sunday. Batsman Suresh Raina and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin are set to come in - with Yusuf Pahan, Ashish Nehra and Munaf Patel all under threat.
Full story: Times of India

AND FINALLY...

More than 10,000 fans flocked to the Basin Reserve in Wellington to watch a charity game which raised more than NZ$500,000 (£229,856) for the Christchurch earthquake. With celebrities and cricket legends taking part, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key hooked a Shane Warne full toss for four and former All Blacks rugby captain Tana Umaga took a wicket, while legendary Kiwi all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee, 61, battled with "creaky hips" to bowl an over off a four-pace run-up.
Full story: Dominion Post



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see also
Sunday's Cricket World Cup gossip
13 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Saturday's Cricket World Cup gossip
12 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Friday's Cricket World Cup gossip
11 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Thursday's Cricket World Cup gossip
10 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Cricket World Cup 2011 squads
19 Jan 11 |  Cricket
Cricket World Cup 2011
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