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Deconstructing the gentleman's game

Brett Lee has promised to unleash a special delivery called the 'spit rock' against Tendulkar, should Australia and India meet in the finals of the World Cup on Sunday.

He said that his brother and former Australian all-rounder Shane Lee taught him how to bowl the 'spit rock'.

Apparently, 'spit rock' is nothing but a reverse swinging delivery... like the one that has been perfected by the likes of Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram.

Read more about Lee's plans for Tendulkar here.

Brett Lee joins the long list of bowlers who have challenged Tendulkar publicly before facing him in a match. All the bowlers before him on that list have found out, much to their dismay, that Tendulkar like to reply back... with his bat. Lets see what happens to Lee.

Some other interesting pieces of news are...

Graeme Smith has been chosen as the new South African captain after Shaun Pollock was unceremoniously sacked from that job.
While Kepler Wessels feels that Pollock has been made a scapegoat, there are others like Peter Kirsten who feel that the decision to replace Shaun with Smith is the right one. Most of Smith's supporters feel that he would be the next Hansie Cronje, given the similarities in the personalities of the two.

Shaun Pollock, however, has made it clear, publicly, that he never wanted to quit and that he was forced step down.

In a sad end to a fledgling international career, Henry Olonga quietly slipped out of Zimbabwe and made his way to a safe house in South Africa. He managed to evade the "escort" sent for him by the Zimabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe. Had he been caught by the "escort", it would have meant prosecution for treason and an almost certain death.

Glenn McGrath's column makes interesting reading. On one hand, he says "It's now up to India to stave off Kenya and make it to the final. As far as I am concerned, that would be the best possible climax -- with India wanting revenge and the Cup, and Australia wanting to prove that they're simply unbeatable." and on the other hand, he hopes for a better pitch for the semi-final against the Sri Lankans. I say that it makes interesting reading because, I did not know that an "unbeatable" team needs favourable conditions to win! ;-)

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