Vuvuzelas, the ubiquitous and very noisy symbols of soccer's 2010 World Cup, have already made their presence heard at the February19 - April 2 cricket World Cup in Bangladesh.
Pairing up with the drum beaters, the Bangladeshi vuvuzela blowers are stirring up an enormous din at their home matches, especially when a wicket falls or a batsman plays a big shot. However, they are yet to be picked up in the other host countries – India and Sri Lanka.
The vuvuzela – a kind of horn – was either loved or loathed in the soccer World Cup last year in South Africa and several domestic leagues and the European governing body Uefa have since banned them.
They have caught on in Bangladesh, however, since last year and several local producers have sprung up doing a healthy trade.
Injured Bollinger flies home to Australia
Doug Bollinger's left ankle has plunged the World Cup holders into an injury crisis. He flew home yesterday but may return later in the tournament. The Australians came to India already missing Michael Hussey, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty and Shaun Marsh but Bollinger is the first member of the squad to be flown home mid-tournament.
"He's got a thing called posterior impingement," said Alex Kountouris, the team physiotherapist.
"Basically, when he lands to bowl, one bone hits another bone and the bone becomes really inflamed and irritated. It's fairly common in fast bowlers. Brett Lee has had five or six lots of surgery on that in the past." If Bollinger doesn't return, the possibility of a fit-again Hussey as a replacement is seen as a real possibility.
Sehwag suffers a blow in training
Virender Sehwag, the hosts' dangerous opening bat, was hit in the ribs while batting in the nets yesterday, but will be fit to play against England. "He is currently under medication. However, he is expected to be fit for the match against England [tomorrow]," BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement. Sehwag opened the tournament with a 175 against fellow-hosts Bangladesh.
Swann: We played like schoolboys
Graeme Swann after England's inept fielding display against Holland: "Let's face it, we fielded like a bunch of schoolboys." Swann himself put down a straightforward catch during the unconvincing six-wicket win over the Dutch.
And he heads into the sell-out clash against India saying: "We will need to raise our standards, it's going to be a huge game. But there's nothing better than silencing an Indian crowd."
Swann, who bowled a tight spell of 2-35 at Nagpur, produced his most memorable delivery just days before the World Cup began – with the birth of his son Wilfred. "It was gut-wrenching to leave him. Within two days of the little fella coming in to the world, I'm saying a teary goodbye," he said. "In 18 years he will give me grief for not being there but I'll be able to say: 'I had to go to India and beat Holland!'"