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Good news for any West Midlands-based fans of under-exposed world class Bangladeshi all-rounders (of which, no doubt, there are many) – Worcestershire have signed Shakib Al Hasan for 2010. “I am thrilled and inspired to be joining the team once graced by Ian Botham, Imran Khan and Vikram Solanki”, he didn’t quite say.

Does this mean that Bangladeshi cricket is finally showing up on county administrators’ radar? Or just that Simon Jones’ massive medical bills mean that the Royals can’t afford anyone with a higher profile?

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Ashwell Prince has been recalled to the South Africa side, and made captain in the absence of the injured Graeme Smith (a victim of Mitchell Johnson).

Prince will also open the batting in place of the dropped Neil McKenzie, alongside Imraan Khan (not that one, obviously).

Having done well in the English summer, Prince was dropped for the home series against Australia having missed the away series through injury. An entirely new opening partnership is perhaps a bit risky against Australia’s newly powerful pace attack, although Prince’s experience is likely to prove a useful counterbalance to potential debutant Khan’s lack of exposure to Test cricket, so it could work.

Whatever happens, Australia – having wrapped up the series – will remain the number one Test cricket side in the world, although some will suggest that India may soon lay claim to that status for themselves.

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After the beamer, the bouncer is perhaps the most controversial weapon in the bowler’s armoury. Those who utilise it don’t always aim to pick up wickets directly (although it can happen), but rather to soften up the batsman. Some bowlers are notorious for their short-pitched missiles at the batsman’s head, ribs or shoulder, and a sustained assault can be considerably unnerving for whoever is at the crease.

Sometimes the force of a bouncer is enough to dislodge the batsman’s helmet, something which could prove costly, as Kevin Pietersen well knows.

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