Miller and his men get praise

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ENGLAND’S Test selectors are more used to getting brickbats than praise but there will certainly be a few pats on the back for them in Sheffield next Monday.

“A Tribute to our National Selectors” is the theme of Sheffield Cricket Lovers’ Society’s Autumn dinner at Baldwin’s Omega.

Chairman of selectors Geoff Miller, the former Derbyshire and England off spinner, will be joined by Ashley Giles and James Whitaker as guests of the Society.

Jacques Kallis became the first South African to pass 12,000 Test runs when he made 54 in the Second Test in Johannesburg.

However, the home side lost their final six wickets for just 25 runs to be bowled out for 266 on the opening day. AB de Villiers made 64 and Ashwell Prince 50, the pair adding 112 to take them to 241-4.

Peter Siddle took three wickets but Shane Watson limped off with a hamstring injury after bowling just three overs.

India took a 2-0 lead in the three Test series when duly completing an innings and 15 run victory over the West Indies in the Second Test in Kolkata although the tourists made them wait.

Resuming on 195-3, West Indies produced a fifth wicket stand of 132 between Dwayne Bravo, 136, and Marlon Samuels, 84 and were 401-4 at one stage before tumbling to 463.