Wellington mayor in England gaffe

Eoin Morgan's form has deserted him and now so has his name after the England captain was introduced as 'Eoin Rogers' by the mayor of Wellington. The embarrassing gaffe happened when the England squad arrived in the New Zealand capital ahead of Friday's World Cup match against the co-hosts. London-born mayor Celia Wade-Brown introduced Morgan as 'Rogers' during a traditional Maori ceremony staged late Tuesday. Morgan, 28, shrugged off the mayor's gaffe. "I've been called a lot worse. She got the hardest part right."–AFP

US embassy declares Afghan victory in advance

The US embassy in Kabul seemed to get caught up in the excitement of Afghanistan's World Cup debut, congratulating the side on victory just half-way through the Bangladesh innings. With the match barely a quarter of the way through, the US embassy's official Twitter account posted a message hailing Afghanistan's "victory".  The tweet triggered a flood of sarcastic retorts about Americans in Kabul prematurely declaring victory, as well as an apologetic response from the embassy.–AFP

Kiwis lap up 'Sofa' commentary

Imagine three friends lazing on the sofa, using slang to make jibes at the team, and that's going live. That's Alternative Commentary and a rage in New Zealand. A group of seven men who do live commentary sitting in small van and the public laps it up. One does the serious part while two others come up with all the rubbish. "The ball's been played to mid-off and Grant Elliot picks it up", the 'serious' would say and the other two come up with "Oh that hairy javelin! Is Grant the worst looking guy in the team?" and there's a roll of laughter.–Agencies

Steyn caught out by flu

South Africa's premier fast bowler Dale Steyn missed training on Wednesday due to flu, but is expected to be fit for the match against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. "He has a bout of sinusitis but will be back at training tomorrow," the team's media manager said. Even though Steyn looks certain to take the field in Sunday's key Pool B match against the defending champions, his presence has been underwhelming in Zimbabwe match as ailing pacer returned with unflattering figures of one for 64 from nine overs.–AFP

Clarke gets green signal for return

Australia captain Michael Clarke will return to the side for Saturday's World Cup match against Bangladesh after recovering from hamstring surgery, coach Darren Lehmann said Wednesday. Clarke's race to be fit has been something of a soap opera in Australia and he played his first match for the team in two months last week in a warm-up against United Arab Emirates. Clarke hit 64 against UAE but sat out the team's 111-run romp over England in their tournament opener. "Yeah, he's playing mate," Lehmann told reporters in Brisbane.–Reuters