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  • Five months from World Cup, India favourites to defend title 7 hours 27 minutes ago

    After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the five-month countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday. With just three rating points separating the top four nations, however, the 11th version...
  • Australia contributing planes for anti-IS campaign 8 hours 22 minutes ago

    Canberra: Terrorists will use Australia's deployment of troops and war planes to the Middle East as an excuse to target Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned on Saturday. Australia is preparing to contribute 600 troops and up to 10 military aircraft to the increasingly aggressive campaign against the Islamic State extremists...
  • Saeed Ajmal ban 'good for the game': Darren Lehmann 21 hours 8 minutes ago

    Melbourne: Ahead of Australia's bilateral series against Pakistan in the UAE, coach Darren Lehman has said ICC's decision to ban spinner Saeed Ajmal is "good for the game". Lehmann-coached Australia will play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in two Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20 International in October. Describing the decision...
  • Davis Cup: Australia complete win over Uzbekistan 23 hours 16 minutes ago

    Perth: Australia completed a 5-0 Davis Cup win over Uzbekistan on Sunday a day after clinching a spot in next year's elite World Group. In reverse singles, Sam Groth of Australia beat Temur Ismailov 6-3, 6-2 before Nick Kyrgios defeated Sanjar Fayziev 6-1, 6-1 in just 40 minutes. Australia did not drop...
  • Three Big Bash League teams fined for breaching contract guidelines Yesterday

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) on Sunday announced that KFC Big Bash League teams, the Hobart Hurricanes, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers, have each been fined for breaching the competition's Player Contracting and Remuneration Guidelines. The CA Integrity Unit found the Hurricanes entered into agreements with two players (Ben Dunk and Alex...
  • India seeks cooperation for youth skills programme Yesterday

    Melbourne: As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Skill India' programme, India has reached out to the US, South Korea and Australia for securing their cooperation in skilling the youth for enhancing employment opportunities. Labour Minister Narendra Singh Tomar met his counterparts of the three nations on the sidelines of...
  • Malaysian girl, 8, dies after being flung from Australian ride Yesterday

    Sydney: Australian authorities are investigating the death of a Malaysian girl who was flung "like a doll" from a spinning ride at the Royal Adelaide Show where showgoers laid flowers for her Saturday. The girl, 8, who was reportedly visiting Australia with her family, was thrown from the AirMaxx 360 ride...
  • Davis Cup: Australia back into World Group for 2015 2 days ago

    Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione put Australia back in the top-tier Davis Cup World Group for 2015 after beating Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin and Farrukh Dustov 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in doubles on Saturday to complete a 3-0 victory. Australia did not drop a set over the three matches, with Nick Kyrgios...
  • Australia lead Uzbekistan 2-0 at Davis Cup 3 days ago

    Perth: Davis Cup veteran Lleyton Hewitt and 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios gave Australia a 2-0 lead in their World Group playoff against Uzbekistan on Friday. Kyrgios, who beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, opened with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin on grass courts at Cottesloe Tennis Club. The 33-year-old Hewitt, who...
  • Australia upgrades national terror alert 3 days ago

    Sydney: Australia on Friday raised the national terrorism public alert level from medium to high after receiving advice from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the advice was not based on knowledge of a specific attack plan but rather a body of evidence that points to...
  • Australia to face Japan in final Asian Cup warm-up 4 days ago

    Australia will warm up for hosting the Asian Cup with a rematch of the 2011 final when they face reigning champions Japan in a friendly in Osaka on Nov. 18. Australia lost the 2011 final when the Blue Samurai scored in extra time and the two nations have waged an intriguing...
  • Cricketers warned against 'honey traps' during ICC World Cup 2015 4 days ago

    The game of cricket has often been rocked by match-fixing and corruption. Allegations of fixing, including the new phenomenon of spot-fixing, have emerged occasionally, tarnishing the image of the gentleman's game. With cricket's biggest extravaganza - the ICC Cricket World Cup - coming up next year in Australia and New...
  • Australia world's most expensive for international students, India cheapest 4 days ago

    Sydney: Australia is the most expensive place for an international student to attend university, ahead of Singapore and the United States, with India the cheapest, a study showed. The research report by banking giant HSBC, which surveyed 15 countries, said an overseas student would need US $42,000 a year to meet...
  • Arun Jaitley out of hospital, to skip G20 meet in Australia 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was released from hospital on Wednesday after a longer-than-expected stay for treatment, and will miss a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations in Australia next week. Jaitley was admitted to a private hospital in New Delhi on September 1 for planned...
  • Man sets himself ablaze after losing Rs 7 lakh for job in Australia 5 days ago

    Coimbatore: A 24-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by setting himself ablaze at Annur in the district on Tuesday after he was conned by a person of Rs seven lakh on the pretext of getting him a job in Australia. The man had completed his BE (Aeronautical) and was working part...
  • Indians denied permission to participate in an annual march in South Australia 6 days ago

    Melbourne: A group of retired 15 Indian defence officers in south Australia have been denied permission to participate independently in an annual march that commemorates the day 15,000 Indians with Australian and New Zealand forces landed in Turkey to fight during World War-I. While ANZAC Day Committee Chair, the organisers, have...
  • Injured Michael Clarke in race to be fit for Pakistan series 6 days ago

    Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke was on Monday in doubt for next month's one-day series against Pakistan as he recovers from a hamstring injury, chief selector Rod Marsh said. The 33-year-old, who has a catalogue of hamstring trouble, broke down in a one-dayer against Zimbabwe in Harare on August 31 and...
  • Obama reaches out to Australian PM on Iraq 6 days ago

    Washington: As part of his effort to build a global coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq, US President Barack Obama has reached out to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to discuss the current situation in the war-torn country. Obama telephoned Abbott and thanked him for his contributions to humanitarian air...
  • Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam frontrunners for Pakistan T20 captaincy 6 days ago

    Karachi: While Shahid Afridi and Fawad Alam have emerged as frontline candidates to be named as the national Twenty20 captain this week, confusion reigns on whether Misbah-ul-Haq will be retained as skipper of the one-day squad. The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has not helped matters by...
  • Aaron Finch takes over as Australia's T20 captain 1 week ago

    Sydney: Top-ranked batsman Aaron Finch was named as Australia's new Twenty20 captain on Monday after George Bailey stood down to focus on next year's World Cup. The explosive opener, number one on the Twenty20 international batting rankings, will first take charge of the side during the upcoming series against Pakistan in...
  • Steve O'Keefe, Mitchell Marsh included in Australia Test squad 1 week ago

    Sydney: Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe and allrounder Mitchell Marsh were surprise inclusions on Monday in Australia's Test squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. The uncapped duo were in a line-up that also includes allrounder Glenn Maxwell and the return of batsman Phil Hughes. Australia play two...
  • 'UnIndian' is like an Australian version of 'Bend It Like Beckham', but with Brett Lee: Anupam Sharma 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Indian-origin filmmaker from Australia Anupam Sharma says his upcoming film 'UnIndian' is on the lines Gurinder Chadha's 'Bend It Like Beckham' and will provide a sneak-peak into the lives of Indians living down under. The 2002 British comedy-drama was the story of Indians living in London and Sharma says...
  • Operationalisation pact likely to be ready in 3-4 months: Piyush Goyal 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The agreement to operationalise civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Australia is likely to be ready in the next 3-4 months, Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday said. "The agreement is likely to be ready in next 3-4 months to operationalise civil nuclear cooperation pact with Australia,"...
  • Flight MH370 mystery: Still no answers 1 week ago

    Kuala Lumpur: Six months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people on board disappeared in the Indian Ocean, aviation experts are still clueless over the world's greatest aviation mystery. Australia, which is responsible for search and rescue operations, is set to launch a new phase of the multimillion dollar...
  • India, Australia, South Africa favourites to win World Cup: Ian Chappell 1 week ago

    New Delhi: With the teams entering the final phase of their preparations for next year's World Cup, cricketing great Ian Chappell has said defending champions India, Australia and South Africa are the favourites to win the game's showpiece event. "As teams enter the home straight in preparation for next year's World...
  • George Bailey steps down as Australia's T20 captain September 7, 2014

    Melbourne: George Bailey on Sunday stepped down as Australia's Twenty20 captain, saying that he wants to focus on his Test career. "George Bailey has resigned as Australia's Twenty20 captain, citing a desire to focus on first-class cricket," Cricket Australia said in a statement. Bailey has handed in his notice as captain of...
  • Australia uranium to be used in reactors under IAEA safeguards: India September 6, 2014

    Rawatbhata: A day after it signed nuclear cooperation deal with Australia, India on Saturday said that it will used the fuel procured through this deal for reactors that are under the UN watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards. Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Ratan Kumar Sinha said that Australian...
  • India, Australia to strengthen ties in vocational education, training September 6, 2014

    New Delhi: India and Australia have come together to deepen collaboration on the skill development front with the NSDC signing a pact with Australia's Department of Industry and committing to strengthen bilateral relationship in technical vocational education and training (TVET) space. An MoU between the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and...
  • Du Plessis leads South Africa to tri-series win at Harare September 6, 2014

    Harare: Faf du Plessis led South Africa to a six-wicket win over Australia in the final of the one-day international tri-series at Harare Sports Club on Saturday. Du Plessis hit 96 from 99 balls and just missed out on his fourth century in five innings in the tournament as South Africa...
  • Australia, Malaysia contribute $60 million each for MH370 search September 6, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: An escalated underwater search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 will begin in two weeks' time, with both Malaysia and Australia committing 60 million dollars each towards the effort. The announcement came at the joint press conference of visiting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with his...