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  • Australia aim for top Test spot in series against Pakistan 12 hours 1 minutes ago

    Dubai: Australia have a chance to reclaim the top spot in the ICC Test Team Rankings when they face host Pakistan in the two-Test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which starts on Wednesday in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here. A two-nil series win over Pakistan will lift Michael...
  • Mitchell Marsh, Stephen O'Keefe to herald new dawn in Australian cricket 13 hours 39 minutes ago

    Canberra: On the eve of a new Test series against Pakistan, the Australian cricket team is on the verge of a major makeover. With Mitchell Marsh and Stephen O'Keefe expected to receive their first baggy green caps ahead of the first Test, starting Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), many...
  • Pakistan seek to end 20-year Australia drought 17 hours 31 minutes ago

    Dubai: Pakistan hope to end a 20-year drought against Australia when they meet in the first of two Tests in Dubai from Wednesday, but they are hobbled by the absence of their premier spinner Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal, who has been suspended due to an illegal bowling action, has single-handedly ruled the...
  • Shane Watson fit ahead of long summer 17 hours 38 minutes ago

    Sydney: Australian allrounder Shane Watson said on Tuesday he was over the injury which has sidelined him for months and ready for a long summer schedule, beginning with a Twenty20 series against South Africa. The injury-prone star has not played since the Indian Premier League in May after sustaining a calf...
  • Australia's warm-up loss a boost for Pakistan: Waqar Younis 17 hours 42 minutes ago

    Dubai: Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis believes Australia's 153-run defeat in a warm-up game has helped him find flaws in the opposition for the first Test starting on Wednesday in Dubai. "It's quite nice to see them lose," said Waqar of the Pakistan `A` team`s win in Sharjah in a four-day...
  • Aussie pacer Siddle puts on weight to regain speed Yesterday

    Sydney: Set to make a return to the Australian cricket squad against Pakistan for the first Test in Dubai, pacer Peter Siddle said on Monday that he has gained five kilos which has helped him regain the speed coach Darren Lehmann demands from his fast bowlers. "If you put in more...
  • Australia lifts burqa segregation ban at Parliament House Yesterday

    Melbourne: Australia on Monday dumped a controversial plan to make women wearing Burqa sit in separate sound-proof glass enclosures at Parliament House after Prime Minister Tony Abott's intervention. The backdown followed a decision on October 2 by House Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry to have a different seating...
  • 'Dhoom 3' becomes highest grossing foreign film of 2013 in Australia Yesterday

    Melbourne: After collecting Rs 500 crore at the Indian box office, Aamir Khan-starrer 'Dhoom 3' has now become the highest grossing foreign film of 2013 in Australia and emerged as the first Bollywood film to win the award. The award was recently received by the film distributing Company Mind Blowing Films...
  • Australian PM Tony Abbott to attend Indonesian President Joko Widodo's swearing-in Yesterday

    Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will join other world leaders on Monday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of new Indonesian president Joko Widodo in Jakarta. Abbott said his attendance reflected the "huge importance" Australia placed on its relationship with its neighbour, Xinhua reported. "The inauguration is an important occasion for Indonesia...
  • Australia players given amnesty 'window' to report graft Yesterday

    Australian cricketers will be given an amnesty 'window' until the end of November to report any previous corruption-related information, the country's cricket board said on Monday. Under Cricket Australia's (CA) anti-corruption code, players and officials can be sanctioned for failing to report a corrupt approach promptly or for failing to disclose...
  • Australia to deploy 200 special forces troops in Iraq Yesterday

    Canberra: Australia will send around 200 of its special forces to Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi troops after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop finalised legal frameworks for their deployment on Monday. Bishop said she had settled the legal frameworks during meetings with Iraqi government leaders in Baghdad Saturday and Sunday about...
  • One-day double centurion Ben Dunk in Australia T20 squad for SA Yesterday

    Melbourne: Wicketkeeper Ben Dunk was named on Monday in Australia's Twenty20 squad to face South Africa two days after hitting an unbeaten 229 to set a domestic one-day record for his Tasmanian state side. Dunk, 27, was one of the top players in the Twenty20 Big Bash League last season. No....
  • Narendra Modi to address joint session of Australian parliament Yesterday

    Melbourne: Narendra Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to address the gallery of Australian member of parliamentarians and leaders at a special joint sitting of Federal Parliament after he attends the G20 leaders' Summit in Brisbane in November. While several MPs have expressed their delight and happiness for him...
  • Cricket Australia sets up amnesty period to report fixing suspicions 2 days ago

    Melbourne: In a first of its kind initiative, Cricket Australia has decided to establish an amnesty period for its players to report corruption-related suspicions in an effort to weed out match fixing in the game and shady characters behind it. Cricketers face bans of up to five years if they are...
  • Hafeez not worried about bowling action in Australia Tests 2 days ago

    Dubai: Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez said on Sunday he was confident about his bowling action despite being reported during a Champions League Twenty20 game last month. The 34-year-old is likely to open the batting with Ahmed Shehzad in the first of two Tests against Australia starting in Dubai from Wednesday....
  • Shane Watson eyes coaching future 2 days ago

    Sydney: Revealing his passion for coaching, ace Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on Sunday said that contrasting experiences under two national coaches - Mickey Arthur and Darren Lehmann - will hold him in good stead for the role in the future. Watson, who is currently recovering from ankle and calf problems in...
  • Ponting praises IPL's role in promoting young talent 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Saturday praised Indian Premier League for its role in promoting young talent, saying that many Indian youngsters benefited from the T20 tournament. "It's great to see what IPL is doing by promoting the youngsters and we are all getting a look at them....
  • India-Australia final ideal for 2015 World Cup: Ricky Ponting 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Two-time World Cup winning captain Ricky Ponting said Saturday that an India-Australia clash will serve up as an ideal final for the 2015 World Cup to be held in his country and New Zealand from Feb 14 to Mar 29. "A final between Australia and India will be the...
  • Pakistan include three uncapped players in Test squad against Australia 3 days ago

    Karachi: Pakistan included three uncapped players on Saturday in their squad for the two-Test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates. Batsman, Haris Sohail, pace bowler Imran Khan and leg spinner Yasir Shah were named in a squad trimmed down to 16. Sohail, a left-hander, scored a century in the...
  • Michael Clarke flops again as Pakistan A beat Australia 3 days ago

    United Arab Emirates: Australia Test captain Michael Clarke flopped for the second successive time as Pakistan A romped to a 153-run victory on the last day of their four-day warm-up match against Pakistan A on Saturday. Clarke, who scored 10 in the first innings, could make only 5 runs in the...
  • Taking 20 wickets will be key to success in Australia: Sunil Gavaskar 3 days ago

    New Delhi: India's success in the upcoming Australia tour would hinge upon their ability to take 20 wickets, reckons former batting great Sunil Gavaskar. India, who have been juggling with their team set-up for quite some time now, will take on Australia in a three-Test series in December before competing in...
  • India hammer Australia 6-2 to storm into the final of Johor Cup 3 days ago

    Johor Bahru: Harmanpreet Singh came up with his second hat-trick of the tournament as defending champions India hammered Australia 6-2 to storm into the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup hockey tournament on Saturday. With their fourth win from five matches, the junior Indian team has booked a place in...
  • Babar Azam, Haris Sohail tons Pakistan A lead to 338 4 days ago

    United Arab Emirates: Young batsman Babar Azam and Test hopeful Haris Sohail smashed centuries as Pakistan A swelled their lead to 338 against Australia on the third day of their four-day match on Friday. Azam, 20, made an unbeaten 114 and rookie left-hander Sohail, who has been named in a 19-man...
  • Johor Cup Hockey: Buoyant India ready for Australian challenge 4 days ago

    Johor Bahru: High on confidence after winning two consecutive matches, the Indian under-21 men's hockey team will face Australia in their fifth and final league match of the 2014 Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium on Saturday. India have shown an impressive run of form, winning three...
  • Not for the queasy: Australian returns home from holiday with spider in stomach 4 days ago

    An Australian man had a spider removed from his stomach after it burrowed its way into his body and survived for three days before being removed. Dylan Maxwell was on holidays on the Indonesian island of Bali when the tiny creature burrowed through a small appendix scar and traveled up his...
  • Cricket Australia suspends Matthew Wade for one match 4 days ago

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday said that Victorian Bushrangers captain Matthew Wade has been found guilty of breaching the CA Code of Behaviour following his team's Matador One-Day Cup match loss to Queensland at North Sydney Oval on Tuesday. Wade has accepted the penalty of a one match suspension and...
  • Australia hand coach Darren Lehmann contract extension 4 days ago

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been rewarded for his integral role in turning around the fortunes of the team with a one-year contract extension until June, 2017, Cricket Australia said on Friday. The former Test batsman took over from South African Mickey Arthur in the wake of last year's calamitous tour...
  • Doolan's ton takes Australia to 273/8 against Pakistan A on Day 2 5 days ago

    Sharjah: Alex Doolan hit an elegant century and Steven Smith continued his fine batting form by scoring 58 on the second day of the four-day warm-up match against Pakistan A on Thursday. Doolan hit a dozen boundaries and three sixes in his knock of 104 off 194 balls before he was...
  • Graeme Swann regrets going on Ashes tour to Australia 5 days ago

    Graeme Swann has insisted he did the right thing quitting midway through England's 5-0 Ashes series thrashing despite Graham Gooch calling the decision "criminal". England great Gooch, the team's batting coach on their woeful 2013/14 tour of Australia, told Britain's Daily Telegraph on Wednesday that the former off-spinner's decision had been...
  • Mohammad Hafeez recovers from hand injury 5 days ago

    Islamabad: All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has fully recovered from a hand injury and is fit for next week's first Test against Australia in the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this month, Hafeez missed the one-off Twenty20 and the three one-day internationals against Australia after injuring his left hand during a practice match at...