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  • Cricket Australia 'never in better health' October 30, 2014

    Sydney: Cricket Australia on Thursday reported a strong financial position ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand early next year. Revenue of almost Aus$300 million (USD262 million) is expected to grow to Aus$360 million (USD315 million) by the end of this southern summer season, CA said. Over...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1 October 30, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) PLAYING XIs: AUSTRALIA: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon PAKISTAN: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed...
  • Singer Nez Erok puts her trauma of domestic violence into lyrics October 30, 2014

    Australian singer Nez Erok has put her own trauma of domestic violence into lyrics, with her song 'beautiful'. Erok said, "We wanted to create a video that could appeal to all kinds of situations and not just limited to one particular situation, because as you know domestic violence is not...
  • Confident Indian hockey team set for Australia challenge October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian men's hockey team is all geared up to play the four-match test series in Australia from November 10. The tour will also prepare the team for Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha from December 6-14. The squad is scheduled to leave for Australia on...
  • Terry Walsh issue should be sorted out soon, says VR Raghunath October 29, 2014

    The Indian men's hockey team who have been practicing in the national capital will leave for their tour of Australia later on Wednesday. ...
  • Pakistan should not take Younis, Misbah to World Cup: Yousuf October 29, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has said that Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq shouldn't be part of the 2015 World Cup squad. Yousuf also blamed the two stalwarts for Pakistan's defeat in the 2011 World Cup semi-final against India at Mohali. "We lost that semi-final because of the disappointing batting performances by...
  • 2nd Test: Spin-hit Australia look to bounce back against Pakistan October 29, 2014

    After failing another Asian spin test, Australia will strive to bounce back in the second and final Test against Pakistan starting in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The world number two team was all at sea against an inexperienced but effective Pakistan spin attack and suffered a crushing 221-run defeat in the...
  • 2nd Test: Pakistan wary of Australian backlash October 29, 2014

    Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has warned his team to beware a backlash from a wounded Australia in the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi starting on Thursday. Pakistan thrashed the Australians by 221 runs in Dubai on Sunday, with their spinners rattling through the visitors' batsmen on a slow pitch. The...
  • Brad Haddin out, Shane Watson back in Australia squad for SA October 29, 2014

    Brisbane: Veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been rested and allrounder Shane Watson recalled from injury for Australia's squad to start a five-game limited-overs series against South Africa next month, a clash of the top two ODI teams ahead of the World Cup. Haddin, who is with the Australian squad preparing for...
  • Waqar Younis warns hurt Australia will bounce back in second Test October 28, 2014

    Pakistan coach Waqar Younis on Tuesday warned his team to be prepared for a backlash from wounded Australia in the second Test. Pakistan thrashed Australia in the first Test by 221 runs in Dubai on Sunday. They now seek their first series win over Australia for 20 years in the second...
  • US isolates troops, Australia imposes visa ban on Ebola-hit West Africa states October 28, 2014

    Washington/Sydney: The US military has isolated soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa and Australia imposed a visa ban on the affected countries, policies that critics said would have little benefit but could feed a global panic. Ebola has killed nearly 5,000 people since March, mostly in West...
  • Younis Khan should be part of ODI squad: Shaharyar Khan October 28, 2014

    Karachi: The national selectors might have ignored Younis Khan from the ODI squad, but Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan on Tuesday said that the senior batsman should be part of the team's 2015 World Cup plans. "In my personal opinion I think Younis should be in the one-day team...
  • US isolates troops, Australia slaps visa ban on Ebola-hit West Africa states October 28, 2014

    Washington: The US military has started isolating soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa and Australia became the first rich nation to impose a visa ban on the affected countries amid global anxiety about the spread of the virus. The latest measures, along with decisions by some US...
  • Moin Khan warns Pakistan against complacency after Dubai win October 28, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan cricket team manager and chief selector Moin Khan has cautioned his players to stay focused ahead of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi from Thursday. "Coach Waqar Younis has been emphasising on staying focused and this is the best advice he has given to his players at...
  • Junaid's knee injury more serious than expected October 28, 2014

    Karachi: Left-arm Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan is facing the prospect of being sidelined from cricket for a while after it was revealed that his knee injury was more serious than initially diagnosed. Junaid was sent home from the UAE without playing any match of the ongoing series against Australia due to...
  • Australian teenager features in second Islamic State video October 28, 2014

    Canberra: An Australian teenage runaway, dubbed the Ginger Jihadist by the media, has been featured in a second Islamic State propaganda video. Australian media reported the latest YouTube video of 17-year-old Abdullah Elmir dressed in Arabic garb and clutching an assault rifle on Monday as the Senate prepared to debate...
  • Pakistan retain winning squad for second Test against Australia October 27, 2014

    Dubai: Pakistan Monday retained the same 16-man squad for the second Test against Australia which won the first match by a convincing 221-run margin. Chief selector Moin Khan said the team has given a good performance and deserved to be retained for the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi from Thursday. "The...
  • Coach Darren Lehmann admits Australia failed to adapt October 27, 2014

    Dubai: Australia's cricket coach Darren Lehmann Monday refused to blame the Dubai pitch and instead admitted his team didn't play well during their 221-run defeat against Pakistan in the first Test. Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series on the back of a maiden five wicket haul (5 for...
  • Aussie batsmen need more practice playing spin: Dean Jones October 27, 2014

    Sydney: Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has called for a radical shift in the way Australian batsmen play spin after yet another humiliating Test defeat in Asia, suggesting that they practice facing spin bowling without pads to teach them to play with their bat in front of their leg. Pakistan beat...
  • South Africa eye Australia in bid to top ODI rankings October 27, 2014

    Hamilton: South Africa's attempt to top the one-day cricket rankings before next year's World Cup will depend on a showdown with Australia next month after rain dashed their hopes in New Zealand on Monday. South Africa needed to complete a three-match clean sweep against New Zealand to overtake the current number-one...
  • Younis Khan keeps his defence up against Pakistan board October 27, 2014

    Senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan, who capped a memorable Test against Australia in Dubai with hundreds in both innings, said he had thought of skipping the two-match series after being dropped from the 50-over squad. The former captain, who will turn 37 next month, had criticised the selectors and the Pakistan...
  • Pakistan defeat puts fire in Australian bellies October 27, 2014

    Australia captain Michael Clarke said his team would be fired up by defeat in the first Test against Pakistan but clearly needed to improve in all facets of the game to square the series later this week. The defeat by 221 runs in Dubai on Sunday was Australia's second in five...
  • Younis Khan wants to play in World Cup October 27, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's man of the match in the first Test win over Australia in Dubai, Younis Khan, is keen to play in next year's World Cup despite the national selectors sidelining him for the one-day series against the Australians. Younis, who scored twin centuries in the Dubai Test, said he was...
  • Misbah-ul Haq hails crushing victory over Australia October 27, 2014

    DUBAI: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq hailed his side's first Test victory over Australia in Dubai as "one of the finest wins" but added his team needed to remain focused to win the series. Pakistan thrashed Australia by 221 runs on the fifth and final day with just 21.5 overs remaining in...
  • Lack of good spinners in Aussie camp helped Pakistan: Yousuf October 26, 2014

    Karachi: The Australian bowling attack lacked sharp spinners and that played a crucial role in Pakistan's victory in the first Test on Sunday, former captain Mohammad Yousuf said. Yousuf's comments came after Pakistan rolled over Australia by 221 runs in Dubai to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. "If you...
  • PM Modi invites ideas for his forthcoming visit to Australia October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invited ideas and thoughts from people for his forthcoming visit to Australia. Modi is scheduled to visit Australia in November. "During my Australia visit in November, would be attending a variety of programmes, including an interaction with the Indian community there," Modi tweeted. "I want...
  • 1st Test: Younis Khan, spinners star as Pakistan thump Australia October 26, 2014

    Dubai: Zulfiqar Babar took a maiden five-wicket haul and fellow leg-spinner Yasir Shah took four as Pakistan humiliated Australia by 221 runs in the first Test in Dubai on Sunday. Babar finished with 5-74 in only his third Test, while debutant Shah took 4-50 to dismiss a resolute Australia for 216...
  • ICC World Cup 2015 organisers need 1500 net bowlers October 26, 2014

    Dubai: With barely four months to go for the cricket World Cup 2015, the event organisers in Australia and New Zealand are looking for 1,500 net bowlers to help the participating teams in training during the One-Day International (ODI) tournament. Chief executive of the World Cup 2015 Local Organising Committee, John...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 5 October 26, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Chasing a mammoth 438 to win, Australia resume at a precarious 59/4 on the final day of the Dubai Test. Day 4 Round-up: Pakistan's inexperienced spinners left Australia struggling at 59 for 4 on Saturday at stumps on the fourth day...
  • Record-breaker Younis Khan considered sitting out Australia Tests October 26, 2014

    Dubai: Record breaking century maker Younis Khan on Saturday said he considered skipping the Test series against Australia after being left out of the preceding one-day series. The 36-year-old right-hander smashed an unbeaten 103 as Pakistan reached 286-2 declared in their second innings in the first Test, a lead of 437...