Australia

  • Clarke disappointed over Warner's comments February 28, 2014

    Cape Town: Australian captain Michael Clarke on Friday criticised David Warner over comments that earned the opening batsman a fine from International Cricket Council match referee Roshan Mahanama. Warner was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for "inappropriate comments" when he suggested South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers might...
  • Shane Warne factor big as Australia seek answers February 28, 2014

    Cape Town: Shane Warne's vast Test experience has been well utilised by the Australian squad in the lead-up to the series-deciding third Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. Captain Michael Clarke says the veteran of 145 Test matches and arguably the greatest legspinner of all time...
  • Newlands Test the biggest of my career: Michael Clarke February 28, 2014

    Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke feels that the decider of the three-Test series against South Africa starting Saturday at the Newlands in Cape Town is the biggest Test of his decade-long career. Clarke said it was special to win the Ashes 5-0 at home and a series win in South Africa...
  • Dressing room a better place without Kevin Pietersen, says Matt Prior February 28, 2014

    England's dressing room will be a better place without Kevin Pietersen after the controversial batsman was sacked following the dismal Ashes tour of Australia, wicketkeeper Matt Prior said on Thursday. Prior, the tour vice-captain, said Pietersen's ability should have made him "the best England cricketer to ever walk this planet" and...
  • Series decider against Australia could be South Africa's crowning glory February 28, 2014

    Capetown: Crushing victories for either side in the first two matches have set up a potentially thrilling decider when South Africa host Australia in the final Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. The tourists blazed their way to a comprehensive 281-run victory in the opening game in Pretoria, but...
  • Shane Watson declared fit for decisive third Test against South Africa February 27, 2014

    Cape Town: Australia are expected to recall allrounder Shane Watson for the third Test against South Africa as they attempt to bounce back from their first defeat in six Test outings and clinch a series win over the world's top-ranked side. The tourists were made to pay for going into the...
  • Dale Steyn backs Morne Morkel to make Australia suffer again February 27, 2014

    Cape Town: Dale Steyn, the world's number one Test bowler, says his team-mate Morne Morkel will be the player to watch when South Africa play Australia in the series-deciding third Test starting at Newlands on Saturday. Steyn tore through the Australian batting on Sunday to drive his side to a 231-run...
  • No panic in Australia camp before final Test, says Ryan Harris February 27, 2014

    Cape Town: Ryan Harris says there is no panic in the Australian camp before the series-deciding third Test against South Africa starting in Cape Town on Saturday. Australia lost the second Test by 231 runs on Sunday after failing to cope with the Proteas pace attack that took nine wickets in...
  • Australia's Warner fined for inappropriate comments February 27, 2014

    Dubai: Australian cricketer David Warner has been fined 15 percent of his match fee after pleading guilty of making inappropriate comments about South Africa's AB de Villiers ahead of the third and final Test which starts in Cape Town Saturday. Warner was found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC...
  • Hockey Australia name Sultan Azlan Shah Cup squad February 27, 2014

    Melbourne: Hockey Australia (HA) Thursday announced an 18-man squad for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, from March 13-23. Three-time Olympian and 2004 Athens Games gold medallist Liam De Young is set to become only the fourth Australian to make 300 appearances for the Kookaburras after...
  • U-19 World Cup: South Africa beat Australia to set up final against Pakistan February 26, 2014

    Dubai: Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada wreaked havoc with a six-wicket haul as South Africa trounced Australia by 80 runs to storm into the final of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup on Wednesday. Rabada returned figures of 8.2-0-25-6 as Australia, chasing 231 for victory, lost its last seven wickets for...
  • South Africa dismiss ball-tampering allegations February 26, 2014

    South Africa have dismissed ball-tampering allegations surrounding their second Test victory over Australia after opposing opener David Warner said the Proteas worked on the ball at Port Elizabeth to generate reverse swing. Chasing a 448-run victory target, Australia cruised to 126 for no loss before being undone by a devastating Dale...
  • Momentum has swung towards South Africa, says Hashim Amla February 25, 2014

    Cape Town: South Africa will head to their favourite ground with momentum in their favour when they take on Australia in the series-deciding third Test at Newlands, batsman Hashim Amla said on Tuesday. The Proteas have suffered just one loss in Cape Town in 12 years, to Australia in 2006, a...
  • Selection posers for victorious South Africa February 25, 2014

    Cape Town: South Africa face a selection dilemma ahead of the decisive third Test against Australia, starting at Newlands Saturday, despite a convincing 231-run second Test win in Port Elizabeth, At least two changes seem likely, and the uncertainty of the selectors about their final eleven was indicated by their naming...
  • Australia's Lehmann pleased to be 'bowled out' February 25, 2014

    Cape Town: Australia's dramatic collapse against South Africa at the weekend has drawn inevitable comparisons with their previous Test defeat but vanquished coach Darren Lehmann says the two losses were vastly different. South Africa grabbed nine wickets in a single session after tea to win the second Test in Port Elizabeth...
  • South Africa fired up to end Australia jinx February 25, 2014

    Cape Town: South Africa's dramatic 231-run victory over Australia in the second Test set up an enticing decider at Newlands which could see the hosts seal a first home series win over the tourists in 44 years. After their humiliating 281-run defeat in the first Test, the Proteas were written off,...
  • South Africa's fix up plans for 2015 World Cup February 24, 2014

    Mumbai: South Africa, who are in the same group as holders India in the 2015 ICC World Cup, would prepare for the mega event by playing eight ODI games in Australia as well as New Zealand, the joint Cup hosts, in October-November. South Africa, who would clash in the World Cup...
  • Graeme Smith salutes South African comeback against Australia February 24, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa achieved something in the second Test that would have been beyond most teams, said captain Graeme Smith after his side's 231-run win over Australia on Sunday. The world's top-ranked outfit came under under-fire after their crushing 281-run defeat in the opening Test but Smith was proud at...
  • Dale Steyn spell swung the match, says Michael Clarke February 24, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Australian captain Michael Clarke paid tribute to a great spell of fast reverse swing bowling by South Africa's Dale Steyn after his side were bundled to defeat on the fourth day of the second Test at St George's Park on Sunday. South Africa bowled out Australia for 216 to...
  • SA beat Australia by 231 runs to win the 2nd Test and level 3-match series February 23, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Dale Steyn produced a ferocious spell of fast bowling to inspire South Africa to a crushing 231-run victory over Australia in fading light on day four of the second test on Sunday. With rain predicted for Monday, Steyn charged in and took four wickets, including the key scalp of...
  • Australia, South Africa enter U-19 World Cup semi-finals February 24, 2014

    Dubai: Australia and South Africa on Sunday booked their places in the last four of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup after winning their respective quarter-final matches. A magnificent century by West Indies' Nicolas Pooran went in vain as Australia reached their third successive semi-final with a comfortable five-wicket victory here,...
  • Australian TV actor Charlotte Dawson dies at 47 February 23, 2014

    Sydney: Former model and Australian TV star Charlotte Dawson was found dead at her home here. She was 47. According to The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, Dawson was found dead Feb 22 by a real estate agent who was getting her apartment ready for a viewing, reports hollywoodreporter.com. Authorities said there were...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 4 February 23, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Day 3 round-up: South Africa pressed home their big advantage over Australia in the second Test as Hashim Amla made 93 not out after earlier dislocating his finger and the hosts forged 369 runs ahead on the third day on...
  • We've got work to do in second innings, says Michael Clarke February 23, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Australian captain Michael Clarke admitted his side had "some work to do" after South Africa moved into a strong position on the third day of the second Test at St George's Park on Saturday. Australia were bowled out for 246 in their first innings, giving South Africa a lead...
  • 2nd Test: Amla nears ton as SA take a massive 369-run lead over Australia February 22, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa pressed home their big advantage over Australia in the second Test as Hashim Amla made 93 not out after earlier dislocating his finger and the hosts forged 369 runs ahead on the third day on Saturday. Amla backed up a South African bowling attack that took six...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 February 22, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Day 2 round-up: JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander put South Africa on top as they reduced Australia to 112 for 4 on the second day of the second Test at St George's Park on Friday. Allrounder...
  • 2nd Test: Warner solid as Australia trail by 311 February 21, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander put South Africa on top as they reduced Australia to 112 for 4 on the second day of the second Test at St George's Park on Friday. Allrounder Parnell, playing his first Test in four years, and paceman Philander...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 2 February 21, 2014

    (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to follow the ball-by-ball commentary) Elgar (83), Du Plessis (55) and De Villiers (51*) scored half-centuries as South Africa reached 214 for 5 before bad light stopped play on day one. On a slow pitch which negated the menace of Mitchell Johnson and his...
  • De Villiers key for South Africa on Day 2 of second Test February 21, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa were left to rue the loss of cheap wickets after battling to 214 for 5 on the opening day of the second Test against Australia on Thursday. Bad light brought a premature end to the day after 83 overs bowled with AB de Villiers not out...
  • 2nd Test: Australia take late wickets, South Africa 214 for 5 on Day 1 February 20, 2014

    Port Elizabeth: Australia showed patience on a sluggish pitch to take two late wickets and reclaim control over South Africa on the first day of the second Test on Thursday. Spinners Nathan Lyon, who took 2 for 47, and Steve Smith removed Dean Elgar for 83 and Quinton de Kock cheaply...