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  • I played two years longer than I should have, admits Ricky Ponting 07-06-2014 09:12 AM

    Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has admitted he waited far too long to retire. During an interview with Sky Sports in the UK, Ponting said he should have stepped down from the Australian squad two years before his final Test match, against South Africa in 2012. Ponting made his...
  • James Faulkner to lead Australia A for 4-day series against India A 06-06-2014 06:10 PM

    Melbourne: Australian all-rounder James Faulkner has been appointed as the 'A' team captain for the four-day series against India 'A' and South Africa 'A' in July and August, Cricket Australia confirmed Friday. Faulkner, who has been a part of IPL in 2011 (Pune Warriors), 2012 (Kings XI Punjab) and 2013...
  • Hockey World Cup: Holders Australia stay on course for semi-finals 05-06-2014 10:53 PM

    The Hague: Defending champions Australia stayed on course for the semi-finals of the men's hockey World Cup with an assertive 3-1 victory over European Cup silver medallists Belgium at the Kyocera Stadium on Thursday. Australia's third successive victory gives them nine points and keeps them on top of Group A...
  • Australia's Luke Pomersbach retires from cricket due to depression 05-06-2014 11:34 AM

    Twenty20 batsman Luke Pomersbach ended his professional cricket career indefinitely on Thursday to deal with depression. Pomersbach only played one Twenty20 international for Australia in 2007 but his hard-hitting exploits earned him contracts with the Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. He has most...
  • Australia to import Indian-style pitches to tackle spin 04-06-2014 11:00 PM

    Brisbane: With an eye to improve the national team's dismal sub-continental record, Cricket Australia were mulling the idea of importing soil from India and install Asian-style practice pitches at the National Cricket Centre here. Australia boast of a woeful record in sub-continent, the latest being their 0-4 thrashing in India...
  • Malaysian airline MH370 may have crashed near India 04-06-2014 10:18 PM

    Sydney: Australian researchers on Wednesday said they have detected a low-frequency underwater noise off India's southern tip at about the time MH370 mysteriously disappeared, as a British woman sailing from Kochi to Phuket in March claimed that she may have seen the plane on fire. The researchers detected the mysterious...
  • India slip to third but Virat Kohli on top in ICC ODI rankings 04-06-2014 08:37 PM

    The Indian cricket team dropped a rung to third but Virat Kohli continued to top the batting chart in the latest ICC one-day international rankings announced on Wednesday. India lost their second position to Sri Lanka, while Australia maintained their place at the top of the table. Sri Lanka's 3-2...
  • Michael Clarke gets his hands on the Reliance ICC Test mace 04-06-2014 01:06 PM

    Dubai: Australia captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday got his hands on the Reliance ICC Test mace, a symbol of his side's status as the number-one ranked Test side in the world. Clarke, who inspired his side to victories over England and South Africa in the past season, received the mace...
  • Luke Wilkshire left out of Australia's 23-man World Cup squad 04-06-2014 10:43 AM

    Veteran Dynamo Moscow defender Luke Wilkshire was one of four players cut by coach Ange Postecoglou as Australia reduced their squad to 23 players for the World Cup. Wilkshire, a 32-year-old right back who played for Australia at both the 2006 and 2010 tournaments, did not figure in Postecoglou's plans...
  • Hockey WC 2014: Australian men beat Spain to stay at top of their group 02-06-2014 07:52 PM

    The Hague: Holders Australia stayed atop their group in the men's hockey World Cup by posting their second straight victory, defeating Spain 3-0 at the Kyocera Stadium here on Monday. Two early goals put the Australians in a commanding position from which the Spaniards could not dislodge them. Spain have...
  • Hockey World Cup: Holders Australia rout Malaysia 31-05-2014 06:15 PM

    The Hague: Glenn Turner scored two goals as defending champions Australia outplayed Malaysia 4-0 to get off a resounding start in the 2014 Hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium here on Saturday. Turner beat his marker deftly to break the Malaysian resistance and deadlock in the 26th minute with...
  • Australia: Indian-origin man refused leave to appeal conviction 30-05-2014 05:04 PM

    Sydney: An Indian-origin man in Australia, who was jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing disabled women, has been refused leave to apply for more time to appeal against his conviction. Vinod Johnny Kumar was last year jailed for 18 years with a minimum of 15 years in prison. Victoria...
  • World Cup: Spain, Holland should top Group B, but watch out for Chile 30-05-2014 04:55 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: The Group B calculation in the FIFA World Cup is pretty straightforward. Defending champions Spain and the Netherlands, the two finalists in the 2010 edition in South Africa, should be through to the next round, but the other two in the group, Australia and Chile, can put...
  • Australia says missing Malaysia plane not where 'pings' heard 29-05-2014 04:28 PM

    Sydney: The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner suffered a further setback on Thursday after Australian officials said that wreckage from the aircraft was not on the seabed in the area they had identified. Flight MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared from radar screens on March 8 shortly...
  • Australia first team to arrive in Brazil for World Cup 29-05-2014 10:44 AM

    Sao Paulo: Australia became the first of the 31 foreign countries to arrive in Brazil for the World Cup on Wednesday. The Socceroos arrived in the southern city of Curitiba before transferring to another flight to Vitoria, where they will be based. The Australians are in the tough Group B...
  • 2014 Men's Hockey World Cup: Format and Schedule 27-05-2014 01:06 PM

    The 13th edition of the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup commences at The Hague, Netherlands, on May 31 with the world's top 12 teams in the fray to win the silverware. India, who had their only World Cup success 34 years ago in 1975 under Ajit Pal Singh, are ranked...
  • SA hold Australia to 1-1 draw in the friendly before the World Cup 26-05-2014 05:54 PM

    Sydney: Australia were held to a 1-1 draw by an under-strength South Africa on Monday night in their last international friendly on home soil before the World Cup. More than 50,000 spectators were at Sydney's Olympic stadium expecting to send the Socceroos off with what should have been a straight-forward...
  • Tim Cahill leads Australia for South Africa World Cup warmup 25-05-2014 01:06 PM

    Australia forward Tim Cahill will lead the Socceroos in Monday's World Cup warmup against South Africa in Sydney, with recently named captain Mile Jedinak still recovering from injury, the team said on Sunday. The 34-year-old striker, named vice-captain for the Brazil finals along with midfielder Mark Bresciano last week, will...
  • Football World Cup: No easy ride for Spain, Dutch in Group B 23-05-2014 03:10 PM

    Spain, Netherlands and Chile can expect a rough ride from an Australia side desperate to buck their underdog status in the opening round of the World Cup finals next month, striker Mathew Leckie said on Friday. The Socceroos are the lowest ranked team at the tournament and their chances of...
  • Michael Clarke confident Australian team is corruption-free 21-05-2014 12:37 PM

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is disappointed at the alleged involvement of international cricketers in matchfixing but is "happy, satisfied and confident" that his own team is not corrupt, he said on Wednesday. Testimony from an ongoing International Cricket Council probe into corruption leaked to a British newspaper this week has...
  • Mile Jedinak named Australia captain for football World Cup 21-05-2014 11:27 AM

    Midfielder Mile Jedinak was named Socceroos captain for the World Cup on Wednesday, confirming his succession to long-term skipper and leader of Australia's 'golden generation' Lucas Neill. Jedinak was handed the armband for Australia's last friendly against Ecuador and will now retain it for the Brazil campaign, where the Socceroos...
  • Australia opener Warner to skip Zimbabwe trip 16-05-2014 09:35 AM

    Australia opener David Warner will sit out a triangular one-day international tournament in Zimbabwe in August and September to remain with his partner as she prepares to have their first child. The 27-year-old has received the backing of coach Darren Lehmann to miss the two ODIs against both South Africa...
  • Australia go for youth in preliminary squad for Brazil 14-05-2014 12:05 PM

    Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was true to his word and picked a youthful 30-man Socceroos preliminary squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil on Wednesday. Postecoglou took over from German Holger Osieck just six months ago and had promised to ease out Australia's ageing 'golden generation' in favour of...
  • England challenge excites Aussie coach Darren Lehmann 13-05-2014 11:27 AM

    Sydney: Australian coach Darren Lehmann says he is excited by the prospect of facing England for the Ashes again next year and played down the second-division county opposition dished up for warm-up games. The England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday announced the schedule for the 2015 Ashes against their...
  • Cardiff to host 2015 Ashes opener 12-05-2014 03:07 PM

    England's bid to regain the Ashes next year will begin with the first Test at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday. Cardiff, which also hosted the Ashes opener in 2009, will get the five-Test series underway from July 8-12 with matches following at...
  • I have matured as a Test batsman, says Steven Smith 08-05-2014 10:04 AM

    Mumbai: Young Australian batsman Steven Smith, who is playing for Rajasthan Royals in this season's Indian Premier League, feels he has matured as a Test batsman but is also eager to regain his spot in his country's limited overs team. "When I first started playing I played as a spinner...
  • Pakistan to host New Zealand in the UAE ahead of 2015 World Cup 07-05-2014 09:25 PM

    Pakistan will host New Zealand for a full series in the United Arab Emirates in November-December later this year ahead of the 2015 World Cup. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday that the series would include three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a T20 across Dubai, Sharjah and...
  • Dennis Lillee quits consultancy role with Australia in pay dispute 06-05-2014 01:16 PM

    Australia Test bowling great Dennis Lillee, credited for helping resurrect paceman Mitchell Johnson's career, has quit as a Cricket Australia coaching consultant after failing to agree terms on his pay. CA this week signed a two-year extension with another former fast bowler, Craig McDermott, as the team's bowling coach. "Unfortunately...
  • Australian pacer Harris, Pattinson in doubt for Pakistan series 06-05-2014 09:35 AM

    Sydney: Australian pace spearhead Ryan Harris is unlikely to make the trip to the United Arab Emirates in October for the Test series against Pakistan, bowling coach Craig McDermott said Tuesday. The 34-year-old quick underwent surgery on his knee in March after battling through the pain barrier to see his...
  • Bowling coach McDermott signs new deal with Australia 05-05-2014 02:04 PM

    Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott, who has been credited with turning his country's pace attack into one of the most potent in the world, has signed a new two-year deal, Cricket Australia said on Monday. The 49-year-old former paceman returned as Australia's bowling coach ahead of last year's home Ashes...