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  • Clarke should replace Bailey, Watson unimpressive: Border February 16, 2015

    Brisbane: Former cricket World Cup-winning captain Allan Border expects stand-in skipper George Bailey to be dropped in favour of regular captain Michael Clarke during Australia's next match. Australia defeated England by 111 runs Saturday with Bailey playing a crucial knock of 55 runs in the victory. The World Cup co-hosts play...
  • James Faulkner's World Cup debut still on ice February 16, 2015

    Melbourne: Allrounder James Faulkner has ruled himself out of Australia's second World Cup match against Bangladesh on Saturday and gave no timeline on his return to fitness. The 24-year-old suffered a side strain in the one-day Tri-series final against England two weeks ago and missed Australia's opening win over the same...
  • Glenn Maxwell shows up in time for World Cup February 16, 2015

    Glenn Maxwell has occasionally burnt the fingers of those who have invested in him but the mercurial all-rounder could be set to produce big dividends in Australia's World Cup campaign. The hard-hitting 26-year-old was dubbed 'The Big Show' after winning a million-dollar contract to play in the 2013 Indian Premier League. The...
  • Shane Watson still a vital player: Mitchell Marsh February 15, 2015

    Melbourne: The squeeze is on for places in Australia's one-day side and Mitchell Marsh is in no doubt that Shane Watson remains a crucial part of the co-host's quest for a fifth ICC World Cup title. Australia's selectors will have plenty to ponder about in the coming weeks as they attempt...
  • England will come back hard after Australia thrashing February 15, 2015

    England will come out of their defeat to Australia absolutely devastated because they've taken a huge hammering. They will be soul searching over the next six days and it will feel like a long time until the New Zealand game but that's what can happen in World Cups. You go...
  • Adelaide in the grip of India-Pakistan cricket fever February 15, 2015

    'Taxi Drivers versus Bus Conductors.' Big banner, large text. As unmissable, really, as it was unflattering. That was at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 1985, when India and Pakistan squared off in the final of the World Championship of Cricket, gate-crashing into the Australian party during the 150-year anniversary...
  • Watch: ICC World Cup 2015, Day 1 Highlights February 15, 2015

    The first day of the 11th ICC World Cup was full of drama. On one side we saw the first hundred and hat-trick of the tournament in the lung opener itself, and on the other young England batsman James Taylor was denied a well-deserved century due to an umpiring error. Thanks...
  • Drop-in pitches will help sub-continent teams in WC: Michael Bevan February 14, 2015

    Adelaide: Drop-in pitches at several venues of World Cup matches will nullify home advantage as such wickets tend to be more benign and will help subcontinent teams acclimatise quicker in the cricket's showpiece event, according to former Australian all-rounder Michael Bevan. "One of the features of this World Cup is the...
  • Man-of-the-match Aaron Finch soaks up adulation from home fans February 14, 2015

    Aaron Finch could have trudged back to the dressing room after facing two balls in Australia's World Cup opener against England on Saturday, but instead strode off to a standing ovation after scoring a match-winning century in front of home fans. The bulky opening batsman spooned a catch straight to Chris...
  • Eoin Morgan defends team selections, own form after heavy loss February 14, 2015

    Melbourne: Skipper Eoin Morgan defended England's team changes and his decision to send Australia into bat after a heavy first-up loss at the World Cup to their arch-rivals on Saturday. Australia pounded England's bowlers to score 342 for nine off their 50 overs and dismissed Morgan's team for 231 off 41.5...
  • Umpiring error costs James Taylor World Cup ton, admits ICC February 14, 2015

    Melbourne: ICC on Saturday acknowledged that the cricket World Cup match between Australia and England ended "incorrectly" after English pacer James Anderson was given run out controversially. Following Australia's 111-run win over England in the Group A World Cup clash at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday, the Playing Control Team (PCT)...
  • Kings Of Cricket: Australia, New Zealand register easy wins on Day 1 of WC February 14, 2015

    Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh took Australia to a 111-run win over England while New Zealand all-round New Zealand humbled Sri Lanka by 98 runs. ...
  • Finch, Marsh script Australia's big win over England in World Cup February 14, 2015

    Melbourne: Aaron Finch scored a superb hundred in front of his home crowd, Glenn Maxwell put on a big show, the back-up seamer picked up a five-for, and there were stunning catches as Australia started the 2015 World Cup with a chillingly competent 111-run demolition of their oldest rivals. Steven...
  • New Zealand conditions suit India more than Australia: Mohinder Amarnath February 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Former India cricketer Mohinder Amarnath believes that conditions in New Zealand will suit Indian batsmen better than those in Australia at the 2015 World Cup which starts on Saturday. "The conditions in New Zealand will provide Indian batsmen more opportunity and options. It will suit their style because New...
  • Sangakkara passes Ponting on ODI run list February 14, 2015

    Christchurch: Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday became the second highest run-maker in one-day international history during the World Cup clash against New Zealand in Christchurch. Sangakkara started the day on 13,693 runs and needing just 12 more to pass Australia's Ricky Ponting who made 13,704 runs before he retired. The Sri...
  • Steven Finn takes first hat-trick of 2015 World Cup February 14, 2015

    England fast bowler Steven Finn took a bizarre hat-trick off the last three balls in Saturday's World Cup clash against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Like his team mates, Finn had come in for heavy punishment from Australia's batsmen, who smashed 342-9 from their 50 overs, but grabbed some consolation...
  • As it happened: Australia vs England, World Cup 2015, Pool A, Match 2 February 14, 2015

    (For Live blog and updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Quick Preview: Of six previous meetings against England in World Cup competition, Australia have won four, including the final in 1987. But as they head into what is the opening game for both teams, in front of a...
  • Kings of Cricket: Who will win the World Cup 2015? February 13, 2015

    Cricket legends Ricky Ponting, Zaheer Abbas and Krishnamachari Srikkanth analyse the strongest contenders for the Cricket World Cup on CNN-IBN. ...
  • World Cup Pool A Analysis: Australia, New Zealand appear most potent February 13, 2015

    With the teams warming up before the big finale, both the groups have equally capable contenders to lift the trophy. While there are only fourteen teams participating in the World Cup, unlike any other mega event, it has all the ingredients to be a very closely contested World Cup. England,...
  • Johnson, Starc key for Australia in World Cup: David Warner February 13, 2015

    Dynamic opening batsman David Warner on Friday said Australian pacers Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc will star for the co-hosts and will be crucial for the country's World Cup campaign. Speaking with cricket.com.au ahead of Saturday's opener against England, Warner identified a pair of left-arm quicks when asked who he considered...
  • Captain Michael Clarke could have played World Cup opener, says Shane Warne February 13, 2015

    Melbourne: Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne on Friday said Australian captain Michael Clarke is fitter than he has been in the last five years and should have been picked for Australia's World Cup opener against England Saturday. Warne said the 33-year-old Clarke is "ready to go" for the 14-nation quadrennial tournament in...
  • World Cup 2015 Preview: Get, set, go! May the best team win February 13, 2015

    After the T20 tsunami since India's World Twenty20 win in 2007, the viewers of the game returned to the days of watching the first 10 and last 10 overs of an ODI. An innings of 50 overs spread over three hours started struggling to hold its ground against a three-hour...
  • World Cup 2015: England wary of Australia's form, intent in opener February 13, 2015

    Melbourne: Of six previous meetings against England in World Cup competition, Australia have won four, including the final in 1987. But as they head into what is the opening game for both teams, in front of a capacity crowd of 90,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it's one of those...
  • Anderson rules out sledging war with firebrand Warner February 13, 2015

    Melbourne: Wily paceman James Anderson says England have no intention of provoking a sledging war with Australian firebrand David Warner in Saturday's high-profile World Cup opener. Anderson, who has a reputation of getting under the skin of Australian players, played a straight bat to questions over whether or not he would...
  • World Cup 2015: Can England be braver than Australia? February 13, 2015

    The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is almost upon us and you can feel the excitement building here in Australia ahead of their mouth-watering opening match against England. I've been here for a few days with Scotland and the anticipation is mounting, with the little things like the headshots, the media...
  • A to Z of Cricket World Cup 2015: all you want to know February 13, 2015

    In less than 24 hours from now, Christchurch in New Zealand and Melbourne in Australia will host the opening matches of 11th ICC Cricket World Cup. And here's your one-stop, single-page guide to the 49-match cricket extravaganza spread over 44 days at 14 venues from February 14 to March 29. No....
  • Ivory Coast, Australia leap up FIFA rankings February 12, 2015

    Zurich: Ivory Coast and Australia both leapt up the FIFA rankings after winning the African Nations Cup and Asian Cup respectively, while tiny Equatorial Guinea moved into the top 50 for the first time. Equatorial Guinea, who hosted the Nations Cup, leapt 69 places and are joint 49th with Congo after...
  • World Cup 2015: Allan Border urges Australia to embrace pressure February 12, 2015

    Melbourne: World Cup-winning captain Allan Border on Thursday urged Australia to make the most of the pressure and expectation that comes with hosting the game's biggest event. Host nations have a poor record in cricket World Cups, with India's victory in 2011 only the second time in 10 tournaments the host...