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  • Selectors put Ryan Harris in cotton wool for Ashes January 11, 2015

    Sydney: Leading paceman Ryan Harris will miss the World Cup with an eye to Australia's Ashes campaign in England later this year, selectors said on Sunday. Harris, who ranks among Australia's prominent fast bowlers, was left out of the World Cup squad named on Sunday. It was no great surprise given the...
  • Have utmost good faith in Glenn Maxwell: Cricket Australia January 11, 2015

    Sydney: Australia have reposed faith in enigmatic cricketer Glenn Maxwell and backed the all-rounder to come good in the impending 2015 World Cup. Maxwell, a destructive right-arm batsman and a handy off-spinner, was included in Australia's 15-man squad for the mega event Sunday despite a string of mediocre performances in the...
  • Not worried by hamstring problem: Mitchell Marsh January 11, 2015

    Sydney: All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has said his troublesome hamstring won't hold him back in his attempts to propel Australia to World Cup glory. Marsh was selected in Australia's 15-man cricket World Cup squad Sunday despite suffering another hamstring setback last month during the Test series against India. But Mitchell said the injury...
  • Confident of being fit for World Cup: Michael Clarke January 11, 2015

    Sydney: Named Australia's captain for next month's World Cup despite being out injured right now, Michael Clarke on Sunday said he is confident of participating in the marquee tournament for which he has to prove his fitness by February 21. The World Cup, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New...
  • Chris Rogers replaces Mike Hussey at PM XI captain vs England January 11, 2015

    Canberra: Cricket Australia says Test opener Chris Rogers will replace Mike Hussey as captain of the Prime Minister's XI to play England in a tour match at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday. Hussey sustained a calf injury while playing for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League Twenty20 competition...
  • India in Australia: Consistent Kohli's inconsistent India falters again January 11, 2015

    A Test series win in Australia still remains a pipe dream for India as once again a tour Down Under has gone by where the visitors were caught napping, crouching and fighting for their survival on an occasion which was apt to take home the Border-Gavaskar trophy with the opposition...
  • World Cup squads: Clarke named Australia skipper, Maxwell gets a chance January 11, 2015

    Sydney: Selectors named Michael Clarke on Sunday as captain of Australia's squad for next month's World Cup, with a fitness contingency should he not be able to play following recent hamstring surgery. Clarke, who missed the final three Tests against India following the surgery, has been given until February 21 to...
  • We should look for a fresh set of bowlers: Sunil Gavaskar January 10, 2015

    Sydney: Coming down heavily on the Indian bowling attack in Australia, former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday said that it's time "we look for a fresh set of bowlers" in the Test ranks to ensure better showing in overseas conditions. The attack comprising Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav...
  • Stat Attack: Nathan Lyon's best and worst come together January 10, 2015

    Australia gave India another scare before drawing the fourth Test at Sydney on Saturday to complete a 2-0 series win, which saw the home offspinner Nathan Lyon give his best performance in a series and also earning the dubious distinction of conceding 100 runs or more in a series six...
  • Steve Smith, Virat Kohli: New captains breaking records January 10, 2015

    Sydney: India may have hung on to claim a draw against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday, limiting the series defeat to 2-0, but the four-Test series will be remembered more for the performances of opposing young captains Virat Kohli of India and Australia's Steve Smith. Kohli scored four...
  • Need to improve bowling big time: Virat Kohli January 10, 2015

    Sydney: He is quite proud of the "character and composure" that the Indian cricket team showed in the lost Test series against Australia but skipper Virat Kohli on Friday made it clear that fighting spirit alone cannot make up for the side's poor bowling, which needs to improve "big time". The...
  • Pitches did not break up as much as expected: Steven Smith January 10, 2015

    Sydney: Australia skipper Steven Smith said on Saturday that the pitches did not "break up quite as much as expected" during the four-match Test series against India and it hampered the home side's chances of winning by a bigger margin. After winning the first two Tests in Adelaide and Brisbane, Australia...
  • Mike Young returns as Australia's fielding coach January 10, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia's squad for the Tri-Series, including India and Australia, and ICC Cricket World Cup will be boosted by the return of American fielding guru Mike Young. According to CA website, fielding consultant Greg Blewett is in Adelaide for the birth of his child, and Young will link with the side...
  • We have given a tough fight to Australia: Virat Kohli January 10, 2015

    Sydney: He "hates" defeats but Indian captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said that he was not too disappointed by the Test series loss to Australia as his team put up a tough fight, displaying "intent and character" all through. The Indians lost 0-2 after drawing the last two matches and Kohli,...
  • Harbhajan, Laxman worried about India's death bowling at World Cup January 10, 2015

    Test stalwart VVS Laxman and 2011 World Cup winner Harbhajan Singh have questioned India's ability to bowl at the death in limited-overs cricket and feel India's title defence in Australia and New Zealand will depend on how the bowling holds up in the final overs of an innings. Talking to The...
  • 4th Test: India manage a nervous draw, Australia win series 2-0 January 10, 2015

    It seemed the Adelaide nightmare will return to haunt India in the final session of the Sydney Test as well, but some sensible batting by Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar allowed the hosts to overcome a five-wicket loss post tea to secure a nervous draw but lose the Border-Gavaskar Trophy...
  • As it happened: Australia vs India, 4th Test, Day 5 at the SCG January 10, 2015

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 4 Round-up: Shoulders dropped and bowlers ran out of answers as India, following an Australian onslaught, braced up for another battle of survival on the final day of the Test series after the hosts went 348 runs in front...
  • 4th Test: Team India on back foot as bowling disappoints again January 9, 2015

    In 8 innings of the Test series, India have leaked 3113 runs in 754.1 overs at 4.12 runs per over, bowling out Australia only twice. ...
  • Stat Attack: Umesh Yadav records worst ever economy rate by an Indian in Tests January 9, 2015

    Umesh Yadav's horror show of 0 for 45 in just 3 overs on the fourth day of the Sydney Test against Australia has become a subject of censure as India once again slipped from a good position and face a battle of survival on their tour of Australia. Brought into the...
  • Australia's close-in fielding worries Tom Moody January 9, 2015

    Sydney: Former Australian allrounder Tom Moody has emphasised the need for Australia to deploy a specialist fielder at the short-leg fielding position where several catches have been dropped by the home team in the ongoing Test series against India. Joe Burns, one of the newest members in the Australian squad, dropped...
  • Team India still in with a chance, says R Ashwin January 9, 2015

    Sydney: Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin insisted on Friday that India are still in the game despite trailing by 348 runs at stumps on day four of the fourth Test against Australia here. India were bowled out for 475 in the first innings, handing the home team a 97-run lead. Australia blasted the...
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissal raises DRS question again January 9, 2015

    Sydney: The absence of the Decision Review System (DRS) may be a talking point in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, but India's continued refusal of its use was partially vindicated when lower-order batsman Bhuvneshwar Kumar was controversially adjudged out in the fourth Test on Friday. Kumar was batting on 30 on...
  • Spinners will play major role on Day 5 at SCG: Joe Burns January 9, 2015

    Sydney: His swashbuckling 66 helped Australia amass a massive 348-run lead on the fourth day of the final Test and young batsman Joe Burns feels the spinners will play a major role on a fifth day pitch as the hosts go for an outright win against India on Saturday. Burns hit...
  • Shane Warne excludes Michael Bevan from all-time Aussie ODI XI January 9, 2015

    Sydney: Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne Friday opted to exclude one of the sport's best finishers Michael Bevan from his all-time Australian One-Day International (ODI) eleven. Always controversial, Warne omitted ODI legend Bevan, widely regarded as Australia's greatest-ever finisher after averaging 53.58 across 232 matches. Warne named his all-time Australian ODI XI during...
  • We definitely leaked too many runs: Ravichandran Ashwin January 9, 2015

    Sydney: Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin admitted that the visiting bowlers were guilty of leaking too many runs in the final session of play to allow Australia a 348-run second innings lead on the fourth day of the final Test on Friday. India gave away 213 runs in post-tea session as the...
  • Australia expose India's bowling incompetence ahead of World Cup January 9, 2015

    251 for 6 in 40 overs - a run-rate of 6.28 per over. We are not talking about an ODI here. It's Australia's scorecard from day four of the Sydney Test, where India's bowling incompetence has now put serious question marks over their World Cup hopes. They have done what they...
  • Australia captain Steven Smith breaks Don Bradman's record January 9, 2015

    Sydney: Steven Smith's record-breaking spree continued after the Australian skipper eclipsed one of Donald Bradman's longest standing marks against India on day four of the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Friday. According to foxsports.com.au, Smith's incredible run of form continued as he passed Bradman's record...
  • 4th Test: Australia take control on Day 4, lead India by 348 January 9, 2015

    Shoulders dropped and bowlers ran out of answers as India, following an Australian onslaught, braced up for another battle of survival on the final day of the Test series after the hosts went 348 runs in front on the fourth day of the Sydney Test - putting an Indian win...