AUSTRALIA

  • Xavier Doherty replaces injured Marsh in Australia ODI squad October 7, 2014

    Australia have added left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty to their one-day squad as cover for Mitchell Marsh, who will miss the three-match series against Pakistan with a hamstring injury, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Tuesday. Spin played a big part in Sunday's one-off Twenty20 in Dubai, which Australia won by six wickets,...
  • NZ dark horse for World Cup, Australia 'annoying', says Dale Steyn October 7, 2014

    South Africa paceman Dale Steyn rates co-hosts New Zealand as a "dark horse" to win next year's cricket World Cup, while one-day rivals Australia are "annoying." South Africa are among the favourites to win the quadrennial tournament but bring the dreaded "choker" tag after being upset repeatedly in past editions, including...
  • Pakistan, Australia focus on spin for ODI series October 6, 2014

    Sharjah: Pakistan and Australia will focus on spin when they start a three-match one-day series in Sharjah on Tuesday, despite the absence of top bowler Saeed Ajmal, who is suspended over his suspect bowling action. Pakistan have been hard pressed to compensate for the missing Ajmal, who has single-handedly won them...
  • Australia beat Pakistan by 6 wickets in one-off Twenty20 October 6, 2014

    Dubai: Offspinner Glenn Maxwell polished off Pakistan's top order with the new ball and opening batsman David Warner anchored the run chase with an unbeaten 54 as Australia comfortably won the one-off Twenty20 match by six wickets on Sunday. Maxwell finished with 3 for 13 after removing opening batsman Awais Zia...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs Australia, One-off Twenty20 in Dubai October 5, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Pakistan and Australia look to build their squads in the shortest format of the game when they meet in the lone T20 international, but both are missing key men. Pakistan, who were World Twenty20 champions in 2009, will be without...
  • Ready for Australia's pace challenge, says Rohit Sharma October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Gearing up for the pace test that awaits India in Australia come December, batsman Rohit Sharma said the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle would be a tough challenge to deal with but the Indians are no longer intimidated by bouncy tracks Down Under. "Australia will be a...
  • Australia need to forget the hype in big year: Michael Clarke October 5, 2014

    A Test series against India, a World Cup on home soil and a much-anticipated Ashes campaign will put Australia's cricketers under heavy scrutiny over the next year, but the team need to make themselves oblivious to the hype, according to captain Michael Clarke. "Obviously, this is the start of a huge...
  • Pakistan, Australia face off in Twenty20 October 4, 2014

    Dubai: Pakistan and Australia look to build their squads in the shortest format of the game when they meet in the lone Twenty20 international in Dubai on Sunday, but both are missing key men. Pakistan, who were World Twenty20 champions in 2009, will be without their key spinner Saeed Ajmal who...
  • Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez out of Australia ODIs through injury October 4, 2014

    Pakistan all rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been ruled out of the limited-overs series against Australia due to a hand injury he sustained during a practice game. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Hafeez required five stitches after he split the webbing between the thumb and index finger of his left hand...
  • Mohammad Hafeez unfazed after action reported October 4, 2014

    Lahore: Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez on Thursday said he was surprised but not concerned after his bowling was reported during the Champions League Twenty20 in India, adding he had no plans to modify his action. The 33-year-old is key to Pakistan's attack in their series against Australia which starts with a...
  • Coach Waqar urges Pakistan bowlers to fill void left by Ajmal October 4, 2014

    Dubai: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis urged his bowlers to step up and fill the big void left by the absence of ace spinner Saeed Ajmal when they meet Australia in the limited-overs and Test series. Ajmal, ranked number one in one-day cricket, was last month suspended after his bowling action...
  • Pakistan will miss Ajmal, says T20 captain Afridi October 2, 2014

    Dubai: Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi admitted his team will miss suspended ace spinner Saeed Ajmal when they meet Australia in Dubai on Sunday. The 36-year-old offspinner is serving suspension on illegal bowling action and will not be available to play internationally until he is cleared after remedial work and reassessment. Ajmal...
  • New cricket rules in force at Pakistan-Australia series October 1, 2014

    Dubai: The new playing conditions for Tests, one-day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) will come into effect with the series between Pakistan and Australia, which starts here on October 5. The game of cricket has witnessed a sea change since the inception of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1909...
  • India to play hockey Test series in Australia October 1, 2014

    Melbourne: World Champions Australia will host India for a four-match hockey Test series in Perth in November. The Nov 1-9 series will be part of preparations for the Champions Trophy to be played in Bhubaneswar in December. "We've been keen to bring India back to Australia for some time. As we saw...
  • PCB not happy with Dubai's bouncy tracks for Australia series September 30, 2014

    Karachi: The PCB is not satisfied with reported comments made by the chief curator at the Dubai Sports city that a bouncy pitch has been prepared for the Test series between Pakistan and Australia. The PCB has reacted to comments by Tony Hemmings that he had prepared a bouncy track for...
  • Vernon Philander returns for South Africa's New Zealand, Australia tours September 30, 2014

    Durban: Vernon Philander is the only addition to the one-day squad that won the recent triangular tournament in Zimbabwe as Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced their selection to tour New Zealand and Australia starting next month. All-rounder Philander replaces seamer Mthokozisi Shezi in the 15-man touring party as selectors assess their...
  • Younis Khan will not be disciplined by Pakistan September 30, 2014

    Islamabad: Disgruntled batsman Younis Khan will not be penalized by the Pakistan Cricket Board for criticizing the selectors after being dropped from the one-day international series against Australia. "For the moment, we will not take any disciplinary action against him, and hope he will settle down now," PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan...
  • Misbah-ul-Haq distances himself from Younis Khan comment September 28, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq has distanced himself from the axing of senior batsman, Younis Khan for the ODI series against Australia. "I don't want to comment on this issue because Younis is a senior teammate and I also have to look at the PCB code of conduct but...
  • Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson set to play against Pakistan September 28, 2014

    Sydney: Australian coach Darren Lehmann said Sunday that fearsome fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will play in the upcoming Tests and one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. Johnson was withdrawn from the Twenty20 Champions League with a rib injury, but left with the national squad for the UAE on...
  • Younis Khan needs to show some maturity: PCB chief September 28, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar said that senior batsman Younis Khan ought to show "some maturity" but ruled out any disciplinary action against veteran star. "I am a bit disappointed at the way Younis has reacted to being dropped from the ODI squad as he is a very senior player...
  • Diamond ring worth half-a-million dollars stolen in Australia September 28, 2014

    Melbourne: A rare diamond ring worth half-a-million dollars was stolen from an auction site in broad daylight in Australia. The pink argyle and white diamond ring, valued at 577,000 Australian dollars, was taken from a display counter at Theodore Bruce Auctions in New South Wales. It is estimated that around 100 people...
  • Australia coach Darren Lehmann turns heat on spinner Nathan Lyon September 28, 2014

    Melbourne: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has turned the blowtorch on Nathan Lyon, saying the spinner had not "delivered" in second innings spells to drive the Test team to victory. An orthodox spinner who rarely strays from his stock off-breaks, Lyon will be under pressure to perform in the United Arab Emirates...
  • Angry Younis Khan blasts Pakistan selectors after ODI axe September 26, 2014

    Karachi: Upset at being dropped from the ODI side, Pakistan's senior batsman and former captain Younis Khan on Friday lambasted the national selectors and said they should be held accountable if they fail to build a new team for the World Cup in February next year. A visibly angry Younis, who...
  • Mitchell Johnson to miss entire CLT20 due to injury September 26, 2014

    Cricket Australia said fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has a rib injury and he won't be released to play the ongoing Champions League T20 in India. Australian team performance manager Pat Howard on Friday said Johnson will continue to work with medical staff before approval is given for his return to action. Johnson...
  • Michael Clarke guided by physio on injury comeback September 25, 2014

    Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke said on Thursday he will be guided by the team physio on whether he will play in next month's two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. The 33-year-old plans to fly out on Tuesday, six days ahead of the rest of the Test squad,...
  • Aussies are not as formidable as they used to be: Moin Khan September 24, 2014

    Lahore: Pakistan's chief selector and national team manager, Moin Khan on Wednesday said that the currently Aussie team are not as formidable as they used to be in the past. "This Australian team is not as formidable as in the past and it is wrong to say we don't have a...
  • Indian-origin taxi driver in Australia to face molestation trial September 24, 2014

    Melbourne: A 28-year-old Indian-origin taxi driver in Australia will face trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman passenger. Sunil Kumar Saharan will face trial for repeatedly assaulting a woman after picking her up alongwith her four other friends from the Perth suburb of Victoria Park earlier this month. The alleged offences took...
  • Pakistan axe Younis Khan for Australia one-day series September 24, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan have axed senior batsman Younis Khan for next month's one-day series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates as they announced their ODI and Twenty20 squads on Wednesday. After a one-off T20 match on Oct. 5, Pakistan will play Australia in three one-dayers over the following week before the...
  • Sachin Tendulkar to be inducted as Bradman Honourees September 23, 2014

    Sachin Tendulkar's tryst with Australia and 'The Don' continues as the legendary batsman will be inducted as a Bradman Honouree along with former Test captain Steve Waugh at a gala dinner in Sydney on October 29. Tendulkar, who had the honour of meeting Bradman on his 90th birthday at his Adelaide...
  • Australia 'interested' in joining Asian Games September 23, 2014

    Australia has welcomed the idea of possibly competing at the Asian Games after Asian Olympic officials agreed to let Oceania nations join them in smaller multi-sports events. While there are no firm plans as yet to allow Oceania countries to compete at the main Asian Games, which are second in size...