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  • Can Indian cricketers buck the trend in Australia? December 8, 2014

    The entire cricket world is waiting with bated breath to see the first bouncer bowled in the India-Australia Test series after a short-pitched delivery fatally felled Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground barely two weeks ago. Former Australian bowler burly Merv Hughes wants the very first ball of the Test...
  • Sean Abbott set for return after Phil Hughes tragedy December 8, 2014

    Sean Abbott, who delivered the ball that killed Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, is set to return to action after being named Monday in the New South Wales squad. There were fears that the young fast bowler may have been too traumatised to play again after Hughes died from being hit by...
  • Andrew Symonds takes up coaching assignment December 8, 2014

    Former Australian Test cricketer Andrew Symonds has been named as Queensland's Under-19 co-coach ahead of the national titles. In his first official coaching gig, Symonds will share the reins with ex-Queensland and Australian Country mentor Vic Williams for the Under 19s tournament to be held from January 12-22. Williams said the Townsville-based...
  • India-Australia resume rivalry post Hughes tragedy December 8, 2014

    Adelaide: India, after a calamitous week ahead of the Test match, would look to improve their overseas record with Virat Kohli at the helm of affairs. Australia, on the other hand, would look to give Phillip Hughes, the perfect farewell after the sun bid farewell to the young soul at...
  • Expect the unexpected in Australia: Virat Kohli December 8, 2014

    Virat Kohli is determined to make his mark as captain of India, if only for one Test as regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni recovers from a thumb injury on the sidelines. Kohli, long regarded heir apparent to 33-year-old Dhoni, confirmed he would lead India into the first Test against Australia in...
  • Hughes tragedy won't temper Australia aggression, says Johnson December 8, 2014

    Australia's players are still mourning the tragic death of team mate Phillip Hughes but their bowlers will not shy away from sending down a barrage of short deliveries in the first Test against India, paceman Mitchell Johnson has said. Australia meet India in the opening day of the first Test at...
  • No budging on DRS for stand-in India captain Virat Kohli December 8, 2014

    Stand-in India captain Virat Kohli has stuck to the party line on cricket's decision review system (DRS), saying his team would only endorse its use if it were 100 percent accurate. India's four-Test series against Australia will go ahead without the use of the sometimes controversial DRS, with the tourists rejecting...
  • For India, slip catching as important as scoring runs in Australia December 8, 2014

    While a lot of us talk about batting, great bowling or a brilliant piece of fielding, most of us even forget to credit a slip fielder for taking a catch. Just like there are no free lunches in this world, there are no easy slip catches and what makes it...
  • India in Australia: No love lost in this modern-day rivalry December 8, 2014

    There is no love lost when it is India vs Australia. On-field animosity goes up a few notches, exchange of words is never pleasant, heated moments are way too regular and sarcasm from close-in fielders is at its best to make the Australian summer more scorching. It's not just the...
  • Test cricket back on after Phillip Hughes' death December 8, 2014

    Adelaide: The emotional road back to competition begins Tuesday for Australia's Test cricketers following the death of batsman Phillip Hughes. The Adelaide Oval match against India will serve as yet another tribute to the fallen Australian player. Cricket Australia said Sunday that spectators will be asked to stand for 63 seconds of...
  • Injured Dhoni ruled out of 1st Test, Kohli to lead India in Adelaide December 8, 2014

    Virat Kohli will lead India in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide, after regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ruled out with a thumb injury. Dhoni was initially slated to sit out the opening Test of the series to rest an injured thumb but after the rescheduling in the wake...
  • Clarke to play 1st Test against India, Hughes named 13th man December 8, 2014

    Adelaide: Australia captain Michael Clarke will play in what is expected to be an emotion-charged first Test against India after overcoming a hamstring injury to take his place in the Adelaide Oval match. Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson says Clarke is "100 percent fit" and will lead a team Tuesday that includes...
  • Coaches using Champions Trophy to develop their teams for Rio Olympics December 7, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The Champions Trophy is regarded as the third most important hockey tournament after Olympics and the World Cup, but almost all the eight participating teams in the ongoing edition here have fielded relatively young squads to "develop" their bench strength for the 2016 Rio Olympics. World champions and five-time reigning...
  • Knowing Adelaide conditions will help us in first Test: Rohit Sharma December 7, 2014

    Adelaide: India batsman Rohit Sharma says he is confident of his team putting up a good show in the first Test against Australia as past two weeks' stay here and two tour-games have helped them get familiar with the conditions. The visitors have been in Adelaide for the last two weeks...
  • India need tough minds, tight techniques: Geoff Lawson December 7, 2014

    Adelaide: Former Australian cricketer Geoff Lawson feels India would need a combination of tight technique and tough minds to get the better of Michael Clarke and Co. in the much-anticipated Test series starting here on December 9. "They will need some tough minds as well as tight techniques to reverse the...
  • Hockey: Belgium hold Australia in high-scoring draw at Champions Trophy December 7, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Australia and Belgium got day two of the Champions Trophy hockey off to a rip-roaring start with a stunning 4-4 draw in Pool A with Tom Boon scoring in the dying moments on Sunday. After a feisty, physical first quarter ended scoreless, the second period was outstanding, consisting of five...
  • Injured Dhoni shows no discomfort in India's practice session December 7, 2014

    Sydney: Injured Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni attended an intense training session at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday showing no sign of discomfort on account of his right thumb injury, raising the prospect of his participation in the first Test against Australia starting Dec 9. The injury initially forced him...
  • I have worked on my technique, says Cheteshwar Pujara December 7, 2014

    Adelaide: He claims to have corrected the technical glitch which affected his performance during the forgettable tour of England earlier this year and Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that his scoring touch will return in the upcoming Test series against Australia. Speaking to the media ahead of the opening Test...
  • Shikhar Dhawan to take on Mitchell Johnson challenge December 7, 2014

    Australia pace demon Mitchell Johnson poses no fears for India who will fight fire with fire in this week's Test series, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan said on Sunday. Dhawan has vowed to go after Australia's fast bowling trump card if given the chance to face him in the opening Test in...
  • Darren Lehmann looks to Phillip Hughes himself to guide grieving team December 7, 2014

    Adelaide: The Australian team is slowly shifting its focus back to cricket after more than a week of emotional turmoil caused by Phillip Hughes' death but coach Darren Lehmann has told his wards to take their time to recover and not push themselves too hard. "With regard to getting back on...
  • Cricket Australia plans to honour late Hughes ahead of Adelaide Test December 7, 2014

    Adelaide: Cricket Australia (CA) will hold a range of tributes to honour the late Phillip Hughes ahead of the opening Commonwealth Bank Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. The Australian players will wear Hughes' Test cap number 408 on their playing shirts for the match. Players...
  • Australia ready to inflict pain on Team India, says Watson December 7, 2014

    Adelaide: Australia might still be mourning the tragic loss of Phillip Hughes but allrounder Shane Watson on Sunday said his team will be ready to dish out aggressive cricket and inflict pain on India when the opening Test gets underway here on Tuesday. The 33-year-old allrounder said last week has been...
  • Dhoni's captaincy under the microscope in Australia December 7, 2014

    Tours of Australia have traditionally been tests of character for visiting Indian cricketers and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will no doubt be put through the wringer when the four-Test series starts in Adelaide on Tuesday. Dhoni, having recovered from a thumb injury, joined his team-mates on Saturday and is expected to...
  • Team India aim to grab top 3 spot in ICC Test rankings December 7, 2014

    Dubai: India would look to grab the number three position in the ICC Test Team Rankings as they take on Australia in a four-Test series which gets underway with the opening match in Adelaide on December 9. Currently placed sixth in the ranking, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men will have a chance...
  • Coming out of transition phase, India must begin well in Australia December 7, 2014

    A tour to Australia, for more than a couple of decades, has had its own share of importance, throwing up characters that go on to make or break their careers. So it's not a riddle that every Indian team travelling to Australia has been put to the sternest of tests, and...
  • India in Australia 2014: Analysis of Team India December 7, 2014

    Analysis of India squad before the four-Test series against Australia, which starts in Adelaide on Tuesday: TOP ORDER India will have the flamboyant Shikhar Dhawan and the relatively calm Murali Vijay to see off the new ball against Australia's fiery pace attack. Dhawan failed to score a 50 in six innings in England...
  • Will India find their next 'Fab Four' in Australia? December 7, 2014

    You never know the value of what you have till you lose it. Similarly, we only got to know how blessed our country was to have gems like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to be playing at the same time till they called time on their...
  • Australia will win but by what margin is a question: Ian Chappell December 6, 2014

    Adelaide: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has no doubt that the home team will win the upcoming Test series against India but he feels the margin would depend on how the visiting batsmen tackle the pace and bounce. "The one thing we do know ? Australia will win. But by what...
  • I don't see myself as a role model for anyone: Ishant Sharma December 6, 2014

    Adelaide: India's pace spearhead Ishant Sharma believes that his "experience" of having bowled in Australian conditions will come in handy for the other bowlers but he doesn't want to be looked upon as a "role model" for the likes of Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron or Mohammed Shami. Ishant has previously been...
  • Shikhar Dhawan hints Dhoni might play Adelaide Test December 6, 2014

    Adelaide: In what would come as a change of plan for the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni might captain the side in the opening Test against Australia as he has joined the squad well in time for the four-match series, which had to be rescheduled following Phillip Hughes' death. Dhoni,...