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  • Australia warns its citizens of 'high terror threat' in India January 7, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia has revised its travel advisory for India asking its citizens to exercise high degree of caution while travelling to the country, citing high threat of terrorist activities. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) updated its advice on Tuesday warning the Australians travelling to India that terrorists...
  • As it happened: Australia vs India, Day 2, 4th Test January 7, 2015

    (For Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Virat Kohli's first day as India's full-time Test captain ended on a sorry note as bowlers leaked runs at a canter and fielders spilled catches, which allowed Australia to race to a dominating 348 for 2 thanks to David Warner's third...
  • Stuart Broad hails Aussies for respect they showed Phillip Hughes January 6, 2015

    London: England allrounder Stuart Broad has praised Australia captain Michael Clarke, his team and the general public for the respect they showed Phillip Hughes following the death of the opening batsman in November. The 25-year-old Hughes was struck on the back of the neck by a bouncer delivered by fast bowler...
  • David Warner's touching tribute to 'little mate' Phillip Hughes January 6, 2015

    David Warner said he was in tears before he went out to score an emotional century to put Australia in a strong position in the final Test against India in Sydney on Tuesday. Warner, who was deeply affected by the tragic death of his close friend Phillip Hughes in November, mastered...
  • India's squad for Tri-series: Mohit, Dhawal part of 17-man squad January 6, 2015

    Along with the much-awaited World Cup squad, the BCCI selectors on Tuesday also named the touring party for the Carlton Mid Tri-series in Australia, with fast bowlers Mohit Sharma and Dhawal Kulkarni being the only two players in the squad that will not be part of the World Cup. Injured...
  • Dropping Cheteshwar Pujara a bit strange: Ajit Agarkar January 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar said on Tuesday that dropping middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for the fourth and final Test against Australia was a "bit strange" and felt that he should have been given a longer run. India, on Tuesday, dropped Pujara from the playing XI and brought in...
  • Good pitch and poor fielding helped Australia, feels David Warner January 6, 2015

    Sydney: Australian opener David Warner on Tuesday said that a good pitch coupled with India's poor bowling and fielding helped him score his third hundred of the series and place Australia at a commanding 348 for two at stumps on day one of the fourth and final Test. Warner hit 101...
  • Pacers working on consistency, says India bowling coach January 6, 2015

    India's young attack is still a work in progress and more time is needed to iron out its deficiencies, Indian bowling coach B Arun said on Tuesday after Australia piled up 348 for 2 on the opening day of the fourth and final Test in Sydney. Openers David Warner and Chris...
  • Late batsman Phillip Hughes' plaque unveiled at SCG January 6, 2015

    Sydney: A plaque of late batsman Phillip Hughes was unveiled at the Members' stand of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Tuesday to commemorate the much-loved 25-year-old Australian cricketer. Hughes was hit by a vicious bouncer during a domestic match at the SCG on November 25. He succumbed to the injuries...
  • David Warner may quit IPL to focus on Tests January 6, 2015

    Sydney: Australian opener David Warner is worried about mental fatigue that creeps in from playing non-stop cricket and said he might quit the Indian Premier League (IPL) to concentrate on Tests. "I pinch myself every day that I'm opening the batting for Australia in Test matches, especially on an occasion like...
  • Michael Clarke to return in World Cup without match practice January 6, 2015

    Sydney: Recuperating from a hamstring injury, Australian batsman Michael Clarke has been cleared to make his return to international cricket during the upcoming World Cup without a practice match under his belt. Clarke, who had recovered just in time for the first Test against India at Adelaide before suffering another hamstring...
  • 4th Test: Warner, Smith hammer poor India on Day 1 January 6, 2015

    Virat Kohli's first day as India's full-time Test captain ended on a sorry note as bowlers leaked runs at a canter and fielders spilled catches, which allowed Australia to race to a dominating 348 for 2 thanks to David Warner's third century of the series. Australia didn't hesitate to bat first...
  • Michael Clarke leads emotional tributes to Phillip Hughes at SCG January 6, 2015

    Sydney: Emotions ran high on the opening day of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia as injured skipper Michael Clarke led a series of tributes for late Phillip Hughes, who was fatally struck by a bouncer six weeks back at the SCG. Clarke, who is part of the...
  • 1987 triumph was the turning point for Australia: Allan Border January 6, 2015

    The ICC Cricket World Cup 1987 was a special moment indeed for Australia cricket not only because we ended up winning it but because it was a turning point, especially in limited-overs cricket. We really got a crack on from that point. Bob Simpson was on the coaching staff and he...
  • As it happened: Australia vs India, 4th Test, Day 1 January 6, 2015

    (For updates on Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Preview: A series that began on a tragic note in Australia will end with the reminder of that painful incident, which snatched Phillip Hughes away from his loved ones. Emotions will no doubt take over the players before they...
  • Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara expected to be axed for fourth Test January 5, 2015

    Sydney: Newly appointed Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is set to make a clear statement that he is the big boy in town by axing opener Shikhar Dhawan, who reportedly stood up to him in a heated exchange in Brisbane. The 26-year-old Kohli is wasting no time in marking out his...
  • India's last chance of redemption in New Year Test at emotional Sydney January 5, 2015

    A series that began on a tragic note in Australia will end with the reminder of that painful incident, which snatched Phillip Hughes away from his loved ones. Emotions will no doubt take over the players before they come to terms with it once again, and while Australia will want...
  • Smith looking forward to going up against 'emotional' Kohli January 5, 2015

    Sydney: Relishing the challenge of squaring off against new Indian captain Virat Kohli in the fourth and final cricket Test here, Australian skipper Steve Smith on Monday described his rival number as an "emotional character". "M S Dhoni has been a terrific leader for India for a long period of time....
  • Dhoni's retirement decision was pretty shocking, says Kohli January 5, 2015

    New India skipper Virat Kohli says he will encourage his team to play positively and not back down against Australia in the final Test in Sydney, which begins on Tuesday. Kohli has been thrust into the captaincy following the shock Test retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni following last week's drawn third...
  • Kohli promises analytical, positive approach for SCG Test January 5, 2015

    Thrust back into the India captaincy after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shock decision to retire from Tests last week, Virat Kohli hopes to put right some of the mistakes he made in his first match in charge against Australia. The aggressive right-handed batsman had deputised in the injured Dhoni's absence in the...
  • Maxwell, Cummins in Prime Minister's XI to face England January 5, 2015

    Sydney: Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell and fast bowler Pat Cummins will have a chance to bolster their World Cup selection claims after being named in a Prime Minister's XI to play England in a one-day match on January 14. Maxwell has recently been out of form and Cummins has been battling...
  • Starc in, Johnson out of Australia's XI for Sydney Test against India January 5, 2015

    Sydney: Mitchell Starc will replace injured allrounder Mitchell Johnson in the only change to Australia's lineup for the fourth Test against India starting at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Captain Steve Smith confirmed Australia's match XI Monday, saying Johnson has a slight hamstring strain and probably would have been considered...
  • Focus is on India Test rather than future: Joe Burns January 4, 2015

    Sydney: Rookie batsman Joe Burns feels that it's important to focus on the present rather than think about future as he readies himself for the fourth and final cricket Test against India, starting Tuesday rather than thinking about Australia's future international tours including Ashes. "It's very exciting, the tours that are...
  • Shane Watson is harsh on himself: Chris Rogers January 4, 2015

    Sydney: Australia opener Chris Rogers has said out-of-form all-rounder Shane Watson's biggest problem is he sets very high playing standards and judges himself too harshly. "He's an interesting character, he does put a lot of pressure on himself and he's desperate to do well. He's probably overly harsh on himself at...
  • Sydney Test to be Chris Rogers' swansong on Australian soil January 4, 2015

    Sydney: Australian opener Chris Rogers had decided that the fourth and final cricket Test against India at the SCG will be his last on home soil as he aims to finish his seven-year-long career in the Ashes series this year. The 37-year-old Rogers, who made his Test debut against India in...
  • Mitchell Starc likely to replace injured Mitchell Johnson at SCG January 4, 2015

    Sydney: Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc is likely to take the place of injured quick Mitchell Johnson in a like-for-like replacement in the Australian team for the Sydney Test beginning on Tuesday. Johnson, Australia's leading bowler, was ruled out of the match on Sunday due to hamstring soreness, paving the way for...
  • India in Australia: Virat Kohli's Aggression adds spice to final Test January 4, 2015

    Sydney: Virat Kohli's pressing task as the new Test skipper is to arrest India's woeful away record, starting with Tuesday's final Test against Australia in Sydney. Kohli assumed the mantle as India's new captain following the sudden Test retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni after last week's Melbourne Test, opening debate on...
  • SCG Test last for Chris Rogers on Australian soil January 4, 2015

    Sydney: Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers has declared that the Sydney Test against India will be his last on home soil. The 37-year-old wishes to hang up his boots following the Ashes in the summer. With an experience of 11 seasons in English county cricket, the left-hander could prove to be...
  • Dhoni's absence gives Australia advantage: David Warner January 4, 2015

    Sydney: The sudden retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India's most capped and most successful Test captain, gives Australia an early advantage in the build-up to the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) beginning Tuesday, opener David Warner said on Sunday. "MS (Dhoni) thinks a lot about...