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  • James Faulkner to miss start of World Cup due to abdominal strain February 3, 2015

    Melbourne: Australian all-rounder James Faulkner is likely to miss the start of the cricket World Cup as he is suffering from a moderate grade abdominal muscle strain, Cricket Australia said on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, who suffered the injury while bowling in Sunday's final of the ODI tri-Series against England at the...
  • Asia confident of continental shift at World Cup February 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Conventional wisdom says Asian teams usually succumb on the bouncy wickets of Australia or the seaming pitches in New Zealand, making them vulnerable and rank outsiders for the World Cup. Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, alongside the mighty South Africa, are the bookmakers' favourites to win one-day cricket's biggest...
  • Australia head for World Cup on top of ICC rankings February 2, 2015

    Dubai: Australia will enter the World Cup next week on top of the world rankings following their convincing 112-run tri-series final victory over England in Perth on Sunday. Australia's win means they currently hold a six-point advantage over second-placed India, who also featured in the series. India, the defending World Cup...
  • Lack of practice hurt Indian bowlers: Harbhajan Singh February 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is of the belief that lack of practice was the reason behind the Indian bowlers' inconsistency during their dismal tour of Australia. India lost the four-match Test series 0-2 and also failed to win a single match in the One-Day International (ODI) tri-series against England and...
  • Mitchell Johnson tells England to stop dreaming about World Cup February 2, 2015

    Perth: Making an impactful return in the tri-series final to send England packing, Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson said that the Eoin Morgan-led side would be "dreaming" if they believe that pressure will not be on them in their opening clash of the cricket World Cup. Returning from his month-long rest, Johnson,...
  • Holders India to enter World Cup 2015 as No. 2 in ODIs February 2, 2015

    Dubai: Defending champions India will enter the 11th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in second spot behind leaders Australia. After failing to win a single game in the recently concluded tri-series, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side trails Australia by six points in the ODI rankings, according to an ICC...
  • Michael Clarke draws Ricky Ponting parallels for Steven Smith February 2, 2015

    Brisbane: Michael Clarke has said he feels sympathy for Steven Smith as media speculation swirls around the leadership of the Australian cricket team while the injured skipper continues his recovery. Following Smith's elevation to the Australian vice-captaincy and successful stint at the helm during the Border-Gavaskar Test series against India while...
  • Will Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 'switch off' theory work for India? February 2, 2015

    It's not an ideal scenario for a team preparing for its World Cup title defence when it hasn't tasted victory for more than two months, that too on the same soil where they have to defend their crown. But India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says time off from the game...
  • Eoin Morgan plays down Mitchell Johnson factor February 2, 2015

    Perth: England One-Day International (ODI) captain Eoin Morgan "can't put his finger" on why his side collapsed in the tri-series final against Australia Sunday, but he said on Monday that he was certain it had nothing to do with returning Australian spearhead Mitchell Johnson. Chasing 279 to win the tri-series final,...
  • Australia need Michael Clarke to win World Cup: Shane Warne February 2, 2015

    Australia need skipper Michael Clarke to be fully fit if they are going to win the ICC Cricket World Cup on home soil, legendary spinner Shane Warne has said. Clarke remains in doubt for Australia's tournament opener against England Feb 14 but the skipper's bid to return from a hamstring injury...
  • Justin Langer will be next coach of Australia: Darren Lehmann February 2, 2015

    Melbourne: Australian head coach Darren Lehmann believes former Test cricketer Justin Langer is the right person to succeed him, considering the success he has already achieved in Western Australia. Lehmann, whose contract as Australian head coach was extended recently till mid-2017, knows that he won't be able to continue in this...
  • Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for Australia February 1, 2015

    Cairo: Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste left Egypt for his native Australia on Sunday after serving 400 days in a Cairo prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said. There was no immediate word on the fate of his two Al Jazeera colleagues - Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy...
  • Tri-Series: Nice to put up a good all-round performance, says Glenn Maxwell February 1, 2015

    Perth: Having gone through a rough patch with the bat in recent times, Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was happy to put up an all-round show in his team's dominating performance against England in the tri-nation cricket tournament final, here on Sunday. Maxwell scored 95 in Australia's total of 278 and then...
  • Tri-Series: Disappointing to lose in this manner, says Eoin Morgan February 1, 2015

    Perth: English skipper Eoin Morgan on Sunday expressed disappointment in the manner his side surrendered in the cricket tri-series final to Australia by 112 runs here but said that they will come back stronger in the World Cup beginning on February 14. England were bowled out for just 166 while chasing...
  • Injury scare for James Faulkner February 1, 2015

    Perth: Australian cricketer James Faulkner left the field with 'side soreness' in the tri-series final against England at the WACA on Sunday. Halfway through his third over, the left-arm medium pacer started stretching his right side and after a brief chat with captain George Bailey, left the field. Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed...
  • Australia clinch tri-series as Glenn Maxwell fires England down February 1, 2015

    Glenn Maxwell scored 95 and took 4 for 46 on Sunday to spur Australia to a 112-run win over England in the final of the one-day international tri-series. Maxwell led Australia to 278 for 8 as they batted first after losing the toss, then had the opportunity of a hat trick...
  • Geoff Marsh backs Australia to beat 1992 jinx February 1, 2015

    Melbourne: Former Australia opener and coach Geoff Marsh has said Australia's thorough preparation ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup will help avoid a repeat of the shock exit his side suffered in 1992. Australia failed to progress past the group stage the last time the World Cup was held in...
  • Team India down but not out for the count February 1, 2015

    In the past, Indian teams overseas have donned haunted, hunted visages. They have looked shell-shocked, uncertain, hesitant, weighed down by one defeat after another. They have shunned eye contact with people beyond their cocoon of despair and negativity, bogged down by their incapacities, racked by self-doubt. To travel overseas, the...
  • Michael Clarke brightens World Cup chances with a fifty February 1, 2015

    Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, on Saturday took a giant leap towards meeting the February 21 deadline issued by Cricket Australia for his participation in the 2015 World Cup. Clarke made a patient half-century for Western Suburbs against Gordon in a grade match at the Chatswood Oval in Sydney. Clarke,...
  • 'Self-belief' helped us beat India in 2003 WC final, says Damien Martyn February 1, 2015

    Perth: Notwithstanding India's good showing en route to the 2003 World Cup final, former batsman Damien Martyn said that it was Australia's 'self-belief' that helped them in outplaying the Sourav Ganguly-led side in the title clash. Put into bat, the defending champions rode on a 234-run unbeaten third-wicket partnership between Ponting...
  • World Cup 2015: The bowlers who can run amok February 1, 2015

    We are just days away from the biggest extravaganza of cricket - the World Cup. The mega event, to be played in Australia and New Zealand , should give bowlers a lot of hope on friendly tracks, something they - especially the pacers, sorely missed during the 2011 edition hosted...
  • As it happened: Australia vs England, Tri-Series final February 1, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Pre-match: In what seems to be a dress rehearsal of their opening game in the World Cup, an unbeaten Australia take on England in the cricket tri-series final. Having accumulated 15 points from four matches, the George Baily-led Australia undoubtedly...
  • FIFA chief Sepp Blatter booed at Asian Cup final January 31, 2015

    Sydney: FIFA chief Sepp Blatter often talks about being the head of the "football family" but if the boos that greeted his appearance at the Asian Cup final on Saturday are anything to go by, he is not too popular with his Australian cousins. The Swiss, who is expected to win...
  • Australia beat South Korea 2-1 to win maiden Asian Cup January 31, 2015

    Sydney: Substitute James Troisi scored halfway through extra time to give tournament hosts Australia their maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea in a pulsating final on Saturday. South Korea's Son Heung-min scored in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes to send the match into...
  • West Indies arrive for World Cup campaign January 31, 2015

    Sydney: A weary but upbeat West Indies side arrived here to begin preparations for the 2015 cricket World Cup. They arrived to a warm reception from fans and well-wishers Friday following a 12-hour flight from South Africa and are expected to get right down to their preparation ahead of the start...
  • Not surprised at India's ouster, says George Bailey January 31, 2015

    Perth: Australian captain George Bailey is not surprised that India did not qualify for the tri-series final and said that concentrating on Test cricket before heading into the ODI event might have been the reason for their below-par showing. India failed to win any of their matches against Australia and England,...
  • Wickets rather than containment is best way forward: Stephen Fleming January 31, 2015

    It is all very well to try and tell yourself captaining your country in an ICC Cricket World Cup is the same as captaining at any other time - but it is not. True, there is still the toss of the coin and the decisions to be made about tactics,...
  • Tri-series: Australia, England look for bragging rights ahead of WC January 31, 2015

    Perth: In what seems to be a dress rehearsal of their opening game in the World Cup, an unbeaten Australia take on England in the cricket tri-series final, here on Sunday. Having accumulated 15 points from four matches, the George Baily-led Australia undoubtedly start as overwhelming favourites with a fit-again...
  • Michael Clarke en route to recovery before World Cup January 31, 2015

    Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke made his comeback from injury Saturday, scoring 51 and batting for almost three hours in a Sydney club match before slamming media reports of a rift with teammates and Cricket Australia. Clarke made a rare appearance for his Western Suburbs club side on the first day...