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  • Michael Clarke quits, who's next? Three contenders Yesterday

    Melbourne: AFP Sports looks at the main contenders to be Australia's next one-day captain following Michael Clarke's decision to retire from ODIs after Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand: Steve Smith The favourite following his role as stand-in skipper in Clarke's injury absence for the last three Tests against India this...
  • World Cup 2015: Mitchell Johnson vows to sledge Team India 5 days ago

    Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson says he is considering taking on the role of Australia's Sledger-in-Chief for Thursday's World Cup semi-final against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Outspoken opener David Warner has been on his best behaviour at the World Cup after getting into hot water over a series of spats...
  • As it happened; Australia vs Pakistan, World Cup 2015, 3rd quarter-final March 20, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) Hosts Australia will have to counter a rising and unpredictable Pakistan in the third cricket World Cup quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval. While four-time World Cup winners Australia can easily be termed as favourites going by the past performance and the arsenal they...
  • David Warner to captain Sunrisers Hyderabad March 19, 2015

    Hyderabad: Australia's swashbuckling opener David Warner has been appointed captain of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Surisers confirmed late on Wednesday night, tweeting: "Congratulations @davidwarner31 on being the SRH captain for IPL 2015. We wish you all the best!" The left-hander had made it clear late last year that...
  • World Cup 2015: Back-in-form Pakistan look to upset formidable Australia March 19, 2015

    Adelaide: This is quite the irresistible force against the immovable object, a potential humdinger if there was one. Australia, a potent mix of flair and substance, style and method, against Pakistan, effervescent and explosive, emotional and prone to wild mood swings. This has all the trappings of a classic; whether...
  • World Cup 2015: Pakistan need to maintain aggressive approach against Australia March 19, 2015

    Aggression is the best defence against a team like Australia. And Pakistan's aggression has got a severe blow when Mohammad Irfan has been ruled out of the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final against the host. Irfan could have sent jitters into the strong Australian batting line-up, but such is...
  • Joe Root punch led David Warner to question his career March 16, 2015

    Out of form and out of control, David Warner was a 'volcano' ready to blow when he punched England cricketer Joe Root at a Birmingham bar in 2013, the Australia's opening batsman has said. The 28-year-old opened up about the incident in a candid interview with Channel Nine's current affairs show...
  • New Zealand are favourites to win the World Cup, says David Warner March 12, 2015

    It's been a pretty up-and-down World Cup for David Warner. Australia's dynamic opening batsman lies in the upper half of the run-scorers' chart, having scored 243 runs in four games to date, but 178 of them came in one hit alone - against Afghanistan at the WACA ground in...
  • Watch: Pakistan back in top four, Australia hammer Afghanistan, ICC World Cup, Day 18 March 5, 2015

    Pakistan beat UAE to get their campaign back on track with second consecutive win while Australia score record 417 against Afghanistan. Watch highlights from Day 18 of the ICC World Cup 2015. Didn't get the chance to see the mayhem of #PAKvUAE or #AUSvAFG? Catch up now with #CWCDaily! https://t.co/4kv026xoGv- ICC (@ICC)...
  • World Cup: Great to see our batsmen getting runs, says David Warner March 4, 2015

    Perth: Adjudged man-of-the-match for his breathtaking 178 runs against Afghanistan in a World Cup Pool A contest at the WACA here on Wednesday, Australia opener David Warner said it was great to see the majority of his team-mates getting runs. Sent into bat, Australia posted a monumental total of 417 for...
  • World Cup 2015: David Warner misses individual Australia record March 4, 2015

    Perth: Australian opener David Warner fell just short of the record individual total for his country in a one-day international in the World Cup Pool B clash with Afghanistan at the WACA Ground on Wednesday. Warner, who was given a life on 114, eventually fell for 178, leaving him seven short...
  • World Cup: Warner's six hits a small boy smack on the hand in WACA stands March 4, 2015

    Batsmen are enjoying Happy Hours at ongoing ICC world Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and it was nothing different at the WACA on Thursday except an unfortunate incident where a kid got hit smack on his hand by a David Warner six. The Australian opener was in his elements during...
  • Australia hit highest World Cup score in history March 4, 2015

    Perth: Australia hit the highest World Cup score in tournament history on Wednesday when they made 417 for 6 against Afghanistan at the WACA in Perth. The four-time champions went past the previous best of 413 for 5 made by India against Bermuda in 2007. It was the third 400-plus total...
  • ICC World Cup: A stick separated Australia and New Zealand March 1, 2015

    On March 12, 2006, Michael Clarke spent the entire Australian innings sitting in the dressing-room at the Bullring that is the Wanderers with his pads on. He would not have had any reason to complain as his team, led by the peerless Ricky Ponting, muscled its way to 434. Not...
  • World Cup: Rage in Eden, David Warner backs Aussies to feed on Kiwi fury February 25, 2015

    Auckland: Combative Australian opener David Warner is looking forward to being insulted by New Zealand fans when the co-hosts meet in the World Cup, saying his team will feed on the fury. Saturday's match at Eden Park is being billed as "the final before the final" as the winner will top...
  • Anderson rules out sledging war with firebrand Warner February 13, 2015

    Melbourne: Wily paceman James Anderson says England have no intention of provoking a sledging war with Australian firebrand David Warner in Saturday's high-profile World Cup opener. Anderson, who has a reputation of getting under the skin of Australian players, played a straight bat to questions over whether or not he would...
  • Wasim Akram backs AB de Villiers, David Warner to shine February 12, 2015

    Sydney: Legendary Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram believes dashing batsmen AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell and David Warner will dominate the World Cup during its marathon six weeks. "I am sure Maxwell, Warner and De Villiers will ignite this World Cup," Wasim said. "These three players have the firepower to take the...
  • Psychologist helped reclaim composure: David Warner February 10, 2015

    Sydney: Australian opener David Warner has said speaking to a psychologist helped him reclaim his composure and assisted in his quest to begin the World Cup campaign with a relaxed approach. "I've actually spoken to my psychologist about it," Warner was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday. "There...
  • World Cup warm-up: Australia dominate India in 106-run win February 8, 2015

    Rapid centuries by Glenn Maxwell and David Warner lifted Australia to a 106-run win over India in a warm-up match on Sunday that built up their prospect for the World Cup while leaving India winless in the dry Australian summer. Maxwell slammed 122 from 57 balls before retiring and Warner hit...
  • World Cup 2015 Team Profile: Australia look good to complete a five-for February 7, 2015

    In 1992 they were not as confident, but 23 years later, as the Cup returns to their home soil, Australia are the closest they have been to their best since the wholesale exodus of legends in quick succession. Back in control at top of the ICC ODI rankings, Australia enter the...
  • We mean business but can't be too complacent: David Warner February 4, 2015

    Melbourne: Swashbuckling opener David Warner is bullish about Australian's chances of lifting a record fifth World Cup on home soil and said the recently-concluded tri-series win will send a great message to other competing teams at the quadrennial event. Australia didn't lose a match in the tri-series, which culminated with a...
  • 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...
  • Michael Clarke denies rift with Australian team-mates January 31, 2015

    Sydney: Australian captain Michael Clarke on Saturday rejected speculation about a rift with team-mates as he battles for fitness ahead of the World Cup. Speaking as he returned to the field for a grade cricket match, Clarke said the six-and-a-half weeks he had spent recuperating from hamstring surgery had not driven...
  • How the fast bowlers should bowl at World Cup 2015 January 28, 2015

    Having not played in ICC Cricket World Cup 1992 in Australia and New Zealand one might question my views on what I am about to say. But having toured both countries on more than one occasion, I might just know a little bit about the conditions in both. I know...
  • World Cup 2015: Top 10 batsmen who can set the stage ablaze January 23, 2015

    In modern day cricket, ODIs have become a batsman's game. With scores over 300 being chased down easily and batsmen breaking records for fastest 50s and 100s and scoring double-centuries in ODIs, it looks like this World Cup may also follow the trend, though bowlers will surely disagree with that. As...
  • Sledging was worse two decades ago: Andrew Flintoff January 22, 2015

    London: The ICC's recently-promised crackdown on sledging might make it seem that players are behaving badly more often right now but former England allrounder Andrew Flintoff feels the on-field altercations were 10 times worse a couple of decades ago. The ICC has warned of strict action, including bans, if players cross...
  • Tri-series: Aussies eye final berth as they take on England January 22, 2015

    Hobart: Three key players, including skipper George Bailey, would be missing in action but the Australian team would look to seal a place in the ODI tri-series final when they clash with a confident England side, here on Friday. The hosts are placed comfortably at top with two wins from as...
  • Spats look uglier on TV than on the field: Ricky Ponting January 21, 2015

    Sydney: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting opines that the on-field spats look "uglier" on TV than they actually are and the fine imposed on David Warner after his altercation with India's Rohit Sharma was more a result of camera footage than the "real picture". Warner, whose on-field behaviour has been under...