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  • Aggressive is the only way I play one-day cricket: Moeen Ali January 13, 2015

    Moeen Ali, England's designated opener for the coming Tri-Series and World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, has promised an aggressive approach against the new ball. Ali, who is not new to the opening batsman's role, didn't disappoint in his first innings on the Australia tour, hitting a power-packed 50...
  • James Anderson admits doubts about bowling after Phil Hughes death January 13, 2015

    England pacer James Anderson has said "doubts" surfaced in his mind about bowling in the wake of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes's death. Hughes was struck by a bouncer in a domestic match on November 25 and died two days later from its effects. "In the week after, I was having huge doubts...
  • Don't underestimate India in tri-series, World Cup: Hussey January 13, 2015

    Sydney: Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey warned teams against underestimating India after their 0-2 loss in the Tests series and said the visitors will be a confident side when they start their title defence in next month's World Cup. "The big positive for India is that they have already been in...
  • England get off to a winning start Down Under January 12, 2015

    England's new-look top order all scored half centuries as the tourists made a strong start to their trip Down Under for the World Cup with a thumping 216-run win over Australian Capital Territory XI on Monday. Eoin Morgan won the toss in his first match as captain since he replaced the...
  • Pietersen issue could have been handled differently: Broad January 12, 2015

    London: Describing Kevin Pietersen's sacking by England and Wales Cricket Board as "unnecessary", paceman Stuart Broad has said that the issue could have been handled differently. Pietersen, 34, was discarded by England in February last year after their 0-5 Ashes defeat last winter. Pietersen later went on to release a book...
  • My captaincy to vary from Alastair Cook's: Eoin Morgan January 11, 2015

    Canberra: New England skipper Eoin Morgan, tasked with leading the three-time World Cup finalists in the quadrennial event, has said he would adopt a different approach to captaincy than his predecessor Alastair Cook. Cook was replaced by Morgan after England lost a one-day series against Sri Lanka recently. "There will be certain...
  • Does Kevin Pietersen want to play for Australia or is he joking? January 11, 2015

    No cricketer uses the social media site Twitter the way former England captain Kevin Pietersen does. The controversial figure has once again created a stir by telling the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot that he is available to play for the PM's XI against England in Canberra ahead of the...
  • Chris Rogers replaces Mike Hussey at PM XI captain vs England January 11, 2015

    Canberra: Cricket Australia says Test opener Chris Rogers will replace Mike Hussey as captain of the Prime Minister's XI to play England in a tour match at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday. Hussey sustained a calf injury while playing for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League Twenty20 competition...
  • England players are jealous of me, says Kevin Pietersen January 10, 2015

    Melbourne: Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has once again criticised his former international colleagues, suggesting he was the victim of professional jealousy. Pietersen was sacked almost a year ago, but has been on hand with regular barbs ever since a confidentiality agreement between the two parties expired, reports dailymail.co.uk. His explosive autobiography...
  • Ben Stokes' World Cup snub 'dumbfounds' Kevin Pietersen January 9, 2015

    Melbourne: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen said on Friday, he is "dumbfounded" that former team-mate and Melbourne Renegades signing Ben Stokes has been left out of England's World Cup squad. Speaking ahead of Saturday night's crucial KFC T20 Big Bash League Melbourne derby at the MCG, Pietersen criticised the way England...
  • US-based brewery seeks to end uproar over 'Gandhi-Bot beer' January 9, 2015

    Woodbridge: A brewery that drew condemnation in the US and India for its beer that carries the name and likeness of Mahatma Gandhi says it has received threats and is seeking a way to end the uproar. New England Brewery of Connecticut posted on its Facebook page on Thursday that the...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Final squads of all 14 teams January 7, 2015

    Australia and West Indies named their final 15 on Sunday, which rounded off the squad announcements from all 14 participating teams. India: MS Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Stuart Binny,...
  • Eoin Morgan will drive England's new mindset, says Peter Moores January 6, 2015

    England will adopt a positive approach and cast off the shackles at the World Cup under new skipper Eoin Morgan, coach Peter Moores said on Tuesday before the squad flew out to Australia. The England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) decision to sack Alastair Cook as one-day captain last month followed...
  • US based brewing company apologises to those offended by its 'Gandhi Beer' January 6, 2015

    Hartford: A Connecticut brewery apologised to Indians offended that the company is using Mahatma Gandhi's name and likeness on one of its beers. New England Brewing Co. sells an India pale ale it calls Gandhi-Bot. The label features a cartoon image depicting a robot version of the late Indian leader, who...
  • Geoffrey Boycott sad at missing knighthood after 'punching girlfriend' January 6, 2015

    London: Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott is sad at not being granted knighthood apparently because he was convicted for beating a former girlfriend in France 18 years ago, something the 74-year claims he didn't do. The Telegraph reported MPs including the Home Secretary, Theresa May, had supported to honour Boycott until...
  • Stuart Broad backs axed Alastair Cook to cement legend status January 6, 2015

    London: Being removed as England captain for next month's 50-over Cricket World Cup could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Test skipper Alastair Cook, according to team mate Stuart Broad. Poor personal form with the bat and a bad run of results for the side led to the...
  • US based brewing company sells beer named after Mahatma Gandhi, Indo-Americans upset January 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Upset Indo-Americans have urged Woodbridge (Connecticut, USA) based New England Brewing Company to immediately withdraw its "Gandhi" beer, calling it highly inappropriate. Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that peace icon Mahatma Gandhi abhorred drinking. Selling beer named after him was highly damaging to...
  • James Anderson tells England to move on from Alastair Cook January 5, 2015

    London: England must forget about former captain Alastair Cook as they begin preparations for the World Cup, fast bowler James Anderson said in a British newspaper interview published on Monday. Test skipper Cook lost his one-day role in December following a run of five straight defeats, with Eoin Morgan being handed...
  • 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...
  • Associates can cause problems, upsets in World Cup: Paul Collingwood January 4, 2015

    One of the things that has really struck me over the past few years is the amazing way cricket is developing around the world. Although more needs to be done, the ICC has played an important role in spreading the game across the globe. I recently found out that...
  • Jonathan Trott bids to revive Test career January 3, 2015

    Cape Town: Former England batsman Jonathan Trott will continue to try to revive his Test career on his first overseas tour since leaving the Ashes in Australia with stress issues just over a year ago. The 33-year-old is captain of a 15-man England Lions squad, which begins a month-long tour of...
  • Yearender 2014: Cricket on and off the field December 23, 2014

    While the year 2014 in cricket will be remembered for many reasons the one incident that made the biggest impact and left every cricket lover in grief was the shocking and unfortunate death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes. Hughes, 25, had scored three Test hundreds for Australia and his untimely...
  • Alastair Cook takes to the oche after World Cup snub December 23, 2014

    London: Alastair Cook tried to take his mind off his shock World Cup snub as the deposed England captain stepped onto the oche at the World Darts Championships on Monday. Two days after the heartache of being sacked as England's one-day captain and dropped from the squad for next year's World...
  • FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup December 21, 2014

    London: England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday. "How could England have only got two votes? It was a big surprise," Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times. The 53-year-old, a former...
  • Eoin Morgan missed selector's calls for England appointment December 21, 2014

    London: Middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan has said he had "20 missed calls" on his phone from national selector James Whitaker, who was trying to offer him the role of England One-Day International (ODI) captain. The 28-year-old was appointed as Alastair Cook's replacement on Saturday, following England's recent 2-5 series defeat against...
  • Kevin Pietersen's England exile ludicrous: Matthew Hayden December 21, 2014

    London: Former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden has batted for Kevin Pietersen and described England's decision to continually overlook the star batsman as "ludicrous". Pietersen's central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was terminated in February, reports bbc.co.uk. "It's ludicrous Kevin Pietersen is not in the England squad. It's...
  • Alastair Cook sacked in a 'hugely disrespectful' way: Andrew Strauss December 21, 2014

    London: Former England captain Andrew Strauss has launched a strong attack on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), saying sacking of former skipper Alastair Cook was "hugely disrespectful". The 29-year-old Cook, who was in dismal form, has been replaced as England One-Day International (ODI) captain by middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan...
  • No way back for Kevin Pietersen despite Alastair Cook sacking December 21, 2014

    England cricket chiefs have moved quickly to make it clear that Alastair Cook's dismissal as one-day captain has not opened the door for a return to international cricket for batsman Kevin Pietersen. The South African-born maverick's undermining of Cook was one of the reasons Pietersen was cast aside by England in...
  • Jonathan Trott handed England Lions captaincy December 21, 2014

    London: Jonathan Trott will captain the second-string England Lions in South Africa next month as he makes his international comeback, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Saturday. The 33-year-old South Africa-born batsman has not played international cricket since he withdrew from England`s Ashes tour of Australia in November...
  • Gutted at being left out of World Cup squad: Alastair Cook December 20, 2014

    London: England batsman and former skipper Alastair Cook has said that he was 'gutted' to be left out of England's World Cup squad after fellow willower Eoin Morgan was confirmed as the new one-day captain. Cook was dropped on Friday from the 15-man squad to play matches in Australia next month...