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  • England face Germany in first quarter-final of Champions Trophy December 10, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: In-form England will be aiming to maintain their momentum when they take on Germany in the first quarter-final of the Hockey Champions Trophy at the Kalinga Stadium on Thursday. England are very much in form, having won two of their three matches, staying unbeaten and collecting seven points on their...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs England, 5th ODI December 10, 2014

    For ball by ball commentary scroll down to bottom of the page TOSS: England opted to field against Sri Lanka. Playing XIs: Sri Lanka: Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake, Dhammika Prasad, Ajantha Mendis England: Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen...
  • Sachithra Senanayake recalled by Sri Lanka after action cleared December 9, 2014

    Colombo: Off spin bowler Sachithra Senanayake has been recalled by Sri Lanka hours after his reformed bowling action was deemed legal Tuesday by the International Cricket Council. Senanayake was added to the Sri Lanka squad to play the remaining two one-day internationals against England because strike bowler and left-arm spinner Rangana...
  • Champions Trophy Hockey: England top Pool A, Argentina topple Germany December 9, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: England continued to enjoy their stay here in the capital of Odisha as they went on to top Pool A after a 1-1 draw with Belgium on Tuesday at the FIH Men's Champions Trophy. Amaury Keusters was on the mark for the Belgians as early as the 9th minute and...
  • Kevin Pietersen hankers for Test return December 8, 2014

    Melbourne: Kevin Pietersen says he hopes his exile from the England Test side will soon end allowing him able to achieve his goals of reaching 10,000 Test runs and again beating Australia in an Ashes series. Pietersen was dropped from the England team after their disastrous and acrimonious series in Australia...
  • 4th ODI: Sri Lanka survive England scare to take 3-1 lead December 7, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan spinners combined for nine wickets before Kumar Sangakkara hit 86 runs to help the hosts to a tense six-wicket win over England in the fourth one-day international on Sunday. Electing to bat first, England were 265 all out in 50 overs and Sri Lanka chased down the runs...
  • Hockey: England maul Pakistan, register best-ever win in Champions Trophy December 7, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: An impressive England demolished Pakistan 8-2 in their second Pool A match to register their best-ever win in the history of the FIH Champions Trophy at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday. England dished out a scintillating performance in the opening two quarters and pumped in as many as five goals...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs England, 4th ODI December 7, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Toss: England have won the toss and have opted to bat against Lanka. England will be high on confidence after winning the last ODI and will be hoping to level series today. Sri Lanka at the moment lead series 2-1. Sri...
  • Alastair Cook captain as England name provisional World Cup squad December 6, 2014

    England named a provisional 30-man squad on Saturday for next year's one-day World Cup with Alastair Cook as captain. Cook is under pressure following a poor run of results and is suspended from Sunday's game against Sri Lanka due to the team's slow over-rate in the last game. Fast bowlers James Anderson...
  • Hockey: England stun Australia 3-1 in Champions Trophy December 6, 2014

    Bhubanewar: England stunned defending champions Australia 3-1 in the inaugural match of the men's hockey Champions Trophy at the Kalinga Stadium on Saturday. Underdogs England dominated throughout the match, putting regular pressure on the World champions Australian team, which struggled hard to impress. Barry Middleton-led England started the match with constant attacking...
  • Sri Lanka add chinaman bowler for England ODIs December 4, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka have picked uncapped left-arm chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan for the fourth and fifth one-day internationals against England. Seam bowler Suranga Lakmal also returns after an injury layoff in the 16-man squad named on Thursday. Batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who opted out of the third match citing personal reasons, also returns....
  • Australia is the team to beat in Champions Trophy: Barry Middleton December 4, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: England hockey team captain Barry Middleton said on Thursday world champions Australia will be the team to beat in the FIH Champions Trophy, which kick starts at the Kalinga Stadikum from Saturday. "All teams are equally good but I think world champions Australia are going to be the toughest of...
  • England's Alastair Cook gets one-match ban for slow over-rate December 4, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook was on Thursday suspended for one match and fined 20 percent of his undisclosed match fees for his team's slow over-rate in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka. Match referee David Boon ruled that England bowled one over short in the stipulated time frame during Wednesday's...
  • Kumar Sangakkara completes 13,000 ODI runs December 3, 2014

    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara on Wednesday became only the fourth batsman in history to surpass the 13,000-run mark in one-day internationals, achieving the feat in his 386th match. The 37-year-old left-hander reached the landmark during the third match against England in Hambantota when he took a single off Chris Woakes to...
  • 3rd ODI: Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali help England trounce Sri Lanka by 5 wickets December 3, 2014

    Opener Moeen Ali hit a dazzling 58 off 40 balls to inspire England to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the rain-affected third one-day international in Hambantota on Wednesday. The tourists, chasing a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 236 in 35 overs, cruised home with eight balls to spare to record...
  • Champions Trophy warm-up: Pakistan beat Argentina, England draw with Netherlands December 3, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Pakistan thrashed Argentina 3-0 in the first practice match, while England held Netherlands 1-1 in another warm-up game ahead of the FIH Champions Trophy that begins here on Saturday. Muhammad Irfan opened the account for Pakistan in the first quarter, followed by goals from Muhammad Arslan Qadir and Muhammad Rizwan...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs England, 3rd ODI December 3, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Sri Lanka opted to bat against England in Hambantota Playing XIs: Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kushal Janith Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (capt), Thilina Kandamby, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis England: Alastair Cook (capt),...
  • Cricket Australia swaps first two games of ODI tri-series December 2, 2014

    Adelaide: India will now take on Australia in the second ODI of the tri-series, also involving England, on January 18 after Cricket Australia decided to swap the first two matches to give appropriate recovery time to the Indian players following the rescheduling of the four-Test series. According to the revised schedule,...
  • Mahela Jayawardene to miss 3rd ODI against England December 2, 2014

    Mahela Jayawardene had requested Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to rest him for the third One-dayer against England due to personal reasons. The request has been granted by SLC and Ashan Priyanjan has been named as Mahela's replacement, according to reports. The third ODI is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at...
  • Alastair Cook should be dropped as England captain, says Ian Botham November 29, 2014

    London: Alastair Cook should be dropped as England one-day captain after presiding over another "flat and tedious" display in an eight-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on Saturday, according to former all-rounder Ian Bothsm. The hosts easily chased down England's paltry 185 in the second match of the series, reaching their target...
  • 2nd ODI: Sangakkara, Jayawardene star as Sri Lanka beat England November 29, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's bowlers bundled out England for 185 before the hosts chased down the target with eight wickets to spare in the rain-hit second one-day international on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series. England won the toss and opted to bat in a match shortened to...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd ODI November 29, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: England opted to bat against Sri Lanka. Playing XIs: Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kushal Janith Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Ajantha Mendis England: Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali,...
  • Sri Lanka, England to play 2nd ODI as scheduled November 28, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka and England will go ahead with their second one-day international as scheduled for Saturday following the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes. Both teams discussed whether they should play, and decided they should in respect for Hughes, England captain Alastair Cook said on Saturday. "It was a really, really...
  • Helmets have made batsmen feel too safe, says Geoff Boycott November 27, 2014

    London: Helmets have given a false sense of security to batsmen, who no longer have the necessary technique to deal with fast bowling, according to former England opener Geoff Boycott. The death of Australian Phillip Hughes on Thursday after being struck on the head by a short-pitched delivery has fuelled debate...
  • ICC sanctions Dilshan, Perera for disciplinary breaches November 27, 2014

    Sri Lanka cricketers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thisara Perera have been fined and reprimanded for disciplinary breaches during the first one-day international against England, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday. While former captain Dilshan will lose 25 per cent of his match fee for excessive appealing, allrounder Perera was docked 20...
  • 1st ODI: Sri Lanka win despite Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara heroics November 26, 2014

    Sri Lanka overcame a brilliant century by Moeen Ali and a late cameo from Ravi Bopara to defeat England by 25 runs in the first one-day international in Colombo on Wednesday. Opener Ali smashed 119 off 87 balls with 11 boundaries and five sixes as the tourists made a spirited chase...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs England, 1st ODI in Colombo November 26, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) PLAYING XIs: SRI LANKA: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis ENGLAND: Moeen Ali, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler...
  • Two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu virus reported at duck farm in Kerala: OIE November 25, 2014

    Paris: India reported two outbreaks of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus at duck farms in the southern state of Kerala, the first occurrence of the disease since February this year, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday. About 15,000 ducks died of the H5 strain of the...
  • 1st ODI: England, Sri Lanka begin World Cup tune-up November 25, 2014

    England will look to settle scores against Sri Lanka after their bad-tempered clash earlier this year when the two sides meet in a pre-World Cup one-day series from Wednesday. The seven-match tour has been spiced up by comments from England captain Alastair Cook that his team will try to exact revenge...
  • Angelo Mathews wants settled Sri Lanka for England series November 21, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews wants a settled side to face England in their limited-overs series starting next week, and avoid the wholesale changes that resulted in a woeful tour to India in which his team lost all five of its matches. Rival captain Alastair Cook said on Thursday that...