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  • England's Townsend earns late draw against Italy April 1, 2015

    England substitute Andros Townsend fired home a superb late goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Italy in a fiercely contested international friendly in Turin on Tuesday. Townsend struck in the 79th minute by rifling an unstoppable shot past goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon from 20 metres to give England a deserved result...
  • Australia seeking momentum for Ashes on Caribbean tour March 31, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia will resist the temptation to tinker with their team on tour against West Indies and plan to field their best 11 in a bid to sweep the two-test series and build momentum for the Ashes, selector Rod Marsh has said. Australia's attention has turned to dominating with the red...
  • After World Cup triumph, Michael Clarke wants Australia to top Test rankings March 31, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke said his next target after winning the World Cup in his last one-day international was to take his team back to the top of the Test rankings. Clarke hit 74 as Australia defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in a one-sided final in front of a...
  • Kevin Pietersen shouldn't expect England recall, says Alec Stewart March 31, 2015

    London: Exiled England star Kevin Pietersen shouldn't expect an international recall despite his return to county cricket, according to his Surrey coach Alec Stewart. Pietersen has rejoined Surrey to play in County Championship Division Two this season in a bid to win a Test recall for England's Ashes showdown with Australia...
  • Fawad Ahmed, Adam Voges named in Australia's 17-man squad for the Ashes March 31, 2015

    Sydney: Legspinner Fawad Ahmed, batsman Adam Voges and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill were all called up by Australia Tuesday for upcoming tours of the West Indies and England. But there was no room in the 17-man squad for allrounders James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell, who were part of Australia's one-day World Cup...
  • Clarke, Lehmann instrumental in Australia's fifth World Cup title March 30, 2015

    Melbourne: It wasn't long ago, in the scheme of things, when Australia's cricket team was in crisis. Now Michael Clarke and his crew are on top of the world. The Australians were bundled out of the 2013 Champions Trophy in the first round, captain Michael Clarke was laid up with an...
  • Wayne Rooney needs honours to be ranked with Bobby Charlton: Roy Hodgson March 29, 2015

    Wayne Rooney might break Bobby Charlton's 45-year-old England scoring record of 49 goals this season but he must be successful at a major championship to be regarded as one of the country's greats said coach Roy Hodgson. Rooney, who will be 30 in October, has scored 47 goals in 102 appearances...
  • Depleted England lose Danny Welbeck for Italy game March 28, 2015

    London: England manager Roy Hodgson will be without in-form striker Danny Welbeck and three other players for Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Turin due to injuries. Arsenal striker Welbeck limped off during England's 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley on Friday with a knee problem after scoring his sixth goal...
  • Euro qualifiers: Harry Kane scores on debut as England thrash Lithuania March 28, 2015

    London: Harry Kane scored 80 seconds into his England debut on Friday, providing another astonishing moment in his breakthrough season in a 4-0 victory over Lithuania in European Championship qualifying. The 21-year-old Kane replaced captain Wayne Rooney amid roars by expectant fans inside Wembley Stadium, and he delivered instantly by heading...
  • Kevin Pietersen return could 'tear apart' England: John Buchanan March 27, 2015

    Recalling sacked Kevin Pietersen could "tear apart the fabric" of the England team because the batsman is like a child who wants to get his own way, according to former Australia coach John Buchanan. Pietersen, sacked in February 2014 following England's 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia, joined Surrey on Wednesday in...
  • Harry Kane a talisman for young English players, Roy Hodgson March 26, 2015

    England manager Roy Hodgson has called on more Premier League clubs to give homegrown players the chance to shine, holding up Harry Kane as an example of what they might discover. Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane has been a revelation since forging ahead of experienced Spaniard Roberto Soldado and Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor...
  • ECB announces Ottis Gibson as England's fast bowling coach March 26, 2015

    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced the appointment of Ottis Gibson as England's fast bowling coach for the upcoming three-Test tour of the Caribbean in April-May 2015. Gibson, who was England's fast bowling coach from 2007 to 2010, joined the West Indies team as head coach in January...
  • England need to stop being so English, says Ravi Bopara March 26, 2015

    London: England all-rounder Ravi Bopara has said his team's cricketers need to "stop being so English" if they want to achieve success in limited overs cricket. Bopara played just a match in the ongoing World Cup even though he featured regularly in the One-Day-International (ODI) tri-series also involving India and Australia...
  • Danny Rose pulls out of England squad through injury March 26, 2015

    London: Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has withdrawn from the England squad through injury having only recently been drafted in as a late replacement. Rose was added to Roy Hodgson's party for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and a friendly against Italy when Manchester United's Luke Shaw pulled out. "The left...
  • Windies announce squad for training camp ahead of England Test series March 25, 2015

    St. John's(Antigua): Four uncapped players have been included in a 20- man West Indies squad for a training camp in Antigua ahead of the home Test series against England starting next month. The uncapped quartet is Carlos Brathwaite, fellow fast bowler Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich and fellow wicketkeeper/batsman Shai Hope, reports...
  • Chris Gayle ruled out of England Test series due to back problem March 22, 2015

    West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has ruled himself out of the home Test series against England next month in order to allow a back injury to settle down but he has ruled out retiring from internationals. The 35-year-old top-scored for his side with 61 in their World Cup quarter-final defeat...
  • Delighted Roy Hodgson hands Harry Kane his first England call-up March 19, 2015

    London: Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season, was named in the senior England squad for the first time by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday. Hodgson included Kane in his 24-man squad for the March 27 Euro 2016 Group E qualifier against Lithuania...
  • World Cup: Alastair Cook hits back after England's first-round ouster March 19, 2015

    Alastair Cook on Wednesday (March 18) criticised the decision to sack him as England's One-Day International captain just two months before the team's World Cup campaign, and suggested the lack of "real leadership" held back the team's progress beyond the World Cup first round. Cook, who was left out of England's...
  • Kevin Pietersen not in England plans, says selector March 18, 2015

    Kevin Pietersen's wish for an England recall is unlikely to come true any time soon, according to selector James Whitaker who says the 34-year-old is not part of his plans. The swashbuckling middle-order batsman, sacked in 2014, said he would "do anything" to regain his place when he talked to BBC...
  • Jonathan Trott returns for England's tour of West Indies March 18, 2015

    Jonathan Trott returned to England's squad for the first time since quitting the 2013-14 Ashes Tour when he was included on Wednesday for the three-match test series in West Indies. The South Africa-born 33-year-old has not played for the senior England team since the first test in Brisbane 18 months ago,...
  • Outcast Kevin Pietersen set for another chance with England March 18, 2015

    A year ago, England decided they could no longer live with the divisive dressing-room influence of Kevin Pietersen and ditched its most talented and prolific batsman. The realisation is dawning on English cricket, however, that it can't live without him. As the national team lurches from one embarrassment to another, Pietersen is...
  • World Cup: Paul Collingwood credits India for turnaround, hails batsmen March 17, 2015

    Melbourne: Ahead of Thursday's India vs Bangladesh quarterfinal, former England captain Paul Collingwood credited the players and the team management for India's turnaround in the World Cup after their dismal tour Down Under. "India has been awesome and full credit goes to the players and management for turning it around. They...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: The studs who proved duds in pool stage March 16, 2015

    The ongoing World Cup has thrown many surprises in the pool stage with players from Afghanistan, Ireland and UAE proving their merit at the world stage. Among the big guns, while the likes of Kumar Sangakkara, AB de Villiers, Shikhar Dhawan, Chris Gayle and David Warner have performed brilliantly to...
  • 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...
  • Afghanistan a winner and wiser at first Cricket World Cup March 14, 2015

    Sydney: Afghanistan finished their first Cricket World Cup with a loss, unable to exploit a frazzled England and undermined by rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. England, also heading home, won by nine wickets thanks to winning the toss, and the Duckworth/Lewis method. But, more than England did, Afghanistan enlivened...
  • World Cup 2015: England need to get the fun factor back March 14, 2015

    It was probably the last game they wanted to play after what's happened over the last few weeks but England's win over Afghanistan was a job well done. They were on a lose-lose going into this match and they've done what they had to. If they had lost it would...
  • Watch: NZ keep clean sheet, England get consolation win, ICC World Cup, Day 27 Highlights March 14, 2015

    New Zealand survived a scare from Bangladesh for their sixth straight win while England will fly back home with a consolation win against Afghanistan. Watch all the highlights from Day 27 at the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • World Cup: There are no regrets, absolutely none, says Eoin Morgan March 13, 2015

    Sydney: England limped out of the World Cup with four points, and four defeats in four games against Test-playing nations. Yet, when Eoin Morgan, the captain, was asked what his main regrets about the tournament were, his answer was almost as bizarre as some of his team's tactics. "There are no...
  • World Cup: Playing against Test teams a valuable step up, says Afghan captain March 13, 2015

    Sydney: Afghanistan finished their first Cricket World Cup with a loss, unable to exploit a frazzled England and undermined by rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. England, also heading home, won by nine wickets thanks to winning the toss, and the Duckworth/Lewis method. But, more than England did, Afghanistan enlivened...