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  • World Cup Pool A Analysis: Australia, New Zealand appear most potent February 13, 2015

    With the teams warming up before the big finale, both the groups have equally capable contenders to lift the trophy. While there are only fourteen teams participating in the World Cup, unlike any other mega event, it has all the ingredients to be a very closely contested World Cup. England,...
  • Johnson, Starc key for Australia in World Cup: David Warner February 13, 2015

    Dynamic opening batsman David Warner on Friday said Australian pacers Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc will star for the co-hosts and will be crucial for the country's World Cup campaign. Speaking with cricket.com.au ahead of Saturday's opener against England, Warner identified a pair of left-arm quicks when asked who he considered...
  • World Cup 2015 Preview: Get, set, go! May the best team win February 13, 2015

    After the T20 tsunami since India's World Twenty20 win in 2007, the viewers of the game returned to the days of watching the first 10 and last 10 overs of an ODI. An innings of 50 overs spread over three hours started struggling to hold its ground against a three-hour...
  • World Cup 2015: England wary of Australia's form, intent in opener February 13, 2015

    Melbourne: Of six previous meetings against England in World Cup competition, Australia have won four, including the final in 1987. But as they head into what is the opening game for both teams, in front of a capacity crowd of 90,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it's one of those...
  • 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...
  • World Cup 2015: Can England be braver than Australia? February 13, 2015

    The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is almost upon us and you can feel the excitement building here in Australia ahead of their mouth-watering opening match against England. I've been here for a few days with Scotland and the anticipation is mounting, with the little things like the headshots, the media...
  • Kevin Pietersen would make England a better side, says Darren Gough February 12, 2015

    England have played with a breath of fresh air since Morgan took over as captain, feels Darren Gough. ...
  • Eoin Morgan seeks solace in past glories before Australia test February 12, 2015

    Melbourne: England's World Cup opener is only two days away, but captain Eoin Morgan will delve into the past for inspiration to reverse his poor batting form and help his team cope with their demons facing Australia on home soil. A crowd of 90,000 is expected at the Melbourne Cricket Ground...
  • England skipper Eoin Morgan in the spotlight after duck February 11, 2015

    England skipper Eoin Morgan will go into the World Cup desperately seeking form after registering a third duck in his last four innings in the four-wicket loss to Pakistan in a warmup match on Wednesday. Morgan assumed the captaincy after Alastair Cook was dumped for lack of form late last year...
  • World Cup: England never good enough to go the distance February 11, 2015

    England have lost more often than they have won in recent times, says former England cricketer Owais Shah. ...
  • World Cup warm-up: Misbah guides Pakistan to win over England February 11, 2015

    Sydney: Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scored a majestic 91 not out to lead Pakistan to a thrilling four-wicket victory over England in their final World Cup warmup at Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday. The 40-year-old notched up five fours and two sixes in his 99-ball knock, turning the match in a fourth-wicket partnership...
  • Jos Buttler to continue as England vice-captain February 10, 2015

    Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will continue as England's vice-captain during the World Cup, the BBC reported on Tuesday. The 24-year-old was chosen by skipper Eoin Morgan to act as his deputy, ahead of Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad, experienced fast bowler James Anderson and batsman Joe Root. Buttler, who has played 49 one-day internationals...
  • World Cup 2015: Time for England to lift performance, says Jos Buttler February 9, 2015

    Melbourne: Young batsman Jos Buttler on Monday said his might be a new generation of English cricketers who are "exciting", but they need match-winning performances now rather than hopeful talk of what the future might hold. Experienced players such as Alastair Cook, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen have all...
  • England's Woakes hoping for new-ball role at World Cup February 9, 2015

    Sydney: England all-rounder Chris Woakes is hoping to remain a new-ball bowler throughout the World Cup after taking five for 19 in the crushing nine-wicket warm-up win over West Indies on Monday. With Stuart Broad and James Anderson rested for the penultimate run-out before the start of the tournament, Woakes took...
  • Ashes winner Steve Harmison becomes football manager February 9, 2015

    Former cricketer Steve Harmison, who took more than 200 Test wickets for England, has swapped sports to become the new manager of non-League club Ashington, who play in the ninth tier of the English football pyramid. Harmison, 36, remembered for his outstanding pace bowling performances in England's 2005 Ashes victory over...
  • England crush West Indies in World Cup warm-up February 9, 2015

    Chris Woakes took five for 19 as England claimed a comfortable nine-wicket victory in their first official World Cup warm-up match after dismissing a hapless West Indies for 122 in 29.3 overs on Monday. Openers Moeen Ali (46) and Ian Bell (35 not out) took England more than halfway to their...
  • From black and white to colour - the evolution of ODIs February 8, 2015

    Ever since the summer of 1975, when I started my ODI career during the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup in England, the dynamics of this format of the game have evolved at a scarcely believable pace. I can still recall vividly how completely different the format was back then. For...
  • England can win World Cup, says Eoin Morgan February 7, 2015

    Melbourne: England skipper Eoin Morgan insisted on Saturday that his side is capable of winning the World Cup if they are at their very best during the tournament. England are yet to win the prestigious trophy being beaten in the final on three occasions. They recently lost against Australia in the...
  • Lasith Malinga best death bowler, say England batsmen February 7, 2015

    Sydney: England's premier batting trio of Jos Buttler, Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali have unanimously declared Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka as the best death bowler they have ever faced. "He (Malinga) gets it in the hole. He has a good yorker. It's so hard to play. Would I scoop him?...
  • Stuart Broad questions wisdom of Michael Clarke's early comeback February 7, 2015

    Sydney: England fast bowler Stuart Broad has questioned whether it's wise for Australia captain Michael Clarke to play in his team's opening World Cup match against England on Feb. 14. Clarke is recovering from hamstring surgery and was thought unlikely to be considered for selection before Australia's second pool match against...
  • Eoin Morgan hits out at planned bat restrictions February 7, 2015

    Sydney: England skipper Eoin Morgan has slammed as "ridiculous" plans to restrict the size of cricket bats to try and stem the flow of runs in the one-day game. International Cricket Council chief David Richardson said last week the global governing body would consider restricting the depth of bats, saying a...
  • Standout moments of WC: Ranatunga's jibe at Warne, Miandad's jumping jack February 7, 2015

    Cricket, with all its uncertainties, might not be the most talked about sports in the globe, but it does have its share of moments, both on and off the field. Sometimes our so called gentleman's game does not look so gentlemanly in nature, with the verbal spats and the odd...
  • Australia Under-19 squad announced for England series February 6, 2015

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday announced their Under-19 team which will take on U-19 England as part of their preparations for the 2016 U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. The team will play England U-19 in Perth before a reciprocal tour later this year. The series includes a two-day warm-up game,...
  • Michael Clarke unsure of making World Cup opener February 6, 2015

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is unsure whether he will be ready to play in his team's opening World Cup match against England on February 14. Clarke took a major step in his recovery from hamstring surgery when he batted, bowled and fielded for a Cricket Australia XI in a one-day match...
  • Kevin Pietersen swaps bat for microphone at World Cup February 5, 2015

    London: After being sacked by England, Kevin Pietersen will appear at the World Cup after all, although he will swap his bat for a microphone after being signed up as a BBC radio pundit. Pietersen, fourth on England's list of all-time run scorers in one-day internationals, was not considered for the...
  • Dropped Ben Stokes could have won England World Cup: Paul Collingwood February 3, 2015

    London: Former England captain Paul Collingwood criticised the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday, saying dropping Ben Stokes for the World Cup was a big mistake and claiming the young allrounder could have won England the elusive trophy. Stokes, batting at number five, hit an unbeaten 151 runs off...
  • World Cup 2015 Team Profile: England seek end to World Cup hoodoo February 3, 2015

    Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties. You never know when a wicket would fall and change the complexion of the game. Over the past two years, England team has shook hands with that theory both on and off the field. From the forbidden Kevin Pietersen saga to Alastair Cook's...
  • I don't think England quite know how to beat us: Hazlewood February 3, 2015

    Melbourne: Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood feels England don't know how to beat Australia in Australia and would be scratching their head ahead of their cricket World Cup opener on February 14. Hazlewood snapped a couple of wickets last Sunday to help Australia thrash England in the tri-series final at Perth. It...
  • England reject Ben Stokes slams 15 sixes February 3, 2015

    Pretoria: Ben Stokes, controversially omitted from the England World Cup squad, struck 15 sixes during an unbeaten 151 to help England Lions defeat South Africa A on Monday in a one-day match. Batting at No. 5, Stokes also hit seven fours off 86 balls during 117 minutes at the crease...