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  • World Cup: Mitchell Starc close to being world's best fast bowler March 15, 2015

    If you pop a window open in Australia and hear a distant rumbling, it's nothing to do with Formula 1. It's Mitchell Starc heading towards the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and he's picking up speed. Rounding out the pool stage with 4/14 against Scotland, Starc leads the charts at the 2015 World...
  • World Cup 2015: Mitchell Starc glad as plan comes together March 14, 2015

    Hobart: Australia's Mitchell Starc looked forward to the knockout stages of the World Cup with confidence after taking four wickets in the co-hosts' comfortable win over Scotland in their final Pool A match in Hobart today. Michael Clarke's men were already through to the quarter-finals but there was no easing...
  • World Cup: Australia 'switched on' for knockout stage, says Clarke March 14, 2015

    Hobart: Australia captain Michael Clarke is pleased with whatever batting opportunity he and his team mates had against Scotland on Saturday and said every member of the squad was 'switched on' for the knockout stage of the World Cup. Middle-order batsman Clarke and James Faulkner have only recently come back from...
  • Another World Cup to forget for Scotland as they return winless March 14, 2015

    Hobart: In many ways, this might appear to be another World Cup to forget for Scotland. Like in their two previous attempts in 1999 and 2007, the Scots are returning home without a win against their name. They had their moments, especially against Afghanistan when they watched the last-wicket pair...
  • World Cup 2015: Australia thrash Scotland to finish second in Pool A March 14, 2015

    Hobart: Australia didn't necessarily get everything they wanted out of this game, but they got the one thing they desperately needed more than anything else - the two points that helped them finish second in Pool A, behind co-hosts New Zealand. The only way Australia could have not pocketed full points...
  • World Cup: Australia seek quarter-final practice against Scotland March 13, 2015

    Hobart: It's been a funny old campaign for Australia thus far in the World Cup. They are already in the quarterfinals, getting there with some measure of comfort, but you can't escape the feeling that they haven't hit their straps yet. Australia have lost only one game, to New Zealand, who...
  • World Cup 2015: Sangakkara driving Sri Lanka in the fast lane March 13, 2015

    Hobart: Just as the sun was beginning to rise on the eastern horizon, the beautiful port city of Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the only island state in Australia, welcomed a majestic, unexpected visitor. Voyager Of The Seas, a giant of a cruise ship with 14 decks, a passenger capacity...
  • Watch: The Sanga juggernaut rolls on to maul the Scots, ICC World Cup, Day 25 Highlights March 12, 2015

    Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara's world record fourth ODI hundred in a row is the talk of the town in Australia and New Zealand, and it makes Scotland suffer. Watch the Day 25 highlights from the ICC World Cup 2015 It's all about one man on today's #CWCDaily. Plus we speak...
  • World Cup: Sangakkara's Sri Lanka go No 2 in Pool A after Scottish job March 11, 2015

    Hobart: You could almost see the century coming, from the time Kumar Sangakkara strode out to the middle. Lahiru Thirimanne batted as if he had just woken up from a nightmare, the white cricket ball treated with suspicious apprehension, if not a little dread. And it wasn't as if the ball...
  • World Cup: Fury over 'vicious personal attack' on John Mooney March 11, 2015

    Sydney: The Zimbabwe and Ireland teams at the World Cup united on Wednesday to condemn a newspaper article which mocked Irish allrounder John Mooney's battle with alcohol and depression. Mooney took the boundary catch which eliminated the Africans from the World Cup in Hobart last Saturday. But his match-winning efforts were greeted...
  • World Cup: Sangakkara first man to score four consecutive ODI tons March 11, 2015

    Sri Lanka's milestone man Kumar Sangakkara continues to grow taller in stature playing his best cricket towards the fag end of his career, with batting records falling to his feet at the ongoing ICC World Cup 2015. With his 124 in Sri Lanka's last Pool A match against Scotland, Sangakkara became...
  • Journalistic crime, Irish fury and apology: Zimbabwe cricket shamed March 11, 2015

    Zimbabwe journalist Robson Sharuko's personal remarks on Ireland's John Mooney after the African nation's ouster from the ongoing ICC World Cup have come in for heavy criticism, forcing batsman Brendan Taylor to apologise on behalf of Zimbabwe cricket. The report in question appeared in The Herald under the headline 'Alcoholic dumps...
  • As it happened: Scotland vs Sri Lanka, World Cup, Match 35, Pool A March 11, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) It's been a horribly wretched World Cup campaign for Sri Lanka thus far. Yes, they are already in the quarter-finals, Bangladesh's emotional victory against England at the Adelaide Oval formalising the 1996 champions' presence in the quarter-finals, and they are playing pretty decent...
  • World Cup: Scotland's Preston Mommsen wants to win against Sri Lanka March 10, 2015

    It has been an uphill climb for Preston Mommsen and his Scottish band thus far, a climb that threatens to get steeper as Scotland look to wind down their Pool A engagements. Into their third World Cup, Scotland are still searching for their first victory. They came close against Afghanistan, and...
  • World Cup: Injury-hit Sri Lanka meet Scotland in dead Pool A match March 10, 2015

    Hobart: It's been a horribly wretched World Cup campaign for Sri Lanka thus far. Yes, they are already in the quarter-finals, Bangladesh's emotional victory against England at the Adelaide Oval formalising the 1996 champions' presence in the quarter-finals, and they are playing pretty decent cricket, but the quarter-final slot has come...
  • Watch: Pakistan roar back, Ireland on song; ICC World Cup, Day 21 highlights March 8, 2015

    Pakistan made their most significant kill of the edition to upset South Africa, while Ireland continued their dream run by beating Zimbabwe. Watch highlights from Day 21 of the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2015, Ireland vs Zimbabwe, Match 30 March 7, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) Quick Preview: Ireland and Zimbabwe face each other in a Pool B clash at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday in a match that could have a key bearing on both sides' chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The Irish...
  • World Cup: All not lost for us, says Ireland skipper William Porterfield March 4, 2015

    Canberra: Ireland captain William Porterfield vowed to bounce back at the World Cup after his team crashed to a morale-sapping 201-run defeat by mighty South Africa at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis hit centuries as the Proteas piled up a massive 411 for four after...
  • Injured Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura to miss World Cup match March 4, 2015

    Hobart: Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura has a left leg injury and won't play in his team's next World Cup match against Ireland at Bellerive Oval on Saturday. Team officials said Chigumbura sustained a muscle tear in his quadriceps while fielding in Zimbabwe's 20-run loss to Pakistan in Brisbane last Sunday. Chigumbura tripped...
  • Will the hosts once again win the cricket World Cup? Most likely January 25, 2015

    As we come closer to the World Cup, all the teams are busy sorting their permutations and combinations. Every World Cup brings with it a bank of surprises that opens up the tournament, but this one is all set to get a notch higher as there are no clear favourites...
  • Tri-series: Steven Smith ton takes Australia to a 3-wicket win over England January 23, 2015

    Stand-in captain Steve Smith made an unbeaten 102 to guide Australia to a tense three-wicket win over England in the tri-series one-day cricket international on Friday, clinching their place in the final. Smith, who led Australia in an ODI for the first time in the absence of George Bailey - suspended...
  • Heather Watson wins Hobart International January 17, 2015

    Hobart: Britain's Heather Watson defeated American Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to win the Hobart International title without dropping a set. The players traded service breaks early in the first set with wind gusts impacting the strength of serves. But Watson's powerful baseline play saw her prevail, giving her a...
  • Form guide of 2015 World Cup participants January 14, 2015

    Sydney: The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, AFP Sports updates the current form and prospects of the competing teams: Pool A Afghanistan - Afghanistan's main...
  • CLT20: Hobart Hurricanes' Ben Laughlin reprimanded October 2, 2014

    Hyderabad: Hobart Hurricanes player Ben Laughlin on Thursday received an official reprimand for breaching the Oppo CLT20 Code of Behaviour during his team's match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here. "Laughlin admitted to Level 1 offence (Article 1.3) of showing dissent at an umpire's decision," a media...
  • CLT20: Clinical Kolkata post easy win over Hobart to storm into final October 2, 2014

    Hyderabad: Veteran Jacques Kallis brought his years of experience into play as he guided Kolkata Knight Riders to their maiden Champions League T20 final having comfortably beaten Australia's Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets, here on Thursday. Chasing a target of 141, Kallis anchored the chase to perfection with an invaluable unbeaten...
  • As it happened: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Hobart Hurricanes, CLT20, 1st semifinal October 2, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) The seemingly invincible Kolkata Knight Riders will start outright favourites when they square off against Australia's Hobart Hurricanes in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 on Thursday. Kolkata Knight Riders are on a roll having remained unbeaten in the CLT20...
  • CLT20: Sunil Narine still has a long career ahead of him, says Trevor Bayliss October 1, 2014

    Hyderabad: Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss said on Wednesday that his star West Indian import Sunil Narine, who has been reported for illegal bowling action, will work his way through the tough times as he is a strong character. Asked about Narine being reported for suspected illegal bowling action, Bayliss...
  • CLT20: Herculean task for Hobart Hurricanes to beat KKR in semi-finals October 1, 2014

    Hyderabad: The seemingly invincible Kolkata Knight Riders will start outright favourites when they square off against Australia's Hobart Hurricanes in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 on Thursday. Kolkata Knight Riders are on a roll having remained unbeaten in the CLT20 and registering 13 wins in a row since the...