MICHAEL CLARKE

  • Clarke, Warner targets of new rebel cricket league: reports 2 days ago

    Australian cricket duo Michael Clarke and David Warner would be offered $50 million contracts to join the lucrative new T20 league, backed by the Essel Group, according to reports in Sydney Morning Herald. Both players could be offered 10-year contracts to join the league but neither player was available for...
  • Michael Clarke hopes Kevin Pietersen doesn't feature in Ashes April 17, 2015

    Australia Test captain Michael Clarke has said he expects axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen to get a call up for the Ashes tour later this year, but hopes he doesn't. The South Africa-born Pietersen - England's most prolific run-scorer in all formats - was dumped after last year's Ashes whitewash by...
  • Michael Clarke signs with Melbourne Stars in Big Bash league April 17, 2015

    Australia test skipper Michael Clarke will captain the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League for the next two seasons after not playing Twenty20 cricket for three years. The announcement was made on Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where Clarke led Australia to victory over New Zealand in the World...
  • How the world reacted to the sad demise of Richie Benaud April 10, 2015

    Sydney: Reaction to the death of former Australian cricket captain and commentator Richie Benaud, known as the 'Voice of Cricket'. Benaud died late on Thursday aged 84. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott "He was the accompaniment of an Australian summer ... He has been a part of the lives of millions of Australians...
  • Can't imagine myself as captain, says George Bailey April 5, 2015

    George Bailey has captained Australia for a majority of their One-Day Internationals over the last two years, including in the opening game of the 2015 World Cup, but he isn't expecting to be handed the role on a permanent basis. Bailey, 32, scored an important 55 as Australia beat England by...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Batsmen's delight, heartbreak for SA, Kiwis form, business as usual for Australia March 30, 2015

    At the stroke of sunrise, when the whole world is still recovering from the hangover of some really intense moments of the show piece event and Australia still basking in the glory of winning the cup, the Kiwis while taking the return flight home will be looking for answers to...
  • Australia are worthy of their fifth World Cup title March 30, 2015

    Melbourne: The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the "most popular ever" and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday's final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title. Michael Clarke's side had the best blend of deep batting, strong fielding and, most...
  • Cricket Australia to announce Ashes, West Indies squad March 30, 2015

    Melbourne: Two days after earning a fifth World Cup victory, Australia's best one-day cricketers will find out if they're in the mix for a five-Test Ashes tour later this year. On Tuesday, Cricket Australia will announce their squad for a two-Test tour to the West Indies beginning June 5. Those players...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Dynasty beckons for triumphant Australia March 30, 2015

    Dark sunglasses were the order of the day for Australia's triumphant cricket team on Monday as they paraded the World Cup trophy to hundreds of fans at a public reception after a night of heavy partying at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. With voices hoarse and complexions pasty after a few snatched...
  • Bleary-eyed Australians celebrate World Cup win at the Federation Square March 30, 2015

    Melbourne: Australian players sheltered behind dark glasses on Monday at a public reception the day after their victory over New Zealand in the World Cup final. Captain Michael Clarke carried the World Cup trophy and, as the players mounted the stage in front of thousands of fans at open-air Federation...
  • 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...
  • After MS Dhoni, Michael Clarke calls for changes in ODI field restrictions March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Australian skipper Michael Clarke has said he would like to see five fielders outside the 30-yard circle instead of the current four during "powerplays" to allow bowlers more protection during field restrictions in One-Day International (ODI) cricket. Currently only four fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle during "powerplays"...
  • Scarred New Zealand go home winning hearts, Australia with the Cup March 29, 2015

    The greatest trick the devil ever played was to convince the world that it doesn't exist and New Zealand never really saw it coming as sometimes the old cliche of morning shows the day can be misleading to say the least. Brendon McCullum, the night before the World Cup would have...
  • Reaction to Australia's fifth World Cup victory March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Following are reactions to Australia's fifth World Cup triumph after they beat New Zealand in Sunday's final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia captain Michael Clarke: "I think obviously there's no such thing as fairy-tales in sport, but that's probably as close as it gets for me. Not only to win...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Brendon McCullum's wicket was turning point March 29, 2015

    (Legendary New Zealand allrounder Chris Harris, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) Honestly I didn't expect the defeat. I was so disappointed because they played so well...
  • World Cup: New Zealand hold back retirements to allow Australia to bask March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their one-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday. Australia skipper Michael Clarke announced his retirement from one-day internationals on...
  • World Cup triumph a career pinnacle for Michael Clarke March 29, 2015

    Melbourne: Skipper Michael Clarke shrugged off fitness fears, talk of rifts with team-mates, coach and selectors to spearhead Australia to a fifth World Cup crown. It was a fitting finale for Clarke, who played his 245th and last one-day international to lead Australia to a comprehensive seven-wicket over New Zealand in...
  • Twitter goes gaga over Australia's fifth World Cup triumph March 29, 2015

    Michael Clarke bid adieu to one-day internationals with a sublime half century and another World Cup title, leading Australia to a seven-wicket victory over first-time finalist New Zealand on Sunday in front of a crowd of 93,013 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Clarke (74) and Steve Smith (56 not out), the...
  • Fairytale farewell for Michael Clarke as Australia win their fifth World Cup crown March 29, 2015

    Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner pulled a rabbit out of the hat in the final as they reserved the best for the most important match of the tournament by returning with figures of 3 for 30 and 3 for 36 to restrict New Zealand to a score of 183. The best chance...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Australia eye perfect homecoming March 28, 2015

    The theatre of dreams for cricket will be lit up on Sunday as the two best teams of the tournament will look to finish on a high. ...
  • World Cup: Michael Hussey heaps praise on retiring skipper Michael Clarke March 28, 2015

    Melbourne: Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey on Saturday lauded retiring skipper Michael Clarke's work ethic, saying he has raised the standards of cricket in his country to newer heights. Clarke announced his retirement from One-Day International (ODI) cricket on the eve of the World Cup final against New Zealand. "The standards in...
  • World Cup Final: Australia, New Zealand lock horns in battle of Oceania March 28, 2015

    The World Cup 2015 has been the most watched tournament surpassing all previous records and that is enough to call it a success. In terms of cricket it has been an exciting tournament if you love seeing boundaries hit but it has disturbed the balance between bat and ball to...
  • World Cup: Australia and NZ have been the stand out performers March 28, 2015

    After just short of six weeks of competition, it all comes down to Sunday's battle between the two host nations. I can't believe anyone can have too many complaints about the make-up of the game, as both Australia and New Zealand have been the stand out performers throughout this World...
  • Australia favourite against New Zealand in World Cup final March 28, 2015

    Halfway through the league phase, Australia were in an unfamiliar position. In the bottom half of Group A - played three, won one, lost one, one no-result. There was never any danger of the multiple-time world champions not making it through to the knockout stage. They had matches against Afghanistan and...
  • New Zealand's history in Cricket World Cups (1975-2011) March 28, 2015

    New Zealand's historical four-wicket win over South Africa on 24th March 2015, which took them to the final of the World Cup, was their best result ever in the history of the most coveted tournament of the game. The Kiwis had played six semi-finals before their last-four clash against the Proteas,...
  • Australia's history in Cricket World Cups (1975-2011) March 28, 2015

    Australia's trip to a seventh World Cup final on Sunday may seem standard fare for a nation that has already won cricket's ultimate prize four times. Australia will take on their arch rival New Zealand in the final on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Here is the history...