ZIMBABWE

  • Injured Michael Clarke rules out ODI retirement September 2, 2014

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has dismissed any suggestions he might quit one day cricket after returning home from Zimbabwe tour with a hamstring injury. The 33yearold strained his hamstring in training before a oneday tournament against Zimbabwe and South Africa in Harare following a long break from the game and was...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, Triseries, Match 5 September 2, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Toss: South Africa won the toss and opted to field. Team News: Australia have made three changes. Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson and Kane Richardson are back for them. Michael Clarke has been ruled out while Ben Cutting and James Faulkner...
  • Triseries: Australia face South Africa after Zimbabwe shock September 2, 2014

    Harare: Australia must overcome the embarrassment of losing to Zimbabwe and the departure of captain Michael Clarke to injury when they take on South Africa in the fifth match of a oneday triangular series on Tuesday. Clarke's hamstring problem flared up during his innings of 68 against Zimbabwe on Sunday, and...
  • Zimbabwe humiliation rips open Australian scars September 1, 2014

    Australia's shock oneday international defeat to minnows Zimbabwe has raised alarm bells five months before the country cohosts the World Cup while exposing the team's continued struggles to master spin bowling. Coming off a long break following Test series wins against England and South Africa, Australia arrived in Harare for the...
  • Injured Michael Clarke returns home after Zimbabwe loss September 1, 2014

    Sydney: Captain Michael Clarke will return home on Tuesday after aggravating a hamstring injury during Australia's embarrassing oneday international loss to Zimbabwe in Harare, Cricket Australia said. Clarke's sore left hamstring had kept him out of Australia's first two games of the series, which also involves South Africa, and it flared...
  • Triseries, Match 4: Zimbabwe end 31year wait, stun Australia by 3 wickets August 31, 2014

    Harare: Zimbabwe beat Australia for the first time in 31 years on Sunday as captain Elton Chigumbura's 52 not out led his team to a famous threewicket win in the ODI triangular series. Opposite number Michael Clarke also made an unbeaten halfcentury for Australia but reinjured his hamstring in only his...
  • As it happened: Zimbabwe vs Australia, Triseries, Match 4 August 31, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss and team news: Australia won the toss and opted to bat. Michael Clarke comes back in place of Steven Smith. Teams: Australia: Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Clarke(c), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin(w), James Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Mitchell...
  • Australia skipper Michael Clarke set to return for Zimbabwe clash August 30, 2014

    Harare: Michael Clarke is hoping to recover from a hamstring injury in time to lead Australia against Zimbabwe in Sunday's triangular series clash in Harare. Clarke missed Australia's first two games of the competition, in which they have beaten Zimbabwe by 198 runs and then lost to South Africa by seven...
  • Triseries: South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs, earn bonus point August 29, 2014

    Harare: South Africa's bowlers delivered a 61run win over Zimbabwe as Dale Steyn and Ryan McLaren took three wickets each to bowl the hosts out for 170 in the triangular oneday series on Friday. South Africa were kept to a mediocre total of 231 at Harare Sports Club but were saved...
  • As it happened, Triseries: Zimbabwe vs South Africa, 3rd ODI August 29, 2014

    (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for ballbyball commentary) TOSS: Zimbabwe decided to field. South Africa have rested skipper AB de Villiers; Hashim Amla to lead the side. PLAYING XIs: ZIMBABWE: Sikandar Raza, Tino Mawoyo, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (wk), Elton Chigumbura (c), Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams, Prosper Utseya, John...
  • Triseries, Match 3: Zimbabwe struggle ahead of South Africa clash August 29, 2014

    Harare: Zimbabwe must overcome the discord in their camp as well as a skill handicap when they take on South Africa in a oneday international triangular series match in Harare on Friday. While Zimbabwe have traditionally struggled against world cricket's heavyweights, their challenge appears to have become even greater as the...
  • De Villiers, Du Plessis power South Africa to a 7wicket win over Australia August 27, 2014

    Harare: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis hit centuries in a 206run partnership as South Africa chased down a formidable 327 to beat Australia by seven wickets on Wednesday. Captain De Villiers was 136 not out to see South Africa to 3283 and home with 20 balls to spare, a...
  • Zimbabwe dump 'disruptive' seamer Tinashe Panyangara August 27, 2014

    Zimbabwe have axed seamer Tinashe Panyangara from their squad for the oneday international triangular series with South Africa and Australia, accusing the player of being 'disruptive' in the buildup to the tournament. Zimbabwe Cricket confirmed via a statement on Wednesday they had sent the 28yearold to train with the country's A...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, Triseries in Harare August 27, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: South Africa opted to bowl at Harare. PLAYING XIs: AUSTRALIA: Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Marsh, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson SOUTH AFRICA: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk),...
  • South Africa spinners eye hardhitting Australia in triseries August 27, 2014

    South Africa will look to extract an advantage from their superior spin options when they take on a hardhitting Australian side in the second match of a triangular series in Harare on Wednesday. Number oneranked Australia issued a statement of intent on Monday when they crushed Zimbabwe by 198 runs in...
  • TriSeries: Australia face South Africa after thrashing Zimbabwe August 26, 2014

    Harare: South Africa will look to extract an advantage from their superior spin stocks when they take on a hardhitting Australian side in the second match of a triangular series in Harare on Wednesday. Number 1 ranked Australia issued a statement of intent on Monday when they crushed Zimbabwe by 198...
  • Injured Clarke set to miss more matches of triangular series August 26, 2014

    Australia captain Michael Clarke, sidelined with a hamstring injury, may not be fit until the "back end" of the triangular oneday tournament with Zimbabwe and South Africa, according to standin skipper George Bailey. Clarke injured his hamstring at training in Harare and was scratched from Monday's seriesopener against Zimbabwe, which Australia...
  • TriSeries, 1st Match: Australia hammer Zimbabwe by 198 runs August 25, 2014

    Harare: Australia made their mark in their first game in Zimbabwe in a decade as they racked up a groundrecord score in a huge 198run win over the home team on Monday to open the triangular oneday series. Some brutal hitting by Australia's batsmen powered them to 350 for 6 ...
  • As it happened: Zimbabwe vs Australia, TriSeries, 1st Match August 25, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss and team news: Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bowl at Harare Sports Club. George Bailey will lead Australia as an injured Michael Clarke sits out. While Zimbabwe have gone in with three changes. Teams: Zimbabwe: Tino Mawoyo, Sikandar Raza,...
  • Unlucky Phillip Hughes snubbed again August 25, 2014

    Melbourne: Not for the first time, opener Phillip Hughes finds himself warming the Australian bench despite injured skipper Michael Clarke saying last week that it's not possible for the lefthander to have had a better preseason campaign. Hughes, who has 26 Tests and 20 ODIs to his name, will not play...
  • Clarke doubtful as Zimbabwe face mighty Australia in triangular opener August 25, 2014

    Australia will make a late decision on captain Michael Clarke's fitness for Monday's triangular series opener against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club. Clarke tweaked his left hamstring during Australia's first training session on Friday, but jogged several laps on Saturday to lend hope that he may recover in time. However with a...
  • Want to work on bowling skills, says Steve Smith August 24, 2014

    Melbourne: Australia's middleorder batsman Steve Smith's World Cup hopes could rest on the quality of his legspin bowling. Smith was added to the national squad for the triseries in Zimbabwe against the hosts and South Africa, and looks set to add to the one ODI cap he has received in the...
  • Michael Clarke prepared to travel alone to avoid injury August 24, 2014

    Michael Clarke may opt to alter his travel plans for future overseas tours as the Australia captain races against time to recover from a hamstring injury for Monday's first oneday international against Zimbabwe. Clarke, who has had a fivemonth layoff since leading Australia to a 21 Test series triumph in South...
  • Hamstrung Clarke doubtful for Australia's Zimbabwe opener August 23, 2014

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has suffered a hamstring injury during Friday's training in Harare and is doubtful for their first oneday international against Zimbabwe on Monday. Clarke, who has had a fivemonth rest since leading Australia to the 21 Test series triumph in South Africa, experienced pain in his left hamstring...
  • Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya reported for suspected bowling action August 22, 2014

    Dubai: Zimbabwe allrounder Prosper Utseya has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during his side's sevenwicket loss in the third and final ODI against South Africa in Bulawayo. The match officials' report, which was handed over to Zimbabwe team manager Stanley Chioza on Thursday after the match, cited concerns...
  • Australia arrive for first Zimbabwe tour in 10 years August 22, 2014

    Harare: The Australia cricket team arrived for its first tour of Zimbabwe in a decade on Thursday, promising to play hard and shrugging off questions over the trip. Australia avoided playing in the troubled southern African country for 10 years from 2004 because of the rule of longtime president Robert Mugabe...
  • South Africa whitewash Zimbabwe 30 to win ODI series August 21, 2014

    Bulawayo: A scintillating 84 from 75 balls by opener Quinton de Kock led South Africa to a sevenwicket win over Zimbabwe on Thursday and a 30 whitewash in the oneday international series. Spurred on by De Kock, South Africa needed just 27.2 overs to reach 171 for 3 and easily chase...
  • As it happened: Zimbabwe vs South Africa, 3rd ODI August 21, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: South Africa decided to bowl. PLAYING XIs: Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura (c), Luke Jongwe, Prosper Utseya, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Tafadzwa Kamungozi South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Faf...
  • Hashim Amla rested for third ODI against Zimbabwe August 21, 2014

    South Africa will hand debuts to toporder batsman Rilee Rossouw and leftarm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi in Thursday's third and final oneday international against Zimbabwe. Having already sewn up the series by winning the first two games by 93 runs and 61 runs, the Proteas will offer the pair an opportunity to...
  • Zimbabwe 'not a token tour' for Australia, says Michael Clarke August 20, 2014

    Captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday insisted Australia's visit to Zimbabwe was not a "token tour" or World Cup audition but was all about winning as players return to international action. A 14man squad departed Wednesday for Harare to play a twoweek series that also involves South Africa Australia's first international...