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  • Kevin Pietersen 'flattered' by Steve Waugh blast 4 days ago

    Kevin Pietersen has admitted to being "flattered" at the interest shown in him by Steve Waugh after the Australia great told England to steer clear of giving the controversial batsman a Test recall. Waugh, one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, said Pietersen "may have been a great player but...
  • 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...
  • Former captain Andrew Strauss expresses interest in ECB role April 12, 2015

    London: Former Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss has expressed his interest in the newly-created director of English cricket role for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Led by chief executive Tom Harrison and endorsed by incoming chairman Colin Graves the new leadership position is focused on team performance in the wake...
  • Kevin Pietersen best player I have played with: Andrew Strauss April 11, 2015

    London: Former England captain Andrew Strauss has said exiled batsman Kevin Pietersen was the best player he ever played with. "In terms of being able to do things that other cricketers couldn't, in the England side while I was involved he was the one guy that stood out for me," Strauss...
  • Kevin Pietersen backs Michael Vaughan for new England role April 10, 2015

    London: The England and Wales Cricket Board announced the new position of director of cricket on Wednesday as Paul Downton lost his job as their managing director of cricket, with his current post also scrapped. Vaughan was immediately linked to the role, with new ECB chief executive Tom Harrison eager to...
  • Alastair Cook key to England's Ashes success, says Warne April 9, 2015

    Melbourne: Australian spin legend Shane Warne believes England's Ashes hopes rest on their captain Alastair Cook who is back in the side after being dropped for the World Cup. Cook, who was relieved of his One-Day International (ODI) captaincy duties ahead of the quadrennial event, scored his first century for...
  • Pritam, Ash King in Kolkata for IPL-8 opening ceremony April 6, 2015

    Kolkata: Music composer Pritam who landed in the city on Monday to perform at the star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL-8) inaugural, said it felt good to be back home. "Landed in Kolkata. Performing in @IPL opening ceremony. Always feels good to come back home," Pritam wrote on social networking site Twitter. Bollywood...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Joe Biden attracts eyeballs as he leans on US Defence Secretary's wife, whispers in her ear February 19, 2015

    Washington: Here's the thing about impromptu moments in politics: Often they work, sometimes they fall flat, but occasionally they turn out downright awkward. Vice President Joe Biden learned that the hard way Tuesday - twice. Hosting a White House summit on violent extremism, Biden sought to draw a parallel between Minneapolis,...
  • 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...
  • In shock. My deep condolences to the family of Phillip Hughes: Russell Crowe reacts to Australian cricketer's death November 28, 2014

    Sydney: Actor Russell Crowe has paid tribute to Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, who died after suffering a serious injury while playing. Hughes passed away at a hospital here two days after suffering a serious head injury during a match, and his death has sparked an outpouring of grief among cricket fans...
  • Brad Haddin drops hints on retirement post-2015 Ashes November 24, 2014

    Australia's first-choice wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is contemplating retirement after next year's Ashes in England with an aim to successfully defend the urn. "I've enjoyed being part of the Australian group. We've got a big schedule with the World Cup and Ashes and they're as big a carrot as you can have...
  • Graeme Swann regrets going on Ashes tour to Australia October 16, 2014

    Graeme Swann has insisted he did the right thing quitting midway through England's 5-0 Ashes series thrashing despite Graham Gooch calling the decision "criminal". England great Gooch, the team's batting coach on their woeful 2013/14 tour of Australia, told Britain's Daily Telegraph on Wednesday that the former off-spinner's decision had been...
  • Jonathan Trott denies Mitchell Johnson caused Ashes exit September 21, 2014

    London: England batsman Jonathan Trott insisted Saturday that Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was not responsible for his early exit from England's Ashes tour as he criticised Michael Vaughan's reaction to his health problems. When Trott quit what turned out to be a 50 Ashes thrashing by Australia after twice falling...
  • What to watch on day three of US Open 2014 August 27, 2014

    If Maria Sharapova's opponent on Wednesday at the US Open takes a medical timeout, the fivetime major champion wouldn't mind seeing that come at a cost. Sharapova was asked after her firstround victory at Flushing Meadows what tennis rule she would like to change if she ran the sport, and ...
  • Gopinath Munde's ashes to be immersed on June 16 June 14, 2014

    Mumbai: The ashes of BJP leader Gopinath Munde, who died in a road accident in Delhi on June 3, will be immersed at various holy places in Maharashtra on Monday. State BJP president Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday handed over the urns containing the party veteran's ashes to district BJP presidents at...
  • Kevin Pietersen receives apology from English cricket May 31, 2014

    London: The England and Wales Cricket Board has apologized to Kevin Pietersen after its head criticized the batsman's attitude in the winter Ashes collapse against Australia. ECB managing director Paul Downton said the 33yearold Pietersen appeared "disinterested" and "distracted" in the fifth Test of the 50 series defeat, and claimed in...
  • England challenge excites Aussie coach Darren Lehmann May 13, 2014

    Sydney: Australian coach Darren Lehmann says he is excited by the prospect of facing England for the Ashes again next year and played down the seconddivision county opposition dished up for warmup games. The England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday announced the schedule for the 2015 Ashes against their old...
  • Cardiff to host 2015 Ashes opener May 12, 2014

    England's bid to regain the Ashes next year will begin with the first Test at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday. Cardiff, which also hosted the Ashes opener in 2009, will get the fiveTest series underway from July 812 with matches following at Lord's,...
  • Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer: Haunting, Poignant and Stark May 1, 2014

    Cyrus Mistry is not new to the world of writing. He is, in fact, a famed playwright and has made a substantial contribution to the annals of contemporary theater in India. His first novel, Radiance of Ashes, was published in 2005, and he has managed to weave a beautiful, poignant...
  • Australia return to top of Test rankings May 1, 2014

    Sydney: Australia returned to the top of the Test rankings for the first time since August 2009 on Thursday after sweeping an Ashes series and beating previous incumbents South Africa in their own backyard over the last six months. The Proteas, who had topped the rankings since displacing England in August...
  • Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong Test career April 15, 2014

    Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his Test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler said on Tuesday. The 32-year-old has been Australia's talisman in a spectacular recent run, bowling them to a whitewash of arch-rivals England and a series victory...
  • Aussie Ashes heroes Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers honoured by Wisden April 9, 2014

    London: Australia paceman Ryan Harris and opening batsman Chris Rogers have been rewarded for their performances in the two recent Ashes series by being included as two of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year. They were honoured by the annual publication, often referred to as the 'bible of cricket', along with...
  • Italian marines case: Don't succumb to foreign pressure, Chandy tells PM March 21, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to not succumb to foreign pressure in the Italian marines case. Chandy appealed to the PM to not release the duo without a trial. "Ever since the killing of the two fishermen, the entire people...
  • After Italy's plea, UN to raise marines issue with India March 19, 2014

    New York: UN General Assembly President John Ashe has informed Italy that he will try and raise with India the issue of the two Italian marines who are being tried for killing two Indian fishermen during his three-day visit that begins today. Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano...
  • Trott's 'con' disrespectful of real illness: Michael Vaughan March 17, 2014

    London: Jonathan Trott's assertion that mental and physical fatigue had forced him home from England's Ashes tour of Australia rather than depression felt like a "con" and would only convince his team-mates he had abandoned them, according to former England captain Michael Vaughan. The 32-year-old Trott abruptly left the tour after...
  • 'Burnout' not depression caused Ashes return, says Trott March 14, 2014

    London: England batsman Jonathan Trott said mental "burnout" was behind his sudden withdrawal from England's Ashes tour of Australia and he is now eager to resume his international career. Trott left the tour after England were thrashed in the first Test in November with what was reported to be a...