AUSTRALIA

  • Australian Islamic college bans girls from running fearing they will lose 'virginity' Yesterday

    Melbourne: An Islamic college has banned its girl students from participating in running competitions as its principal believes it may cause them to "lose their virginity", prompting an investigation by an Australian regulatory body. According to 'The Age', the issue of banning the girls from running by the Al-Taqwa College...
  • Australia's Gurinder Sandhu is back home to play IPL 3 days ago

    If you were to be asked what Gurinder Sandhu has in common with Bransby Cooper, a man who played in Australia's inaugural Test in 1877, and Rex Sellers, chances are that links would be established on the lines of their home state or the club they represented. Contrary to popular belief,...
  • Australian batsman Aaron Finch sidelined for three months 3 days ago

    Sydney: Australian one-day opening batsman Aaron Finch faces a three-month recovery after undergoing surgery for a left hamstring injury, cricket officials said on Wednesday. Finch was an invaluable member of Australia's recent World Cup winning team, hitting a match-winning century against England on the opening day of the tournament this year...
  • Glenn Maxwell blames World Cup high for IPL form slump 4 days ago

    Ahmedabad: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell believes the emotional high of his country's World Cup win has contributed to his form slump for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season. After Michael Clarke and his teammates lifted the Cup last month, the dynamic all-rounder has only registered scores...
  • Samuel Badree to mentor Australia's young spinners 4 days ago

    Bangalore: Samuel Badree, the West Indies legspinner who is currently the No. 1-ranked bowler in the ICC Twenty20 International rankings, will work with Australia's best young spin bowlers, a Cricket Australia release said on Tuesday. In all, 24 spinners including Cameron Boyce, who has played four T20Is for Australia, have been...
  • 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...
  • Australia government inspired by Delhi-based NGO Asha Foundation working in slums 5 days ago

    Melbourne: The Australian government has expressed interest in the model of working adopted by an Indian charity, in a bid to improve the lives of its remote indigenous people. The founder of New Delhi-based Asha Foundation, Kiran Martin, was on a visit to the country last week to promote her NGO's...
  • Phil Hughes' bat, jerseys head to Mount Everest 6 days ago

    Chhurim Sherpa began her journey for a third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday but this time some odd items were also part of her climbing gear. Chhurim, who is the first woman to climb the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit twice in a week, will take a cricket bat...
  • Australia foils alleged terror attack for Gallipoli centenary: Police 1 week ago

    Sydney: Hundreds of Australian police on Saturday arrested five teens planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack next week at an event to mark the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli during World War One, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. More than 200 police were involved in a series of raids in...
  • Australian woman praised for defending Muslim couple from abuse April 17, 2015

    Sydney: A Muslim couple racially abused by a Sydney train passenger have thanked another commuter who defended them, with a video capturing the incident going viral on social media as police launched an investigation. The pair, Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti and Khalida Hafeez, were riding on the airport-bound train on Wednesday when...
  • 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...
  • Australian model killed in Iraq fighting for IS April 17, 2015

    In a shocking trend worldover, young men and women are leaving their homes to join terror group Islamic State. An Australian model has been killed in Iraq fighting for IS. His parents said that he left home in 2014 telling them that he was going camping while he traveled to...
  • Alastair Cook's sorry England form could end in his demise April 16, 2015

    If Alastair Cook does not sort out his batting problems during the series against West Indies, the England captain's test future looks rather bleak, former batsman Nasser Hussain said. Cook, who has not scored a test century since May 2013 when he notched up 130 against New Zealand at Headingley, was...
  • Sussex sign Australia's George Bailey for T20 April 15, 2015

    London: Australia batsman George Bailey has signed to play for Sussex in the second half of this season's domestic T20 Blast competition, the English county announced on Wednesday. Bailey, 32, will take over from Sri Lanka's great Mahela Jayawardene, who will be Sussex's overseas player for their first seven group fixtures...
  • India remain No. 2 in ODI rankings April 15, 2015

    Dubai: The Indian team have retained their second position in the one-day internationals rankings list after finishing as semifinalists in the recently-concluded World Cup. With 116 points, India are placed just six points behind world champions Australia, who have garnered 122 rating points to their credit. India are followed by South Africa...
  • Steve Waugh backs paceman Mitchell Starc to be a test force April 15, 2015

    Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has backed pace bowler Mitchell Starc to convert his World Cup form into the test team ahead of series against West Indies and England. Left-armer Starc was named the player of the World Cup after an outstanding tournament but has yet to cement his place in...
  • Australian batsman Joe Burns signs deal with Middlesex April 14, 2015

    London: Australian middle-order batsman Joe Burns has signed a deal with English county club Middlesex. The Queenslander is set to join the London-based club in early May and replace compatriot Adam Voges, who ironically was picked ahead of Burns for Australia's Test series against West Indies and England, cricket.com.au reported on...
  • India women hold mighty Australia to a goalless draw in Hawke's Bay Cup April 14, 2015

    Hastings: After two consecutive defeats, India women's hockey team put up a much-improved show to hold world No. 2 Australia to a goalless draw in their third match of the Hawke's Bay Cup, on Monday. By virtue of this result, the Indian eves opened their account in the points table of...
  • Indian hockey team surprised me with Azlan Shah bronze: Paul van Ass April 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Chief coach Paul van Ass said that he was surprised with the way the Indian hockey team came back to win the bronze medal at the recently concluded 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. India did not start well at the invitation tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia, following their 2-2 draw...
  • India eye revival against Australia in Hawke's Bay Cup April 13, 2015

    Hawke's Bay: Pushed to wall by two consecutive losses, the Indian women's hockey team would seek revival but it would be easier said than done when they take on Australia in the Hawke's Bay Cup on Tuesday. Having concluded both the previous matches with a loss, the last pool match is...
  • New Zealand stop Australia juggernaut to win 2nd Azlan Shah title April 12, 2015

    Ipoh: A gritty New Zealand surprised world champions Australia 3-1 in the penalty shoot-out in a keenly-contested summit clash to claim their second Azlan Shah Cup hockey title on Sunday. Goalkeeper Devon Manchester starred for the Black Sticks under the woodwork to secure the hard-earned win in the shoot-out against defending...
  • 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...
  • Hockey midfielder Dharamvir Singh reaches 100-international cap milestone April 12, 2015

    Ipoh: Indian midfielder Dharamvir Singh has achieved the distinction of playing his 100th international hockey match for his country. He achieved the milestone during India's 4-2 win against Australia in a Sultan Azlan Shah Cup league match on Saturday, a Hockey India (HI) release said on Sunday. The win helped India finish...
  • Curtly Ambrose backs 'team man' Phil Simmons to move Windies forward April 12, 2015

    Antigua: West Indies bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose has given his full backing to new head coach Phil Simmons, describing him as a "team man" who he expects to bring a new dimension to the squad. Simmons, the former Ireland coach, was appointed to the vacant position following the conclusion of the...
  • New Zealand draw with Korea to set up title clash against Australia April 11, 2015

    Ipoh: New Zealand today eked out a hard-fought 3-3 draw against Korea to seal their place in the final of the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, while hosts Malaysia beat a lowly Canada in an inconsequential league match. A draw was enough for the Black Sticks to qualify for...
  • Azlan Shah Cup: India qualify to play bronze medal match after winning 4-2 against Australia April 11, 2015

    Ipoh: Young striker Nikkin Thimmaiah scored a hat-trick as India produced their best performance of the tournament to stun world champions and title holders Australia 4-2 on Saturday and secure a place in the third and fourth place play-off at the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament. Already out of title race,...
  • As it happened: India vs Australia, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup April 11, 2015

    Out of title reckoning, a misfiring India would look to redeem some pride with an improved performance in their last league match but it would be easier said than done against world champions Australia in the 24th Azlan Shah Cup, here on Saturday. The Azlan Shah Cup was not only new...
  • 'Voice of cricket' Richie Benaud dies at 84 April 10, 2015

    Benaud, who was a huge figure in the game both on and off the field, died after battling skin cancer. ...
  • Azlan Shah: Indian coach gives special attention to PCs ahead of tie against Aus April 10, 2015

    Ipoh: Aware that India will not get too many scoring chances against world champions Australia in Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on Saturday, chief coach Paul van Ass, on Friday emphasized on the penalty corner conversion drills during the team's short practice session. Penalty corner is considered as India's strong point...
  • State funeral for Richie Benaud offered April 10, 2015

    Sydney: The Australian government on Friday offered a state funeral to the family of former Australian captain and legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud, who died aged 84. Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott said there would hardly be an Australian over the past 40 years who hadn't listened to Benaud on radio...