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  • Dale Steyn's love of Test arena fuels lust for wickets 1 hour 26 minutes ago

    Pretoria: There are few more fearsome sights in cricket than a fired-up Dale Steyn -- even a wounded one. When the South African speedster limped off the field with a groin problem on the third day of the opening Test against the West Indies, there would have been relief in the...
  • Team India should avoid verbal spats with Australians: Gavaskar 1 hour 49 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday advised the Indian team to avoid verbal spats with their Australian counterparts as he feels the country's cricketers are not as well equipped to deal with sledging as the ones from Down Under. A day after Rohit Sharma got into a verbal spat...
  • Gutted at being left out of World Cup squad: Alastair Cook 2 hours 56 minutes ago

    London: England batsman and former skipper Alastair Cook has said that he was 'gutted' to be left out of England's World Cup squad after fellow willower Eoin Morgan was confirmed as the new one-day captain. Cook was dropped on Friday from the 15-man squad to play matches in Australia next month...
  • Injured Quinton de Kock out of South Africa's West Indies series 3 hours 28 minutes ago

    Centurion: Quinton de Kock, South Africa's rising wicketkeeping star, faces a battle to be fit for the 2015 World Cup after being ruled out of the remaining Test and limited overs matches against the West Indies. De Kock injured his left ankle while warming up before play on the third day...
  • Ranji Trophy: Raliways run into mighty Karnataka at home 3 hours 47 minutes ago

    New Delhi: A resilient Railways will have to dig deep to stop the onslaught of defending champions Karnataka in their home Ranji Trophy cricket tie beginning at the Karnail Singh Stadium here on Sunday. Karnataka have continued their imperious form of last season with comprehensive victories over Tamil Nadu and Bengal...
  • Never faced complaints about practice pitches: Gabba Curator 4 hours 59 minutes ago

    Brisbane: Shocked by India's criticism of the practice pitches here, Gabba's chief curator Kevin Mitchell has said that no other touring cricket team has ever complained about the tracks and insisted that they are just fine for net sessions. "The practice wickets are fine. They wear just like a match pitch...
  • Eoin Morgan named England ODI captain, Alastair Cook dropped from squad 5 hours 44 minutes ago

    Alastair Cook has been dropped from the England squad for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with Eoin Morgan taking over as captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Saturday. Opener Cook, who has been woefully out of form with the bat but will...
  • Sledging Mitchell Johnson not too wise on India's part: Steven Smith 5 hours 45 minutes ago

    Brisbane: Australia's young skipper Steve Smith has warned India that any plans of sledging Mitchell Johnson in the future are likely to backfire just as they did in the second cricket Test that ended here on Saturday. Johnson scored 88 runs in the first innings and then took three quick wickets...
  • 1st Test: Dale Steyn rips through Windies, Proteas post huge win 5 hours 51 minutes ago

    Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indies top order to claim his 25th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and give South Africa an innings and 220-run victory on the fourth morning of the first Test on Saturday. The West Indies' frailties with the bat were cruelly exposed by the top-ranked South...
  • India getting the rough end of close calls: MS Dhoni 6 hours 23 minutes ago

    Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the 50-50 decisions are not going India's way after his team fell behind 2-0 in the series against Australia at the Gabba on Saturday. The tourists, who are against using the decision referral system (DRS) in the four-match series, had another contentious umpire's call with the...
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 8 Test ducks the most by an Indian skipper 6 hours 26 minutes ago

    India's most successful captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, bagged an unwelcome record on Saturday when his eighth Test duck made him the Indian skipper with most scores of zeroes to his name. Debutant Australia pacer trapped Dhoni LBW for a naught during India's four-wicket defeat inside four days at Brisbane, which took...
  • Ranji Trophy: Delhi bank on 'Big Two' to pack another punch 6 hours 53 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Riding on their opening win against Saurashtra, Delhi would be banking on skipper Gautam Gambhir and the explosive Virender Sehwag to pack a punch together against Rajasthan in their second Ranji Trophy Group B match at the Feroz Shah Kotla starting here on Sunday. Courtesy a brilliant 147 from...
  • Wasteful Windies batsmen must do better: Leon Johnson 8 hours 3 minutes ago

    Centurion: Rookie left-hander Leon Johnson has lamented the West Indies' wastefulness after their batsmen threw away good starts to be knocked over cheaply on the third day of the opening Test against South Africa. The top five batsmen all passed 20 but none managed to convert their innings into a major...
  • Did Dhoni and Kohli's 'lack of communication' cost India Gabba Test? 8 hours 31 minutes ago

    India succumbed to second consecutive Test defeat in Australia on Saturday as the hosts won by four wickets inside four days, but the manner in which India lost and skipper MS Dhoni's admission after that should discomfort a lot of fans. From 71 for 1 and just 26 behind Australia in...
  • India's Australia nightmare continues, another 4-0 looms 8 hours 48 minutes ago

    The moment Virat Kohli came out to resume India's second innings with Cheteshwar Pujara on the fourth morning, one could sense something was not right with the team. As it turned out, Shikhar Dhawan, who was supposed to come out with Pujara, was hit on the wrist during the net...
  • 2nd Test: Sorry India surrender inside four days, Australia win by 4 wickets 9 hours 26 minutes ago

    An unforeseen change in batting order and some poor shot selection cost India another sorry Test defeat in Australia on Saturday as the hosts completed a four-wicket victory at the Gabba with more than a day to spare to go 2-0 up in the four-Test rubber. The visitors went downhill from...
  • Phillip Hughes' death unites cricket in grief 11 hours 7 minutes ago

    London: Cricket confronted tragedy in 2014 with the death of Phillip Hughes after the Australia batsman was hit by a bouncer in a domestic first-class match. Several batsmen had previously been killed in similar incidents, albeit at lower levels of the game, and two days after Hughes' death Israeli umpire Hillel...
  • Angry Ishant Sharma leaves Gabba because of no vegetarian food 12 hours 39 minutes ago

    Brisbane: Barely two weeks after mutually sharing the grief of Phillip Hughes' death, Indian team's relations with Cricket Australia is turning sour as pacer Ishant Sharma left the Gabba at lunch on the third day, after finding that there was no vegetarian preparation in the menu. Apparently they have been unhappy...
  • India blame Gabba practice pitches for Shikhar Dhawan injury 14 hours 7 minutes ago

    India on Saturday blamed the Australian pitches for the injuries sustained by Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli just before play started on Day 4 of the second Test match at Gabba. India suffered a major jolt in the morning on Day 4 when Virat Kohli came to bat in place of...
  • 5th ODI: New Zealand beat Pakistan by 68 runs to win the series 3-2 21 hours 12 minutes ago

    Abu Dhabi: Young fast bowler Matt Henry grabbed five for 30 as New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 68 runs in the fifth one-day international on Friday to clinch the series 3-2. Henry, 23, knocked off the top order and then accounted for the key wickets of Sarfraz Ahmed and captain Shahid...
  • Alastair Cook out, Eoin Morgan in as England ODI captain: reports 21 hours 57 minutes ago

    London: Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the BBC and Sky Sports reported on Friday. Opener Cook, who has been woefully out of form with the bat, will be replaced as skipper by swashbuckling middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan. Cook...
  • 1st Test: Philander shines as South Africa close in on victory against WI 23 hours 24 minutes ago

    Pretoria: Vernon Philander took five wickets as South Africa closed in on victory having reduced West Indies to 76 for two in their follow-on innings at the close of play on day three of the opening Test on Friday. West Indies require 275 runs to make South Africa bat again and...
  • Saeed Ajmal returns to action, eyes World Cup 2015 Yesterday

    Pakistan's top spinner Saeed Ajmal hopes to play in next year's World Cup after making his competitive return on Friday, three months after being suspended by the International Cricket Council for an illegal bowling action. The 37-year old Ajmal played for Pakistan A against Kenya in Lahore, bowling six overs and...
  • Dilip Vengsarkar bats for DRS after howlers in Tests Down Under Yesterday

    Mumbai: A slew of howlers by umpires in the ongoing India-Australia cricket Test series Down Under has convinced former captain Dilip Vengsarkar to come out in support of the Decision Review System (DRS), a technology whose use has been consistently opposed by BCCI. "I was also of the view that since...
  • Indian bowlers didn't have Plan B for tailenders: Sunil Gavaskar Yesterday

    New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was critical of Indian bowling attack's inability to get lower-order wickets over the years stating that its a "familiar story" of lacking an alternative plan. Indian bowlers on Friday conceded 258 runs for the last four wickets with Australian pacers Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell...
  • I'm waiting for a call says England exile Kevin Pietersen Yesterday

    London: Exiled England star Kevin Pietersen on Friday said he would consider any offer to return as England selectors met to decide which players are set for World Cup duty. Pietersen was dropped from the squad by the England and Wales Cricket board in February and the controversial batsman subsequently released...
  • We bowled too many short balls: Umesh Yadav Yesterday

    Brisbane: Pacer Umesh Yadav on Friday conceded that the Indian bowlers have gone awry with their plans, sending down too many short balls that allowed the Australian tailenders to stage a comeback and pile up an imposing 505 in the second cricket Test here. The hosts had been reduced to 247...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI Yesterday

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) New Zealand levelled the five-match series 2-2 with a narrow seven-run win in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, setting up an intriguing finale to the tour after the preceding three-match Test and two-Twenty20 series were shared 1-1. Playing XIs: Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad,...
  • I wanted to lead from the front: Steven Smith Yesterday

    Brisbane: Australian skipper Steve Smith said he is delighted that his side could push their first innings' total past 500-runs and take a sizeable lead in the second Test against India. The hosts replied to India's 408-run total with 506 in their first innings with the captain himself scoring a hundred...