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  • Australia the team to beat at World Cup: Michael Vaughan 1 hour 40 minutes ago

    London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Sunday said that having hit upon a rich vein of form against South Africa, Australia have emerged as the front-runners and will be the team to beat at the World Cup in their own backyard, starting February 14 next year. Australia thrashed South Africa...
  • Australia displace India as top ODI team 1 hour 45 minutes ago

    Four-time World Champion Australia on Sunday returned to the top of the One-Day International (ODI) Team Rankings, displacing India, after defeating South Africa 4-1 in a five-match series, as per the latest International Cricket Council release. Australia started the series in third position on 114 ratings points but equalled India's 117...
  • 5th ODI: Faulkner hits Australia to victory against South Africa 2 hours 44 minutes ago

    Sydney: Australia survived a late batting collapse to return to the top of the world one-day international rankings with a two-wicket win over South Africa on Sunday in the final game of a five-match series. The victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground concluded a 4-1 series win for Australia ahead...
  • Parvez Rasool targets World Cup selection 4 hours 2 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir cricketer Parvez Rasool is targeting a spot in the Indian team which will play in the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. "The target now is selection for the World Cup. There are multi-day matches coming up and the aim is to do...
  • My captaincy success depends on team-mates: Kohli 5 hours 19 minutes ago

    Sydney: Virat Kohli says his team-mates will determine the success or otherwise of his captaincy when he takes charge of India in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the first Test against Australia next month. The 26-year-old batsman will make his Test captaincy bow in Brisbane on December 4 while Dhoni...
  • ICC Women's Championship: India hope for a winning start against South Africa 6 hours 44 minutes ago

    Bengaluru: Riding high on confidence after notching an innings win in the one-off Test at Mysuru last week, the Mithali Raj-led Indian women's cricket team will seek to carry the momentum into the one-day series against South Africa commencing Monday. All three One-Day Internationals (ODI) will take place here Nov 24,...
  • Don't judge Kohli's captaincy by just one Test: Azharuddin 8 hours 5 minutes ago

    New Delhi: India's stand-in-skipper Virat Kohli is facing baptism by fire in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane next month, but former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin feels the result of this one match should not be the basis for passing a judgement on his leadership skills. "You should not be...
  • Ganguly was an emotional captain, Dhoni is not: VVS Laxman 8 hours 6 minutes ago

    Indian Test legend VVS Laxman said former India captain and teammate Sourav Ganguly was a good leader who identified match-winners. Laxman, who was known for his elegant and skillful wrist-play, heaped praise on Ganguly's captaincy at the 'Hindustan Times Leadership Summit' in New Delhi on Saturday. "A good leader identifies match-winners...
  • Burnt-out Brad Haddin thought of quitting cricket 9 hours 28 minutes ago

    Melbourne: He could be leading Australia against India in the upcoming Test series if Michael Clarke fails to recover in time from injury but Brad Haddin himself felt so drained physically and mentally not too long back that he contemplated quitting cricket. In a 'Daily Telegraph' report quoting rugby player Tom...
  • We should be allowed back, says Pakistan pacer Asif 9 hours 34 minutes ago

    Karachi: Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif is anguished and disappointed that some former cricketers are against the idea of letting players banned for spot-fixing return to the game after being reformed and rehabilitated. Earlier this week a statement by former captain Rameez Raja set tongues wagging when he questioned the wisdom...
  • Sydney club probed for declaring early to give Clarke batting time 10 hours 14 minutes ago

    Michael Clarke's Sydney cricket club is being probed for declaring at 17-0 during a local game on Sunday and claiming it was to boost the injured Australian captain's chances of batting time before the first Test against India next month. Clarke is racing to be fit for the Dec. 4 opener...
  • Couple of two-day matches not sufficient to open Australia tour, says Ganguly 11 hours 22 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Not really impressed with the preparation that India will have going into the Test series against Australia, former captain Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said a couple of two-day practice games are just not enough. India will start the Test series against Australia on December 4 and play two practice...
  • Pooja Bhatt on Sreesanth's Bollywood debut: He tasted success, went to hell and back; but there's still fire in him 11 hours 35 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Former cricketer Sreesanth is set to make his Bollywood debut in Pooja Bhatt's next production venture and the filmmaker says the decision to cast him was quick and instinctive. In the film, which has been titled 'Cabaret', the former India pacer will be seen donning the role of a...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 5th ODI 12 hours 8 minutes ago

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: South Africa opted to bat against Australia. Playing XIs: Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey (capt), Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla...
  • Pakistan lose Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Maqsood to injuries 22 hours 27 minutes ago

    Karachi: Pakistan have lost two of their young batsman, Ahmed Shehzad and Sohaib Maqsood, for the one-day series against New Zealand due to fitness issues. The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Saturday that Shehzad, who suffered a fracture of his right cheek bone during the first Test against New Zealand, has...
  • Problems persist for Dhoni in Tests but can win World Cup: Sourav Ganguly Yesterday

    Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who won the World Cup for India in 2011 after 28 long years, should stay at the helm for the team to defend their title in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. During the Test series in England, which...
  • New Zealand challenging away from home, says coach Yesterday

    New Zealand coach Mike Hesson warned on Saturday that his side are improving and have proved they can take on top nations away from home. Hesson said the tense draw in the second Test against Pakistan that finished Friday in Dubai had proved the point. Pakistan batted out for a draw after...
  • Australia rest pace trio ahead of India series Yesterday

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) Saturday opted to rest pace trio Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Josh Hazlewood for the upcoming Sheffield Shield round matches, keeping in mind the upcoming Test series against India. The move gave rise to the possibility that the three men have been earmarked to form Australia's fast...
  • Pakistan and New Zealand cricketers advance in rankings Yesterday

    Dubai: Pakistan and New Zealand cricketers progressed in the Test rankings following their drawn second Test, according to the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) release on Saturday. Sarfraz Ahmed jumped to a career-best ranking of 18 in the Test batting rankings following his scores of 112 and 24 not out against...
  • Assad Fudadin to replace Darren Bravo in Windies Test squad Yesterday

    St. John's: Guyana left-hander Assad Fudadin will replace Darren Bravo in the 15-man Test squad for the tour of South Africa, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced. The 29-year-old Fudadin played three Tests in 2012 and has mainly campaigned with West Indies A since then. He made his debut against...
  • No need to be intimidated by Australia: Ravi Shastri Yesterday

    BCCI's Director of Cricket, Ravi Shastri, has said if the team fights it out in the middle with heart and enjoys the tour Down Under, then there is no reason why it can't perform on the tough tour of Australia. "We have got an exciting bunch of young players but that...
  • Australia should be prepared to face aggressive India: Virat Kohli Yesterday

    For the first time in 22 years, the Indian team is embarking on a Test tour of Australia without greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag but unperturbed by that, star batsman and captain for the first Test Virat Kohli said they...
  • Team India leaves for tour Down Under Yesterday

    Mumbai: An 18-member Indian team, led by Virat Kohli on Saturday left for Australia to play in the four-match Test series starting at Brisbane from December 4. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will miss the first Test due to a right thumb injury and he is expected the join side from the...
  • Dilip Vengsarkar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma receive BCCI Awards Yesterday

    Mumbai: Former captain Dilip Vengsarkar on Friday received the prestigious BCCI-instituted Col. C K Nayudu Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Indian cricket. The 58-year-old Vengsarkar played 116 Test matches after coming into national prominence with a belligerent hundred for Mumbai against the Rest of India in the Irani...
  • Duncan Fletcher to join Team India in Australia Yesterday

    Mumbai: Indian coach Duncan Fletcher, who was not present at the pre-departure press conference here Thursday, is reportedly going to join the Virat Kohli-led team in Australia from his native place South Africa. Kohli and Team Director Ravi Shastri addressed the media on the eve of the departure for the...
  • Brendon McCullum, Misbah-ul-Haq hail exciting Dubai Test Yesterday

    Dubai: New Zealand and Pakistan captains Brendon McCullum and Misbah-ul Haq hailed the riveting Test between their countries which ended in an exciting draw on Friday. Pakistan, set to chase 261 in a possible 72 overs, finished 65 runs short at 196 for 5. Both teams could have won though. The result...
  • Australia eye top ODI spot on back of sizzling Smith Yesterday

    Australia may have already clinched the series against South Africa but they have the incentive of top spot on the world one-day rankings in Sunday's fifth ODI in Sydney. The Australians reeled in South Africa's 267 for eight with a thrilling century from Steve Smith to claim a three-wicket win over...
  • N Srinivasan requests SC to reinstate him as BCCI president Yesterday

    "I voluntarily stepped aside as the BCCI chief pending inquiry by the Mudgal panel. Now that nothing has been found against me, allow me to be reinstated as the BCCI president," he said. ...
  • Sangakkara asked to review retirement: reports Yesterday

    Colombo: Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara has been asked to review his retirement plans after he had told national selectors in April of hanging up his boots post the 2015 World Cup in Australia. The 37-year-old left-handed batsman might still be keen on giving up ODIs after the 50-over World Cup...
  • West Indies have got to stop airing laundry in public: Brian Lara Yesterday

    Sympathising with the West Indies players for their India tour pull-out after a fallout with the WICB, Caribbean legend Brian Lara said that communication between the players and the board is key and its time to stop making internal issues a public matter. "Players in India playing cricket without a contract...