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  • Yearender 2014: Cricket on and off the field 5 days ago

    While the year 2014 in cricket will be remembered for many reasons the one incident that made the biggest impact and left every cricket lover in grief was the shocking and unfortunate death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes. Hughes, 25, had scored three Test hundreds for Australia and his untimely...
  • Alastair Cook takes to the oche after World Cup snub 5 days ago

    London: Alastair Cook tried to take his mind off his shock World Cup snub as the deposed England captain stepped onto the oche at the World Darts Championships on Monday. Two days after the heartache of being sacked as England's one-day captain and dropped from the squad for next year's World...
  • FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup 1 week ago

    London: England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday. "How could England have only got two votes? It was a big surprise," Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times. The 53-year-old, a former...
  • Eoin Morgan missed selector's calls for England appointment 1 week ago

    London: Middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan has said he had "20 missed calls" on his phone from national selector James Whitaker, who was trying to offer him the role of England One-Day International (ODI) captain. The 28-year-old was appointed as Alastair Cook's replacement on Saturday, following England's recent 2-5 series defeat against...
  • Kevin Pietersen's England exile ludicrous: Matthew Hayden 1 week ago

    London: Former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden has batted for Kevin Pietersen and described England's decision to continually overlook the star batsman as "ludicrous". Pietersen's central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was terminated in February, reports bbc.co.uk. "It's ludicrous Kevin Pietersen is not in the England squad. It's...
  • Alastair Cook sacked in a 'hugely disrespectful' way: Andrew Strauss 1 week ago

    London: Former England captain Andrew Strauss has launched a strong attack on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), saying sacking of former skipper Alastair Cook was "hugely disrespectful". The 29-year-old Cook, who was in dismal form, has been replaced as England One-Day International (ODI) captain by middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan...
  • No way back for Kevin Pietersen despite Alastair Cook sacking 1 week ago

    England cricket chiefs have moved quickly to make it clear that Alastair Cook's dismissal as one-day captain has not opened the door for a return to international cricket for batsman Kevin Pietersen. The South African-born maverick's undermining of Cook was one of the reasons Pietersen was cast aside by England in...
  • Jonathan Trott handed England Lions captaincy 1 week ago

    London: Jonathan Trott will captain the second-string England Lions in South Africa next month as he makes his international comeback, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Saturday. The 33-year-old South Africa-born batsman has not played international cricket since he withdrew from England`s Ashes tour of Australia in November...
  • Gutted at being left out of World Cup squad: Alastair Cook December 20, 2014

    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...
  • Eoin Morgan named England ODI captain, Alastair Cook dropped from squad December 20, 2014

    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...
  • Alastair Cook out, Eoin Morgan in as England ODI captain: reports December 19, 2014

    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...
  • I'm waiting for a call says England exile Kevin Pietersen December 19, 2014

    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...
  • Melbourne to host World Cup 2015 Australian opening ceremony December 19, 2014

    Melbourne: Melbourne was Friday named as the host of Australian opening ceremony for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2015. Two opening ceremonies for cricket's marquee event will be held on February 12, with co-hosts New Zealand to stage their opener on the same evening in Christchurch. The Melbourne celebration at...
  • Alastair Cook should be replaced as captain: Nasser Hussain December 19, 2014

    London: Alastair Cook should be immediately taken out from captaincy ahead of the World Cup before time runs out, former England skipper Nasser Hussain had said. England's one-day series defeat in Sri Lanka was their fourth in a row under Cook, who scored 119 runs in six games. England went down...
  • Lord's to host ICC World Cup 2019 final December 18, 2014

    London: Lord's has been chosen to host the 2019 World Cup final and the 2017 Women's World Cup final, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday. The ECB also revealed the 2019 semi-finals will be held at Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Oval, Taunton, Chester-le-Street, Headingley,...
  • I won't walk away, says under-fire Cook December 17, 2014

    Alastair Cook said he had no intention of stepping down as captain after his England side lost the seventh and final match of the one-day series against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The left-handed opening batsman struggled for runs again, making just 32 as his team were beaten by 87 runs to...
  • 7th ODI: Sri Lanka wipe out England, win ODI series 5-2 December 16, 2014

    Sri Lanka thrashed England by 87 runs in the seventh and final one-day international to win the series 5-2 on Tuesday as Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with bat and ball, smashing his 18th hundred and snaring three wickets. Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka posted 302-6 thanks to Dilshan's 101 off 124...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs England, 7th ODI December 16, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Sri Lanka have won the toss and will be batting first against England in the seventh ODI. England make two changes - Hales and Gurney back in, for Bopara and Finn. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have made one change with Dilruwan...
  • Michael Clarke's immediate future still not clear December 15, 2014

    Australian cricket officials are still no closer to knowing whether Michael Clarke will be fit enough to play in next year's World Cup. Clarke's future remains uncertain after he badly tore a hamstring during Australia's first test win over India last week. He has already ruled himself out of the three remaining...
  • Mahela Jayawardene to bid final goodbye to home ODIs against England December 15, 2014

    Colombo: Making it obvious that he will retire after the 2015 World Cup, former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene on Monday revealed on social media that the seventh and final ODI against England on Tuesday will be his last at home turf. "Going for my last practice session with the boys...
  • Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara handed ICC fine for dissent December 15, 2014

    Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee from their victory over England on Saturday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed the penalty after deciding Sangakkara was "showing dissent at an umpire's decision". The disagreement came at the start of 34th over when the...
  • Champions Trophy: England beat Belgium to claim seventh place December 14, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: England got the better of Belgium 3-2 to claim the seventh place in the hockey Champions Trophy on Sunday. It was a high-octane battle with Belgium's Florent van Aubel scoring his first on 10 minutes, latching onto a loose finish to fire past English goalie George Pinner. England, though, scored the...
  • 6th ODI: Sri Lanka beat England by 90 runs to clinch the series December 13, 2014

    Sri Lanka beat England by 90 runs in the sixth one-day international at Pallekele on Saturday to take an unbeatable 4-2 lead in their seven-match series. Kumar Sangakkara completed his 20th one-day international century to help the home team post a healthy total of 292 for seven. England could only muster 202...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs England, 6th ODI December 13, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Sri Lanka opted to bat against England in Pallekele. Playing XIs: England: Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali, James Taylor, Joe Root, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, Steven Finn Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene,...
  • Germany down England 2-0 to enter Champions Trophy semi-final December 11, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Olympic champions Germany produced a perfect game to beat England 2-0 in an all-European battle en route to their semi-final berth in the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament, here on Thursday. At the Kalinga Stadium, the Germans, who finished at the bottom in the pool stages, produce defensive master-class to...
  • 5th ODI: Joe Root ton powers England to a 5-wicket win over Sri Lanka December 11, 2014

    Pallekele: Joe Root struck an unbeaten 104 to cap Chris Woakes' six wickets and lead England to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fifth one-day international on Thursday. England chased down a challenging total of 239 with 240 for 5 from 49.1 overs. Sri Lanka's series lead was narrowed...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs England, 5th ODI December 11, 2014

    For ball by ball commentary scroll down to bottom of the page England will return on Thursday to chase down a 240-run victory target and stay alive in the seven-match contest against Sri Lanka after rain forced play to be suspended. In-form Kumar Sangakkara hit a cultured 91 but England paceman Chris...
  • England's Craig Kieswetter set to miss Cricket World Cup 2015 December 11, 2014

    Taunton: England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter is unlikely to play at the 2015 Cricket World Cup because of a serious eye injury. Somerset, Kieswetter's English county side, says in a statement that the 27-year-old player "has struggled to regain perfect vision" after suffering a "terrible" eye injury in a domestic game in...
  • 5th ODI: Rain abandons England innings against Sri Lanka December 10, 2014

    England will return on Thursday to chase down a 240-run victory target and stay alive in the seven-match contest against Sri Lanka after rain forced play to be suspended in the fifth one-day international in Pallekele on Wednesday. In-form Kumar Sangakkara hit a cultured 91 but England paceman Chris Woakes (6-47)...