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  • Record crowd at fourth Ashes Test December 26, 2013

    Melbourne: Australia's Boxing Day Test has drawn a world record Test crowd of 90,831 to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the opening day of the fourth Ashes contest between Australia and England on Thursday. The bumper attendance at the 100,000seat stadium exceeded the 90,800 recorded for the second day of the...
  • 4th Ashes Test: Battered England seek solace on Boxing Day December 25, 2013

    Melbourne: An Ashes series that promised so much has all but fizzled with Australia taking an unassailable 30 lead, but Melbourne's Boxing Day Test offers some intrigue as to whether England will continue to selfdestruct or salvage some pride from a turbulent campaign. Arriving as comfortable winners of the northern Ashes...
  • Ashes not welcome at the Melbourne Cricket Ground December 15, 2013

    Melbourne: Sports fans appear to have taken Melbourne Cricket Ground's (MCG) status as an Ashes venue quite literally last month by smuggling in the mortal remains of loved ones to scatter on its turf during an open day. The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) does not allow the scattering of ashes at...
  • Five things to know about the ICC World Cup 2015 July 30, 2013

    Melbourne: The Cricket World Cup, held every four years to decide the sport's oneday international championship, will be held in Australia and New Zealand in February and March 2015. Here are five things to know about the tournament that will conclude with a March 29 final at the Melbourne Cricket...
  • India start 2015 ICC World Cup campaign against Pakistan July 30, 2013

    India will launch their title defence against traditional rivals Pakistan in Adelaide, while New Zealand face Sri Lanka in Christchurch and Australia meet England in Melbourne on the opening day of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March...
  • Liverpool warmed by the love and largesse on Asian tour July 23, 2013

    Melbourne: Liverpool's exile from Champions League football has punched a hole in their finances and disappointed fans across the globe, but has not stopped Asia's diehards from opening their wallets to see their touring Premier League heroes. A crowd of up to 95,000 is expected to flock to the Melbourne Cricket...
  • India hope to avoid second whitewash February 2, 2012

    Melbourne A Test series whitewash and a Twenty20 loss later, India are back in Melbourne from where things started getting awfully wrong for the visitors since the Boxing Day Test. Still licking the wounds inflicted by five embarrassing defeats in Australia so far, India will strive for their first...
  • Sehwag departs before lunch December 29, 2011

    If India had any chance of chasing 292, it rested largely on the bat of Virender Sehwag. When the cavalier opener threw his bat at the first ball he faced, with no movement of the feet, the indication was that he wasn't going to hold back. That worked just fine for...
  • Defensive Dhoni allows tail to prosper December 29, 2011

    Zaheer Khan had given India the desired breakthrough when he dismissed Michael Hussey for 89, leaving the visitors one wicket away. Instead of going for the jugular, MS Dhoni shockingly took off Umesh Yadav and brought on the offspin of R Ashwin with just one slip and a short leg...
  • 'The IndiaAus Test is wonderfully poised' December 28, 2011

    Cricket Expert, Harsha Bhogle analyses the third day's play between India and Australia at the MCG. ...
  • 'The IndiaAus Test is wonderfully poised' December 28, 2011

    Cricket Expert, Harsha Bhogle analyses the third day's play between India and Australia at the MCG. ...
  • Anything less than 300 is gettable: Sehwag December 28, 2011

    Melbourne: With the match evenly poised, aggressive Indian opener Virender Sehwag on Wednesday said any target less than 300 would be gettable for his team in the first Test against Australia here. At the end of third day's play, Australia are 230 runs ahead of India but with just two wickets...
  • 1st Test: Australia 179/8, lead by 230 December 28, 2011

    Melbourne: On a day when the pitch was supposed to be best for batting, 15 wickets fell for 247 runs to put the opening Test match between Australia and India in the balance with the hosts 179 for 8 at stumps, leading by 230 runs. India, who started day three with...
  • Aus vs Ind, 1st Test, Day 3: as it happened December 28, 2011

    Australia Second Innings 12:30 p.m. An intriguing day where 15 wickets fell of Test match cricket ends here at MCG, with Australia 179 for eight, leading India by 230. Michael Hussey remains unbeaten on 79 while young Pattinson is giving him company with 6. 12:15 p.m. Ashwin finally gets one!...
  • Sehwag has an altercation with Pattinson December 27, 2011

    Melbourne: After the heat generated by the two controversial decisions on the opening day, the first Test got spicier as Indian opener Virender Sehwag was on Tuesday involved in an altercation with Australian pacers James Pattinson and Peter Siddle during the visitors' first innings. The incident happened on the fourth ball...
  • Virender Sehwag completes 8,000 Test runs December 27, 2011

    Melbourne: Dashing opener Virender Sehwag became the fifth Indian batsman to complete 8,000 runs in Test cricket when he reached an individual score of 20 against Australia in the first Test at the MCG. Before Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman are the Indian players who have...
  • Aus vs Ind, 1st Test, Day 1: as it happened December 26, 2011

    1.20 p.m. Australia ends the day at 277/6 with Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle at the wicket. The two batsmen offer enough resistance and share a crucial unbeaten 63run stand for the seventh wicket. Umesh Yadav, though expensive, picks up three wickets, while Zaheer gives India a late surge with...
  • India chase history, Australia redemption December 25, 2011

    Pressers of the Indian cricket team reverberate with sentences syntaxed like a Gandhian, minus the cliched "offer the other cheek when slapped on one". That's where modern India is different feet on the ground, yet fierce and competitive. Talking of modern Team India, two names rise above any other: Sourav...
  • Australia over swing wobbles, says Clarke December 25, 2011

    Melbourne: Australia have overcome their wobbles against swing bowling and are ready to prove it if called in to bat on the first morning of the Boxing Day Test against India, captain Michael Clarke said. The Melbourne Cricket Ground's dropin pitch has traditionally been batsmanfriendly but groundsman Cameron Hodgkins has...
  • Dravid takes a break, skips net practice December 24, 2011

    Melbourne: Indian batting mainstay Rahul Dravid didn't turn up for the net practice at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday but the side's media manager insisted that he is fine and only wanted to take a break ahead of the first Test against Australia beginning on Monday. Dravid normally has...
  • Clarke says Sachin's 100th ton can wait December 24, 2011

    Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke enjoys watching Sachin Tendulkar bat but hoped that the Indian icon doesn't score his muchawaited 100th international century during the upcoming fourmatch Test series, starting here on December 26. "That's (Tendulkar scoring his 100th international ton) certainly a prospect. I hope that doesn't happen. I hope...
  • All players fit for Boxing Day, says Dhoni December 24, 2011

    Melbourne: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said injuryprone pacers Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma are expected to be fit for the first Test against Australia and precautions have been taken to ensure that they don't break down in the middle of the series. "We've missed Zaheer quite a few...
  • India ready to meet the Aussies December 24, 2011

    India have their best chance to win a Test series in Australia as the hosts are not the same force they used to be. ...
  • Indians will find the going tough: Warner December 24, 2011

    Melbourne: Australian opener David Warner foresees Indian cricketers struggling to adapt to conditions here during the upcoming Test series and feels the longer they are kept out on the field, "the harder it will be for them mentally." "You look at their lineup and you can think 'oh, how are we...
  • MCG will witness Sachin's 100th ton: Bhajji December 24, 2011

    Kolkata: Discarded Indian offspinner Harbhajan Singh on Friday exuded confidence that master batsman Sachin Tendulkar will complete a century of international hundreds in the Boxing Day Test at Australia's Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). "I am confident he will get his century of international hundreds in the first Test match of (India's)...