Sydney

  • Former Australia batsman Marcus North retires 03-04-2014 11:28 AM

    Perth: Ex-Australia Test batsman Marcus North says he will retire from first-class cricket to pursue wine industry business interests in Britain and to play limited stints in English county cricket. North scored 886 runs at an average of 63.28 this season to lead his Western Australia side to its first...
  • Being a foreigner in Bollywood has been a boon, says German-Indian actress Evelyn Sharma 30-03-2014 05:55 PM

    Mumbai: She speaks with an accent, but Evelyn Sharma's half-Indian and half-German lineage has given her an edge in the Hindi film industry which has warmed up to foreigners over the past few years. She says being a "foreigner" in Bollywood has been a boon for her. Over the years,...
  • As it happened: Australia vs England, 3rd T20 02-02-2014 01:51 PM

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Australia win the toss and opt to bat. TEAM NEWS: Chris Jordan makeh is T20 debut for England, who have also included allrounder Ben Stokes in the eleven. Michael Lumb and James Tredwell sit out. Australia have replaced...
  • Tendulkar considered playing in Big Bash League: report 15-01-2014 08:45 PM

    New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar was reportedly approached by the Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sydney Thunder to feature in this year's edition of the Twenty20 tournament, but eventually the deal could not be reached. According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald, Tendulkar was offered an "attractive" package by the...
  • Doug Bollinger reprimanded for Code of Behaviour breach 12-01-2014 02:53 PM

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) on Sunday reprimanded fast bowler Doug Bollinger for breaching the Code of Behaviour during a Twenty20 Big Bash League match on Saturday. The Sydney Thunder left-arm bowler was reported by the umpires for breaching Article 2.1.4 - using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting during...
  • Del Potro beats Bernard Tomic to win Sydney International 11-01-2014 03:29 PM

    Melbourne: Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro outclassed defending champion Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday in a 53-minute final of the Sydney International. Del Potro finished the match with his eighth ace and made only four unforced errors in securing his 18th career title and first in Sydney....
  • Bopanna-Qureshi end runners-up at Sydney International 11-01-2014 02:06 PM

    Sydney: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi had to be content with a runners-up finish at the ATP Sydney International after losing the fiercely fought final, in which there was no break of serve, against Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, here on Saturday. The second-seeded Indo-Pak pair lost 6-7 (3) 6-7(3)...
  • Pironkova stuns Angelique Kerber in Sydney for first WTA title 10-01-2014 05:49 PM

    Sydney: Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova's fairytale run at the Sydney International ended with her first WTA title when she stunned world number nine Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 in the final on Friday. Pironkova had already beaten world number six Petra Kvitova and number seven Sara Errani in the seven matches...
  • Bopanna-Qureshi in final of Sydney International 10-01-2014 05:39 PM

    Sydney: India's Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi maintained their winning run in the men's doubles competitions of Sydney International tennis to reach the final with a comprehensive win over Lukas Rosol and Joao Sousa at the Ken Rosewall Arena here. The Indo-Pak pair, seeded third, won 6-1,...
  • Del Potro advances to Sydney International final 10-01-2014 11:02 AM

    Sydney: Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Sydney International final with a 6-4, 6-2 win on Friday over Dmitry Tursunov. The 2009 US Open champion will play either defending champion Bernard Tomic or Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine in the final. Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany was to play...
  • Petra Kvitova loses to qualifier in Sydney semis 09-01-2014 12:38 PM

    Sydney: Second-seeded Petra Kvitova suffered an upset 6-4, 6-3 loss to Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova in the semi-finals of the Sydney International on Thursday. Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was broken twice in the first set and four times in the second against Pironkova, who finished last season ranked No....
  • Del Potro, Dmitry Tursunov into Sydney semis 09-01-2014 11:07 AM

    Sydney: Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro beat Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Sydney International semi-final against Russia's Dmitry Tursunov. Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion who finished last season ranked No. 5, relied on his strong serve, with 14 aces to...
  • Stosur, del Potro warm up for Australian open with tough wins 08-01-2014 03:20 PM

    Sydney: Former US Open champions Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and Samantha Stosur of Australia rallied to win their second-round matches against tough French opponents Wednesday at Australian Open warm-up tournaments. Del Potro beat Nicolas Mahut 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the Sydney International, while Stosur saved two match points...
  • Bopanna-Qureshi in semis, Paes-Stepanek crash out 08-01-2014 01:23 PM

    Sydney: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi progressed to the semi-finals of the Sydney International but Leander Paes failed to rescue his 2014 season from a poor start as he crashed out in the first round with Czech partner Radek Stepanek. Bopanna and his Pakistani partner, seeded third, faced stiff resistance...
  • Kvitova beats Safarova, advances to Sydney semis 08-01-2014 09:23 AM

    Sydney: Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the Sydney International semi-finals on Wednesday with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over fellow Czech player Lucie Safarova. Kvitova, the second seed, will play the winner of the quarter-final being played later Wednesday between Italy's Sara Errani and Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova. In...
  • Bopanna-Qureshi start 2014 with a win in Sydney 07-01-2014 03:13 PM

    Sydney: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi recorded their first win after re-joining forces as they overcame a spirited challenge from Jean-Julien Roger and Horia Tecau in the first round of the ATP Apia International, here today. The third seeded Indo-Pak pair recorded a hard-fought 7-6(5) 6-7(2), 10-3 win over the...
  • Mattek-Sands upsets top seed Radwanska at Sydney 07-01-2014 09:20 AM

    Sydney: American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated top-seeded and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 7-5, 6-3 at the Sydney International on Tuesday. Mattek-Sands, who is back on tour after a long layoff with a knee injury, lost in the first round in Brisbane last week and had to win three...
  • 5th Test: Australia thrash England by 281 runs to win the Ashes series 5-0 05-01-2014 11:26 AM

    Sydney: Australia completed a 5-0 Ashes series whitewash with a 281-run victory inside three days of the fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground as England capitulated to be all out for 166 chasing 448. Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson, whose 37 wickets earned him player of the series, again...
  • Graham Gooch rues England batting failure in Ashes series 04-01-2014 03:05 PM

    Sydney: England batting coach Graham Gooch gave a grim assessment of England's performance this Ashes series after yet another top order collapse on the second day of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground brought the tourists to the brink of a 5-0 series whitewash. England slumped to 23...
  • 5th Ashes Test, Day 2: Australia 140/4 at stumps, lead by 311 runs against England 04-01-2014 01:12 PM

    Sydney: Australia skittled England for 155 in their first innings and then built a lead of 311 runs on the second day of the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground to edge closer to a 5-0 series whitewash. Chris Rogers (73 not out) scored his fourth half-century of...
  • Steve Smith, Brad Haddin give Australia control on Day 1 at SCG 03-01-2014 01:08 PM

    Sydney: Steve Smith's third Test century and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's half-century sparked a strong comeback for Australia after a top order collapse on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket ground on Friday. Smith's near-flawless 115 and a 128-run partnership with Haddin (75) took Australia to...
  • England pacer Rankin hamstrung in Test debut 03-01-2014 12:32 PM

    Sydney: England's Boyd Rankin had a horror Test debut with a hamstring injury forcing him from the field twice in the final Ashes Test against Australia on Friday. The giant Irish-born paceman could only send down 8.2 overs before he limped from the Sydney cricket ground late in the opening...
  • Ashes: Australia aim for clean sweep at Sydney 02-01-2014 10:48 AM

    Sydney: Battered England are desperate to avoid the ignominy of a 5-0 series whitewash against Australia as they scramble to salvage some pride in the final Ashes Test in Sydney starting on Friday. Alastair Cook's team - coming off a dispiriting eight-wicket loss in the fourth Test in Melbourne -...
  • Clarke says SCG wicket pace-friendly for 5th Test 02-01-2014 08:10 AM

    Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke says he's never seen more grass on a Sydney Cricket Ground pitch and predicts it will suit a pace bowling attack as the home side attempts to complete a 5-0 Ashes sweep over England. The state of the wicket could see fast bowler James Faulkner...
  • It is already a New Year in Australia 31-12-2013 08:11 PM

    Canberra: Exploding fireworks were sprayed from Sydney's iconic opera house and harbour bridge at midnight, Australian time, as the world began ushering in a new year. More than one million people crammed the Sydney Harbour foreshore on a warm summer night to watch Sydney's renowned annual pyrotechnics show, which appeared...
  • Australia team to wear 'Baggy Pink' caps in final Ashes Test at SCG 31-12-2013 03:20 PM

    Sydney: The Australian team will wear 'Baggy Pink' caps, specially designed by Albion, and unique ASICS playing shirts to be worn throughout the Ashes Pink Test against England starting Jan 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). "Thanks to ongoing support from the international cricket community, supporters and friends of...
  • Ground announcer denies using accent for Monty Panesar 02-12-2013 03:22 PM

    Sydney: A ground announcer stood down for allegedly pronouncing England bowler Monty Panesar's name with an Indian accent has denied doing so, and said he would be seeking clarification from Cricket Australia. Cricket Australia said on Saturday that it deemed the conduct of the PA announcer at the Alice Springs...
  • Kevin Pietersen fit, Michael Carberry set for Ashes debut 13-11-2013 08:14 AM

    England opener Michael Carberry looks set to make his Ashes debut next week after being included in the team to face an Invitational XI in a warm-up match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday. As expected, batsman Kevin Pietersen was also included in the team for the four-day match...
  • Kevin Pietersen to play final Ashes warm-up after knee jab 12-11-2013 09:01 AM

    Sydney: Star batsman Kevin Pietersen is poised to play in England's final Ashes warm-up match on Wednesday after having treatment following the recurrence of a knee injury. The 33-year-old underwent a scan on his troublesome right knee this week and had a cortisone injection, but team director Andy Flower was...
  • Australian bushfires leave one dead, 193 homes destroyed 19-10-2013 11:30 AM

    Over 80 bushfires were still burning across the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) on Saturday, leaving one dead and 193 homes destroyed, Xinhua reported. The fires reportedly claimed one life as of Friday. The 63-year-old died while defending his home against the fires. He died of a suspected...