Warm Up

  • Romelu Lukaku bags hattrick as Belgium defeat Luxembourg 51 May 27, 2014

    Brussels: Romelu Lukaku scored a hattrick to lead Belgium 51 past Luxembourg in a World Cup warmup game on Monday. The triple boosted Lukaku's chances to be Belgium's striker at the World Cup after Christian Benteke withdrew injured almost two months ago. Belgium had gone four matches without a win but...
  • As it happened: World T20 warm-up, India vs Sri Lanka March 17, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: India opt to field against Sri Lanka. Their confidence at its lowest ebb after continuous failures, a beleaguered India would look to pick up the pieces and make a fresh start when they take on an upbeat Sri Lanka in...
  • India to play two warmup games before ICC World T20 February 5, 2014

    Dubai: India will play two warmup games before their opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh next month, according the schedule announced by the world body on Wednesday. A total of 16 warmup matches will be played in the men's event, including eight ahead of the...
  • Australia's Test warmup in South Africa cancelled February 3, 2014

    Cape Town: Australia's only warmup fixture ahead of the threematch Test series against South Africa has been cancelled after torrential rain in Potchefstroom left little chance of play. The fourday match against a South African Invitational XI was due to be played between Wednesday to Saturday, but with conditions unlikely to...
  • India vs NZ XI: Rohit, Rahane score fifties as warmup game ends in a draw February 3, 2014

    Whangarei: The Indian toporder failed to convert good starts but Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane struck moraleboosting fifties ahead of the Test series as the visiting team's twoday practice match against New Zealand XI ended in a tame draw on Monday. India batted out the second day, finishing at 313 for...
  • As it happened: India vs NZ XI, warmup match February 3, 2014

    9:38 a.m. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane scored fifties as India after tea declared at 313 for 7. R Ashwin fell for 46 while Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten on 49 as the match ended in a draw. 8:10 a.m. Tea break. Good workout for Rohit (59*) and Rahane (60*). Both retired...
  • As it happened: Warmup game, New Zealand XI vs India, Day 1 February 2, 2014

    11 a.m. (IST): Shikhar Dhawan (16*) and Murali Vijay (19*) have safely negotiated the 14over period before stumps in Whangarei to take India to 41 for 0 in reply to NZ XI's 262 for 9 declared. So it's been a good outing for the Indians, especially with the ball as all...
  • India's twoday warmup match in South Africa called off December 14, 2013

    Johannesburg: India will go into next week's first Test against South Africa with no preparation time in the middle after their only warmup fixture against an Invitational XI in Benoni was abandoned on Friday without a ball being bowled. The twoday game was called off entirely after ground staff indicated they...
  • South Africa announce Invitation XI squad to take on India November 27, 2013

    India will take on South Africa Invitation XI led by Stephen Cook in a twoday warmup match before the start of the Test series on their tour of South Africa, sport24 reported on Tuesday. The warmup game, which follows a threematch ODI series ending December 11, will be played at the...
  • Ashes warmup: England trail going into final day November 15, 2013

    Sydney: Opener Aaron Finch hit 59 runs from 60 balls as the Cricket Australia Invitational XI reached 153 for 4 on Friday for a lead of 39 runs over England heading into the last day of the visitors' final match before the start of next Thursday's first Ashes Test at...
  • Matt Prior out of final Ashes warmup with injury November 11, 2013

    Sydney: Wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been ruled out of England's final Ashes tour match this week against a Cricket Australia Invitational XI with a calf injury. Medical scans on Monday revealed Prior suffered a lowgrade tear to his calf muscle during last week's tour match against Australia A in Hobart. He...
  • Rain washes out England tour match against Australia A November 8, 2013

    Melbourne: Persistent rain on Friday washed out a second day's play in England's tour match against Australia A in Hobart, frustrating the tourists' hopes of getting maximum batting practice in the lead up to the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. England remain on 318 without loss from a wicketless first day...
  • Alastair Cook's stiff back on the mend November 1, 2013

    Perth: Skipper Alastair Cook has overcome back trouble and is on track to return for England's next tour game against Australia A, paceman Chris Tremlett says. Cook was forced to miss the current threeday match against the Western Australia Chairman's XI after arriving in Perth with a stiff back following...
  • England bowlers toil in first Ashes warmup November 1, 2013

    England made a poor start to their Australia tour on Thursday with their fancied bowling attack forced to toil by a secondstring Western Australia Chairman's XI at Perth. With most of their frontline players busy on Sheffield Shield duty, the local team was expected to roll over for the tourists but...
  • Strong Australia A side to face England October 29, 2013

    Sydney: England will face a powerful batting lineup when they take on Australia A in Hobart next week, with inform Usman Khawaja eager to secure a return to the Test side for the Ashes. The Pakistanborn batsman has another chance to stake his claim after struggling in the Ashes series in...
  • JP Duminy elevation bears fruit, Morne Morkel injured in Sri Lanka July 17, 2013

    Colombo: JP Duminy struck a fluent 92 after being elevated to number three in the batting order for South Africa's 73run victory over a Sri Lankan Cricket Board President's XI on Wednesday. But fast bowler Morne Morkel pulled up after bowling three overs with the recurrence of a groin injury and...
  • Iran may play Venezuela in World Cup warmup July 9, 2013

    Tehran: Iran may play a friendly against Venezuela in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Iran's Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz already asked the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) to arrange two friendly matches against Chile and Venezuela. Chile refused to play with Iran but the Asian team will likely play Venezuela. The...
  • Graeme Swann spins England to victory against Essex July 3, 2013

    London: Graeme Swann gave Australia a timely reminder of his ability by taking five wickets as England warmedup for next week's first Ashes Test with a 228run win over Essex on Wednesday. Essex, set a second innings target of 415 to win at their Chelmsford headquarters east of London, collapsed to...
  • Graeme Swann shows no lasting effects of arm injury July 3, 2013

    Chelmsford: Graeme Swann showed there were no lasting effects from his arm injury sustained on the second day of England's match against Essex by bowling his team to victory in the Ashes warmup on Wednesday. England's frontline offspinner took 5 for 68 in 20.3 overs as England bowled the county side...
  • Fawad Ahmed wicketless in opening Australia A stint June 17, 2013

    Belfast: Australia legspin hope and possible Ashes callup Fawad Ahmed went wicketless in his first representative bowling stint for his adopted country on Sunday. The former Pakistani asylumseeker, who did not bat in Australia's A first innings 312 for 9 declared against Ireland in Belfast, returned figures of none for 40...
  • I think Karthik has earned his place in the side, says Dhoni June 4, 2013

    Cardiff: Captain MS Dhoni indicated that Dinesh Karthik has more or less "earned" his berth in the playing XI with an unbeaten century in India's crushing win over Australia in a warmup match for the Champions Trophy, here on Tuesday. "I think he has earned his place in the side and...
  • India worried about their top order despite warmup wins: Ashwin June 4, 2013

    Cardiff: Despite recording two facile victories in the warmup games, India are worried about their toporder batting, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said here on Tuesday. Like the first warmup game against Sri Lanka in Edgbaston on Saturday, India suffered a similar top order collapse against Australia on Tuesday. India were struggling at...
  • Allround India warm up with 243run win over Australia June 4, 2013

    Cardiff: India hammered Australia by 243 runs in a Champions Trophy warmup match after skittling out the defending champions for just 65 here on Tuesday. Umesh Yadav, who joined the squad late following his recent marriage, took the first five wickets to fall in a stunning return of 5 for...
  • Kohli, Karthik tons help India beat SL by five wickets in warmup June 1, 2013

    Birmingham: Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik smashed a century each as India warmedup their Champions Trophy campaign with a fivewicket thumping win over Sri Lanka in their first practice game on Saturday. Kohli (144) teamed up with Dinesh Karthik (106 not out) to rescue India from a wobbly start with a...
  • Pakistan's CT warmup game against SL washed out May 30, 2013

    London: Pakistan's Champions Trophy warmup against Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Thursday. With persistent rain soaking the Birmingham area, the umpires held a series of pitch inspections at Edgbaston to test the conditions, but the daynight fixture had to be called off. Pakistan's last chance...
  • Wagner presses Test case in New Zealand win May 7, 2013

    London: Neil Wagner staked his claim for a place in New Zealand's Test side against England next week with a fivewicket return as the tourists beat Derbyshire by 107 runs on the third and final day of their opening warmup match at Derby on Monday. The 27yearold leftarm seamer, who troubled...
  • Bracewell takes four wickets in New Zealand warmup May 6, 2013

    London: Doug Bracewell claimed an impressive fourwicket haul on the second day of New Zealand's warmup match with Derbyshire on Sunday to strengthen his claim for a place in the tourists' Test side. Having declared on 289 for 5 on day one, New Zealand bowled the English county side out for...
  • Dhawan, Milind power Delhi to win over Eng XI January 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan served a timely reminder to the national selectors with a brilliant century as Delhi defeated England by six wickets to hand the visitors their second successive defeat in warmup games here on Tuesday. Chasing a difficult 294 for five set by England, Delhi rode on skipper...
  • India A to face tough test against England January 5, 2013

    New Delhi: A few emerging players along with some tried and tested ones will face a tough test when India A take on England in trying conditions in the first of the two warmup games, at the Palam Airforce ground here on Sunday. The England ODI squad will aim to...