Melbourne [Australia], Jan.21 : Ace Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig kicked off their Australian Open campaign with straight sets victory in their mixed doubles opening clash here at the Melbourne Park on Saturday.
The Indo-Croatian pair produced a resilient performance throughout the match to record a comfortable 7-5, 6-4 triumph over German-Croatian team of Laura Siegemund and Mate Pavic in the opening-round clash that lasted one hour and 25 minutes.
Mirza and Dodig will now lock horns with the winners of another mixed doubles clash between Chinese-Austria team of Saisai Zheng and Alexander Peya and the Australian duo of Sally Peers and John Peers.
Melbourne [Australia], Jan. 18 : Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood believes three pacers would be more than enough for the upcoming four-match Test series in India.
Cricket Australia on Sunday named a spin-heavy 16-man squad with four specialist slow bowlers in it for the Test series against the number one Test side in February-March.
"I think three's plenty for a tour of India. There hasn't been many quicks go there and be successful," news.com.au quoted Hazlewood as saying.
"I think we can take something out of the way Starcy (Mitchell Starc) bowled in Sri Lanka on similar wickets."
"He sort of takes the pitch out of the equation sometimes with how full and fast he bowls," he added.
Canberra [Australia], Dec.6 : Australia will aim to clinch the three-match Chappell-Hadlee series when they take on New Zealand in the second ODI at the Manuka Oval here today.
Earlier, the Steve Smith-led side had snapped the five-match losing streak in ODIs by clinching a 68-run win in the opening match in Sydney to take a one-nil lead in the ongoing series.
Australia will be hoping to wrap up the series in Canberra in a bid to rest key players ahead of the upcoming Test series against Pakistan starting on December 15 at the Gabba.
Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are likely to be rested for the final match in Melbourne if it is a dead rubber.
Sydney [Australia], Dec. 4 : Having snapped its losing streak in Tests by winning against South Africa in Adelaide, Australia will be looking as well to ending its five-match barren run in ODIs when they take on New Zealand in the first of three one day internationals of the Chappell-Hadlee series to be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here today.
The Steve Smith-led side head into the series on the back of the 1-2 Test series loss to South Africa, while the Black Caps arrive fresh from a 2-0 Test sweep against Pakistan.
The trans-Tasman rivals have played each other thrice since Australia's victory in the 2015 World Cup final at the MCG in March 2015, with New Zealand prevailing in the 2015-16 edition of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2-1.
Sydney [Australia], Dec. 3 : Australian skipper Steve Smith has criticised Glenn Maxwell for his comments about Mathew Wade, dubbing them as "very disrespectful" and the mercurial all-rounder has been fined an undisclosed amount by the team leadership group.
Maxwell had earlier this week expressed his disappointment with the fact that he is forced to bat below Wade in this year Victoria's Sheffield Shield side, saying it is" a little bit painful at times."
As captain of Bushrangers, the batting order is Wade's domain and as he is now back in the Test side, Maxwell's future remains decidedly uncertain, despite his fantastic first-class record.
Melbourne [Australia], Nov.30 : Former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie has predicted that Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will one day emerge as the best fast bowling combination the country has ever produced.
The performances of Starc and Hazlewood were the only positives for Australia during their recently-concluded three-match Test series against South Africa which the hosts went on to lose 1-2.
The duo finished the home series as the first and the third highest wicket taker, with Hazlewood grabbing 17 wickets at an average of 22 and Starc taking 14 wickets at 30.
And Gillespie believes the pair would soon surpass all to become Australia's greatest pace duo.
Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 28 : It seems that Australia have learnt from the humiliation dished out to them by playing the gamble of sending second string ODI attack against South Africa last month as they have decided to scrap its resting strategy for the upcoming one-day series against New Zealand.
Head coach Darren Lehmann has made it clear that Australia would be playing Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood when they would play against the Black Caps to regain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
Earlier this year, Australia lost the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy to the Black Caps and have, therefore, picked a full-strength squad in a bid to regain the trophy.
Melbourne [Australia], Nov.28 : South Africa stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis has expressed his desire to see more pink-ball cricket at home despite losing their first day-night Test against Australia by seven wickets at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
Although du Plessis admitted that the lights need to be upgraded dramatically in the country to suit the pink ball, he believes that it would add something different to the Test cricket.
“The questions we had about day-night cricket were more skeptical and now we are not so much like that anymore. But there are positive signs. I would like to see it in South Africa. Obviously, the lights would have to be upgraded dramatically but it adds something different to Test cricket,”ESPNcricinfo was quoted du Plessis as saying.
Adelaide [Australia], Nov. 24 : South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first in the third and final Test against Australia here at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
For Australia, three debutants are there in its top-six while South Africa have made one change by including Tabraiz Shamsi, who makes his Test debut replacing Keshav Maharaj, in the playing XI.
The third game of the series has the Faf du Plessis-led side up 2-0 and the visitors have already achieved a third straight away series win Down Under which makes the Test inconsequential towards the eventual outcome.
South Africa (Playing XI): Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis(c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 21 : A new research draws attention to recent data rescue efforts undertaken in Australia to study the climate and climate change, in the southern latitudes.
The article has been published in published in Advances in Atmospheric Science journal.
Long-term weather data is the backbone of almost all research into climate change and variability.
The recovery of historical instrumental data is a well-established practise in the Northern Hemisphere, where observations are available for the past several centuries in many regions.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the currently available set of climate observations generally only begin in the early to mid-20th century. This makes it harder to study the climate change.
Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 21 : Former Australian opening batsman Justin Langer has urged the national selectors not to sideline Adam Voges from the Test arena, saying the wicketkeeper-batsman can still play a vital role in the longer version of the game.
Following the humiliating defeat in the second match of the ongoing three-match series against South Africa, the embattled Australian team management has made extraordinary six changes for the third Test to be played in Adelaide.
37-year-old Voges was among the omissions, with the official line being he couldn't be considered because of his recent concussion.
However, Langer feels that the veteran has still plenty to offer to Australia in the Test arena.
Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 16 : Cricket Australia chairman of selectors Rod Marsh has resigned from his post following the humiliating Test series defeat at the hands of South Africa.
Proteas' pacemen tore through Australia's last eight wickets before lunch on Day Four of the second Test to complete a humiliating innings and 80-run defeat at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Tuesday and seal the three-match Test series with a game to spare.
Marsh, who is due to finish his contract in June, stood down today as the pressure for change started increasing especially with Australia's recent slump in form.
"This is my own decision and no-one within Cricket Australia has pressured me or even suggested that I should do this," he was quoted as saying by news.com.au.
Hobart [Australia], Nov.15 : Kyle Abbott scalped a six-wicket haul as South Africa pulled off a crushing innings and 80 runs victory over Australia on day four of the opening Test to seal the three-match series with a game to spare at the Bellerive Oval here on Tuesday.
Resuming at an overnight score of 121-2, Australia suffered an alarming collapse, eventually bundling out for 161 runs in their second innings. Usman Khawaja was the highest scorer for the hosts with 64.
Abbott was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa with six for 77 followed by Kagiso Rabada, who finished with the figures of four for 34.
Melbourne [Australia], Nov.9 : Legendary spinner Shane Warne has expressed his desire to coach the Australian cricket team in the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka to be held in February next year.
The coaching role has become available due to a clash in fixtures, which would see Australia play their final KFC T20 International match against Sri Lanka in Adelaide on February 21 and the first Test of the Qantas Tour of India in Pune the following day.
Therefore, full-time mentor Darren Lehmann and his backroom staff would not be available for Sri Lanka series as they would be preparing for the four-match series against India.
Perth [Australia], Nov. 7 : Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada scalped a five-wicket haul as South Africa made a stunning comeback to clinch a massive 177-run win over Australia in the opening Test of the three-match series at the WACA Ground here on Monday.
Resuming at an overnight score of 169-4, Usman Khawaja (97) and Mitchell Marsh (26) steadied their side's innings before the latter was controversially given out leg before wicket of a Rabada delivery.
Marsh was originally given not out after he was struck low on the pads.However, the decision was over-turned when the DRS's ball-tracking technology showed it to be hitting more than 50 per cent of Marsh's leg stump and he was sent back to the pavilion.
Melbourne [Australia], Nov.7 : Former Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson has labelled the Decision Review System (DRS) as a ` failure` after all-rounder Mitchell Marsh's controversial leg before dismissal during the opening Test of the three-match series against South Africa at the WACA Ground in Perth.
The incident took place on the fifth day of the first Test when Marsh was originally given not out after he was struck low on the pads of a Kagiso Rabada delivery.
However, the decision was over-turned when the ball-tracking technology showed it to be hitting more than 50 per cent of Marsh's leg stump and he was sent back to the pavilion.
Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 2 : Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has admitted that he did open his "big mouth" during the 2014 Test series against South Africa.
Injured South Africa skipper AB de Villiers, who will miss the first Test of the three-match series starting from tomorrow, had earlier claimed that the sledging done by Australian cricketers in 2014 was the worst he has witnessed in his entire career.
In a closely-fought series, Australia had emerged as the winners by a margin of 2-1 punctuated by a series of verbal altercation, including a feud between Clarke and Proteas pace spearhead Dale Steyn, and David Warner barking at Faf du Plessis on his dismissal.
Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 1 : Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has insisted that his team are ready compete with South Africa in the sledging department in the upcoming three match Test series.
Ever since Steve Smith has took over the captaincy, Australia---who are considered to be the masters of sledging in world cricket---have somewhat toned down their approach.
But the Australian off-spinner has suggested that there would be lot of fireworks on the field if the situation warrants it during the Proteas Test series, starting at the WACA in Perth from November 3.
Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 1 : Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has raised concerns over the hardness of the pink ball, saying it loses its hardness very early and goes soft within 20 overs.
The left-arm pacer, however, feels there is a lot to like about Kookaburra's new edition of the pink ball, but added there is still scope for improvement.
"It's still losing its hardness way too early. I think after 20 overs it starts to go soft. Kookaburra are improving it a lot," Starc was quoted as saying by news.com.au.
"They've changed the colour of the seam and put another coat of lacquer on it, which is helping the ball but I think we just want to see that ball stay hard for a lot longer than it does," he added.
Perth [Australia], Oct.8 : The Indian Junior men's hockey team suffered a 3-4 dramatic penalty shootout defeat against Victoria Vikings in the semifinals of the Australian Hockey League ( AHL) here last evening.
The juniors had stormed back from a 3-0 deficit, courtesy to Varun Kumar's hat-trick which took the game to a shootout after regulation time.
The two teams were the ones with the strongest defences in the pool stages, India conceding 7 goals, and Victoria 9. The first quarter was played out to their strengths, both teams organising themselves tightly in the defensive areas, and controlling and cancelling each others midfields.
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