Watson claims Oz squad 'really excited' to have 'experienced leader' Clarke around

Watson claims Oz squad 'really excited' to have 'experienced leader' Clarke arou

Sydney, Feb 07 : Australian swashbuckling all-rounder Shane Watson has claimed that the team is really excited to have 'experienced' Michael Clarke around, as the skipper is in a battle to meet his fitness deadline to take part in the World Cup.

It is understood that Clarke sought and received iron-clad support to continue a four-year reign as captain from Cricket Australia's hierarchy during the grim stages of his rehabilitation from hamstring surgery.

Steve Smith's spectacular impact as skipper, making three tons in as many Tests against India replacing Clarke, was followed by speculation segments of the side supported a permanent move, News. com. au reported.

Lee hoping for 'traditional' Oz pitches with 'bouncy, fast' wickets at WC

Brett Lee

Johannesburg, Feb 07 - Former Australia paceman Brett Lee is hoping that the pitches during the World Cup would be their traditional Australian pitches with real bouncy and fast wickets, and has claimed that his country's bowling is very balanced for the tournament.

Speculations are rife that the Australian pitches for the February 14-March 29 tournament might be better suited to batting after a record number of runs were scored during India's recent four-Test series Down Under.

2015 Cricket World Cup: Spectacular opening events on cards

2015 Cricket World Cup

Melbourne - Christchurch and Melbourne are set to host spectacular opening events for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on February 12.

The Melbourne celebration will involve former and current World Cup players and legends, cultural and music performances from Jessica Mauboy, Tina Arena and Daryl and Nathaniel Braithwaite, a spectacular fireworks display and a yet to be revealed 'special moment'.

It will reflect the diversity and excitement of the 14 competing nations and include some icons in Australian entertainment, according to an ICC release.

Mumbai to host Ranji Trophy final, Eden to host semi-final

Mumbai to host Ranji Trophy final, Eden to host semi-final

Mumbai - Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium will host the final of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament next month while Kolkata and Bengaluru would conduct the two semi-finals, according to BCCI sources.

The national championship's summit clash is scheduled from March 8-12 while the semi-finals are to be held from February 27 to March 1.

Meanwhile, the BCCI has allotted the four quarter finals to Cuttack, Indore, Lahli and Jaipur, sources added. The quarter finals are slated from February 15 to 19.

The final group phase matches of the championship to spot the knock out qualifiers commenced today. PTI

Hazlewood claims England doesn't yet know how to 'beat' Australia

Sydney, Feb 04 - Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has claimed that England don't quite know how to beat them yet, especially in Australia, following Eoin Morgan's team's recent loss in the tri-series final.

Hazlewood pointed to Morgan's stumps being skittled by Australian pace spearhead Michael Johnson in the tri-series final as the clearest illustration that England are sitting ducks for the World Cup kick-off on February 14.

Walking out to bat after watching his opener Moeen Ali being removed by Johnson's express delivery, Morgan was too rattled to even offer a shot and was gone first ball, reported.

Domingo claims public hating Parnell's inclusion in Proteas' WC squad unfair

Russell DomingoJohannesburg, Feb 04 - South Africa cricket team coach Russell Domingo has branded all the public hating all-rounder Wayne Parnell's inclusion in South Africa's Cricket World Cup squad as unfair.

Domingo said that he doesn't know why some people hate Parnell so much, adding that maybe it's because of the paceman's hairstyle. He insisted that the left-armer is a wonderful guy and really works hard.

Domingo claimed that people's perceptions about a cricket player, about a person, are often very different to what that person is actually like, Sport24 reported.

Williamson, Taylor's tons anchor Kiwis to 119-run win against Pak in second ODI

Kane Williamson Ross TaylorWellington, Feb 03 : Big-hitting batsmen Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor powered New Zealand to their highest one-day total of 369-5 against Pakistan with their respective tons to guide the hosts to a 119-run victory over the tourists in the second and final ODI at McLean Park in Napier.

Williamson's brilliant knock of 112 off 88 deliveries, including 14 fours and one six, and Taylor's unbeaten 102 off 70 deliveries, including 13 fours and two sixes, guided New Zealand to the gigantic total in their 50 overs.

'Self-belief' helped us beat India in 2003 WC final: Damien Martyn

Perth - Notwithstanding India's good showing en route to the 2003 World Cup final, former batsman Damien Martyn said that it was Australia's 'self-belief' that helped them in outplaying the Sourav Ganguly-led side in the title clash.

Put into bat, the defending champions rode on a 234-run unbeaten third-wicket partnership between Ponting (140) and Martyn (88) to post 359 and then managed to bundle out the Men in Blue for 234 in 39.2 overs. Martyn recalls the memorable day.

Dhoni claims India will come back stronger for WC title defence post disastrous Oz tour

Mahendra Singh DhoniJohannesburg, Jan 31 - India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has insisted that his team would be ready and come back stronger for the defence of their World Cup title, despite ending a miserable tour of Australia without securing a single win.

India bowed out of the ODI tri-series with another poor batting effort, which fated them to defeat in their clash with England at the WACA Ground in Perth. Sent in to bat, India were dismissed for 200 and although England stumbled early, they recovered to edge their way to 201 for seven and win with 19 balls to spare.

England would now face Australia in Sunday's final at the same venue.

Miller replaces Narine in Windies WC squad

Johannesburg, Jan 30 - Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller has been roped into the West Indies squad for the upcoming World Cup in place of Sunil Narine, who backed out of the squad.

Earlier in the week, Narine withdrew from the squad citing that he needs more time to rectify his bowling actions and confidently bowl for sustained period with his new action.

The off-spin wizard has undergone intense remedial work after being suspended from last year's Champions League Twenty20 due to an illegal action.

Miller has played 45 one-day internationals, with having the best bowling figure of 4-43 against Zimbabwe, Sport24 reported.

Broad apologises for England 'minimum wage' tweet

stuart broadLondon, Jan 28 - England Twenty20 cricket team captain Stuart Broad has apologised for his British 'minimum wage' post on Twitter.

The right-arm fast-medium bowler had tweeted that he has heard if one earns minimum wage in England they are in the top 10 percent earners in the world, adding '#stay #humble' to his tweet.

Broad, who is in Australia on England duty, deleted the message after angry replies from some Twitter users and then posted his apologies on the social networking site, the BBC reported.

Broad posted that he meant no offence and added that he is sorry if any offence was taken. He also posted that the hashtag was aimed at him.

Steven Smith becomes youngest Allan Border Medal winner since Michael Clarke

Steve SmithSydney, Jan 27 : Australia's star batsman Steven Smith has capped off an incredible 2014 by winning his first Allan Border Medal, becoming the youngest winner since Michael Clarke to do so.

The 25-year-old Smith became the youngest winner since a 23-year-old Clarke in 2005, in a year where he scored seven tons and a total of 1,756 runs across all three formats, excluding last week's unbeaten knock of 102 in Hobart.

Smith scored a clean sweep of the top awards, taking out both the Test and One Day Player of the Year awards, News. com. au reported.

Vettori becomes Kiwis' most capped player in sixth ODI against Lanka

Daniel VettoriWellington, Jan 25 - Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori became New Zealand's most capped ODI cricketer as the hosts went in to bat first in the sixth one-day against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.

Vettori broke Stephen Fleming's record career tally of 279 appearances as the left-armer came in for Nathan McCullum in the spinners' rotation for his 280th ODI appearance.

New Zealand Cricket president Stephen Boock gave a special presentation to Vettori before play, and the bowler lead the team when they took the field later on Sunday, after posting a 316-run target for Sri Lanka to win, reported.

Afridi eying to eclipse De Villiers' fastest ODI ton in WC

Karachi, Jan 21 - Pakistan's veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi admitted that he would like to eclipse the record set forth by the swashbuckling South African skipper AB de Villiers, who hit the fastest one-day international century off just 31 deliveries.

Afridi held the record of the fastest one-day hundred for nearly 17 years after hammering 102 off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Nairobi.

The veteran all-rounder said that one doesn't plan out to set such records, adding that it happens when one has a very special day and confidence is sky high, the Dawn reported.

Buttler calls on England to put up 'complete performances' to win matches

Jos ButtlerLondon, Jan 19 : England batsman Jos Buttler has called on the team to put up complete performances that end in victory for them, as the World Cup nears.

England would reportedly be looking to end a run of three ODI consecutive defeats on Tuesday when they face India in their latest warm-up for the finals.

Former England skipper Andrew Flintoff chatted, boxed and bowled with his old team-mates at Sunday's training session much to the delight of the newer international cricketers among them, the Mirror reported.

However, England must find a good old-fashioned team performance against India on Tuesday to get the win they desperately need.

Cricket fraternity lauds 'superhuman' De Villiers' fastest ODI ton against Windies

AB de VilliersJohannesburg, Jan 19 : South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers' swashbuckling fastest every one-day ton in 31 balls against the West Indies at The Wanderers on Sunday has been on the receiving end of an overwhelming response from the cricketing fraternity.

De Villiers' batting partner Hashim Amla, who hit 153 not out, said that the skipper said he was going to have a look for one over but hit his first six balls for 24, adding that he is an amazing player.

Martin Crowe slams `thuggish` Warner over `speak English` incident with Rohit Sharma

David WarnerSydney, Jan 19 - New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe has slammed 'childish' David Warner for his 'thuggish behaviour' after the Australian opener got engaged in a slanging match with Rohit Sharma and demanded that the Indian should 'speak English' during Australia's second ODI win in Tri-Series.

Tempers were on a high during Australia's four-wicket win against India in the second ODI of the tri-series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday when Warner demanded that Sharma speaks English instead of his native Hindi.

Hoping to be in Melbourne for World Cup final: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh DhoniMelbourne : Back at the helm after retiring from Tests, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said his team will look for an encore when they start their title defence at the World Cup beginning next month.

"We would definitely like to repeat our performance from 2011. But the change in conditions will be a factor and we will have to play accordingly," Dhoni said at the launch of the team's new ODI kit designed by team-sponsor Nike for the upcoming season.

Team India unveils brand new 'light, comfortable' ODI kit

team india new dressSydney, Jan 15 : Indian cricket team has unveiled brand new lightweight ODI international kit ahead of the triangular series in Australia that starts on Friday.

Nike, the official apparel sponsor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) crafted the latest Team India uniform in a bold new design with some of Nike's latest global apparel innovations to help the team perform at their best.

India ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the new team India uniform was light, comfortable and packed with innovation to help minimize distractions on the field of play and that was critical when millimeters make a difference between a game winning innings or wicket.

Suspended Ajmal claims needs time to perfect new bowling action to hinder WC chances

Karachi, Jan 15 - Pakistan's suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has claimed that it would be really difficult for him to appear in the World Cup as he needs some time to perfect his new action, but is confident about clearing his reassessment on January 24 in Chennai.

Ajmal feels that he needs some more time to get full command over his new action and would not be ready to play international cricket even if he clears the test.

Ajmal claimed that he feels he needs some mileage before gaining perfection over his new action, and added that it would be really difficult for him to appear in World Cup, The Dawn reported.

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