Tendulkar, Sehwag features in Hayden's World Cup XI

Tendulkar, SehwagJohannesburg, December 20 : Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar and swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag have been named in the former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden's list of all-time greatest ever World Cup XI.

Earlier, International Cricket Council ( ICC ) launched an online campaign 'Your Greatest XI', which allows fans a unique chance to pick their greatest cricketers from the previous ten editions of the event.

Hayden's list comprises of four Australian cricketers namely Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting, who is also the captain of the side, Sport24 reported.

Dhoni blames 'worn-out' practice pitch for creating 'unrest' in dressing room post Gabba debacle

Dhoni blames 'worn-out' practice pitchSydney, December 20 : Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed worn-out practice wickets at Brisbane for causing unrest in the dressing room after losing the second Test against Australia at Gabba.

Opener Shikhar was unable to resume his innings on the fourth day as he was rushed for scans after he was hit on the right wrist during warm up.

Speaking at the post match presentation, Dhoni said that the first session was a big debacle for them and had a lack of communication in their dressing room over whether Shikhar would go into batting or Virat.

'Postpone Pak-NZ PDI in the wake of terror atack on children'

Postpone Pak-NZ PDI in the wake of terror atack on childrenKarachi : The sporting fraternity of Pakistan has called for the postponement of the fourth cricket ODI against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in the wake of the terrorist attack on the army school in Peshawar.

In one voice the sports fraternity strongly spoke out against the terrorist attack and said their hearts and minds were with the families of those who have lost their children in the attack.

Nearly 141 people including 132 children were killed in the attack yesterday, which led to a military operation to kill the terrorists and clear the school.

Steyn says Hughes' passing will not change his 'aggressive' approach to bowling

Dale SteynJohannesburg, Dec 16 : South Africa pace express Dale Steyn has said that Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes' passing would not change his aggressive approach to bowling .

Steyn said that the short-pitched delivery, which struck Hughes on the neck, resulting in the batsman's passing, was out of the ordinary. Hughes lost consciousness and died in a Sydney hospital two days later, aged 25, after being struck by a bouncer.

Steyn, the number one-ranked fast bowler in Test cricket, said that he really feels for Hughes and his family, adding that it's a terrible accident, but admitting that cricket would continue, Sport24 reported.

Steve Smith named new Oz Test captain in 'injured' Clarke's absence

Steve SmithSydney, December 15 - In the wake of Australian skipper Michael Clarke's injury, Steve Smith has been appointed as the new Australia Test captain for the remaining Test series against India.

Cricket Australia released a statement, saying that Steven Smith had been appointed vice-captain of the Australian Test team effective immediately and would captain the Australian side in the absence of Michael Clarke, News. com. au reported.

The statement further read that current vice-captain Brad Haddin, who led the Australian side on the final day of the Adelaide Test, would serve as Smith's deputy in Brisbane.

Hughes' family thanks Oz for 'support' since son's passing through full-page messages in newspapers

Hughes' family thanks Oz for 'supportWellington, Dec 14 : Late Australian batsman Phillip Hughes' family reportedly took out full-page messages in newspapers around Australia on Sunday to thank the nation for its support since their son's passing.

The message, which was published in News Corp Australia papers, is reportedly topped with a simple 'Thank You From The Hughes Family' and a photograph of the late batsman in his baggy green cap.

Cook vows to remain England's one-day captain despite fourth successive ODI series loss

Alastair CookLondon, Dec 14 : Despite losing a fourth successive ODI series, Alastair Cook has vowed to remain England's one-day captain.

Cook managed to score only a single run on Tuesday as England lost to Sri Lanka by 90 runs to trail 4-2 in the seven-match series with one ODI remaining. Cook admitted that he still expects to be captain when England travel down under next month, first of all for a tri-series against Australia and India .

Cook claimed that it's tough at the moment, adding that he is a better player than he is showing at the moment, and added that he has just got to keep going, The BBC reported.

David Warner hits another ton as Australia dominate proceedings

David WarnerAdelaide: Opener David Warner extended his purple patch with the bat by cracking his second century of the match as the first cricket Test against India headed for an exciting finish with Australia gaining an overall lead of 363 runs runs here today.

At stumps on the fourth day at Adelaide Oval, Australia were 290 for five with Steven Smith and Brad Haddin batting on 52 and 14 respectively. The hosts may declare the innings early tomorrow leaving India with the task of batting out the fifth day to save the match

Kohli becomes third to score ton on captaincy debut

Virat KohliAdelaide (Australia), Dec 11 : Virat Kohli on Thursday became the third cricket player in Test match history to score a century on his debut as captain.

Kohli notched up his seventh century in his 30th Test. At the time of the filing of this report, he was batting on 107 of 164 balls with twelve hits to the fence.

Kohli's ton has helped India give a strong reply to Australia's first innings total of 518 for seven declared. At the time of the filing of this report, India were sitting pretty on 346 for the loss of four wickets off 87 overs, but are still trailing Australia by 171 runs.

Keeping him company at the crease was Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma on 19 of 37 deliveries. (ANI)

Johnson's bouncer hitting Kohli sends shock waves across Adelaide Oval

Mitchell JohnsonSydney, December 11 - Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson's bouncer delivery that hit Virat Kohli on the helmet appeared to have shaken up both players, while sending shudders around Adelaide Oval shortly before lunch on the third day of the first Test against India.

The stand-in India captain Kohli, who was facing his first delivery, came out unhurt as it was hit on the badge of the helmet. However, a genuine concern was displayed by the Australian players, who immediately rushed towards the player to ensure Kohli wasn't injured, News. com. au reported.

Clarke, Smith score ton as Oz amass 517-7 on day 2 of first Test against India

Michael Clarke Steven SmithSydney, Dec 10 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke added another ton to his Test figures as he contributed 128 runs to his side's massive total of 517 at the end of the second day of the first Test against India.

The ongoing Test between India and Australia was interrupted thrice due to wet conditions at the Adelaide Oval on the second day when the hosts resumed batting on 354-6 from their previous day's score.

Skipper Clarke fired 128 runs before he was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara off pace bowler Ishant Sharma's delivery.

Emotional Warner dedicates 'greatest ever innings' to Hughes

David WarnerSydney, December 09 : Australian opening batsman David Warner has dedicated his splendid ton amassed against India to late cricketer Phillip Hughes, in order to honour his memories.

Amassing a blistering 145 runs, Warner rated the innings as his best in Test Cricket, adding that he dedicates this ton to Hughes. He further said that Hughes was there with him when he scored his first century and also at the other end, News. com. au reported.

According to him, he shed a tear when he reached 63- the score when Hughes was hit on the neck. He believes that the number is special for all of them and it would remain special for the years to come. (ANI)

Clarke retired hurt on 60 as Oz choose to bat in emotion filled first Test against India

Michael ClarkeSydney, Dec 09 - Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has been retired hurt on his individual score of 60 as the ongoing first Test against India is under way in an emotionally charged atmosphere at the Adelaide Oval.

Clarke scored 60 runs off 84 deliveries, reaching his half-century off 69 deliveries while hitting nine fours during his batting spell.

The skipper recently overcame a hamstring injury and was deemed fit to play but he left the ground after his brilliant knock of 60 and speculations are that it is a recurrence of the same injury that has overshadowed Clarke.

NZC to get 'once in a generation' 20 million dollars bonus from 2015 Cricket WC

Wellington, Dec 07 - In what has been dubbed as a once in a million chance to boost cricket in New Zealand, the country's cricket board is reportedly expected to get a 20 million dollar bonus from next year's World Cup.

It is understood that New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has agreed to split profits with Cricket Australia in a one third New Zealand-by-two thirds Australia agreement that could see the NZC pocket an estimated 20 million dollars.

The added multi-million-dollar injection would come on top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) dividend paid out to the 10 member countries for each ICC event, reported.

India names World Cup probable list, five big names dropped

India names World Cup probable listMumbai, Dec 4 : The national selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday named its 30-member probable squad for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

On the recommendation of the selection committee, the board has dropped senior players Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, all of whom were part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad.

The emphasis was on selecting young talent.

The other players who have been dropped include Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla and Ashish Nehra.

Cook faces ban if England found guilty of slow over-rate in third ODI against Lanka

Cook faces banLondon, Dec 04 : England captain Alastair Cook is facing a ban if his team is found guilty of a slow over-rate following their third ODI in Sri Lanka, which they won by five wickets.

England beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in Hambantota, but the hosts' 35 overs went more than 20 minutes over time and now Cook faces a suspension if found guilty of a slow over-rate .

Cook, who was fined for a similar offence after a one-day game against India in August, and told that he would be banned for any repeat within 12 months, admitted that England probably were a little bit slow, The BBC reported.

ICC announces schedule of warm-up matches for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

ICC announces schedule of warm-up matches for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015Dubai, Dec 1 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the complete schedule of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, including match start times and warm-up matches.

A total of 14 non-ODI warm-up matches will be played across Adelaide, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney from 8 to 13 February, with host and four-time former world champion Australia taking on reigning world champion India at Adelaide Oval on the first day.

Doctor says 'rare ' 'Vertebral Artery Dissection' caused Hughes' death

Phillip HughesSydney, November 28 : Australian team doctor Peter Bruckner has revealed that Phillip Hughes' condition was an incredibly rare one that engendered a hemorrhage in the brain due to the injury to the neck.

According to Bruckner, Hughes suffered a condition named as Vertebral Artery Dissection , a rare condition with about 100 ever reported cases. Doctor Tony Grabs of St Vincent's Hospital has termed the injury as catastrophic, News. com. au reported.

An arterial dissection is a tear in the lining of an artery. When that tear happens in a major artery in the head and neck, it can seal off blood flow to the brain.

Oz team doc says 'deceased' Hughes suffered 'massive bleed' into brain on Tuesday

Phillip HughesSydney, Nov 27 : Australian cricket team doctor Peter Brukner has said that deceased batsman Phillip Hughes suffered a massive bleed into his brain on Tuesday afternoon.

25-year-old Hughes passed away after succumbing to injuries he endured at the SCG on Tuesday after being hit by a bouncer under the helmet behind his left year. The 25-year-old South Australian batsman, who was pushing for a Test recall against India in Brisbane next week, was knocked out after the ball made impact.

Philip Hughes will be remembered forever, says Cricket Australia CEO

James SutherlandSydney/ New Delhi, Nov 27 : Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland on Friday said that cricketer Phil Hughes, who passed away today following a head injury that he received on Tuesday, was a rising star who will be remembered forever.

"National selectors had identified him as having a long future in the game. He was a rising star; he will be remembered forever," Sutherland told a press conference.

Meanwhile, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) general manager (game development) Ratnakar Shetty said that Hughes' death was a great loss to the game.

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