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Brendon McCullum bids goodbye with series win

Brendon McCullum got a fitting farewell on Monday, when he led New Zealand to a thumping victory over Australia in the third and final ODI of the series. This was the last time McCullum will appear in ODIs for Black Caps. As expected, McCullum gave it a 100 percent in his final ODI, before bidding adieu to the 50-over format of the game on Monday. McCullum gave New Zealand the

Aaron Finch dumped, Steve Smith to lead Australia in World T20

Aaron Finch has been dumped as Australia’s captain in the shortest form of the game and replaced by test skipper Steve Smith just a month before the start of the World Twenty20. Selectors also axed wicketkeeper Matthew Wade from the 15-man squad for the tournament in India. Test gloveman Peter Nevill, who has never played a limited overs international, was picked instead. Opener Finch, who has been struggling with a

World T20 waste of time: Ryan Harris

Former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has lamented the compressed international schedule and labelled the World Twenty20, scheduled to start in India next month, a waste of time. Australia have played eight Twenty20 Internationals since the last World T20 in Bangladesh two years ago, including a run of just one game between November 2014 and January this year. The side was also whitewashed 0-3 by visitors India on Sunday in

Australia blow away flightless Kiwis to win fifth title

Australia on Sunday clinched the coveted ICC Cricket World Cup for the fifth time, thrashing New Zealand by seven wickets to provide a perfect farewell gift to skipper Michael Clarke, who played a key role with a 74-run knock in his final ODI appearance. After the bowlers produced a clinical performance skittling out New Zealand for 183, the stage was set for the Australian captain, who used the platform to

Australia beat Pakistan, set up semifinal clash with India

Four-time former champions Australia set up an explosive semifinal clash against title-holders India in the cricket World Cup semifinal after comprehensively beating Pakistan by six wickets in the mega-event’s third quarterfinal here today. Set a modest target of 214, Australia overcame a tumultuous start to go past the finishing line in 33.5 overs after the home pacers, led by Josh Hazlewood (4/35), wrecked the Pakistani line-up. Steve Smith top-scored for

Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson star as Australia win tri-series

Glenn Maxwell produced a stellar all-round performance and Mitchell Johnson returned to terrorise England as Australia clinched the one-day tri-series with an emphatic 112-run victory over their Ashes rivals on Sunday. Barely two weeks before the World Cup, the hosts proved their batting depth to recover from 60-4 and post 278-8 with Maxwell (95) and Mitchell Marsh (60) rebuilding the innings before James Faulkner`s late assault. A rejuvenated Johnson, rested

David Warner fined over spat with Rohit Sharma

Australia batsman David Warner says he has been fined half his match fee over his verbal altercation with India’s Rohit Sharma during Sunday’s tri-series one-day international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Warner revealed the punishment in an interview on Monday with Sky Sports Radio in which he said he accepted the sanction but defended Australia’s aggressive playing style. “I was in the wrong … I shouldn’t have engaged him,” Warner

Michael Clarke named skipper of Australia's World Cup squad

Selectors named Michael Clarke on Sunday as captain of Australia`s squad for next month`s World Cup, with a fitness contingency should he not be able to play following recent hamstring surgery. Clarke, who missed the final three Tests against India following the surgery, has been given until February 21 to prove his fitness for the one-day tournament. “Captain Michael Clarke will lead our World Cup campaign should he recover from

Shane Watson resumes training after getting hit by bouncer

Australia received some good news on the batting front on Wednesday when David Warner and Shane Watson returned to training. Warner received throwdowns from assistant coach Michael Di Venuto as he batted for the first time since hurting his left thumb on the final day of the second Test. He found his rhythm soon after beginning the session, driving and hooking with few signs of discomfort, and then faced some

Australia Test batsman Phil Hughes in critical condition after being hit by bouncer at SCG

Australia Test batsman Phil Hughes has been rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital after being knocked out by a bouncer during a match between Sheffield Shield and NSW at the SCG here on Tuesday. The 25-year-old collapsed after being struck on the side of the head by a Sean Abbott delivery and was stretchered from the ground. He is currently undergoing surgery and according to Ambulance officials he was in a

David Warner dropped after punch at Root

 Australia batsman David Warner was dropped for the country’s Champions Trophy match against New Zealand Wednesday, Cricket Australia said, after a bar-room attack on England’s Joe Root. Cricket Australia said the player had been reported for breaching its code of conduct relating to “unbecoming behavior” after a “physical altercation” with an unnamed player after the two teams’ Champions Trophy Sunday. England captain Alastair Cook later confirmed the identity of the