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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

Virat Kohli opens up about relationship with Sachin Tendulkar, James Faulkner

Virat Kohli has opened up about his relationship with Sachin Tendulkar, James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc. He talks about how he found inspiration from watching Sachin Tendulkar play and mentions looking up to Sachin and wanting to represent India and bring laurels to her. “I started playing cricket because of Sachin.” Kohli said. “I was inspired to do things he did for the country. I always visualise myself in those

MS Dhoni-led Pune favourites to win IPL 2016, says Sunil Gavaskar

Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar suggested that new IPL team Rajkot should have an Indian captain, saying it makes sense to have somebody at the helm who knows the local players well. Mobile company Intex grabbed the Rajkot franchise and picked Suresh Raina, local hero Ravindra Jadeja, Kiwi superstar Brendon McCullum and Australian all-rounder James Faulkner. “In IPL it makes sense that team has an Indian captain. he knows local players, knows

Suresh Raina was our first choice, says Rajkot owner

The Intex Technologies director Keshav Bansal on Tuesday said that the Rajkot franchise was already in talks with a couple of coaches as that would be their next step before gearing up for the big auction on February 6. “We have already had lengthy discussions with a couple of coaches. I will not divulge the details at this moment. But we are close to finalizing our chief coach. Once the

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

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

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

IPL 7: Corey Anderson heroics help Mumbai qualify

Mumbai Indians qualified for the playoffs after a stunning batting performance meant they defeated Rajasthan Royals through better run rate in Mumbai. After Corey Anderson (95 not out, 44b) and Ambati Rayudu (30, 10b) had taken Mumbai within reach after they needed to chase the target in 14.3 overs to qualify, Rajasthan had felt they had pulled it off getting Rayudu run out leaving Aditya Tare to score a must