Michael Clarke

Australia should brace for a strong New Zealand backlash: Darren Lehmann

Australia coach Darren Lehmann had little to complain about after his team wrapped up the first Test against New Zealand inside four days but he says the challenge for his young squad will be to build on that victory in the second match next week. A superb bowling effort on the first day, and a double century from Adam Voges that drove them to a mammoth first innings of 562,

Michael Clarke defends Mahendra Singh Dhoni, says he's earned right to continue as captain

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke on Sunday came out in support of under-fire Indian ODI skipper MS Dhoni ahead of the T20I series. Speaking to the Times of India, the World Cup winner heaped praise on Mahi for his part in helping build a successful Indian side. Pup also felt that the wicket-keeper-batsman had a lot more to offer as a player and captain. “Dhoni has done a wonderful job

Mitchell Johnson announces retirement from international cricket

Regarded as one of the best left-arm pace bowlers of his generation, Aussie Mitchell Johnson on Tuesday announced his retirement from international cricket. He will wear the baggy green for the last time today in the fifth day of second Test between Australia and New Zealand today. Johnson, 34, said before the start of the fifth and final day’s play at Western Australian Cricket Association ground, “I feel now is

Retiring Michael Clarke on par with Allan Border, says Shane Warne

Shane Warne likened retiring Australian captain Michael Clarke to all-time great and former skipper Allan Border Monday as the nation`s media mourned the loss of the Ashes series. Clarke ended his international career with 8,643 runs in 115 Tests, including 28 hundreds, going out on a high with a comprehensive innings and 46-run win in the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval on Sunday. But it was a bittersweet

Michael Clarke blames pitches for Ashes woe

Australia captain Michael Clarke claimed pitches prepared specifically to help England`s bowlers were to blame for his side`s failure to retain the Ashes. Despite marking his last match before international retirement by leading Australia to victory by an innings and 46 runs in the fifth Test at The Oval, Clarke was frustrated that a succession of bowler-friendly pitches had played a decisive role as England won the series 3-2. While

Michael Clarke bids goodbye: How Australian media reacted

As Michael Clarke, Australia captain, called it a day after his team’s demoralizing defeat to arch-rivals England in the ongoing Ashes, the news of his retirement made headlines on all sports pages across the national media back home in Australia. The news was covered to such an extent that the news of his retirement dominated the headlines than the national team’s dismal performance. ‘The Canberra Times‘ ran it as their

Bangladesh's Mustafa Kamal resigns as ICC President

Mustafa Kamal today resigned from the position of President  of International Cricket Council (ICC). He announced this decision at the Shahjalal International Airport after returning back home from Australia. “I am just sending my resignation to the ICC…I was not allowed to work in line with the ICC constitution and I cannot work with them beyond the ICC constitution,” he said. “These type of people should be away from cricket,

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 captain Michael Clarke to quit ODIs

Australia captain Michael Clarke will quit one-day international cricket after Sunday`s World Cup final against New Zealand, bringing the curtain down on a 12-year career. “I think it`s the right time for me and the Australian cricket team,” the 33-year-old Clarke told reporters. “I made the decision 48 hours ago when I asked myself if I thought I would be playing in the next World Cup and I said 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

Confident of being fit for World Cup: Michael Clarke

Named Australia’s captain for next month’s World Cup despite being out injured right now, Michael Clarke today said he is confident of participating in the marquee tournament for which he has to prove his fitness by February 21. The World Cup, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, starts February 14 but Clarke won’t be available until at least February 21, when Australia play Bangladesh in their second

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