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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,

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

Looking at our bowlers, 330-plus scores also not enough: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Frustrated with the performance of his bowlers, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said given the attack at his disposal right now even 300-plus scores are not enough against Australia in the ongoing ODI series. Australia comfortably chased down a 300-plus target for a second successive time, at the Gabba, to take a 2-0 lead in the series as India’s bowlers struggled to get their act right. “It seems like we

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

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

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

“Virat used a knife and he stabbed Dhawan": Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Team India captain, talking about a dressing room unrest  sought to quell the speculation with a dash of humour Thursday, saying “Virat Kohli used a knife and he stabbed Shikhar Dhawan.  When he recovered, we pushed him out to bat. Dhoni was replying to a question during pre match press conference when asked if Ravi Shastri indeed had to separate the two batsmen as per reports this