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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

England seek to clinch series without Kevin Pietersen

New Zealand and England face off in a winner-takes-all third and final Test this week, with the tourists striving for a series-clinching victory despite the absence of star batsman Kevin Pietersen.

After rain-affected draws in Dunedin and Wellington, hopes are high for a result in the match beginning Friday at Auckland's Eden Park.

Mike Hussey, Ricky Ponting rule out Ashes return

Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey Wednesday ruled out shock comebacks to the Australian Test ranks for the Ashes tour of England after the team's troubled series in India.

With Australia 3-0 down in India and the first of back-to-back Ashes series rapidly approaching, coach Mickey Arthur has indicated he would be open to Hussey returning to the national set-up.

PCB planning players' guide to avoid controversy during Champions Trophy in England

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has started planning measures to avoid any mishap during the ICC Champions Trophy this year in England, where they were rocked by the notorious spot-fixing controversy three years ago.

We hope Michael Clarke gets fit for fourth Test: Ed Cowan

Australia's Test opener Ed Cowan on Wednesday backed Shane Watson to lead the team in the fourth and the final match against India if skipper Michael Clarke if unfit.

An out-of-form Watson has been in the centre of controversy after he was sidelined from the third Test in Mohali along with three others over a breach of discipline last week.