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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Michael Clarke to miss IPL but fit for Ashes - Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia said Tuesday skipper Michael Clarke will miss the IPL but should be fit in time for the Ashes as he endures a lengthy lay-off for treatment of his chronic back and hamstring problems.

CA said after a medical assessment that Clarke was several weeks away from returning to training as he works to resolve the persistent injury issues.

Clarke has had scans since returning home last weekend from the India tour, but CA said it was confident the batsman would lead Australia in the Ashes Test series in England starting in July.

Misbah-ul-Haq admits Pakistan game in 'alarming' state

Skipper Misbah-ul Haq on Tuesday admitted Pakistan cricket was in an "alarming" condition after the team suffered several heavy defeats on a disappointing tour of South Africa.

A miserable Pakistan were thrashed 3-0 in Tests and lost 3-2 in the one-day series, despite fighting hard, losses which Misbah attributed to poor batting.

England accept New Zealand take moral series win

England captain Alastair Cook acknowledged New Zealand as moral winners of their drawn series on Tuesday, saying the David and Goliath battle had definitely gone David's way.

England started the series ranked second in the world to New Zealand's eighth placing. Even though none of the three Tests produced a result, New Zealand were the dominant side in two of them.

Proteas coach Gary Kirsten backs Kallis to play in ICC Champions Trophy

 South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis is likely to return to the one-day team for the ICC Champions Trophy event, which is to be held in England in June, according to coach Gary Kirsten.

According to Kirsten, although Kallis will not play one-day cricket anymore because the team management values him in Test matches, they reserve the right to pick him for certain tournaments, adding that the ICC Champions Trophy is one such tournament, Sport24 reports.

New Zealand three wickets from historic win

New Zealand claimed the vital wicket of Ian Bell in the last over before tea to move to the brink of an historic series win over England with one session remaining in the deciding Test on Tuesday.

It was the second wicket England lost in the session as they were reduced to 237 for seven with Matt Prior unbeaten on 45, the only recognised batsman left.

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland says 4-0 Oz thrashing by India 'not acceptable'

Criticising the Australian team over their flop show in India, Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland has said that the team's 4-0 defeat in the Border-Gavaskar series is not acceptable.

Stating that although the national team management, which includes coach Mickey Arthur, John Inverarity and Pat Howard, still retains the full support of CA, Sutherland, however, said that to lose so convincingly is not acceptable to either the board or Australian cricket fans, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

8 members of 'Indian-thrashed' Oz team set for big pay rises

Upto eight members of the Australian team thrashed by India 4-0 in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Test series are reportedly set for six-figure pay increments.