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Monday, 5 January 2015

De Villiers century gives Proteas edge

A century by AB de Villiers and two early strikes by the bowlers gave South Africa the edge on the third day of the third and final Test against the West Indies at Newlands. De Villiers was last man out for 148 as South Africa were bowled out for 421, a lead of 92.

Maxwell, Cummins named in Prime Minister's XI to play England

Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell and fast bowler Pat Cummins will have a chance to bolster their World Cup selection claims after being named to a Prime Minister's XI to play England in a one-day match on January 14.

Pakistan spinner Mohammad Hafeez fails second bowling test

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has failed an unofficial test to rectify his bowling action in a bio-mechanics test in Chennai, according to media reports in Pakistan.

Cook shattered after being dropped: Anderson

England pacer James Anderson has said captain Alaistair Cook was shattered after being dropped from One-Day Internationals (ODI) side following a terrible run of form with the bat and was "very, very upset" following the decision.

Kohli vows positive India under his leadership

New India skipper Virat Kohli says he will encourage his team to play positively and not back down against Australia in the final Test in Sydney, which begins on Tuesday.

Starc replaces injured Johnson for final India Test

Sydney: Australia replaced injured Mitchell Johnson with another left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc on Monday in their only change for this week's fourth and final Test against India.

Selectors likely to mull over Yuvraj Singh’s inclusion in Cup squad

Mumbai:  The out-of-favour Yuvraj Singh's brilliant domestic form will weigh on the selectors when they meet here on Tuesday to pick the squads for the ODI tri-series gainst Australia and England besides the World Cup next month.

I hope to be as calm as Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Virat Kohli

Sydney: Still coming to terms with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shock retirement, new Indian captain Virat Kohli on Monday said he is keen to emulate his predecessor by staying calm in tough situations when he leads the side out in the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia starting here on Tuesday.

India start a new chapter with Kohli as leader

The series is out of bounds but Indian cricket is all set to enter a new era under the feisty Virat Kohli, whose leadership would be put through a trial by fire when the visitors seek redemption in the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia starting here on Tuesday.

Smith looks to play on Kohli’s emotions

Sydney: Relishing the challenge of squaring off against new Indian captain Virat Kohli in the fourth and final cricket Test here, Australian skipper Steve Smith on Monday described his rival number as an “emotional character”.

4th Test, Sydney: Australia vs India - Preview

Sydney: The series is out of bounds but Indian cricket is all set to enter a new era under the feisty Virat Kohli, whose leadership would be put through a trial by fire when the visitors seek redemption in the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia starting here from Tuesday.

Shocked by MS Dhoni's retirement decision: Virat Kohli

India's new Test captain Virat Kohli has insisted that he would adopt a positive approach and encourage his squad to play positively and aggressively, after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shock resignation from the long format of the game. Kohli would lead the team in the fourth and final Test starting in Sydney on Tuesday after Dhoni's announcement last week. He claimed that they were all shocked by Dhoni's decision because it was so sudden.

Ireland name unchanged squad for World Cup

Ireland are to stick with the 15 players at their pre-World Cup training camp for their campaign in the global tournament which gets underway in Australia and New Zealand next month.

Ranji: Sehwag scores century, J&K hit back to stay afloat

Virender Sehwag's second consecutive century (not out 147) lifted Delhi to 278 for seven on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy encounter against Haryana at Lahli, Rohtak, while Jammu and Kashmir, after being dismissed for 160 in their first innings, kept themselves in the hunt by reducing hosts Karnataka to 123 for five at stumps on the first day in Hubli Monday.

Bangladesh announce 15-man World Cup squad

Bangladesh, on Sunday, picked all-rounder Soumya Sarkar in their 15-member squad for the 2015 One-Day International (ODI) Cricket World Cup.

West Indies can put pressure on Proteas, says Richie Richardson

Team manager Richie Richardson believes the West Indies can put pressure on South Africa over the final two days of the third Test, if they can produce a strong batting performance.

Australia vs India 2014-15 - 4th Test: A new beginning for India post MS Dhoni era

India go into the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia embarking on a new era after the shock retirement of talismanic captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara expected to be axed for fourth Test against Australia

Newly appointed Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is set to make a clear statement that he is the big boy in town by axing opener Shikhar Dhawan, who reportedly stood up to him in a heated exchange in Brisbane.

Virat Kohli: MS Dhoni is still replacement keeper

India's new Test skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired from the longest format of the game after the third Test in Melbourne, is still on standby and will take the field in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) if something untoward happens to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.

Sri Lanka grab 135-run lead as Sangakkara moves closer to Don Bradman's record.

The closest New Zealand came to taking a huge first-innings lead - or, as it panned out, not conceding a huge one - in Wellington was in the first delivery of Trent Boult's first over of the day, when the ball swung sharply past the outside edge as Kumar Sangakkara went for a drive Twice, in Christchurch, Sangakkara had fallen for single-digit scores edging similar deliveries from Boult. The cover drive maybe Sangakkara's signature shot, but that early wake-up call was a sign he had to lock the shot in a safe, at least till Sri Lanka were out of danger.

Kevin Pietersen's England exile baffles Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff is at a loss for words as to why England will refuse batsman Kevin Pietersen a place in their World Cup squad.