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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Media unhappy as chief selector Patil stays silent on questions over World Cup team

Expectations that Sandeep Patil would address the media persons for the first time after taking over as chairman of the national cricket selection panel more than two years ago were dashed as he hardly uttered a word when the 2015 World Cup squad was announced here today.

No comebacks for Yuvraj, Sehwag, other 2011 World Cup heroes

In a clear sign of looking for the future, the national cricket selection panel led by Sandeep Patil today dashed the frail comeback hopes of 'Player of 2011 World Cup' Yuvraj Singh for the mega event starting next month in Australia and New Zealand. (PTI)

Morgan will drive England's new mindset, says Moores

England will adopt a positive approach and cast off the shackles at the World Cup under new skipper Eoin Morgan, coach Peter Moores said on Tuesday before the squad flew out to Australia.

South Africa opener Petersen retires from internationals

South African opener Alviro Petersen announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday immediately after the team’s eight-wicket win over the West Indies at Newlands.

South Africa complete win to keep top ranking in tests

Elgar and captain Hashim Amla (38 not out) saw South Africa home as they reached 124 for two wickets before lunch on the final day to secure victory.

New Zealand need to bring 'A' game to ensure victory

Sri Lanka were 45 for one at the close of play on Tuesday, needing another 345 runs on the final day after Williamson and BJ Watling had turned the game in the hosts' favour with a world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365.

No Yuvraj; Axar, Binny in India World Cup squad

MUMBAI: An injured Ravindra Jadeja and young left-arm spinner Axar Patel were today named in India's 15-member squad for the cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, beginning next month.

South Africa to tour Bangladesh in July

Dhaka: South Africa will play two tests, three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches on their month-long tour of Bangladesh starting in July, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday.

Peter Moores: 'Brave' move to drop Alastair Cook

England coach Peter Moores admitted it was a "brave decision" to remove Alastair Cook as one-day captain, but believes it was a necessary measure to help the side's chances at the World Cup.

India and England have plotted against Pakistan: Zaka Ashraf

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf believes that the suspension of Pakistan’s top bowling duo of Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez, was a conspiracy hatched by India and England.
“They (Ajmal and Hafeez) both had cleared the test in the past. So I question how all the things changed and now they have failed the tests,” Zaka said.

Pakistan not favorites, but capable of winning 2015 WC: Zaheer Abbas

ISLAMABAD: Former captain Zaheer Abbas sees Pakistan not favorites for the 2015 World Cup but believes the green-shirts chances of winning the mega event cannot be written-off as when it comes to major tournaments the national team has always performed with all its might.

Richie Benaud's hoped-for return to commentary box in hometown SCG Test scrapped

Former Australian cricketer and legendary commentator Richie Benaud's hoped-for return to the commentary box for his hometown Sydney Cricket Ground Test has been scrapped.

Symonds admits rediscovering 'love' for cricket as he readies for coaching stint

Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has said that he is rediscovering his love for the game as he gets ready for his first venture into coaching.

New Zealand strike as Sri Lanka chase 390 for victory

Mark Craig dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne in the final 15 minutes of play to give New Zealand a slight edge in the second test as Sri Lanka reached 45 for one, chasing 390 for victory, at the close of the fourth day's play on Tuesday.

Broad hails Aussies for respect they showed Hughes

England all-rounder Stuart Broad has praised Australia captain Michael Clarke, his team and the general public for the respect they showed Phillip Hughes following the death of the opening batsman in November.
The 25-year-old Hughes was struck on the back of the neck by a bouncer delivered by fast bowler Sean Abbott during a domestic first-class game at the Sydney Cricket Ground and died two days later from his injuries.

Warner, Rogers put India on the mat on opening day

Sydney: David Warner's 12th test century and a bittersweet 95 from Chris Rogers put Australia on course for a huge total on an emotional first day in the fourth and final test against India on Tuesday.

Australia vs India: David Warner century leads Australian domination on Day 1

Opener David Warner continued to torment a hapless India by slamming a fluent century as Australia reached a resounding 348 for two on the opening day to take early control of the fourth and final cricket Test here today.

Williamson, Watling record smashes Sri Lanka hopes

A world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365 by Kane Williamson and BJ Watling, who both posted career bests, slammed the door on Sri Lanka in the second Test in Wellington Tuesday.

Sri Lanka chase big target after New Zealand pair set world record

WELLINGTON  A world record sixth-wicket partnership between Kane Williamson and B.J. Watling on Tuesday handed New Zealand an unlikely shot at victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

Warner honours Hughes memory as Aussies punish India

David Warner kissed the ground in Phillip Hughes's memory to lead an Australian run spree with an emotional century on the opening day of the final Test against India on Tuesday.