New Zealand women pick spin-heavy squads for Australia T20Is, World T20

New Zealand women have picked a spin-heavy T20I line-up for their Australia tour, which will be further strengthened at the Women’s World T20 in the West Indies in November. With spin expected to play a major role on the slow pitches in the Caribbean, New Zealand picked five spin-bowling options, including their new captain Amy Satterthwaite, in a 13-member squad for the three T20Is in Australia, and Anna Peterson – also a spinner – and Hannah Rowe will be added for the Women’s World T20. The five spinners include Amelia…

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Peter Nevill out of Australia One-Day Cup with broken thumb

AUSTRALIA DOMESTIC ONE-DAY CUP 2018 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Tue, 18 Sep, 2018, 09:24 AM Nevill will stay with the side for the first few games of the tournament. © Getty New South Wales captain Peter Nevill has been ruled out of the Australia Domestic One-Day Cup with a broken thumb. Nevill sustained the injury while batting at the WACA ground nets on Monday (September 17) on the eve of their season opener against Western Australia. Kurtis Patterson will lead the side in Nevill’s absence with Sydney Thunder’s Jay Lenton…

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ICC academy ready to host India at the ‘Gabba’ in Dubai before Australia tour

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Dubai | Published: September 18, 2018 1:23:57 am India’s Australia tour starts in November. The ICC academy in Dubai has eight ‘Australian’ pitches. ICC The Indian cricket team need not go all the way to Australia to get a taste of its lively pitches before their winter tour begins down under. They could simply hop over to Dubai, instead. The ICC cricket academy in the UAE is ready to make “tailor-made” pitches to help India prepare for the two-month tour of Australia, comprising three ODIs,…

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Ravi Shastri should be removed as head coach before Australia tour: Chetan Chauhan

By: Sports Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 17, 2018 4:10:36 pm Chetan Chauhan heavily criticised coach Ravi Shastri and also held him responsible for the team’s failure in England. (File Photo) Former India Test cricketer Chetan Chauhan has held head coach Ravi Shastri responsible for India’s 4-1 Test series defeat in England. Criticizing Shastri, Chauhan said that the coach should be sacked before the team leaves for its tour to Australia in November. Chauhan, who is also the sports minister in Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet, was quoted by news…

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Australia confirm October friendly against Kuwait

Tim Cahill says the football community needs to welcome Usain Bolt and take his football pursuit for what it is. Tim Cahill says he couldn’t believe it when he got the call that the FFA were planning a farewell match for him. Australia will face Kuwait next month in a friendly that marks the start of Graham Arnold’s second tenure in charge of the Socceroos. The low-key game on October 15 will come after a training camp in Dubai during the international window, designed to help Australia prepare for January’s…

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Thiem Leads Austria To Davis Cup Victory Over Australia | ATP World Tour

AUSTRIA 3, AUSTRALIA 1Graz, Austria (Outdoor clay) Dominic Thiem needed two hours and 57 minutes to complete a 3-1 victory for Austria over Australia on Sunday. The World No. 8, who also secured his nation’s first point on Friday, converted seven of 12 break points and landed 29 winners to defeat Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Having trailed 0-2 after Friday’s singles rubbers, Lleyton Hewitt and John Peers had given the visitors a chance of a miraculous comeback in Graz. But Thiem, who reached his first Grand Slam…

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India have to address batting inadequacies before facing Australia: Ian Chappell

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2018 6:37:23 pm India skipper Virat Kohli during the fifth Test against England. (Source: AP) India need to sort out their inadequacies in batting before standing up to an “extremely strong” bowling attack later this year Down Under, feels former Australia captain Ian Chappell. Virat Kohli’s India will hope for redemption in Australia after Test series reverses in South Africa and England. “India now have to look on rehabilitating their reputation in the highly anticipated series against Australia but the batting…

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Few players will be rested before Australia tour – MSK Prasad

INTERVIEW Barring Kohli, the rest of the batsmen struggled in England. © Getty A 4-1 thrashing at the hands of England has left the world’s No.1 Test team licking its wounds. Barring skipper Virat Kohli, the rest of the Indian batting lineup was found wanting. In a chat with TOI, chief selector MSK Prasad discusses the way forward. Your view of the series defeat in England… It was so close, yet so far. The results don’t reveal how intensely this series was fought but we all know the same results…

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Davis Cup: Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt part of victorious doubles team

Lleyton Hewitt (left) retired from tennis in 2016 but returned to playing doubles earlier this year Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt helped pull his side back into their Davis Cup World Group play-off against Austria after nominating himself to play in the doubles rubber in Graz. The 37-year-old stepped in for Jordan Thompson to partner John Peers, and the pair beat Jurgen Melzer and Oliver Marach 6-2 6-4 3-6 7-5. It was Hewitt’s 80th match for Australia, and first since 2016. They trail 2-1 after losing both singles rubbers on Friday.…

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Moeen Ali accuses Australia player of racially abusing him during 2015 Ashes by calling him ‘Osama’

Cricket Australia has announced an investigation after England all-rounder Moeen Ali claimed he was called “Osama” by an Australian opponent during his Ashes debut in 2015. Moeen, who scored 77 runs in the first innings and took five wickets in the match as England won the series opener in Cardiff, alleges the unnamed player compared him to terrorist Osama bin Laden during an on-field exchange. The claims come a day after Moeen said he has no sympathy for a “rude” Australian team, and added that everyone he had spoken to about…

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