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ECB proposes Lord's as venue for 2019 world cup final

London, Dec 17 : Lord's Cricket Ground in London has been proposed as the venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup final when the tournament is staged in England and Wales in 2019.


ECB proposes venues for ICC Champions Trophy 2017

London, Dec 17 : The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has proposed The Oval, Edgbaston and Cardiff as the venues for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, following the successful formula of the event staged last year.


Ranji: Vinay bowls Karnataka to victory, Haryana beat Maharashtra

New Delhi, Dec 17 : Medium pacer R. Vinay Kumar's six for 34 helped Karnataka bowl out Bengal for 227 runs and win the match by nine wickets on the fourth day of a Ranji Trophy match at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata while hosts Haryana rode on Mohit Sharma's five-wicket haul to beat Maharashtra by 53 runs in Rohtak Wednesday.


Ian Chappell wants Smith as Oz captain in place of Clarke if performs well in India series

Sydney, December 17 : Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has said that the new stand-in skipper Steve Smith could be appointed as the team's full time Test captain if he performs well, suggesting that injured Michael Clarke should be selected as a batsman if he returns.


Darren Gough brands England squad 'bunch of schoolboys' post Lanka series loss

Sydney, Dec 17 : Former England pace spearhead Darren Gough has branded the current lot of players as a bunch of schoolboys and has slammed the selectors and captain Alastair Cook for their series loss against Sri Lanka.


Scathing Warne slams lethargic Starc over 'nonchalant' approach

Sydney, December 17 : Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has slammed paceman Mitchell Starc for showing a nonchalant approach in the second Test against India at Brisbane.


Warner says late Hughes will always remain in his memories

Sydney, Dec 17 : Australian batsman David Warner has stated that late batsman Phillip Hughes would always be in his memories.


Lara brands Wasim Akram 'fastest, best bowler' he ever faced

Karachi, Dec 17 : West Indies legend Brian Lara has branded former Pakistani bowling great as the fastest and the best bowler he ever faced during his illustrious international career spanning 17 years.


Misfiring Cook in 'dilemma' over England's ODI captaincy post Lanka drubbing

London, December 17 : England skipper Alastair Cook has said that he has to wait and see whether he would remain as team's captain after incurring fourth one-day series loss under his leadership.


Amla believes Proteas well equipped to continue winning during 'transition' period

Johannesburg, Dec 17 : South Africa cricket captain Hashim Amla believes that his team has been well equipped to continue winning matches as they go through a 'transition' period.


Murali Vijay's ton guides India to 311/4 at end of day 1 of Brisbane Test

Sydney, Dec 17 : India amassed a massive 311 runs for the loss of four wickets at the draw of stumps on the first day of the second Test in Brisbane against Australia, thanks to opener Murali Vijay's splendid ton.


Dhoni backs India to perform well on fast wickets in ongoing Oz Test series

Johannesburg, Dec 17 : India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who returned from injury to lead the tourists in Wednesday's Brisbane Test against Australia, has backed his team to perform well on fast wickets on likely lively pitches.


Dilshan shines as Lanka clinch ODI series 5-2 over England

London, December 17 : Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed an impressive ton and claimed three wickets as they inflicted a crushing 87- run defeat on the visitors to clinch the seven match ODI series 5-2 in Colombo.


Clarke sympathises with India over umpire's 'howler decision' to dismiss Pujara

Sydney, Dec 17 : Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara's dismissal after a Josh Hazlewood delivery brushed his helmet caused an explosion on Twitter in cricket-loving India, with even Australian skipper Michael Clarke sympathizing with the visitors.


SC reserves verdict on plea for Srinivasan's ouster from BCCI

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The Supreme Court Wednesday reserved its verdict on the plea for barring N. Srinivasan from seeking re-election the Indian cricket board president and for terminating IPL franchisee Chennai Super Kings (CSK), owned by his company India Cements Limited, on the grounds of conflict of interest.


India outplayed us, says Darren Lehmann

Brisbane, Dec 17 : Australian coach Darren Lehmann rued injuries to his fast bowlers but admitted that his team was outplayed by India on Day One of the second cricket Test at the Gabba here Wednesday.


Michael Clarke aiming for 2015 World Cup return

Brisbane, Dec 17 : Australia captain Michael Clarke is aiming to be fit for the 2015 cricket World Cup, the team's physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Wednesday.


Moment of Hughes' death will stay with me forever: David Warner

Brisbane, Dec 17 : Australian batsman David Warner has said the moment Phillip Hughes fell at the Sydney Cricket Ground Nov 25 after being hit on the head by the bouncer still replays in the back of his head and "always will".


Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography to be published in 8 languages

Pune, Dec 17 : Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography "Playing It My Way", initially published in English, will be printed in eight Indian languages, starting with Marathi, over the next six months, a top official said Wednesday.


Vijay's stylish ton gives India a bright start (Day Report)

Brisbane, Dec 17 : Murali Vijay's stylish 144 helped India amass 311 for four by stumps on day one of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba here Wednesday.


Scoreboard: India vs Australia, day one, second Test

Brisbane, Dec 17 : Scoreboard at the end of play on the first day of the second Test between Australia and India at the Gabba here Wednesday.


Murali Vijay's 144 takes India to 311/4 on day one

Brisbane, Dec 17 : Opener Murali Vijay's (144) fifth century lifted India to 311 for four at the end of the first day's play in the second Test against Australia at the Gabba here Wednesday.


Curtly Ambrose cautions against writing off Windies

Centurion, Dec 17 : Caribbean bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose has cautioned against writing off the West Indies, who begin a three-match Test series against South Africa here Wednesday.


Michael Clarke takes to Twitter for injury update

Brisbane, Dec 17 : Injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke has taken to Twitter to provide updates on his condition post-surgery and share his views on day one of the second cricket Test against India at the Gabba here Wednesday.


Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh leaves field injured

Brisbane, Dec 17 : In a setback for Australia, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh limped off the field with a right hamstring injury just moments after lunch on day one of the second Test against India at the Gabba here Wednesday.


Tea Scoreboard: Australia vs India, day one, second Test

Brisbane, Dec 17 : The following is the scoreboard at tea on the first day of the second Test between Australia and India at the Gabba here Wednesday.


Vijay battles on as India lose Pujara, Kohli (Tea Report)

Brisbane, Dec 17 : Opener Murali Vijay (batting 73) continued to impress but India suffered a few setbacks to reach 151 for three at tea on day one of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba here Wednesday.


Lunch Scoreboard: Australia vs India, day one, second Test

Brisbane, Dec 17 : The following is the scoreboard at lunch on the first day of the second Test between Australia and India at the Gabba here Wednesday.


Vijay impresses as India reach 89/1 (Lunch Report)

Brisbane, Dec 17 : A 56-run partnership for the opening wicket between Murali Vijay (batting 46) and Shikhar Dhawan (24) helped India reach 89 for one at lunch on day one of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba here Wednesday.


India reach 89/1 at lunch on day one of second Test

Brisbane, Dec 17 : India were 89 for one at lunch on day one of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba here Wednesday.


India elect to bat against Australia in second Test

Brisbane, Dec 17 : India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the second Test at the Gabba here Wednesday.


Jason Gillespie feels ICC should raise Ireland's Test status 'sooner rather than later'

London, Dec 16 : Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has called for Ireland to be elevated to Test-cricket status, as he believes the move would reward the nation's performances in limited-overs internationals and provide a necessary boost to the long format of the game.


Steven Smith can replicate the success of Graeme Smith: Jacques Kallis

Brisbane, Dec 16 : South African great Jacques Kallis believes that Australian Test captain Steven Smith can achieve success despite his young age and replicate the example set by former Proteas skipper Graeme Smith.


Kohli is Indian dressing room clown when cameras are turned off

Sydney, Dec 16 : India's star batsman Virat Kohli may be a combative warrior with a sharp tongue and a feisty attitude, but when the cameras are not their he turns into the clown of the Indian dressing room.


Ranji: Tamil Nadu beat J&K, UP's Mishra floors Madhya Pradesh

New Delhi, Dec 16 : Tamil Nadu scored an emphatic 277-run victory over visitors Jammu and Kashmir in Dindgul on the third day of the Ranji Trophy match while medium pacer Amit Mishra's six-wicket haul helped Uttar Pradesh bowl out Madhya Pradesh for 63 runs in their second innings in Indore Tuesday.


SC asks BCCI to explain effect of Srinivasan not owning CSK

New Delhi, Dec 16 : The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the BCCI to disclose the effect on the IPL and Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournaments if its president N. Srinivasan doesn't own the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise.


Steyn needs 17 wickets from four Tests to become second fastest 400 achiever

Johannesburg, Dec 16 : South Africa pace express Dale Steyn is nearing the 400 Test wickets landmark and would be the second South African to do so after Shaun Pollock if he achieves the feat.


123 players retained, 5 traded across teams for 2015 IPL

Mumbai, Dec 16 : As many as 123 cricketers were retained by the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises while five Indians were traded during the player trade window for the 2015 season, a BCCI statement said Tuesday.


McCullum hints may retake 'opener's' role in Kiwi WC campaign

Wellington, Dec 16 : New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has hinted that he might take up an opener's role for the World Cup, as the team has struggled to find a consistent partner for Martin Guptill at the top of the order.


Waqar Younis wants to remove 'unpredictable' tag bedeviling Pak cricket

Karachi, Dec 16 : Pakistan cricket team coach Waqar Younis wants to remove the 'unpredictable' tag that hovers over his side ahead of this week's final two ODIs against New Zealand.


Hazlewood set for Australian Test debut, Starc recalled

Brisbane, Dec 16 : Pacer Josh Hazlewood is set to make his Test debut for Australia in the second match against India at the Gabba, starting Wednesday.


Topsy-turvy year for cricket in India

By Sayan Mukherjee : Indian cricket went through another tumultuous year on and off the field with a controversy that shook the very foundation of the game's governing body in the country - the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) - that refused to die down and spilled over to the New Year after raising several tough questions for its beleaguered president, N. Srinivasan.


Steyn says Hughes' passing will not change his 'aggressive' approach to bowling

Johannesburg, Dec 16 : South Africa pace express Dale Steyn has said that Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes' passing would not change his aggressive approach to bowling.


Paul Downton defends Cook's role as England captain for Cricket WC

London, Dec 16 : Managing director of England cricket Paul Downton has defended Alastair Cook's role as captain in the World Cup despite the skipper's poor run of team results and struggling personal form.


Home umpires do favour own teams during Test matches: Study

London, Dec 16 : A study has revealed that the introduction of neutral umpires in Test cricket has led to a drop in the number of leg before wicket (LBW) decisions going in favour of the home teams, revealing that the home umpires favour their own teams in the long format of the game.


Harris, Siddle out, Hazlewood, Starc in for Gabba Test against India

Sydney, Dec 16 : Veteran Australian pacer Ryan Harris and fast bowler Peter Siddle have been reportedly ruled out of the second Test against India, as Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc have been called into the bowling attack against the tourists at Gabba.


Dhoni returns from thumb injury to captain India in Gabba Test

Sydney, Dec 16 : India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would reportedly return from a thumb injury to lead his men in the second Test at the Gabba against Australia on Wednesday.


Smith confident of being able to successfully manage senior players on captaincy debut

Sydney, Dec 16 : Australian batsman Steve Smith is confident that he would be able to successfully lead senior players until Michael Clarke returns, as his appointment as the team's 45th Test captain reportedly came as a shock to even teammates.


Gabba Test to have greater police presence in light of Sydney siege

Sydney, Dec 16 : The second Test between India and Australia which is going to be hosted at the Gabba is reportedly set to have a greater police presence in light of the Sydney siege, as law enforcers are reportedly ramping up their numbers across Queensland.


Clarke to go under knife in bid to overcome hamstring injury

London, Dec 16 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke would reportedly go under the knife on Tuesday in order to overcome a hamstring injury, which has been troubling the skipper time and again.


India can still salvage the series Down Under

By Veturi Srivatsa : Can India regroup and make a series of it against Australia after their so-close-yet-so-far performance in the Adelaide Test? The answer is yes and no.


India will be aggressive at the Gabba, says Dhoni

Brisbane, Dec 16 : Indian captain Mahendra Singh Shoni, who is fit and raring to go against Australia in the second Test starting Wednesday at the Gabba here, asserted that their approach will be aggressive.


With changes at the helm, all eyes at the Gabba (Preview)

Brisbane, Dec 16 : After a thrilling victory for Australia in the first Test in Adelaide over India, the focus shifts to the second Test starting here Wednesday at the Gabba, with different captains at the helm for both the sides.


Marsh brothers on brink of unique history

Brisbane, Dec 16 : It will be history in the making at the Brisbane Cricket Ground (The Gabba) with the Marsh brothers - Shaun and Mitchell - becoming only the fifth set of siblings in Australian history to play in the same Test side when they face India in the second Test here, starting Wednesday.


Lloyd urges Windies rookies to grab opportunity

Centurion, Dec 16 : West Indies chief selector Clive Lloyd believes the Caribbean side can overcome their shortage of preparation and excel in the three-Test series against World No.1 South Africa.


Lara stars in losing effort for Aussie Legends

Perth, Dec 16 : Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara stroked a typically flashy half-century but failed to prevent Australian Legends from a 50-run defeat to Perth Scorchers in an exhibition Twenty20 clash here.


Langer backs Shaun Marsh to be aggressive against India

Brisbane, Dec 16 : Former Australian batting great Justin Langer has backed Shaun Marsh to take the attack up to India's bowlers when the batsman joins his brother Mitchell in Australia's side for the second Test, starting Wednesday.


Home umpires favour own teams in Tests: Study

London, Dec 16 : A study led by an Indian-origin researcher has found that the introduction of neutral umpires in Test cricket has led to a drop in the number of LBW (Leg Before Wicket) decisions going in favour of home teams.


Shaun Marsh aims at becoming more consistent

Brisbane, 16 Dec : After working throughout the off-season with former Test great Justin Langer, Australian batsman Shaun Marsh is confident he will rectify his early-innings blues and become a more consistent international player.


Yuvraj, Pietersen released by their IPL teams

New Delhi, Dec 15 : Yuvraj Singh, the most expensive player of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been released by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) while Delhi Daredevils skipper Kevin Pietersen was released along with Dinesh Karthick, Ross Taylor and Murali Vijay, according to media reports.


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