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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Cricket

Axar Patel to replace injured Ravindra Jadeja in Test squad

Young left-arm spinner Axar Patel will replace an injured Ravindra Jadeja, who was ruled out due to a shoulder injury on Monday from India's remaining two cricket Tests against Australia.

Sachin Tendulkar named ambassador for 2015 World Cup

Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, who is the all-time leading run-getter in World Cup history, was today named the event's ambassador for the second successive edition.

Nathan Lyon contradicts Dhoni, lauds umpires for good job

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni may not be all that satisfied with the level of umpiring in the ongoing cricket Test series but Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon feels the officials are doing a 'pretty good job'.

Shahid Afridi to retire from ODIs after World Cup 2015

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi will retire from one-day international cricket after the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.

India vs Australia: Time to mix pace, prudence

It’s rare to see a three-pronged Indian pace attack forcing the Australia batsmen to duck and take their eyes off the ball, causing a bit of intimidation like Javagal Srinath once did.

BCCI has to accept DRS now, insist Vengsarkar, Harbhajan and Azhar

With close decisions going against India of late, current and former cricketers feel it is high time the BCCI give its nod to the contentious DRS as refusal to accept technology is hurting the team.

'Numbers don't lie': Australian media pokes at Dhoni's team over away defeats

MS Dhoni's tourists fell 2-0 behind in the four-match series with a four-wicket loss to Australia in the second Test, with the home side one win away from regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Keeping tabs without tying the loose ends, BCCI style

BCCI may have become a tad wiser this season. After scandals over the last two years, where it came to light that not just IPL games but televised inter-district contests too are vulnerable to fixing, the board has issued directives for taking extra steps.

Smart cricket not smart comments should concern India

India have shown greater fight on this tour of Australia and were in a position to win both Tests but in the end are 0-2 down. The second Test loss should be more disappointing than the brave, never-say-die battle they lost in Adelaide.

Ishant fined 50% of match fee for 'using foul language'

Indian speedster Ishant Sharma has been fined 50% of his match fees for breaching ICC's 'Code of Conduct' during the second Test match between India and Australia, while Steve Smith was fined 60% for his team's slow over-rate.

Dhoni complains against umpiring after 2nd defeat

India and controversy are never far when it comes to Australia tours. It was ‘Monkeygate’ in 2007-8 while skipper MS Dhoni blamed seniors’ slow fielding three years back as India slumped to a 0-4 defeat.

Whats eating Ishant Sharma? Missing veggie food at lunch

Barely two weeks after mutually sharing the grief of Phillip Hughes' death, Indian team's relations with Cricket Australia is turning sour as pacer Ishant Sharma left the Gabba at lunch on the third day, after finding that there was no vegetarian preparation in the menu.

Despite Brisbane defeat, Dhoni backs youngsters

It will come as little comfort to India after going 2-0 down in the four-match Test series against Australia but the young touring party have already put on a much better showing than the much vaunted 2011-2012 vintage.

Eoin Morgan replaces Cook as England's World Cup captain

Eoin Morgan has replaced Alistair Cook as England's World Cup captain, The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Saturday.

India complain about nets after Dhawan injury

India have complained about the uneven bounce on the practice pitches at the Gabba nets after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were injured warming up for the fourth day of the second test against Australia on Saturday.
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