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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

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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.

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.

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.

India vs Australia: Aussies win by 4 wickets after Indian batting collapse

A listless India crashed to a four-wicket defeat in the second cricket Test against Australia at Brisbane with an inept batting display by the top-order on Saturday. Australia now lead the series 2-0.

Alastair Cook sacked, England install Eoin Morgan in his place

Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the BBC and Sky Sports reported on Friday.

India vs Australia: India picked the wrong cricketer to sledge, attack

India picked on Mitchell Johnson after the ploy worked well in cutting Brad Haddin's stay in the middle short. But Johnson gave it back with interest on the third day of the second Test in Brisbane.

India vs Australia: Pacers led astray by heads that should be wiser

India squandered a great opportunity to lead by a decent margin in the second Test, with some misguided tactics and wayward bowling, writes former Australia captain Ian Chappell.

India's Johnson goading tactics backfires badly

The tourists lit the fuse with their sledging of Johnson and bowling short to him and two hours later were left lamenting a smoking knock from the ICC Cricketer of the Year.

India vs Australia 2nd Test: Smith, Johnson and tail give Australia edge

Skipper Steve Smith scored a controlled 133, Mitchell Johnson a game-changing 88 and Australia's tail wagged vigorously as the hosts barged their way back into the second test against India on day three in Brisbane on Friday.

Uniform rehab, training thanks to Greg and NCC

Among the major outcomes of the  plan released in 2011 to strengthen Australia’s cricket structure is the National Cricket Centre. The facility, close to the Allan Border Field which housed the older national academy, is evidence of it.

Safe-hands Ravichandran Ashwin happy with no 'slip' ups

Ravichandran Ashwin believes India still have work to do in the slip catching department but the lanky off-spinner is delighted that the hard work he has put in fine-tuning his technique is paying off.

India vs Australia 2nd Test, Day 2: Honours even after bad light ends play

Australia reached to 221 for four at the close of play on the second day of the second Test against India on Thursday after battling their way back into the contest on the back of debutant paceman Josh Hazlewood's five for 68.

Pak cricketers shattered after terror attack: Younis Khan

Former Pakistan captain and senior batsman Younis Khan feels playing the fourth cricket ODI against New Zealand would be very difficult as the terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar had left the players shattered.
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