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Behrendorff opts for spinal surgery to save career

Australia left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff will go under the knife next week for a radical procedure he hopes can extend his career Western Australian paceman Jason Behrendorff has taken the plunge and opted for the same radical spinal surgery that resurrected the career of Ashes quick James Pattinson in his search for a long-term solution […]

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Sri Lanka unearth new stars to seal series win

Batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa and leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga star for Sri Lanka as the sealed a series win in Lahore with victory in second T20 Newcomer Bhanuka Rajapaksa hit a whirlwind half-century while Nuwan Pradeep and Wanindu Hasaranga recorded career-best bowling figures as the Australia-bound Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 35 runs in the second Twenty20 […]

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Haynes, Jonassen see Aussies equal record win streak

Australia vice-captain’s maiden century and spinner’s four-wicket haul, including her 100th ODI scalp, leads hosts to 17th straight victory Between Rachael Haynes’ maiden international century, debutante Heather Graham’s first international wicket and Jess Jonassen’s 100th ODI wicket, it was a day to remember for the all-conquering Australian women. On the back of Haynes’ momentous ton, […]

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Snubbed Lynn gets PM’s XI opportunity

Brisbane Heat maestro may have a point to prove to national selectors when the PM’s XI meet Sri Lanka after being overlooked for the national team Twenty20 blaster Chris Lynn has been named in the Prime Minister’s XI to face Sri Lanka later this month, opening an avenue for the Brisbane Heat superstar to force […]

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Back in black: Australia reveal T20 squad

Australia’s road to the T20 World Cup begins with back-to-back three-match home series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan Steve Smith will play his first T20 international in more than three-and-a-half years later this month after being picked in Australia’s T20 squad for back-to-back three-game series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Smith has been joined by […]

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Returning stars leave Short out in the cold

Back-to-back leading run-scorer in the Big Bash League, D’Arcy Short has been squeezed out of Australia’s top order for series’ against Sri Lanka and Pakistan Australia’s renewed focus on winning the one piece of silverware that continues to elude them has left the KFC Big Bash League’s most devastating batsman, D’Arcy Short, out in the […]

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England hail ‘Special One’ Stokes after Headingley miracle

England hail ‘Special One’ Stokes after Headingley miracle LONDON: England hailed a new Ashes hero for the ages on Monday after Ben Stokes dragged his country from the point of defeat to a narrow victory over Australia with an innings that almost defied belief. All the English newspapers carried a picture of the all-rounder celebrating […]

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‘We urned it’ – Aussie pride restored in Ashes triumph

SYDNEY: Australia’s cricketers have restored national pride by retaining the coveted Ashes trophy following a reputation-shattering cheating scandal, according to the country’s media who bragged: “We urned it.” Eighteen months ago, Australian cricket hit rock bottom when then-captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft were involved in a brazen attempt to […]

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2019 Rugby World Cup: Steve Hansen’s halftime spray to All Blacks revealed

In attempting to adjust what he believed was an All Black attitude problem against Namibia in the first half, coach Steve Hansen took the direct route; he gave his players a halftime rev-up to end all rev-ups. “It was one of the better ones and rightly so,” said Dane Coles after the 71-9 victory at […]

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Sloppy then superb: All Blacks storm past Namibia

The World Cup card epidemic has finally caught up with the All Blacks, props Nepo Laulala and Ofa Tuungafasi sinbinned for high tackles during their team’s 11-try romp over Namibia at Tokyo Stadium. Given the number being handed out at this tournament, it had to happen sooner or later. Laulala was shown a yellow card […]