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Injured Josh Hazlewood confident of being fit for World Cup

SYDNEY: Australian pace spearhead Josh Hazlewood said on Thursday he was confident of being fit for the World Cup, with scans this week set to determine when he can make a comeback. The vice-captain missed Australia’s two recent Tests against Sri Lanka with a back injury and has also been ...

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Gabriel apologises over Joe Root sledge

ST LUCIA: West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel sought to clear the air over what he said to England captain Joe Root and extended an “unreserved apology” for his comments during the third Test against England in St Lucia. Gabriel, 30, had accepted a charge for breaching the International Cricket ...

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Vishwa Fernando shines as Sri Lanka defy odds

DURBAN, South Africa: Vishwa Fernando took four wickets as underdogs Sri Lanka heeded new captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s call to “compete in every session” on the first day of the first Test against South Africa at Kingsmead. South Africa, overwhelming favourites against a team seemingly in disarray, were bowled out for ...

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Guptill stars as New Zealand outclass Bangladesh in first ODI

NAPIER: Martin Guptill returned to form with an unbeaten century as New Zealand powered to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first ODI in Napier on Wednesday. Bangladesh set New Zealand a modest run chase of 233 after suffering an early collapse and the Black Caps overhauled it in ...

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Shoaib Akhtar: ‘I am coming back’

LONDON: The world’s fastest-bowler Shoaib Akhtar made an intriguing announcement of his come back and challenged the youngsters to witness the real speed. The speedster posted a video on his official Twitter handle, said he will make a comeback on 14 Feb and teach kids of today what speed is. ...

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Babar Azam maintains top position in T20I rankings

DUBAI: Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues at the top of the batsmen’s list in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after scoring 151 runs in the South Africa series while Hussain Talat has gained 19 places to reach 56th position after aggregating 98 runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi has moved up 28 ...

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Ponting: Australia can contend at World Cup with Smith, Warner

MELBOURNE: Australia’s new assistant coach Ricky Ponting believes the inclusion of Steve Smith and David Warner will help the nation shrug off a woeful run of form in one-day cricket and transform them into genuine contenders at the World Cup in England. Smith and Warner’s ball-tampering bans expire on March ...

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Amir ‘excited’ for county return with Essex

LONDON: Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir insists he is ‘excited’ for his return to county cricket after signing a T20 Blast deal with Essex. The 26-year-old will be available for eight T20 matches this summer before travelling to the Caribbean to play in a franchise tournament. Amir took 28 wickets for ...

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Pakistan level series against Windies

DUBAI: Pakistani bowler Diana Baig ensured that the good work by batters Sidra Amin and Nida Dar doesn’t go to waste as Pakistan women made a strong comeback in the three-match ODI series against West Indies women with a 34-run win in the second ODI played at the ICC Academy, ...

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