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Aug 4, 2015

Goodes returns to Swans, hopes to face Cats

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Adam Goodes has returned to the Sydney Swans and put his hand up for selection after taking leave from the Australian Rules club under stress from the incessant booing he faced during matches.

One of the most decorated players in the popular indigenous game, Aboriginal Goodes was jeered relentlessly and racially abused in Perth last week, triggering a heated debate over racism in a country which regards itself a beacon of tolerance.

Jun 29, 2015

Australia keeps fingers crossed UNESCO won’t blacklist Great Barrier Reef

LADY ELLIOT ISLAND, Australia, June 29 (Reuters) – With the
Australian sun illuminating the crystal clear waters of the
Great Barrier Reef in all their glory, UNESCO World Heritage
delegates snorkelled for hours surrounded by manta rays,
dolphins and reef sharks.

Their mission was to check the health of the world’s largest
living ecosystem, thousands of multi-coloured coral reefs
stretching over 2,000 km (1,200 miles) off the northeast coast
which bring in billions of dollars a year in tourism. Some coral
has been badly damaged and some animal species, including dugong
and large green turtles, are threatened.

Mar 4, 2015

Under-prepared Clarke basks in team glory

PERTH (Reuters) – Glenn Maxwell’s promotion against Afghanistan denied Michael Clarke some much-needed batting time but the Australia captain insisted he took the right decision that eventually led to the team’s record-shattering 275-run victory on Wednesday.

Returning from a hamstring surgery, Clarke made his first appearance in the tournament in Australia’s third Pool A match against New Zealand on Saturday.

Mar 4, 2015

Cricket-Under-prepared Clarke basks in team glory

PERTH, March 4 (Reuters) – Glenn Maxwell’s promotion against Afghanistan denied Michael Clarke some much-needed batting time but the Australia captain insisted he took the right decision that eventually led to the team’s record-shattering 275-run victory on Wednesday.

Returning from a hamstring surgery, Clarke made his first appearance in the tournament in Australia’s third Pool A match against New Zealand on Saturday.

Mar 4, 2015

Cricket-Australia crush Afghanistan with record score

PERTH, March 4 (Reuters) – Australia flexed their batting muscles to rack up the highest ever World Cup total as they crushed Afghanistan by a tournament record margin to revive their stuttering campaign on Wednesday.

Opener David Warner’s career-best 178 and middle order batsman Glenn Maxwell’s 88 from a 39-ball blitz powered the four-time champions to 417 for six wickets at the WACA ground.

Mar 4, 2015

Warner, Maxwell power Australia to World Cup record total

PERTH (Reuters) – David Warner’s career-best 178 and Glenn Maxwell’s 88-run blitz powered Australia to a record World Cup total of 417 for six wickets in a Pool A match against lowly Afghanistan at Perth on Wednesday.

Warner forged a 260-run partnership with Steve Smith (95) for the second wicket, an Australian record, and Maxwell dazzled in his 39-ball cameo in an amazing display of batting pyrotechnics by the tournament co-hosts.

Mar 4, 2015

Cricket-Warner, Maxwell power Australia to World Cup record total

PERTH, March 4 (Reuters) – David Warner’s career-best 178 and Glenn Maxwell’s 88-run blitz powered Australia to a record World Cup total of 417 for six wickets in a Pool A match against lowly Afghanistan at Perth on Wednesday.

Warner forged a 260-run partnership with Steve Smith (95) for the second wicket, an Australian record, and Maxwell dazzled in his 39-ball cameo in an amazing display of batting pyrotechnics by the tournament co-hosts.

Mar 4, 2015

Clarke delighted after Afghanistan ask Australia to bat

PERTH (Reuters) – Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss opted to field in the World Cup Pool A match against Australia at Perth, a decision that delighted his counterpart Michael Clarke.

“There is a little bit moisture in the pitch, we want to use that condition,” said Nabi whose team made one change into the team, bringing in teenaged batsman Usman Ghani for all-rounder Gulbadin Naib.

Mar 4, 2015

Cricket-Clarke delighted after Afghanistan ask Australia to bat

PERTH, March 4 (Reuters) – Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss opted to field in the World Cup Pool A match against Australia at Perth, a decision that delighted his counterpart Michael Clarke.

“There is a little bit moisture in the pitch, we want to use that condition,” said Nabi whose team made one change into the team, bringing in teenaged batsman Usman Ghani for all-rounder Gulbadin Naib.

Feb 24, 2015

Gayle’s record double century flattens Zimbabwe

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Chris Gayle rediscovered his mojo in spectacular fashion on Tuesday with the first ever World Cup double century to drive West Indies to a 73-run victory over Zimbabwe in their Pool B clash at Manuka Oval.

The opener’s 215 was the highest individual innings in a World Cup match, the third highest in any one-day international, and formed the large part of a 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels (133 not out), also an one-day record.