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Dec 16, 2014

Captains in the spotlight for Gabba test

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Australia’s willingness to confront a brave new world without captain Michael Clarke will see Steven Smith debut as skipper in the second test in Brisbane, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s recall to lead India has fanned fears of a return to the past.

Dhoni takes back the reins from Virat Kohli after recovering from a thumb injury but has a hard act to follow after his stand-in’s performance in Adelaide.

Dec 16, 2014

Cricket-Captains in the spotlight for Gabba test

Dec 16 (Reuters) – Australia’s willingness to confront a brave new world without captain Michael Clarke will see Steven Smith debut as skipper in the second test in Brisbane, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s recall to lead India has fanned fears of a return to the past.

Dhoni takes back the reins from Virat Kohli after recovering from a thumb injury but has a hard act to follow after his stand-in’s performance in Adelaide.

Dec 15, 2014

‘Whirlwind’ blows baby-faced Steve Smith to Australia captaincy

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nailing down a spot in Australia’s batting order took patience for Steve Smith but his elevation to captain of the test team has been virtually an overnight affair.

Long marked for big things, Smith was named Australia’s 45th test captain on Monday in place of injured Michael Clarke and will have scarcely two days to digest the appointment before leading the team against India in the second test in Brisbane.

Dec 15, 2014

‘Whirlwind’ blows baby-faced Smith to Australia captaincy

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nailing down a spot in Australia’s batting order took patience for Steve Smith but his elevation to captain of the test team has been virtually an overnight affair.

Long marked for big things, Smith was named Australia’s 45th test captain on Monday in place of injured Michael Clarke and will have scarcely two days to digest the appointment before leading the team against India in the second test in Brisbane.

Dec 15, 2014

Cricket-’Whirlwind’ blows baby-faced Smith to Australia captaincy

MELBOURNE, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Nailing down a spot in Australia’s batting order took patience for Steve Smith but his elevation to captain of the test team has been virtually an overnight affair.

Long marked for big things, Smith was named Australia’s 45th test captain on Monday in place of injured Michael Clarke and will have scarcely two days to digest the appointment before leading the team against India in the second test in Brisbane.

Dec 15, 2014

Smith named Australia captain, Clarke career in doubt

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Steven Smith will captain Australia’s test team for the rest of the series against India, with regular skipper Michael Clarke’s career in serious doubt due to persistent injury problems.

Batsman Smith, aged 25 years and 195 days, becomes Australia’s youngest test captain since Kim Hughes who was named in 1979 at 25 years and 57 days, and the third-youngest all-time.

Dec 12, 2014

Australia openers survive after India dismissed for 444

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Australia’s opening batsmen Chris Rogers and David Warner survived to lunch to push Australia’s second innings lead to 105 runs after India were bowled out for 444 early on day four of the first test in Adelaide on Friday.

India resumed on 369-5 but lost their last five wickets for the addition of only 75 runs, with Australia spinner Nathan Lyon capturing 5-134.

Dec 12, 2014

Cricket-Australia openers survive after India dismissed for 444

Dec 12 (Reuters) – Australia’s opening batsmen Chris Rogers and David Warner survived to lunch to push Australia’s second innings lead to 105 runs after India were bowled out for 444 early on day four of the first test in Adelaide on Friday.

India resumed on 369-5 but lost their last five wickets for the addition of only 75 runs, with Australia spinner Nathan Lyon capturing 5-134.

Dec 11, 2014

Kohli bouncer to help players past Hughes shock – Lyon

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – A Mitchell Johnson bouncer that struck India captain Virat Kohli on the helmet during the first test on Thursday might actually help players get past the shock of Phillip Hughes’ death, according to Australia spinner Nathan Lyon.

After taking the wicket of opener Murali Vijay before lunch on day three at Adelaide Oval, a fired-up Johnson banged in a short ball which struck Kohli flush on the badge of his helmet.

Dec 11, 2014

Cricket-Kohli bouncer to help players past Hughes shock – Lyon

Dec 11 (Reuters) – A Mitchell Johnson bouncer that struck India captain Virat Kohli on the helmet during the first test on Thursday might actually help players get past the shock of Phillip Hughes’ death, according to Australia spinner Nathan Lyon.

After taking the wicket of opener Murali Vijay before lunch on day three at Adelaide Oval, a fired-up Johnson banged in a short ball which struck Kohli flush on the badge of his helmet.

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