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Mar 27, 2015

Australia’s renaissance leads to World Cup final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s trip to a seventh World Cup final on Sunday may seem standard fare for a nation that has already won cricket’s ultimate prize four times, but the achievement marks a stunning turnaround from the depths of two years ago.

Battling mediocrity in all formats, Michael Clarke’s side lurched from crisis to crisis in the annus horribilus of 2013, as reports of in-fighting, sackings and bar-room assaults dominated newspaper headlines.

Mar 27, 2015

Cricket-Australia’s renaissance leads to World Cup final

MELBOURNE, March 27 (Reuters) – Australia’s trip to a seventh World Cup final on Sunday may seem standard fare for a nation that has already won cricket’s ultimate prize four times, but the achievement marks a stunning turnaround from the depths of two years ago.

Battling mediocrity in all formats, Michael Clarke’s side lurched from crisis to crisis in the annus horribilus of 2013, as reports of in-fighting, sackings and bar-room assaults dominated newspaper headlines.

Mar 27, 2015

New Zealand seeking to one-up ‘big brother’ Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand’s cricketers grew up playing backyard battles against imaginary Australia sides and will be eager to get one over their “big brothers” in the World Cup final, paceman Tim Southee said.

The trans-Tasman rivalry is fierce across all sports but will reach fever pitch on Sunday when nearly 100,000 will pack out the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground for the title-decider.

Mar 27, 2015

New Zealand seeking to one-up ‘big brother’ Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand’s cricketers grew up playing backyard battles against imaginary Australia sides and will be eager to get one over their “big brothers” in the World Cup final, paceman Tim Southee said.

The trans-Tasman rivalry is fierce across all sports but will reach fever pitch on Sunday when nearly 100,000 will pack out the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground for the title-decider.

Mar 27, 2015

Cricket-New Zealand seeking to one-up ‘big brother’ Australia

MELBOURNE, March 27 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s cricketers grew up playing backyard battles against imaginary Australia sides and will be eager to get one over their “big brothers” in the World Cup final, paceman Tim Southee said.

The trans-Tasman rivalry is fierce across all sports but will reach fever pitch on Sunday when nearly 100,000 will pack out the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground for the title-decider.

Mar 20, 2015

Australia’s Watson enjoying charmed second life at World Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Shane Watson continued to make the most of his ‘second life’ at the World Cup, surviving a dropped catch and a fiery assault by Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz to guide Australia to the semi-finals with an impressive half-century on Friday.

Watson was dropped on four in the deep after weathering a barrage of bouncers from Wahab, but finished unbeaten on 64 and teamed up with Glenn Maxwell for a 68-run partnership to close out a dominant six-wicket victory at Adelaide Oval.

Mar 20, 2015

Cricket-Australia’s Watson enjoying charmed second life at World Cup

MELBOURNE, March 20 (Reuters) – Shane Watson continued to make the most of his ‘second life’ at the World Cup, surviving a dropped catch and a fiery assault by Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz to guide Australia to the semi-finals with an impressive half-century on Friday.

Watson was dropped on four in the deep after weathering a barrage of bouncers from Wahab, but finished unbeaten on 64 and teamed up with Glenn Maxwell for a 68-run partnership to close out a dominant six-wicket victory at Adelaide Oval.

Mar 20, 2015

Bitter end for Misbah and Afridi’s one-day careers

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – A crushing quarter-final loss to Australia at the World Cup on Friday was a heart-breaking swan-song in one-day cricket for Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and fellow veteran Shahid Afridi.

Though Pakistan grafted hard to reach the knockout rounds, Australia ruthlessly exposed their batting frailty, which will be further undermined by the seasoned pair’s retirements.

Mar 20, 2015

Cricket-Bitter end for Misbah and Afridi’s one-day careers

ADELAIDE, March 20 (Reuters) – A crushing quarter-final loss to Australia at the World Cup on Friday was a heart-breaking swan-song in one-day cricket for Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and fellow veteran Shahid Afridi.

Though Pakistan grafted hard to reach the knockout rounds, Australia ruthlessly exposed their batting frailty, which will be further undermined by the seasoned pair’s retirements.

Mar 20, 2015

Fast man Wahab fires up Pakistan in losing cause

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – Australia’s World Cup quarter-final against Pakistan threatened to produce more yawns than thrills at Adelaide Oval on Friday, but paceman Wahab Riaz sparked the match into life with two wickets and an enthralling duel with Shane Watson.

Though Australia ultimately mowed down Pakistan’s modest 213 to win by six wickets, the belligerent left-armer’s masterclass of short-pitched bowling rattled Australia’s top order and fired up an impatient crowd.

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