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Dec 10, 2014

Cricket-Injured Clarke inspires dominant Australia

Dec 10 (Reuters) – Injured captain Michael Clarke made a surprise return to the crease and struck an inspiring century to put Australia in command after a rain-interrupted second day of the first test against India on Wednesday.

Clarke retired hurt on 60 with a lower back injury on the opening day, but after a sleep-deprived night of treatment and pain-killing injections, the 33-year-old’s courageous 128 helped drive the hosts to 517 for seven by stumps at Adelaide Oval.

Dec 9, 2014

Hughes’ spirit spurs brilliant Warner to ton

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – The spirit of Phillip Hughes was at the other end of the pitch as Australia’s David Warner struck a brilliant century against India, the opening batsman said after an emotional first day of the series on Tuesday.

Warner’s sparkling 145 from 163 balls brought joy after a sombre opening at Adelaide Oval, where the fallen batsman was remembered at his final home ground with poignant tributes.

Dec 9, 2014

Australia remembers, then revels in resumption of game

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – Chris Rogers’ straight bat to India paceman Mohammed Shami may not have scored a run from the first ball of the first test on Tuesday but the reassuring crack of leather on willow raised a collective sigh of relief from the Adelaide Oval crowd.

The defensive stroke marked the resumption of cricket in Australia, two weeks after the game was brought to a jarring halt by a short ball that struck Phillip Hughes in the head, costing his life and rocking the sport to its core.

Dec 9, 2014

Cricket-Australia remembers, then revels in resumption of game

ADELAIDE, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Chris Rogers’ straight bat to India paceman Mohammed Shami may not have scored a run from the first ball of the first test on Tuesday but the reassuring crack of leather on willow raised a collective sigh of relief from the Adelaide Oval crowd.

The defensive stroke marked the resumption of cricket in Australia, two weeks after the game was brought to a jarring halt by a short ball that struck Phillip Hughes in the head, costing his life and rocking the sport to its core.

Dec 9, 2014

India take late wickets after Warner sparkles

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – David Warner paid moving tribute to Phillip Hughes in compiling a brilliant century, but Australia’s joy was tempered with another injury to captain Michael Clarke on an emotional opening day of the first test against India on Tuesday.

Warner’s sparkling 145 from 163 balls got the hosts off to a flying start at a sun-drenched Adelaide Oval, and though India captured a flurry of late wickets, Steven Smith added an unbeaten 72 after tea to push Australia to 354-6 at stumps.

Dec 9, 2014

Australia captain Clarke injures back, retires hurt

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke suffered a lower back injury and was forced to retire hurt before tea on the opening day of the first test against India in Adelaide on Tuesday.

The injury puts a question mark over his participation in the remaining three matches of the series as well as Clarke’s ability to lead Australia into the 50-over World Cup early next year.

Dec 9, 2014

Cricket-Australia captain Clarke injures back, retires hurt

ADELAIDE, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke suffered a lower back injury and was forced to retire hurt before tea on the opening day of the first test against India in Adelaide on Tuesday.

The injury puts a question mark over his participation in the remaining three matches of the series as well as Clarke’s ability to lead Australia into the 50-over World Cup early next year.

Dec 9, 2014

Clarke retires hurt after Warner’s stirring ton

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke retired hurt shortly before tea on day one of the first test against India on Tuesday, dampening the mood at the Adelaide Oval after opener David Warner had thrilled the crowd with a stirring century.

The opening match of the four-test series was originally scheduled in Brisbane but was delayed and switched to Adelaide to give players time to mourn batsman Phillip Hughes, who died almost two weeks ago after being hit on the back of the head during a domestic match.

Dec 9, 2014

Cricket-Clarke retires hurt after Warner’s stirring ton

ADELAIDE, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke retired hurt shortly before tea on day one of the first test against India on Tuesday, dampening the mood at the Adelaide Oval after opener David Warner had thrilled the crowd with a stirring century.

The opening match of the four-test series was originally scheduled in Brisbane but was delayed and switched to Adelaide to give players time to mourn batsman Phillip Hughes, who died almost two weeks ago after being hit on the back of the head during a domestic match.

Dec 9, 2014

Warner scores emotional century in Adelaide

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – Opening batsman David Warner celebrated cricket’s resumption in Australia nearly two weeks after Phillip Hughes’s death by compiling a glorious, emotion-tinged century after lunch on the opening day of the first test against India on Tuesday.

The pugnacious 28-year-old tore into India’s hapless paceman from his first delivery, crunching 14 boundaries at a sun-baked Adelaide Oval after the match began on a solemn note following tributes to batsman Hughes.

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