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Feb 16, 2015

Cricket-Maxwell shows up in time for World Cup

MELBOURNE, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Glenn Maxwell has occasionally burnt the fingers of those who have invested in him but the mercurial all-rounder could be set to produce big dividends in Australia’s World Cup campaign.

The hard-hitting 26-year-old was dubbed ‘The Big Show’ after winning a million-dollar contract to play in the 2013 Indian Premier League.

Feb 15, 2015

Strife-torn Windies looking to hit the re-set button

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An “upbeat” West Indies camp are looking forward to the World Cup opener against Ireland on Monday as a fresh beginning and a chance to put difficult times behind them, according to rookie captain Jason Holder.

West Indies head into the match in Nelson, New Zealand, with a shaken-up squad that has failed to gel since an acrimonious dispute over player contracts.

Feb 15, 2015

Cricket-Strife-torn Windies looking to hit the re-set button

MELBOURNE, Feb 15 (Reuters) – An “upbeat” West Indies camp are looking forward to the World Cup opener against Ireland on Monday as a fresh beginning and a chance to put difficult times behind them, according to rookie captain Jason Holder.

West Indies head into the match in Nelson, New Zealand, with a shaken-up squad that has failed to gel since an acrimonious dispute over player contracts.

Feb 14, 2015

Taylor misses out on century after umpire error

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Batsman James Taylor won admirers for playing a lone hand in England’s crushing loss in their World Cup opener to co-hosts Australia on Saturday, but may have been denied a maiden century by an umpiring error on the last ball of the match.

Taylor was on 98 in a final-wicket stand with tail-ender James Anderson when he was given out lbw by umpire Aleem Dar off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Feb 14, 2015

Australia subject England to Valentine’s Day torture

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Aaron Finch smashed a sparkling century as Australia dealt England a 111-run humiliation in their World Cup opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Dropped on the second ball he faced, opening batsman Finch blasted 135 at his home ground to lay the platform for victory as the co-hosts piled on 342-9, two runs shy of the venue’s one-day international record.

Feb 14, 2015

Man-of-the-match Finch soaks up adulation from home fans

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Aaron Finch could have trudged back to the dressing room after facing two balls in Australia’s World Cup opener against England on Saturday, but instead strode off to a standing ovation after scoring a match-winning century in front of home fans.

The bulky opening batsman spooned a catch straight to Chris Woakes at midwicket in the first over but the England paceman made a mess of the head-high chance, reprieving him on zero.

Feb 14, 2015

Morgan out for another duck in World Cup opener

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Eoin Morgan’s dreadful run of form with the bat spilled over into the World Cup with the England captain dismissed for a duck during the opening match against Australia on Saturday.

Morgan miscued a pull shot and Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin dived forward and to his left to take an excellent catch as England crumbled to a 111-run defeat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Feb 14, 2015

Cricket-Man-of-the-match Finch soaks up adulation from home fans

MELBOURNE, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Aaron Finch could have trudged back to the dressing room after facing two balls in Australia’s World Cup opener against England on Saturday, but instead strode off to a standing ovation after scoring a match-winning century in front of home fans.

The bulky opening batsman spooned a catch straight to Chris Woakes at midwicket in the first over but the England paceman made a mess of the head-high chance, reprieving him on zero.

Feb 14, 2015

Brilliant fielding gives Australia’s campaign flying start

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Three days before Australia’s World Cup opener against England, coach Darren Lehmann noted that the teams who fielded the best had invariably claimed the trophy in past tournaments.

The observation certainly rang true in Australia’s run to their four world titles in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007, with fielding excellence a hallmark of each triumphant campaign.

Feb 14, 2015

Cricket-Taylor misses out on century after umpire error

MELBOURNE, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Batsman James Taylor won admirers for playing a lone hand in England’s crushing loss in their World Cup opener to co-hosts Australia on Saturday, but may have been denied a maiden century by an umpiring error on the last ball of the match.

Taylor was on 98 in a final-wicket stand with tail-ender James Anderson when he was given out lbw by umpire Aleem Dar off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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