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Feb 14, 2015

Cricket-Brilliant fielding gives Australia’s campaign flying start

MELBOURNE, Feb 14 (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

Morgan wins toss, England to bowl first v Australia 

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bowl first against Australia in their World Cup opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

England will attack with four paceman with Steven Finn and Chris Woakes to combine with James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Feb 14, 2015

Cricket-Morgan wins toss, England to bowl first v Australia

MELBOURNE, Feb 14 (Reuters) – England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bowl first against Australia in their World Cup opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

England will attack with four paceman with Steven Finn and Chris Woakes to combine with James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Feb 13, 2015

Cricket-Afghanistan fend off dogged UAE in last World Cup warmup

MELBOURNE, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Afghanistan will head into the cricket World Cup with momentum after downing a spirited United Arab Emirates by 14 runs in the teams’ last warmup match in Melbourne on Friday.

A match that had meandered for much of a steamy day at Melbourne’s Junction Oval sprang to life late in the afternoon as the dogged Emiratis scrambled hard to reel in their opponents’ 308-9.

Feb 13, 2015

Stand-in man Bailey resigned to making way for Clarke

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – George Bailey is resigned to the idea that he may well go from captaining Australia against England in the World Cup opener on Saturday to being dropped from the side altogether for the second match against Bangladesh.

Bailey will relinquish the reins if regular skipper Michael Clarke, as expected, proves his fitness for the Bangladesh game on Feb. 21 after coming back from hamstring surgery.

Feb 13, 2015

Cricket-Stand-in man Bailey resigned to making way for Clarke

MELBOURNE, Feb 13 (Reuters) – George Bailey is resigned to the idea that he may well go from captaining Australia against England in the World Cup opener on Saturday to being dropped from the side altogether for the second match against Bangladesh.

Bailey will relinquish the reins if regular skipper Michael Clarke, as expected, proves his fitness for the Bangladesh game on Feb. 21 after coming back from hamstring surgery.

Feb 13, 2015

England out to play cricket, not rile Warner – Anderson

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s David Warner risks a suspension if he gets involved in another ugly on-field incident during the World Cup, but England will not go out of their way to bait him, according to paceman James Anderson.

The hot-headed opening batsman has two code of conduct violations to his name after incidents in matches against India.

Feb 13, 2015

Cricket-England out to play cricket, not rile Warner – Anderson

MELBOURNE, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Australia’s David Warner risks a suspension if he gets involved in another ugly on-field incident during the World Cup, but England will not go out of their way to bait him, according to paceman James Anderson.

The hot-headed opening batsman has two code of conduct violations to his name after incidents in matches against India.

Feb 13, 2015

Clarke relishing another chance after retirement thoughts

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Michael Clarke thought he had played his last game of cricket when he strained his hamstring again during the Adelaide test against India but will have no misgivings about retiring when his time comes, the Australia captain has said.

On the comeback from hamstring surgery, Clarke will miss the World Cup opener against England in Melbourne on Saturday but is confident he will pad up for the second match against Bangladesh on Feb. 21.

Feb 13, 2015

Cricket-Clarke relishing another chance after retirement thoughts

MELBOURNE, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Michael Clarke thought he had played his last game of cricket when he strained his hamstring again during the Adelaide test against India but will have no misgivings about retiring when his time comes, the Australia captain has said.

On the comeback from hamstring surgery, Clarke will miss the World Cup opener against England in Melbourne on Saturday but is confident he will pad up for the second match against Bangladesh on Feb. 21.

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