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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.

Feb 12, 2015

Morgan seeks solace in past glories before Australia test

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – England’s World Cup opener is only two days away, but captain Eoin Morgan will delve into the past for inspiration to reverse his poor batting form and help his team cope with their demons facing Australia on home soil.

A crowd of 90,000 is expected at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for Saturday’s match, and most of the fans will hope the tournament’s co-hosts post a big win to continue their dominance of their arch-rivals since the 5-0 Ashes sweep a year ago.

Feb 12, 2015

Cricket-Morgan seeks solace in past glories before Australia test

MELBOURNE, Feb 12 (Reuters) – England’s World Cup opener is only two days away, but captain Eoin Morgan will delve into the past for inspiration to reverse his poor batting form and help his team cope with their demons facing Australia on home soil.

A crowd of 90,000 is expected at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for Saturday’s match, and most of the fans will hope the tournament’s co-hosts post a big win to continue their dominance of their arch-rivals since the 5-0 Ashes sweep a year ago.

Feb 12, 2015

Clarke still has fitness tests to pass – Lehmann

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke will miss the World Cup opener against England on Saturday and still has fitness tests to pass to meet his deadline to be ready for the second group match against Bangladesh, coach Darren Lehmann said.

On the comeback trail from hamstring surgery, Clarke had an encouraging return in Australia’s final World Cup warmup match against United Arab Emirates in Melbourne on Wednesday, scoring a game-high 64 and running between the wickets without any apparent discomfort.

Feb 12, 2015

Cricket-Clarke still has fitness tests to pass – Lehmann

MELBOURNE, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke will miss the World Cup opener against England on Saturday and still has fitness tests to pass to meet his deadline to be ready for the second group match against Bangladesh, coach Darren Lehmann said.

On the comeback trail from hamstring surgery, Clarke had an encouraging return in Australia’s final World Cup warmup match against United Arab Emirates in Melbourne on Wednesday, scoring a game-high 64 and running between the wickets without any apparent discomfort.

Feb 11, 2015

Clarke makes safe return as Australia rout UAE

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Michael Clarke struck a half-century in an encouraging return from injury as Australia routed United Arab Emirates by 188 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday in their last warmup before the World Cup.

Leading the team after a long lay-off from hamstring surgery, Clarke promoted himself up the batting order to open with Aaron Finch and top-scored for the hosts with 64 from 62 balls after winning the toss on a sweltering day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Feb 11, 2015

Cricket-Clarke makes safe return as Australia rout UAE

MELBOURNE, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Michael Clarke struck a half-century in an encouraging return from injury as Australia routed United Arab Emirates by 188 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday in their last warmup before the World Cup.

Leading the team after a long lay-off from hamstring surgery, Clarke promoted himself up the batting order to open with Aaron Finch and top-scored for the hosts with 64 from 62 balls after winning the toss on a sweltering day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Feb 11, 2015

Clarke scores 64 on return for Australia in warmup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke scored 64 on his return to the one-day team after opening the batting against United Arab Emirates in their World Cup warmup match in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Clarke, coming back after a long lay-off from hamstring surgery, won the toss and sent himself in to bat with Aaron Finch, replacing regular opener David Warner who was rested for the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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