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Feb 11, 2015

Cricket-Clarke scores 64 on return for Australia in warmup

MELBOURNE, Feb 1 (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.

Feb 10, 2015

Sledgers to face match bans at cricket World Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The International Cricket Council will crack down on excessive sledging between players at the World Cup, saying first offenders can expect heavier fines while repeat offenders face suspension from matches.

ICC chief executive David Richardson also said players with already poor records of on-field behaviour could face immediate match bans if found guilty of a single breach of the ICC’s code of conduct during the Feb. 14 – March 29 tournament.

Feb 10, 2015

Sledgers to face match bans at World Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The International Cricket Council will crack down on excessive sledging between players at the World Cup, saying first offenders can expect heavier fines while repeat offenders face suspension from matches.

ICC chief executive David Richardson also said players with already poor records of on-field behaviour could face immediate match bans if found guilty of a single breach of the ICC’s code of conduct during the Feb. 14 – March 29 tournament.

Feb 10, 2015

Cricket-Sledgers to face match bans at World Cup

MELBOURNE, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The International Cricket Council will crack down on excessive sledging between players at the World Cup, saying first offenders can expect heavier fines while repeat offenders face suspension from matches.

ICC chief executive David Richardson also said players with already poor records of on-field behaviour could face immediate match bans if found guilty of a single breach of the ICC’s code of conduct during the Feb. 14 – March 29 tournament.

Feb 10, 2015

India will get into World Cup groove, says Hazlewood

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood has played down India’s 106-run drubbing in a World Cup warm-up against the co-hosts on Sunday, saying it was a matter of time before the champions clicked.

Australia dominated India in batting, bowling and fielding in the Adelaide match to bolster their status as favourites to win the global showpiece which starts on Saturday.

Feb 10, 2015

Cricket-India will get into World Cup groove, says Hazlewood

MELBOURNE, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood has played down India’s 106-run drubbing in a World Cup warm-up against the co-hosts on Sunday, saying it was a matter of time before the champions clicked.

Australia dominated India in batting, bowling and fielding in the Adelaide match to bolster their status as favourites to win the global showpiece which starts on Saturday.

Feb 4, 2015

Cricket World Cup contenders saddled with familiar baggage

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – With strong hosts expected to challenge, a highly-fancied South Africa facing their demons and a sprawling format certain to generate criticism, the cricket World Cup’s return to Australia and New Zealand is a case of deja vu in many ways.

Since the trans-Tasman neighbours first co-hosted in 1992, the one-day game’s global showpiece has morphed into a commercial behemoth and a television event followed by millions around the world.

Feb 1, 2015

Murray under microscope after Melbourne Park meltdown

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andy Murray blamed Novak Djokovic’s “cramping” in their Australian Open final on Sunday for throwing him off his game but that could hardly explain the meltdown that saw the Scot lose 12 of the last 13 games.

After levelling at one-set apiece, Murray led 2-0 in the third but collapsed to lose the match 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 under the lights of Rod Laver Arena, his fourth defeat in Australian Open finals and third to Djokovic.

Feb 1, 2015

Djokovic one set from Australian Open title

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic was one set away from his fifth Australian Open title after taking a 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 lead against Andy Murray on Sunday.

Sixth seed Murray crumbled in the eighth game of the third set, handing Djokovic three break points and then double-faulting to give the Serb a 5-3 lead.

Jan 31, 2015

Serena continues mastery of Sharapova for magical 19th

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A sickly Serena Williams gave Maria Sharapova another serving of grand slam heartbreak on Saturday to win the Australian Open and bolster her claims to be the all-time greatest player with her 19th major title.

Though wheezing, coughing and forced off court to be sick during a rain-break, Williams’s serve stayed in the rudest of health and her athleticism astonished in a nerve-shredding 6-3 7-6(5) victory under the lights of Rod Laver Arena.

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