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Dec 11, 2014

Australia paceman Johnson shakes up India before lunch

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson shook up India just before lunch by taking a wicket and striking captain Virat Kohli on the head as the tourists reached 117 for two at the break on day three of the first test in Adelaide on Thursday.

Australia declared their innings closed at 517-7 before the start of play and India’s batsmen prospered for much of a sunny morning on a benign Adelaide Oval wicket.

Dec 11, 2014

Cricket-Australia paceman Johnson shakes up India before lunch

Dec 11 (Reuters) – Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson shook up India just before lunch by taking a wicket and striking captain Virat Kohli on the head as the tourists reached 117 for two at the break on day three of the first test in Adelaide on Thursday.

Australia declared their innings closed at 517-7 before the start of play and India’s batsmen prospered for much of a sunny morning on a benign Adelaide Oval wicket.

Dec 10, 2014

Smith shines on gloomy day at Adelaide Oval

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Michael Clarke’s gritty 128 after pain-killing injections in his injured back may have lit up a rain-soaked Adelaide Oval on Wednesday, but it was his baby-faced batting partner Steven Smith who offered hope of a brighter future.

Smith’s unbeaten 162 was almost overshadowed by Clarke’s courage on day two of the first test against India, but it provided another endorsement of the 25-year-old’s leadership credentials in case the skipper’s body finally gives out.

Dec 10, 2014

Cricket-Smith shines on gloomy day at Adelaide Oval

Dec 10 (Reuters) – Michael Clarke’s gritty 128 after pain-killing injections in his injured back may have lit up a rain-soaked Adelaide Oval on Wednesday, but it was his baby-faced batting partner Steven Smith who offered hope of a brighter future.

Smith’s unbeaten 162 was almost overshadowed by Clarke’s courage on day two of the first test against India, but it provided another endorsement of the 25-year-old’s leadership credentials in case the skipper’s body finally gives out.

Dec 10, 2014

Clarke grafts to Bradman-like dominance in Adelaide

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke completed an inspiring century after lunch on day two of the first test against India on Wednesday, having returned to the crease following pain-killing injections on his back.

The 33-year-old flicked a single off his pads to bring up the milestone on a rainy afternoon and was given a standing ovation by the Adelaide Oval crowd.

Dec 10, 2014

Cricket-Clarke grafts to Bradman-like dominance in Adelaide

Dec 10 (Reuters) – Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke completed an inspiring century after lunch on day two of the first test against India on Wednesday, having returned to the crease following pain-killing injections on his back.

The 33-year-old flicked a single off his pads to bring up the milestone on a rainy afternoon and was given a standing ovation by the Adelaide Oval crowd.

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.

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