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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.

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.

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