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Mar 28, 2015

Cricket-Australia captain Clarke to retire from ODIs after final

March 28 (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke dropped a bombshell on the eve of the World Cup final by announcing he will retire from one-day cricket after Sunday’s title-decider against New Zealand.

“Tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia,” the 33-year-old told reporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, adding he had no thoughts of stepping down from the test captaincy.

Mar 27, 2015

Australia’s renaissance leads to World Cup final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s trip to a seventh World Cup final on Sunday may seem standard fare for a nation that has already won cricket’s ultimate prize four times, but the achievement marks a stunning turnaround from the depths of two years ago.

Battling mediocrity in all formats, Michael Clarke’s side lurched from crisis to crisis in the annus horribilus of 2013, as reports of in-fighting, sackings and bar-room assaults dominated newspaper headlines.

Mar 27, 2015

Cricket-Australia’s renaissance leads to World Cup final

MELBOURNE, March 27 (Reuters) – Australia’s trip to a seventh World Cup final on Sunday may seem standard fare for a nation that has already won cricket’s ultimate prize four times, but the achievement marks a stunning turnaround from the depths of two years ago.

Battling mediocrity in all formats, Michael Clarke’s side lurched from crisis to crisis in the annus horribilus of 2013, as reports of in-fighting, sackings and bar-room assaults dominated newspaper headlines.

Mar 27, 2015

New Zealand seeking to one-up ‘big brother’ Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand’s cricketers grew up playing backyard battles against imaginary Australia sides and will be eager to get one over their “big brothers” in the World Cup final, paceman Tim Southee said.

The trans-Tasman rivalry is fierce across all sports but will reach fever pitch on Sunday when nearly 100,000 will pack out the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground for the title-decider.

Mar 27, 2015

New Zealand seeking to one-up ‘big brother’ Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand’s cricketers grew up playing backyard battles against imaginary Australia sides and will be eager to get one over their “big brothers” in the World Cup final, paceman Tim Southee said.

The trans-Tasman rivalry is fierce across all sports but will reach fever pitch on Sunday when nearly 100,000 will pack out the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground for the title-decider.

Mar 27, 2015

Cricket-New Zealand seeking to one-up ‘big brother’ Australia

MELBOURNE, March 27 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s cricketers grew up playing backyard battles against imaginary Australia sides and will be eager to get one over their “big brothers” in the World Cup final, paceman Tim Southee said.

The trans-Tasman rivalry is fierce across all sports but will reach fever pitch on Sunday when nearly 100,000 will pack out the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground for the title-decider.

Mar 20, 2015

Australia’s Watson enjoying charmed second life at World Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Shane Watson continued to make the most of his ‘second life’ at the World Cup, surviving a dropped catch and a fiery assault by Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz to guide Australia to the semi-finals with an impressive half-century on Friday.

Watson was dropped on four in the deep after weathering a barrage of bouncers from Wahab, but finished unbeaten on 64 and teamed up with Glenn Maxwell for a 68-run partnership to close out a dominant six-wicket victory at Adelaide Oval.

Mar 20, 2015

Cricket-Australia’s Watson enjoying charmed second life at World Cup

MELBOURNE, March 20 (Reuters) – Shane Watson continued to make the most of his ‘second life’ at the World Cup, surviving a dropped catch and a fiery assault by Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz to guide Australia to the semi-finals with an impressive half-century on Friday.

Watson was dropped on four in the deep after weathering a barrage of bouncers from Wahab, but finished unbeaten on 64 and teamed up with Glenn Maxwell for a 68-run partnership to close out a dominant six-wicket victory at Adelaide Oval.

Mar 20, 2015

Bitter end for Misbah and Afridi’s one-day careers

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – A crushing quarter-final loss to Australia at the World Cup on Friday was a heart-breaking swan-song in one-day cricket for Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and fellow veteran Shahid Afridi.

Though Pakistan grafted hard to reach the knockout rounds, Australia ruthlessly exposed their batting frailty, which will be further undermined by the seasoned pair’s retirements.

Mar 20, 2015

Cricket-Bitter end for Misbah and Afridi’s one-day careers

ADELAIDE, March 20 (Reuters) – A crushing quarter-final loss to Australia at the World Cup on Friday was a heart-breaking swan-song in one-day cricket for Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and fellow veteran Shahid Afridi.

Though Pakistan grafted hard to reach the knockout rounds, Australia ruthlessly exposed their batting frailty, which will be further undermined by the seasoned pair’s retirements.

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