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Mar 18, 2015

Bangladesh to battle odds and crowd against India

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Playing ‘fearless’ cricket has been Bangladesh’s war-cry at the World Cup but courage alone will not be enough to upset India and their army of blue-clad fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where the teams play their quarter-final on Thursday.

After a listless leadup to the tournament, reigning world champions India have turned into a juggernaut, winning all six of their pool matches and drawing as much admiration for their bowling and fielding as their renowned batting prowess.

Mar 18, 2015

Cricket-Bangladesh to battle odds and crowd against India

MELBOURNE, March 18 (Reuters) – Playing ‘fearless’ cricket has been Bangladesh’s war-cry at the World Cup but courage alone will not be enough to upset India and their army of blue-clad fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where the teams play their quarter-final on Thursday.

After a listless leadup to the tournament, reigning world champions India have turned into a juggernaut, winning all six of their pool matches and drawing as much admiration for their bowling and fielding as their renowned batting prowess.

Mar 16, 2015

Starc difference in Australia’s World Cup campaign

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Publicly labelled “soft” by former test bowler Shane Warne only a few months ago, paceman Mitchell Starc has come of age at the cricket World Cup and could prove key to Australia’s hopes of winning a fourth trophy.

The 25-year-old left-armer currently leads the wickets tally at the tournament with 16 scalps at the end of the pool phase, one ahead of a clutch of bowlers with 15, but with an eye-popping average of 8.50.

Mar 16, 2015

Cricket-Starc difference in Australia’s World Cup campaign

MELBOURNE, March 16 (Reuters) – Publicly labelled “soft” by former test bowler Shane Warne only a few months ago, paceman Mitchell Starc has come of age at the cricket World Cup and could prove key to Australia’s hopes of winning a fourth trophy.

The 25-year-old left-armer currently leads the wickets tally at the tournament with 16 scalps at the end of the pool phase, one ahead of a clutch of bowlers with 15, but with an eye-popping average of 8.50.

Mar 15, 2015

Immobile Manor Marussia escape sanction in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Manor Marussia have escaped sanction after being probed by Formula One’s governing body for failing to put their cars on the track at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

Recently re-born after coming out of administration, the British-based team transported their vehicles to Albert Park but were unable to get them to run in practice or qualifying, ruling them out of Sunday’s race won by Lewis Hamilton.

Mar 15, 2015

Teenage dream up in smoke for boy racer Verstappen

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Max Verstappen’s dream of scoring points on his debut as Formula One’s youngest ever driver went up in smoke on Sunday.

The 17-year-old son of former F1 regular Jos ‘the Boss’ held his own for more than half of the 58 laps of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix before his Toro Rosso team ordered him to stop as smoke wafted into the cockpit.

Mar 15, 2015

Motor racing-Immobile Manor Marussia escape sanction in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – Manor Marussia have escaped sanction after being probed by Formula One’s governing body for failing to put their cars on the track at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

Recently re-born after coming out of administration, the British-based team transported their vehicles to Albert Park but were unable to get them to run in practice or qualifying, ruling them out of Sunday’s race won by Lewis Hamilton.

Mar 15, 2015

Motor racing-Teenage dream up in smoke for boy racer Verstappen

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – Max Verstappen’s dream of scoring points on his debut as Formula One’s youngest ever driver went up in smoke on Sunday.

The 17-year-old son of former F1 regular Jos ‘the Boss’ held his own for more than half of the 58 laps of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix before his Toro Rosso team ordered him to stop as smoke wafted into the cockpit.

Mar 15, 2015

Vettel thrilled with podium ‘victory’ on debut

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A yawning 34 seconds might have separated third-placed Sebastian Vettel from Australian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton on Sunday but the podium spot felt like a victory for the four-times world champion on his Ferrari debut.

German Vettel endured a horror final season with Red Bull last year, outshone by new team mate Daniel Ricciardo and plagued by reliability problems throughout a winless campaign.

Mar 15, 2015

Motor racing-Vettel thrilled with podium ‘victory’ on debut

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – A yawning 34 seconds might have separated third-placed Sebastian Vettel from Australian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton on Sunday but the podium spot felt like a victory for the four-times world champion on his Ferrari debut.

German Vettel endured a horror final season with Red Bull last year, outshone by new team mate Daniel Ricciardo and plagued by reliability problems throughout a winless campaign.

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