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Nov 23, 2014

Australia scramble to victory, reclaim number one ranking

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia scrambled over the line for a two-wicket victory in the fifth one-day international against South Africa on Sunday to move back to the top of the world rankings less than three months before the World Cup.

What looked like being a stroll to a convincing 4-1 series triumph when Steve Smith departed for 67 with Australia 11 runs from their target of 275 was transformed into a tense finale by Robin Peterson.

Nov 23, 2014

Cricket-Australia scramble to victory, reclaim number one ranking

SYDNEY, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Australia scrambled over the line for a two-wicket victory in the fifth one-day international against South Africa on Sunday to move back to the top of the world rankings less than three months before the World Cup.

What looked like being a stroll to a convincing 4-1 series triumph when Steve Smith departed for 67 with Australia 11 runs from their target of 275 was transformed into a tense finale by Robin Peterson.

Nov 20, 2014

Australia will lift at Asian Cup, says Emerton

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will raise their game in front of their own fans at next year’s Asian Cup and deserve to be among the favourites despite their poor recent form, according to former Socceroos stalwart Brett Emerton.

Expectations of Asian Cup success have dived in Australia during a year in which the Socceroos managed to win just one of 11 matches as coach Ange Postecoglou overhauled the squad.

Nov 20, 2014

Soccer-Australia will lift at Asian Cup, says Emerton

SYDNEY, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Australia will raise their game in front of their own fans at next year’s Asian Cup and deserve to be among the favourites despite their poor recent form, according to former Socceroos stalwart Brett Emerton.

Expectations of Asian Cup success have dived in Australia during a year in which the Socceroos managed to win just one of 11 matches as coach Ange Postecoglou overhauled the squad.

Nov 20, 2014

Clarke ‘hopeful’ for first India test – physio

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia are hopeful that captain Michael Clarke will be available for next month’s first test against India despite a recurrence of his hamstring injury, physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said on Thursday.

Clarke has missed just one of Australia’s 39 tests since he assumed the captaincy in 2011 despite a degenerative long-term back condition which contributes to his frequent hamstring injuries.

Nov 20, 2014

Cricket-Clarke ‘hopeful’ for first India test – physio

SYDNEY, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Australia are hopeful that captain Michael Clarke will be available for next month’s first test against India despite a recurrence of his hamstring injury, physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said on Thursday.

Clarke has missed just one of Australia’s 39 tests since he assumed the captaincy in 2011 despite a degenerative long-term back condition which contributes to his frequent hamstring injuries.

Nov 17, 2014

Australia ponder captaincy options after Clarke limps home

SYDNEY (Reuters) – With the optimism over Michael Clarke’s fitness for the test series against India fading fast, Australia’s selectors will have to ponder their captaincy options as well as the make-up of their bowling attack over the next week.

Chief selector Rod Marsh’s confidence the 33-year-old would be fit to face India at the Gabba on Dec 4 was undermined by Pat Howard on Monday, the team performance manager saying Clarke had virtually no chance of playing in the series.

Nov 17, 2014

Cricket-Australia ponder captaincy options after Clarke limps home

SYDNEY, Nov 17 (Reuters) – With the optimism over Michael Clarke’s fitness for the test series against India fading fast, Australia’s selectors will have to ponder their captaincy options as well as the make-up of their bowling attack over the next week.

Chief selector Rod Marsh’s confidence the 33-year-old would be fit to face India at the Gabba on Dec 4 was undermined by Pat Howard on Monday, the team performance manager saying Clarke had virtually no chance of playing in the series.

Nov 14, 2014

Australia ran ‘clean campaign’, rejects report

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s soccer chief has denied any wrongdoing during the country’s failed campaign to host the 2022 World Cup, while an Australian politician has called FIFA’s investigation a “sick farce” and demanded its money back.

Federation Football Australia (FFA) chief Frank Lowy released a statement on Friday, rejecting a FIFA report that criticized Australia’s campaign tactics.

Nov 14, 2014

Soccer-Australia ran ‘clean campaign’, rejects report

SYDNEY, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Australia ran a clean bid for the 2022 World Cup and rejects assertions to the contrary contained in a controversial FIFA report, Federation Football Australia (FFA) chief Frank Lowy said on Friday.

FIFA cleared Russia and Qatar of wrongdoing in their bids to host the World Cup on Thursday but there was criticism in the report of the activities of the government-funded Australian campaign to win the rights to host the 2022 tournament.

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