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Dec 4, 2014

Cricket-Marsh called up as Australian eyes turn to Adelaide

SYDNEY, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Australia have called batsman Shaun Marsh into their squad for the opening test of the four-match series against India, which was pushed back to next week after the death of Phillip Hughes.

The call-up for Marsh, who joins his brother Mitch in the squad, could be an indication that captain Michael Clarke is still an injury doubt for the match, which starts in Adelaide next Tuesday.

Dec 4, 2014

Australian eyes turn from Macksville to Adelaide

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The funeral of Phillip Hughes has brought an element of closure for Australia’s players according to coach Darren Lehmann, who now hopes they will honour their former team mate in the way they play the first test against India next week.

The entire test squad was in Macksville for Wednesday’s funeral and captain Michael Clarke played a leading role in the ceremony with an emotional speech about the former test batsman, who died last week after being hit on the head by a bouncer.

Dec 3, 2014

Cricket-Australian eyes turn from Macksville to Adelaide

SYDNEY, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The funeral of Phillip Hughes has brought an element of closure for Australia’s players according to coach Darren Lehmann, who now hopes they will honour their former team mate in the way they play the first test against India next week.

The entire test squad was in Macksville for Wednesday’s funeral and captain Michael Clarke played a leading role in the ceremony with an emotional speech about the former test batsman, who died last week after being hit on the head by a bouncer.

Dec 2, 2014

Cricket-No pressure on Australia players for Adelaide test

SYDNEY, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Cricket Australia will be understanding of players who feel uncomfortable about playing in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes when the rescheduled India test series starts next week, chief executive James Sutherland said on Tuesday.

Sutherland was speaking at Sydney Airport before his flight to Macksville, where Hughes will be buried on Wednesday some six days after he died from a catastrophic injury caused by a ball striking him in the back of the head during a domestic match.

Dec 2, 2014

Australia understanding if grieving players still not ready

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Cricket Australia will be understanding of players who feel uncomfortable about playing in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes when the rescheduled India test series starts next week, chief executive James Sutherland said on Tuesday.Sutherland was speaking at Sydney Airport before his flight to Macksville, where Hughes will be buried on Wednesday some six days after he died from a catastrophic injury caused by a ball striking him in the back of the head during a domestic match.

The reshuffle of the India series, which was originally scheduled to begin in Brisbane on Thursday, was announced late on Monday with the Adelaide match now the first of the four tests and starting next Tuesday.

Dec 2, 2014

Cricket-Australia understanding if grieving players still not ready

SYDNEY, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Cricket Australia will be understanding of players who feel uncomfortable about playing in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes when the rescheduled India test series starts next week, chief executive James Sutherland said on Tuesday.

Sutherland was speaking at Sydney Airport before his flight to Macksville, where Hughes will be buried on Wednesday some six days after he died from a catastrophic injury caused by a ball striking him in the back of the head during a domestic match.

Nov 30, 2014

American Spieth buries weekend woes at Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) – American prodigy Jordan Spieth said closing out his victory at the Australian Open in such spectacular style on Sunday was a major step on the path that he hopes will take him to the top of the world rankings one day.

The 21-year-old Texan marked himself out as a future major champion when, on debut, he led by two strokes at one stage in the final round of the U.S. Masters in April and ended up sharing second behind Bubba Watson.

Nov 30, 2014

Spectacular Spieth walks away with Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rising American talent Jordan Spieth shot the round of his life for an eight-under-par 63 as his rivals labored in the Sydney wind to claim his second professional title by six strokes at the Australian Open on Sunday.

The Texan, who shared second place on his U.S. Masters debut in April, fired eight birdies in a flawless final round to secure the Stonehaven Cup at 13-under 271 for the tournament at The Australian Golf Club.

Nov 30, 2014

Golf-Spectacular Spieth walks away with Australian Open

SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Rising American talent Jordan Spieth shot the round of his life for an eight-under-par 63 as his rivals laboured in the Sydney wind to claim his second professional title by six strokes at the Australian Open on Sunday.

The Texan, who shared second place on his U.S. Masters debut in April, fired eight birdies in a flawless final round to secure the Stonehaven Cup at 13-under 271 for the tournament at The Australian Golf Club.

Nov 29, 2014

McIlroy still upbeat despite mid-round collapse in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy suffered a spectacular two-hole meltdown in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday but he was not quite ready to give up on his title defence after windy conditions kept his rivals in check.

The world number one plummeted down the leaderboard when he dropped a combined five shots at the ninth and 10th holes but even a five-over-par 76 left him just six shots off the pace going into Sunday’s final round.

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