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Jul 7, 2015

Australia prepares for sleepless nights, frets a little

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian cricket fans prepared themselves for one final decent night’s sleep on Tuesday before seven weeks glued to television sets deep into the small hours watching the Ashes series beamed around the world from Europe.

And while confidence is high that the boys in the baggy green caps will return home triumphant from England for the first time since 2001, a few late jitters were evident in the usually solidly chauvinistic local media.

Jul 7, 2015

Cricket-Australia prepares for sleepless nights, frets a little

SYDNEY, July 7 (Reuters) – Australian cricket fans prepared themselves for one final decent night’s sleep on Tuesday before seven weeks glued to television sets deep into the small hours watching the Ashes series beamed around the world from Europe.

And while confidence is high that the boys in the baggy green caps will return home triumphant from England for the first time since 2001, a few late jitters were evident in the usually solidly chauvinistic local media.

Jul 6, 2015

Rugby-Moore named Australia captain for World Cup

SYDNEY, July 6 (Reuters) – Hooker Stephen Moore will lead Australia to this year’s World Cup after being named Wallabies captain for the season by coach Michael Cheika on Monday.

Moore, 32, was also named captain last year by then coach Ewen McKenzie only to be ruled out for the rest of the season by a knee injury in the first few seconds of his first test in charge against France.

Jul 5, 2015

Australia diminished after Harris forced to call it quits

SYDNEY (Reuters) – It was a brief, late-life test career that always seemed to be a match-at-a-time proposition but paceman Ryan “Ryno” Harris made a crucial contribution to Australian cricket at a critical time.

The cracked right tibia that ruled him out of the Ashes series on Saturday finally convinced Harris to call time on a career that took him from a journeyman medium pacer to the very top of the game.

Jul 5, 2015

Australia diminished after Harris forced to call it quits

SYDNEY (Reuters) – It was a brief, late-life test career that always seemed to be a match-at-a-time proposition but paceman Ryan “Ryno” Harris made a crucial contribution to Australian cricket at a critical time.

The cracked right tibia that ruled him out of the Ashes series on Saturday finally convinced Harris to call time on a career that took him from a journeyman medium pacer to the very top of the game.

Jul 5, 2015

Cricket-Australia diminished after Harris forced to call it quits

SYDNEY, July 5 (Reuters) – It was a brief, late-life test career that always seemed to be a match-at-a-time proposition but paceman Ryan “Ryno” Harris made a crucial contribution to Australian cricket at a critical time.

The cracked right tibia that ruled him out of the Ashes series on Saturday finally convinced Harris to call time on a career that took him from a journeyman medium pacer to the very top of the game.

Jul 5, 2015

Cricket-Australia diminished after Harris forced to call it quits

SYDNEY, July 5 (Reuters) – It was a brief, late-life test career that always seemed to be a match-at-a-time proposition but paceman Ryan “Ryno” Harris made a crucial contribution to Australian cricket at a critical time.

The cracked right tibia that ruled him out of the Ashes series on Saturday finally convinced Harris to call time on a career that took him from a journeyman medium pacer to the very top of the game.

Jul 4, 2015

Clarke still fired by hunger for Ashes success

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Michael Clarke could not have looked less like the “pup” of his nickname as he prepared to depart Australian shores for his seventh and final Ashes series.

It may have been the early hour of the May morning, the hangover from a summer battling with injury or the emotional scars from the death of Phillip Hughes but Clarke looked every day of his 34 years as he spoke to reporters at Sydney Airport.

Jul 4, 2015

Cricket-Clarke still fired by hunger for Ashes success

SYDNEY, July 4 (Reuters) – Michael Clarke could not have looked less like the “pup” of his nickname as he prepared to depart Australian shores for his seventh and final Ashes series.

It may have been the early hour of the May morning, the hangover from a summer battling with injury or the emotional scars from the death of Phillip Hughes but Clarke looked every day of his 34 years as he spoke to reporters at Sydney Airport.

Jul 3, 2015

Time running out for Australia’s ‘brand’ O’Connor

SYDNEY (Reuters) – In October 2010, James O’Connor scythed through the tackles of Mils Muliaina, Keven Mealamu and Richie McCaw to score a last-minute try which he nervelessly converted to give Australia a first win over the All Blacks in 11 tests.

O’Connor was just 20 and with Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale formed a trio of young, confident, exciting backs who offered Australia hope of a return to the days around the turn of the century when they had the best team in the world.A once-in-a-generation talent who could play across the backline, O’Connor’s skill-set and looks — he was dubbed “Bieber” after the Canadian pop singer — promised to make him a genuine giant of the global game.

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