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Dec 5, 2014

Cricket-Australia’s strengths and weaknesses

SYDNEY, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Analysis of Australia squad before the four-test against India, which starts in Adelaide on Tuesday:

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David Warner will be one of the first names on the team sheet after a brilliant year in which he has scored 1,199 test runs at 74.93.

Dec 5, 2014

Cricket-Hughes casts long shadow over India series

SYDNEY, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The death of Phillip Hughes will inevitably cast a long shadow over Australia’s delayed series against India when it finally gets underway next week at the former test batsman’s last home ground, Adelaide Oval.

There will undoubtedly be minutes of silence and black armbands to remember Hughes and his death will be still on the minds of his former team mates, not least those who were present at the Sydney Cricket Ground when he suffered the fatal blow.

Dec 5, 2014

Cricket-Hughes casts long shadow over India series

SYDNEY, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The death of Phillip Hughes will inevitably cast a long shadow over Australia’s delayed series against India when it finally gets underway next week at the former test batsman’s last home ground, Adelaide Oval.

There will undoubtedly be minutes of silence and black armbands to remember Hughes and his death will be still on the minds of his former team mates, not least those who were present at the Sydney Cricket Ground when he suffered the fatal blow.

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.

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