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Mar 25, 2015

Australia can handle expectation in Sydney semi – Clarke

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia skipper Michael Clarke is confident his side will have no problem handling the weight of local expectation when they meet reigning champions India in a blockbuster World Cup semi-final on Thursday.

Australia’s four titles make them the most successful team in World Cup history but only Clarke, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson survive from their last triumph in 2007 and they have never won the trophy on home soil.

Mar 25, 2015

Cricket-Australia can handle expectation in Sydney semi – Clarke

SYDNEY, March 25 (Reuters) – Australia skipper Michael Clarke is confident his side will have no problem handling the weight of local expectation when they meet reigning champions India in a blockbuster World Cup semi-final on Thursday.

Australia’s four titles make them the most successful team in World Cup history but only Clarke, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson survive from their last triumph in 2007 and they have never won the trophy on home soil.

Mar 24, 2015

India still bear the scars of Summer mauling, says Smith

SYDNEY (Reuters) – India still bear the scars of the mauling they suffered at the hands of Australia at the start of their tour Down Under and Steve Smith thinks it could be a factor when the countries meet in Thursday’s World Cup semi-final.

The world champions have stormed back to imperious form in the World Cup and are unbeaten going into the last four showdown at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), where they will be out to end Australia’s bid for a fifth world crown.

Mar 24, 2015

Cricket-India still bear the scars of Summer mauling, says Smith

SYDNEY, March 24 (Reuters) – India still bear the scars of the mauling they suffered at the hands of Australia at the start of their tour Down Under and Steve Smith thinks it could be a factor when the countries meet in Thursday’s World Cup semi-final.

The world champions have stormed back to imperious form in the World Cup and are unbeaten going into the last four showdown at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), where they will be out to end Australia’s bid for a fifth world crown.

Mar 24, 2015

Australia face Doherty dilemma ahead of semi-final

SYDNEY (Reuters) – With two confident teams going head-to-head in a blockbuster World Cup semi-final on Thursday, it could be the tiniest misjudgement, the smallest detail that decides whether Australia or India emerge triumphant.

Disregarding perhaps only the toss, Australia’s biggest decision this week is likely to be whether to include spinner Xavier Doherty in their side to face the world champions.

Mar 24, 2015

Cricket-Australia face Doherty dilemma ahead of semi-final

SYDNEY, March 24 (Reuters) – With two confident teams going head-to-head in a blockbuster World Cup semi-final on Thursday, it could be the tiniest misjudgement, the smallest detail that decides whether Australia or India emerge triumphant.

Disregarding perhaps only the toss, Australia’s biggest decision this week is likely to be whether to include spinner Xavier Doherty in their side to face the world champions.

Mar 24, 2015

Australia’s Finch reckons he’s close to the ‘big one’

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Opener Aaron Finch knows he’s the one Australian batsman struggling for runs ahead of Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against India but, ever confident, thinks a big innings is just around the corner.

Finch opened his campaign with a pugnacious 135 against England but has struggled since, contributing just 54 runs in his last five innings as co-hosts Australia charged into the last four of the tournament.

Mar 24, 2015

Australia’s Finch reckons he’s close to the ‘big one’

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Opener Aaron Finch knows he’s the one Australian batsman struggling for runs ahead of Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against India but, ever confident, thinks a big innings is just around the corner.

Finch opened his campaign with a pugnacious 135 against England but has struggled since, contributing just 54 runs in his last five innings as co-hosts Australia charged into the last four of the tournament.

Mar 24, 2015

Cricket-Australia’s Finch reckons he’s close to the ‘big one’

SYDNEY, March 24 (Reuters) – Opener Aaron Finch knows he’s the one Australian batsman struggling for runs ahead of Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against India but, ever confident, thinks a big innings is just around the corner.

Finch opened his campaign with a pugnacious 135 against England but has struggled since, contributing just 54 runs in his last five innings as co-hosts Australia charged into the last four of the tournament.

Mar 21, 2015

South Africa’s de Kock emerges from the ‘dark spaces’

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock’s return to form in South Africa’s World Cup quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka was one of the most pleasing aspects of a convincing victory for the Proteas, not least for the talented 22-year-old batsman himself.

No one doubts the lefthanded opener’s talent but producing your best under pressure at the World Cup is an entirely different matter, as the players who have taken part in South Africa’s previous campaigns will attest.

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