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Australia thrash Pakistan in Women’s World Cup warm-up

NEWS DESK Beth Mooney struck a half century as Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets in ICC Women’s World Cup warm-up fixture at Leicester on Thursday, Samaa reported. Australia won the toss and chose to bowl. Pakistan were bowled out after scoring 156 runs in 46.4 overs. Nahida Khan was the top scorer with 51…

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Afghan Taliban release new video of US, Australian hostages

An American and an Australian have appeared in a second Taliban hostage video, nearly a year after they were kidnapped in Kabul. Gunmen wearing police uniforms abducted American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weekes, both professors at the American University of Afghanistan, in August last year, seizing them from their vehicle. The 10-minute, 18-second video…

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COAS thanks Sir Vivian Richards, Ian Chappell for Pakistan visit

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa hosted dinner for West Indian cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards and former Australian captain Ian Chappell. According to a statement issued by the ISPR, the army chief thanked the two cricket greats to visit Pakistan. It is noted here that Sir Vivian Richards and…

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Australia introduces illegal gun amnesty after Islamist-inspired attacks

Australia said on Friday it would introduce a three-month national gun amnesty, the first in more than 20 years, in a bid to reduced the number of illegal firearms which have been used in recent Islamist-inspired attacks. Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan said that from July 1, locals can hand-in illegal firearms to authorities without…

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Australian PM pokes fun at Trump in leaked audio

SYDNEY: Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken a comical swipe at Donald Trump, mimicking the US president’s mannerisms and even making reference to the Russia scandal. In a leaked audio recording that comes just months after a tetchy phone call between the two leaders rattled ties soon after Trump took power, Turnbull is heard…

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England knock Australia out of ICC Champions Trophy 2017

EDGBASTON: Ben Stokes hit a career-best 102 not out and captain Eoin Morgan 87 as England knocked Australia out of the Champions Trophy with a 40-run win over their arch-rivals on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method at Edgbaston on Saturday.¬† Completed scoreboard in the Champions Trophy Group A match between England and Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday:…

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: England beat Australia by 40 runs in rain-affected match

EDGBASTON: England beat Australia by 40 runs via the D/L method in a rain-hit match on Saturday.¬† England won the toss and chose to bowl in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match at Edgbaston. Both sides did not make¬†any changes to their playing XI. Both of their earlier games were washed out due to rain….

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Ashes rivals Australia, England face off in Champions Trophy clash

CARDIFF: Australia will take on England in their ICC Champions Trophy fixture at Cardiff on Saturday. The Kangaroos have to beat England if they are to remain in contention for the semi finals of the tournament. Australia’s Champions Trophy fixtures against New Zealand and Bangladesh were washed out due to rain. England, on the other…

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Smith’s focus on England despite Australia pay row

Australia captain Steve Smith insisted his side would remain on their game in a must-win Champions Trophy clash against England despite a bitter pay dispute with their own board. Cricket Australia (CA) has threatened not to pay contracted players beyond the June 30 expiry of their current financial deal if they do not accept a…

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Fans outraged as Saudi footballers snub silence for London victims

ADELAIDE: Fans were outraged after Saudi footballers refused to line up for a minute’s silence for the victims of the London attack in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. According to a foreign news agency, the Saudi athletes refused to line up in solidarity for the victims as it was not in their culture. The…

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Cricket: Champions Trophy tables

Champions Trophy tables after the Group B match between Pakistan and South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday (played, won, lost, tied, no result, points, net run-rate): Group A England¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2 2 0 0 0 4 +1.06 Australia¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2 0 0 0 2 2¬†¬† n/a Bangladesh¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2 0 1 0 1 1 -0.40 New Zealand¬†¬†¬†¬† 2…

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Bangladesh make 182 against Australia

Tamim Iqbal offered Bangladesh’s lone resistance with a valiant 95 as Australia restricted his side to 182 all out in Monday’s Champions Trophy Group A clash. After hitting 128 against England in Bangladesh’s opening match on Thursday, Tamim was the main man once again, but this time he lacked support and was unable to stop…

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Australia take on Bangladesh in Champions Trophy today

LONDON: Australia will face Bangladesh in their ICC Champions Trophy fixture at The Oval on Monday, Samaa reported. Australia’s first game against New Zealand was washed out due to rain, earning them a point. Meanwhile, Bangladesh have no points as they lost their first match to England by seven wickets. Australia (squad): Steve Smith (captain),…

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Diligence key in light of attack, says Aussie captain

Australia’s cricketers have been told to be extra attentive by captain Steve Smith in the wake of the attack in London that left seven dead and dozens injured late on Saturday. Australia are due to play Bangladesh — a country where they postponed a Test series tour in 2015 over security fears — in the…

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Aussies ‘comfortable’ over security despite London terrorist attack

Australian cricket’s governing body said they are satisfied with security ahead of their Champions Trophy match with Bangladesh on Monday in light of the attack that left seven dead and dozens injured in London. The Australians — who postponed a Test series in Bangladesh in 2015 because of a possible security risk — take on…

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Rain has final say after Williamson’s 100 against Australia

BIRMINGHAM: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made exactly 100 before rain saw his side’s Champions Trophy opener against Australia at Edgbaston on Friday end in a no-result washout. This was an identical outcome to when the teams met at the Birmingham ground in the last edition four years ago. Australia, who were left needing a…

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Williamson gets 100 but New Zealand collapse against Australia

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made a brilliant century but then saw his side suffer a dramatic batting collapse against Australia in their Champions Trophy opener at Edgbaston on Friday. In a match reduced by rain to 46 overs per side, the Blackcaps were on course for a score well above 300 while Williamson was…

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Live Updates: Rain-hit Australia-NZ match abandoned

The match between Australia and New Zealand has been abandoned due to rain. Both teams will share one point each. New Zealand won the toss and chose to take guard in their Champions Trophy 2017 fixture against Australia at Edgbaston on Friday, Samaa reported. Steven Smith, during the toss, said that he would have opted…

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Australia, New Zealand clash in Champions Trophy fixture

News Desk Trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand will face each other in their Champions Trophy 2017 fixture at the Edgbaston on Friday. Australia and New Zealand have played each other in two Chappell-Hadlee series and both sides won the ODI series on their home grounds respectively. Australian side has not played together for approximately…

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Google marks ICC Champions Trophy 2017 start with addictive doodle

With the advent of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Google has come up with a new doodle that is not only interesting to watch but an addictive game as well.¬† Featuring a crickets versus snails game, you can control the batsman once you’ve clicked on the doodle. Hit the bowler into the stands for a…

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Champions Trophy 2017: The battle for glory kicks off tomorrow

LONDON: The 2017 edition of ICC Champions Trophy will kick off on Thursday as hosts England will take on Bangladesh in the opening fixture of the competition at The Oval on Thursday, Samaa reported. Dubbed as the mini-World Cup, eight international teams – Pakistan, Australia, England, Bangladesh, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand…

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