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Australia lean towards Mitchell Marsh for third Ashes test

PERTH: Australia are leaning towards bringing in bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for the third Ashes test against England but will not name their team until the toss on Thursday morning, skipper Steve Smith said on Wednesday. The hosts, 2-0 up in the five-match series, could reclaim the coveted urn in Perth and Smith said Marsh…

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Duckett dropped, suspended by England after bar incident

Perth, Australia:England’s Ashes tour has been plunged into a fresh crisis with batsman Ben Duckett stood down from a tour game on Saturday and suspended following a new incident in a Perth bar. Duckett, who was selected to open the batting in England’s two-day tour match against a Cricket Australia XI in Perth, was a…

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Pakistan Navy hands over command of CTF-150 to Royal Australian Navy

Pakistan Navy handed over the Command of the Multinational Combined Task Force (CTF-150) to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in an impressive Change of Command ceremony held at Headquarters Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) at Bahrain. Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi of the Pakistan Navy handed over the Command of CTF-150 to Commodore Malcom KM Wise…

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Ashes 2017: Confident Australia move on to Perth with urn on their minds

SYDNEY: Australia captain Steve Smith thinks England will struggle to get back into the Ashes series after losing in Adelaide to trail 2-0 heading into next week’s third test in Perth. Smith admitted to some nerves when the tourists mounted a comeback after he decided not to enforce the follow-on in the second test but…

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FIFA opts for softer approach to mediate talks with Australian football

SYDNEY: Australian football won a stay of execution from FIFA Thursday over a governance crisis, with officials from the world body instead opting to mediate a final round of talks to end a bitter impasse. Football Federation Australia had been under threat of a takeover by FIFA after failing to pass requested reforms at its…

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Stokes and Hales in England one-day squad for Australia

SYDNEY: Suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes was included Thursday in England’s squad for their one-day series against Australia, although whether he plays remains in doubt. Stokes is currently banned from international cricket while British authorities probe his alleged involvement in a late-night fight outside a Bristol nightclub. Batsman Alex Hales, who was caught up in the…

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Business investment boosts Australia’s economy

NEWS DESK: Australia’s economy grew 0.6 percent in the third-quarter, as business investment lifted despite weak household spending, reflecting the divergence between the two segments, official data showed Wednesday, reported AFP. The quarterly expansion took the annual rate of growth to a healthy 2.8 percent, slightly below expectations but broadly in line with the central…

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China accuses Australia of paranoia over foreign influence laws

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May meets market traders with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a visit to Borough Market, London, Britain July 10, 2017. REUTERS/Niklas Hallen/Pool MELBOURNE: China accused Australia of hysteria and paranoia on Wednesday after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowed to ban foreign political donations in a move to curb external influence…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia beat England to take 2-0 lead

ADELAIDE: Australia defeated England by 120 runs in the Adelaide Test on Wednesday, Samaa reported. LIVE UPDATES ENGLAND 2ND INNINGS OVER: 84.2 | England: 233/10 (lose by 120 runs) WICKET: Jonny Bairstow b Starc 36 (57b 5×4 0x6) SR: 63.15. And that’s all over. Mitchell Starc ends the match in style by making a mess…

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Huge fines for sharing intimate images without permission

SYDNEY: Social media networks face fines of more than Aus$500,000 (US$380,000) under new Australian laws proposed Wednesday cracking down on “revenge porn”, with individuals distributing images without consent also risking hefty punishment. It follows a survey this year that revealed abuses, including shooting and sharing intimate images without permission, was happening on a “mass scale”….

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England chase record 354 runs to win second Ashes Test

Adelaide: England faced a record run chase at Adelaide Oval of 354 runs to keep their Ashes hopes alive after bowling Australia out cheaply on the fourth day of the second Test on Tuesday. The Australians were dismissed for 138 off 58 overs at tea and after leading by 215 runs on first innings pushed…

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Australia all out 138, England chase 354 to win

Adelaide, Australia: Australia were all out for 138 leaving England needing 354 runs to win the second Ashes Test on the fourth day in Adelaide on Tuesday. James Anderson took five wickets for the first time in Australia while Mitchell Starc and Usman Khawaja both top scored with 20. The highest winning run chase in…

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Wickets tumble as Australia build 268-run lead over England

Adelaide: Australia wrestled with a seaming pink ball under the lights to build a 268-run lead with six wickets in hand over England in an engrossing second Ashes Test in Adelaide on Monday. In testing batting conditions the Australians struggled against the moving ball in the final twilight session as England roared back after trailing…

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Ashes 2017: Australia bowl out England for 227, lead by 215 runs

ADELAIDE: England were all out for 227 in reply to Australia’s 442 for eight declared on day three of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on Monday. Craig Overton was unbeaten on 41, with James Anderson last man out for a duck. Australia did not enforce the follow-on and intended to bat again. – AFP

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Ashes 2017: Root, Cook wickets put England on ropes

ADELAIDE: England’s Ashes hopes nosedived with the loss of key batsmen Joe Root and Alastair Cook as Australia grabbed four wickets early on day three of the second Test in Adelaide on Monday. Hunting down Australia’s 442 for eight declared, the tourists were fighting to stay in the day-night clash and stop themselves going 2-0…

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Australian lawmaker proposes to gay partner on floor of parliament

MELBOURNE: An Australian conservative politician on Monday proposed to his long-term partner on the floor of parliament, ahead of the expected passage of a measure for same sex couples to marry, reported Reuters. Australians overwhelmingly voted for same-sex marriage in a postal vote in September and a marriage equality bill that passed the senate last…

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Turn down the sound, urges Bayliss as Ashes sledging heats up

England coach Trevor Bayliss says he wants the stumps microphones turned down as emotions spill over in the fiercely-fought Ashes Test series with Australia. Tensions have simmered between the feisty rivals with umpire Aleem Dar at one stage stepping between England paceman James Anderson and Australia skipper Steve Smith, who were insulting each other at close…

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Ashes 2017: England strike early but Australia march on in Adelaide

ADELAIDE: England struck early with the second new ball but Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh put together a sixth wicket partnership of 85 to help push Australia to 306 for six at tea on the second day of the first Ashes day-night test on Sunday. Paine completed his third test half century – seven years…

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England dismiss Smith as Aussies dig in under lights

Adelaide, Australia: England snared the prized wicket of their nemesis Steve Smith as Australia toiled under the lights in a feisty opening day of the first-ever day-night Ashes Test in Adelaide on Saturday. It was debutant Craig Overton who claimed the huge scalp of the world’s top-rated Test batsman for 40 and his first Test wicket…

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Ashes 2017: Khawaja, Smith put Australia in strong position

ADELAIDE: Usman Khawaja was back in the runs and Steve Smith threatened another big score as Australia recovered from losing both openers on the first day of the second Ashes Test against England in Adelaide on Saturday. Khawaja stepped up from his scratchy batting in Brisbane with a half-century as the tourists claimed the wickets…

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Ashes 2017: Australia 33/0 at tea in rain-hit Adelaide day-night Test

ADELAIDE: Australia were 33 without loss at tea on a rain-hit opening day of the second Ashes Test against England at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. When rain forced the players from the field, David Warner was on 21 with Cameron Bancroft not out 10. England captain Joe Root’s gamble to bowl first after winning the…

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