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Dog gets police honours for safeguarding three-year-old child

SYDNEY: A deaf and partially blind dog that kept a lost three-year-old girl safe in Australian bushland overnight was awarded police honours Saturday after leading rescuers to the child. Emergency services began a search on foot and from the air for Aurora Friday after the young girl wandered off into bushland on a rural property…

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Australia in no hurry to appoint coach, team leadership

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia (CA) will not be hurried into making a decision on their new coach and captain and vice-captain for their one-day side until the team for their tour of England is named, board chairman David Peever said on Friday. CA are looking for a new coach for the men’s team after Darren Lehmann stepped…

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Cricket Australia defends role in crisis, announces player review

Brisbane: Australia’s top cricket chiefs Friday ruled out stepping down after a ball-tampering scandal that shocked the nation, saying it was “not the time for a witch-hunt” as a review into player conduct was announced. The sport has been engulfed in one of its biggest crises after former captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner…

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Journalist pokes fun at India over Afridi’s tweets

SYDNEY: An Australian cricket journalist said that Shahid Afridi’s cricketing skills and tweets puts Indians in grief. Dennis Freedman tweeted, “The amount of grief that Afridi causes India with bat, ball and tweets is unparalleled.” The amount of grief that Afridi causes India with bat, ball and tweets is unparalleled — Dennis Premier League (@DennisCricket_)…

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Rain, royalty, protests as Commonwealth Games open

Australia: A heavy downpour, a giant floating whale and Aboriginal protests marked the start of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday as Australia flagged off 11 days of competition in the resort city of Gold Coast. Britain’s Prince of Wales declared the Games open at an upbeat ceremony featuring dancing lifeguards, giant flip-flops and Australia’s team…

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South Africa beat Australia, take series 3-1

Johannesburg: Vernon Philander sent Australia crashing to defeat with a sensational spell of bowling on the fifth day of the fourth Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Tuesday. Philander took a career-best six for 21 as Australia were bowled out for 118, giving South Africa victory by 493 runs, a record runs margin…

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Injuries prompt South Africa to bat on

Johannesburg: Injuries emerged as a key factor as South Africa batted on despite holding a huge lead on the fourth day of the fourth Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday. South Africa were 344 for six at tea, a lead of 611. Captain Faf du Plessis hit 120 and Dean Elgar made…

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Century-making Markram piles on misery for embattled Australia

Johannesburg: A career-best century by Aiden Markram added pain to an Australian side reeling from the ball tampering scandal on the first day of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday. Markram made a flawless 152 before the beleaguered Australians fought back with four late strikes as South Africa…

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India’s cricket stars aghast at Smith punishment

New Delhi: India’s star cricketers have been astounded at the treatment meted out to former Australian captain Steve Smith that left him tearfully apologising for cheating in a Test match. The cricket establishment in India, the sport’s financial powerhouse, has avoided any public comment about the scandal engulfing Australia. “Fears run deep about any potential…

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Tears and sympathy: Support grows for Steve Smith over cricket ban

SYDNEY: A wave of sympathy for disgraced Australia skipper Steve Smith gathered pace on Friday after his heart-wrenching apology and as opposition grew to the severity of bans handed out in a ball-tampering scandal. Smith’s tearful appearance in front of media helped trigger the resignation of coach Darren Lehmann and also prompted calls to rein…

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Tearful Smith takes ‘full responsibility’ for ball-tampering scandal

Sydney: Distraught former Australia cricket captain Steve Smith was in tears Thursday as he accepted full responsibility for a ball-tampering scandal that has shaken the sport, saying he was devastated by his “big mistake”. “I take full responsibility, I made a serious error of judgement and I understand the consequences. It was a failure of…

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Pakistan cricket coach slams ‘boorish’ Australia players

SYDNEY: Former coach Mickey Arthur Thursday slammed Australia’s players as “boorish and arrogant” and accused them and governing body Cricket Australia of being unwilling to improve the culture within the game. The South African, the first foreigner to hold the post, was sacked on the eve of the Ashes series in 2013 and replaced by…

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Ball tampering incident a reality check – Amla

Johannesburg: South African batsman Hashim Amla said Wednesday that the controversy over ball tampering in the third Test against Australia “gives every team in the world a reality check”. Amla was responding to the bans imposed on Australia’s Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. He said that the events of Cape Town should lead…

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Australia slaps 12-month bans on Smith and Warner

Sacked Australia captain Steve Smith and David Warner have both been banned for 12 months for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday, after uncovering a web of lies told by the players after they were caught. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months following…

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Steve Smith suspended, fined over ball-tampering

DUBAI: International cricket bosses suspended Australia captain Steve Smith for one match and docked his entire match fee for the current Test after he admitted responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal in the ongoing game against South Africa. Opener Cameron Bancroft, 25, was hit by three demerit points, fined 75 percent of his match fee and warned for his…

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March 25: The day Pakistan won cricket world cup in 1992

KARACHI: Twenty six years ago today, Imran Khan’s cornered tigers had defeated team England to win Pakistan’s first World Cup in 1992. One of the members of 1992 World Cup winning squad Javed Miandad said they didn’t even dream of winning the world cup as his team was consecutively losing matches in the start of…

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Steve Smith, David Warner step down amid ball-tampering investigation

MELBOURNE: Australia’s Steve Smith and David Warner stepped down as the team’s captain and vice-captain amid stunning ball-tampering revelations. Cricket Australia said the pair had agreed to give up their leadership roles following “discussions” with the governing body, with wicketkeeper Tim Paine to take the reins for the remainder of the third test in Cape…

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Cricket scandal: Bancroft, Smith admit ball-tampering

Cape Town: Australia’s Cameron Bancroft and captain Steve Smith admitted to ball-tampering during the third Test against South Africa on Saturday, sending shockwaves through cricket. Bancroft was caught on television cameras appearing to rub a yellow object on the ball, and later said: “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want…

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Markram stretches S.Africa lead beyond 200

Cape Town: Aiden Markram survived two dropped catches and went on to make 84 as South Africa extended their lead beyond 200 in the third Test against Australia on Saturday. Markram was out for 84 shortly before tea on the third day, which South Africa reached on 151 for three, an overall lead of 207,…

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South Africa’s Rabada wins duel with Warner

Cape Town:Kagiso Rabada was hit for five boundaries in a row by David Warner but won a duel with the Australian opening batsman when he sent Warner’s off stump cartwheeling on the second day of the third Test on Friday. Warner was bowled for 30 and Australia were 67 for two at lunch in reply…

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Key South African bowler banned for two Tests

Port Elizabeth: South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was on Monday banned for the two remaining Tests against Australia – and admitted that he would have to change how he celebrates wickets. Rabada was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” with Australian captain Steve Smith after dismissing Smith in the first innings. He…

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