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Will Steve Smith follow Michael Clarke as Test captain?

In the last two decades Australian Test cricket has been blessed with strong on-field leadership. Each time a longstanding captain has departed the scene another long term, readymade replacement has taken up the running.

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India’s victory at Lord’s sends a message to Australia

“Beware Australia, we can roar overseas too”, is the message from MS Dhoni’s men to Australia after India’s well-earned, 95-run victory over England in the Lord’s Test yesterday.

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Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan pledged Sunday to “behave in a more mature way” in future as he begged Bangladesh cricket authorities to review a six-month ban for bad behaviour.

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Maxwell’s county cricket showing could edge out Doolan

Has Alex Doolan done enough to stay at first drop in the Australian Test side? Or will all-rounder Glenn Maxwell displace him for the October Tests against Pakistan?

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What does the future hold for Phillip Hughes?

While most Australian sports fans are wrapped up in the traditional winter codes, some of our cricketers are playing for Australia A against India A.

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Australia-born England opener Sam Robson believes it is only a matter of time before captain Alastair Cook is back in the runs again.

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NSW is back in the sporting spotlight

For most of the 21st century, the once great NSW as a sporting state has wallowed in its own mediocrity.

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England’s Joe Root and James Anderson rewrote the record books with a Test record last-wicket stand but a docile Trent Bridge pitch threatened to have the last word in their series opener with India.

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Perth Scorchers captain Simon Katich has announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket, drawing the final curtain on a distinguished playing career.

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Former Australian Test great Adam Gilchrist has got up to some old tricks during an invitational match at Lords.

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Young West Australians Mitchell Marsh and Sam Whiteman will be aiming to dig Australia A out of a big hole on day three of their tour match against India A in Brisbane on Tuesday.

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Opener Hashim Amla has smashed 109 and Ryan McLaren has taken two wickets in three balls as South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by 75 runs in their first one-dayer.

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Test spots on the line in Australia A matches

Up to five spots in Australia’s squad for the Test tour against Pakistan in October could be decided during the six weeks of Australia A matches which start in Brisbane today.

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So much for taking it easy on a mate.

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Pietersen still has England hopes

Kevin Pietersen insisted Friday he still wanted to play for England again as he urged the selectors to be “braver” with their choices for the national cricket side.

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Ryan Harris resumes running

Test quick Ryan Harris says he’s progressing well following knee surgery and has resumed running.

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New Zealand's Lou Vincent

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Lou Vincent has hit out at match-fixers

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Warne attacks Cook again

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Has big Kev given England a sniff? AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES.

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The Roar of the crowd

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What happened to number 11 being a cheap wicket?

In Mortal Kombat, gamers have the satisfaction of finishing their opponents off with a ‘fatality’ – an easy, brutal kill after a brief bout. That’s how it used to go down for number 11 batsmen.

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England need changes to stay competitive

By Dean Robinson, 23 Jul 2014
England need changes to stay competitive

Rewind to six months ago, the Ashes were lost and English cricket thought it had a crisis. They were wrong.

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The Resurgence of Ishant Sharma

By Angadh Oberoi, 23 Jul 2014
The Resurgence of Ishant Sharma

At the age of 25, Ishant Sharma has seen a lot of the negatives associated with being an Indian Test cricketer, lambasted by critics and fans alike for everything from his performances to his hairstyle.

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A possible solution to fix Test cricket

By Mike Carr, 23 Jul 2014
A possible solution to fix Test cricket

Reporters and Commentators always say Test cricket is the pinnacle. Well in Australia why do T20 get better crowds than Tests?

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How unbelievable is South African cricket? When South Africa turn games that are petering toward a draw or tight loss into an incredible win with a withering burst of amazing and unprecedented reverse swing, we Roarers and laud the incredible skill of their bowlers.

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Time to revive cricket’s trans-Tasman rivalry

It is quite a shame that Australia and New Zealand have played each other in only 52 Test matches since the inaugural one-off cricket Test at Wellington in 1945-46.

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Cricket deserves a better World Cup format

With as many as 32 nations and a slick format, the FIFA World Cup is easily the most watched team sport event in the world.

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Why England should not select Simon Kerrigan

By Dylan Toune, 17 Jul 2014

Even as a lifeless Trent Bridge pitch was being put out of it’s misery by a Dhoni declaration, England were already looking towards their next fixture.

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The future of Test cricket is Indian decks

It’s a hard trick selling Test cricket in the modern era. Shouldn’t we all just be watching T20 instead?

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Day/night Test cricket? I don’t like it

By Diggercane, 10 Jul 2014
Day/night Test cricket? I don’t like it

The prospect of day/night cricket is upon us, with chatter of a proposed first Test between Australia and New Zealand in the not-too-distant future. The idea leaves me a little cold.

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Marsh and Whiteman break 80-year-old record

By Pat Rodgers, 10 Jul 2014

Western Australians Mitchell Marsh (211) and Sam Whiteman (174) rewrote the record books when they put on an amazing 371 for Australia A against India A in Brisbane on Tuesday.

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2015 Cricket World Cup: A waste of time

Do you like dead rubbers? Then you are going to love the cricket World Cup. Why? Because the entire 42-match group phase of this once-great tournament does not matter.

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When Sam Robson made his Test debut for England against Sri Lanka last month, he became the tenth English cricketer who had been born in Australia.

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Losing Warner and Clarke won’t hurt the Sydney Thunder

In the past week two of the Sydney Thunder’s biggest names declared themselves unavailable for the fourth edition of the Big Bash League.

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In sad news, the great game – cricket – has passed away. Born: 1550 (approx.) in Surrey, England. Died: 26th June, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia

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The Black Cap revival

By Matthew Hughes, 2 Jul 2014
The Black Cap revival

New Zealand’s 53-run victory over the West Indies yesterday sealed a 2-1 series win, and marked the first time in 12 years the Black Caps have defeated a top-eight nation in an away series.

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Sachin Tendulkar: loved by over a billion. (AP Photo, File)

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West Indies captain Brian Lara greets the crowd after playing his last international cricket match

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Australia silence the Barmy Army in the best possible way.

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England's Joe Root celebrates his century during play on Day 3 of the second Ashes Test at Lord's. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT

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Australia's batsman George Bailey (R) is congratulated by teammate Mitchell Johnson (L) after scoring a century during the one-day international cricket match between Australia and the West Indies at the WACA ground in Perth on February 3, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Tony ASHBY

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Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara catches the ball during a training session ahead of the first cricket Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Hobart

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Ashton Agar queries the umpires at Lord's

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England captain Alastair Cook looks on after being comfortably defeated by Australia in the fourth Ashes Test, to face a series whitewash at the upcoming SCG Test. (Image: AFP Photo/William West)

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