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The Indians abroad are their own worst enemy

Apparently, certain wines and beers taste that much better in the country of origin.

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Home and away Tests, more than just a TV soapie

Home advantage has always played a big part in cricket, as it probably has in all international sports. But these days it makes a huge difference in Test cricket.

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Mike Hussey rates Australia a great chance of winning the World Cup on home soil next year.

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Phil Hughes mustn’t wither on the vine

Australian coach Darren Lehmann and skipper Michael Clarke must use recalled batsman Phillip Hughes during the ODI series against South Africa and Zimbabwe in Harare.

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Maroon did not agree with unlikely Queensland import David Warner but, in the end, his Bulls were seeing red after Australia cruised to victory in their final hitout before their one-day tour of Zimbabwe.

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There are no guarantees for Phil Hughes in his latest international comeback despite Australia being without their two leading one-day openers for the tri-series in Zimbabwe.

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Phil Hughes has celebrated his national squad recall with an unbeaten double century for Australia A against South Africa A.

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O’Keefe and Sayers push Test cases for Australia A

Injuries to frontline quicks Ryan Harris, James Pattinson and Jackson Bird mean Australia may blood a rookie paceman on the Test tour against Pakistan in October.

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Shane Watson’s injury woes have continued with the veteran all-rounder ruled out of Australia’s one-day tour of Zimbabwe.

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Australia A were 2-180 in their first innings at stumps on day three of their four-day match after South Africa A in Townsville.

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Ajmal’s anomaly needs to be rectified

I won’t pretend to be a late 30s version of Rory McIlroy but I can play golf to a decent enough standard.

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Overlooked batsman Phil Hughes says he’s being counselled by selection chairman Rod Marsh about his latest Australian snub.

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He’s flirted with the international scene in the past, but rising cricket star Mitch Marsh feels he’s now mature enough to make a permanent thing of it.

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England smash India to smithereens in three days

There is no disgrace in losing a Test, but to be thumped by an innings in three days – 14 hours and 15 minutes to be precise – is humiliating. India suffered such embarrassment in the Manchester Test on Saturday.

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Former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer lamented the team’s “embarrassing” innings and 54-run defeat by England in the third Test at Old Trafford on Saturday, criticising both the players and coach Duncan Fletcher.

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If Doolan fails at first drop, Smith should be second choice

Ahead of Australia’s Test tour against Pakistan in October, much of the debate about Australia’s line-up has revolved around the number three batting spot.

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Shane Watson. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

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Brad Haddin salutes the crowd.

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The Roar of the crowd

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Glenn Maxwell: Australia’s World Cup x-factor

Shane Watson’s ankle injury that has prevented him from taking his seat on the plane to Zimbabwe could be a blessing in disguise.

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Phillip Hughes: The man who just can’t catch a break

Whenever I hear the name Phillip Hughes, I feel as if it is time to cue the sad violin music.

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Australia must plan for our next Test generation

Succession planning is important everywhere, particularly in sport. Australia’s cricket team right now has six or more players that within three years will most likely be retired, have lost form or simply not physically capable any more.

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Ball tamperers should receive harsher punishment

There is a thin line in sport, as in life, between pushing the law and breaking the law. Ball tampering at the moment is turning out to be an art in lingering right on that fine line, although it has no business to be there.

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Who makes Australia’s XI for the first Ashes Test in England 2015?

Australia are about to begin a Test cricket schedule which will see them taking on Pakistan in the UAE, a home series against India, and finally the quest to retain the urn in the Old Dart.

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Australian cricket squad for the Zimbabwe/South Africa Tri-Series: Winners and Losers

There were no big surprises on offer as Cricket Australia released their 14-man squad for the Zimbabwe/South Africa tri-series, which begins in three weeks on August 25.

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Okay, so he had a tough debut. He didn’t get any wickets in both the innings. All right, but that’s Test cricket for you. It’s a tough game and one needs to be mentally strong enough to perform and succeed at highest level. I think Pankaj Singh did pretty well in achieving that.

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Revisting King Kallis’ best performances in whites

International cricket has become poorer after the retirement of Jacques Kallis, one of the greatest cricketers ever to have graced the field. A legend in every sense of the word, ‘King’ Kallis has left us with memories of an illustrious career spanning nearly two decades.

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Similarities between push-gate and monkey-gate

The recently concluded Anderson-Jadeja push-gate farce reminds me of the Harbhajan-Symonds monkey-gate fracas.

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If I were a selector: Hughes in, Warner out for Zimbabwe

Australia start their preparation for the World Cup by visiting Zimbabwe at the end of August.

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Calling all Canberrans, keep BBL in the capital

By Edison Marshall, 1 Aug 2014

It’s time to shine Canberra. Cricket Australia has rewarded your persistence and it’s time to take full advantage.

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Will anyone attend the Big Bash final played in Canberra

Cricket Australia has announced that the 2014/15 Big Bash League will play its final game at Canberra’s Manuka Oval, ensuring a neutral venue hosts the championship game for the first time in the tournament’s four-year history.

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If one was to lend a tennis parlance to depict the current state of the Australian cricket team, they have ruled on grass but now are confronted by a challenge on clay.

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Sorry Watto, it is time to go

By William Cornwill, 31 Jul 2014
Sorry Watto, it is time to go

When Shane Watson came onto the scene in world cricket, Australians thought we had something special. In times of Andrew Flintoff and Jacques Kallis, we thought we finally had a world-class all-rounder.

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London, 1886. It was a damp, foggy night and the sound of horse’s hooves from a wildly driven hansom cab rang out across the cobbled streets.

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Is there a bigger dampener than a two-Test series?

“As the ICC has increased the number of T20 Internationals that countries can play against each other, the number of two-Test series are becoming more common, which I would rather not happen at all because they are a nothingness of a nothing.”

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David Warner and James Faulkner celebrate taking Ian Bell's wicket at the SCG

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Steve Smith and Brad Haddin

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Ashton Agar queries the umpires at Lord's

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David Warner - has he put the game beyond South Africa's reach? AFP PHOTO / Peter Heeger

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Alastair Cook laments another Ashes loss.

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Indian bowler Ishant Sharma celebrates an Australian wicket

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Australia silence the Barmy Army in the best possible way.

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