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Khawaja back in frame for ODIs and Tests

Usman Khawaja ventured to England this winter to hone his game and recapture the attention of the national selectors who seemed to have moved on from the Queenslander.

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New Zealand Cricket will consider an amnesty against match-fixing and doping along the lines of that proposed by Cricket Australia, the country’s head of cricket says.

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Mitchell Marsh has been declared fit for selection for Wednesday’s first Test against Pakistan but Australia have said they’ll keep fellow allrounder James Faulkner in Dubai on standby.

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Kevin Pietersen’s exile from the England team is a sad thing for cricket, according to his former international teammate Eoin Morgan.

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Two years after being shown the door by Australian coach Darren Lehmann at Queensland, Ben Dunk’s red-hot form for Tasmania has delivered him his international debut.

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In the end it became a match within a match.

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Let the twins spin, and the Aussies will win (comfortably)

With barely more than a quiet whisper and a few daily updates on ABC Grandstand, Australia heads into a two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

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Cricket Australia will step up the fight against match-fixing and doping in the sport by offering an unprecedented amnesty period for players to report any corruption-related information.

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Western Australia have one foot in the domestic one-day cup final, although they made heavy weather of hauling in Victoria’s modest tally at Blacktown in Sydney on Sunday.

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Shane Watson has made an assured return from long-term injury, smashing 37 from 43 balls in a Sydney club Twenty20 match for Sutherland today.

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Australia announce Twenty20 squad: Pat Cummins makes return

Australia have announced an inexperienced squad to take on South Africa in the Twenty20 series beginning in Australia on 5th November.

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Windies cricket sinks to new levels

I much preferred when my bodily reaction to West Indian cricket was a gut wrenched with fear and not a bleeding heart.

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Powerful hitter David Warner has been a constant threat to Pakistan’s bowlers on this tour, but it has been in white-ball cricket only.

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Doolan’s ton should cement Test spot

A lot of people don’t rate Alex Doolan. When punters and pundits have been nominating their Australian XI for the first Test against Pakistan starting on Wednesday, Doolan has often been absent.

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Cricket Australia extend Lehmann’s contract

Ashes-winning coach Darren Lehmann has been handed a contract extension until June 30, 2017.

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Is Bailey’s Test comeback a pipedream?

When George Bailey was dropped from the Test side at the start of this year, it seemed that would likely be his first and last chance in the baggy green. However, Bailey himself clearly doesn’t agree with that assumption.

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Melbourne Stars captain Cameron White

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Australian fast bowler Jackson Bird prepares to bowl to the Sri Lankan batsman on the first day of the second cricket Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), in Melbourne, on December 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO/William West

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Ben Cutting

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The Roar of the crowd

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Maxwell could be Australia’s game-changer for the WC 2015

Glenn James Maxwell might be relatively new to the ODI side with just 32 games under his belt, and his modest average of 32.80 might not be too intimidating at first sight.

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Time to toss the ball to Marsh and O’Keefe

With the first Test against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates just around the corner, I’m going to run you through who should be in the team for the opening match.

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Best of the Tests: Australia versus Pakistan

Australia and Pakistan are set to play each other in a Test series for the first time in more than four years.

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Compared to Steve Smith, was Marcus North hard done by?

Steve Smith has, in the space of 12 months, gone from obscurity to becoming one of the fixtures in our Test team.

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Australian cricket’s lost generation of batsmen

Looking over the squad for the upcoming Test series in the UAE, the composition of the batting line-up strikes me as skewed. It seems as though there is a generation missing from the team, an age period lacking in our batting line-up.

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Could New Zealand win the ICC World Cup?

In an interview ahead of South Africa’s three-match ODI series against New Zealand, AB de Villiers said that New Zealand are “one of the favourites” for the 2015 World Cup.

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Can Malaysia continue their dream run in cricket?

By Statistic Skeptic, 17 Oct 2014

In a potentially fortuitous turn of luck the combination of an originally Ugandan-held tournament, the threat of ebola and some intransigence shown by the USA may very well play into Malaysia’s favour.

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Test series preview: Australia vs Pakistan in the UAE

The Australian tour of the United Arab Emirates has a rather haphazard feel about it. Scheduled somewhat last minute, in neutral territory, the format has exemplified Australia’s packed calendar.

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It’s time for Watson to return to the opener slot

There has been a lot of speculation about Shane Watson of late. His career has been punctuated with injury, and as a result he’s missed a lot of cricket and had his place in the side questioned.

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The ACT Comets should join the Matador Cup

By Dean Robinson, 16 Oct 2014

Is it time for the Comets to make a return to the Australian one-day domestic scene? With recent changes to what is now known as the Matador One-Day Cup, I think it is.

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Chris Rogers and Steve Smith: The old and the new

Chris Rogers and Steve Smith. With 12 years between them, they represent the young and old of Australian cricket. The future, and the symbol of past Australian dominance.

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A state draft for cricket? Just plain daft

It was reported yesterday that Cricket Australia is considering introducing a draft into state cricket.

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If you love somebody, set their beard free

It’s a fact, beards are back. And thanks to the mighty beard, Australia just completed a clean sweep of Pakistan and is now the number one ranked ODI side heading into the World Cup. Questionable claim? Let me explain.

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The 2014-15 Australian domestic cricket season is underway, and is set to be filled with plenty of drama and action.

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Time to make Steve Smith Australia’s vice-captain

It’s time for Steve Smith to be given even greater responsibility, so the announcement that Brad Haddin would be given the captaincy should Michael Clarke succumb to injury in the upcoming Tests against Pakistan is not one I agree with.

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Does the ECB’s handling of Kevin Pietersen now seem justified?

There has been a lot of discussion regarding Kevin Pietersen’s recently released autobiography and his version of the truth.

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Steve Smith

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Glenn Maxwell bowling against Pakistan

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Glenn Maxwell of Australia ducks under a short ball

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Australian cricketer George Bailey

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Ben Cutting

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Pietersen debacle exposes a flawed system

By David Cameron, 11 Oct 2014
Kevin Pietersen walks off after being dismissed in England first innings in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval

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Steve Smith

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Aaron Finch celebrates after being dismissed first ball of the match. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

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