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22 hours ago
Australia, England lock horns in third Ashes Test

Birmingham, July 28 (IANS) Following a 10-day gap during which Australia played a cricket practice game and England effected changes to their side, the Ashes is set to see the two traditional rivals again lock horns for the third Test at Edgbaston, starting here on Wednesday. The series is presently level at 1-1 with the visitors dominating the second Test at Lord's, bouncing back from a...

5 days ago
Schizophrenia risk may begin very early in life

London, July 24 (IANS) How one critical gene functions during the first week after a baby's birth may have bearing on his/her developing schizophrenia, reveals a new study. The findings suggest that interventions for preventing this long-term mental disorder may begin very early in life. The gene is known as 'disrupted in schizophrenia-1' (DISC-1). Past studies have shown that wh...

6 days ago
Warner feels attack is best option against spinner Moeen

London, July 23 (IANS) Having perished against England off-spinner Moeen Ali three times in his four innings during the current Ashes Test cricket series, Australian opening batsman David Warner on Thursday conceded it might be time to throttle back on preconceived plans to belt the tweaker out of the attack at first sight. Warner said the tactic to put pressure on the spinner -- denying...

6 days ago
Australian skipper Clarke rubbishes talk of flat pitches

London, July 22 (IANS) Australia Test skipper Michael Clarke has said the current protestations about the pitches produced so far in the ongoing Ashes series are completely unjustified. England won the first Test at Cardiff but Australia bounced back to win the second Test at the Lord's Cricket Ground. The five-match series is level at 1-1 at present. The third Test begins in Birmingham ...

7 days ago
Bairstow in England squad for third Ashes Test

London, July 21 (IANS) England have included batsman Jonny Bairstow in their 13-man squad for the Ashes Test against Australia beginning on July 29. Bairstow replaces batsman Gary Ballance. The five-Test series is currently locked at 1-1 after the first two matches. The third Test is scheduled to be held at the Edgbaston cricket ground. Bairstow has so far played 14 Tests in his ...

8 days ago
Flat Lord's wicket played into Australia's hands: England coach

London, July 20 (IANS) After crashing to a 405-run defeat against Australia in the second Ashes Test, England coach Trevor Bayliss blamed the pitch for the defeat, saying the flat wicket at Lord's played into Australians' hands. Australia thrashed England at the Lord's cricket ground on Sunday to square the five-match series 1-1. England were bowled out on Sunday for 103 in their second ...

8 days ago
England's performance unacceptable: Captain Cook

London, July 20 (IANS) England cricket captain Alastair Cook has said the performance of his team was unacceptable in the second Ashes Test after the hosts were crushed by Australia by 405 runs here to level the series 1-1. Chasing a monumental target of 509 runs, England were bowled out for a meagre 103 in their second innings at Lord's on Sunday. That's not ideal in any circums...

11 days ago
Dropped Watson can return to Australian team: Coach Lehmann

London, July 17 (IANS) Australia coach Darren Lehmann has said dropped all-rounder Shane Watson can make a comeback to the team, insisting he's got plenty of cricket left in him. Watson was dropped from the Australian team for the second Test against England, which began on Thursday here at the Lord's cricket ground, in the ongoing Ashes series. Promising all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was n...

12 days ago
Australia need 'one good day' to bounce back in Ashes: Taylor

London, July 16 (IANS) Former Australia captain Mark Taylor said one good day or even a good session is all Australia need to get their Ashes tour back on track. Australia crashed to a 169-run defeat in the first Test of a five-match series in Cardiff earlier this month. The second Test begins at Lord's cricket ground here on Thursday. Taylor said Michael Clarke's men would do we...

13 days ago
Stokes hits out at 'silly' Australian mind games

London, July 15 (IANS) England all-rounder Ben Stokes labelled Australia's attempts to put him off his game as pretty silly and claimed the Cardiff Test was revenge for the 5-0 humiliation England suffered in the 2013-14 series in Australia. England's flame-haired all-rounder has a reputation for a fiery temper after breaking a wrist punching a locker in anger and was also caught up in a...

13 days ago
Marsh to replace Watson in Australia's second Ashes Test team

London, July 15 (IANS) All-rounder Shane Watson has been dropped for the second Ashes Test and will be replaced by Mitchell Marsh. After performing poorly in the first Test, Australia seek to hit back in the second to be played at the Lord's cricket ground from Thursday. Australia crashed to a 169-run defeat against England in the first Test in Cardiff last week. Watson will be o...

14 days ago
Steve Waugh surprised by Australia's lack of energy

London, July 14 (IANS) Former captain Steve Waugh has said Australia's lack of energy in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff and England's upbeat nature made it look almost like we'd swapped our caps from the 2013-14 series. Australia dominated the 2013-14 Ashes to the point that they secured just the third five-nil whitewash in the storied history of the rivalry. However, the tables were em...

14 days ago
McCullum tells Warner to show respect to Root

London, July 14 (IANS) New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has criticised Australia opener David Warner for not acknowledging England's Joe Root's fine century in the first Ashes Test. He added that Warner may have a few regrets about the way he carries on once his playing days are over. McCullum pointed out a moment in the Ashes first Test when Joe Root reached three figures in England...

16 days ago
Broad back to his best: England skipper Cook

Cardiff, July 12 (IANS) Although he did not single out anyone after his side crushed Australia in the first Ashes Test, England Test captain Alaistair Cook on Sunday said pacer Stuart Broad is back to his best. Defending 412 runs, Broad did the bulk of the damage as the tourists were defeated by 169 runs late on Day Four here on Saturday. Broad picked up five wickets in the match with th...

16 days ago
England name unchanged squad for second Ashes Test

London, July 12 (IANS) England have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the second Ashes Test to be held at the Lord's cricket ground. England beat Australia in the first Test in Cardiff by 169 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The second Test starts on Thursday. England won the opening Test with a day to spare on Saturday and do not have any injury concerns. <...

21 days ago
Cook challenges pacer Johnson to repeat Ashes heroics

Cardiff, July 7 (IANS) England captain Alastair Cook on Tuesday challenged Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson to repeat his heroics of the 2013-14 Ashes and compared his wave of destruction during the previous edition's whitewash as a rare vein of form that was not dissimilar to his own batting dominance in Australia three years earlier. Mitchell (Johnson) had the series of a lifeti...

22 days ago
Philae comet may have alien life: Scientists

London, July 6 (IANS) Scientists have found some features of the comet landed upon by the European Space Agency's spacecraft Philae that indicate an abundance of alien microbial life, a British daily reported on Monday. The organic-rich black crust of the comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was likely caused by microorganisms living beneath an icy surface, The Guardian reported citing ...

22 days ago
Ashes gives England chance to overtake Australia in rankings

Dubai, July 6 (IANS) England have an opportunity to overtake Australia and move to as high as the second spot in the Test cricket rankings during the five-match Ashes series starting from Wednesday in Cardiff. England, currently fifth-placed with 97 points, must win 3-0 or better against second-placed Australia (111 points) to occupy the position. A 3-0 or 4-1 England win will move them ...

23 days ago
Flat pitches will help Australia, says Botham

London, July 5 (IANS) England cricket legend Ian Botham has warned that England will be playing into Australia's hands if flat pitches are prepared for the upcoming Ashes tournament starting July 8 in Cardiff. Botham, the former England captain, is concerned that a desire to maximise ticket sales could convince the grounds hosting the Tests to prepare easy-paced, flat tracks with a view ...

23 days ago
Warner's explanation for punching me ridiculous: Root

London, July 5 (IANS) England batsman Joe Root added fuel to the Ashes fire on Sunday when he branded Australian hard-hitting batsman David Warner ridiculous over his explanation for hitting him in a Birmingham bar in 2013. Warner expressed his regret at punching Root at the start of the 2013 Ashes tour, but claimed that the Englishman's inappropriate behaviour had been the cause.

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