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Australia, India strengthen clean energy deal

Australia and India on Monday agreed to a partnership to strengthen their co-operation in developing critical metal projects and supply chains, Australia’s resources minister said. Demand for critical metals like lithium and cobalt has soared in recent times due to their usage in electric vehicles amid a global push towards cleaner sources of energy to tackle climate change. At the same time, countries like the United States, Australia and India are pushing to develop new sources of critical minerals to counteract China’s dominance over those supply chains. Minister Madeleine King said Australia would commit A$5.8 million ($3.98 million) towards a three-year investment partnership, while signing an agreement between critical minerals firm Khanij Bidesh India Ltd and the Critical Minera...
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India on radar for Australia’s Mitchell Swepson | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE (Sri Lanka): Spinner Mitchell Swepson said on Monday that Australia's goal is success in India next year, with the team's recent successes in Sri Lanka and Pakistan "great preparation". Swepson, a leg-spinner, combined with Nathan Lyon to play a key part in the tourists' thrashing of Sri Lanka in the opening Test last week to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. The victory for the Pat Cummins-led side inside three days at a turning Galle pitch comes after their 1-0 Test triumph in Pakistan in March. "For me obviously I have got one eye on India. That's definitely a goal of mine and the goal of this group is to get a series win over there would be amazing," Swepson told reporters. "But there is a lot of Test cricket before then, on the conditions where the quicks might probably be p...
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Skillful Nathan Lyon has more to offer: Daniel Vettori | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Australia's assistant coach Daniel Vettori on Sunday said Nathan Lyon's ability to combine spin with bounce makes him a lethal weapon on turning pitches -- and for years to come. The 34-year-old Lyon towered above the Sri Lankan spinners in the team's thrashing of the hosts in the recent opening Test in Galle to return with match figures of 9-121. The performance took Lyon into the top 10 leading wicket-takers of all time with 436 wickets in 109 Tests. New Zealand spin great Vettori, who joined Australia's support staff full-time ahead of the two-match series, said it was more about conversing with the off-spinner than coaching him. "It's a tactical conversation. Nathan has seen everything in world cricket. To be a finger spinner and be in the top 10 wicket-takers in the world is...
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Australia’s Travis Head eyes bigger bowling role in second Test against Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Batsman Travis Head said his off-spin is going to be worked into Australia's strategy for the second Test against Sri Lanka after he bagged an unlikely four wickets in the series opener. Head, a left-hand batsman and an occasional bowler, returned figures of 4-10 to match lead spinner Nathan Lyon's second-innings wicket haul in Friday's three-day thrashing of the hosts in Galle. The middle-order batsman was only declared fit just ahead of the first Test after he missed the fifth one-day international due to a hamstring injury. But the 28-year-old said he was clear about his all-rounder role on Galle's turning pitch before the match began. "It was a waiting game for a few days before the Test and bowling was a big part of that," he told reporters. "I knew I was going to have a rol...
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Side strain forces Australia’s Ashton Agar out of Sri Lanka tour | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Australian spinner Ashton Agar was on Saturday ruled out of the second Test in Sri Lanka after failing to recover from an injury. The tourists, led by Pat Cummins, are 1-0 up in the two-match series after crushing Sri Lanka in the opening Test. Agar, a left-arm spinner, suffered a side strain in the one-day internationals last month and will be replaced by Jon Holland in the squad for the final Test starting Friday. "He has been undergoing rehabilitation in an effort to be available for the Test series but has not recovered in time for the second match," Cricket Australia said in a statement. Nathan Lyon took nine wickets in the opener to lead the Australian spin attack alongside fellow spinner Mitchell Swepson on a turning Galle pitch. Part-time spinner Travis Head returned figu...
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Nathan Lyon stars as Australia crush Sri Lanka inside three days to win first Test in Galle | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Spinner Nathan Lyon starred with a match haul of nine wickets as Australia wrapped up the opening Test on Friday with a crushing victory over Sri Lanka before lunch on the third day. The hosts were bundled out for 113 in their second innings allowing the Australians to seal a 10-wicket victory in their first over back at the crease in Galle. Lyon, whose five-for helped bowl out Sri Lanka for 212 in the first innings, and fellow spinner Travis Head took four wickets each to send the hosts packing before the morning was over. It was a huge victory for Australia, who suffered a 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka on their last tour in 2016. "Amazing win. Turning up this morning I didn't think it was going to happen that fast," skipper Pat Cummins said. "Really proud of the squad. It's really...
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Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews out with COVID as first Test against Australia resumes on Day 3 | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the first Test against Australia due to COVID-19 but third day otherwise began on schedule in Galle on Friday. Batsman Oshada Fernando took the field to replace Mathews for the first match of the two-Test series. Mathews "has been isolated from the rest of the team members and is following COVID-19 protocols," a Sri Lanka Cricket statement said. Mathews will be in isolation for five days. Sri Lanka bowled out Australia for 321 in the second over of the day after the tourists resumed on 313-8. The hosts began their second innings 109 runs behind Australia. if(typeof window !== 'undefined') { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadSc...
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Cameron Green fuels Australia’s ascendancy against Sri Lanka in Galle Test | Cricket News – Times of India

Cameron Green. (AP Photo)COLOMBO: Australia's Cameron Green struck a masterly 77 on a treacherous track and forged half-century partnerships with Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey to put the tourists in charge of the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Thursday. Green added 57 runs with Usman Khawaja and 84 with Alex Carey to help Australia eclipse Sri Lanka's below-par total of 212 and reach 313-8, a handy lead of 101, at the Galle International Stadium. Captain Pat Cummins was batting on after an entertaining 26 off 16 balls with Nathan Lyon on eight at the other end when bad light stopped the second day's play. Earlier, after rain and strong wind wiped out the entire morning session's play, Australia resumed on 98-3 and lost Travis Head in the second over of the day. Dhananjaya de ...
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1st Test: Australia brace for trial by spin against Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Australia can expect a trial by spin when Pat Cummins and his men lock horns with Sri Lanka in a two-Test series in Galle beginning on Wednesday. The picturesque stadium, fringed on two sides by the Indian Ocean and adjacent to a 16th century Dutch-built fort, is where Sri Lankan spin stalwarts Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath routinely beguiled the touring batsmen. Led by man-of-the-series Herath in 2016, Sri Lanka's spinners claimed 54 of the 58 wickets on their way to a 3-0 rout of Steve Smith's team when Australia last visited. Australia's triumph in Pakistan earlier this year suggests they know what it takes to succeed in Asia, but their vulnerability against left-arm spin means the world's top-ranked Test team cannot take anything for granted. Their batters ave...
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Sri Lanka Cricket to dedicate Galle Test against Australia in memory of Shane Warne | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO (Sri Lanka): Sri Lankans will stand to attention in a fitting salute to all-time cricketing great Australian spin wizard Shane Warne when the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia gets underway on June 29 at the Galle International Stadium. Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC's) noble gesture to dedicate the first Test to the memory of Warne, will indeed be a moving solemn occasion that will kindle stirring memories of Warne who died prematurely at the age of 53 of a heart attack on March 4 this year while holidaying in Thailand. "The Sri Lankan cricket establishment's gesture is one of recognising Warne as a true friend of Sri Lanka who came to the country's aid during the 2004 Tsunami devastation by personally flying over and visiting affected areas and making generous donations esp...
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Sri Lankan ‘dustbowls’ great practice for Tests: David Warner | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Australia opener David Warner said pitches offering "extreme" spin in Sri Lanka's ODI series victory have helped the tourists prepare for the upcoming Tests. The hosts took an unbeatable 3-1 lead with a narrow win in the fourth one-day international on Tuesday as Warner's 99 went in vain at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. "We're always expecting turning wickets and it's fantastic preparation for us... It's great practice leading into the Test series," Warner said after his team's four-run loss. "We actually love that they're playing on the wickets back-to-back, that's what we want, we can't get that practice in the nets, the nets are green. "For us it's great practice out in the middle with these dustbowls. It's going to be exciting for the Test matches in Galle because we...
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Pat Cummins plays down hip niggle, says Mitchell Starc won’t be rushed back | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has played down the impact of his longstanding hip injury, saying he is hopeful it will heal fully over time as he continues to manage it on tour in Sri Lanka. Cummins left the Indian Premier League early to recover from the strain and was rested from the T20 series but returned in Australia's two-wicket win in the first one-day match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Tuesday. Australia's white ball captain, Aaron Finch, revealed this week that Cummins had been carrying the injury for more than a year. Cummins said the injury was "nothing major at all." "It's just been niggly for a little while," he told reporters on Wednesday. "That back end of the IPL just felt like it got really sore ... and (it was) just pretty apparent I needed a bit of ...
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It’s a deal! – Everything you need to know about final IPL media rights figures | Cricket News – Times of India

The highly anticipated IPL media rights auction is now officially over. The winner of the various bids have been announced for the next 5 year cycle - 2023 to 2027. There were a total of four different packages (A-D) that were bid for with various subsections. Disney Star, Viacom18 and Times Internet bagged the various rights to broadcast IPL matches over the next 5 seasons on TV and digital platforms. The total revenue which will be generated over the next 5 years thanks to the sale of these broadcast rights for 2023-2027 is a staggering Rs 48,390.50 Crore. TimesofIndia.com here breaks down all the numbers for you in this ready reckoner. WHAT THE FOUR PACKAGES ON OFFER WERE:Package A: TV rights for the Indian subcontinent Package B: Digital rights for the Indian subcontinent Package C:...
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India vs South Africa, 3rd T20I: This Indian team is a quality side and we have to play well to win, says Temba Bavuma | Cricket News – Times of India

VISAKHAPATNAM: After India lost the first two games, there was a lot of talk about the hosts missing their star players and if the present team was good enough to give the South African team a run for its money. But on Tuesday night, the Indians put in a clinical display to bounce back in the series and the team found an unlikely supporter in rival skipper Temba Bavuma. The South African dismissed talks about the Indian team being a weak side. "I think that it's a bit unfair. We won the first two games quite convincingly and lost today. The team which the Indians have is not a weak one. The players have performed well in their domestic tournaments and the IPL. I don't think they have been given an opportunity just for the sake of it. These are quality players and for us there is no expe...
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Australia edge Peru on penalties to claim FIFA World Cup spot | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: Australia's dancing substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne saved the last penalty to clinch a place at this year's World Cup in Qatar as they edged Peru 5-4 in a shootout following a 0-0 draw after extra time in an inter-continental playoff on Monday. Redmayne danced across the goal-line before diving to the right to stop a penalty from Alex Valera and hand Australia a deserved victory at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. Redmayne had been brought on three minutes from the end of the game for the shootout and became an instant hero with his antics on the line as he looked to distract the rival kickers. π‘»π’‰π’†π’š'𝒓𝒆 π’ˆπ’π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒐 𝑸𝒂𝒕𝒂𝒓 πŸ† The moment @Socceroos qualified for the #FIFAWorldCup! πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί https://t.co/XTJ3fib9Ydβ€” FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 1655155500000He danced up and down, wiggling his h...
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Australia quick Kane Richardson ruled out of Sri Lanka ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India

Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson has been ruled out of the five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka in the latest injury setback to the touring side. Richardson, who was added to the one-day squad as cover for injured fast bowler Mitchell Starc, suffered a "fairly severe hamstring injury" during Saturday's third Twenty20 match, a Cricket Australia spokesperson said on Monday. Richardson will be flying home and has been replaced by fast bowler Scott Boland for the series, starting on Tuesday. Left-armer Starc required six stitches on the index finger of his bowling arm while all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is nursing a calf strain. Both players are expected to be available for the third match of the series on Sunday, Australia captain Aaron Finch told reporters while also naming his side for t...
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3rd T20I: Scintillating Shanaka helps Sri Lanka avoid whitewash by Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Dasun Shanaka led from the front with a scintillating half-century as Sri Lanka edged world champions Australia by four wickets in the third and final Twenty20 International to avoid a series whitewash on Saturday. Chasing 177 for a consolation win after being outplayed in the first two matches, Sri Lanka were in the doldrums at 108-6 in the 16th over of their innings in Kandy. Shanaka then exploded with the bat to put the pressure back on Australia with Sri Lanka needing 19 runs off the last over from Kane Richardson, who buckled under the pressure. Richardson began the over with two wides and Shanaka hit him for back-to-back boundaries and followed it with a six to level the scores. Sri Lanka's victory was sealed when Richardson sent down a third wide ball of that over, trigg...
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Rishabh Pant an ‘exceptionally dangerous’ batter; should be an integral part of India’s T20 World Cup campaign: Ricky Ponting | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said that Rishabh Pant should be an integral part of India's ICC T20 World Cup campaign in Australia later this year, adding that the wicketkeeper-batter will be "exceptionally dangerous for India" given the flat and bouncy pitches Down Under. While Pant may have scored the second-lowest score (340 runs) in the seven seasons he has played in the IPL, and a captaincy blunder in the crucial match may have cost his side a playoffs berth, but Delhi Capitals head coach Ponting believes that Pant is "an outstanding young man who has the world at his feet". "He's (Pant) a wonderful player. He is just an outstanding young man who has got the world at his feet and he'll be exceptionally dangerous for India, especially on the wickets we'll provid...
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Ricky Ponting returns to Big Bash in off-field role | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australian cricket great and current Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting on Thursday signed a three-year deal as head of strategy for the Tasmanian Hurricanes in Australia's Big Bash League. The Hurricanes have never won the domestic T20 competition in their 11-year history and Tasmanian-born Ponting said that he was keen to change that. "With a few tweaks in a couple of key areas, I believe the Hurricanes have the foundations to win our first BBL trophy," said the 47-year-old, who played for the side in the first two years of the tournament. "The competition and the game itself have changed enormously from when I played for the Hurricanes back in BBL 01 and BBL 02, and I now know so much more about the nuances of the T20 game now than I did then. "I'm passionate about the progre...
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Australia edge out Sri Lanka in second T20I to clinch series | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Australia made heavy weather of a modest chase before beating Sri Lanka by three wickets in the second Twenty20 International on Wednesday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Chasing 125, world champions Australia struggled against Wanindu Hasaranga's (4-33) spin before Matthew Wade's run-a-ball 26 not out secured a tense victory with 13 balls to spare. Put into bat, Sri Lanka struggled to get going and rode cameos from Charith Asalanka (39) and Kusal Mendis (36) to post a below-par 124-9, barely avoiding being bowled out inside 20 overs. Australia's ploy to open their attack with Glenn Maxwell (2-18) paid off with the off-spinner dismissing opener Danushka Gunathilaka in the first over. Australia were without fast bowler Mitchell Starc who slit the inde...