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Australia eye WTC final and series sweep against South Africa

A relaxed and confident Australia head into the third and final test against South Africa in Sydney eyeing a series sweep and a berth in the World Test Championship (WTC) final to cap a dominant home summer. Pat Cummins’s team, who sealed the series with an innings victory in Melbourne last week, can book their place in the WTC decider at The Oval in June with victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Even with pace stalwart Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Cameron Green sidelined by finger injuries, Australia have ample depth and the freedom to experiment leading in to next month’s four-test tour of India. In recent years, the SCG has not lived up to its spin-friendly billing but ground staff say the pitch should offer turn. That could mean a role for Ashton Agar in Australia’s 11 and a firs...
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WATCH: Mitchell Starc threatens Theunis de Bruyn with ‘Mankad’ dismissal after batsman crosses the line | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Mitchell Starc threatened South Africa number three Theunis de Bruyn with a 'Mankad' dismissal on Thursday after the batsman wandered way outside his crease at the non-striker's end during the second Test in Melbourne.The run-out dismissal, named after former India all-rounder Vinoo Mankad, is legal but has long generated debate as to whether it is in the spirit of the game.On day four at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, as Australia wrapped up a thumping innings and 182-run victory, paceman Starc aborted a ball during his run-up after seeing De Bruyn leave his crease early."Just stay in your crease, it’s not that hard," Starc barked at him."The line's there for a reason, mate."If I was De Bruyn, I will keep doing itBecause it's practically impossible for a fast bowler to mankad...
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2nd Test: Australia thrash South Africa by innings and 182 runs to seal series | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: A depleted Australian attack secured an innings and 182-run victory over South Africa in the second Test on Thursday, wrapping up the series with a match to spare after the visitors' batting woes were rudely exposed once more.Needing 386 runs to make Australia bat again after the hosts had declared on a mammoth 575 for eight, the Proteas were bowled out for 204, with two farcical run-outs hastening their demise before tea on day four at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Australia's win, their fourth in successive Tests in the home summer, shored up top spot in the World Test Championship, while underlining their number one ranking in the format.With all-rounder Cameron Green unable to bowl and Mitchell Starc with an injured middle finger on his bowling hand, Australia showed plent...
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Melbourne Cricket Ground looks into hosting India vs Pakistan Test

The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) is looking into the possibility of hosting a Test match between India and Pakistan, who have not played each other in the longest format of the game since 2007 with bilateral cricket between the neighbours suspended. Since India hosted Pakistan in a bilateral limited overs series in 2013 the pair have only competed against each other at 20- and 50-overs World Cups and the Asia Cup. The last time they met was at the Twenty20 World Cup in October, where more than 90,000 fans piled into the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch India win a last-ball thriller. MCC Chief Executive Stuart Fox said the atmosphere at that match showed there would be no problem filling the venue for a test series between the two. “The atmosphere for that game, I’ve never felt anythin...
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Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Dean Elgar’s tactics and decision-making were terrible, says Simon Katich | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Simon Katich has termed South Africa skipper Dean Elgar's tactics and decision-making in the second Test against Australia as "terrible" and added that the field he set on day two at the MCG defied logic.Beginning day three on 386 for three, Australia declared their first innings at 575 for eight, leaving the Proteas with a mountain of runs to score to save the Boxing Day Test.South Africa, who were bowled out for 189 in the first innings, began their second innings 386 runs in arrears following the declaration on Wednesday.Katich, who played 56 Tests and scored more than 4,000 runs, said had pace bowler Anrich Nortje received a little more support, things could have been different for the visitors."I thought Elgar was terrible yesterday (Tuesday) wit...
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Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test: David Warner’s double century powers Australia to 386/3 on Day 2 | More sports News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Opener David Warner battled through searing heat to hit an epic unbeaten 200 in his 100th Test on Tuesday before retiring in pain as Australia consolidated their advantage against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.On a scorching day, the hosts were 386-3 at stumps on day two of the second Test, leading by 197 after the Proteas were dismissed in their first innings for 189.Travis Head was not out 48 with Alex Carey on nine.Steve Smith (85) and Marnus Labuschagne (14) were the only wickets to fall. But worryingly for Australia, Cameron Green, who took 5-27 in South Africa's first innings, also retired hurt after a nasty rap on the finger from Anrich Nortje.Smith and Warner's 239-run partnership took the game further away from South Africa, whose bowlers toiled in tem...
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Emotional David Warner grabs ton in 100th test

David Warner raised a brilliant century in his 100th test as he combined with Steve Smith to frustrate South Africa and push Australia to a 42-run lead by tea on day two of the second test on Tuesday. Australia were 231 for two in reply to South Africa’s first innings 189 with Warner 135 not out and Steve Smith on 60 on a hot afternoon at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the pair having built a 156-run partnership. Trailing 1-0 in the three-match series after losing the Brisbane opener by six wickets, South Africa’s hopes faded through a barren session after Warner and Smith resumed on 136 for two after lunch. Having come into the match under pressure and out of runs, Warner pulled pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada to the fine leg fence to raise his 25th test century and first in nearly three y...
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David Warner hits century in 100th Test | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia's veteran opener David Warner roared back to form by slamming a century in his 100th Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. The left-handed batsman, who ended his almost three-year century drought, achieved the milestone on Day 2 of the second Test against South Africa.In the process, the 36-year-old also became the eighth Australian to complete 8,000 Test runs.David Warner celebrates his 100th Test with a brilliant century 🙌Watch #AUSvSA LIVE on https://t.co/CPDKNxoJ9v (i… https://t.co/fZd7R4ixbQ— ICC (@ICC) 1672109192000It was his first Test century since January 2020 as he proved the doubters wrong with an aggressive 144-ball knock, hitting eight fours.He brought up his 25th century with a boundary, punching the air in celebration.He had insisted before...
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David Warner becomes second batter to score a double hundred in 100th Test | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia's veteran opener David Warner created history by becoming the second batter after Joe Root to make a double century in his 100th Test. He achieved the milestone on Day 2 of the second Test against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.But his joy of bringing up third double century of his career ended immediately after he retired hurt due to cramp.David Warner becomes only the second batter to score a double hundred in their 100th Test 🙌Watch #AUSvSA LIVE on… https://t.co/h5qmLSkgWe— ICC (@ICC) 1672119713000Earlier, the left-handed batsman roared back to form as he ended his almost three-year century drought. In the process, the 36-year-old also became the eighth Australian to complete 8,000 Test runs.With this, Warner has become the 10th player to...
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Steve Smith backs David Warner to regain form | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Australia batter Steve Smith on Wednesday backed under-fire David Warner to find Test form, saying the opener has a tendency of doing well when his "back's up against the wall".Warner has been struggling in the longest format of the game. His last Test century came almost three years ago.The opener could manage only three runs, which included a golden duck, in the first Test against South Africa, which the hosts won by six wickets inside two days.Prior to the first Test against the Proteas, he had scores of 5, 48, 21, 28 in the four innings this summer."You only have to look back a (few) weeks ago (to) a one-day game out here (at the MCG) against England, he scored 100 on what was a pretty tough wicket," Smith was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press (AAP)."We've s...
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MCG under pressure to deliver contest after Gabba let-down | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: The Melbourne Cricket Ground is under pressure to produce a pitch that delivers a fairer contest between bat and ball in the Boxing Day Test between Australia and South Africa after the series-opener at the Gabba was over within two days.Australia won the Brisbane Test by six wickets as batters struggled on a green-top pitch that was criticised by South Africa captain Dean Elgar and earned a "below average" rating by the International Cricket Council.Along with fans denied action lasting up to five days, broadcasters also lost out on advertising revenue.Cricket Australia operations chief Peter Roach said the governing body had no control over MCG curator Matt Page and his work on the pitch but would engage with him in the lead-up to the Test starting Monday."We expect our cur...
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MCG under pressure to deliver contest after Gabba let-down

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is under pressure to produce a pitch that delivers a fairer contest between bat and ball in the Boxing Day test between Australia and South Africa after the series-opener at the Gabba was over within two days. Australia won the Brisbane test by six wickets as batters struggled on a green-top pitch that was criticised by South Africa captain Dean Elgar and earned a “below average” rating by the International Cricket Council. Along with fans denied action lasting up to five days, broadcasters also lost out on advertising revenue. The Gabba pitch has received one demerit point under the ICC Pitch and Outfield monitoring process. Details ⬇️https://t.co/Y40BXAc23n — ICC (@ICC) December 20, 2022 Cricket Australia operations chief Peter Roach said the governing bo...
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Vettori stumped as Warner delivers wrong’un with Bali joke | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Australia opener David Warner may have lost form with the bat but showed on Tuesday his sense of humour remains intact as he sent officials scrambling with a social media post suggesting he was holidaying in Bali in the lead-up to the 'Boxing Day' Test. Warner posted pictures of himself and his children on a plane with the caption: "My current situation. Bali here we come". Australia bowling coach Daniel Vettori was asked by reporters whether a trip to the Indonesian tourist destination was the ideal preparation for the second Test against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. New Zealander Vettori grinned and asked: "Is that true?" Another team official was quick to express doubt about the trip but said he would find out. Warner, who managed only three runs in Austra...
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Shane Warne to be honoured during Boxing Day Test | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Australia and South Africa players will wear wide-brim floppy hats during the national anthems at the Boxing Day Test to honour spin legend Shane Warne. The Boxing Day contest at the MCG will be the first Test match at Warne's home ground, which saw him claim his 700th Test wicket in his final appearance at the venue during the 2006 Ashes, since his death in March. Cricket Australia (CA) has planned a range of tributes during the second Test, including a pre-match ceremony that will acknowledge the significance of the MCG in Warne's life and career. Warne, widely regarded as one of the top players of all time, died on March 4, aged 52, while on vacation with friends on Samui Island in southern Thailand. The spin legend's floppy hat and a ball will stand at the entrance to the...
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IND vs NZ ODI Series: Bilateral series require more context, says Kane Williamson | Cricket News – Times of India

AUCKLAND: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson says increasing volume of cricket could be a reason for low attendance during the recent England-Australia series and going forward, bilateral series would require "more context" for attracting fans to the stadiums. A sparse crowd witnessed the recent ODI series between the Ashes rivals Down Under. Only a handful of fans gathered at the MCG for the final match. Smiles, friendly banter & the trophy 🏆 unveil! #TeamIndia | #NZvIND https://t.co/3R2zh0znZ3— BCCI (@BCCI) 1669256764000The series had started less than four days after England's T20 World Cup triumph Down Under. "It was unfortunate to see, but it also shows the volume of cricket that's being held. Because no doubt the ICC tournaments are incredibly popular and there has been a lot...
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Jos Buttler unfazed by ODI whitewash in Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: England white-ball captain Jos Buttler is unfazed by their 3-0 whitewash in Australia and has urged the administrators to make sure bilateral cricket remains relevant. Nine days after beating Pakistan in the final of the T20 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the England one-day squad suffered a 221-run spanking on Tuesday as Australia swept the three-match series. The home side racked up 355-5 and then bundled England out for 142 in 31.4 overs in front of largely empty stand at the MCG in a lopsided contest. "It was always going to be a tough series for us, coming off the back of the World Cup," Buttler told the BBC after England's heaviest defeat in this format. "Any time England play Australia you want to put up good performances, but it's just been hard. "I'm not ...
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T20 World Cup: England’s Sam Curran named player of the tournament | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: England left-arm pacer Sam Curran was named the player of the tournament following his team's five wicket win over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final on Sunday. Curran, who made a comeback from injury earlier this year, was also the player of the match for his remarkable figures of three for 12 in four overs in the summit clash. He ended the tournament with 13 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 6.52 runs per over. "MCG has big square boundaries, so I knew my into the wicket type bowling would work and try to make them hit square of the wicket. We felt the wicket was not as good as we thought it would be. Player of the #T20WorldCupFinal 💪13 wickets at an average of 11.38 in the tournament 🤩Sam Curran is the Player… https://t.co/GTM9vOh8LB— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) 1...
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‘When I saw the entire team coming out I broke down,’: Waqar Younis recalls when Imran Khan-led Pakistan returned home after 1992 World Cup

Waqar Younis recalled how emotional he got after Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup and returned back home with the trophy. The fast bowler missed it due to an injury. “I remember Wasim Bhai was the first one to come out with the crystal trophy. Till that I was fine, but when I saw the entire team coming out I broke down. I was numb. I was crying because I missed out on that big occasion.” Waqar Yonis said speaking to A Sports. “Wasim Bhai pulled me into the truck.” the 50-year-old added. The quick bowler further recalled how the team went as underdogs into the tournament and lifted the trophy.”I still remember when the team came home after winning the cup I was told to go and receive them. There were no expectations from that team but they went on to win the World Cup. They have opened t...
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T20 World Cup Final: I am more excited than nervous, says Babar Azam | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Pakistan captain Babar Azam is "more excited than nervous" as he stands on the cusp of emulating the iconic Imran Khan. Pakistan take on England in the summit clash of the T20 World Cup at the MCG on Sunday. "I'm more excited than nervous since we've performed well in our last three matches," Babar said on Saturday. "There is no doubt that pressure exists but it can only be suppressed with confidence and belief in ourselves. And for good results, it is pertinent that one must do so," the skipper said. He didn't hesitate in admitting that the pace quartet of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammed Wasim Jr and Haris Rauf are his side's strength. "England is a competitive team, their win to reach the finals against India was proof of that. Our strategy is to stick to our pla...