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Lehmann ready to be patient with struggling Clarke BIRMINGHAM: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has said captain Michael Clarke will get as "long as he needs" to come out of his batting slump.Scores of 10 and three during Australia eight-wicket defeat by England in the third Test at Edgbaston -- a result that saw the tourists go 2-1 behind in the five-match Ashes campaign, left Clarke with a meagre series aggregate of 94 runs in six innings at an average of under 19. Following a match that was all over inside three days of a scheduled five, Clarke confronted his own failings by suggesting Australia were playing with 10 men.Clarke, who for much of his career had enjoyed a Test average of over 50 -- the mark of an all-time great -- is averaging a mere 18.80 this Ashes.Indeed his average slipped to below 50 after this test for the first time in three years.And having been plagued by ...

Sun Yang gunning for four golds at worlds KAZAN: China's swimming superstar Sun Yang is gunning for four individual gold medals as he prepares to get his world championships campaign underway in Sunday's 400m freestyle heats and final.The Chinese giant dominated the long-distance freestyle events in Barcelona two years ago with world titles in the 400m, 800m and 1500m to underline his reputation as one of swimming's superstars.The 23-year-old will be defending all three in Kazan, plus racing in the 200m and relays ...

Ankle problem threatens Ye's worlds campaign KAZAN: A persistent ankle injury threatens to jeopardise Ye Shiwen's world championships campaign as China's double Olympic champion prepares to race in Sunday's 200m individual medley heats and final, reports Xinhua."I twisted my right foot ankle a year ago, and I did not know there is a broken bone inside until recently," Ye told the Chinese news agency."It has been affecting my training, so I was planning to pull out of the competition in Kazan, ...

Porte quits Sky to pursue Grand Tour dream with BMC PARIS: Australian rider Richie Porte, fresh from helping Team Sky's Chris Froome win a second Tour de France, announced on Saturday he will ride for the BMC Racing team next season.Porte, a key domestique in Sky's three Tour successes with Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and then Froome in 2013 and this year, is moving to pursue his dream of a Grand Tour success in his own right."I want to win again races like Paris-Nice and ...

Sanath Jayasuriya visits APS Peshawar Former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya visited and paid his respects to the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar.Jayasuriya expressed deep sorrow with regard to the attack on APS Peshawar. He also expressed solidarity with parents and praised the courage and resilience of survivors. During his visit he presented a floral wreath at the graves of the martyred students of the Army Public School.A few days back, Jayasuriya was also found enjoying the scenery in ...

Van der Burgh shakes off shoulder woes for worlds KAZAN: South Africa's Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Cameron van der Burgh is ready to prove his shoulder injury woes are behind him as he battles for world championships gold in Kazan.The 27-year-old is back to his best and ready to race following a break to allow a troublesome shoulder injury to recover from wear-and-tear at the end of last season.He will be racing in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, as well as the medley ...

Australia admits: We need to talk about Michael SYDNEY: Another insipid display by a once great cricketer as his side slumped to an embarrassing defeat to go 2-1 down in the Ashes series had Australian pundits questioning whether captain Michael Clarke was in terminal decline on Saturday.It remains highly unlikely that Clarke's reign as Australia captain will end with him dropped for next week's fourth Ashes test against England but it would have been remarkable just a few months ago for someone to ...


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