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Australia's final World Cup sledge ends with apology SYDNEY: Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has offered an unusual half-apology after his final World Cup sledging of New Zealand, suggesting that liquid celebrations may have fuelled his frank comments during a radio interview.The arch sledger had been at the forefront of big "send-offs" for Kiwi batsmen Martin Guptill and Grant Elliott as well as spinner Daniel Vettori after their key dismissals in Sunday's final in Melbourne, where Australia thrashed their traditional rivals. The next day Haddin went on local radio and, asked about the send-offs, added a few more remarks."You know what? They deserved it," the wicketkeeper said."They were that nice to us in New Zealand (when Australia lost a pool match) and we were that uncomfortable. They were that nice to us the whole week."I said in the team meeting: 'I can't stand for this anymore. We're going at them as hard as we can.'"I said, 'I'm not playing ...

New Zealand's Mills follows Vettori into retirement WELLINGTON: New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Mills announced his retirement from all cricket Wednesday, following Daniel Vettori in calling it quits after the World Cup final.Mills was consistently ranked among the world's top 10 one-day bowlers throughout his illustrious 14-year career, and for a long time was ranked number one."It's been an honour and privilege to play cricket for my country over the past 14 years and I will miss it greatly," the 36-year-old said."However ...
Vettori calls time on international career WELLINGTON: Long-serving New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori called time on his international career on Tuesday, saying the World Cup final against Australia was his last appearance for the Black Caps."It was my last game for New Zealand so it was a lovely way to finish," the former captain told reporters as the team returned from Sunday's final to a heroes' welcome despite being beaten by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground."Obviously it would've been ...
Ahmed, Voges get Windies, Ashes call up SYDNEY: Legspinner Fawad Ahmed, batsman Adam Voges and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill were all called up by Australia Tuesday for their upcoming tour of the West Indies and the Ashes campaign in England.But there was no room in the 17-man squad for allrounders James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell, who were a potent part of Australia's one-day World Cup winning side. Joe Burns was also overlooked, despite scoring two half-centuries in Australia's last Test, against India in ...
PCB name Ali as new one-day captain ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's cricket chiefs Monday named batsman Azhar Ali as the national side's new one-day international captain, despite the fact he has not made the 50-over team in more than two years.The 30-year-old replaces Misbah-ul-Haq, who retired from ODIs following Pakistan's World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of eventual champions Australia.Ali has played just 14 ODIs, the most recent in January 2013, when he contributed two with the bat as Pakistan beat arch-rivals India ...
Hafeez must be made captain: Sarfraz Nawaz ISLAMABAD: Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz on Sunday urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to make Muhammad Hafeez the captain of the One Day side saying currently the all-rounder suits best to lead the team.Former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq had announced his retirement prior to the World Cup 2015. There are four names floating for the position of captain including Sarfraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Sohaib Maqsood and Wahab Raiz.Talking to APP, Sarfraz said at this crucial time ...
Haroon Rasheed replaces Moin Khan as a PCB chief selector According to local media reports, chief selector Moin Khan has been fired from his position. Moin Khan who went to Australia along with Pakistan squad during the World Cup was soon surrounded by Casino visit controversy. While choosing a new squad for Bangladesh tour, Chairman PCB Shahryar Khan has decided to bring fresh faces in the committee as well. After reviewing the names that were under consideration for Chief Selector, Haroon Rasheed is found to ...


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