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Warne feels heat after calling Starc 'soft' BRISBANE: Shane Warne was in damage control Thursday after Australia coach Darren Lehmann threatened to confront him after the spin great blasted fast bowler Mitchell Starc as "soft".During a commentary stint during the second Test in Brisbane on Wednesday, Warne demanded more aggression from a Australian team wilting in blistering heat during the second Test against India, singling out Starc."He has to change his body language, it needs to be stronger -- he looks a bit soft," Warne said on Channel Nine. "He needs to puff his chest out a bit, look harder."Lehmann was not impressed when later told of the comment."Soft? He used those words?," he said. "That's very harsh. I will take it up with Shane myself."Warne backtracked Thursday, saying: "I never at any stage called Mitchell Starc soft."What I did do was say his body language and his presence gave the appearance of being nonchalant and he ...

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Hazlewood, Haddin star as India all out for 408 BRISBANE: Debutant Josh Hazlewood captured five wickets and Brad Haddin equalled a wicketkeeping record as Australia dismissed India for 408 in the second Test in Brisbane on Thursday.Paceman Hazlewood led the way with three scalps on the second morning as the Australians bounced back after Wednesday's horror day in the field in sweltering conditions.Haddin equalled the Australian record of six dismissals in an innings held by Wally Grout, Ian Healy and Rod Marsh with two ...

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Amla, De Villiers put South Africa on top CENTURION: Captain Hashim Amla and his senior lieutenant AB de Villiers both hit centuries as South Africa took command after early setbacks on the first day of the first Test against the West Indies here on Wednesday.South Africa were 340 for three at the close. Amla, captaining South Africa for the first time in a home Test, made 133 not out, while De Villiers hit an unbeaten 141. They added 283 for the fourth wicket, ...

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Williamson guides New Zealand to 299-5 ABU DHABI: Skipper Kane Williamson hit a century to help steer New Zealand to 299-5 in the fourth day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.The 24-year-old right-hander scored 123 off 105 balls while opener Martin Guptill made 58 after New Zealand won the toss and batted on a conducive batting strip at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Williamson added 44 for the second wicket with Guptill and another 63 for the third with Ross Taylor, who ...

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New Zealand make 299-5 in fourth one-day ABU DHABI: New Zealand, who won the toss and batted, made 299-5 in their 50 overs in the fourth day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Trailing the series 2-1, New Zealand were lifted by skipper Kane Williamson who made 123 with 12 boundaries while opener Martin Guptill scored 58 and Dean Brownlie 42.Pakistan went ahead with the match despite calls to postpone it after a terrorists' attack in Peshawar on Tuesday which left ...

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Ex-cricket chief rues Pakistan's chucking negligence ABU DHABI: Former Pakistan cricket chief Nasim Ashraf said on Wednesday he regretted that a failure to deal with bowlers with suspect actions had resulted in the loss of ace spinner Saeed Ajmal and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.Ajmal was suspended in September for illegal action while Hafeez was sidelined two months later, seriously hitting Pakistan's preparations for next years's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.Their suspensions were part of a massive crackdown on chuckers by ...

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Fired-up Roach stalls South Africa charge PRETORIA: West Indies seamer Kemar Roach was denied the new ball but stormed back to grab two wickets and leave South Africa teetering at 102 for three at lunch on the first day of the opening test at Centurion on Wednesday.Put in to bat, South Africa raced to 57 without loss but were then three wickets down for the addition of no runs as a fired-up Roach produced the line and length the opening bowlers ...