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Bouncer knocks out Australia's Hughes SYDNEY: Australian Test batsman Phil Hughes was stretchered off after being hit on the head by a vicious bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match Tuesday, with reports saying he collapsed face-first.Looking to press his case for a recall to the Test side, the South Australian opener, who was wearing a helmet, had scored a composed 63 when he was hit by a ball from Sean Abbott."After appearing to be struck in the head Hughes stood, looked at his feet and crashed face-first onto the pitch. The NSW players and umpires called for help immediately," the Sydney Morning Herald reported.Medical staff worked on him before he was carried off with a helicopter reportedly brought in to rush him to hospital.Cricket officials were not immediately available for comment.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

New Zealand coach wary of Sharjah conditions SHARJAH: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson warned his team needed to be at their best to compete on a flat Sharjah pitch where they meet Pakistan in the third and final Test from Wednesday.New Zealand seek a series-levelling win after losing the first Test in Abu Dhabi by 248 runs and drawing the second in Dubai.Hesson said a flat and grass-less Sharjah pitch will be tough."In the other two pitches we could see grass but ...
Saeed Ajmal target return in ICC World Cup KARACHI: Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is pleased with the progress he has made with the remedial work on his bowling action, and has said he is targeting the 2015 World Cup for his international comeback.He recently underwent unofficial tests on his bowling action at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Loughborough, where biomechanist Dr Mark King noted "substantial improvement" in his action, even though the straightening of his elbow still exceeded the permitted 15-degree mark."I'm very ...
As World Cup looms, UAE face Afghanistan in one day series DUBAI: United Arab Emirates coach Aaqib Javed is hoping the series of four one-day internationals against Afghanistan starting this week in Dubai will help prepare his team for next year's World Cup.The February-March World Cup will be UAE's second after they featured in the 1996 event held in the subcontinent while for Afghanistan it will be their maiden appearance in a 50-over tournament.Javed, a former Pakistan paceman, said he would have liked his team to ...
Clarke to miss vital India Test lead-up game SYDNEY: Injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke said Monday he will miss a vital lead-up game, raising fresh doubts about his chances of playing in next month's first Test against India.Clarke, who was named in a 12-man squad Monday subject to a fitness test on his left hamstring, was selected to play for a Cricket Australia XI against the tourists in Adelaide on Friday.Clarke later confirmed that he will not be playing in that match, placing ...
Toss vital as Pakistan, New Zealand play for series SHARJAH: Rival captains Misbah-ul Haq and Brendon McCullum hope to win the toss and enjoy a kick-start to the series-deciding third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand starting in Sharjah on Wednesday.Pakistan piled up 566-3 in the first Test in Abu Dhabi after winning the toss and then spun out New Zealand twice for a comprehensive 248-run win to take a 1-0 lead.Despite the odds New Zealand staged an impressive comeback in the second Test ...
Clarke on fitness deadline for 1st India Test SYDNEY: Injured skipper Michael Clarke faces a fitness deadline this week to have any chance of playing for Australia in next month's first Test against India, chief selector Rod Marsh said Monday.Clarke was named in a 12-man squad subject to a fitness test on the left hamstring he injured in the recent one-day series against South Africa in Perth. He also continues to undergo daily treatment for an ongoing back condition.The captain needs to prove ...


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