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Clarke injured, Bailey in as Australia captain HARARE: Michael Clarke was forced out of Australia's tri-series opener against Zimbabwe with a hamstring injury on Monday, but there was still no room for Phillip Hughes in the Australian side.George Bailey stepped in to captain Australia in Clarke's absence, but with Brad Haddin shifted up to open the batting and Mitchell Marsh picked at three, Hughes was left to perform 12th man duties.Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to field in the first game of a seven-match tri-series that also involves South Africa.Brendan Taylor returned to the side after he was controversially dropped for the final game of a three-match series against South Africa last week, which was won 3-0 by the Proteas.Seamer Tendai Chatara also returned to the side after being rested during that series, while opening batsman Tino Mawoyo was selected for his first ODI since last February.Teams:Zimbabwe: Tino Mawoyo, Sikandar Raza Butt, Hamilton ...

Rain delays England-India ODI opener BRISTOL: Rain delayed the scheduled 10:00am local time (0900GMT) toss and 10:30am (0930GMT) start of the first one-day international between England and India in Bristol on Monday.Heavy overnight and persistent early morning rain made a prompt start at the County Ground, in south-west England, impossible with the pitch and square extensively covered.India, the 50-over world champions, were looking to bounce back following their 3-1 defeat in the preceding Test series, a campaign that ended with ...
BCCI calls Dhoni comments on Fletcher as 'personal opinion' MUMBAI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has labelled Mahendra Singh Dhoni's comments as "personal opinion" after the national team's captain said beleaguered coach Duncan Fletcher still called the shots and would lead them into next year's World Cup. "I have not spoken to Dhoni and so the BCCI will not like to react to his comments," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told Reuters on Monday about Dhoni's comments on the eve of their one-day series against ...
Injured Clarke out of opening Zimbabwe clash SYDNEY: Australian captain Michael Clarke was Monday ruled out of the team's triangular series opener against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club with a hamstring injury. Clarke tweaked his left hamstring during Australia's first training session on Friday, but jogged several laps on Saturday to lend hope that he may recover in time.But coach Darren Lehmann said he was not fit enough to take part in Monday's game."Michael had a fitness test at training and unfortunately ...
India's Pujara to join Derbyshire LONDON: India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is set to join Derbyshire for the final three County Championship fixtures of the season, it was announced Saturday.The 26-year-old made 81 against the Midlands county in a tour match but struggled in the ensuing 3-1 defeat by England in a five-Test series, where he made 222 runs at an average of 22.20 with a top score of 55.However, Pujara has a career Test average of just under 50 and ...
Aussies sweat over Clarke for Zimbabwe opener HARARE: Australia will make a late decision on captain Michael Clarke's fitness for Monday's triangular series opener against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club.Clarke tweaked his left hamstring during Australia's first training session on Friday, but jogged several laps on Saturday to lend hope that he may recover in time.However with a higher-profile game against South Africa to follow on Wednesday, it is possible that Clarke will be left out of the Zimbabwe clash as a ...
Maqsood, Alam stun Sri Lanka in first ODI HAMBANTOTA: Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam put on a 147-run stand as Pakistan recovered from the brink to defeat Sri Lanka by four wickets on Saturday and take the lead in the three-match series.The tourists, chasing a Duckworth-Lewis target of 275 in 45 overs, fought back after being 106-5 to scrape home off the penultimate ball of the match in Hambantota.Maqsood remained unbeaten on a glorious 89 off 73 balls as Shahid Afridi smashed the ...


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