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Australia hand coach Lehmann contract extension SYDNEY: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been rewarded for his integral role in turning around the fortunes of the team with a one-year contract extension until June, 2017, Cricket Australia said on Friday.The former test batsman took over from South African Mickey Arthur in the wake of last year's calamitous tour of India and helped guide the side to a 5-0 Ashes sweep and a series triumph in South Africa that saw them briefly top the world rankings."I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have had in the job and am proud of what we have achieved so far," Lehmann said in a statement."I want to continue with the work we have done on and off the field with the team, as I feel we are heading in the right direction."I'm grateful that the board has shown faith in me to continue in the job."Lehmann, widely known by his nickname ...

Doolan hits hundred as Clarke fails in warm-up SHARJAH: One-drop batsman Alex Doolan hit a fighting hundred, but skipper Michael Clarke failed in Australia's four-day warm-up game against Pakistan 'A' in Sharjah on Thursday.Doolan's 104 anchored Australia's 273-8 at close on the second day at Sharjah stadium but top-order including Clarke did not get the much-needed practice.Pakistan 'A' had declared their first innings at their overnight score of 305-8 with skipper Asad Shafiq remaining not out on 108.Clarke, who is recovering from a ...
Hafeez declared fit for Test selection KARACHI: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been declared fit and would be available for selection for the first Test against Australia starting in Dubai from Oct 22, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday."Hafeez was put through batting, bowling, fielding sessions for the last three days," it said.After the batting session today, Dr Sohail Saleem, General Manager, Sports Medicine, PCB, under whose watch Hafeez was undergoing recovery and rehab, declared him "ready to play", with ...
Ajmal bowls with revamped action under Saqlain's supervision ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal on Wednesday for the first time bowled with his revamped action under the supervision of Saqlain Mushtaq.Ajmal bowled a number of overs to experienced all-rounder, Muhammad Hafeez who has also resumed batting in the nets after having to return home from the UAE because of a hand injury during practice, Press Trust of India repored Thursday."I am confident of getting cleared before the World Cup and my ambition is ...
Shafiq hits hundred as Australia get good workout SHARJAH: Asad Shafiq geared up for the upcoming Test series against Australia by hitting a century in a four-day practice match between Pakistan 'A' and the tourists in Sharjah on Wednesday.Skipper Shafiq was unbeaten on 108 and Ehsan Adil not out yet to score as Pakistan 'A' reached 305-8 on the first day at Sharjah stadium.Shafiq hit two boundaries off paceman Mitchell Johnson and another couple off Peter Siddle to reach his hundred off 148 ...
Waqar hopes Pakistan comes good in Australia Tests SHARJAH: Pakistan's head coach Waqar Younis on Wednesday raised hopes his team will fare better in the upcoming Tests against Australia after suffering a 3-0 whitewash in the recent one-dayers.The countries are now preparing for a two-match Test series which starts with the first Test in Dubai from October 22, and the 42-year-old Waqar, appointed in May this year, said good things will come in the five-day format."I am hoping for something good to happen ...
Pakistan team united under Misbah's captaincy: PCB Chairman ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has said that Pakistan team is united under Misbah's captaincy and it would start performing well."The morale of the team has been affected due to defeats against Australia in T20 and ODI series. But I hope shortcomings will be removed soon and the team will start performing well," he said in an interview.He said that he was disappointed at team's loss against adding that poor batting was ...


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