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Riaz ruled out of Australia tests KARACHI: Pakistan left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the two-test series against Australia, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Monday.The squad announcement has been delayed because of injury and form problems.Experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has a hand injury and left-armer Junaid Khan damaged his knee during the one-day series which Australia won 3-0.Long-serving captain Misbah-ul-Haq opted to miss the final one-dayer against Australia in Abu Dhabi because of his poor form.Pakistan A will play a four-day tour match against Australia before the first test begins on Oct. 22.Pakistan have five back-to-back tests against Australia and New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates."The delay in announcing the test squad has been forced on us owing to injuries to a bunch of frontline players and with a view to field the best possible team, the selectors would like to wait for an update on their fitness," Pakistan's chief ...

Australia reclaim top ODI ranking with Pakistan sweep MUMBAI: Australia have returned to the top of the one-day international rankings following their 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.Australia slipped from the top spot after a shock three-wicket defeat to Zimbabwe in a tri-series, also involving South Africa, at the end of August.Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India claimed the number one ranking after Australia also lost to South Africa in the final of that ...
Misbah links one-day future to batting form ABU DHABI: Struggling Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq on Monday said he needed to start scoring runs again to continue playing as captain of the one-day side.Misbah, 40, withdrew himself from the third and final one-day match against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, raising doubts over his captaincy barely four months from the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.Shahid Afridi instead led Pakistan, but their fortunes did not change as Australia pulled off a ...
Top ranking means nothing for World Cup, say Aussies ABU DHABI: Australia's stand-in captain George Bailey admits that regaining the number one ranking will count for nothing once they launch their assault on the World Cup on home soil in February.Australia claimed a nail-biting one-run victory in the 50th and final over on Sunday to take the third one-dayer against Pakistan and complete a 3-0 cleansweep.They won the first match in Sharjah by 93 runs and the second by five wickets in Dubai and ...
Afridi fears for  World Cup chances ABU DHABI: Stand-in captain Shahid Afridi believes Pakistan's abysmal performance in their 3-0 rout by Australia will hurt the team's chances at next year's World Cup.Pakistan spurned a good chance of salvaging some pride in the third and final one-dayer on Sunday, losing by one run in the final over in Abu Dhabi.Needing just two to win in the 50th and final over, Pakistan lost Sohail Tanvir (ten) off spinner Glenn Maxwell's second ball and ...
Misbah rests as Australia bat in final one-day ABU DHABI: Pakistan's regular captain Misbah-ul Haq withdrew himself as Australia won the toss and decided to bat in the third and final day-night international at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Sunday.Misbah was under pressure in the wake of team's first two defeats and was not in the best of form, scoring nought and 15.Shahid Afridi leads the side in Misbah's absence.Team management said Misbah rested himself and offered to withdraw.Pakistan made four changes from the ...
Johnson happy to be aggressor in Australian win DUBAI: Fiery paceman Mithcell Johnson Saturday said he was happy to be the aggressor in his team's attack which contributed successfully in the one-day series win over Pakistan in United Arab Emirates.The 32-year-old left-armer bowled with venom and guile to take six wickets in the two games, 3-24 in the 93-run win in Sharjah and 3-40 in a five-wicket win in Dubai which gave Australia a 2-0 unbeatable lead in the three-match series.He recovered in ...


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