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'No fairytales' for retiring Clarke LONDON: Australia captain Michael Clarke accepted there would be no storybook ending to his international career but said he he still hoped his side could salvage a win in the fifth Test at The Oval from the wreck of their Ashes series.England head into Thursday's match in south London with an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-Test series.For Clarke, his 115th Test will be his last match in Australia colours before the 34-year-old star batsman retires from international duty.Clarke will bow out with the unwanted record of having been the first Australian in over a hundred years to be on the losing side in four successive Ashes series in Britain.His 19 Ashes Tests so far in England and Wales have yielded just three wins, a marked contrast to the two Australia 5-0 triumphs against their old rivals on home soil in which Clarke has been involved."There are no fairytales are ...

Amla hits century to end lean spell CENTURION: Hashim Amla ended the longest lean spell of his international career when he hit a century in the first one-day international against New Zealand at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.Amla (124) and Rilee Rossouw (89) shared a second wicket partnership of 185 as South Africa scored 304 for seven after being sent in to bat.Amla had gone ten international innings without a fifty since making 159 against Ireland in a World Cup match in Canberra ...
ICC lifts sanctions against Pakistan's Butt, Asif DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Wednesday confirmed that the sanctions against Pakistan's Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt over a spot-fixing case in 2010 will expire at midnight on September 1, 2015. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
England's Anderson ruled out of final Ashes test LONDON: England fast bowler James Anderson will not play in the final Ashes test against Australia at The Oval due to a side strain, captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday. The 33-year-old, England's leading test wicket taker, missed the fourth match at Trent Bridge which the hosts won by an innings and 78 runs to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series. "Unfortunately, he's not going to make it," Cook told reporters. "He's gutted ...
Shahid Afridi Discloses Ahmed Shehzad Wedding Plan Pakistani batsman Shahid Afridi and Ahmed Shehzad, the two best friends in Pakistan cricket team, have always been seen having fun time together. Their bond is so strong that even after getting mocked several times, they didn’t care and continued enjoying each other company. According to a local media reports, in a recent show Shahid Afridi was taken over a phone call during Ahmed Shehzad’s interview, where Shahid Afridi disclosed the wedding plan and dates ...
PCB Hopeful to Revive Cricket Ties with India Pakistan’s Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan has expressed that next week’s diplomatic talks between Pakistan and India will help the revival of cricket. The PCB is trying to hold the league either in the UAE or Qatar in February next year but it hasn’t been able decide a final venue as it is facing different problems at the two venues.According to local media reports, a delegation from Islamabad led by the prime minister’s adviser ...
Akmal chooses to play only Test cricket ISLAMABAD: Batsman Umar Akmal has said that if he is asked to choose for one format to play in, he would definitely go for Test cricket.Akmal said he is working hard to make a comeback to Test cricket. "Whatever I am today is due to school and club cricket," he said while talking to a private news channel.Akmal said Shahid Afridi has always guided him during tours. "I was not satisfied with my World Cup ...


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