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New Zealand coach Hesson extends contract WELLINGTON: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson signed a two-year contract extension on Wednesday in a major vote of confidence for the young Black Caps' mentor.Hesson, 39, took over in mid-2012 with New Zealand in the doldrums after a poor run of defeats and soon created controversy by axing the popular Ross Taylor as captain in favour of Brendon McCullum.However, his appointment has paid dividends, with the Black Caps winning their last three Test series against India at home and the West Indies at home and away.New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said Hesson's contract, which had been due to expire in April next year after the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, had been extended to April 2017."Mike has worked incredibly hard to build our relatively young Test team into one that is now challenging the top sides in the world," White said."His selections have also earned ...

Cook vows to carry on to World Cup BIRMINGHAM: England captain Alastair Cook insisted he still wanted to lead the side at the World Cup despite conceding the team's chances of triumphing at next year's tournament were "far-fetched" following another mauling by India.The reigning world champions inflicted a humiliating nine-wicket defeat upon England in the fourth one-day international at Edgbaston on Tuesday to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.India dismissed England for just 206, a total that owed much to ...
Bolt could have been cricketer except for dad BANGALORE: Sprint superstar Usain Bolt said Tuesday he wanted to play cricket for Jamaica as a youngster but his father convinced him to take up track and field instead.Bolt, the world's fastest man, could have followed in the footsteps of Jamaican speedsters Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh, who struck fear into the hearts of batsmen while playing for the West Indies in the 1980s and 90s.Asked on a promotional visit to India why he did ...
Injured Australia captain Clarke rules out ODI retirement MELBOURNE: Australia captain Michael Clarke has dismissed any suggestions he might quit one day cricket after returning home from Zimbabwe tour with a hamstring injury.The 33-year-old strained his hamstring in training before a one-day tournament against Zimbabwe and South Africa in Harare following a long break from the game and was forced to miss the first two matches.Upon returning to the team, he aggravated the injury during Australia's calamitous three-wicket loss to minnows Zimbabwe on ...
Big-hitting Marsh helps Australia to 282-7 HARARE: Mitchell Marsh hit a brutal unbeaten 86 as Australia posted 282 for seven in a crucial one-day triangular series game against South Africa in Harare on Tuesday.Australia were battling to increase their scoring rate when Marsh arrived at the crease, but the all rounder struck seven sixes in a 51-ball innings to help his side take 94 runs from the last eight overs.Marsh's big hitting included three successive sixes off the bowling of Dale ...
India field against England BIRMINGHAM: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field against England in the fourth one-day international at Edgbaston on Tuesday.Both sides made changes from the teams that played in India's six-wicket win at Trent Bridge on Saturday, a result that put the world champions 2-0 up with two to play in the series.For England, Ian Bell missed out on his Warwickshire home ground with a left big toe injury suffered batting ...
Boycott tells Cook to stop getting in a spin over critics BIRMINGHAM: England great Geoffrey Boycott has told current skipper Alastair Cook to accept "constructive" criticism from former players.Cook labelled Graeme Swann a "so-called friend" after the retired former England off-spinner said the side "did not have a cat in hell's chance " of winning next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.Swann also said opening batsman Cook should quit the one-day game as his style was not suited to white-ball cricket but remain as ...


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