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Finch takes over as Aussie T20 captain SYDNEY: Top-ranked batsman Aaron Finch was named as Australia's new Twenty20 captain on Monday after George Bailey stood down to focus on next year's World Cup.The explosive opener, number one on the Twenty20 international batting rankings, will first take charge of the side during the upcoming the series against Pakistan in UAE.The 27-year-old has racked up an average of 41.25 in 18 Twenty20 internationals, including a stunning 156 off 63 balls against England last year.Finch has captained Twenty20 sides the Melbourne Renegades and Pune Warriors but he said it was a "big surprise" to receive the phone call from national selector Rod Marsh."Having the honour to captain your country in any form of the game is something that all young cricketers dream about," he said. "It came as a big surprise but it was a very nice phone call to receive from Rod Marsh."It goes without saying that I will ...

O'Keefe, Marsh gun for Australia Test debuts SYDNEY: Spinner Steve O'Keefe and allrounder Mitchell Marsh could make their Test debuts after being named Monday in Australia's squad for next month's series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Left-armer O'Keefe, 29, was one of three spinners included for a tour expected to be played on slow pitches, and could be the 14th spinner to feature in Tests for Australia since the retirement of Shane Warne in 2007.Among other notable selections were allrounder Glenn ...
Rain puts dampener on West Indies and Bangladesh test KINGSTOWN: Prospects of play late on the second day of the first Test between the West Indies and Bangladesh improved with rain stopping and playing conditions improving slowly on Saturday at the Arnos Vale Stadium in St Vincent.Umpires Marais Erasmus and Richard Illingworth have scheduled a second inspection of the field at 12.40pm local time (1640 GMT) following their first examination of the pitch after the covers were removed an hour earlier.West Indies closed the ...
Steyn, Du Plessis set up convincing win over Australia HARARE: A superb spell of reverse-swing bowling from Dale Steyn and another fluent innings from Faf du Plessis helped South Africa cruise to a six-wicket victory over Australia in the final of the triangular series at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.Steyn took key wickets in recording figures of 4-34 as the Proteas limited Australia to 217-9 in their 50 overs.South Africa always looked in control of their reply as Du Plessis finished with 96, ...
South Africa beat Australia by six wickets HARARE: South Africa beat Australia by six wickets in the final of the one-day international triangular series, also involving Zimbabwe, at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.Scores: Australia 217-9 in 50 overs (A. Finch 54; D. Steyn 4-34) v South Africa 221-4 in 40.5 overs (F. Du Plessis 96, AB de Villiers 57 not out, H.Amla 51).Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Duminy and Morkel pass fitness tests to boost South Africa HARARE: JP Duminy and Morne Morkel both passed late fitness tests to take their place in the South African side for Saturday's one-day triangular series final at Harare Sports Club.Both players have been struggling with chronic injuries over the course of the series, which also involved Zimbabwe, with Morkel aggravating a rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder and Duminy battling with a left knee problem.However the pair successfully completed their fitness tests, leaving South ...
I wanted to quit on court, not locker room, says sick Peng NEW YORK: Peng Shuai refused to surrender her US Open dream in the locker room Friday, preferring to go down in glory on a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium despite heat illness leaving her a tearful, crumbling wreck.Peng was trailing Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (7/1) 4-3 in her semi-final when she left the court to seek treatment -- at the time believed to be for cramping -- and play was held up for 10 minutes.The 28-year-old Chinese ...


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