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Khawaja hits 171 as Australia build lead in Sydney

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Usman Khawaja hit a mammoth 171 and Shaun Marsh was approaching his sixth test century as Australia eased 133 runs ahead of England on 479 for four after the third day of the fifth Ashes clash on Saturday. Khawaja shared a stand of 188 with captain Steve Smith, who was dismissed just before lunch, and another of 101 with Marsh, who just missed out on his second hundred of the series in the over before stumps. Marsh will resume on 98 on day four with his brother Mitchell, who was 63 not out, as ...

Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja frustrate England in Sydney

Friday, 5 January 2018

Australia captain Steve Smith continued to be England’s Ashes nemesis on Friday as he passed 6,000 test runs in an unbeaten knock of 44 to help his team to 193 for two at close of play on the second day of the fifth test. The world’s top ranked batsman and Usman Khawaja batted through the final session in a 107-run partnership after openers Cameron Bancroft and David Warner had departed earlier in Australia’s reply to England’s 346. Khawaja notched a stylish 91 not out ...

Andy Murray pulls out of Australian Open with hip injury

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Former world number one Andy Murray has pulled out of the Australian Open after failing to recover from a hip injury, tournament organizers said on Thursday. The three-time grand slam winner has not played a competitive match since a Wimbledon quarter-final loss last July and despite coming through a one-set exhibition in Abu Dhabi last week, the Briton has decided to focus on rehabilitation. “Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete,” ...

Woakes out of fifth Ashes test, Crane to debut

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

England leg spinner Mason Crane will make his debut in the fifth and final Ashes test against Australia this week after all-rounder Chris Woakes was ruled out of the match by injury, captain Joe Root said on Wednesday. Woakes missed a significant part of England’s home season after straining his side in the opening match of last year’s Champions Trophy and pulled up sore after the fourth test in Melbourne last week. The 27-year-old’s enforced absence ...

Australia ease past Canada in Hopman Cup opener

Monday, 1 January 2018

Daria Gavrilova beat Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets but Thanasi Kokkinakis was made to work harder to edge out Vasek Pospisil and give Australia a winning start to their Hopman Cup campaign against Canada on Sunday. Gavrilova gave the hosts a flying start in the round robin stage of the eight-nation mixed team event, beating former world number five Bouchard 6-1 6-4 at the Perth Arena. The nimble-footed Australian raced to a 5-0 lead in the opener but faced more of a ...

Six dead as seaplane crashes into Sydney river ahead of New Year celebrations

Sunday, 31 December 2017

A seaplane crashed into a Sydney river on Sunday, killing six people on a “wine and dine” sightseeing flight ahead of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at the harbour. Police said they did not know the cause of the crash, nor the identities of the five passengers, but were speaking with several witnesses who were in boats on one of the waterways’ busiest days of the year. The pilot was the sixth victim. Several Australian media reported that four of the ...

Lehmann to step down as Australia coach after 2019 Ashes

Monday, 25 December 2017

Darren Lehmann will step down as Australia coach after the 2019 Ashes series in England, he told Fox Sports on Monday. The 47-year-old, who took the job in 2013, will lead Australia’s World Cup defense in England before they attempt to win an away Ashes series for the first time since 2001. “That will be it,” Lehmann said. “It will be a case of too much time, too much travel. “I’ve really enjoyed the role and am loving it ...

Australia plot another Boxing Day blow against England

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Australia will look to extend their Christmas cheer into the dead rubber Boxing Day test by subjecting a demoralised England to a fourth consecutive loss in the Ashes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Anchored by the brilliant batting of captain Steve Smith, the hosts have barely put a foot wrong in the five-match series and will head to the MCG confident of pushing England toward a second successive whitewash on home soil. However, they will have to do it without their ...

Muslim man attacked in mosque in Australia for ‘no opinion’ on Jerusalem debate

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Footage has emerged revealing a Muslim man being attacked in a mosque in Adelaide, Australia on Friday after an unknown man approached him to discuss religion and Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. According to the Islamic Society of South Australia president, Ahmad Zreika, the victim in question was at the mosque to perform evening prayers when he was approached by the foreign individual. However, after he responded to his queries stating that he had no ...

Australia to end air strike campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Friday, 22 December 2017

Australian warplanes will cease their air strike campaign in Iraq and Syria, it was announced Friday, with the country's six hornet jets heading home after a three-year mission. The decision follows ISIS losing its two main hubs, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. It is now only clinging to the dregs of a "caliphate" that spanned territory the size of Britain three years ago, with Iraq declaring victory in the war this month. De fence Minister Marise Payne said Canberra had decided to ...

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