Australia team culture criticism exaggerated, says Ponting

Thursday, 5 April 2018

The widespread criticism of Australia’s cricket culture following last month’s ball-tampering scandal in South Africa is rather exaggerated, former captain Ricky Ponting said on Thursday. Cricket Australia (CA) has slapped 12-month bans on Steve Smith and David Warner, while suspending Cameron Bancroft, who was caught using a piece of sandpaper on the ball in the Cape Town test, for nine months following the controversy which rocked cricket in Australia. The fallout prompted Darren ...

Cricket: Australia’s Mitchell Marsh to undergo ankle surgery

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Australia’s fast bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will miss the start of the English county season with Surrey as he needs an ankle surgery which also makes him a doubt for the national team’s next test assignment against Pakistan. Surrey confirmed on Wednesday that Marsh, who was expected to join the squad for the start of the County Championship this month, requires an immediate ankle surgery. Missing season start “I’m extremely disappointed to be missing the start ...

Australia 6 wickets down and 378 runs behind South Africa on Day 2

Saturday, 31 March 2018

South Africa ramped up the pressure on a troubled Australia in the final cricket test on Saturday by making 488 and quickly removing the three batsmen rushed into the team because of the ball-tampering scandal. Australia, with its morale in pieces following the cheating saga of the last week, was 110-6 and 378 runs behind at stumps on the second day of the series decider at the Wanderers. Openers Matthew Renshaw, Joe Burns, and Peter Handscomb all played their first games of the series and all ...

Australian coach Lehmann resigns as disgraced trio return to Australia

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Australia coach Darren Lehmann said on Thursday he would step down after this week’s test match against South Africa, as he took ultimate responsibility for the culture of a team embroiled in a ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the sport. Lehmann, who had previously told reporters he would not stand aside, said that his decision was due in part to the abuse his family received after three Australia players conspired to scuff up the ball with sandpaper during the third test against ...

Cricket: Australia slaps 12-month bans on Smith and Warner

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Sacked Australia captain Steve Smith and David Warner have both been banned for 12 months for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday, after uncovering a web of lies told by the players after they were caught. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months following the scandal, which has outraged the fans, jolted the sponsors and prompted CA to send the players home from South Africa. The trio ...

Australia skipper Smith banned by ICC amid ball-tampering probe

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Steve Smith stepped down as Australia captain on Sunday and has been suspended for one test by the International Cricket Council amid stunning ball-tampering revelations that have plunged the test team into crisis. Smith was also fined 100 percent of his match fee, while opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was caught on camera attempting to alter the condition of the ball, was handed three demerit points and a 75 percent fine of his match fee. Bancroft, however, ...

Tennis: Kyrgios bemused by lack of action on Gavrilova tantrum

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Outspoken Australian Nick Kyrgios has bemoaned a recent outburst by Daria Gavrilova, saying that he would have been “banned for six years” had he behaved in a similar manner to his compatriot. Gavrilova lost her temper during a match against American Madison Brengle at the Acapulco Open on Monday, the Australian throwing her racket after misfiring on a serve and nearly hitting a ballkid. The racket then bounced up and slammed into the umpire’s chair, ...

Macron eyes action against Chinese farm buyers

Thursday, 22 February 2018

President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday promised measures to help prevent foreign investors buying agricultural land in France after a string of international controversies over Chinese purchases.“For me, French agricultural lands are strategic investments on which our sovereignty depends, so we can’t allow hundreds of hectares of land to be bought by foreign powers without us knowing the aims of these purchases,” Macron told a crowd of young farmers at the presidential palace.He ...

Cruise ship forced back to Sydney after toilet brawl

Monday, 12 February 2018

A cruise ship was forced to return to Sydney after a brawl over a toilet queue, with a Russian women charged Monday for allegedly attacking a man with an empty wine bottle. A fight broke out between several men in the early hours of Sunday morning on the P&O ship as they waited in line to use a bathroom. “During the fight, a 37-year-old woman, who is the partner of one of the men, allegedly struck a 21-year-old man on the head with an empty wine bottle, causing a laceration,” New ...

Tomic ‘highly doubtful’ to play for Tennis Australia again

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Controversial Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic is unlikely to play for his country again in the Davis Cup, captain Lleyton Hewitt has said. Australia host Germany in the World Group first round of the team competition this weekend in Brisbane, with Tomic not included after a form slump has seen his ranking drop to 168th in the world. He had been as high as 17th two years ago. “It’s highly doubtful,” Hewitt told reporters on Tuesday when asked if Tomic might return to ...

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