Afridi eying to eclipse De Villiers' fastest ODI ton in WC

Karachi, Jan 21 - Pakistan's veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi admitted that he would like to eclipse the record set forth by the swashbuckling South African skipper AB de Villiers, who hit the fastest one-day international century off just 31 deliveries.

Afridi held the record of the fastest one-day hundred for nearly 17 years after hammering 102 off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Nairobi.

The veteran all-rounder said that one doesn't plan out to set such records, adding that it happens when one has a very special day and confidence is sky high, the Dawn reported.

Buttler calls on England to put up 'complete performances' to win matches

Jos ButtlerLondon, Jan 19 : England batsman Jos Buttler has called on the team to put up complete performances that end in victory for them, as the World Cup nears.

England would reportedly be looking to end a run of three ODI consecutive defeats on Tuesday when they face India in their latest warm-up for the finals.

Former England skipper Andrew Flintoff chatted, boxed and bowled with his old team-mates at Sunday's training session much to the delight of the newer international cricketers among them, the Mirror reported.

However, England must find a good old-fashioned team performance against India on Tuesday to get the win they desperately need.

Cricket fraternity lauds 'superhuman' De Villiers' fastest ODI ton against Windies

AB de VilliersJohannesburg, Jan 19 : South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers' swashbuckling fastest every one-day ton in 31 balls against the West Indies at The Wanderers on Sunday has been on the receiving end of an overwhelming response from the cricketing fraternity.

De Villiers' batting partner Hashim Amla, who hit 153 not out, said that the skipper said he was going to have a look for one over but hit his first six balls for 24, adding that he is an amazing player.

Martin Crowe slams `thuggish` Warner over `speak English` incident with Rohit Sharma

David WarnerSydney, Jan 19 - New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe has slammed 'childish' David Warner for his 'thuggish behaviour' after the Australian opener got engaged in a slanging match with Rohit Sharma and demanded that the Indian should 'speak English' during Australia's second ODI win in Tri-Series.

Tempers were on a high during Australia's four-wicket win against India in the second ODI of the tri-series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday when Warner demanded that Sharma speaks English instead of his native Hindi.

Hoping to be in Melbourne for World Cup final: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh DhoniMelbourne : Back at the helm after retiring from Tests, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said his team will look for an encore when they start their title defence at the World Cup beginning next month.

"We would definitely like to repeat our performance from 2011. But the change in conditions will be a factor and we will have to play accordingly," Dhoni said at the launch of the team's new ODI kit designed by team-sponsor Nike for the upcoming season.

Team India unveils brand new 'light, comfortable' ODI kit

team india new dressSydney, Jan 15 : Indian cricket team has unveiled brand new lightweight ODI international kit ahead of the triangular series in Australia that starts on Friday.

Nike, the official apparel sponsor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) crafted the latest Team India uniform in a bold new design with some of Nike's latest global apparel innovations to help the team perform at their best.

India ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the new team India uniform was light, comfortable and packed with innovation to help minimize distractions on the field of play and that was critical when millimeters make a difference between a game winning innings or wicket.

Suspended Ajmal claims needs time to perfect new bowling action to hinder WC chances

Karachi, Jan 15 - Pakistan's suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has claimed that it would be really difficult for him to appear in the World Cup as he needs some time to perfect his new action, but is confident about clearing his reassessment on January 24 in Chennai.

Ajmal feels that he needs some more time to get full command over his new action and would not be ready to play international cricket even if he clears the test.

Ajmal claimed that he feels he needs some mileage before gaining perfection over his new action, and added that it would be really difficult for him to appear in World Cup, The Dawn reported.

KP believes new skipper Morgan would 'love' to have him in England squad

Kevin PietersenJohannesburg, Jan 14 - Axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen is of the opinion that there is a way back for him in the national squad as he claimed that the current captain Eoin Morgan would love to have him in the team.

Morgan replaced Alastair Cook in December and would lead the England squad at the World Cup in Australia.

Pietersen's international career was ended by England last year but the former skipper has been in fine form playing in Australia's Big Bash League for Melbourne Stars, Sport24 reported.

Pietersen said that he knows that the current captain would love to have him in the England team, adding that he wants to play for England.

Virender Sehwag wishes Team India ahead WC title defence

Virender SehwagGurgaon: With the ICC Cricket World Cup just a little over a month away, out-of-favour batsman Virender Sehwag on Friday wished the Indian team and hoped that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side would be able to defend its title in Australia and New Zealand.

"We are going to play the World Cup and we are the defending champion, so I hope we do well and bring this trophy to India and give lot of joy to Indian public," Sehwag said posing with the ICC World Cup Trophy which was showcased to cricket fans at Cyber Hub here.

Oz Test legend Doug Walters wants Smith to be more daring as captain

Steve SmithSydney, Jan 08 - Former Australian Test star Doug Walters has insisted that current skipper Steve Smith is almost foolproof and has a great determination, but wants to see more daring from him as a captain.

Smith knock of 117 runs on the second day of the fourth Test against India at the SCG was the skipper's fourth century of the series. The batsman joined Walters, Neil Harvey and Don Bradman on the list of Australians to have achieved the feat.

Smith is also the first man in cricket history to score centuries in his first three Tests as captain, reported.

Mathews still in 'shock' over Kiwis snatching victory from jaws of defeat in Basin Test

Angelo MathewsWellington, Jan 07 : Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews has expressed that he was shocked to see rival New Zealand team turning around the Basin Reserve Test to win by 193 runs and claim a whitewash in the two match Test series.

Mathews said that they were able to put New Zealand under pressure by the third day, but they missed a couple of sitters and good players make it count, adding that it was a shocking turnaround, Stuff. co. nz reported.

According to Mathews, the pair of Williamson and Watling put on a record partnership and were brilliant.

Kiwis clinch Test series 2-0 against Sri Lanka post emphatic 193 run win

New Zealand Sri LankaWellington, Jan 07 : New Zealand have started their 2015 campaign on a winning note as they decimated Sri Lanka by 193 runs in the second Test at the Basin Reserve to clinch a whitewash in the two match Test series.

Off-spinner Mark Craig was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed four wickets for 53, with pace bowlers Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult scalping four crucial wickets combined, which included wickets of veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Angelo Mathews.

Chelsea monitoring `worsening` relationship between Messi, Enrique at Barca: Reports

Lionel MessiJohannesburg, Jan 06 : Current Premier League leaders Chelsea are monitoring the relationship between Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, which continues to worsen at the Catalan club.

A Spanish newspaper has reported that Messi is unhappy with coach Enrique's way of running the dressing room at Barca and in light of the same 2015 might prove to be the year Chelsea makes their move for the Argentine.

It has been revealed that the club's first training session of 2015 was marred by a war of words between the two when Enrique failed to award a free kick to Messi during a 5-a-side game, Sport24 reported.

Warner clueless on how he will feel on return to SCG post Hughes' death

London, Jan 05 - Australian batsman David Warner has revealed that he does not know how he would react when he returns to the Sydney Cricket Ground, the place where Phillip Hughes was fatally struck by a bouncer, for the fourth and final Test against India, starting on Tuesday.

Warner had been fielding for domestic side New South Wales when his close friend Hughes was hit by bouncer from Sean Abbott on 25 November. Hughes passed away two days later.

Warner claimed that it's going to be tough, adding that he has got to hold back the emotions, the BBC reported.

Murray bags Abu Dhabi title as 'sick' Djokovic pulls out of final

Andy MurrayLondon, Jan 04 - British number one Andy Murray started the year on a winning note as he bagged his first title of 2015 after world number one Novak Djokovic pulled out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship final showdown in Abu Dhabi on account of illness .

Djokovic, who defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals, said that he had been sick then with a fever and he was not fit to play, the BBC reported.

Murray, who swept aside Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals, revealed that he felt pain in his shoulder but confirmed that it was fine, adding that there weren't any tears instead just soreness.

Sangakkara reaches 12,000 Test runs landmark as Sri Lanka fight back

Kumar SangakkaraLondon, Jan 04 - Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has become the fastest player to score 12,000 runs in Test cricket, thus also becoming the fifth player in the history of cricket to reach the milestone.

The veteran batsman has joined an elite club of players, which comprises of stalwarts that includes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid of India, Ricky Ponting of Sri Lanka, Jacques Kallis of South Africa.

Sangakkara, who surpassed the mark in 224th Test innings, began his innings on 11,995 runs during his side's second Test against New Zealand and was given a standing ovation when he became the fastest batsman to reach the milestone , the BBC reported.

India vs Australia: Spotlight shifts to new Test skipper Virat Kohli

Virat KohliSydney: Three days after India captain MS Dhoni surprised the cricket world with his sudden retirement from Test cricket, the focus is slowly shifting towards the new skipper and how India would make a fresh start with Virat Kohli at the helm when final Test commences here on January 6.

With Dhoni opting to stay away from not only the cricket field but also off it, as he didn't attend the high-tea organised on Sunday by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for both the teams, Kohli has been hogging all the limelight.

Dhoni's retirement technically means he is no longer a part of the Test squad, but he was invited nevertheless.

Fans urge Dhoni to reconsider decision to retire from Test cricket

Mahendra Singh DhoniRanchi/Vadodara, Jan. 1 - Fans of Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took to streets in Ranchi and Vadodara yesterday to urge him to reconsider his decision to retire from Test cricket.

" Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not only Jharkhand's, but also India's pride. The players of the Jharkhand State Disabled Cricket Association and other people here are demanding that he change his decision. It is difficult to even think of cricket without him," said Hiten Bharadwaj a fan of Dhoni's who is based in Ranchi.

Twitter flooded with praises from world cricketers over Dhoni's Test cricket retirement

Mahendra Singh DhoniLondon, Dec 31 - Twitter was bombarded with tweets from cricketers as they praised Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his retirement from Test cricket following the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

After the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the news of Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket on its Twitter account, fans immediately reacted on Twitter with shock. However, Indian cricketers lauded their skipper for the bold decision.

MS Dhoni calls curtains on Test career to focus on ODIs

Mahendra Singh DhoniMelbourne, Dec 30 : Indian cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced his retirement from Test Cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of Cricket.

Dhoni, who led India to the number one position in the Test rankings, has chosen to retire from Test Cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats.

Releasing a statement, BCCI thanked Dhoni for his enormous contribution to Test Cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India.

Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian Team for the Fourth and Final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney from the 6th of January 2015. (ANI)

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