NZC to get 'once in a generation' 20 million dollars bonus from 2015 Cricket WC

Wellington, Dec 07 - In what has been dubbed as a once in a million chance to boost cricket in New Zealand, the country's cricket board is reportedly expected to get a 20 million dollar bonus from next year's World Cup.

It is understood that New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has agreed to split profits with Cricket Australia in a one third New Zealand-by-two thirds Australia agreement that could see the NZC pocket an estimated 20 million dollars.

The added multi-million-dollar injection would come on top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) dividend paid out to the 10 member countries for each ICC event, reported.

India names World Cup probable list, five big names dropped

India names World Cup probable listMumbai, Dec 4 : The national selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday named its 30-member probable squad for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

On the recommendation of the selection committee, the board has dropped senior players Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, all of whom were part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad.

The emphasis was on selecting young talent.

The other players who have been dropped include Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla and Ashish Nehra.

Cook faces ban if England found guilty of slow over-rate in third ODI against Lanka

Cook faces banLondon, Dec 04 : England captain Alastair Cook is facing a ban if his team is found guilty of a slow over-rate following their third ODI in Sri Lanka, which they won by five wickets.

England beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in Hambantota, but the hosts' 35 overs went more than 20 minutes over time and now Cook faces a suspension if found guilty of a slow over-rate .

Cook, who was fined for a similar offence after a one-day game against India in August, and told that he would be banned for any repeat within 12 months, admitted that England probably were a little bit slow, The BBC reported.

ICC announces schedule of warm-up matches for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

ICC announces schedule of warm-up matches for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015Dubai, Dec 1 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the complete schedule of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, including match start times and warm-up matches.

A total of 14 non-ODI warm-up matches will be played across Adelaide, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney from 8 to 13 February, with host and four-time former world champion Australia taking on reigning world champion India at Adelaide Oval on the first day.

Doctor says 'rare ' 'Vertebral Artery Dissection' caused Hughes' death

Phillip HughesSydney, November 28 : Australian team doctor Peter Bruckner has revealed that Phillip Hughes' condition was an incredibly rare one that engendered a hemorrhage in the brain due to the injury to the neck.

According to Bruckner, Hughes suffered a condition named as Vertebral Artery Dissection , a rare condition with about 100 ever reported cases. Doctor Tony Grabs of St Vincent's Hospital has termed the injury as catastrophic, News. com. au reported.

An arterial dissection is a tear in the lining of an artery. When that tear happens in a major artery in the head and neck, it can seal off blood flow to the brain.

Oz team doc says 'deceased' Hughes suffered 'massive bleed' into brain on Tuesday

Phillip HughesSydney, Nov 27 : Australian cricket team doctor Peter Brukner has said that deceased batsman Phillip Hughes suffered a massive bleed into his brain on Tuesday afternoon.

25-year-old Hughes passed away after succumbing to injuries he endured at the SCG on Tuesday after being hit by a bouncer under the helmet behind his left year. The 25-year-old South Australian batsman, who was pushing for a Test recall against India in Brisbane next week, was knocked out after the ball made impact.

Philip Hughes will be remembered forever, says Cricket Australia CEO

James SutherlandSydney/ New Delhi, Nov 27 : Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland on Friday said that cricketer Phil Hughes, who passed away today following a head injury that he received on Tuesday, was a rising star who will be remembered forever.

"National selectors had identified him as having a long future in the game. He was a rising star; he will be remembered forever," Sutherland told a press conference.

Meanwhile, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) general manager (game development) Ratnakar Shetty said that Hughes' death was a great loss to the game.

Cricketers express shock and dismay over tragic death of Phillip Hughes

Phillip HughesNew Delhi, Nov 27 : Cricketers and fans together took to Twitter to show their support and empathy for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away on Thursday.

Hughes succumbed to injuries he endured when he was hit by a bouncer at the SCG on Tuesday. The 25-year-old South Australian batsman, who was pushing for a Test recall against India in Brisbane next week, was knocked out after the ball made impact under his helmet, behind his left ear.

Fans and cricketers took to social media to show their sympathy for the deceased cricketer and his family and friends.

Hesson not expecting 'miracles' from Vettori on return to Kiwi Test squad

Hesson not expecting 'miracles' from Vettori Wellington, Nov 26 : New Zealand cricket team coach Mike Hesson is not expecting any miracles from Daniel Vettori, but he believes that the veteran spinner could play a key role in his record-setting Test appearance.

Vettori has made a surprise comeback to the five-day format after two years out with injury, to make the team to play the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Wednesday. It would mark the 35-year-old's 112th Test appearance for New Zealand, belatedly breaking the deadlock he had enjoyed with fellow former skipper Stephen Fleming.

Vettori received a standing ovation from the team as he was presented with his cap.

CA rules 'injured' Clarke out of first Test against India

Sydney, Nov 25 - Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has reportedly been ruled out of the first Test against India and Cricket Australia is expected to announce on Tuesday that the skipper would not take the field in either Sydney grade cricket or the two-day tour match against the visitors in Adelaide.

CA's decision would end any chance of Clarke taking the field in Border-Gavaskar series opener. And in further bad news for the Australian skipper, it has been reported that CA chief executive James Sutherland would seek a 'please explain' from Clarke on why he contradicted the selectors with his public statements on Monday.

Kohli admits 'down under' Indians will focus on 'composure, concentration' against Oz

Virat KohliSydney, Nov 24 : Indian cricket team's stand in captain Virat Kohli has admitted that it can be very hard in a place like Australia to come back if one is down in the series so the focus would be to have the composure and the concentration in those important moments.

Kohli says India must motor from the outset to find elusive series success in Australia.

However wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Carters said that the Cricket Australia XI aims to start the rot for the visitors in back-to-back tour matches starting on Monday at Glenelg Oval.

Tendulkar congratulates Rohit Sharma for setting new ODI record

Sachin TendulkarNew Delhi, Nov 22 : Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has congratulated fellow cricketer Rohit Sharma for scoring a record breaking 264 runs in a One- Day International (ODI) match against Sri Lanka on November 13.

The previous record was held by fellow cricketer Virender Sehwag, who had scored 219 runs in an ODI against West Indies in 2011.

"(It is a) Spectacular achievement! Especially after a hand injury, it's not so easy. I know.. I have had a few injuries. Rohit has done remarkably well and I just feel that this Australian tour brings him more success and for Indian cricket," said Tendulkar.

AB willing to bat down order for team's win

AB willing to bat down order for team's winJohannesburg, November 21 : South African captain AB de Villiers has expressed that he is willing to bat down the order in order to ensure that his team wouldn't lose in case of a batting collapse.

De Villiers admitted that having enough experience, he would like to push himself down to make sure that they would have a good chance of winning the game at the end. He further said that ideally they wouldn't like to have such situations but such plans could possibly save them from getting bowled out, Sport24 reported.

Bailey backs Haddin to lead team during first Test against India

George BaileyMelbourne, Nov 21 : George Bailey has reportedly backed right-handed batsman and Vice-captain of the Australian ODI team, Brad Haddin, to take up the reigns of the team in the first Test against India but has refused to rule out injured skipper Michael Clarke.

Bailey said that he expected Haddin to be behind the stumps at the Gabba from December 4-8 and lead the team on the field if Clarke is unable to recover in time, reported News. com. au.

He said that Haddin would "relish the opportunity and he deserves the opportunity."

He refuted the suggestion that one of the younger Australians should be asked to lead the team with an eye to the future. (ANI)

Clarke's hamstring injury not 'serious enough' to rule skipper out for entire summer

Michael ClarkeSydney, November 20 : Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris has said that he hopes to see Captain Michael Clarke to play a part in the summer, despite hamstring injury ruling the skipper out of the ongoing ODI series against South Africa.

According to Kountouris, Clarke's hamstring injury is not as bad as has been projected; instead he is experiencing an acute back pain , which has further complicated things. He believes that the left hamstring injury is similar to the one Clarke suffered in Zimbabwe back in August, reported News. com. au.

Strauss says 'fear of getting out' behind England's loss in ODIs since his time

Strauss says 'fear of getting out' behind England's loss in ODIs since his timeLondon, November 18 : Former England captain Andrew Strauss admitted that the team has been too 'fearful' of getting out and thus fail to hit runs in one-day internationals.

Strauss believes that England players have played too fearfully even during his own tenure as a captain. According to him, the team wouldn't make 400 plus runs unless they have got the confidence to do so. He further said that it was not the strategy, but the players that haven't performed well, the BBC reported.

Adelaide Oval wins rights to host historic day-night Test between Oz-Kiwis

Adelaide Oval wins rights to host historic day-night Test between Oz-KiwisSydney, Nov 16 : Adelaide Oval stadium would reportedly win the rights to host the sport's historic day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand as the traditional format prepares to make use of the pink-ball next November.

It can be reportedly revealed that the final day-night Sheffield Shield trials last week alleviated concerns over the durability of pink kookaburra balls. Secret Cricket Australia research has also dispelled the theory pink balls can't be detected by colour-blind players such as Test opener Chris Rogers.

Cook insists England has moved on from controversy over KP's autobiography

Alastair CookJohannesburg, Nov 15 : England cricket captain Alastair Cook has insisted that the controversy over sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen's autobiography had been well and truly in the past for his side ahead of their ODI series in Sri Lanka.

England fly out on Sunday for a seven-match series designed as part of their preparations for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. They do so with the uproar caused by Pietersen's book having just about died down since it was launched in a blaze of publicity last month.

Injured Clarke may miss Test series against India to be fit for 'top priority' WC

Michael ClarkeSydney, Nov 15 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke is likely to miss a home Test and might miss out the series against India for the first time in his career due to injury after coach Darren Lehmann said that the World Cup would be a priority for the skipper.

Clarke on Saturday had scans on his injured hamstring in Perth before flying home to Sydney to consult specialists about the results, but Lehmann admitted that the first Test against India in Brisbane, 18 days away, would be a big ask.

Lehmann downplays alleged rift with Clarke

Michael Clarke Darren LehmannAuckland, November 14 : Australian captain Michael Clarke and coach Darren Lehmann have reportedly not been on good terms with each other post the thrashing in the recent series against Pakistan in United Arabic Emirates.

Tension between both have allegedly been reported at least a couple of times this year, most notably over the exclusion of Steve Smith from a one-day match against Zimbabwe in Harare in August in which Australia were the shock losers. It was subsequently followed by Clarke expressing his dismay over selection publicly, which didn't go down well with Lehmann, reported stuff. co. nz.

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