'Self-belief' helped us beat India in 2003 WC final: Damien Martyn

Perth - Notwithstanding India's good showing en route to the 2003 World Cup final, former batsman Damien Martyn said that it was Australia's 'self-belief' that helped them in outplaying the Sourav Ganguly-led side in the title clash.

Put into bat, the defending champions rode on a 234-run unbeaten third-wicket partnership between Ponting (140) and Martyn (88) to post 359 and then managed to bundle out the Men in Blue for 234 in 39.2 overs. Martyn recalls the memorable day.

Gilchrist in ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

Adam-GilchristPerth, Dec 13 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) Friday inducted Adam Gilchrist into the Cricket Hall of Fame at a simple ceremony during the tea interval of the third Ashes Test match between Australia and England at the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) ground here.

Gilchrist received his commemorative cap from Cricket Australia (CA) chairman and ICC director Wally Edwards in front of a large and appreciative crowd. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman and ICC director Giles Clarke, WACA chairman and vice-president Sam Gannon, and WACA president and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Dennis Lillee were also present.

Cook says England prepared for third Ashes Test

Alastair-CookPerth, Dec 12 : England captain Alastair Cook said Thursday his team is keen to do well in the third Ashes cricket test against Australia here starting Friday.

England lost the first two Test matches in Brisbane and Adelaide and trail 0-2 in the five-match series, reports Xinhua.

Cook said his squad had worked hard for the coming Test matches and thought that the team was prepared.

"Our confidence has obviously had a hit from the first two Test matches," Cook told local media Thursday.

"But as a squad we've made a conscious effort to look forward rather than back."

Australia can become No.1 in two years: Arthur

Mickey-ArthurPerth, March 26 : Australia cricket coach Mickey Arthur has said the tour of India was the toughest of his career but expressed confidence that his side can again become No. 1 in Tests in two years.

Australia's 0-4 drubbing in India was their worst result in the Indian subcontinent and the worst ever since losing 1-5 to England in the 1978-79 Ashes.

Warnie tweets New Year eve’s bash’s pics 7 times

Shane-WarnePerth, Jan 1 : Shane Warne has posted photographs of his New Year's eve party look, seven times.

After wishing his Twitter followers a happy New Year, the 43-year-old former cricketer urged his followers to post photos of their outfits.

"Ps followers please tweet me some before and after pics of New Year's Eve celebrations!!!!! Hahahaha (sic)," the West quoted him as tweeting.

The legendary spin bowler then started posting his own pictures - mostly of himself - in various poses with friends and his fiance Elizabeth Hurley.

Police detects two ATM skimming devices in Perth

Police detects two ATM skimming devices in PerthPolice officials have detected and seized two skimming devices at automatic teller machines at two different locations in the Australian city of Perth.

The police found two devices at ATMs in Perth's central business district and in Joondalup during the previous week. Technology Crime Investigators are currently examining the devices aimed at ATM card theft in the city. One of the machines was detected by a person using the ATM while the other machine was detected by a bank manager.

Fighting Spain rally to win third Hopman Cup title

Perth, Jan 9 : Tommy Robredo and Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez paced Spain to a third Hopman Cup title Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Britain.

Robredo, who played on the 2002 Spanish side which also lifted the trophy at the mixed team event, sent a return winner down the line to clinch the week's work in the concluding mixed doubles rubber.

The 27-year-old old - only man to be ranked inside the top 20 in both singles and doubles - improved his record at the event to 21-6.

Overall victory on third match point of the wrap-up rubber was added to the first Spanish triumph in 1990 along with that of eight years ago.

Hewitt claws Australia into contention against Romania

Lleyton HewittPerth, Jan 2 : Lleyton Hewitt returned to tennis after a break of two-and-a-half months, producing a fighting 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) defeat of Victor Hanescu to pull top seed Australia level at 1-1 with Romania Saturday's opening day of the Hopman Cup.

The 28-year-old former number one, now ranked 22nd, put on his hero performance at the Burswood Dome as he began his fifth appearance at the international mixed competition featuring men's and women's singles and a mixed doubles rubber.

The victory in two and a half hours kept host Australia alive with a deciding mixed doubles to come.

Hewitt to begin 2010 push with weekend Hopman Cup start

Lleyton Hewitt Perth, Dec 29 : Lleyton Hewitt is due to put five weeks of training in Sydney to the test Saturday when the two-time Grand Slam champion begins Australia's campaign at the Hopman Cup mixed team event.

The former number one is to team up with French Open semi-finalist Samantha Stosur as the host nation bids for only its second title at the eight-nation team event.

Australia, the top seeds, begin on the opening day at the Burswood Dome against Romania with Victor Hanescu and teenage talent Sorana Cirstea, ranked 45th on the WTA.

Benn banned for two ODIs, fines for Haddin and Johnson

Benn SuleimanPerth, Dec 18 : West Indies spinner Benn Suleiman has been handed a two ODI ban while Australians Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson were fined match fees for their on-field altercation during the second day of the ongoing third Test here Thursday.

Match Referee Chris Broad found all the three players guilty of conduct contrary to the Spirit of Cricket. Haddin was fined 25 percent and Johnson 10 percent of their match fees.

Benn will miss the opening two ODIs against Australia in Melbourne and Adelaide slated for Feb 7 and Feb 9.

Benn, Johnson and Haddin can face ICC supension

Benn, Johnson and Haddin can face ICC supensionPerth, Dec 17 : Sulieman Benn, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson face suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after having been involved in an on-field altercation on day two of the third Test between Australia and West Indies here Thursday.

The drama began when West Indies spinner Benn and Johnson collided as the Australian set off towards the keeper's end for a single and Benn tried to field the ball off Haddin.

Gabba defeat motivated Windies to turn things around: Sarwan

 SarwanPerth, Dec. 12 : West Indies middle order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has said the harsh criticism coming the team''s way after the first Test in Brisbane hurt him personally, but it also helped the side as a whole to turn things around during the Adelaide Test.

He said the visitors did a lot of soul searching and even engaged in heated arguments after the Gabba Test defeat, but the sum total at the end, was the emergence of a mentally stronger side.

Slogans like ''I''m a tits man'' on kids'' clothes spark Oz family group outrage

Slogans like ''I''m a tits man'' on kids'' clothes spark Oz family group outragePerth, July 23 : Baby clothes with inappropriate slogans like "The condom broke", "I''m a tits man", "Pardon my nipple breath", and "I''m living proof my mum is easy", are said to have caused outrage with family groups.

Breastfeeding benefits ‘greatly exaggerated’, says expert

Breastfeeding benefits ‘greatly exaggerated’, says expertPerth, July 23 : Mothers are constantly urged to breastfeed, for numerous studies have shown that it helps to keep a host of problems including obesity, allergies, asthma and diabetes at bay. Now, a leading paediatrician has said that the benefits of nursing have been greatly exaggerated.

Professor Michael Kramer, from Montreal''s McGill University, has claimed that much of the evidence we hear about how good it is to breastfeed our babies is either wrong or out of date.

Australia’s aboriginals now facing racial taunts

 Australia’s aboriginals now facing racial tauntsPerth (Australia), June 17: It was bad enough that Indian students were being racially abused, but reports have now surfaced that racial taunts have also been directed at aboriginal students in the town of Narrogin in Western Australia''s south-east.

According to news. com. au, 25 children have been asked by their parents to stay at home because of what they claim are racial slurs against indigenous students.

Moody confident Hauritz will play in first Ashes Test

 Moody confident Hauritz will play in first Ashes TestPerth (Australia), June 11 : Former Sri Lanka and currently Western Australia coach Tom Moody is confident that off-spinner Nathan Hauritz will play the first Ashes Test next month.

The New South Wales spinner has taken 14 wickets in four Tests, but is still regarded as a containing bowler rather than a big wicket-taking threat.

Hauritz, 27, who toured South Africa earlier this year, was overlooked for all three Tests.

Proteas spinner Botha’s action similar to Lanka’s Murli, says Oz bio-mechanist

Proteas spinner Botha’s action similar to Lanka’s Murli, says Oz bio-mechanistPerth, Apr. 16 : A University of Western Australia bio-mechanist has said Proteas off spinner Johan Botha's action is similar to Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan.

According to Bruce Elliot, Botha has an action that looks "not quite as different as Murali but heading in that direction."

Dokic brother hopes to eventually reunite

Dokic brother hopes to eventually reunite Perth, Australia  - With Jelena Dokic finally putting her life back together both on and off the court, the surprise Australian Open quarter-finalist may soon be back in contact with her younger brother.

The estranged Dokic family is now spread around the globe, with former tennis bad dad Damir involved in a Serbian vineyard near Belgrade and his Croatian ex-wife Ljiljana now based in Sydney.

Haddin angry over Vettori’s cheat claim

Haddin angry over Vettori’s cheat claimPerth, Feb. 2: Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has angrily denied claims by the New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori that he cheated during the one-day clash at the WACA yesterday.

The dispute centers around the dismissal of Black Cap Neil Broom at a vital stage of New Zealand''s two-wicket win.

Broome was given out bowled by Michael Clarke in the 36th over, but replays quickly showed Haddin had clipped off the bails with his gloves rather than the ball.

Ponting demands Symonds inclusion for Proteas tour

Ponting demands Symonds inclusion for Proteas tourPerth, Feb. 2 : Australian cricket skipper Ricky Ponting is reportedly ready to urge the national selectors to pick Andrew Symonds for the tour of South Africa.

Ponting said he wanted the all-rounder in his squad for "all forms of the game" in South Africa after Australia lost the Test and one-day series at home for the first time in 16 years.

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