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    SHAMED Australia star Tim Paine is set to MISS the First Test of this winter's Ashes series against England following his sexting scandal. The Aussie wicketkeeper, 36, stepped down as captain last week after explicit texts sent to a female colleague were leaked. 2Tim Paine is set to miss at least the First Test of the Ashes after revealing he would be 'taking a leave of absence'Credit: Reuters And now Cricket Tasmania have revealed Paine is 'taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the forseeable future'. A statement read: "Following discussions over the last 24 hours, Tim Paine has advised Cricket Tasmania that he will be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future. "Tim’s decision makes him unavailable for selection for today’s Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia. "His place in the squad will be taken by Charlie Wakim."Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer." While the statement didn't specifically mention international cricket, with the First Test of...
    TIM PAINE’S sister's husband reportedly sent X-rated pictures to the SAME woman as the Australian cricket star in a shocking twist to the sexting scandal. The Aussie QUIT as Test cricket captain over an explicit sexting scandal in the latest debacle surrounding the team. 2Tim Paine, pictured with wife Bonnie, quit as Australia’s captain last week over the sexting scandalCredit: Instagram @bon.paine 2Paine's brother-in-law, Shannon Tubb, allegedly sent lewd messages also to the same womanCredit: Facebook The decision came just 19 days before he was due to lead his country against England in the Ashes Down Under - although Paine is still set to be picked in the squad. Paine took over from shamed Steve Smith in 2018 when the former skipper was caught up in the ball-tampering controversy. But now he has resigned amid backlash over his conduct towards a then-colleague at Cricket Tasmania in November 2017, on the eve of the First Test of the Ashes series at the Gabba in Brisbane. Paine, now 36, sent an unsolicited picture of his penis to the woman along with a...
    PAKISTAN are looking to reach a first T20 World Cup final since they lifted the trophy in 2009, as they face Australia. Babar Azam and co are among the favourites for the tournament after winning every group game, including a ten-wicket thrashing of arch rivals India. 2Pakistan have been in excellent form so farCredit: AFP 2Australia go into this semi-final as underdogsCredit: AFP Australia edged out South Africa for second place in the group, but were no match for an England side who hammered them by eight wickets. The Aussies have never won the T20 World Cup and are looking to reach a first final since their defeat to England in the West Indies in 2010. What time does Pakistan vs Australia start? Pakistan take on Australia on Thursday, November 11. The match starts at 2pm UK time - 7pm in Islamabad and 1am in Canberra. It takes place at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. What UK TV channel is Pakistan vs Australia on and can I live stream it? Pakistan vs Australia is...
    Getty BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Shaheen Shah Afridi of Pakistan appeals succesfully for the wicket of Tom Latham of New Zealand during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 26, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) Pakistan need one more win to continue a remarkable unbeaten run and reach the final of the 2021 T20 Men’s World Cup. Captain Babar Azam’s side weren’t fancied when the tournament began, but the nation has defied expectations after opening with a maiden T20 World Cup win over rivals India. Thursday’s opponents Australia haven’t been as proficient, but this is still a squad loaded with experience and match-winners at this level. David Warner will lead the way with the bat, while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are the cornerstones of a bowling attack defined by pace. Victory at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium would put Australia into Sunday’s final for a game with New Zealand, after the Black Caps shocked England by five wickets on...
    PAKISTAN are looking to reach a first T20 World Cup final since they lifted the trophy in 2009, as they take on Australia. Babar Azam and co are among the favourites for the tournament after winning every group game, including a ten-wicket thrashing of arch rivals India. 2Pakistan have been in excellent form so farCredit: AFP 2Australia go into this semi-final as underdogsCredit: AFP Australia edged out South Africa for second place in the group, but were no match for an England side who hammered them by eight wickets. The Aussies have never won the T20 World Cup and are looking to reach a first final since their defeat to England in the West Indies in 2010. What time does Pakistan vs Australia start? Pakistan take on Australia on Thursday, November 11. The match starts at 2pm UK time - 7pm in Islamabad and 1am in Canberra. It takes place at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. What UK TV channel is Pakistan vs Australia on and can I live stream it? Pakistan vs Australia...
    In September, a Taliban official said the regime should not allow women to play cricket if they were to be exposed to the public. Article written by Posted 05/11/2021 10:17 Update 05/11/2021 10:26 Study time: 2 min The Australian Cricket Association on Friday (November 5) announced the postponement of its women’s team’s historic friendly match against Afghanistan due to concerns over the right of women to practice sports under the Taliban regime. Cricket Australia said after consulting with “Relevant Partners”, It was decided that the men’s friendly match scheduled to take place in Hobart this month would not take place. “Given the current uncertainty, it was necessary to postpone the friendly match until later when the (Cricket Australia) situation became clear. The federation said in a statement. Leading players of the Australian team have said the match should be canceled if the practical ban on women’s cricket in Afghanistan continues. After the overthrow of the elected government in August, senior Taliban leaders said Afghan women would no longer play cricket or...
    (CNN)The men's Afghan cricket team must wait to play its historic Test match against Australia, after Cricket Australia (CA) postponed this month's fixture indefinitely.Australia, a powerhouse of the sport, has never played a Test against Afghanistan despite the International Cricket Council granting Test match status to Afghanistan in 2017.In September, CA warned that the match, which was due to be hosted in Hobart on November 27, could not go ahead if the Taliban banned women from playing the sport."CA is committed to support growing the game for women and men in Afghanistan and around the world, however, given the present uncertainty, CA felt it necessary to postpone the Test match until a later time when the situation is clearer," the governing body said in a statement. Dying for peace: Afghanistans first female Olympian says women will not give up their liberties easily CA welcomed the inclusion of individual Afghan players in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition set for the southern hemisphere summer.Read More"CA looks forward to hosting Afghanistan players in the BBL [Big Bash League] this season, who are great...
    STEVE BRUCE was spotted for the first time since his Newcastle sacking in the most unlikely of places. The former Toon boss enjoyed a day at the cricket in Dubai as he watched England batter Australia. 4Steve Bruce looked happy and relaxed as he watched cricket with son Alex in DubaiCredit: Instagram @4alexbruce 4He was sacked by Newcastle earlier this monthCredit: Getty Images - Getty Bruce was axed by Newcastle's new owners earlier this month after the club's £300m Saudi takeover. And the 60-year-old has jetted off to the Middle East to relax after his latest managerial position came to an end. His son Alex, who plays for Macclesfield, posted a picture of the pair watching the cricket in Dubai. And the caption read: "What a great day, dad and lad’s day out. Well done England and thanks for the tickets Jonny Bairstow." The Bruces had a happy evening as well as England romped to victory over rivals Australia at the T20 World Cup. Jos Buttler hammered 71 not out from just 32 balls - including five sixes - as...
    STEVE BRUCE was spotted for the first time since his Newcastle sacking in the most unlikely of places. The former Toon boss enjoyed a day out at the cricket in Dubai as he watched England batter Australia. 4Steve Bruce looked happy and relaxed as he watched cricket with son Alex in DubaiCredit: Instagram @4alexbruce 4He was sacked by Newcastle earlier this monthCredit: Getty Images - Getty Bruce was axed by Newcastle's new owners earlier this month after the club's £300m Saudi takeover. And the 60-year-old has jetted off to the Middle East to relax after his latest managerial position came to an end. His son Alex, who plays for Macclesfield, posted a picture of the pair watching the cricket in Dubai. And the caption read: "What a great day, dad and lad’s day out. Well done England and thanks for the tickets Jonny Bairstow." The Bruces had a happy evening as well as England romped to victory over rivals Australia at the T20 World Cup. Jos Buttler hammered 71 not out from just 32 balls - including five sixes -...
    ENGLAND take on old rivals Australia in a crunch Super 12's showdown in the T20 World Cup. Eoin Morgan's side have made a superb start to the competition, sweeping aside West Indies and Bangladesh with the minimum of fuss. 1Jason Roy was in inspired form as England cruised past Bangladesh last time outCredit: Reuters The Aussies are also unbeaten though after their opening matches, seeing off South Africa and Sri Lanka ahead of this one. When is England vs Australia? The third game of the Super 12's stage, this match is set for Saturday, October 30. Things get underway at 3pm BST. The sides haven't met in a T20 game since September 2020, when the Aussies triumphed by 5 wickets at the Ageas Bowl. Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on? You can catch every delivery of the match live on Sky Sports Cricket. Coverage will start at 2.30pm, just in time for the toss. If you're not a Sky customer, grab a NOW TV pass from £9.99 to stream on your...
    Getty NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Jason Holder during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Australia and the West Indies at Trent Bridge on June 06, 2019 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Australia and Sri Lanka both won last time out in the Super 12 of the 2021 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup. Now they’ll vie to move closer toward qualification for the semi-final when they meet at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Australia’s hopes will rest on the bat of Steve Smith and Josh Hazlewood’s pace bowling. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka can counter with batters Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who were both prolific against Bangladesh.Note: Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageIn the United States, the match (10 a.m. ET start time) isn’t on TV, but anyone in the US can watch Australia vs Sri Lanka live on ESPN+ right here: Get ESPN+ With ESPN+, you’ll be...
    Members of the the South African men’s cricket team competing at the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates have been ordered to “take the knee” before every match. A directive issued by the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Board late Monday night outlined the new requirement. The move follows the team’s T20 World Cup opener against Australia on the weekend when players were seen variously standing, kneeling or raising a fist during the statutory pre-match BLM protest. South African players of color knelt and raised a fist, while fast bowler Anrich Nortje and wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen put their hands behind their backs and maintained a distance from their playing cohort. ???? Cricket South Africa believes success both on the field and beyond the boundary will be guaranteed if all South Africans stand united to build a new innings based on the pillars of inclusivity, access and excellence. ➡️ Full statement: https://t.co/j9MDE1Ct1Z pic.twitter.com/WjRlZ8SmUG — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 26, 2021 The players did the same thing during a warm-up match against Sri Lanka earlier in the month. The CSA announcement...
    FANS joked the T20 World Cup social distancing pods are like a 'Squid Game concept'. The tournament - moved from India to the UAE for Covid reasons - is taking precautions to keep people safe and protected. 2Cricket fans are being housed in four-person 'pods' at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu DhabiCredit: Getty 2The socially distanced pens caused quite the stir on social mediaCredit: International Cricket Council And one of those measures is to house supporters in little pens. The idea is to make sure they keep away from other groups on the grassy bank. And as South Africa took on Australia at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, plenty of the chat on social media was about the wooden fenced areas. For some it reminded them of hit Netflix series Squid Game - while others compared it to the iconic online game FarmVille as viewers couldn't agree on the new addition. One wrote: "Looks like some sort of Squid Game concept." Another said: "Why is the ICC playing FarmVille with fans?" SEARCH...
    (Reuters)Former Australia cricketer Michael Slater has admitted himself into care for "health and mental issues" after being charged by police following a report of a domestic violence incident in Sydney.Slater was taken into custody at a police station in Sydney's northern suburbs on Wednesday and declined to comment to reporters after his release."Michael's got nothing to say, he's exercising his right to silence," his lawyer James McLoughlin said.New South Wales (NSW) police said they had started an investigation on Tuesday into reports of a domestic violence incident last week."Following inquiries, detectives attended a home at Manly about 9:20 a.m. and spoke with a 51-year-old man. He has since been arrested and taken to Manly police station," NSW Police said in a statement.Read More"He was ... charged with use (of a) carriage service to menace/harass/offend and stalk/intimidate."France and Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernández given deadline to enter prisonSlater's manager Sean Anderson said his client was suffering health problems."Michael has been privately battling health and mental issues for some time now," he told Reuters in a text message."He has now admitted himself...
    JUSTIN LANGER’S strained relationship with his Aussie players is under the spotlight once more after a bizarre online post. There have been dressing-room claims about the Australia coach’s suffocating style. 2Justin Langar's online post has thrown his relationship with the Australian cricket team into question againCredit: Getty Images - Getty And England, who already think they can pile the heat on under-pressure captain Tim Paine, will believe his sometimes erratic behaviour could be an area of weakness during the Ashes series this winter. Yet Langer’s post on networking site LinkedIn — partially quoting Mind Platter, a book by Lebanese-Canadian activist Najwa Zebian that claims people should not alter their character in order to please others — suggests he does not intend to change. He wrote: “Stay true to yourself. "It is better for people to value you for who you are, not who you pretend to be. “Who you are lasts a lifetime; who you pretend to be changes like the change of seasons. “BE YOURSELF. YOU ARE UNIQUE and YOU ARE SPECIAL.” Most read in SportHIGH ROAD First gay...
    THE T20 World Cup is on its way as England look to go one better than 2016, when they were beaten by the West Indies in the final. Back then, Carlos Brathwaite hit four 6s in a heartbreaking over for bowler Ben Stokes. 9West Indies are looking to defend the title they won in 2016Credit: AP:Associated Press 9Ben Stokes will be absent for England after taking time away from cricket due to personal reasonsCredit: Getty Eoin Morgan's side then bounced back to win the Cricket World Cup in 2019 and will be looking to add to that triumph. However, 2019 hero Stokes will not have the chance to fully put his 2016 demons to rest as he has pulled out of the competition in a huge blow for England. Here are all the squads as the competition gets underway. Afghanistan 9Spain bowler Rashid Khan will be crucial to Afghanistan's successCredit: PA Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen ul Haq,...
    THE T20 World Cup is finally here after a one-year delay. Once a frequent fixture on the cricket calendar, the tournament has not been played since 2016. 2West Indies are the current T20 world championsCredit: AP:Associated Press In that competition, Carlos Brathwaite's four 6's off Ben Stokes' final over was enough West Indies the title against a distraught England. The world's eight top sides have pre-qualified for this year's tournament while a further eight will have the chance to secure the four remaining berths through qualifying. Who is hosting the T20 World Cup? The T20 World Cup was initially scheduled to be held in India. However, due to concerns over the course of the Covid pandemic there, it has been moved to the United Arab Emirates. Some qualifying matches are also being played in Oman. 2Virat Kohli and Eoin Morgan will look to captain India and England respectively to gloryCredit: Sportzpics - BCCI T20 World Cup qualifying fixtures *All start times listed in UK time Group A Monday, October 18 Ireland vs Netherlands (11am) - Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium,...
    (CNN)The Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) has called on Australia not to cancel an historic test match between the two countries set for Hobart on November 27.Australia, a powerhouse of the sport, has never played a test match against Afghanistan, despite the International Cricket Council granting test match status to Afghanistan in 2017. This week, Cricket Australia (CA) said it would be forced to cancel the match if the Taliban banned women from playing the sport.In a Friday statement, ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari said cancelling the game would not change the "culture and religious values" of Afghanistan. Shinwari noted the recent increased participation of Afghan women in cricket, but argued the Taliban's religious opposition to women playing it was "not substantially different" to the attitudes of the Karzai and Ghani governments.Read MoreIf other nations followed Australia in boycotting the Afghan team, cricket "may cease to exist in Afghanistan," Shinwari warned. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features, and videosShinwari praised the ICC for having "the forethought to recognize and accept all we have been doing to grow cricket in the cultural, religious...
    (CNN)Cricket Australia (CA) has said there is "no alternative" but to cancel the proposed Test match against Afghanistan in November, following the Taliban's stance which aims to ban women from playing sport. Australia's governing board for cricket is due to host Afghanistan for the one-off Test at the prestigious Bellerive Oval stadium in Hobart, Tasmania. However, in a post from their verified Twitter account on Thursday, CA said that "if recent media reports that women's cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated," it would have "no alternative but not to host Afghanistan for the proposed Test Match.""Driving the growth of women's cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia. Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level."We thank the Australian and Tasmanian Governments for their support on this important issue," it added. Read MoreThe Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) -- which represents retired and current, domestic and international players -- released a statement on social media in support of Cricket Australia's announcement shortly after."The...
    AUSTRALIA'S historic Test match with Afghanistan is expected to be cancelled after the Taliban banned women from playing cricket. Afghanistan are set to be stripped of their Test status by international cricket's governing body as all nations require a women's team. 1Hobart is scheduled to host the Test match between Australia and AfghanistanCredit: Getty Australia are scheduled to host Afghanistan for the first time in men's Test cricket in Hobart on November 27. But the match is now expected to be cancelled after the Taliban disgracefully banned women from playing all forms of sport. Ahmadullah Wasiq, the deputy head of the Taliban's cultural commission, announced their widely condemned decision on Wednesday. He said: "In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this." Rules by international cricket's governing body - the ICC - demand all Test playing nations to have a men's and women's team. Afghanistan are now set to be stripped of their Test status in the near future and Australia are expected...
    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s SBS TV has quoted a Taliban spokesperson as saying that women’s sports — and women’s cricket specifically — will be banned by his group in Afghanistan. “In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this,” the network quoted Ahmadullah Wasiq, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, as saying. “It is the media era, and there will be photos and videos, and then people watch it. Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed.” Wasiq last month told SBS that the Taliban would allow men’s cricket to continue and that it has given approval for the men’s national team to travel to Australia for a test match in November. Australia’s Sport Minister Richard Colbeck said the Taliban’s decision on women’s sport was “deeply concerning” and he urged organisations such as the International Cricket Council to take action. “Excluding women from sport at any level...
    Afghan women will be banned from playing cricket or any other sport under the Taliban regime - threatening the Test status of the men's team. Afghanistan's Cricket Board awarded contracts to 25 female cricketers last year with the view to launching a national women's side, which is a condition to being a full member of the International Cricket Council. Only full ICC members are allowed to play Test matches and Afghanistan's men are due to play Australia in Hobart in November. Afghan women will be banned from playing cricket or any other sport under the Taliban regime Afghanistan's Cricket Board were last year aiming to launch a national women's side RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Afghanistan women's national football team are successfully... Afghanistan's US-based women's football captain calls on... 'We were embarrassed in front of the world': Donald Trump... Taliban 'lock crowd of women in basement' to prevent them... Share this article Share However, while the Taliban have approved that fixture, the ICC could revoke the...
    NEW ZEALAND cricket legend Chris Cairns is reportedly on life support after collapsing in Australia with a freak heart problem. The 51-year-old sports star has undergone multiple operations after he suffered an aortic dissection in Canberra last week, according to reports. 1Chris Cairns, 51, is said to be fighting for his life in hospitalCredit: Empics But rumours have since been swirling that Cairns is not responding to treatment and is fighting for his life after an infection set it, The New Zealand Herald said. The former Black Cap is set to be transferred to a specialist hospital in Sydney. His shock medical episode comes after he experienced a tear in the innermost layer of the main artery that branches off the heart. The life-threatening illness can be fatal if blood is able to flow through the outside layer of the large blood vessel's wall. Most read in SportGUNNERS LATEST £34m Trippier could replace Bellerin EXCLUSIVE, Bernardo Silva latestLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVE Lionel Messi received shock Tottenham bid, Lukaku closing in on Chelsea'in our hearts' Olympic cyclist, 24, found dead hours...
    (CNN)She's a global icon and a superstar cricketer who's no stranger to record-breaking exploits, yet there's one piece of advice Ellyse Perry always insists on keeping close to heart."It's probably something my dad said to me a long time ago," Perry tells CNN Sport. "And that's the harder you train, the luckier you get. If you're dead set on doing something and you just constantly put in consistent work and effort, I think it always pays off in the long run."Paternal guidance clearly very well heeded. During her storied and glittering career, the 30-year-old -- along with her all-conquering Australian teammates -- has soared to new heights: a 2013 Cricket World Cup triumph in India, five T20 World Cup titles across a decade of dominance and, earlier this year in New Zealand, a new world record for consecutive one-day international victories."We certainly feel incredibly privileged. And, obviously, the other players that played across that period of time, we've been really lucky," she acknowledges.Read More"I think we've had some wonderful players, some of the best of a generation in our team...
    (CNN)Australian and other overseas cricketers who have been participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) are scrambling for ways to leave India as it faces the world's worst Covid-19 outbreak. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will help move Australia's entire IPL "cohort" to the Maldives or Sri Lanka ahead of the weekend, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday. India's governing body for cricket has been working to repatriate all the players, support staff, umpires and commentators as quickly and safely as possible, CA's interim chief executive Nick Hockley told reporters during a press conference in Sydney. "So what we're working to do and what the BCCI are working to do, and they've been incredibly cooperative, is working to move the entire cohort out of India," Hockley said. He added that players would wait outside India for approval to head home, as Australia has banned travelers who have been in the country within the past two weeks.Read MoreIn Australia, anyone who has been in India 14 days prior to Monday is now blocked from entering the country,...
    More than 30 Australian cricket players, coaches and commentators have been left stranded in India after Sydney made it illegal for them to return with the threat of jail. It comes after stars Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson were able to arrive in Melbourne on Thursday on a commercial flight from Doha via a travel loophole. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that route, and others through Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, had now been closed to put a total ban on travel from India, which recorded 400,000 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday.  The government yesterday went a step further as it unveiled an emergency bill that will see anyone arriving from India jailed for up to five years or fined up to £37,000.   Thirty-four Australians remain in India - 12 players, 11 coaches, four commentators, two umpires and five support staff, as well as a commentator from New Zealand who lives in Australia. Among the star players are Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and David Warner, while big names like Ricky Ponting, Simon Katich and David Hussey are coaching.  ...
    (CNN)As the debate intensifies as to whether the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament should play on amid a deadly Covid-19 second wave, Australian international David Warner was adhering to strict safety protocols as he took an internal flight in the country for a match.The 34-year-old posted on social media a photo of himself and his teammate Kane Williamson head-to-toe in full personal protective equipment, including a mask, visor and a full protective body suit, as they flew to Delhi for the Sunrisers Hyderabad's next match.On Tuesday, India reported 323,144 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 17,636,307, including 197,894 deaths, according to a CNN tally of figures from the Indian Ministry of Health. A photo of Warner and Williamson on a flight wearing full PPE. A number of players have already withdrawn from the IPL citing personal reasons, including three of Warner's Australian teammates -- Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye.The lucrative IPL, which runs until May 30, is a two month festival of cricket, attracting huge contracts for the world's best players.Read MoreOn...
    Harrow, Australia (CNN)Growing up in the small community of Harrow in southern Australia, 86-year-old Lachie Turner spent his childhood hearing legends of the great Aboriginal cricketer Johnny Mullagh."The story used to be that he could win a match, batting with just the handle of a pickaxe," said Turner, with a smile. Mullagh was a hero in Harrow, and the surrounding livestock communities, where homesteads dot the landscape along miles of single-lane dirt roads.At a time when being Indigenous meant you could be thrown off your land, forced into Christian missions or even shot, Mullagh -- of the Jardwadjali people from western Victoria -- grew from being a farmhand on a local estate to a world-famous cricket player.Yet until recently, most Australians didn't know Mullagh's story, or anything about the journey that took him and 12 Aboriginal cricketers from farmsteads in Victoria, to Melbourne, Sydney and then, finally, England in 1868 -- making them Australia's first sporting team to play overseas.Read MoreBut when the Aboriginal cricket team returned in 1869, their achievements couldn't save them from the institutional racism shown by...
    Cricket is considered one of the most popular sports in the world. The reason for this is special. Although a field game, cricket can be respected by everyone on and off the field. So, whether cricket is coming or not, the number of people who want to watch cricket is still innumerable in the world. Cricket continues to thrive with many emotions such as curiosity, excitement, joy, sadness, anger, respect. Also, everyone wants to keep many events in cricket on the shelf of memories. There are always some records, achievements, big and small things happening on the cricket field. These events turn into memories. Every day we bring such memories from cricket to the spectators ‘by looking at history’. In the language of the day, we are going to tell the audience about the achievements that have taken place today in the history of cricket. Every Indian will be proud of the record that we are reminded of ‘Maha Sports’ audiences today. And Harbhajan Singh is the darling of millions of cricketers. On this very day, Harbhajan danced kangaroos on...
    Prince Harry Says He and Meghan Markle Did Not Blindside Queen About Royal Exit Heres where you can trade clutter for cash Sports-mad Australia has 73 statues and sculptures of cricketers dotted around the country, and they all depict men. © WILLIAM WEST With 73 statues depicting great male players, Cricket Australia says it is commissioning the first statue of a female player to address the glaring gender imbalance But that will change with Cricket Australia Monday commissioning the first of a female player to address the glaring gender imbalance. Who will be immortalised in bronze has not been revealed, but it will go on prominent display at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The governing body also announced a working group to further champion female recognition, including naming sporting ground stands after women, to coincide with International Women's Day. "Just as this year's International Women's Day theme promotes 'choose to challenge', we are committed to challenging ourselves to continue to address gender inequality across our game," said CA interim chief Nick Hockley. Australian vice-captain Rachael Haynes will be involved in...
    The Challenges Trishelle, Beth and More Returning for All Stars: Teaser All the Ways Online Retailers Get You To Overspend If you’re looking to watch the second match of the T20 series between New Zealand and Australia you’ve come to the right place. We have you covered with everything you need to know to stream the match from anywhere. © Provided by For The Win Australia is in need of a victory tonight as they lost the first match to New Zealand and if they want to even up the series they should come to play tonight. Can Australia take one tonight and get the victory? Tune in and find out, here is everything you need to know to stream the action! New Zealand vs. Australia When: Wednesday, February 24 Time: 8:00 p.m. ET Live Stream: ESPN+ (stream now) NZ vs AUS Probable Lineups Australia (possible) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Josh Philippe, 3 Matthew Wade (wk), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Mitchell Marsh, 7 Ashton Agar, 8 Jhye Richardson, 9 Kane Richardson, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Jason Behrendorff New...
    Getty Adam Zampa The first of the five-match T20 series between Australia and New Zealand takes place Monday at Hagley Oval.Note: Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageIn the United States, you can watch every match of the Australia Tour of New Zealand on ESPN+ right here: Watch on ESPN+ In addition to every New Zealand vs Australia match, ESPN+ also has other cricket series (Super50 Cup, New Zealand vs England women, and more), as well as dozens of other live sports, every 30-for-30 documentary, and additional original content (both video and written) all for $5.99 per month. Or, if you also want Disney+ and Hulu, you can get all three for $12.99 per month, which works out to about 31 percent savings: Get the ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu Bundle Once signed up for ESPN+, you can watch New Zealand vs Australia live on the ESPN app on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iPhone, Android phone,...
    Rhode Island Vaccine Rollout Hindered by People Sharing Appointment Registration Links DeSantis proposal would protect Florida candidates from being banned on social media Australia defend heartbreaking decision to scrap S. Africa tour Cricket Australia denied Wednesday it was only interested in lucrative series against India and England after scrapping next month's Test tour to South Africa over coronavirus fears. © Christiaan Kotze South Africa captain Quinton de Kock and Australian counterpart Tim Paine will not lock Horns later this month after Australia pulled out of their Test tour to South Africa becuase of coronavirus fears The withdrawal drew a sharp response from Cricket South Africa, which expressed frustration at the "eleventh hour" decision despite extensive work to establish bio-secure bubbles for the tourists. CA interim chief executive Nick Hockley described the pull out as "heartbreaking", insisting the Covid-19 situation in South Africa gave the Australians no choice. "We share their disappointment, we've all worked to make this tour happen," he told reporters. "At the end of the day, the weight of medical advice and our duty of care to...
    SOUTH AFRICAN cricket supremo Graeme Smith has blasted the Aussies for calling off their tour at the last minute. Smith, former captain, opening batsman and now director of cricket, is furious the Aussies claimed it was unsafe. 2Graeme Smith was furious at Australia's decision to pull out of touring South AfricaCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Tim Paine (right) and Co had been due to lock horns with Quinton de Kock's South Africa side in three TestsCredit: AFP Australia were due to play three Test matches in South Africa next month but have been put off by the country's current Covid situation. England pulled out of their tour of South Africa last year with three ODIs unplayed following positive Covid-19 tests at their hotel in Cape Town. Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa went ahead over Christmas and New Year with the home side winning both Test matches. There had been talk that Australia's tour could be switched to Perth, which saw no international cricket this summer. FRIDAY NIGHT POKER: Play against us to win a share of $5,500 But the...
    The most successful spinoffs of famous movie franchises The Most Expensive Super Bowl Commercials of All Time Smith extremely disappointed at Australia scrapping South Africa tour South Africa's director of cricket Graeme Smith vented his frustration on Tuesday at Australia's decision to withdraw from next month's Test tour of the country due to the rampant spread of the coronavirus. © Brenton Geach Graeme Smith, Cricket South Africa's director of cricket, played for the Test team for 12 years Former Test captain Smith said Cricket South Africa had "bent over backwards" to meet Australia's demands, only for their opponents to scrap the tour citing an "unacceptable risk". He said he had received a call from Australia earlier on Tuesday expressing fears over Covid-19.  "We are extremely disappointed by the decision of CA (Cricket Australia) ... To be informed about the CA decision at the eleventh hour is frustrating," said Smith. “The amount of work that's gone in over the past few weeks in getting this tour under way has been immense. "We've done everything possible to get the tour under...
    When Quizzed About Possibility of New Album, Justin Timberlake Says: “Let’s Go With Yes” This big Wall Street player made out like a bandit on AMC stock No complaints but quarantine differentials were a mistake: Zverev SYDNEY (Reuters) - Alexander Zverev has no complaints about being forced into quarantine ahead of the Australian Open but believes allowing top players like Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal more salubrious isolation conditions was a mistake, the German said on Saturday. © Reuters/PAUL CHILDS ATP Finals A select group of players, also including Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem, enjoyed stays in higher-end Adelaide hotels for their obligatory 14 days of isolation than the rest of the players sequestered in more modest Melbourne hotels. Zverev said repeatedly that he thought Tennis Australia had done a great job in difficult circumstances in all but this one regard. "I think maybe the only real mistake that there was was the the Adeliade thing for top players," the world number seven told a news conference at Melbourne Park. "Because they did get more...
    (CNN)Krishna Kumar had long dreamed of watching the Indian cricket team play in Australia. But when that dream materialized at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) earlier this month, the experience, he says, was belittling.A well-traveled sports fan, Kumar has attended Cricket World Cup games in India, Australia and Sri Lanka and has also supported Nigeria, the country where he grew up, at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. "Nowhere did I ever experience any form of racism in all my sporting experiences attending these events," Kumar tells CNN Sport. "The Sydney Test day three is when I really got to see the ugly side." In the stands, Kumar says he heard chants of "curry munchers" directed at India's players and fans, while also being told to "stop waving (his) f**king flag" and to "shut the f**k up and sit down."Read MoreVisit CNN.com/sport for more news, videos and features"To me, it is hard to believe that the staff or security at the SCG were not able to hear this ... it's baffling, it's shocking that no one took action on...
    Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi on Thursday met Indian cricket stars after they registered a historic win at the test series against Australia on their soil. The actor, who became a household name after starring in the 2002 film Saathiya, took to his Instagram account to share how he celebrated India’s win. The 44-year-old actor enjoyed breakfast with the Indian cricket stars at Dubai Airport and also posted a picture featuring him with the cricket players. #INDvsAUS: Ranveer Singh, Shah Rukh Khan And Other Celebs Shower Congratulatory Messages On Team India’s Historic Win Against Australia At The Gabba! In awe of the victorious team, Oberoi captioned the post, “Breakfast with the Champions! What an absolute pleasure hanging out and chatting with @jaspritb1 & @cheteshwar_pujara at #dubaiairport, so good to hear about your experiences during the historic test in person! May you guys continue to make the nation proud.” It took 32 years and two months to achieve the unthinkable by the Indian cricket team on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia by three wickets in spite of all odds in the final...
    CRICKET AUSTRALIA'S decision to drop Australia Day from their Big Bash promotion has been slammed by the country's Prime Minister. Scott Morrison, 52, hit out at the cricket chiefs - who will instead refer to the national holiday as just January 26. 4Big Bash League promotion for January 26 will not feature any Australia Day brandingCredit: Getty Images 4Scott Morrison slammed to decision to drop Australia Day brandingCredit: AP:Associated Press Three teams will wear Indigenous jerseys in games leading up to that day during Australia's domestic T20 franchise league. And there will be ceremonies before games to recognise the nation's Indigenous past, backed by Cricket Australia. Australia Day marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet in New South Wales - and Arthur Philip raising the British flag. For Indigenous Australians, that day is remembered as an invasion of the land by the British. The holiday has been referred to as Invasion Day and National Day of Mourning in Indigenous circles. But Cricket Australia's decision to drop Australia Day branding didn't go down well with the country's...
    Cricket Australia has run afoul of the country’s prime minister for refusing to refer to the national holiday in the marketing of three matches on Jan. 26 after a recommendation from its Indigenous advisory committee. Australia Day is held annually on Jan. 26, the anniversary of the day in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip guided a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts into Botany Bay in what is now Sydney. Citizenship ceremonies, parades, festivals and barbecues are held in cities and towns around the country on the date, but there are also protests and demonstrations. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Many in Australia’s Indigenous community refer to it as "Invasion Day," and the start of persecution and hardships at the hands of colonizers and later federal and state governments. There's long been public debate over finding an alternative date to celebrate the national holiday. Three Twenty20 matches in Australia's Big Bash League are scheduled for Jan. 26, and Cricket Australia's National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cricket Advisory Committee recommended the day simply be referred to...
    (CNN)A record-breaking run chase at the Gabba saw India topple Australia to take an unlikely 2-1 series victory.India needed 328 to win on Tuesday -- the final day of the four-test series -- as Shubman Gill's 91 and an unbeaten 89 from Rishabh Pant led the charge for the touring side.Pant hit the winning runs with just three overs remaining to inflict a first defeat on Australia at the Gabba since 1988 and record the highest fourth innings run chase at the Brisbane fortress.It comes exactly a month on from India being bowled out for a lackluster 36 in the first Test in Adelaide -- the team's lowest ever score in Test cricket. Since that defeat, the injury-hit side has rallied to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, winning the second Test in Melbourne and playing out a thrilling draw in Sydney. Read MoreVisit CNN.com/sport for more news, videos and featuresPant (center) and Navdeep Saini (right) celebrate India's winning runs. India has been without captain and star batsman Virat Kohli, who returned home for the birth of his first child after the...
    THE AUSSIES were back to their bad old ways as captain Tim Paine called Indian star Ravi Ashwin a ‘d***head’ during a sledging battle. Paine and his team threatened to lose their cool completely as India mounted a heroic fifth-day rearguard and saved the Third Test in Sydney. 3Australia cricket captain Tim Paine was caught calling India's Ravi Ashwin a 'd***head' in foul-mouthed sledging battleCredit: Getty And ex-skipper Steve Smith - stripped of the job after the Sandpaper scandal in 2018 - appeared to rough up the pitch during a break in play. Paine was appointed successor to Smith in an attempt to improve Australian cricket’s tattered image. But the mask well and truly slipped when standing up to the stumps while Ashwin was batting during his 128-ball defensive vigil. Perhaps Paine was also frustrated by the terrible wicketkeeping - he dropped three catches in India’s second innings.  Referring to the series decider on the quick pitch in Brisbane on Friday, Paine was heard on the stump mic telling Ashwin: “I can’t wait to get you to the Gabba, Ash....
    (CNN)Six people were ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday as the third Test between Australia and India was overshadowed by allegations of racist abuse.The Indian team lodged an official complaint after bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj complained of hearing racist slurs while fielding near the boundary rope on Saturday, the third day of the match, Reuters reported. Allegations of racist abuse also halted play during the Test on Sunday, according to the International Cricket Council (ICC)."Cricket Australia (CA) asked NSW Police and security staff to remove a group from the crowd." said New South Wales Police in a statement sent to CNN Sport on Sunday. "Inquiries are continuing."The Indian cricket board did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.Read MoreMohammed Siraj of India stops play to make a formal complaint to umpire Paul Reiffel about some spectators in the bay behind his fielding position during day four of the third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 10, 2021.READ: Handcuffs to light bulbs shine light on painful Black...
    SIX fans were ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday after India's Mohammed Siraj was allegedly racially abused. Cricket Australia and New South Wales police both launched investigations after the crowd incident during the third Test. 3Mohammed Siraj makes a complaint after allegedly being racially abusedCredit: Getty Images 3India stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane talks to the umpire after the incidentCredit: AFP or licensors It's the second day in a row there have been allegations of racism at the SCG. Indian team officials complained after Saturday's third day, before Sunday's action was stopped for eight minutes. Bowler Siraj was fielding on the boundary when he heard the alleged abuse and ran in to tell team-mates and the umpires. And police and security officials removed six supporters from their seats. The alleged incidents threaten to overshadow a gripping Test series between Australia and India. And they've also drawn widespread fury of the cricket world. Australia coach Justin Langer said: "It’s upsetting and disappointing. It’s one of my greatest pet hates in life that people think they can come to a sporting...
    A day after making a formal complaint about crowd abuse at the Sydney Cricket Ground, India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj heard more of the same Sunday and didn’t wait until an official break to get it stopped. The fourth day of the third test match between Australia and India was largely overshadowed by an eight-minute stoppage shortly before the end of Australia’s second innings. Siraj, who had been fielding near the fine leg boundary and had just conceded 17 runs in an over as the Australian batsman chased quick runs, complained to the umpires and pointed to a section of the crowd. He had the full support of his captain and teammates, just as he had the previous night when — after the conclusion of play — he made similar complaints that were reported to the International Cricket Council. On Saturday, he was told to let the umpires know immediately when it happened. On Sunday, he did just that. Umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson halted the game while police and security questioned people in the crowd. Police...
    These are the volunteers who drove across the country to register voters in the Georgia runoff Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood insists he is not insane after tweeting that Mike Pence should face execution by firing squad Five Indian cricket players in quarantine after Melbourne dinner date Five Indian cricket players currently touring Australia were self-isolating on Saturday after dining inside a Melbourne restaurant put them in potential breach of strict Covid-19 health measures. © William WEST India's Rohit Sharma, one of the Melbourne dinner group now self-isolating The players – Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini – are being kept away from the rest of the Indian and Australian squads ahead of the third Test starting in Sydney on Thursday. The Australian state of Victoria, which contains Melbourne, is currently working to stem a cluster of virus cases tied to a wider outbreak in neighbouring New South Wales. In response authorities now require all restaurant-goers to dine outdoors and maintain social distancing. The cricketing quintet were filmed inside the restaurant by a fan, who...
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Johnny Mullagh, who was the star player of the 1868 Aboriginal side that was the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally, has become the first indigenous player inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. Mullagh took 245 wickets at an average of 10 and scored 1,698 runs during his team’s tour of the United Kingdom, playing in 45 of the 47 matches. Mullagh played in the third cricket match ever scheduled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day in 1866 for the Aboriginal and T.W. Wills XI against the Melbourne Cricket Club. Mullagh was a Jardwadjali man from western Victoria state whose real name was Unaarrimin. The best player in this week’s Boxing Day test between Australia and India will be awarded the Johnny Mullagh Medal. The medal is a re-creation of the original belt buckle worn by the 1868 team. Australian Cricket Hall of Fame chairman Peter King said Mullagh had contributed to Australia’s national identity. King said Monday it was an “oversight” to take so long...
    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian businessman has purchased Donald Bradman’s first baggy green test cap for 450,000 Australian dollars ($340,000) at auction, the second-highest price paid for a piece of cricket memorabilia. Peter Freedman, the founder of Rode Microphones who earlier this year paid 9 million Australian dollars ($6.8 million) at an auction for a guitar used by Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, plans to tour Bradman’s test debut cap around Australia. The price for Bradman’s 1928 Australia cap sits behind the $1,007,500 ($760,000) paid at auction for Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne’s test cap earlier this year — the world-record price for an item of cricket memorabilia, auction officials said. Bradman represented Australia for 20 years, playing 52 test matches from 1928 to 1948, and is generally regarded as the world’s best-ever cricketer. Knighted for his services to cricket in 1949, he retired from test cricket with a batting average of 99.94, making his test batting achievements nearly twice that of the nearest batsman in the longer version of the game. “Sir Don Bradman is an Aussie legend,” Freedman...
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