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PCB recalls Younus to Test and T20 squads, overlooks Malik, Akmal, Yousuf
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selection committee, headed by former Test opener Mohsin Hasan Khan, has omitted wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, all-rounder Shoaib Malik and batsman Mohammad Yousuf from the Test and Twenty20 squads named for the New Zealand tour starting with a warm-up game against Auckland on December 23. ANI

Flower backs Swann to fire in second Ashes Test in Adelaide
England coach Andy Flower is confident that off-spinner Graeme Swann will have a major impact on this week's second Ashes Test in Adelaide. ANI

Tiger Woods all set for Chevron World Challenge
After a two-year absence, Southern California native Tiger Woods is all set for the Chevron World Challenge, an 18-player invitational benefiting the Tiger Woods Foundation. ANI

Johnson dropped from Australian XI for second Ashes Test?
Australia has dropped struggling fast bowler Mitchell Johnson for the second Test match of the Ashes series, starting in Adelaide on Friday, unconfirmed media reports have said. ANI

Australia to crack down on fraudulent visa applications with biometric data
Australia will join the global clampdown on fraudulent visa applications by expanding its collection of biometric data to onshore applicants. ANI

Ashes 2010: Bollinger still in limbo land over inclusion
New South Wales left-arm quick Doug Bollinger appears to be in a state of limbo as far as the ongoing Ashes series is concerned. ANI

Johnson's action and confidence is low: Stuart Clark
Former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark believes that left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson's confidence is low and so is his action, i.e. his front arm is pulling away from his body and this is causing his wrist to be more horizontal rather than vertical. ANI

Chappells split on key quick Johnson
Left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson has lost the faith of one Chappell brother, but the one who will determine his Test fate still regards him as a key to Australia's hopes of regaining the Ashes. ANI

ICC makes further progress towards Test, ODI leagues
The ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) met at ICC headquarters in Dubai and made excellent progress towards finalising the Future Tours Programme (FTP) Test and ODI league schedules and began the process of drawing up rules, regulations and a points system for the leagues. ANI

Winning Adelaide Test will be Ponting's greatest challenge: Warne
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne believes that the host team's bid to win the second Ashes Test in Adelaide will be skipper Ricky Ponting's greatest challenge. ANI

Clarke says he's fit for second Test
Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has declared himself fit for the second Ashes Test after a lengthy net session at Adelaide Oval here. ANI

Ex- opener Trescothick to use Mongoose bat to win Lord's million-dollar six jackpot
Former England opener Marcus Trescothick will be trying to hit a million-dollar six with a Mongoose bat that was also used by former Australian opener Matthew Hayden. ANI

Smouldering Cook is England's Toy wonder: Swann
England opener Alastair Cook may not be the batsman you would go miles to watch, but his strong mentality and his ability to deliver in a telling manner when the chips are down, makes him an asset for any team, feels off-spinner Graeme Swann. ANI

Murray needs to acquire in your face attitude to win Grand Slam: Henman
Former British number one Tim Henman and ex-Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic have advised World number four Andy Murray to acquire an in your face attitude if he ever wants to win a Grand Slam title. ANI

Ashes: Ex-selector Hughes says Johnson should not be dropped
Former Test selector Merv Hughes believes it would be a mistake to drop left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson from the Australian squad for the second Ashes Test to be played against England in Adelaide from Friday. ANI

Trescothick tips England for Ashes glory
Former England opener Marcus Trescothick has tipped England for Ashes glory. ANI

Pace bowler Harris gives selectors six screeching reasons to pick him for Adelaide
South Australian right-arm fast bowler Ryan Harris has given the national selectors six telling reasons to include him in Ponting's squad for the second Ashes Test against England to be played here from Friday. ANI

Bookie reveals Pak players Wahab, Kamran, Umar, Imran also involved in spot-fixing
Pakistan's preparations for the World Cup have received a major jolt after Mazhar Majeed, the alleged bookmaker at the centre of the spot-fixing allegations plaguing the national team, revealed names of four more players involved with him in fixing matches. ANI

'Burnt-out' Johnson needs a month off, says mentor Mortimer
A plumbing van driver who once saved Mitchell Johnson's cricket career, has warned Australia that the quick is burned out, and needs at least a month off to recapture form. ANI

Under-fire Kiwis now under Duncan Fletcher microscope
With New Zealand Cricket appointing former England cricket team coach Duncan Fletcher as consultant, the under-fire Black Caps will now have to put up acceptable performances before for the remainder of their India tour. ANI

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