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Tremlett, Bresnan vie for vacant England bowling spot
Standby England fast bowlers Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan are vying to snare injured fast bowler Stuart Broad's spot in the first eleven for the Perth Ashes Test, which begins from Thursday. ANI

England targeting unbeaten Ashes tour: Prior
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has revealed that his team is targeting the ultimate cricket fantasy - an unbeaten Ashes tour. ANI

Chappell rubbishes Hauritz's Oz uniform garage-sale story
Australian selector Greg Chappell has rubbished suggestions that off-spinner Nathan Hauritz had become bitter and unpatriotic following his 'dumping' from the Ashes squad. ANI

Peter Taylor backs 'Oz Ashes surprise select' Beer to succeed in Perth Test
Former Australian bowler Peter Taylor has backed left-arm spinner Michael Beer to succeed where Xavier Doherty and the eight other spinners selected since leg-spin legend Shane Warne's retirement have failed. ANI

Broad's absence would provide fast-bowling advantage to Australia: Fleming
Former Australian fast bowler Damien Fleming believes that England fast bowler Stuart Broad's absence for the rest of the Ashes series would give the home side a fast-bowling advantage. ANI

Kiwi tour: Alam says team focusing on physical fitness, fielding
Former double World Cup winning coach Intikhab Alam has said that the national cricket team's focus for the forthcoming tour of New Zealand will be on physical fitness and fielding. ANI

Witness' failure to attend court delays Gazza 'drink-driving' case for 3rd time
A drink driving case involving former England footballer Paul Gascoigne was cancelled for a third time yesterday, after a witness failed to attend the hearing because of his illness. ANI

Flower hopes England's WAGs will be 'good distraction' ahead of Perth Ashes Test
England cricketers' wives and girlfriends (WAGs) have started arriving in Australia to join the team ahead of the third Ashes Test, starting in Perth from Thursday. ANI

Johnson missed Adelaide Test due to selection panel's rotation strategy: Chappell
Australian selector Greg Chappell has said that out-of-form fast bowler Mitchell Johnson had missed the second Ashes Test due to the selection panel's rotation strategy. ANI

Warne's private life is his business: Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia (CA) has said it has no interest in former leg-spinner Shane Warne's private life, and his dalliance with British actress-cum model Liz Hurley would not threaten his standing as the board's spin ambassador. ANI

'My T20 career is not over,' Misbah
Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes he can still play Twenty20 internationals for the country and has refuted suggestions that his career in the slam bang format is over. ANI

Pak Test skipper describes Kiwis as tough challengers on home soil
PakistanTest captain Misbah-ul-Haq has described the New Zealand cricket team as strong opponents on home soil. ANI

Afghan coach Rashid Latif challenges Pak to a rematch
Afghanistan cricket coach and former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif has challenged Pakistan for a rematch after it was alleged that the Twenty20 match between the two teams in the Guangzhou Asian Games had been fixed. ANI

My role in a team is to bowl over 150ks to intimidate batsmen, take wickets: Lee
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who is in New Zealand to play five matches for Wellington in a domestic Twenty20 championship, has said that his role in that team is to "bowl fast, intimidate, batsmen and try to take wickets". ANI

Hodge slams Oz selectors for picking 'out-of-form' Johnson for Perth Test
Australian batsman Brad Hodge has ridiculed the national selectors for considering out-of-form left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson for the third Ashes Test, starting in Perth from Thursday. ANI

Ex-Pak skipper Butt vows to make a comeback
Suspended Pakistan Test opener and former Test captain Salman Butt has vowed to make a comeback to professional cricket despite the spot-fixing allegations that are threatening to end his career prematurely. ANI

PCB appoints ex-SC judge to its integrity committee
A retired Supreme Court judge, Jamshed Ali Shah, has been included in a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) integrity committee to ensure a transparent selection process. ANI

PCB allows five players to go for ad shoot in Malaysia
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has permitted five of its leading players to travel to Malaysia for a commercial shoot in relation to the 2011 World Cup. ANI

Greatbatch offers to quit as Black Caps' coach if it helps change team's fortunes
New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch has accepted that 11 one-day losses on the trot is shocking, but says that he is not a quitter and will step down only if asked to. ANI

Cricket Australia rules out Ashes comeback from Warne
Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive James Sutherland has ruled out the possibility of former leg-spinner Shane Warne coming out of retirement to play in the Boxing Day and Sydney Tests of the Ashes series. ANI

Blatter says no gay s*x in Qatar during 2022 football World Cup
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has raised eyebrows again by joking that gay people should simply not have s*x in Qatar during the 2022 football World Cup to avoid any possible punishment. ANI

Shane Warne splits from wife
Hours after Liz Hurley revealed she had separated from her tycoon husband Arun Nayer, cricket legend Shane Warne admitted that he has parted ways with his wife. ANI

Tiger Woods' ex-wife 'dating South African hunk'
It seems Tiger Woods' ex-wife Elin Nordegren is finally moving on in life by getting close to a hunky student. ANI

Manchester City will force Tevez to stay at club: Report
Manchester City will not sell captain Carlos Tevez in January, a senior club official has said. ANI

Hodge slams Oz selectors for 'giving Baggy Greens for free'
Australian batsman Brad Hodge has accused the national selectors of giving away Baggy Greens "for free". ANI

Anderson's return home, Pietersen are England's Ashes concerns: Flower
England coach Andy Flower reckons that fast bowler James Anderson's fatigue and star batsman Kevin Pietersen's off-field indulgences are more worrying than third Ashes Test opponents, Australia. ANI

Liz Hurley planning romantic New Year rendezvous with Shane Warne
Liz Hurley, who has revealed that she and her multi-millionaire husband Arun Nayar had split months ago, is planning a romantic rendezvous in Sydney with Shane Warne. ANI

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