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Fans rush to book last Boxing Day Test tickets
Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) CEO Stephen Gough is excited that Boxing Day could produce a Test record crowd at the MCG, even as fans are keen to grab the few tickets remaining. ANI

Finn to face axe for Boxing Day Test
Pacer Steve Finn is all set to be dropped from the England team after the third Test humiliation at the hands of Australia. ANI

Harris looking forward to Boxing Day Test, says knee injury is history
Dismissing concerns about his knee injury, Queensland fast bowler Ryan Harris, who claimed nine wickets in the third Ashes Test against England in Perth, has said that he is looking to replicate his Ashes form in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. ANI

Australia 'slight favourites' to reclaim Ashes urn: Mark Waugh
Former opener Mark Waugh has said Australia's emphatic victory in the Perth Test has made them favourites to reclaim the Ashes. ANI

Doc who gave wrong fitness certificate to Tanvir accompanying Pak team for NZ tour
A doctor, who has been issued a notice by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for making an incorrect assessment on the fitness of fast bowler Sohail Tanvir, is accompanying the national team on the tour of New Zealand. ANI

Brit-Muslim boxer Khan to quit sport by 2014
Brit-Muslim pugilist Amir Khan has revealed that he plans to quit in four years - and fight Floyd Mayweather Jr in 12 months. ANI

Everything not rosy in 'vulnerable' Australian camp: Flower
England head coach Andy Flower believes the Australians remain fragile, and pointed that Shane Watson and Mike Hussey have largely carried the team's batting. ANI

Fabregas says Arsenal afraid of losing big games
Cesc Fabregas has admitted Arsenal were "scared" of losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford last Monday and that they fear defeat in major fixtures. ANI

Ashes 2010: Five things England must change for the MCG
Former England fast bowler and now columnist with The Guardian, Michael Selvey has said that England would need to consider changing five things to make an impact against Australia in the Melbourne and Sydney Ashes Tests. 1 ANI

John Wright named new coach of New Zealand
John Wright has been named as the new coach of the New Zealand cricket team. ANI

Khawaja says he's ready for Test call up if Punter pulls out
In form New South Wales batsman Usman Khawaja has said that he is ready for a Test call up should skipper Ricky Ponting find himself unable to play in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. ANI

India hands landslide innings win to South Africa in Centurion Test
Team India lost their final two wickets for only nine runs on Monday to lose the first Test against South Africa at Centurion's SuperSport Park by an innings and 25 runs. ANI

Mancini all set to replace Carlos Tevez as Man City captain
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is all set to replace Carlos Tevez as captain of the club. ANI

Tevez urges Man U to buy him back
Manchester City skipper Carlos Tevez has approached archrivals Manchester United to buy him back. ANI

Congress MPs demand Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar
After his outstanding performance in South Africa, Congress MPs on Monday demanded that Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar should be bestowed with the Bharat Ratna. ANI

Sikkim girls practise hard to get into national cricket team
Girls representing the Sikkim Cricket Association are practising hard to make their way into the national team. ANI

Hockey legend Samiullah hails Pak's wildcard entry into 2011 Champions Trophy
Former Pakistani hockey player Samiullah Khan has lauded the International Hockey Federation's decision to award a wildcard entry to Pakistan in the 2011 Champions Trophy. ANI

Has Melbourne pitch been changed to neutralise wily Swann?
The pitch for the fourth Ashes Test to be played in Melbourne has been switched, less than a fortnight before the match. ANI

Pup Clarke is ready to be Oz skipper, but he'll have to wait: Border
Former Australian cricket captain Allan Border believes that Michael Clarke is ready to captain Australia, but says that he will have to wait till Ricky Ponting decides to give up that role. ANI

Qadir's 'googly gift' revived Afridi's career as a match-winning bowler
Former Pakistani spinner Abdul Qadir has revealed that he was the man behind the turnaround in ODI and Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi's fortunes and abilities. ANI

Warne slammed by hubby of Oz mom he sent sexually explicit texts
The husband of the Melbourne woman, who former cricketer Shane Warne had been sending sexually explicit texts to, has taken to Twitter to reveal how the player tried to steal his wife. ANI

Ashes: Ponting believes Johnson spell could set up series
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting believes that given his present rip-roaring form, left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, has set up the remaining part of the Ashes series nicely. ANI

Meet the blonde Oz mum who cost Warne Liz Hurley
The blonde married mum from Melbourne, who was bombarded with sexually explicit texts by former cricketer Shane Warne, is said to have been relentlessly chased by him. ANI

Ponting's captaincy is hurting Australia: Ian Chappell
Former Australian cricket captain and now television commentator Ian Chappell has said that incumbent skipper Ricky Ponting is trying too hard to prove he's worthy, and adds that when he quits, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin might be Australia's best option as a stop-gap leader ANI

Chappell backs Clarke to excel as Oz skipper
Australia's full-time selector Greg Chappell believes Michael Clarke will deliver the goods if he is asked to captain the national squad in the forthcoming Melbourne Test. ANI

Johnson has potential of becoming Australia's Andrew Flintoff: Geoff Boycott
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott believes Mitchell Johnson has the ability to be Australia's version of Andrew Flintoff after his man-of-the-match display in the third Ashes Test in Perth. ANI

UK press laments third Ashes Test humiliation at WACA
The British press has criticized England's dismal performance in the third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground in Perth, likening the team's pitiful display to those of England teams of old. ANI

Shane Warne's ex-wife left devastated by his s*x scandals
Former cricketer Shane Warne's ex-wife has been left heartbroken after it emerged that her love rat hubby has been sending sexually explicit texts to a married Melbourne mum besides seeing actress Liz Hurley. ANI

Waqar says South Africa series success a 'morale booster' for New Zealand tour
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis is confident that his team can carry forward their impressive performance against South Africa into their forthcoming tour of New Zealand. ANI

Ashes: Strauss mulls over Melbourne changes
England cricket captain Andrew Strauss is reported to be mulling over making changes to the team for the fourth Ashes Test to be played against Australia in Melbourne from December 26. ANI

Vaughan: Cocky England took foot off the gas at Perth
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan believes that Andrew Strauss's boys took their foot off the gas to let Australia run away with the Perth Test. ANI

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