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Australian bench strength is weak: Ponting
Australia's bench strength is weak, captain Ricky Ponting said on Thursday, a day after his team lost the Ashes to England at the MCG. ANI

Injured Sehwag out of South Africa-India ODI series
Indian opener Virender Sehwag will not play the one-day series in South Africa due to shoulder trouble, but will play the deciding Test in Cape Town starting Sunday. ANI

Ashley Cole's new girlfriend's dad 'not in favour of their romance'
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole's new girlfriend Kayla Collins's dad has apparently withdrawn support for her romance. ANI

Clarke to lead Australia in fifth Ashes Test
Australian batsman Michael Clarke will lead the team in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series against England after Ricky Ponting was ruled out with a fractured finger. ANI

Man City set to sign Edin Dzeko for 34 million pounds
To bolster their hopes of winning the Premier League, Manchester City is all set to sign Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko for an estimated 34 million pounds, according to reports in Germany. ANI

Pakistan outclass New Zealand by 103 runs in final T20
Powered by Abdul Razzaq's all-round performance, Pakistan outclassed New Zealand by a record margin of 103 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International on Thursday. ANI

Ferguson agrees to allow striker Macheda to go out on loan
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has agreed to allow striker Federico Macheda to go out on loan for the rest of the season. ANI

Ferdinand asks Man U to cure travel sicknesses to win Premier League
Ace defender Rio Ferdinand has asked Manchester United teammates to cure their travel sicknesses if they want to win the Premier League title again. ANI

Roebuck urges Ponting to move to No.5 in batting order to prolong Test career
Australian captain Ricky Ponting should move down the batting order to prolong his Test career, according to noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck. ANI

Warne urges Aussies to 'make rational judgment calls' to regain No.1 Test spot
Australia have performed poorly over the past couple of years, and the authorities have to look at the top all the way down and work out what they need to do better, according to leg-spin legend Shane Warne. ANI

Saker hails Anderson as world's best fast bowler
England's bowling coach David Saker has rated James Anderson as the world's best fast bowler following his successful campaign in the ongoing Ashes series. ANI

Spot-fixing case: Aamir may lodge protest with ICC over statement leakage
Suspended Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamir intends to lodge a protest with the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the continued leakage of confidential information relating to the spot-fixing scandal. ANI

Flower says England not satisfied, wants series victory in fifth Ashes Test
England coach Andy Flower has said his team is not satisfied with just retaining the Ashes urn and will be determined to claim a series victory in the fifth Test in Sydney. ANI

Dean Jones says Haddin not Clarke should lead Aussies in Sydney Test
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has said that wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and not vice-captain Michael Clarke should lead Australia in the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney. ANI

Ponting backs Usman Khawaja to bat No.3 in Sydney Test
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, who has been ruled out of the fifth Test of the Ashes series against England because of further damage to his broken finger, has backed Usman Khawaja to replace him at No.3 in a revamped batting order. ANI

Ponting hindering renewal of Oz team by not giving up skipper's job: Chappell
Ricky Ponting is hindering the renewal of the Australian team after a humiliating loss in the Ashes series by not giving up his skipper's job, according to cricket legend Ian Chappell. ANI

Strauss looking to win Ashes series, then world domination
England may have retained the Ashes urn, but captain Andrew Strauss insists that the "holy grail" for his team is to win a series in Australia.ngland has not won a Test series in Australia since 1986-87. ANI

Beckhams not moving to Manhattan
Soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria are not moving to Manhattan, it has emerged. ANI

Katich rules himself out of fifth Ashes Test
Australian batsman Simon Katich, who was training strongly in a bid to return to the squad for the fifth Ashes Test, has ruled himself out of the Sydney New Year's Test, declaring that he has not yet recovered from an Achilles injury. ANI

Chappell had urged Ponting to bat at No.4 in Ashes opener
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has revealed that selector Greg Chappell had suggested that he should bat at No. 4 in the ongoing Ashes series. ANI

Gatting urges England to be merciless against Australia in Sydney Test
England legend Mike Gatting has urged the team to be merciless in their pursuit of long-term success after he passed on a 24-year-old honour to Andrew Strauss. ANI

England's best team can beat India every day of the week: Darren Gough
Former Three Lions fast bowler Darren Gough has stirred controversy in cricket circles by saying that India are only champions on home turf, and that he fancies England beating the M.S. Dhoni-led squad every day of the week sooner than later. ANI

Ponting cites captaincy record, refusing to quit
Stating that he has played 152 Tests for Australia and the fact that 99 of them had been won, captain Ricky Ponting has refused to quit as skipper even though the team has been thrashed by England. ANI

Ponting 'devastated' over missing fifth Ashes Test
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that he is devastated after being ruled out of the fifth Test of the Ashes series against England because of further damage to his broken little finger. ANI

Prior refusing to let go of ball that helped England nail the Ashes
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior has said that for some time on Wednesday, he refused to let the ball that helped England win the Ashes against Australia out of his sight. ANI

India to retain No 1 Test status
India will retain the No.1 ranking on the ICC Test match table regardless of the outcome of the ongoing three-match series against South Africa. ANI

Injured Ponting ruled out of fifth Ashes Test
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been ruled out of the fifth Test of the Ashes series against England because of further damage to his broken finger.onting had fractured the little finger in his left hand while attempting to claim an edge at slip off Jonathan Trott on day three of the third-Test at Perth's WACA Ground. ANI

The Ashes 2010: Ten reasons why England retained the urn
Former England fast bowler and now cricket commentator Mike Selvey has revealed ten reasons why England was able to retain the Ashes against Australia Down after 24 years. ANI

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