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Manzoor wants to use Pak tour of New Zealand to establish himself
Pakistani batsman Khurram Manzoor, who will be making his comeback to the national team after 11 months, has said that he would use the tour to New Zealand to establish himself in the team. ANI

Broad's replacement in Perth Test will not be decided by bowl off: Flower
England team director Andy Flower has said his side's three-day match against Victoria in Melbourne won't be a "bowl off" to decide who replaces injured fast bowler Stuart Broad in the Perth Test. ANI

Hauritz nails a ton to convince selectors on Ashes recall
Dumped Test off-spinner Nathan Hauritz continued his campaign for an Ashes recall by scoring his maiden first-class century in the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia at the SCG today. ANI

Anderson flies home for second child's birth
A confident England has sent fast bowler James Anderson back home to attend the birth of his second child. ANI

Lesser England lights being put through their paces in hope of replacing hurt Broad
England fast bowling coach David Saker has taken captain Andrew Strauss's missive of putting the foot on the pedal and not letting the Australians in to heart, as he is now preparing the second stringers in the squad for possible inclusion in the Perth Test. ANI

Hameed to lodge complaint against NOTW for implicating him in 'spot-fixing' scandal
Discarded Pakistan batsman Yasir Hameed will soon lodge a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission of England against British tabloid News of the World (NOTW) for implicating him in a 'spot-fixing' scandal. ANI

Mani says ICC Chief Executive's Pak 'spot-fixing' remarks uncalled for
Former International Cricket Council (ICC) President Ehsan Mani has lashed out at ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat for saying that he would be "disappointed" if the Pakistani players implicated in the 'spot-fixing' case were acquitted. ANI

On current form, Aussies would be lucky to beat even Bangladesh: SMH
The clouds of despair have engulfed Australian cricket in the wake of defeat in the Adelaide Test, so much so, that cricket pundits are of the view that on evidence of performance currently shown, Ricky Ponting's side would even find it hard to beat Bangladesh. ANI

'I'm flattered people want me to play in Ashes,' says Warne
Bowling legend Shane Warne has thanked his supporters who have urged him to come out of retirement after Australia's Ashes campaign suffered a crushing blow in the Adelaide Test. ANI

Ponting slips to 25th place in ICC rankings
Ricky Ponting has dropped out of the top 20 in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batting rankings for the first time since 2001 after Australia's crushing defeat by England in Adelaide. ANI

Ancelotti refuses to rest Chelsea players
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has refused to rest his players and wants his strongest team to play Marseille tonight. ANI

Nasri is the new Thierry Henry: Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hailed his striker Samir Nasri as the new Thierry Henry, and claimed he has the talent to follow the Arsenal legend as Footballer of the Year. ANI

Warne asks Oz selectors to consider Beer for Perth Test
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has asked the selectors to consider the local knowledge of West Australian left-arm spinner Michael Beer for the critical third Ashes Test in Perth. ANI

Untraceable Haider's legal team withdraws from UK asylum case
Runaway former Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider's problems have deepened after his legal team in London decided that they would no longer be representing him in his UK asylum case. ANI

Australian cricket, a product of rampant self-indulgence: Roebuck
As Australia limps off to lick its wounds after its innings and 71 run defeat to England in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck says the selectors will be busy sharpening their knives to prevent their own heads from being put on the block. ANI

Australia defeated in Ashes Test, but rise to fourth in ICC Test rankings
Amid the doom and gloom of the humiliating second Test defeat to England in Adelaide yesterday, a strange light is shining on Australia - they have risen to fourth in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings. ANI

Afridi backs Akram's call for early announcement of 2011 Pak World Cup squad
Pakistan's ODI captain Shahid Afridi has backed Wasim Akram's views that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must announce the 2011 World Cup squad as soon as possible. ANI

Sampras says majority of tennis gongs stolen from LA storage facility
Tennis great Pete Sampras says most of the awards and trophies he won during his illustrious career have been stolen out of public storage facility in West Los Angeles. ANI

Strauss confident of England retaining Ashes
England skipper Andrew Strauss is confident his side can retain the Ashes after their innings and 71 run victory in the second Test in Adelaide. ANI

PCB asks players to avoid World Cup advertisements
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has advised five players, including captain Shahid Afridi, to avoid participating in advertising campaigns for next year's World Cup. ANI

Ashes 2010: Oz media strikes at 'beaten, broken, bereft' team with vengeance
The defeat of the Australian cricket team in the second Ashes Test against England at the Adelaide Oval has left the country's media fuming and steaming, so much so, that they feel Ponting's boys are already "beaten, broken and bereft', and don't have chance of making a comeback, let alone winning the coveted series. ANI

Adelaide glory wipes out painful memories of previous Oz tour: Pietersen
Hailing England's 1-0 lead in the Ashes series, middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen said that the Adelaide triumph has wiped out the painful memories of their 2006 tour of Australia. ANI

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