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Sports News on January 9, 2011

Jayasuriya, Kaif, Jaffer go unsold in IPL auction
Former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya and Indian batsmen Mohammad Kaif and Wasim Jaffer were unsold on the second day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction held in Bangalore on Sunday. ANI

Humbled Khawaja recalls aspects of Test debut
Newly blooded Test batsman Usman Khawaja, the bright light from Australia's crushing fifth Test loss in Sydney, for compiling 37 runs in a first innings that showed glimpses of brilliance and 21 in a gritty second innings, says he can never think of himself as the saviour of Australian cricket. ANI

Clarke still confident in spite of Australia's new underdog status
Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke says he is confident the trying experience of losing the Ashes series to England will help him become a better cricketer and a better person. ANI

Axe hangs over Nielsen as CA schedules Ashes autopsy
The Cricket Australia board will meet in Melbourne on February 8 to discuss a range of issues that have exploded in wake of the humbling 3-1 series defeat. ANI

Misbah praises Pak bowlers for crushing New Zealand in first Test
Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-haq has praised his bowlers for sticking to their plans as they ripped through New Zealand's batting line-up to set up a crushing ten-wicket victory within three days at Seddon Park on Sunday. ANI

Cape Town gets set to give fitting, emotional farewell to Ntini
Former South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini's farewell match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium here later this evening is expected to be charged with emotion. ANI

Zulqarnain wants PCB to clear his 1.5-million-rupee dues
Runaway Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who stunned one and all by fleeing the team hotel in Dubai hours before the final one-day international against South Africa in November last year, has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to clear his dues amounting to around 1.5 million rupees. ANI

Kaneria may take legal action against PCB for not clearing him of spot-fixing suspicions
Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria may take legal action against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) if it does not clear him of spot-fixing suspicions, a lawyer for the player has warned. ANI

Pakistan beat Kiwis by 10 wickets in Hamilton Test
Pakistan won the first Test against New Zealand by ten wickets on Sunday, the third day of the match. ANI

Wright-Ryder ties key to Kiwi World Cup preparations
John Wright's relationship with Jesse Ryder is being seen as the key to New Zealand's chances as they build towards the World Cup starting late next month. ANI

Flower says Anderson, Swann snub by IPL priceless for England
England coach Andy Flower has said the snubbing by the Indian Premier League (IPL) of fast bowler James Anderson and off-spinner Graeme Swann is a good news for him. ANI

Ice-skating champ Johnny Weir has no time for sex
Ice-skating champ Johnny Weir says he has no time for s*x. ANI

Former Kiwi Mr. Dependable Elliot keen to make it to WC squad
Till under two years ago, Grant Elliot was touted as the most dependable man in New Zealand cricket. He was the rock in a Black Caps batting order that was, at best, inconsistent, but in 2011, he is hoping for a berth in the national squad for the World Cup. ANI

'Cricket Australia has to overhaul a flawed system': Ian Chappell
Former Australian batsman Ian Chappell has urged Cricket Australia to instigate an independent review of all cricketing bodies in the country following the 3-1 Ashes series defeat to England. ANI

Aussies set to unleash Lee, Tait in opening Twenty20 against England
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee is looking forward to joining forces with fellow fast bowler Shaun Tait in the opening Twenty20 international against England at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday. ANI

'Oz Olympic champ Thorpe undergoing training, comeback possible'
Australian multiple Olympic champion Ian Thorpe is reportedly training in the pool and could be a part of the 2012 London Olympics, his manager David Flaskas said. ANI

'Australia can't progress with Johnson in Test side'
As Australia looks to rebuild following the humiliating Ashes defeat to England, the first step should be "to move ahead without" fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, according to Herald Sun journalist Jon Anderson. ANI

New Zealand Cricket plays down Vettori's health concerns
New Zealand Cricket has denied suggestions that captain Daniel Vettori could be suffering from a serious illness despite feeling lethargic for several days. ANI

Steve Waugh for action only after Ashes loss emotions settle down
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has called for patience in any review of Australian cricket, saying emotions need to settle down before anything is decided. ANI

England outplayed Australia in every department: Botham
Former England all-rounder Ian Botham has scoffed at Cricket Australia's claims that there were positives to be taken from the humiliating Ashes series loss. ANI

England must dominate all forms of game to be declared a great team: Pringle
One Ashes success, or even two in a row as it now is, does not a great team make and, having conquered Australia, captain Andrew Strauss must now set his sights on England beating other teams in other tournaments, feels former player and now Telegraph columnist Derek Pringle. ANI

Pakistan routs 'self-destructing' Kiwis by 10 wickets to win Hamilton Test
Pakistan thrashed New Zealand by 10 wickets in the opening Test held at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. ANI

White 'pinching himself' after 1.1 million dollar IPL windfall
Australian all-rounder has said that his new 1.1 million dollar contract with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Deccan Chargers has come as a surprise to him. ANI

'Babes and Bikinis' dominate England players Ashes series win celebrations
England cricketer stars went the whole hog in celebrating their Ashes series triumph in Australia, and according to Mark Chipperfield, a journalist and travel writer, cocktail waitresses and Hollywood stars were present at the event that lasted more than the duration of Australia's two innings in the just concluded Sydney Test. ANI

'Monkeygate' foes Symonds and Bhajji now Mumbai Indians dressing room IPL mates
Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds and Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who became arch-enemies following the infamous Monkeygate scandal during the 2008 Test series Down Under, will share the Mumbai Indians' dressing room during this year's Indian Premier League (IPL). ANI

Paine plays down suggestions of becoming Oz captain
Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine has shrugged off former captain Steve Waugh's suggestion that he could be a captain-in-waiting for the Test team. ANI

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