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Australian cricket to adopt ICC's tough new chucking regime

Saeed Ajmal is among three players who have been suspended from bowling in international cricket.

Chloe Saltau Cricket Australia will launch its own crackdown on throwing in domestic competitions this summer, bringing its testing regime into line with tough new global standards. 

Hobart Hurricanes reach CLT20 semi-finals

The Hobart Hurricanes have reached the semi-finals of the lucrative Champions League Twenty20 tournament following a six-wicket victory over the Barbados Tridents in Mohali.

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Afghanistan pips ACT Comets in World Cup warm-up

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Jon Tuxworth Afghanistan coach Andy Moles has declared guiding the country to the Test arena is his long-term focus.

Mitch Johnson, Peter Siddle set for Pakistan Test series

Left-armer Mitchell Johnson is the only paceman from Australia's last Test, in Cape Town in March, fit to face Pakistan, with Ryan Harris (knee) and James Pattinson (back) still recuperating.

Jesse Hogan Mitch Johnson will be fit to lead Australia's Test bowling attack next month against Pakistan and is highly likely to be supported by a rejuvenated Peter Siddle.

Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood on verge of Test inclusion

Ready for the big time: Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood.

Chris Barrett If cricketers were permitted to bet, the smart money would be on a towering fast bowler from Tamworth to finally arrive in the big smoke of Test cricket this summer.

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Mountainous escape from Afghanistan war takes Samiullah Shinwari into cricket

Samiullah Shinwari, takes a photo on his phone of team mates having an impromptu backyard game near the Wide Brown Land sculpture at the National Arboretum in  Canberra.

David Polkinghorne Afghanistan all-rounder Samiullah Shinwari was too young to remember his family's trek through the mountains, as his mother and father fled the war to seek safety in neighbouring Pakistan.

Australia's Steve O'Keefe says spinners who bowl with bent arms deserve to be banned

Having a ball: Steve O’Keefe, left, with NSW teammates Josh Hazlewood and Peter Nevill.

Chris Barrett Australia's newest Test spinner, Steve O'Keefe, admits he feels little sympathy for suspended Pakistani counterpart Saeed Ajmal, welcoming the International Cricket Council's crackdown on chuckers he...

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Former cricketer Chris Cairns charged with perjury

Chris Cairns has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

Former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns was charged in a north London police station on Thursday with perverting the course of justice.

Pakistan crackdown on bowlers actions

The loss of Saeed Ajmal is still being felt by Pakistan.

Pakistan cricket officials suspended 16 domestic bowlers with suspect actions.

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns charged with perjury

Chris Cairns

British prosecutors on Thursday charged New Zealand cricket great Chris Cairns with perjury.

Shane Watson faces fight to regain Test place, says Michael Clarke

Facing a fitness race of his own: Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke says the injured Shane Watson will face "stiff competition" to regain his place in the Australian XI for this summer's home Test series against India, as a debut looms for Mitchell...

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Afghanistan prepares for Cricket World Cup in Canberra

All smiles: The Afghanistan cricket team trains at Manuka Oval on Thursday.

David Polkinghorne Long tough, journey for Afghanistan team leads to playing ACT Comets at Manuka Oval.

Alastair Cook retained by England for World Cup

Underfire Alastair Cook will lead England at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, national selector James Whitaker said on Wednesday.

Four fall foul of Pakistan's new cricket fitness crackdown

Shahid Afridi (R) makes a selfie with teammates with the ICC World Cup 2015 trophy during a ceremony in Karachi.

Four Pakistan international cricketers have been docked part of their salaries in a crackdown on fitness standards, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Tuesday.

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Sri Lanka pick Marvan Atapattu as head coach

Sri Lanka's Marvan Atapattu  in 2007.

Sri Lanka Cricket have appointed former Test captain Marvan Atapattu as the head coach, making him the island nation's seventh coach in the last four years.

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Alastair Cook confirmed as England captain for World Cup

England captain Alastair Cook will lead the side at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after being named on Wednesday as skipper for an upcoming one-day international series in Sri...

England's Alastair Cook to discover one-day fate

England captain Alastair Cook.

England captain Alastair Cook is set to find out if he will be skippering the side at next year's World Cup.

Test debut looms for Mitch Marsh after Shane Watson injury

The Marsh brothers: Mitch (left) and sibling Shaun.

Jesse Hogan The burgeoning Mitch Marsh story is poised to get a significant new chapter, a Test debut, after Shane Watson was ruled out of next month's series against Pakistan.

Hat trick helps kids get sloppy

Lucy Cormack Brett Lee has claimed his share of hat-tricks but it his floppy hat trick that has never let him down.

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ACT Comets' Vele Dukoski selected for NSW Country

ACT Comets all-rounder Vele Dukoski.

David Polkinghorne All ACT Comets gun all-rounder Vele Dukoski needs to do to find inspiration is to is look at his hands.