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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.

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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.

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...

Saeed Ajmal targets World Cup heroics after straightening out bowling action

Scrutiny: Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal.

Suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is hoping to compete in next year's World Cup, after completing a rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy.

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Afghan pride on the line at cricket World Cup

Selfies: Afghan captain Mohammad Nabi holds the 2015 World Cup while teammates take photographs.

Chloe Saltau Afghanistan's cricketers had a reality check this week when they saw Mitchell Johnson, with his rippling muscles and tough-guy sleeve tattoo, get out of his car at their training ground in Perth.

Canberra sport

Cricket World Cup and Asian Cup join forces for big crowds in Canberra

More than 50,000 fans could front up at Manuka Oval for the three Cricket World Cup matches in the capital.

Chris Dutton Cricket minnows Bangladesh and Afghanistan are more popular than two of the world's best teams and World Cup officials are convinced three games at Manuka Oval can attract almost 50,000 people next...

England star Stuart Broad to undergo knee surgery ahead of cricket's World Cup

Stuart Broad

England pace bowler Stuart Broad will undergo knee surgery on September 4 as he targets full fitness in time for the 2015 World Cup.

Afghanistan riding high in its preparations for cricket's World Cup

Afghan cricketers training in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's cricket coach says the team are on course for next year's World Cup and looking forward to touring Australia and New Zealand next month.

MCG turf to be fully replaced ahead of cricket World Cup final

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Jesse Hogan The MCG will use its month-long break after the AFL grand final to undertake its biggest turf overhaul in a decade, ahead of hosting next year's cricket World Cup final.

World Cup matters not rankings: Clarke

Australian skipper Michael Clarke.

Ben Horne Michael Clarke says even if South Africa steal the No.1 ranking from his team this week in Harare, they'll need to put up at the World Cup to prove they're the best team in one-day cricket.

Michael Clarke's one-day international career should end after World Cup

Michael Clarke returns to the dressing room after Australia's innings against Zimbabwe.

Jesse Hogan This summer's World Cup should be Michael Clarke's limited-overs swansong.

England captain Alastair Cook vows to carry on to World Cup

Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook insists he still wants to lead the side at the World Cup despite conceding the team's chances of triumphing at next year's tournament were "far-fetched" following...

Mature Mitch Marsh dreams of World Cup

He's flirted with the international scene in the past, but rising cricket star Mitch Marsh feels he's now mature enough to make a permanent thing of it.

Australia's World Cup goal to sideline white-ball specialists from Sheffield Shield

Tight schedule: Glenn Maxwell will have limited opportunity to push his red-ball claims.

Jesse Hogan Test aspirants who have established themselves in Australia's limited-overs teams, such as James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell, are set to play only one or two Sheffield Shield matches this summer,...

Indoor cricket

ACT Rockets players Vinesh Bennett and Matthew Floros in Australian indoor cricket team for World Cup

Lee Gaskin ACT's Vinesh Bennett and Matthew Floros selected in Australian men's indoor cricket team for World Cup.

Cricket

Jacques Kallis retires from one-day cricket and gives up dream of World Cup farewell

Gerald Imray South Africa’s Jacques Kallis has retired from all international cricket, as one of the game’s greatest all-rounders admitted that a swansong at the World Cup next year was...

Cricket

Daniel Vettori still in World Cup cricket frame

Daniel Vettori delivers a ball during the Lord's bicentenary match.

Former Black Caps skipper Dan Vettori remains in the frame for next year's cricket World Cup.

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ACT Meteors fast bowler Rene Farrell chasing World Cup glory with Southern Stars

Rene Farrell.

Lee Gaskin ACT Meteors fast bowler Rene Farrell is relishing the pressure of bowling the final over for Australia.

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Darren Lehmann endorses Ryan Harris' World Cup bid

Ryan Harris is recovering from major knee surgery and won't play in Australia's next Test series, against Pakistan.

Chloe Saltau Ryan Harris' ambition to play at next year's World Cup has received a boost, with coach and selector Darren Lehmann indicating the warrior-like fast bowler's mastery of home conditions would make him...