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Cricket Australia praises the improvement in pitches

Chris Barrett One of Australia's chief problems in its fall from grace appears to be on the mend.

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Tony Abbott meets England's cricketers but both team leaders face some trouble with pitches

Michael Clarke

Tom Decent After 41 days of hostilities, sledging on and off the pitch and a war of attrition, the Australian and English cricket teams look to have settled their differences - for the time being.

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States put on notice over pitches

Cricket Tasmania is confident there will be no repeat of last year's early season minefield at Blundstone Arena when England and Australia A play an important tour game next week.

Chloe Saltau Extreme measures such as forfeiting the toss to visiting team debated by Cricket Australia.

Spin-friendly pitches needed: Berry

NATHAN LYON'S paltry four-over Test preparation has caused respected coach Darren Berry to call for a review of Australia's pace-friendly pitches.

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Jones blasts poor pitches

Dean Jones.

Adam Cooper Dean Jones says young batsmen are getting no favours from curators around Australia and that state sides should be docked Sheffield Shield points if they produce substandard pitches.

Cricket bosses eye pitches

The Gabba pitch for the first Test between Australia and South Africa has favoured the batsmen.

Chloe Saltau State of pitches around the nation will be a hot topic at a summit of cricket bosses this week.

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CA crackdown on 'inferior' pitches

The Gabba is averaging 32.54 runs per wicket for fast bowlers in the 2012-13 season.

Jesse Hogan State teams to be docked points if visiting teams forced to play on substandard pitches.

We'll cook the pitches: Skipper

Alastair Cook has refused to rule out England preparing a string of turning wickets as his side looks to beat Australia in the Ashes series this year.

Delayed action on throwing failed a generation of spinners: coach

John Davison, seen here during his days with the Canadian team, says the Australian decision not to teach the doosra to emerging spinners with conventional actions has been vindicated.

Chloe Saltau World cricket is 20 years too late to save a generation of spinners who can't bowl legally, according to a leading Australian spin coach. 

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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.

Damien Fleming backs Mitch Marsh, Steve O'Keefe Test push

Mitch Marsh's big-hitting has caught the eye.

Mitch Marsh and Steve O'Keefe are both strong chances to make their Test debuts against Pakistan in October, former Aussie quick Damien Fleming says.

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Sydney Thunder pitch in for switch to smaller stadium

Thunder general manager Nick Cummins.

Lucy Cormack The final piece of the puzzle for the Big Bash League has dropped at Spotless Stadium: the pitch.

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.

Sutherland to stay cricket boss beyond 2015

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland will continue in his role.

Chloe Saltau James Sutherland's reign as chief executive of Cricket Australia has been renewed with an unlimited tenure, just one year after the board withstood calls for his head. 

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Insipid India no warm-up for Ashes

Mercy rule: Indian players downcast after Sunday's capitulation in the fifth Test against England.

Derek Pringle The Kia Oval has always been a place of farewells, being the last Test venue of the summer, but no team have looked quite as thankful to be saying goodbye as India, whose capitulation by an innings...

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Pakistan cricketer Sana Mir hails team's progress before Australia series

Captain of the Pakistani women's team Sana Mir.

Chloe Saltau Sana Mir won’t accept that she is a pioneer for women’s cricket in Pakistan. That title, she says, has to go to other "strong women of Pakistan".

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

Hallowed turf

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.

Bowlers called but chuckers beating the system: Hussey

Rules are there: Michael Hussey.

Chloe Saltau Mike Hussey believes bowlers with dubious actions have been able to beat the system too easily, and fears traditional spinners will have little impact at next year's World Cup in Australia and New...

Mitchell Johnson chasing cricket grand slam

Mitchell Johnson  bowling against South Africa.

The Test spearhead is determined to enhance his reputation as the best fast bowler in the world by proving he can dominate in all conditions.

Mitchell Johnson delivers dire Ashes warning for England

No slowing down: Mitchell Johnson delivers another thunderbolt to South Africa in Harare.

Ben Horne Be warned England. Serving up more slow, dry wickets next Ashes series may not be enough to blunt the fearsome threat from Mitchell Johnson.