Pitches

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States put on notice over pitches

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

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Cricket Australia praises the improvement in pitches

In form: Phil Hughes hits a ton against Victoria, his second in five shield games this season.

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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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.

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Mitch Johnson ponders limited-overs future

Australia's Mitchell Johnson.

Chloe Saltau Mitchell Johnson is prepared to ditch one or both of the limited overs formats if it helps him repeat his menacing of England in next year's Ashes.

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Who dares, wins in cricket, says coach Lehmann

Coach of Australia Darren Lehmann.

Jesse Hogan Australia cricketers are not afraid to take risks and play to entertain, says Darren Lehman.

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The African scream: Australia stakes claim to being best in the world

Ryan Harris of Australia bowls during day 3 of the third test match between South Africa and Australia

Chloe Saltau, Jesse Hogan The rankings don't say it yet, but Australia deserves to be considered the best team in the world in the same way Mark Taylor's Australians became unofficial world champions by toppling the mighty...

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Chris Gayle attacks Kevin Pietersen sacking as 'disrespectful'

Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle.

Derek Pringle West Indies star urges the England and Wales Cricket Board to reinstate the former England star.

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No pressure from Sheffield Shield finalists: Manuka Oval curator Brad Van Dam

On a roll: Manuka Oval curator puts the roller over the pitch on Tuesday.

Lee Gaskin Manuka Oval curator Brad Van Dam says he hasn't been pressured from either NSW or Western Australia to prepare the pitch a certain way for this week's Sheffield Shield final in Canberra.

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Australia pathetic and Michael Clarke is to blame

Michael Clarke.

Brendan McArdle Three things are blatantly obvious in the aftermath of this defeat. David Warner is easily our most influential batsman, Shane Watson must be returned to the team to provide balance, and Michael...

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The challenge of keeping it pitch perfect in South Africa

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Geoff Lawson The first Test will be the litmus test of how Graeme Smith wants to play the series.

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Centurion curator says first Test pitch will be OK

Centurion, South Africa.

It's more green than ethically-sourced, home-grown wheatgrass, but Centurion curator Hilbert Smit says Australia need not worry about the pitch for the first Test against South Africa.

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Centurion curator says first Test pitch will be OK

It's more green than ethically-sourced, home-grown wheatgrass, but Centurion curator Hilbert Smit says Australia need not worry about the pitch for the first Test against South Africa.

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Shaun Marsh firms for Test berth

Shaun Marsh.

Jesse Hogan Shaun Marsh looks set to snare Australia's final batting vacancy for the first Test against South Africa.

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Piers Morgan blasted by Matt Prior as Kevin Pietersen fallout continues

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Andrew Wu Matt Prior has launched a savage attack on Piers Morgan after the talk show host accused the England wicketkeeper of undermining former coach Andy Flower during the Ashes.

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Live: Australia v England, third ODI, Sydney

Alastair Cook

Stephen Samuelson Australia hosts England in a one-day international at the SCG holding a 2-0 lead in the series.

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