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

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.

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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.

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.

Mitchell Marsh set to be named in Test squad on Monday

Mitchell Marsh.

Ben Horne Mitchell Marsh is set to be named on Monday in Australia's Test squad for the series against Pakistan in October.

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.

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.

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.

Embarrassing India have given up the fight on the pitch

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Michael Vaughan India were simply embarrassing. They have been brought up facing orthodox off spin but they made it look as though Moeen Ali was bowling hand grenades and folded abysmally.

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Mitchell Starc steps up his comeback in bid for Test recall

Mitchell Starc is on the comeback trail.

Chloe Saltau Australia's one-day series in Zimbabwe could prove a crucial stepping stone to a Test recall for Mitchell Starc.

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".

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Kevin Pietersen fears England in for Swann dive

Tough times ahead: Kevin Pietersen believes England could be on the decline.

Julian Guyer Exiled batsman Kevin Pietersen thinks England could be in for a particularly tough five-Test home series against India without Graeme Swann.

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