Adam Cooper

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Players must be ready to fire in Big Bash

Ready to go: Shane Warne.

Adam Cooper When Aaron Finch took to Shane Warne last week at Etihad Stadium, it must have been tempting for some to grant the Big Bash's marquee player leeway for a limited pre-season campaign.

Season takes shape before ball is bowled

Adam Cooper WHEN Aaron Finch took to Shane Warne last week at Etihad Stadium, it must have been tempting for some to grant the Big Bash League's marquee player leeway for a limited pre-season campaign.

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PNG hooked on cricket

Fresh Barramundis: Geraint Jones, Asad Valla and Jack Vare (from left) are training in Canberra for the world Twenty20 championships.

Adam Cooper Australia's cricketing culture has rubbed off on Jack Vare, vice-captain of the Papua New Guinea side.

Hayden gets backing from Nielsen, Hussey

Adam Cooper Australia insist out-of-sorts opener Matthew Hayden is not ready to retire and wants to take part in their two major tours of 2009.

Lee back, spinners a worry for Australia

Adam Cooper Brett Lee's looming return to bowl for Australia in India has been tarnished by injuries to the cricket side's two main spinning options.

Selectors to chat with Hayden on future

Adam Cooper The promise of Australia's next generation of one-day cricket openers will prompt selectors to discuss Matthew Hayden's ambitions in the shorter game.

McGain takes early lead in spin-off

Adam Cooper Bryce McGain took the early lead in the battle to earn selection as Australia's specialist spinner on the tour of India with three wickets in a warm-up game.

White aiming for more overs in Darwin

Adam Cooper Cameron White needs more overs to make it as Australia's No.1 one-day spinner, and also needs Bangladesh's batsmen to show more resistance.

Aussie cricketers keen for Hopes' return

By Adam Cooper Australia are keen for all-rounder James Hopes to return to tri-series action after his presence was sorely missed in Sunday's loss to India at the MCG.

India beats Aussies to top tri-series

By Adam Cooper India has kept their cool to leapfrog Australia to the top of the tri-series table by beating the world champions in Sunday's day-night game at the MCG.

Australians close to perfect: Lee

By Adam Cooper Brett Lee says coming close to playing the "perfect game" will drive Australia against India in Sunday's tri-series one-day match.

India's tour still up in air

By Daniel Brettig and Adam Cooper The limited overs portion of India's cricket tour of Australia remains a bargaining chip in the visitors' appeal against the ban handed to Harbhajan Singh.

Australia's rebuilding continues

By Adam Cooper Skipper Ricky Ponting has admitted he might rely on part-time spinners instead of struggling specialists in future Australian Test sides.

Sachin starts Aussie swansong in style

By Adam Cooper Sachin Tendulkar treated Australia to one more special innings as he began his swansong with a century which rescued India in the fourth cricket Test.

Ponting confident Australia will rebound

By Adam Cooper Aussie captain Ricky Ponting is confident his side will pass their character probe from India in the fourth Test after taking heed from some harsh lessons.

Jaques aiming to avenge Test low point

By Adam Cooper Australian opener Phil Jaques is confident he can erase the disappointment of the low point of his fledgling Test cricket career.

Hussey says Adelaide wicket won't swing

By Adam Cooper Mike Hussey has challenged beanpole Ishant Sharma to back up his match-turning spell in Perth on an Adelaide wicket the Australian expects won't swing for long.

Bowling blunders hurt Australia

By Adam Cooper Australia's pacemen are coming to terms with being both out-bowled and out-witted by their inexperienced Indian rivals.

Aussies to unleash four quicks on India

By Adam Cooper Speedsters Brett Lee and Shaun Tait will bowl short bursts at full throttle as Australia backed an all-pace attack to create cricket history in the third Test.

India get catching policy scrapped

By Adam Cooper India's Anil Kumble denies his preference to scrap a pact with Australia on contentious catches will put more pressure on umpires.