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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.

Quiney call-up timely reminder for fringe Vics

Chris Rogers will benefit directly from Rob Quiney's call-up to play in the first Test.

Adam Cooper Victoria hopes Rob Quiney's selection will encourage others to fight for spots in team.

Gloves off: Wade vows to ramp up concentration levels at MCG

Wade

Adam Cooper AS MATTHEW WADE points out, no one realises they're not concentrating until after the key moment has past. Like common sense, it's only obvious afterwards.

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Wade aiming to keep up appearances

Matthew Wade

Adam Cooper As Matthew Wade points out, no one realises they're not concentrating until after the key moment has passed. Like common sense, it's only obvious afterwards.

Siddle backs Bird to set Sri Lanka's feathers flying at MCG

Jackson Bird

Adam Cooper THE memory of Sachin Tendulkar's shattered stumps will reinforce Peter Siddle's plan to be patient at the MCG in the second Test against Sri Lanka, possibly alongside rookie Jackson Bird.

Starc puts the Ashes before IPL riches

Australia's Peter Siddle (R) and Mitchell Starc

Chloe Saltau, Adam Cooper MITCHELL STARC will reject offers worth up to $500,000 to play in next year's Indian Premier League because he wants to be in peak condition for the Ashes.

Starc keen, but rest talk goes on

Fighting fit: Mitchell Starc wants to play on Boxing Day.

Chloe Saltau and Adam Cooper Left-armer to keep out of IPL and concentrate on Tests - but will he play at the MCG?

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Hussey's shock retirement

Mike Hussey .

Chloe Saltau and Adam Cooper Highly respected and in-form Australian veteran Michael Hussey has announced that he will retire from Test cricket.

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Baggy green cheapened: Lee

Brett Lee.

Adam Cooper Australia's fast bowling stocks are so crowded even Brett Lee says he has no idea who features in the best attack, but believes the rotation policy used this summer has reduced the value of earning a...

Tributes flow for Matthew Hayden

Adam Cooper and Larine Statham Matthew Hayden's former teammates have commended the retired Australian opener for his decision to bow out on his terms after a difficult season with the bat.

Hurricane Warner pressuring selectors

Adam Cooper Australian captain Ricky Ponting admits David Warner's remarkable batting could make cricket's new star hard to resist when it comes to naming the one-day side.

Arthur not convinced by Twenty20 surge

Adam Cooper South Africa coach Mickey Arthur has urged cricket administrators not to let greed force a surge in the number of Twenty20 internationals.

Hilditch open to chat with axed players

Adam Cooper Australia's embattled cricket selectors have given players the chance to clear the mass confusion plaguing their summer.

David Hussey aiming to improve off-spin

Adam Cooper His big hitting has made him a domestic star, but David Hussey believes his bowling could be the key to securing a place in Australia's World Cup campaigns.

Victorians upset over Hodge omission

Adam Cooper Victorian batsman Brad Hodge believes he deserves to be part of Australia's limited-overs squads more than some of his peers.

Crosthwaite hoping to catch eye of IPL

Adam Cooper Victorian wicketkeeper Adam Crosthwaite is hopeful the Indian Premier League's powerbrokers extend their casting net far.

Twenty20 the way back for sidelined Lee

Adam Cooper Twenty20 looms as the path back to Test cricket for Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who has ruled himself out of next year's tour of South Africa.

South African skipper hails series win

Adam Cooper South African captain Graeme Smith rates his side's breakthrough Test series victory in Australia as his country's finest cricket moment.

Australia names three new faces for SCG

Adam Cooper Australia named three uncapped players in their squad for the third cricket Test against South Africa at the SCG, which starts Saturday.

Injuries sideline Symonds, Lee, Watson

Adam Cooper Australian trio Andrew Symonds, Brett Lee and Shane Watson are all in doubt to make next year's tour of South Africa due to injury.