Free Press Journal
  • Michael Clarke

    Michael Clarke pledges no mercy as quarter-final looms

    Hobart: Australia skipper Michael Clarke pledged no mercy on crisis-hit Scotland as the four-time World Cup champions seek a headline-grabbing performance ahead of a potential quarter-final collision with Pakistan. Australia have already made sure of their spot in the next stage after last weekend’s 64-run win over fellow title contenders Sri Lanka where they piled up 376-9. That followed their World Cup record score of 417-6 to rout Afghanistan by 275 runs.

  • Brendan Taylor

    Needs of my family prompted me to quit Int’l cricket: Brendan Taylor

    Auckland: It’s not an easy decision to quit international cricket at the age of 29 but Brendan Taylor had to take the tough decision keeping in mind his family’s needs, which won’t happen if he continues playing Tests and ODIs for his home country. Stand-in-skipper Taylor, who has 5120 runs in 166 ODIs, will be playing his last international game against India tomorrow as he is migrating with his family to Nottingham in England

  • India_West Indies WC

    India ready to hit Zimbabwe for a ‘six’

    Auckland: Having reached the quarter-finals with one commanding performance after another, defending champions India will be aiming to finish their group league engagements with a flourish when they take on Zimbabwe in an ICC Cricket World Cup match, here tomorrow. India are currently on a roll in the tournament as they have practically crushed most of their oppositions save the West Indies, which at the most gave them a scare during the group league game

  • David Miller claims Proteas `raring to go` in CWC quarters

    Johannesburg : South Africa’s middle order batsman David Miller has claimed that the squad has put their ‘couple of upsets’ behind them and are ‘raring to go’ in the Cricket World Cup quarterfinals. Miller, who scored 49 as South Africa recorded a 146-run win over the United Arab Emirates to secure a quarterfinal berth, said that South Africa were not dwelling on Pool B losses to India and Pakistan. He admitted that they

  • England, Afghanistan

    England win toss, elect to bowl against Afghanistan

    Sydney: England won the toss and elected to field against Afghanistan in their pool A ODI cricket match of the ICC World Cup here today.
    England have made two changes to their side. In place of Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes, Ravi Bopara and James Tredwell come in. Afghanistan have also made two changes, bringing in Shafuqullah Shafaq and Nasir Jamal in place of Asghar Stanikzai and Usman Ghani.

  • Bangladesh, New Zealand

    Bangladesh post 288-7 against New Zealand in World Cup

    Hamilton: Put into bat, Bangladesh posted a competitive 288 for seven against New Zealand in their last pool A ODI match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at Seddon Park here today.

  • Bangladesh

    Bangladesh example inspires Afghanistan

    Sydney: Afghanistan will look to follow the lead of Bangladesh when they face England in their World Cup finale in Sydney tomorrow. Bangladesh’s 15-run win over England in Adelaide on Monday saw them go through to the quarter-finals and knock out Eoin Morgan’s men. England, reeling from the fall-out of a World Cup where they, like tournament debutants Afghanistan, have so far only beaten Scotland, will be desperate to avoid fresh embarrassment at the Sydney Cricket Ground

  • South Africa defeat UAE by 146 runs

    Wellington:  South Africa beat UAE by 146 runs in their pool B ODI cricket match of the ICC World Cup here.

  • South Africa, Ab de villiers

    A B De Villiers enters World Cup top-10 scorers’ list

    Wellington: South African cricket captain A B de Villiers continued to script statistical history at the ongoing World Cup as he today entered the top-10 of all-time scorers’ list besides breaking the tournament record for most sixes by a player. With his 99-run knock against the UAE in a pool B match, de Villiers took his total score at the World Cups to 1,142, which placed him seventh on the overall list topped by retired

  • Chris Gayle double ton

    Windies sweat over Chris Gayle back injury

    Napier: Chris Gayle is a doubt for the West Indies’ do-or-die World Cup duel against the United Arab Emirates on Sunday after struggling with a back injury. The veteran opener did not train with the rest of the squad at Napier’s McLean Park on Wednesday, remaining at the team hotel to rest. “We’d love him to play all the games but we’ll just have to manage him better,” coach Stuart Williams told local media.

  • South Africa

    South Africa post 341/6 against UAE

    Wellington: Put in to bat, South Africa made 341 for 6 against the UAE in their pool B ODI cricket match of the ICC World Cup here today.

  • Srilanka

    Injury-hit Sri Lanka look to end league stage on a high

    Hobart: An injury-hit Sri Lanka will look to end the league stage on a high when they take on winless minnows Scotland in their final pool A fixture of the cricket World Cup at Bellerive Oval, here tomorrow. Sri Lanka, who have been plagued by injuries with all-rounder Jeevan Mendis, batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal already bowing out of the 50-over showpiece event, are eyeing a third-placed finish ahead of Bangladesh in their group. The

  • India, Ireland

    India beat Ireland by eight wickets

    Hamilton:  India earned their fifth consecutive win of the World Cup when they defeated Ireland by eight wickets in a Pool B encounter at the Seddon Park here on Tuesday. Chasing 250, India achieved the target in only 36.5 overs with Shikhar Dhawan scoring a match-winning century.

  • India, Ireland

    India bowl out Ireland for 259

    Hamilton : India bowled out Ireland for 259 runs in 49 overs in a World Cup Pool B match at the Seddon Park here. Opting to bat, Niall O’Brien top scored for the Irish with 75 while captain William Porterfield hit 67.  Pacer Mohammed Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers, clinching 3/41.

  • Punchbag Misbah rises above Pakistan trouble and strife

    Auckland: What’s the toughest job in sport? Managing the Brazil or England football team or coaching England’s cricket squad, for that matter? For Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq, the answer is simple — it’s his position as captain of a team already dubbed “predictably unpredictable” by a rival coach at the World Cup. As well as two heavy defeats in their opening games in Australia and New Zealand, eight Pakistan players were fined for breaking a curfew, there were claims of

  • Hobbling Mortaza inspires Bangladesh’s World Cup dream

    Adelaide:  He is barely able to run without a grimace, wears a brace to hold up his creaking knees and walks gingerly between overs, but Mashrafe Mortaza refuses to give up on Bangladesh at the World Cup. The 31-year-old captain and pace spearhead has led from the front as the Tigers celebrated their greatest World Cup moment — a place in the quarter-finals for the first time after Monday night’s 15-run win

  • World Cup exit shines light on England’s one-day woes

    Sydney: “We thought 275 was chaseable. We shall have to look at the data.” With those words, uttered following a defeat by Bangladesh in Adelaide on Monday that knocked England out of the World Cup, Peter Moores appeared to write his own epitaph for his second spell as coach of the national side. It did not require great statistical analysis to understand why England had gone down by 15 runs to Bangladesh — long regarded as

  • Kusal Perera replaces Chandimal in Sri Lankan World Cup squad

    Hamilton: The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup approved Kusal Perera as a replacement player for Dinesh Chandimal in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament. Chandimal suffered a hamstring injury during his side’s match against Australia in Sydney and has been ruled out of further participation in the tournament. Perera has played 41 ODIs for Sri Lanka in which he has scored 839 runs with one century and four half-centuries. His last ODI

  • Ireland

    Ireland elect to bat against India

    Hamilton: Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and elected to bat first against India in their cricket World Cup Pool B clash at the Seddon Park here. India go in with an unchanged squad. This is their first group match in New Zealand having played all their previous encounters in Australia.