I’m ready to make my Test debut, says Gary Ballance

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“I’ve given myself that bit of confidence so that, if I do get picked (for the second Test), I think I’ll be ready”

England batsman Gary Ballance has announced that he is ready to make his Test debut after scoring a magnificent half-century in the two-day warm-up match against the Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI in Alice Springs.

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‘Dave Warner’s comments were out of order’, says Steve Waugh

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“He can make a generic comment, but I think when you get personal like that, you cross the line on how players treat each other, and the respect they should have”

Legendary Australia captain Steve Waugh has announced that opening batsman David Warner’s comments about England batsman Jonathan Trott being “pretty poor and pretty weak” were “out of order”.

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‘I want to take Australian cricket back to the golden eras of Lillee and Thomson, the Chappells and Steve Waugh’, says Darren Lehmann

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“We want to play within the rules but we will play aggressive, in-your-face cricket which was a trademark of the above eras”

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has announced that he intends to “take Australian cricket back to the golden eras of Lillee and Thomson, the Chappells and Steve Waugh”.

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New ODI rules will lead to a decline in the number of bowlers, says Arjuna Ranatunga

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“Young boys, when they are eight or ten, will not pick up the ball, they will pick up the bat”

Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has announced that the new ODI rules will lead to a decline in the number of bowlers since they are at a massive disadvantage compared to the batsmen.

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Sharma ‘has responded really well’ ever since being given the opportunity to open the batting, says Sanath Jayasuriya

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“India is utilising him well at the top of the order and he has responded really well”

Legendary Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya has announced that India batsman Rohit Sharma “has responded really well” ever since captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave him the opportunity to open the batting.

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