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Cricket Australia chaos distracting players: Finch

ADELAIDE (AFP) – Disarray within Cricket Australia has distracted the Australian team, one-day skipper Aaron Finch said Thursday as he urged his players to keep their focus on the field. The embattled governing body has been under intense pressure after a scathing review said its “arrogant” culture contributed to players ...

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Khawaja confident of recovery for first India Test

SYDNEY (AFP) – Usman Khawaja s comeback from surgery on his knee is ahead of schedule with the opener Thursday confident of being ready for the first Test against India next month. The experienced left-hander, who hit a fighting hundred to help Australia scramble to a draw in the first ...

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Pakistan to break New Zealand jinx says Sarfraz

ABU DHABI (AFP) – Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed insists his team can end an 11-match losing run to New Zealand when the two sides meet in the first one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Pakistan crushed New Zealand 3-0 in the preceding Twenty20 series on Sunday — their second ...

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Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 151 runs in first Test

(AFP) – Zimbabwe thumped Bangladesh by 151 runs in the northeastern city of Sylhet on Tuesday to claim their first Test win in five years. Debutant spinner Brendon Mavuta claimed 4-21 while Sikandar Raza grabbed 3-41 as the visitors bowled out Bangladesh for 169 in the second innings on the ...

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