• Cricket: ODI fallout has Australia fired up for NZ Test

    Wellington, Feb 10, 2016 (AFP) - Australia have warned of a "fiery clash" in the first Test against New Zealand starting in Wellington on Friday as tensions continue to simmer over the bizarre ODI dismissal of Mitchell Marsh. More »

  • Cold comfort from home after Smith's winning streak ends
    Cold comfort from home after Smith's winning streak ends

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Steve Smith, now carrying the burden of leading Australia in all three formats, is feeling the heat from a disappointed home media after his first series loss as skipper. The world's top-ranked test batsman and ICC Cricketer of the Year enjoyed a golden summer on home soil, leading the hosts to emphatic test series wins over New Zealand and West Indies, and victory in the one-day series over India. "The honeymoon is over for Steve Smith," the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper declared on Wednesday. More »

  • Cricket: Bird recalled for Australia as Test teams named early

    Wellington, Feb 11, 2016 (AFP) - Australia have recalled paceman Jackson Bird for the first Test against New Zealand starting in Wellington on Friday as both sides revealed their line-ups on the eve of the match. More »

  • Australia's Bird given opportunity to fly at the Basin
    Australia's Bird given opportunity to fly at the Basin

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Pace bowler Jackson Bird has been recalled by Australia for the first test against New Zealand after James Pattinson was deemed not quite ready to stand up to the rigours of a full workload, captain Steve Smith said on Thursday. The 29-year-old Bird was a surprise selection for the first of two matches against New Zealand, which starts on Friday, having played the last of his three tests on the 2013 Ashes tour. "The selectors aren't 100 percent sure that (Pattinson) will get through this test match and Jackson Bird has been bowling extremely well," Smith told reporters at the Basin Reserve. More »

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