Let’s take a look at the Sportzwiki’s Cricket news round-up from 13th December-20th December 2014. The news from India and English Cricket leads the charts. 

1. Australia vs India – 2nd Test: Skipper Smith and Johnson take Australia two-nil up in the series 

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Riding on the captain’s knock from Steven Smith and all-round show from Mitchell Johnson, Australia defeated India by 4 wickets in the second Test at Gabba to go two-nil up in the series.

2. England announce 15-men squad for the World Cup; Anderson, Ballance return

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have become the first cricket board to announce the 15-men squad for the ICC World Cup 2015. The same squad will play the tri-series against Australia and India that takes place in Australia just before the World Cup. Alastair Cook has been dropped on the account of his poor performances both as a batsman and captain. 

3. Saeed Ajmal returns with a new action to competitive cricket

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Suspended Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal makes an impressive return to competitive cricket in an official match against Kenya. It is also expected that he’ll undergo biomechanics tests for his action soon.

4. Lord’s to host ICC World Cup 2019 final

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The ECB on December 17th announced that Lord’s will host the final of the 2019 ICC World Cup and 2017 Women’s World Cup final.

5. BCCI names Gavaskar, Ganguly, Srikanth and Ravi Shastri in list of people with Conflict of Interest

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In reply to Supreme Court, the BCCI has accused former India captains Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Kris Srikkanth along with coaches Lalchand Rajput and Venkatesh Prasad in a list of people who can also be termed with conflict of interest during the IPL.

6. Michael Clarke’s hamstring surgery a success says Shane Warne

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Australian legend Shane Warne has said that Michael Clarke’s hamstring surgery has been a success and there are chances that he might play the World Cup. 

7. Kieron Pollard blasts six sixes in an over for Adelaide Strikers in their warm-up tie

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T20 specialist Kieron Pollard blasted six sixes in an over for Adelaide Strikers in their warm-up tie and now finds himself with the likes of Garry Sobers, Ravi Shastri to achieve this feat.

8. IPL 8: List of players Released

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Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jimmy Neesham and a lot of other players released by their IPL team for the 2015 edition. 

9. Dhoni’s time is over, make Virat a full-time Test Skipper feels Ian Chappell

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Former Australia cricket captain Ian Chappell feels India Test skipper MS Dhoni’s time at helm in the test team is over and it’s the perfect time for the team management to make Virat Kohli the full-time captain for the longer version of the game.

10. Injured Misbah-ul-Haq will be the captain till 2015 WC

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The PCB has made it clear that Misbah-ul-Haq, who has been ruled out of the last three ODIs against New Zealand, is still the best bet to lead Pakistan in the World Cup. 

 

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