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Australia and New Zealand to contest Chappell-Hadlee Trophy at World Cup

scott_styrisCricket Australia and the New Zealand Cricket will add extra spice to their ICC Cricket World Cup Group A clash this Friday by also contesting the Chappell-Hadlee trophy during the game in Nagpur, India. The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy has been contested annually since 2004-05 and the ICC World Cup is the only chance Australia and New Zealand have to play against each other in 2010-11.

The trans-Tasman rivals will square up with plenty on the line. Both captains will be keen to ensure pole position in Group A and New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori will be keen to wrest back the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy from Ricky Ponting's grasp.

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World Cup Match 5: England squeeze past Netherlands despite Ten Doeschate ton

ryan_ten_doeschateEngland survived a tough challenge from the Netherlands in their World Cup opener at Nagpur on Tuesday, edging past the minnows by 6 wickets with 8 balls to spare. Batting first, the Netherlands posted a par score of 292/6 thanks to an outstanding century from star batsman Ryan ten Doeschate (119 from 100 balls) and useful contributions from most of the other batsmen. England though were on the money right from the start in their chase as half-centuries from skipper Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott meant that they were always in touch with the asking rate. Paul Collingwood and Ravi Bopara did the dirty work at the end, guiding England home with just about enough breathing room to spare. 

Netherlands won the toss and got a quick start from their openers. Wicketkeeper batsman Wesley Barresi smashed the English bowlers all round the park and got good support from Alexei Kervezee (16) before the latter fell to a short ball from Tim Bresnan. Swann got Barresi stumped for 29 in the first over he bowled, the 12th of the innings, however the batsman had done his job as Netherlands had blunted the England pace attack while scoring at a healthy pace of just above 5 an over.

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Australia open World Cup campaign with solid win against Zimbabwe

michael_clarkeAustralia began their pursuit of a fourth consecutive World Cup by picking up their 30th win on the trot in this competition by beating Zimbabwe by 91 runs in their tournament opener at Ahmedabad on Monday. It was a less than convincing performance by the champions as they struggled for large periods with the bat and managed to scrape together a total of just 262 from their 50 overs. Shane Watson and Michael Clarke scored contrasting half centuries to take the Aussies through to a decent score, before their bowling unit combined well to knock over Zimbabwe for just 171 in their reply. Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-19 from 9.2 overs to begin his World Cup campaign on a high.

The pitch at Ahmedabad didn't look anything like the others we have seen thus far at the World Cup as there was a light tinge of grass which appeared to have been well rolled in. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first but no one would have expected the subdued start we got. Openers Watson and Brad Haddin looked extra careful against Zimbabwe's bowling attack led by spinners of different classes. Ray Price opened the attack with Chris Mpofu and didn't give the Australian openers anything to work with. They gave absolutely nothing away with Mpofu conceding 13 runs from his first 5 overs and Price going for 21 from his first 7.

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World Cup Match 3: Sri Lanka destroy Canada by 210 runs

jayawardeneIt was a bad day for all those who were against the minnow exclusion from the 2015 World Cup as Canada folded for 122 in 36.5 overs, chasing 333 for victory at the Mahinda Rajapaksha International Stadium at Hambantota. After a humiliating defeat for Kenya in the morning, Canada was the second unimpressive associate team as they performed miserably in all three departments of the game, falling to a humiliating 210 run defeat.

The Canadian top order experienced yet another collapse as the top four batsmen scored 16 runs between them. Captain Ashish Bagai played cautiously for a while getting 22 runs and the crowd was treated to a brief display of fireworks from Rizwan Cheema as he slammed 2 sixes off Muttiah Muralitharan, but the wily spinner prevailed getting Cheema to go for another big one, only to get an edge. Harvir Baidwan dragged the game on for a while but World Cup favourites Sri Lanka were just too hot for the minnows to handle.

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Edwards, Thomas come into West Indies World Cup Squad

The ICC has confirmed the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has approved Kirk Edwards as a replacement player for the injured Carlton Baugh and Devon Thomas as a replacement for the injured Adrian Barath in the West Indies squad for the tournament.

The confirmation was conveyed to the West Indies Cricket Board on behalf of the committee.

Any injury-based replacement requires a written submission to the event technical committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury. Once replaced, a player cannot return to the squad.

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World Cup Match 2: New Zealand rout Kenya by 10 wickets

new_zealand_winThe gap between the Test playing nations and the Associates was on stark naked display in game 2 of the ICC Cricket World Cup as New Zealand routed Kenya by 10 wickets in an encounter that did not even last the half-way stage of the time allotted.

The Associate countries have expressed their displeasure earlier this week at the ICC's decision to limit the next edition of the World Cup to just 10 teams, and Kenya gave the ICC plenty of fuel to support their decision by getting knocked over for their lowest ever score in their tournament opener against New Zealand.

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Sehwag blitzkrieg demolishes Bangladesh in World Cup opener

india_celebrate_winA typically destructive 175 (140b) from Virender Sehwag, who was assisted by a century on his World Cup debut by Virat Kohli, helped India to a mammoth 370/4 in their World Cup opener against Bangladesh at Mirpur. The Bangladesh bowling attack couldn't handle the pressure to perform in front of a rapturous home crowd and when it came to the batsmen, they were probably left with a bit too much to do.

Shakib Al Hasan won the toss at the packed Shere Bangla National Stadium and decided to put India in with the ‘dew factor' in mind. As he had hinted a few days earlier, MS Dhoni chose to stick with the in-form Virat Kohli ahead of his CSK colleague Suresh Raina. While the rest of the batting line-up was on predictable lines, Zaheer Khan led India's attack with Sreesanth and Munaf Patel completing the pace trio. Bangladesh on the other hand, chose to leave out the talented Mohammad Ashraful from their line-up for the game, which otherwise was on expected lines.

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Impressive England too good for Pakistan in final World Cup warm-up

kevin_pietersenEngland bounced back from their poor display against Canada to beat Pakistan by 67 runs in the final warm-up game before the ICC Cricket World Cup. Batting first, England put up a solid 273 runs on the board courtesy of half-centuries from Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, before Stuart Broad kept up his trememndous bowling form, taking another fifer to bowl Pakistan out for just 206 in their reply.

The win will do wonders for England's confidence, especially coming on the back of their 6-1 drubbing in Australia, followed by an insipid performance in their opening warm-up game against minnows Canada, who they barely managed to beat by 16 runs.

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Injury Update: Baugh, Barath out of World Cup; McCullum recovering in hospital

Injuries continue to rule out key players as we head into the ICC Cricket World Cup, starting from February 19. 

The West Indies suffered a huge blow on Friday ahead of their opening World Cup match against South Africa when wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh and opening batsman Adrian Barath were ruled out of the tournament with hamstring injuries. The Windies have called up Kirk Edwards and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas as replacements subject to ICC approval. Edwards is uncapped, while Thomas has two international appearances on his resume.

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