Australia name Ahmed, Voges in Ashes tour squad


MELBOURNE - Australia's selectors have named leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed and veteran Western Australian batsman Adam Voges in their 17-man tour squad for the West Indies and England tours in June and July, but given the cold shoulder to Glenn Maxwell.


Test hopeful Fawad 'comfortable' with Australian drinking 8:26am BST

- Boozy celebrations have been a part of Australian cricket for decades but test hopeful Fawad Ahmed will be politely declining when the victory beers are passed around on the tour of the Caribbean and England.

Australia seeking momentum for Ashes on Caribbean tour 7:31am BST

MELBOURNE - Australia will resist the temptation to tinker with their team on tour against West Indies and plan to field their best 11 in a bid to sweep the two-test series and build momentum for the Ashes, selector Rod Marsh has said.

Australia's Slater & Gordon buys Quindell unit 30 Mar 2015

SYDNEY - Australian law firm Slater & Gordon Ltd said on Monday it has agreed to buy a unit of British technology and outsourcing company Quindell Plc for A$1.2 billion (623 million pounds), in a bid to penetrate the highly fragmented UK personal injury market.


Dynasty beckons for triumphant Australia 30 Mar 2015

MELBOURNE - Dark sunglasses were the order of the day for Australia's triumphant cricket team on Monday as they paraded the World Cup trophy to hundreds of fans at a public reception after a night of heavy partying at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


Power reigns supreme at 11th World Cup 30 Mar 2015

MELBOURNE - The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the "most popular ever" and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday's final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title.


Australia imposes cockpit 'rule of two' after Germanwings crash 30 Mar 2015

SYDNEY - The Australian government imposed a requirement on Monday that its airlines have two crew members in the cockpit at all times as a safety precaution following the Germanwings crash that killed 150 passengers and crew last week.

In-form Porte triumphs in Tour of Catalonia 29 Mar 2015

BARCELONA - Team Sky's Richie Porte held on to his overnight lead to win the Tour of Catalonia on Sunday, the in-form Australian securing one of the biggest victories of his career and laying down a marker for the Giro d'Italia.


Clarke bows out of one-day cricket with all guns blazing 29 Mar 2015

MELBOURNE - Australia captain Michael Clarke had hoped his retirement from one-day international cricket would be a foot-note to Australia's successful bid for a fifth World Cup.

Factbox - Reaction to Australia's fifth World Cup victory 29 Mar 2015

MELBOURNE - Following are reactions to Australia's fifth World Cup triumph after they beat New Zealand in Sunday's final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


Iran, world powers push for nuclear deal as clock ticks towards deadline

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - With a deadline hours away, Iran and six world powers ramped up the pace on Tuesday in negotiations over a preliminary deal on Tehran's nuclear programme, while officials cautioned that any agreement would likely be fragile and incomplete. | Video