Australia

Cummins ready to take the red ball after Ashes call-up

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SYDNEY - Australian quick Pat Cummins has not played a first class match for two years but is confident his body will hold up to the rigours of test cricket should he get the call during the Ashes series against England.

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Australia diminished after Harris forced to call it quits 05 Jul 2015

SYDNEY - It was a brief, late-life test career that always seemed to be a match-at-a-time proposition but paceman Ryan "Ryno" Harris made a crucial contribution to Australian cricket at a critical time.

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Tomic dropped from Davis Cup after blast at officials 05 Jul 2015

- Bernard Tomic has been dumped from Australia's Davis Cup team after a blistering tirade at Tennis Australia (TA) officials following his third round exit at Wimbledon.

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England bank on Bayliss to douse Australian fire 04 Jul 2015

LONDON - A callow England team with a new coach take on a bullish and streetwise Australia in an intriguing Ashes series which should provide plenty of drama and aggressive cricket.

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England's captain Cook faces ultimate challenge 04 Jul 2015

LONDON - Alastair Cook faces his biggest ever challenge as England captain when he leads his young team into this year's home Ashes series against Australia.

Clarke still fired by hunger for Ashes success 04 Jul 2015

SYDNEY - Michael Clarke could not have looked less like the "pup" of his nickname as he prepared to depart Australian shores for his seventh and final Ashes series.

Root, England's Mr Reliable, ready to make Ashes leap 04 Jul 2015

LONDON - Firmly established in the pivotal number five position in England's batting order, Joe Root is primed for the job of taking on Australia's vaunted pace attack toe to toe.

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Clarke hails Harris as one of the best 04 Jul 2015

LONDON - Test captain Michael Clarke labelled Ryan Harris "as good as anyone who has played for Australia" after the fast bowler announced his retirement on Saturday because of injury.

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Stage winner Dennis a menace to Tour's top guns 04 Jul 2015

UTRECHT, Netherlands, - Australian Rohan Dennis proved too hot to handle as the Tour de France began with a record-breaking 13.8-km individual time trial through the sweltering streets of Utrecht on Saturday.

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Dutch heatwave no sweat for flying Dennis 04 Jul 2015

UTRECHT, Netherlands - A heatwave was no sweat for Tour de France stage one winner Rohan Dennis on Saturday as the Australian blasted round the 13.8-kilometre individual time trial like greased lightning.

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Greek finance minister quits to smooth talks after thunderous 'No'

ATHENS/FRANKFURT - Greece's outspoken finance minister resigned on Monday, removing a major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout. | Video