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Two dead, at least 100 homes lost in Australia bushfires

Sydney (AFP) – At least two people have died and 100 homes have been destroyed as an unprecedented number of bushfires tore through eastern Australia Saturday. New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian also said seven people were unaccounted for, as firefighters tried to contain dozens of out-of-control blazes that have raged in the state since […]

Australia’s Uluru closes to climbers for good after decades-long fight

YULARA – Australia’s Uluru officially closed to climbers for good on Friday, although the last visitors to scale the sacred rock were allowed to stay until sunset, as a permanent ban takes effect after a decades-long fight by indigenous people. To commemorate the climbing ban, public celebrations will take place over the weekend when the […]

Hussey joins Australia staff for Sri Lanka, Pakistan series

SYDNEY: Former middle-order batsman Mike Hussey has been drafted in by Australian coach Justin Langer to help mentor the side during their upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He is the latest great to be brought into the fold after Ricky Ponting joined the backroom staff at the one-day World Cup this year […]

Smith, Warner in Australia T20 squad for Sri Lanka, Pakistan series

SYDNEY: Steve Smith and David Warner completed their return from the wilderness Tuesday when Australia recalled them to a 14-man T20 squad to play Sri Lanka and Pakistan with a firm eye on next year’s World Cup. The star batsmen were both banned for a year for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal but have […]

Australian bloggers held in Iran return home in possible swap

Sydney – An Australian travel-blogging couple held in Iran on spying charges have been freed and returned home, authorities said Saturday, in a possible swap for an Iranian student wanted in the US. Perth-based Jolie King and Mark Firkin had been documenting their journey from Australia to Britain on social media for the past two […]

Pakistan, Australia to extend cooperation on water resources management

Pakistan and Australia mutually agreed to extend mutual cooperation and to work collectively in different fields particularly to improve Water Resources Management including water for hydropower and industry. Consensus to this regard was developed in a meeting between the Minister for Water Resources Muhammad Faisal Vawda and Dr. Geoffrey Shaw, Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan. […]

AB de Villiers signs for Brisbane Heat

South African great B de Villiers is set to make his make long-awaited Big Bash League debut after signing for Brisbane Heat for the 2019-20 season, the franchise confirmed on Tuesday, 1 October. The management confirmed overnight that the former Proteas captain would join the Heat for the second half of BBL|09, with finals included […]

Smith is better Test batsman than Kohli, says Panesar

There has always been a debate over the best Test batsman between Australian Steve Smith and the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Though there are many experts, who found it tough to give an answer, but the former England spinner Monty Panesar has got an interesting answer as he rated both as a world-class batsman. Monty […]

World’s migrant population now at 272 million, UN report finds

Europe and North America have absorbed the largest share of the world’s 272 million migrants, a population that has grown by 23 percent over the past decade, according to a UN report published Tuesday. The report found that there were 82 million migrants living in Europe and 59 million in North America in 2019, followed […]

Cricket: England catch up with Australia on points table

England’s victory at The Oval has helped them draw level with Australia in the ICC World Test Championship at the end of their drawn five-match series. Australia and England are now both on 56 points on the points table led by India, the only team so far to garner the maximum 120 points available in […]

Smith unfazed by burden of Australia run-scoring

London –  Steve Smith refused to blame his inconsistent teammates for their batting failures during the Ashes after he again shouldered the run-scoring burden for Australia on Friday. The former skipper scored 80 at the Oval — his lowest total of a sensational series — as the tourists were bowled out for 225, 69 runs […]

Taylor backs Smith to captain Australia again after ban expires

Former skipper Mark Taylor Thursday backed Steve Smith to captain Australia again after his incredible Ashes exploits, as support mounts for the 30-year-old to be given a second chance. Smith was banned for 12 months over a brazen attempt to alter the ball with sandpaper under his captaincy in a Cape Town Test, and slapped […]

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell undergoes cancer treatment

SYDNEY: Former Australian captain Ian Chappell is undergoing treatment for skin cancer, a media report said. Chappell, 75, told News Corp on Thursday he had just completed five weeks of intense radiation therapy and had skin cancers removed from his shoulder, neck and underarm. “I didn’t tell too many people early on. Mainly because I […]

Jason Roy fined for showing dissent to umpire

LONDON: England batsman Jason Roy has been fined for breaching Level One of the ICC Code of Conduct during England’s eight-wicket win over Australia on Thursday. Roy top-scored with 85 in England’s chase of 224, helping the tournament hosts to their first Men’s Cricket World Cup final in 27 years. However, the right-hander was found […]