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Cricket: Gilchrist to join Warne in Lord's bicentenary match

Adam Gilchrist will be behind the stumps to fellow Australia great Shane Warne one more time after his involvement in the Lord's bicentenary match was confirmed on Tuesday. Gilchrist will be a member of the Rest of the World team captained by Warne that will play Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of Lord's, in a one-day match on July 5 celebrating the London ground's 200th anniversary. "I'm privileged to have been asked to play in this match on such an exciting occasion," Gilchrist said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Cricket: Warne to 'think about' England coaching job

Australian bowling great Shane Warne, so often the cause of England's demise, offered Monday to think about reviving the old enemy as the country's next coach. As England players flew home in the early hours following a final defeat in Sydney, Warne took to Twitter in answer to calls for him to apply for the role. "To my English followers, I'm flattered that you would like me to consider the England job," Warne tweeted. "All I can say is -- I will think about it!!!"

Cricket: Warne to 'think about' England coaching job

Australian bowling great Shane Warne, so often the cause of England's demise, offered Monday to think about reviving the old enemy as the country's next coach. As England players flew home in the early hours following a final defeat in Sydney, Warne took to Twitter in answer to calls for him to apply for the role. "To my English followers, I'm flattered that you would like me to consider the England job," Warne tweeted. "All I can say is -- I will think about it!!!"

Cricket: England opt to bowl in final Ashes Test

England won the toss and chose to bowl on the opening day of the fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. Australia are chasing a 5-0 series whitewash for only the third time in Ashes history. It was captain Alastair Cook's first toss win of the series and he elected to take first use of an expected lively greenish wicket under overcast conditions. He said England will give three players their Test debuts -- Gary Ballance, Scott Borthwick and Boyd Rankin -- the first time that has happened since 2006.

Cricket: Harris in 'drunken' Twitter rant

Australia's Ryan Harris has discovered that winning the Ashes does not guarantee access to Perth's casino, with the bowler launching a foul-mouthed tweet after he was reportedly refused entry for being drunk. The team's celebrations after clinching the series against England on Tuesday, hosted by former great Shane Warne, stretched long into the night with Harris, in particular, letting off steam. "A tip for all those heading to Perth! Avoid the crown or casino! Shithole, can't get in if you have had a drink #shitplace#dickheads," he tweeted, reportedly at 3:30 am.

Cricket: Clarke reflects on 100 Test milestone

Australian skipper Michael Clarke says his motivation has never been higher as he celebrates his 100-Test milestone Friday, saying, "I've always had that drug inside me that loves the game". Known as "Pup" for his youthful precociousness, Clarke is not your archetypal Australian cricket captain: he's fresh-faced, tattooed, and a favourite of the tabloids. Now, almost a decade after making his debut, he not only brings up his own personal century but could also lead Australia to an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-Test Ashes series against England.

Cricket: Anderson threatened to punch Bailey - Warne

Spin great Shane Warne says a threat by Jimmy Anderson to punch debutant George Bailey sparked the furious reaction by Australian skipper Michael Clarke in the first Test against England. Clarke was fined 20 percent of his match fee on Monday after being caught by a stump microphone telling the fast bowler to expect a broken arm in the final stages of Australia's 381-run victory in Brisbane Sunday.

Cricket: Warne sells Melbourne mansion for $13.7 mn - reports

Australian spin legend Shane Warne has sold his sprawling Melbourne home for around Aus$15 million (US$13.7 million), reports said Tuesday, amid speculation he is relocating to Britain. Warne has been looking to sell the Victorian Italianate mansion, Kilkerran, for more than a year, the Sydney Morning Herald said, so he could be closer to UK-based model and actress partner Liz Hurley. The trophy five-bedroom Melbourne home had an asking price of Aus$15 million and sold within the past two weeks, the reports said. Agent Jonathan Dixon confirmed the sale but not the price.

Cricket: Atherton hails Broad as Warne and Waugh bemoan Aussie batting

Michael Atherton said Stuart Broad had thrived on his 'public enemy' status after bowling Ashes-holders England into a strong position on the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Brisbane. Broad, jeered by home fans at the Gabba following his refusal to 'walk' in the first Ashes Test in England this year, took five for 65 as Australia, who won the toss, were restricted to 273 for eight.

Cricket: Warne lets fly at Cook, Root in Ashes volley

Shane Warne has blasted Alastair Cook's captaincy as boring and negative, warning that Australia will regain the Ashes if the England skipper does not show more imagination. The Australian Test great also said England would be better served by having Michael Carberry opening their innings rather than Joe Root. In an interview with the British press and widely reported in Australia on Monday, Warne had harsh words about Cook's captaincy as England bid for their fourth straight Ashes series triumph in the series starting this month.
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