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Cricket: Sehwag and Murali to star for MCC in Abu Dhabi

India's Virender Sehwag is to captain Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in their four-day match against English champion county Durham in Abu Dhabi next month, officials announced Thursday. Meanwhile Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan will lead the MCC team in the preceding Emirates Twenty20 event. Sehwag, one of the most destructive opening batsman cricket has known, said he was honoured to be leading MCC in a match that acts as a 'curtain-raiser' to the forthcoming English season.

Cricket: Australia win for 4-0 lead - now for series sweep

Australia cruised to an eight-wicket win over demoralised England with more than a day to spare Sunday to claim a 4-0 series lead and stand on the cusp of an Ashes whitewash. Led by a century from opener Chris Rogers and a 136-run stand with Shane Watson, the Australians had few problems getting the required 201 runs before tea on the fourth day to seal England's fate at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Cricket: Australia win 4th Test by 8 wickets to lead series 4-0

Australia cruised to an eight-wicket win over demoralised England with more than a day to spare Sunday to claim a 4-0 series lead and stand on the cusp of an Ashes whitewash. Led by a century from opener Chris Rogers and a 136-run stand with Shane Watson, the Australians had few problems getting the required 201 runs on the fourth day to seal England's fate at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. England contributed to their own demise with two confidence-sapping dropped catches by skipper Alastair Cook early in the day to take all the steam out of the dispirited tourists.

Cricket: Rogers 50 leads Australia crawl

Australia found runs hard to score as England grimly defended a below-par first innings total on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne on Friday. England were restricted to 255 by a hostile bowling spell from Mitchell Johnson, but the Australians made heavy weather of their reply on a slow MCG pitch. Veteran opener Chris Rogers crawled to his third half-century of the series following the cheap dismissals of David Warner (9), Shane Watson (10) and skipper Michael Clarke (10).

Cricket: Australia win toss and bowl in fourth Test

Australia won the toss and chose to bowl in the fourth Ashes Test against England at an overcast Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. Australia have secured the best-of-five series after winning the first three Tests in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. England dropped vice-captain Matt Prior and named Jonny Bairstow as wicketkeeper, while Monty Panesar was chosen as the specialist spinner following the shock mid-series retirement of Graeme Swann. For the first time since August 2008 England go into a Test without Jonathan Trott, Prior or Swann.

Cricket: England add Borthwick, Tredwell to touring party

England on Monday added spinners Scott Borthwick and James Tredwell to their Ashes tour squad in Australia following Graeme Swann's retirement from international cricket. Durham leg-spinner Borthwick was scheduled to arrive in Melbourne late Monday and will train with the squad before the fourth Test starts on Thursday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Team officials said Borthwick, recommended by Swann for the England team, would be available for selection in the Boxing Day Test.

Cricket: Cook says team hungry as ever

England captain Alastair Cook insisted Thursday his under-pressure team was as hungry as ever and did not need lifting, despite being crushed in the first two Ashes Tests by Australia. Cook, who like Australian skipper Michael Clarke will play his 100th Test in Perth from Friday, said his side retained the belief that they can prevent Australia winning at the WACA to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series. "Our confidence has obviously had a hit from the first two Test matches," he told reporters, referring to Brisbane and Adelaide.

Cricket: Cook says team hungry as ever

England captain Alastair Cook insisted Thursday his under-pressure team was as hungry as ever and did not need lifting, despite being crushed in the first two Ashes Tests by Australia. Cook, who like Australian skipper Michael Clarke will play his 100th Test in Perth from Friday, said his side retained the belief that they can prevent Australia winning at the WACA to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series. "Our confidence has obviously had a hit from the first two Test matches," he told reporters, referring to Brisbane and Adelaide.

Cricket: England fight back with three wickets against Australia

England grabbed three crucial wickets to peg Australia back on the first day of the second Ashes Test on Thursday after the home side made a strong start. Chris Rogers and Shane Watson put on a century stand for the second wicket before both batsmen departed in the space of six balls. Then, in the last over before tea, recalled spinner Monty Panesar bowled Steve Smith for six to leave the home side at 174 for four with skipper Michael Clarke not out nine.

Cricket: England draw with Australia Chairman's XI

England failed to get a boost ahead of next week's second Ashes Test as they conceded an innings lead to a modest Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Alice Springs Saturday. The two-day tour match ended in a draw but the Chairman's XI finished moral winners trumping England's first innings declaration of 212 for seven with their 254 for eight declared. At stumps on the final day, England hit the front in the 16th and final over of their second innings at 47 for one with Michael Carberry unbeaten on 37 and man-of-the-match Gary Ballance on eight.
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