Ponting to retire from Test cricket after Perth Test

Ricky Ponting has announced that he will retire from International cricket after Friday’s Perth Test against South Africa.

Clarke says players hurt with Ponting’s decision to retire

Australia captain Michael Clarke broke down in the press conference when Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from cricket after the Perth Test, saying players are hurt with the former Test captain’s decision.

Ponting says ''poor form'' of late reason behind ''personal decision'' to retire

Veteran Australian batsman Ricky Ponting has claimed his poor form of late was the major reason behind him deciding to retire after the final Test match against South Africa in Perth, which starts on Friday.

Watson ready to shoulder bowling responsibility in Perth Test

Australian all rounder Shane Watson, who missed the Brisbane and Adelaide Test matches against South Africa due to a calf strain, has said he is ready to bowl as many overs as captain Michael Clarke wants him to bowl in the series-decider Perth Test.

Hussey backs Ponting to fire in Perth Test

Michael Hussey has backed veteran Ricky Ponting to overcome the slump in his form against world number one South Africa in the series-deciding final Test match at Perth.

Clarke’s double ton puts Oz in driver’s seat on day one of Adelaide Test

Captain Michael Clarke carried on his extraordinary batting form on the first day of the second Test match against South Africa in Adelaide, as he scored his fourth double century of the year to put the hosts in a commanding position.

Smith rejects Philander’s ‘green-top’ bully tag

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has rejected suggestion that fast bowler Vernon Philander can bowl well only on wickets with a green top, saying a downturn in pace man’s fortunes after a stunning start to his Test career was the nature of the sport.

Warner says ‘aware of need to score big to cement Oz Test spot’

Under pressure Australia opener David Warner has said he is aware he needs to score big hundreds to cement his spot in the national team following a poor performance against South Africa in the first Test match at Gabba, Brisbane.

Pattinson says Proteas paid heavy price for underestimating them

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has said world number one Test team South Africa paid the price for underestimating them during the Brisbane Test.

‘Unfazed’ Warner vows to stick to aggressive ways in Test matches despite poor form

Belligerent Australian opening batsman David Warner has said he won’t change his batting style despite making only one half-century in his last nine innings in Test matches.

De Villiers says Proteas confident of overcoming Gabba Test shortcomings in Adelaide

South Africa vice-captain AB de Villiers has said they are confident of not repeating the mistakes they made against Australia during the first Test match at the Gabba, Brisbane during the second game of the series in Adelaide.

Warner says Oz bowling attack has ‘special plan’ for Proteas captain Smith

Australian opener David Warner has said they have devised special plans to get the wicket of South Africa captain Graeme Smith, and added their fast bowlers would keep the pressure on the rival skipper.

‘Beleaguered’ Hilfenhaus rebuilding action in desperate effort to save Oz Test spot

Under pressure fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus is working hard on his bowling action in a desperate bid to uphold his spot in the Australia Test team that would face South Africa in the second Test at Adelaide following a below par performance in the Gabba Test.

Watson included in Aussie squad for second test

Shane Watson was on Friday included for the second Test against Australia despite doubts concerning his fitness.

Watson’s bowling fitness key to selection for Adelaide Test: Howard

Australia’s team performance boss Pat Howard has said all rounder Shane Watson’s failure to bowl with full fitness would significantly reduce his chances of making into the squad for the second Test in Adelaide against South Africa.

Warner unperturbed by dip in form ahead of Adelaide Test

Australia opening batsman David Warner has said he is not worried about his dip in form since his magnificent century against India in Perth last summer, and added that all that matters right now is the team winning Test matches.

Watson in line to get picked for Adelaide Test

Australia vice-captain Shane Watson is in line to get selected for the second Test match against South Africa in Adelaide subject to fitness when the team is announced on Friday morning.

‘Unabashed’ Warner challenges Proteas’ pace trio to bring it on!

Australian opener David Warner has brazenly issued a challenge to South Africa`s star-studded pace attacking trio, inviting them to take him on verbally as well as with the ball in the Friday`s first Test at the Gabba.

Lillee urges Australia to deploy all ‘pace quartet’ in Gabba Test

Australia`s greatest paceman Dennis Lillee has urged cricket selectors to axe spinner Nathan Lyon from the squad and deploy four quicks, in a bid to rattle the Proteas in the first Test at the Gabba, starting on Friday.