Pakistan’s Misbah wants better planning for Australia cricket tours

At 42, Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq is the oldest current international cricketerPakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq Saturday urged the country's cricket authorities to plan extensively for future tours to Australia to end a long losing streak. Pakistan's Misbah-led team were beaten 3-0 in a Test series last week, their fourth successive whitewash in Australia since 1999. The defeat prompted former Australia captain Ian Chappell to advise Cricket Australia (CA) to consider before inviting Pakistan again on future tours.

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Australia braced for Kyrgios roller-coaster ride

Tennis: U.S. OpenBy Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) – With firebrand Nick Kyrgios Australia's top hope at the year's first grand slam, local fans may be set for a thrilling, if occasionally bumpy roller-coaster ride at Melbourne Park. STOSUR'S STRUGGLES Tomic, who plays Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci in the first round, said he had shed 4.5 kg in a week, having been too "fat" at the Brisbane International, where he lost his opener against Spain's David Ferrer.

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Tennis-Australia braced for Kyrgios roller-coaster ride

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) – With firebrand Nick Kyrgios Australia’s top hope at the year’s first grand slam, local fans may be set for a thrilling, if occasionally bumpy roller-coaster ride at Melbourne Park. STOSUR’S STRUGGLES Tomic, who plays Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci in the first round, said he had shed 4.5 kg in a week, having been too “fat” at the Brisbane International, where he lost his opener against Spain’s David Ferrer.
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Japan’s Abe pushes Pacific trade deal in Australia

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference with Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull at Kirribilli House in Sydney, on January 14, 2017Japan and Australia will work together to ensure the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal comes into force, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday, making no mention of strong US opposition. After talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Abe took the lead on the trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations that was ratified by Japan's parliament last month. "We agreed that we should demonstrate anew to the world the importance of free trade," Abe told reporters.

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Tom Latham keeps New Zealand afloat in first Test vs Bangladesh

New Zealand's Tom Latham celebrates his century on day three of their first Test match against Bangladesh, at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, on January 14, 2017A patient Tom Latham carved out his sixth century to keep New Zealand afloat against a rampant Bangladesh on day three of the first Test in Wellington on Saturday. While the left-handed opener calmly went about his work, Bangladesh were able to remove senior batsmen Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor after declaring early in the day at an imposing 595-8. At stumps, New Zealand were 292-3, still 303 runs behind, with Latham on 119 and Henry Nicholls 35.

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Cricket-Latham scores century as NZ chase Bangladesh’s mammoth innings

Tom Latham scored his sixth test century as New Zealand made a steady 292 for three in reply to Bangladesh’s mammoth first innings total when bad light stopped play with three overs remaining on the third day of the first test on Saturday. Latham was on 119 not out with Henry Nicholls on 35. The visitors had declared their first innings closed at 595 for eight before lunch, shortly after Sabbir Rahman had brought up his second test half century.
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