The warm up matches for the upcoming ICC World Cup tournament will kick off from 8 to 13 February in Adelaide, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide Oval, Hagley Oval in Christchurch, the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Meanwhile, the World Cup warm up matches will be played at the following non-tournament venues such as Blacktown’s International Sports Park in Sydney’s western suburbs, Junction Oval in Melbourne and Lincoln Oval outside Christchurch. Most of the teams can grab the opportunity to practice well in the warm up matches and chance to prepare for the World Cup. However, they are going to operate under slightly different rules with up to 15 players able to be used throughout the game. The range of activities and spectator experiences in and around warm up venues will in most cases be less than what is provided during the World Cup itself. The schedule of warm-up matches: 8 February: Australia v India, 2pm, Adelaide Oval9 February: South Africa v Sri Lanka, 11am, Hagley Oval 9 February: New Zealand v Zimbabwe, 11am Lincoln Oval 9 February: England v West Indies, 2.30pm Sydney Cricket Ground 9 February: Pakistan v Bangladesh, 2.30pm Blacktown10 February: India v Afghanistan, 2pm, Adelaide Oval 10 February: Ireland v Scotland, 2.30pm, Blacktown 11 February: South Africa v New Zealand, 11am, Hagley Oval 11 February: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, 11am, Lincoln Oval 11 February: Australia v United Arab Emirates, 2.30pm, MCG 11 February: England v Pakistan, 2.30pm, SCG.12 February: West Indies v Scotland, 9.30am, SCG 12 February: Bangladesh v Ireland, 9.30am, Blacktown 13 February: Afghanistan v United Arab Emirates, 10am, Junction Oval
World No. 2 Roger Federer is eyeing to clinch 18th Grand slam championship and regain No. 1 spot in the ATP Ranking Points this year, Federer has been playing outstanding tennis from last season and hopes to continue similar run in 2015 season. Swiss star is looking forward to play high level tennis from beginning of the season, as he win ATP Brisbane International crown earlier this month. 17-time singles Grand slam winner Roger Federer has become the only third men’s singles player in open era by winning more than 1000 ATP matches behind only American Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Czech-born Ivan Lendl (1,071) on the ATP World Tour. Swiss star is very confident to continue his winning streak in ongoing Australian Open tournament, where he has thrashed second round opponent Bolelli in four sets with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Swiss star is having most of the chances to clinch Australian Open crown for fifth time, as he can face tough challenges from Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka. Former Tennis player Pete Sampras has praised Roger Federer’s motivation and passion towards tennis. American tennis legend said Federer is having most of the chances to clinch one more slam this year.
Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are looking heavy favorites to clinch fifth Australian Open crown, where both the champions are very confident to dominate men’s singles at Melbourne Park. Serbian has won the four out of last seven Australian Open championships so far and he is considered as one of the best players on hard courts in recent years. Top seed Djokovic had best record here in Melbourne Park from past years and said it is going to be difficult challenge for him this year, as several players are looking favorites to bag Australian Open 2015 title. Roger Federer is aiming for 18th Grand slam crown and fifth Australian Open later this month here in Rod Laver Arena, where he has won four slams at Rod Laver Arena in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are expecting to meet in the 2015 Australian Open final, which it is going to be an epic final at Melbourne Park in front of packed crowd. Both the players have showed stunning performances last year by dominating men’s singles rankings, while last year finalist Rafael Nadal is having fewer chances to reach Australian Open final.
South African batsman AB De Villers has smashed fastest century against West Indies in Johannesburg on Sunday, where he had surpassed New Zealander’s Corey Anderson record for the fastest century in a one-day international. AB de Villers has become the faster than Anderson with five balls remaining when he set the record against the same opposition in Queenstown a year ago. AB De Villiers has went on to score 149 runs against West Indies, including 16 sixes and nine fours, from just 44 balls which he was impressed Corey Anderson’s 131 not out against West Indies came from 47 deliveries and included 14 sixes and six fours. Records were made to be broke and congratulations to AB De Villers, it was obviously a hell of an innings on Sunday said Corey Anderson in Nelson where New Zealand team were preparing for the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka. Five fastest ODI centuries: • AB de Villiers (RSA) - 31 balls v West Indies, 2015• Corey Anderson (NZ) - 36 balls v West Indies, 2014• Shahid Afridi (PAK) - 37 balls v Sri Lanka, 1996• Mark Boucher (RSA) - 44 balls v Zimbabwe, 2006• Brian Lara (WI) - 45 balls v Bangladesh, 1999
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said pacer Ishant Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja are struggling with injuries and both the players are not fit for the team's opening game in the ODI tri-series against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Sunday. MS Dhoni said the tri-nation series against Australia and England will be a best preparation for India's World Cup title defence, which will kick off from next month. it is the most important for us, where we will be to get the combination right for the World Cup said Dhoni ahead of their first match of the tri-series. MS Dhoni feels at the same time we will ensure that we don't push the injured players so they don't end up being major injuries. He added we will give players extra time to recover from injuries because we want every player to be at least 80 to 90 percent fit going into a game.
World No. 2 Roger Federer has begin training on outdoor hard courts at Rod Laver Arena along with his coaching team, ahead of the upcoming Australian Open 2015 tournament begins from next week. Federer has been training hard in practicing with his head coach on outdoor hard courts, where he wants to continue high level form to clinch 18th Grand slam championship later next month. 33-year-old Roger Federer is looking very confident to relax and hopes to prepare well for the big battle begins next week in Melbourne. Swiss star was placed along side of his best rival Rafael Nadal in a same half of the men’s singles draw at the Australian Open, where both the players are likely to clash in semi finals, similar to last year. Roger Federer was defeated by Rafael Nadal in last year’s Australian Open semi final at Rod Laver Arena, but he is more confident to clinch fifth Australian Open crown and 18th Grand slam. Federer has showed remarkable performance to kick off new season by winning season’s opening ATP Tournament title at Brisbane International. Federer was schedule to play opening round match against a qualifier on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Rafael Nadal has arrived here in Melbourne earlier this week, where he is going to compete in the next week Australian Open tournament in Melbourne Park. Rafael Nadal has begun training along with Andy Murray on Tuesday alongside of his coach and uncle Toni Nadal. Rafael Nadal, the 14-time singles Grand slam winner had lost last year’s championship final to Swiss second ranked Stan Wawrinka in four sets at Rod Laver Arena, he is very confident to come back to high level form to clinch second Australian Open and 15th Grand slam crown. King of clay is going to face big challenge against his rivals World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Brisbane International winner Roger Federer. 28-year-old Rafael Nadal has made early exit from the ATP Qatar Open in Doha last week, but he had showed outstanding performance in doubles to lift the title. Nadal will be seeded as No. 3 ahead of the Novak Djokovic as No. 1 seed and Roger Federer as No. 2 seed respectively in the 2015 Australian Open, kicks off from January 19. Rafael Nadal has won his first ever Australian Open in 2009, after beating Roger Federer in thrilling epic match finale at Rod Laver Arena 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–2.
The triangular series will be played in between Australia, India and England, which will begin their upcoming world Cup preparations and the three teams wants to play high level cricket in tri series. Meanwhile, England is all set to return back to 50 over’s match after they have gone through in the shorter format of the game, which they look to start afresh with a new leader Eoin Morgan. The Tri-series will begin from January 16, at Sydney Cricket Ground, where the host Australia will take on England in the opening match. India will start their campaign on January 18 against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The final match will be played at Perth on February 1. India captain MS Dhoni said it is going to be the best opportunity for team India to get ready for the World Cup. Squads: India-MS Dhoni (C&WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Stuart Binny, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohit Sharma. England-Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes
World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has arrived here in Melbourne International Airport, after winning first WTA Brisbane International crown last week. Sharapova has joined along with long time beau Grigor Dimitrov, 23, and her mother, where she has showed off her long legs in a nautical-inspired outfit. 27-year-old Maria Sharapova has overcome against former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in three sets to clinch WTA Brisbane International crown on Saturday. She is all set ready to begin Australian Open from 19th January. 2008 Australian open champion and twice runner up showcased her off-duty style with ease as she wore relaxed waves in her hair and a pair of chic oversized sunglasses. Maria Sharapova and boyfriend Grigor has spotted at Melbourne Airport on Monday morning, sharing the burden as he made phone calls following close behind her. The couple has been dating from last year and the rumors have been floated that both the professional tennis players have been engaged couple of months ago. Five-time Grand slam champion Maria Sharapova will come back to training on outdoor hard courts at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, where she is going to prepare well for the upcoming challenge.
Australia Skipper Steven Smith has showed outstanding performance to lead his team to clinch four test match series with a 2-0 against India, where he had scored 117 and 71 in the fourth Test in Sydney Cricket Ground. Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been leading top position in the world's best test batsman after 11th career double century. India new test Captain Virat Kohli has moved three places to be ranked 12th in the latest ICC Test rankings, after he finished the four test match series with four centuries and two fifties. Australian Chris Rogers, who had scored six consecutive half-centuries, now he ranked the 18th best Test batsman after moving up six places. Top 10 Test Batsmen 1 Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 909 points2 AB de Villiers (SA) 9083 Hashim Amla (SA) 8914 Steven Smith (Aus) 8735 Angelo Mathews (SL) 8416 Kane Williamson (NZ) 8397 Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI) 8348 Younus Khan (Pak) 8189 David Warner (Aus) 80510 Joe Root (Eng) 789 Top 10 Test Bowlers 1 Dale Steyn (SA) 9052 Ryan Harris (Aus) 8263 Rangana Herath (SL) 8074 James Anderson (Eng) 8065 Mitchell Johnson (Aus) 8046 Trent Boult (NZ) 7957 Vernon Philander (SA) 7808 Stuart Broad (Eng) 7749 Kemar Roach (WI) 75910 Tim Southee (NZ) 743
World number two Roger Federer and five-time singles Grand slam champion Maria Sharapova has played remarkable tennis to begin the new season in Brisbane, where both the champions have clinched Brisbane International crowns ahead of the 2015 Australian Open. Maria Sharapova has overcome against former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in the WTA Brisbane International final in three sets with a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3. Swiss champion Roger Federer has create history after clinching ATP Brisbane International crown here in Queensland Tennis Centre in Tennyson on Sunday. Federer has played good tennis to win 1000 tennis matches and he is just behind former tennis champions Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071). 33-year-old Roger Federer has defeated Canadian star Milos Raonic in three sets with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 score line in Brisbane International finale and bagged 83rd career title on the ATP World Tour. Federer is looking very confident to continue high level tennis for forthcoming Grand slam at Australian Open, begins from January 19 here in Rod Laver Arena. Maria Sharapova is seeking to clinch sixth Grand slam championship at Australian Open next month, where she hopes to give 100 percent performance to dominate women’s singles. Russian star has been seeded as No. 2 ahead of the 18-time slam Grand slam champion Serena Williams as No. 1 seed at Australian Open 2015.
West Indies team has showed remarkable performance to chase highest runs in Twenty20 history as they beat South Africa by four wickets in a thrilling match in Johannesburg on Sunday January 11. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis scored one of the fastest century 119 runs from 56 balls, which helped the hosts to 231-7, the fourth highest T20 international score. West Indies opener Chris Gayle has led from front in the reply of 90 runs from 41 balls, smashing seven sixes and adding 152 with Marlon Samuels (60). Gayle, who was departed with 61 needed from 38 balls but skipper Darren Sammy smashed 20 runs in just seven ball at the end. It was a run fest at the Wanderers on Sunday, where West Indies has made highest successful run chase in Twenty20 cricket, beating India's 211 against Sri Lanka in 2009, with 467 runs scored in under 40 over’s. Chris Gayle has received man of match for his outstanding knock to lead his team with a 2-0 against South Africa. Meanwhile the third Twenty20 match will kick off on Wednesday in Durban. In 2006, South Africa has achieved the highest one-day international run chase, smashing 438-9 to beat Australia at Wanderers.