Champions Trophy

Injured Morne Morkel Out Of Champions Trophy

South Africa's desperate start to the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 has taken a further turn for the worse after quick bowler Morne Morkel was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a torn thigh muscle. He suffered the injury during his side's 26-run defeat to India, managing to bowl only 6.5 overs and then having to come in to bat at number 11, by which time the match was all but lost. Chris Morris will replace him in the Proteas' squad.
7 June 2013

Michael Clarke Ruled Out Of Australia-England Clash

Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of his side's opening ICC Champions Trophy 2013 match against England tomorrow (8th June) due to his back injury. He was forced to sit out the warm-up defeat to India while he underwent specialist assessment in London, where he will remain as George Bailey leads the side out at Edgbaston.
7 June 2013

Dhawan Century Leads India To Opening Win

A 127-run opening stand, culminating in a maiden One-Day International century for Shikhar Dhawan, followed by some tight spin bowling gave India a comfortable win over South Africa in the ICC Champions Trophy opener in Cardiff. The day had a slightly surreal feel to it, starting decidedly chilly, but feeling distinctly like an India home game thanks to the flat and relatively slow pitch and a vociferous crowd - 90 per cent of whom were supporting them.
6 June 2013

Narine, West Indies Boosted By Warm-Up Victory

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has recently become the number one-ranked One-Day International bowler according to the ICC rankings and he showed exactly why when taking two for 26 during his side's 17-run win over Sri Lanka in their final warm-up game ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. It was a confidence boost for the 2004 champions after they had been well beaten at the weekend by Australia and has given Narine a lift ahead of their opening game against Pakistan on Friday.
5 June 2013

West Indies Hold Off Battling Sri Lanka At Edgbaston

West Indies held off a spirited late fightback by Sri Lanka to register a 17-run win in both sides' final warm-up match ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Half-centuries from Darren Bravo (71), Johnson Charles (58) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (55) helped the 2004 champions reach 297 for eight before Sri Lanka were bowled out for 280 in 47 overs.
4 June 2013

Yadav And Karthik Lead Australia Demolition

India subjected Australia to what would have been their biggest ever defeat in One-Day International history had today's ICC Champions Trophy 2013 warm-up match in Cardiff been an official match. India recovered from a poor start to rack up 308 for six from their 50 overs, with Australia then clueless against Umesh Yadav and bowled out for a pitiful 65.
4 June 2013

De Kock Joins South Africa Amid Injury Concerns

South Africa have added Quinton de Kock to their group as an unofficial member of their ICC Champions Trophy squad as Dale Steyn, Robin Peterson picked up injuries during their warm-up defeat to Pakistan. De Kock has been added to the group as cover for captain and wicket-keeper AB de Villiers as South Africa are putting plans in place to cover any further injury problems.
4 June 2013

Pakistan Outplay South Africa For Six-Wicket Win

Pakistan powered to a six-wicket win over South Africa to lay down a significant marker ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, where the two sides will meet in the group stages. A fine performance in the field from Pakistan enabled them to dismiss South Africa for 202 and as Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez both scored half-centuries, they reached their target with 27 balls to spare.
3 June 2013

Watson Ton Helps Australia Ease To Victory

Good performances from Shane Watson, Mitchell Starc and Clint McKay led Australia to a relatively comfortable warm-up win over the West Indies under the Cardiff floodlights. Kemar Roach did extract both David Warner and Phil Hughes in his opening over as Australia suffered a nightmare start to their pursuit of the West Indies' 256 for nine. However, Watson hit a superb 135 off only 98 balls and found enough support from the middle-order to guide them to victory.
1 June 2013

Batsmen Prosper, Bowlers Struggle In Run-Fest

There were runs aplenty at Edgbaston as the sun shone and India recorded a warm-up win over Sri Lanka to get their campaign for 2013 ICC Champions Trophy off to the best possible start. Despite slipping to 110 for four, it was the 2011 World Cup winners who romped to their victory target of 334 thanks to a mammoth stand between Dinesh Karthik and Virat Kohli.
1 June 2013

Rampaul Hoping For Successful Comeback

West Indies fast bowler Ravi Rampaul hasn't played international cricket since December and is eager to get back into the swing of things ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy. He was sidelined by injury over the winter but returned to competitive cricket for Trinidad and Tobago and then helped Royal Challengers Bangalore finish fifth in the Indian Premier League 2013.
31 May 2013

Opening Champions Trophy Warm-Up Game Washed Out

Edgbaston was a bleak picture for most of the day as the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 warm-up match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The dismal weather which held up England during their second Test victory over New Zealand has also played havoc with the domestic programme and this international friendly went the same way.
30 May 2013

Every Game Important, Not Just India Match - Misbah

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is well aware of the huge levels of anticipation ahead of his side's ICC Champions Trophy clash with India on 15th June but is keen that his side prepares fully for all three of their group games. The 2009 ICC World Twenty20 champions open their campaign against West Indies on 7th June and end their group stage against India after playing South Africa on 10th June.
28 May 2013

Dale Steyn Pleased With Amsterdam Build-Up

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn says that his side's time spent in the Netherlands ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy will give his side an 'extra edge'. They take on the Netherlands in a One-Day International on Friday (31st May) ahead of which they are training at a pre-tour camp in Amsterdam.
28 May 2013

Lokuhettige Replaces Injured Welagedara For Sri Lanka

Dilhara Lokuhettige has been called up to replace fellow fast bowler Chanaka Welagedara in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Welagedara suffered an injury to his right foot and ankle and underwent scans, the results of which have forced him out of the reckoning for the tournament, which is held in England and Wales between 6th and 23rd June.
27 May 2013

Spot-Fixing: Asad Rauf Withdrawn From Champions Trophy

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that Elite Panel umpire Asad Rauf has been withdrawn from standing in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. The Pakistani official is reportedly under investigation by Mumbai Police who are conducting enquiries into spot-fixing and corruption in cricket.
23 May 2013

Petersen Replaces Smith In Champions Trophy Squad

South Africa have replaced injured former captain Graeme Smith with Alviro Petersen in their ICC Champions Trophy 2013 squad. Smith was ruled out of the tournament with a recurrence of the ankle injury which has troubled him over the last 18 months and Petersen, his opening partner in Test cricket, takes his place in the squad.
14 May 2013

ICC Champions Trophy Warm-Up Games Revealed

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed the schedule of warm-up matches ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, which will be held from 30th May to 4th June. The tournament itself gets underway on 6th June and the warm-up matches will be held in the same venues as the competition - The Oval, Edgbaston and the Cardiff Wales Stadium.
10 May 2013

Graeme Smith Out Of Champions Trophy

South Africa have been dealt an unfortunate blow after former captain Graeme Smith was ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 with an injury to his left ankle. Scans revealed a stress fracture to the ankle with which he has had trouble with in the past, including undergoing surgery last year, although it still caused him to miss matches in March and he did not take part in the 2013 Indian Premier League.
9 May 2013

De Villiers Highlights 'Game-Changers' In South Africa Squad

South Africa captain has picked out Chris Gayle and Mahendra Singh as players to watch in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 but says his own team has enough game-changers to see them perform well. South Africa are chasing their first global tournament success since they won the event in 1998 and take on India, Pakistan and the West Indies in their opening group.
8 May 2013