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ADELAIDE---Rapid centuries by
Glenn Maxwell and David Warner
lifted Australia to a 106-run win
over India in a warmup match
yesterday that built up its
prospects for the Cricket World
Cup while leaving India winless
in the dry Australian summer.
Maxwell slammed 122 from 57
balls before retiring and Warner
hit 104 from 83 deliveries as Aus-
tralia made 371 in 48.2 overs after
winning the toss and batting. India
was all out for 265 in 45.1 overs in
Australia is the world s top-
ranked one-day side and World
Cup favorite and the all round qual-
ity of its performance Sunday
helped substantiate that billing.
India s World Cup prospects
appear bleak as it remained without
a win in three tests and five one-
day matches in Australia this sum-
mer while losing veteran fast bowler
Ishant Sharma to a knee injury.
Warner set the tempo for the
first half of the Australian innings
with a century from 80 balls and
Maxwell accelerated later, reaching
his hundred from 53 balls---the sec-
ond 50 coming from only 19 deliv-
Maxwell rushed on to 122, retir-
ing after hitting three consecutive
sixes from the bowling of Umesh
Yadava in an over that claimed a
wicket and cost 27 runs.
"It s nice to be hitting the ball
really well coming to a massive
tournament like this," Maxwell said.
"One more practice to go and then
hopefully I hit the tournament run-
ning with lots of runs and in a good
India bowled well enough late in
the innings to prevent Australia
reaching 400. After his savage wel-
come at Warner s hands, Shami
recovered strongly to dismiss
George Bailey (44), Mitchell John-
son (19) and Pat Cummings (5) to
finish with 3-83.
Ajinkya Rahane made 66 and
Shikhar Dhawan 59 as India was
dismissed in reply. While Rahane
and Dhawan were together, in a
104-run partnership for the third
wicket, India was scoring at just
behind the run rate needed to
threaten Australia s total.
But when both were out within
15 runs between the 25th and 29th
overs, India s challenge faltered.
India captain M.S. Dhoni suffered
the indignity of a first-ball duck
caught by Mitchell Starc from the
bowling of Pat Cummins, one ball
after Suresh Raina was run out, to
effectively end India s bid for a
Ambati Rayudu made 53 as
India s last hope but he was out at
254-8 in the 42 over, with 118 still
needed for victory.
Shane Watson returned to the
Australia lineup Sunday after recent
hamstring problems while captain
Michael Clarke remains on track
to play in Australia s second World
Cup group match against
Bangladesh on Feb. 21.
Australia's Glen Maxwell plays a shot during their one-day international cricket match against England in Perth,
Australia, last Sunday. AP PHOTO
Maxwell, Warner blast
Indians in warm up ISLAMABAD---The ICC s technical
committee has approved opening bats-
man Nasir Jamshed as a replacement
in Pakistan s World Cup squad after
Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out due
to a calf injury yesterday.
Hafeez s injury is the second blow to
Pakistan s World Cup plans as Junaid
Khan has already been replaced by Rahat
Ali after the left-arm fast bowler failed
to recover from a hamstring injury.
Hafeez was injured during the second
one-day international against New
Zealand on Tuesday. Pakistan Cricket
Board chairman Shaharyar Khan said
Hafeez needed at least a month to
recover and will be returning home.
Hafeez was suspended for an illegal
bowling action but was selected in the
World Cup squad as a batsman. The
calf injury prevented the offspinner from
undergoing official testing of his bowling
action in Brisbane on Friday.
Jamshed has played 45 one-day inter-
nationals with 1,413 runs, including
three centuries and eight 50s. His last
ODI was against New Zealand in Abu
Dhabi in December.
Pakistan is in Pool B alongside
defending champion India, West Indies,
South Africa, Zimbabwe and qualifiers
Ireland and United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan s first match is against India
ADELAIDE---Injured paceman Ishant
Sharma has been ruled out of the
Cricket World Cup and will be replaced
in the India squad by Mohit Sharma.
The loss of the experienced pace
spearhead is a serious setback for
defending champion India a week out
from its World Cup opener against Pak-
istan in Adelaide.
The International Cricket Council
confirmed yesterday, just hours before
India s warmup match against Australia
in Adelaide, that it had approved Mohit
Sharma as the replacement.
India, which is expected to vie for
top spot in Pool B with South Africa,
hasn t won a competitive match in its
first two months in Australia, including
a 2-0 loss in the four-test series and
a winless campaign in the ODI tri-series
against Australia and England.
The 26-year-old Ishant Sharma has
played 61 ODIs for India, taking 106
wickets at an average of 31.25 and an
economy rate of 5.69. He hasn t played
any cricket since the Boxing Day test
in Melbourne, when he injured his knee.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni
avoided questions about the fitness of
Ishant Sharma as well as other injured
players Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar
Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja during a
news conference on Saturday. The Press
Trust of India reported overnight that
Ishant Sharma had been ruled out.
The 26-year-old Mohit Sharma, who
has taken 10 wickets in 12 ODIs, was
traveling with the India squad in Aus-
tralia after the tri-series.
SYDNEY---England fast bowler Stuart Broad
has questioned whether it s wise for Australia
captain Michael Clarke to play in his team s
opening World Cup match against England on
Clarke is recovering from hamstring surgery
and was thought unlikely to be considered for
selection before Australia s second pool match
against Bangladesh on February 21. But after
reports his recovery is ahead of schedule he may
now return for the Feb. 14 clash with England
at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Broad said "you d think they d want him right
for the big games later on. I don t know how
well he is going, but hamstrings are a tricky
"He s played a grade match, I read, but I don t
know how fit he is," Broad said. "But at the
same time, do you want to risk a hamstring
early in the tournament?"
England will go into the opening match as
considerable underdogs against Australia, who
are top-ranked in one-day cricket and outplayed
England in the final of the recent tri-series.
But Broad pointed out that Australia will face
considerable expectations from home fans.
"A lot of the pressure will be on the Aus-
tralians," he said. "Ninety thousand odd people
are turning up (at Melbourne) and they all expect
Australia to win."
Ishant to be replaced
by Mohit Sharma
ICC WORLD CUP
Broad questions wisdom of early Clarke comeback
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