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Mickey Arthur, the Australia coach, has warned his players they must raise their game if they want to become the top-ranked Test team once more.
James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Johnson join vice-captain in sitting out Mohali test
Players failed to make a presentation on how the side could improve
The accusation alone of blasphemy has led to violence that has claimed countless lives. And the cases themselves are usually about something else
For the second year running, England internationals Matt Prior and Ravi Bopara failed to attract any bids at the player auction for the Indian Premier League.
Fears that the fifth and final one-day international between England and India would not go ahead on Sunday were put to bed as the teams awoke in Dharamsala in perfect cricketing weather.
Ashley Giles admits referee was right to warn batsman for petulance in Ranchi defeat
There was a time when India playing three spinners in a home Test was as routine as a three-seamer attack in English conditions. For much of the Sixties and Seventies, India's bowling component consisted of any three from Bishan Singh Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivas Venkataraghavan, with the likes of Abid Ali, Eknath Solkar and even Sunil Gavaskar sharing the new ball.
India has condemned a joke made by US television host Jay Leno in which he said that the holiest Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple of Amritsar, was the holiday home of wealthy Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
India have beaten Pakistan by 29 runs in the Cricket World Cup semi-final. Re-live all the action with over-by-over coverage from Mohali.
India play Pakistan on Wednesday at the Punjab Cricket Association ground with both seeking a place in the final of the Cricket World Cup.
When he was sworn in as Pakistan's minister for minorities in November 2008, the first time the position had been made a member of the cabinet, Shahbaz Bhatti said he was accepting the post to help the "oppressed, down-trodden and marginalised and to send a message of hope to the people living a life of disappointment, disillusionment and despair".
US embassy official's killing of two locals has whipped up diplomatic tensions – and put Pakistan in no mood for leniency
Speaking up for minorities came easy to Salmaan Taseer, the Governor of Punjab who was brutally assassinated by his own bodyguard last Tuesday. Half a century before he took up the cause of Aasia Noreen, a poor Christian woman facing a death sentence for blasphemy that she never committed, Taseer and his childhood friends resolved to protest the death sentence of Jimmy Wilson, a poor African-American.
Salmaan Taseer, the outspoken Pakistani politician who took a public stand against bigotry and discrimination and paid with his life for doing so, was buried yesterday with state honours amid tight security.
The Governor of Pakistan's largest province was shot dead by one of his own bodyguards yesterday, apparently in protest at his stand against controversial blasphemy laws.