Ponting confident for 2006

Australian captain Ricky Ponting has every reason to feel pleased with himself and his team before the first Test of 2006

Langer defends Aussie approach

Australian opener Justin Langer believes that any tension between the locals and the touring South Africans is only to be expected as players from both sides rise to a challenge.

Five for Dodd in Blaze win

Anna Dodd took five wickets for only seven runs as State Wellington Blaze completed a double over State Otago Sparks at Dunedin¦s University Oval.

New Zealand honours Drumm

White Fern Emily Drumm has been made a Member of the Order of Merit in the New Year¦s Honours List for services to cricket.

Magicians triumph despite McGlashan ton

Haidee Tiffen was again the scourge of State Central Hinds¦ bowling to give State League champion Canterbury Wizards a 23-run victory in Christchurch.

Australia goes one-up

Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after defeating South Africa by 184 runs in the second Test at the MCG.

Tiffen weaves spell for Magicians

Haidee Tiffen¦s forceful innings helped State League champion State Canterbury Magicians to 62-run victory over State Central Hinds in Christchurch.

Ntini out for the summer

South Africa has lost fast bowler Makhaya Ntini for the rest of the second Test - and possibly the remainder of the Australian summer - with a knee injury.

Aussies all but home

South Africa is staring down the barrel of defeat after Australia ripped through its batting order to have the Proteas 99-6 at stumps on the fourth day of the second Test at the MCG.

Symonds makes his mark

Andrew Symonds' struggles with the bat in the Test arena this summer have been well-documented

Australia builds position

Australia was 110-2 at stumps on the third day of the second Test at the MCG

Cricket tributes Packer

Leading cricket figures from around Australia have paid tribute to media mogul Kerry Packer

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