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India in control of second test with Australia after Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar take three wickets each

India in control as Jadeja and Kumar blow Australia away in Hyderabad

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12:16 GMT, 2 March 2013

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12:16 GMT, 2 March 2013

India are in control of the second Test against Australia, who made 237 for nine declared in Hyderabad.

Part-time spinner Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets, while in his second Test Bhuvneshwar Kumar also took three, with Michael Clarke's 91 keeping the Australian innings together.

The visitors once again turned to their skipper after slumping to 63 for four, with the 31-year-old putting on 145 with Matthew Wade for the fifth wicket.

Three wickets: India's Ravindra Jadeja (left) had Australia in a spin on the first day of the second test in Hyderabad

Three wickets: India's Ravindra Jadeja (left) had Australia in a spin on the first day of the second test in Hyderabad

Second Test, Hyderabad

Australia first innings
237 for 9 declared (85.0 overs)
Clarke 91, Wade 62
B Kumar 3-53, Jadeja 3-33

India first innings
5-0 (3.0 overs)

However after Wade went for 62, the lower order failed to fire as Australia lost their final four wickets for just 29 runs.

And with little chance of numbers 10 and 11 James Pattinson and Xavier Doherty adding to the total Clarke brought them in so his bowlers could take advantage of conditions for the final three overs of the day.

However India were untroubled and finished five without loss.

Australia made two changes from the side which lost the opening match in Chennai with Glenn Maxwell making his Test debut coming in for Mitchell Starc, while Xavier Doherty replaced Nathan Lyon. The home side were unchanged.

After the visitors won the toss, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled David Warner (six) with a delivery which cut back into the left-hander, then trapped Ed Cowan (four) lbw with a ball which may have pitched outside leg stump.

That left Australia 15 for two, with Phil Hughes and Shane Watson at the crease.

The
pair effected a mini-recovery, with the left-hander playing some
eye-catching late drives off the back foot, but Watson (23) then fell
lbw attempting to pull a ball which kept a little low with the score on
57.

Hughes (19) followed,
caught behind at the second attempt by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the
bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin, before Wade and Clarke began the
Australian recovery.

Clarke looked comfortable at the crease, with a well-placed clip for four between two fielders indicative of his current form.

Wade
was less fluid, but equally determined, digging in at one end while his
skipper totted up the runs at the other as they moved Australia to 129
for four midway through the afternoon session.

Important innings: A 91 from captain Michael Clarke saved Australia from a humiliating total

Important innings: A 91 from captain Michael Clarke saved Australia from a humiliating total

Wade's confidence grew and when new bowler Jadeja came on to bowl, the wicketkeeper had no problem in hitting him back over his head for four.

After facing 95 balls, Clarke brought up his 26th Test half century with a single in the 48th over, edging his side closer towards 150.

On 52 India missed their best opportunity to dismiss Clarke as the skipper inside edged on his pad with the ball dropping to a diving Cheteshwar Pujara who got his fingers under the ball, but could not hang on.

Wade reached his half-century in the 55th over as Australia batted themselves back into the game.

Australia started the third session much as they ended the second, as the duo moved the score past 200 in the 65th over.

They could add just eight however before the hosts made a much-needed breakthrough. Wade cut one which was possibly too close to his body and was caught by Kumar at point for a 116-ball 62.

A sixth wicket did fall when Jadeja got one to turn away from Moises Henriques, who, playing to leg, missed the ball completely as it clipped the top of the stumps.

At 217 for six and with debutant Maxwell at the crease, the pressure once again was on Clarke.

He continued to bat sensibly, but his partner at the other end would make just 13 before he edged to Dhoni behind the stumps.

Peter Siddle was then soon walking back to the pavilion as he was caught on the crease by a low one from Harbhajan Singh for a 14-ball duck, leaving the visitors 236 for eight.

Clarke finally departed looking to up the rate with the tail, swinging across the line to Jadeja whose delivery kept low and hit the stumps.

India had little to worry about for the final three overs, with a Virender Sehwag boundary through gully off Siddle the highlight.

Australia rip apart Sri Lanka in Boxing Day Test in Melbourne

Aussies run riot on Boxing Day to rip apart Sri Lanka in Melbourne opener

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09:01 GMT, 26 December 2012

A brilliant display of pace bowling allowed Australia to assume control of their second Test with Sri Lanka on its opening day in Melbourne.

Having been asked to bowl first in the traditional Boxing Day encounter, Michael Clarke's men skittled their visitors for just 156 midway through the afternoon session, before closing up just six runs shy of that total for the loss of three wickets.

Festive fun: Mitchell Johnson celebrates taking the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan

Festive fun: Mitchell Johnson celebrates taking the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan

In the swing of things: Matthew Wade and Mitchell Johnson mark the dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara

In the swing of things: Matthew Wade and Mitchell Johnson mark the dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara

A reinvigorated Mitchell Johnson was the standout performer in the Baggy Green, with the often-maligned quick taking a four for 63 that was ably supported by two each from Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon and debutant Jackson Bird.

David Warner then smashed a 46-ball 62 to get Australia up and running in their pursuit of a first innings lead, something that now looks a certainty, despite Sri Lanka taking three wickets before the bails were flicked.

Had their own score been a better one that would have been respectable but, with such a failure on the board, they already look up against it, but only have themselves to blame.

The Australia pace attack got a bit of movement out of the pitch during the first session, but Sri Lanka were let down by a series of poor shots and Kumar Sangakkara was the only batsman to look comfortable.

Day to remember: Aussie fans enjoyed the action on a balmy day in Melbourne

Day to remember: Aussie fans enjoyed the action on a balmy day in Melbourne

Day to remember: Aussie fans enjoyed the action on a balmy day in Melbourne

That was until Wade combined with Johnson to pull off a brilliant catch with the veteran on 58.
Sangakkara had not played a false shot all day, but was tempted into hooking a short Johnson delivery that bounced higher than expected and could only collect the top edge.

The ball flew straight over Wade's head, but the wicketkeeper kept his eyes on the ball and sprinted over 30 metres towards the sightscreen, before producing a dive to pull off a tremendous catch that dismissed the man who became the 11th in history to register 10,000 Test runs earlier in his innings.

Sangakkara's patience at the crease and ability to punish anything loose was the only highlight of a poor batting performance from the tourists as questionable shot selection led to many of his team-mates' demise.

Bird (two for 32) had his first Test victim with the 22nd delivery of the morning when Dimuth Karunaratne (five) came forward to a ball on a good length, but was only able to edge one through to Wade behind the stumps.

The usually reliable Tillakaratne Dilshan (11) was guilty of the worst shot of the day as he attempted to hit a booming straight drive off Johnson, only to inside edge it onto his off stump to reduce Sri Lanka to 19 for two.

Siddle (two for 30) made it 37 for three shortly after when Mahela Jayawardene (three) nicked one through to Wade, before Sangakkara combined with Thilan Samaraweera to take the score through to 79 for three at lunch.

Gone: Phillip Hughes is run out by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara

Gone: Phillip Hughes is run out by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara

Bird, who had bowled intelligently during his first stint in the morning, had his second wicket with the third ball after lunch when Samaraweera (10) lofted a short one and Angelo Matthews (15) came and went moments later as the wickets continued to tumble around Sangakkara.

A Prasanna Jayawardene (24) cameo gave Sri Lanka some hope, but when he got a ripper from Johnson and Dhammika Prasad fell the very next ball for a duck, the tourists were 134 for seven and in all sorts of trouble.

Lyon (two for 23) came in to clean up the tail with ease and Australia – with captain Michael Clarke having passed a fitness test before the start of play – set about making hay.

Warner and Ed Cowan raced out to 95 before the former found the hands of Prasad at mid-wicket off the bowling of Andrews, with Phil Hughes then doing little to enhance his credentials as a number three by getting caught out of his ground by Dilshan when on 10.

Another wicket followed when Cowan nicked Prasad to Mahela Jayawardene at second slip, and Australia looked to be reeling when Shane Watson edged the same man to Prasanna Jayawardene, only to see a one-handed attempt at a catch go to ground.

The reprieve stopped the slide and Watson (13no) and Clarke (20no) saw things through to the finish.

Sight for sore eyes: A view of the Melbourne Cricket Ground on day one of the second Test

Sight for sore eyes: A view of the Melbourne Cricket Ground on day one of the second Test

Ricky Ponting on pitch at Hobart before Australia"s Test with Sri Lanka

Australia legend Ponting paraded on pitch at Hobart before Hughes hits 86 for hosts

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09:46 GMT, 14 December 2012

Retired Australia batsman Ricky Ponting undertook a touching lap of honour in Hobart before Australia took on Sri Lanka.

The former captain, and a true great of the game, was accompanied by his daughters Emmy and Matisse as he made his way around the pitch.

When proceedings began Phil Hughes justified his recall by Australia after a year in the wilderness with 86 as the hosts closed on 299 for four on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

Guard of honour: Retired batsman Ricky Ponting was on the pitch before Australia took on Sri Lanka

Guard of honour: Retired batsman Ricky Ponting was on the pitch before Australia took on Sri Lanka

Smile and wave: The former Aussie captain was accompanied by his daughters Emmy (left) and Matisse (centre)

Smile and wave: The former Aussie captain was accompanied by his daughters Emmy (left) and Matisse (centre)

Smile and wave: The former Aussie captain was accompanied by his daughters Emmy and Matisse

The 24-year-old, offered the
opportunity to resume his Test career following the retirement of
Ponting, took his chance with eight fours and one six in a 166-ball
knock.

It was Hughes'
fourth Test half-century and came 12 months after he was dropped
following a horror show against New Zealand at the same venue.

The innings was all the more impressive given the newly-laid wicket has proved a minefield for top-order batsmen in the Sheffield Shield this season.

At stumps, captain Michael Clarke was unbeaten on 70 in a stand of 101 with Michael Hussey, who was on 37 not out.

Chanaka Welegedara did most of the damage for the tourists with three wickets for 99.
Together with Shane Watson, Hughes had helped Australia rebuild after the needless loss of the impressive David Warner immediately before lunch.

Warner, who had 57 of the 97 runs the hosts scored in the morning, was run out trying to grab a quick single that simply was not there, Angelo Mathews picking him off with an easy throw to the non-striker's end.

Star man: Phil Hughes was in fine form and hit an 86

Star man: Phil Hughes was in fine form and hit an 86

Almost: Mahela Jayawardene tries to catch Mike Hussey (right) out

Almost: Mahela Jayawardene tries to catch Mike Hussey (right) out

That ended a strong partnership of 79 with Hughes, built after opener Ed Cowan suffered another early dismissal, departing for just four after attempting a pull shot but getting under it to give Shaminda Eranga an easy catch at mid-on.

Watson went late in the second session, caught by outgoing Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene off Welegedara for 30.

Hughes reached 82 at tea, his innings including a big six off Rangana Herath, even if the shot – less than cleanly struck – was not one of his best.

He added just four more before being bowled off an inside edge by the dangerous if expensive Welegedara, but Clarke and Hussey took the score to the brink of the 300-mark as the hosts wrestled back the ascendancy.

Solid: Hughes helpes Australia reach 299 on the first day of the first Test

Solid: Hughes helpes Australia reach 299 on the first day of the first Test

Gotcha: Hughes was eventually dismissed by Chanaka Welagedara

Gotcha: Hughes was eventually dismissed by Chanaka Welagedara

Ricky Ponting final innings pictures: Australia lose to South Africa

Farewell, Punter! Ponting honoured during final innings for Oz… but he bows out with a whimper in crushing defeat to South Africa

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09:24 GMT, 3 December 2012

Ricky Ponting's final innings for Australia ended in disappointment as he managed just eight on the fourth morning of the third Test against South Africa as the tourists clinched the series 1-0 with an impressive 309-run victory.

Having announced his retirement prior to the match Ponting mustered just four in the first innings and fared little better in his last hurrah, thick-edging Robin Peterson to slip three balls before the lunch break at Perth.

South Africa welcomed Ponting to the crease with a respectful guard of honour but there was to be no fitting finale for the second highest run-scorer in Test history.

One of the greats: Ricky Ponting salutes the crowd at the WACA after his final international innings

One of the greats: Ricky Ponting salutes the crowd at the WACA after his final international innings

One of the greats: Ricky Ponting salutes the crowd at the WACA after his final international innings

Stand by your man: Rianna Ponting applauds her husband during his last appearance for Australia

Stand by your man: Rianna Ponting applauds her husband during his last appearance for Australia

Australia, chasing 632 for an unlikely
victory, resumed this morning on 40 without loss but suffered the worst
possible start when dangerous opener David Warner was dismissed by the
second ball of the day for his overnight score of 29.

Vernon Philander was responsible,
sending down a fine delivery that would have threatened off stump had
Warner not nicked it to Graeme Smith at first slip.

Ed Cowan hit the first four of the day
three balls later but the aim of the day was defence and consolidation
as Philander and Dale Steyn sent down a testing opening spell.

No 3 Shane Watson hit his 12th
ball for four, while the circumspect Cowan put away a Steyn full-toss
for his second boundary.

Watson found the ropes in three
consecutive overs but he was next out for 25 when Morne Morkel squared
him up and found the edge to offer Smith a second catch.

That brought Ponting to the crease for
the final time and, as well as a warm ovation from the stands, the
opposition lined up to form a guard of honour to the wicket.

Ponting stopped to shake hands with
Proteas skipper Smith and, after Cowan stole some of the spotlight with a
six off Peterson, got off the mark by pulling his sixth delivery for
four.

Respect: Ponting was given a guard of honour by South Africa's players as he headed onto the field to bat

Respect: Ponting was given a guard of honour by South Africa's players as he headed onto the field to bat

On the pull: Ponting bats in his last Test innings

Ponting bats in his last Test innings

On the pull: Ponting bats in his last Test innings, but his stay at the crease was to be a short one

All over: Ponting's final dismissal came after nicking the ball to Jacques Kallis (left) at slip off Robin Peterson

All over: Ponting's final dismissal came after nicking the ball to Jacques Kallis (left) at slip off Robin Peterson

All over: Ponting's final dismissal came after nicking the ball to Jacques Kallis (left) at slip off Robin Peterson

Prized wicket: Peterson celebrates

Prized wicket: Peterson celebrates

Luck seemed to be on the 37-year-old's
side when he was gifted a second boundary, Morkel mis-fielding at
mid-on, but that proved his last scoring shot.

Left-arm spinner Peterson got one to
bite and bounce outside off stump and Ponting mis-hit an unwise cut
straight to the alert Jacques Kallis.

The Proteas clamoured to shake his
hand as he departed to plentiful applause before his successor as
Australia skipper, Michael Clarke, struck the last two balls of the
session for four.

AB De Villiers was involved in the
next two wickets, stumping Clarke off Peterson for 44 and then catching
Michael Hussey off Steyn for 26.

Matthew Wade was joined by all-rounder
John Hastings with the home side on 198 for six and South Africa were
on the verge of an impressive victory.

Wade went for 10, caught by Smith at short midwicket when he mistimed a Peterson delivery.

Australia ended the session on 204 for seven, with Hastings and Mitchell Johnson battling against the inevitable.

Philander found the edge of Johnson's
bat and De Villiers took a regulation catch as Australia failed to add
to their total in the first three overs after tea.

Well played: South Africa captain Graeme Smith shakes hands with Ponting after his dismissal

Well played: South Africa captain Graeme Smith shakes hands with Ponting after his dismissal

Farewell: Australia legend Ponting walks off the pitch for the last time in international cricket

Farewell: Australia legend Ponting walks off the pitch for the last time in international cricket

Hastings went for a belligerent 20, caught at first slip by Smith off Morkel.

Mitchell Starc also hit out, his 68
off 43 balls including two sixes and nine fours, as he and Nathan Lyon
put on a battling 87 for the final wicket.

But they were only putting off the
inevitable and after South Africa took the new ball Lyon was finally out
for 31 when he was caught at slip by Smith off Steyn.

That left the home side all out for
322 for a 309-run defeat and a 1-0 series loss which confirmed South
Africa as the number one ranked Test side.

Amla and De Villiers put South Africa in commanding position in final Aussie Test

Amla and De Villiers put South Africa in commanding position in final Aussie Test

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11:04 GMT, 2 December 2012

Australia need a daunting 592 runs to win the third Test against South Africa after the tourists dominated the third day at Perth.

Hashim Amla and and AB De Villiers both made big hundreds as the Proteas looked well set to win the three-match series 1-0.

Amla fell just short a double-century and De Villiers made 169 as Graeme Smith`s men closed their second innings on 569 to set the home side a victory target of 632. They closed on 40 without loss.

In form: South Africa's Hashim Amla helped his side to a commanding lead

In form: South Africa's Hashim Amla helped his side to a commanding lead

South Africa had taken control of the series decider on day two and closed at 230 for two, 292 runs in front.

with another boundary.

Helping hand: AB de Villiers was also in impressive form for South Africa

Helping hand: AB de Villiers was also in impressive form for South Africa

Kallis eventually departed for 37 in 65 balls, top-edging a Mitchell Starc bouncer to Johnson at fine leg.

Amla's innings was unaffected and De Villiers offered solid support to accompany him to lunch, grinding out 18 runs in the process. /12/02/article-2241766-165040DB000005DC-808_468x307.jpg” width=”468″ height=”307″ alt=”Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start” class=”blkBorder” />

Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start

Robin Peterson had failed to trouble the scorers when he was caught by Johnson off Starc with the total on 539 for seven.

Starc went on to claim his fourth wicket when De Villiers fell for 169, caught behind by Matthew Wade after an innings that included 21 fours and three sixes and coming off just 184 balls, with the total on 557 and the lead at over 600.

Starc made it a five-wicket haul when Dale Steyn clipped a rising ball behind to Wade and departed for eight.

Starc finished with six for 154 as he bowled Morne Morkel for a duck to end the South Africa innings 569 on and a lead of 631.

Australia's reply had reached 40 without loss, with David Warner on 29 and Ed Cowan nine not out from 13 overs when the third day's play came to a close.

That left the home side still needing 592 runs to win or two days to bat out and save the Test and deny the Proteas what would be a series-winning victory in a match which carries the extra bounty of the world No 1 spot.

Ricky Ponting scores just four runs in farewell match in Australia v South Africa

Ponting falls for just four runs as Australia collapse against South Africa in his farewell Test match

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10:47 GMT, 1 December 2012

A final session rich with runs put South
Africa in complete control on the second day of their third and
deciding Test with Australia in Perth, with the retiring Ricky Ponting among the home side's failures.

With both sides having been dismissed cheaply first up, the Proteas headed back to the crease just before tea with a lead of 62. Come stumps their card read 230 for two, an overall advantage of 292.

They helped themselves to 206 runs in the final session, with Hashim Amla walking off unbeaten on 99 while Graeme Smith (84) was only stopped on his way to a century by a brilliant catch from Nathan Lyon.

On his way out: Ricky Ponting heads to the crease at WACA on Saturday

On his way out: Ricky Ponting heads to the crease at WACA on Saturday

And on his way OUT: Ponting walks away after being dismissed by South Africa's Vernon Philander

And on his way OUT: Ponting walks away after being dismissed by South Africa's Vernon Philander

The same player would drop Jacques
Kallis shortly after, though, although with a lead of close to 300
already and with plenty of time on their side, South Africa would have
no doubt remained in command regardless.

Their riotous session overshadowed
the grand farewell of Australian batsman Ponting, although the retiring
Tasmanian will probably be glad of that.

He contributed just four to a
first-innings total of 163 all out which left South Africa in credit
before they even started their second innings.

It was their rousing bowling
performance that gave them the platform, on a morning when fans had
flocked to the WACA in anticipation of one last masterclass from the
departing Ponting, but instead it was the Proteas attack who grabbed the
limelight as they took eight wickets for 130.

Australia, who need to win to return
to top spot in the ICC rankings, would have been in more trouble had
wicketkeeper Matthew Wade not made a fluent 68.

The hosts resumed on 33 for two in
the morning session but David Warner fell to the first ball of the
second over, aiming a swipe at Dale Steyn's loosener to feed AB de
Villiers a catch.

Got him! Philander celebrates dismissing Ponting for lbw on day two of the third Test

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That brought Ponting to the crease to
a rousing ovation and the clapping had scarcely abated when he scooped
his first ball just short of mid-wicket.

A nervy single got him going but
nightwatchman Lyon was gone inside the same over, Steyn and Faf Du
Plessis combining for the wicket.

Vernon Philander then played the role
of party pooper, Ponting tucking bat behind pad before being struck on
the knee-roll after some late inswing.

Asad Rauf raised the finger and Ponting's unsuccessful use of DRS screamed of hope rather than judgement.

Australia were desperate to take the
sting out of the situation but instead things went from bad to worse as
in-form skipper Michael Clarke (five) was undone by another brute of a
ball from Steyn.

That left Clarke's side reeling at 45 for six and Wade decided to launch the counter-attack.
He hooked Philander for six and then nicked him through an empty third
slip for four and from there was looking to score from most balls.

A second six followed off Robin Peterson and he found the boundary again with a couple of cross-bat shots.

Final farewell: Ponting runs out in Perth

Final farewell: Ponting runs out in Perth

Final farewell: Ponting runs out in Perth as Australia bid to stay in touch with South Africa

Michael Hussey made 12 in 40 balls
before edging Morne Morkel to Graeme Smith at slip, but Wade continued
unabashed, bringing up his half-century with a third maximum off
Peterson.

Wade went into his shell somewhat after lunch and was eventually bowled by the left-arm spin of Peterson for 68.

That exposed the tail but John Hastings struck three fours in a row off Peterson to offer hope.
Peterson had more luck against Mitchell Johnson, who he bowled for
seven, and Hastings was last out for 32 when Alviro Petersen took a
smart catch in two movements at long-off.

Some streaky hitting from Petersen
took South Africa to 24 without loss at tea but, after he went to
Johnson, caught and bowled off a riser, the tourists took a firm grip on
proceedings.

Smith brought up his 50 off 67 balls –
Amla outpaced him and did it in 37 – although the hosts thought they
had snared Smith when Starc pinned him and was given out, although his
review proved a correct one as replays showed the ball was going over
the top.

Smith would eventually perish with
the partnership on 178, hooking Starc into the hands of Lyon who did
brilliantly to dive forward running in from the boundary, although he
was unable to cling on when

Kallis did something similar on
three. That was the last real action of the day, with Amla ending one
run shy of an 18th Test century and Kallis on 17.

Olympic Stadium latest: NFL bid thrown out

West Ham move into pole position for Olympic Stadium after NFL bid is thrown out

NFL bid for Olympic Stadium ruled out

West Ham now frontrunners for anchor tenancy

Mayor confirms stadium unlikely to be ready until 2016

UK Athletics chairman labels process a farce

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13:10 GMT, 14 November 2012

West Ham have received a boost in their bid to move into the Olympic Stadium after the NFL's proposal to become anchor tenants was thrown out.

The American gridiron franchise were willing to share the stadium with other sports and events but were told that they could not have the exclusive access to the venue each year from September to January which they felt they required to prepare and host consecutive games.

In a further twist, Mayor Boris Johnson – the chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation who operate the stadium – confirmed rumours that the stadium will not be re-opened until 2016 to be true.

Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

The Mayor said on Wednesday that it
was 'highly unlikely' that the stadium would be converted and ready for
use again before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio – meaning, incredibly,
that it will take longer to convert the stadium than it did to build it.

The delay in re-opening of the stadium has been branded 'a farce' by UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner.

Warner said: 'My biggest concern is
that we have some major events planned for that stadium and we thought
they were going to be from the summer of 2014 onwards.

'All of the legacy use was scheduled
to start in two years' time and now it might be four years' time which
strikes me as ludicrous and to be a paralysis of decision-making which I
hope the mayor [Boris Johnson] is going to cut through.

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Close call: Upton Park is in the same borough as the Olympic Stadium but the NFL franchises are more than a short hop away

'I wouldn't say this is a Whitehall farce but this is fast becoming a Stratford farce.

'We want to lock into the legacy of
the Games while people still remember the Mobot, Greg Rutherford, Jonnie
Peacock and David Weir.

'Let's have a bit of imagination here
and let's have a decision – we want one, West Ham want one and we all
want it open as soon as possible.'

Johnson had opened talks with the NFL last month when four of their teams were in London playing regular-season games at Wembley.

The Treasury's refusal to hand over the 337
million Olympic-contingency underspend to help install retractable
seating is hampering West Ham's bid.

The retractable seating is expected
to cost in the region of 200 million and the Mayor will be expecting
any anchor tenant to make a significant contribution.

Boris takes to the microphone with opera singer Katherine Jenkins at Wembley before meeting New England Patriots and St Louis Rams

Boris takes to the microphone with opera singer Katherine Jenkins at Wembley before meeting New England Patriots and St Louis Rams

Boris takes to the microphone with opera singer Katherine Jenkins at Wembley before meeting New England Patriots and St Louis Rams

It is understood West Ham are willing
to offer more than 8million a year in rent and related payments in
addition to a reported multimillion lump sum.

The club are unable to reveal the true nature of their financial package due to confidentiality issues.

West Ham also believe that as several
other events will be taking place at the Olympic Stadium throughout the
next few years – such as the 2017 World
Athletics Championships – they should not be the sole party asked to
foot the bill.

A decision on the future of the
stadium was expected to be announced by the end of October but
negotiations are ongoing. Other contenders for the stadium tenancy are
Leyton Orient, a football business college and a group wanting to host a
Formula One race at the Olympic Park.

World Twenty20 2012: West Indies beat Australia to reach final

Gayle storm carries West Indies to World Twenty20 final after victory over Australia

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16:47 GMT, 5 October 2012

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle led his side to the Twenty20 final after they beat Australia in Colombo.

Gayle was impregnable at the crease, and hit 75 not out as Darren Sammy's side notched up a total of 205 to set up a meeting with hosts Sri Lanka in the final.

Australia came no way near that total when their turn came at the crease and were beaten by 74 runs – despite a late stand from George Bailey, who hit 63 from 29 balls.

Gayle storm: Chris Gayle hit 75 not out against Australia

Gayle storm: Chris Gayle hit 75 not out against Australia

WEST INDIES V AUSTRALIA

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More to follow.

Gotcha: Samuel Badree celebrates after dismissing Shane Watson (right)

Gotcha: Samuel Badree celebrates after dismissing Shane Watson (right)

Almost: Kieron Pollard dodged a bouncer during his innings for the West Indies

Almost: Kieron Pollard dodged a bouncer during his innings for the West Indies

Oh no: David Warner looks back as his bails are toppled

Oh no: David Warner looks back as his bails are toppled

Off you go: David Warner had to walk past the gloating West Indies players after being bowled

Off you go: David Warner had to walk past the gloating West Indies players after being bowled

Job done: Ravi Rampaul bagged the wicket of David Hussey early on in the innings

Job done: Ravi Rampaul bagged the wicket of David Hussey early on in the innings

ICC World Twenty20 2012: Australia crush Ireland – Shane Watson stars

Elementary for Watson as Aussies crush Ireland by seven wickets in T20 Group B opener

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13:57 GMT, 19 September 2012

Shane Watson inspired Australia to a straightforward seven-wicket victory over Ireland in their opening World Twenty20 group match in Colombo.

The 31-year-old all-rounder took three wickets for 26 runs and, despite bowling a poor final over, helped restrict Ireland to 123 for seven.

Watson then took to the crease where
his 51 runs off 31 balls helped Australia secure victory in just the
16th over of the Group B match.

Wat a performance! The Aussie all-rounder starred with bat and ball in the clash with Ireland

Wat a performance! The Aussie all-rounder starred with bat and ball in the clash with Ireland

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The comfortable win also saw fellow
opener David Warner become the third cricketer to hit 1,000 runs in
international T20 cricket, following Kevin Pietersen and Brendon
McCullum.

Ireland won the toss at Premadasa
Stadium and captain William Porterfield chose to bat – a decision he
would rue immediately as he hooked Watson's ball straight to Mitchell
Starc to go for for a duck.

Things did not get much better for the
minnows as the pair swapped roles to get Paul Stirling out in the
fourth over, before Ed Joyce was caught by Warner.

Bowled over: Watson took three wickets in his four overs, including Niall O'Brien (below)

Bowled over: Watson took three wickets in his four overs, including Niall O'Brien (below)

Bowled over: Watson took three wickets in his four overs, including Niall O'Brien (below)

Gary Wilson followed suit after being caught leg before by Brad Hogg to leave Ireland 33-4 two balls into the eighth over.

They responded well, though, and
picked up the run rate thanks to the partnership of brothers Kevin and
Niall O'Brien (35 and 20).

However, Watson nipped that in the bud by getting them both out in the 15th over to leave Ireland 86 for six.

Trent Johnston was next out but Watson bowled an expensive final over to see Ireland end on 123 for seven.

Quick-fire 50: Watson scored his half century from 30 deliveries, which included three sixes

Quick-fire 50: Watson scored his half century from 30 deliveries, which included three sixes

Quick-fire 50: Watson scored his half century from 30 deliveries, which included three sixes

Quick-fire 50: Watson scored his half century from 30 deliveries, which included three sixes

That score was no match for the
Antipodeans, though, as Warner racked up 26 runs – and a T20 milestone –
before being caught from a George Dockrell delivery.

It took until the 11th over for
opening partner Watson to get out, but he had already hit five fours and
three sixes during a mesmeric spell by the time he was thwarted by
excellent fielding from Johnston who threw down the stumps.

Mike Hussey went for 10 shortly
afterwards, but Cameron White and George Bailey produced a sturdy
partnership to Australia through to victory.

Futile: Ireland's big hitter - Kevin O'Brien - scored 35 off 29 deliveries

Futile: Ireland's big hitter – Kevin O'Brien – scored 35 off 29 deliveries

Australia fire warning to World Twenty 20 holders England by crushing New Zealand

Australia fire warning to Twenty 20 holders England by crushing New Zealand

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17:05 GMT, 15 September 2012

Australia crushed New Zealand by 56
runs as they bowled out the Black Caps for just 83 in a warm-up for the
ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo.

Australia made 139 for six with
opener Shane Watson top-scoring with 27 and then ripped through New
Zealand, reducing them to eight for three early in the third over.

Brad Hogg of Australia appeals during the T20 World Cup warm up match

Brad Hogg of Australia appeals during the T20 World Cup warm up match

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor steadied the ship, but with Taylor's 22 the highest score of the innings, they never stood a chance of chasing down their rivals.

An unbeaten 55 from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and some superb bowling from Irfan Pathan led India to a 26-run victory over Sri Lanka.

Dhoni hit three sixes and four fours and put on 78 with Rohit Sharma before the latter was out for 37 late in the innings.

India finished on 146 for five, and Pathan then took five for 25 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 120.

David Warner of Australia makes his ground

David Warner of Australia makes his ground

Mohammad Ashraful made 38 off 25 deliveries as Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by five wickets.

Vusi Sibanda's 40 off 47 balls highlighted Zimbabwe's score of 134 for six, but Bangladesh chased it down with 10 deliveries to spare with the help of three late sixes from Ziaur Rahman in an unbeaten 26.

Mohammad Nabi made 51 off just 24 balls, with five sixes, as Afghanistan recorded a 51-run victory over Sri Lanka A.

Asghar Stanikzai added 50 off 39 balls and Mohammad Shahzad made 48 off 25 as Afghanistan made 209 for seven before bowling out their opponents for 158.