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Sunday 17 December 2017

In Brief: New Zealand lead awards at Cricket World Cup

Australia's captain Michael Clarke (R) shakes hands with New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum after he was dismissed for 74 runs during their Cricket World Cup final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) March 29, 2015
Australia's captain Michael Clarke (R) shakes hands with New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum after he was dismissed for 74 runs during their Cricket World Cup final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) March 29, 2015

Five players from World Cup runners-up New Zealand and three from winners Australia were named in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) team of the tournament yesterday.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was joined by fellow Kiwis Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson, Daniel Vettori and Trent Boult following their team's brilliant run to the final.

Australia, who crushed their neighbours by seven wickets in the showpiece match in Melbourne on Sunday, were represented by batsman Steven Smith, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and pace bowler Mitchell Starc, who was named player of the tournament.

South Africans AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel and Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara completed the side with Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor named as 12th man.

 

Bernie Ecclestone  wants a female only showcase event at F1 races

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has proposed a controversial world championship for women drivers as part of grand prix weekends.

"I thought it would be a good idea to give them a showcase," the 84-year-old said.

"For some reason, women are not coming through - and not because we don't want them," he added.

"Of course we do, because they would attract a lot of attention and publicity and probably a lot of sponsors.

"We have to start somewhere so I suggested to the teams that we have a separate championship and maybe that way we will be able to bring someone through to F1."

Ecclestone has two daughters but once infamously compared women to kitchen appliances.

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