STEVE Smith should remain Australia’s Test captain and be appointed ODI skipper even if and when Michael Clarke does return, writes Ian Chappell.

Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip hailed his ‘fighters’ after a win that lifted them into the six, but warned there’s a long way to go in the A-League race.

MITCHELL Johnson has spearheaded Australia to a 2-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar trophy, defeating India by four wickets at the Gabba.

ONE day they were blowing up about the spice in their food. On Saturday it was the spice in the practice pitches, writes Robert Craddock.

VOTE: JON Anderson names his Top 20 sports stars for 2014. Check them out and see if you agree.

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MCG Season Fixtures

2014/15 Cricket Season 

Boxing Day Test
December 26-30: Australia v India

One-day international
January 18: Australia v India

T20 Big Bash League
January 5: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers
January 10: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades
January 21: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

February 14: Australia v England
February 22: South Africa v India
February 26: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh
March 19: Quarter Final
March 29: Final

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International Champions Cup Australia

July 18         Real Madrid v AS Roma (7.00pm)

July 21        AS Roma v Manchester City (7.45pm)

July 24        Manchester City v Real Madrid (7.45pm)

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2015 AFL Home and Away Season 

Thursday April 2 - Carlton v Richmond 7.20pm

Saturday April 4 - Melbourne v Gold Coast SUNS 1.40pm

Monday April 6 - Hawthorn v Geelong Cats 3.20pm

Saturday April 11 - Richmond v Western Bulldogs 1.45pm

Sunday April 12 - Essendon v Hawthorn 3.20pm

Friday April 17 - Collingwood v St Kilda 7.50pm

Saturday April 18 - Carlton v Essendon 1.45pm

Friday April 24 - Richmond v Melbourne 7.50pm

Saturday April 25 - Essendon v Collingwood 2.40pm

Friday May 1 - Carlton v Collingwood 7.50pm

Saturday May 2 - Richmond v Geelong Cats 1.45pm

Sunday May 3 - Melbourne v Fremantle 1.10pm

Friday May 8 - Collingwood v Geelong Cats 7.50pm

Saturday May 9 - Melbourne v Sydney Swans 7.20pm

Saturday May 16 - Hawthorn v Melbourne 2.10pm

Sunday May 17 - Richmond v Collingwood 3.20pm

Saturday May 23 - Hawthorn v Sydney Swans 7.20pm

Sunday May 24 - Melbourne v Western Bulldogs 3.20pm

Saturday May 30 - Richmond v Essendon 7.20pm

Sunday May 31 - Collingwood v North Melbourne 3.20pm

Saturday June 6 - Carlton v Adelaide Crows 1.40pm

Monday June 8 - Melbourne v Collingwood 3.20pm

Sunday June 14 - Collingwood v GWS GIANTS 1.10pm

Friday June 19 - Richmond v West Coast Eagles 7.50pm

Saturday June 20 - Carlton v Port Adelaide 1.40pm

Saturday June 27 - Hawthorn v Essendon 1.40pm

Friday July 3 - Collingwood v Hawthorn 7.50pm

Saturday July 4 - Richmond v GWS GIANTS 1.40pm

Friday July 10 - Richmond v Carlton 7.50pm

Saturday July 11 - Essendon v Melbourne 1.40pm

Sunday July 19 - Melbourne v Brisbane Lions 1.10pm

Saturday July 25 - Richmond v Fremantle 4.35pm

Sunday July 26 - Melbourne v St Kilda 3.20pm

Friday July 31 - Hawthorn v Richmond 7.50pm

Saturday August 1 - Collingwood v Melbourne 2.10pm

Saturday August 8 - Collingwood v Carlton 1.45pm

Sunday August 9 - Melbourne v North Melbourne 1.10pm

Saturday August 15 - Geelong Cats v Hawthorn 7.20pm

Sunday August 16 - Richmond v Gold Coast SUNS 1.10pm

Saturday August 22 - Collingwood v Richmond 1.45pm

Sunday August 23 - Carlton v Melbourne 3.20pm

Friday August 28 - Geelong Cats v Collingwood 7.50pm

Saturday August 29 - Essendon v Richmond 7.20pm

September 4/5/6 - Collingwood v Essendon (TBC)

September 4/5/6 - Hawthorn v Carlton (TBC)