The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the schedule for the white-ball series against Australia and South Africa, which will be played in India in September-October. India will take on Australia in 3 T20Is and South Africa in six white ball games before the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting reckons that India should persist with Virat Kohli despite his poor run of form over the last couple of seasons. According to the Aussie legend, the benefits of sticking to the 33-year-old for the T20 World Cup could be far greater for Team India as opposed to leaving him out.
In yet another setback for Australian cricket, former all-rounder Andrew Symonds has died in a car crash. He was only 46. The news comes not long after the deaths of Aussie legends Shane Warne and Rod Marsh, who passed away in March this yea
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has recalled an interesting incident pertaining to the late Shane Warne, who passed away of a heart attack earlier this month. Harbhajan said that he had a fanboy moment during the 2001 series against Australia at home when he claimed 32 wickets in three Tests. Warne could not do much with the ball during the series, which India famously won 2-1
Pakistan coach Saqlain Mushtaq has asserted that the hosts will push for a result in the final Test against Australia, which begins on Monday, March 21. The first Test between the teams in Rawalpindi ended in a drab draw while Pakistan escaped out of jail in the second Test in Karachi courtesy hundreds from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins has stated that he does not regret his decision to not enforce the follow-on in the Karachi Test against Pakistan. He, however, did admit that the result of the match could have gone their way had they held on to some of the many chances that went to ground. Faced with a daunting task of chasing 506 in the fourth innings, Pakistan batted for 171.4 overs and scored 443 for 7 to walk away with a commendable draw. Babar Azam led from the front with classical, back-to-the-wall 196 while Mohammad Rizwan remained unbeaten on 104 to guide Pakistan after Azam’s departure.
Australian opener David Warner reckons that Mankading (running out batter at the non-striker’s end for backing up too far) is a spirit of cricket thing. The 35-year-old cricketer felt so despite the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) amending the law and moving the mode of dismissal from "unfair play" to “run out”. The move to remove the stigma around the dismissal was one of the nine changes made by the MCC, which will come into effect from October 1
Australian Test captain Pat Cummins felt that Pakistan tried to nullify their pace bowling by preparing a dead pitch for the 1st Test in Rawalpindi. Australia's first Test in Pakistan in 24 years ended in a drab draw after the hosts made 252 for no loss in their second innings in 77 overs. Abdullah Shafique was unbeaten on 136 and Imam-ul-Haq on 111. Earlier, Pakistan declared their first innings on 476 for 4 while Australia replied with 459. 1,187 runs were scored over five days in the Test match with only 14 wickets falling.