Steve Smith and David Warner are all set to return in the squad for their upcoming series against Pakistan in UAE.
Both Smith and Warner were banned from international cricket for a year due to ball tampering case; which will end on March 28. That makes them eligible to be in the playing XI for the final two One Day international games on March 29 and 31 in the five-match series against Pakistan in UAE.
However, Australia Cricket Board has decided not to include them in the squad and asked them to return to their franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL); which is scheduled to be started from March 23. Hence, both Smith and Warner will get nearly one week to train with their national teammates before they return to their respective IPL teams.
“After consultation with members of the National Selection Panel, Greg Chappell and Head Coach Justin Langer, Interim EGM Team Performance Belinda Clark, CA Medical Team and both players, it has been agreed Steve Smith and David Warner will not be available for selection for the final two matches of the series against Pakistan,” Trevor Hohns, the selection chairman said in a statement.
“While their bans will be finished on March 28, Steve and David have been working through rehabilitation from elbow surgery and it has been agreed the best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League, a strong competition which features some of the world’s best players,” he further added.
However, both Smith and Warner had trained with NSW and their respective grade cricket clubs. They also practiced with their teammates Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood before playing in the Bangladesh Premier League, but unfortunately, they got injured there.
David Warner and Steve Smith’s return in the squad will certainly strengthen the Australian side and will boost the Kangaroo’s confidence before World Cup 2019.
India wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni will be rested for the last two One Day Internationals against Australia. Team’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed the news at the post-match press conference on Friday (March 8).
After winning the first two ODIs against Australia, India lost in the third game at Ranchi. There are two more games left and as the World Cup is around the corner, India will give the chance to Rishabh Pant as well in place of MS Dhoni who has been in the radar for quite some time.
“There will certainly be some changes (in the team XI) because Mahi (MS Dhoni) is not going to play the final two matches. He is taking rest,” Bangar said. “Also, Shami got hurt today in his leg so we will need to check whether he can be fit for day after (Mohali ODI). If he does not get fit then Bhuvneshwar Kumar could come in,” addes Sanjay Bangar
However, there is a chance of Bhuvneshwar Kumar to come in place of Mohammed Shami; who got hurt in his shin by a straight drive and was forced to left the field for some time. However, he returned to the field to finish his spell.
“Shami also had a hit on the leg. We have to see whether he’ll be fit for the game. If he’s not fit then Bhuvneshwar Kumar will play. Those decisions the captain and coach take it before the game,” said Sanjay Bangar.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli too said in the post-match presentation that India will change a couple of players in the playing XI for the next two matches.
“We will have a few changes in the next couple of games. We have to figure out what those changes are. But the idea is to go out there and win matches and take a lot of pride in winning games for the country. That mindset will not change. We will have a few new faces and they will have to make the most of their chances because there is a World Cup coming and everyone wants to be on that flight,” said Kohli after the third ODI.
Virat Kohli scored his 40th ODI century and Vijay Shankar’s all-round performance guide India to a convincing win over Australia in the final over of the second ODI at Nagpur.
Australia won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, India openers – Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan failed to contribute much as Rohit Sharma went for a duck in the very over and Dhawan managed to score mere 21. Ambati Rayudu too got trapped before the stumps after scoring 18 and left India struggling at 75 for 3 in 17 overs.
Then Vijay Shankar walked into the field who was promoted to No. 5. He gave good support to the captain Virat Kohli. The duo added an 81-run stand off 71 deliveries which accelerateIndia’s inning a little bit. Shankar smashed a 41-ball 46, including five boundaries and a six before he getting dismissed.
His dismissal did slow down India’s scoring. After four overs, Adam Zampa struck twice off two deliveries as he picked up Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni and India reduced from 156 for 3 to 171 for 6.
However, Ravindra Jadeja tried to support Kohli for a 67 off 74 run-stand to take India past the 200-run mark. Kohli played with utmost patience and when he got settled down, it became difficult for the bowlers to get past him. However, Jadeja got dismissed in the 46th over for 21.
Kohli scored another ODI century, his 40th in the 44th over. After scoring 120-ball 116, he got dismissed by giving an easy catch to deep mid-wicket. Pat Cummins took a four-wicket haul as India were bowled out for 250.
Brilliant century from Virat , outstanding death over bowling from Bumrah and Vijay Shankar holding his nerves really well in the end. Bahut badhiya jeet. #INDvAUS
Chasing 251, Australia openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khwaja got off to a flying start. Both the openers dominated the bowlers for the first 15 overs and added an 87-ball 83-run stand for the first wicket. However, the table turned after arriving on spinners.
Kuldeep Yadav trapped Finch before the stumps and break the partnership. Later Kedar Jadhav and Jadeja joined the party and the visitors soon reduced to 132 for 4. The accurate line and length troubled the visitors.
However, Peter Handscomb played a stable knock of 48 off 59 including four boundaries. His knock kept Australia in the run chase. But a splendid direct throw by Ravindra Jadeja from the backward point got him out.
Later Stoinis and Alex Carey made another partnership and started becoming the hurdle for India. Meanwhile, Kuldeep struck again and picked up the wicket of Carey and broke the partnership.
In the 46th over, Bumrah struck twice and dismissed Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins. In the last three overs, Australia required Twenty-one runs to win but Marcus Stoinis managed to score only one run in that over. Still, the hope was there as Stoinis was timing the ball well.
Meanwhile, Stoinis completed his half-century in the penultimate over. Kohli handed the ball to Vijay Shankar in the last over when 11 runs were needed to win for the visitors. Vijay Shankar trapped Stoinis before the wicket on the very first delivery for 52 and two balls later, his yorker crashed Adam Zampa’s middle-stump. India held their nerve and won the game by 8 runs. With this win, they completed their 500th ODI win as well.
An unbeaten 141-run partnership between MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav for the fifth wicket guided India to the first ODI win against Australia by six wickets at Hyderabad on Saturday (March 2).
Chasing 237, India started very badly as the opener Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for a duck at the beginning of the second over by giving a simple catch to Glenn Maxwell at the point region. His dismissal brought the India captain Virat Kohli at the crease.
Kohli and Rohit Sharma then put up a 76-run partnership together. They shared eleven boundaries between them before Adam Zampa trapped him in front of the wicket for 44. Soon Rohit Sharma too joined him by giving a simple catch to Aaron Finch. Ambati Rayudu too couldn’t do well and departed soon.
However, their dismissals left India struggling in between. All the pressures fell upon MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. With 138 still to win, both of them started building another partnership.
Both of them rotated strike whenever needed and didn’t go for any risky shots. Their plan worked well as they brought up a 50-run stand. After settling down in the middle, both of them were looking for big shots so that the run-rate stayed in control.
Meanwhile, Jadhav brought up his 5th ODI half-century and continued to hit boundaries with ease. Dhoni too brought up his 71st ODI half-century in the 48th over. Jadhav ended the over with a six and remained unbeaten an 81 and Dhoni finished the chase in the first two balls of the 49th over with two boundaries and remained unbeaten at 59.
Earlier, Australia elected to bat first after winning the toss. Australia got a big blow when their captain Aaron Finch went for a duck by Bumrah in the second over. However, Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis steadied the ship with an 87-run partnership. Khawaja top-scored with 50 off 76.
Kedar Jadhav, however, was able to break the partnership by picking up Stoinis for 37. Kuldeep then came in action. At first, he dismissed Khawaja soon after his sixth ODI fifty and then he picked up Peter Handscomb for 19 to put Australia in pressure.
Maxwell gave some threat to India but Virat Kohli’s plan to bring Shami back in the 36th over, paid off as Shami dismissed him for 40. Soon, Shami picked up Ashton Turner. However, a late 62-run partnership from Coulter-Nile (28) and Alex Carey (36*) took Australia to 236 by the end of the 50 overs.
Shami finished with impressive figures of 2-44 while Kuldeep Yadav (2-46) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-60) too picked up two wickets.
Both the teams will play their second One Day Internationals at Nagpur on Tuesday, March 5.
After the loss of the first T20I game against Australia, India tried to bounce back in their second game at Chinnaswamy stadium, but the visitors’ had the last laugh.
The stadium which is known for batsman’s ground, there India put up a huge total after they put into bat first. KL Rahul continued his formidable form and took the game where he left in the first match. He played some brilliant shots and helped India to cross fifty runs within the powerplay.
Then, it was Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s partnership which literally troubled the Australian bowlers. The duo played wonderfully and posted a decent competitive total of 190 on the board. While chasing, Australia lost two wickets very early to Sidharth Kaul and Vijay Shankar. Then Glenn Maxwell and Darcy Short came to their side’s rescue. Both added 73 runs and Maxwell eventually won the game for Australia with a stormy century.
Here are the three reasons which went wrong for India in the second T20I match:
Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant’s poor form
Shikhar Dhawan was brought back into the squad for the final T20I after Rohit Sharma failed to capitalize in the first T20I. However, the decision was not fruitful as the left-hander looked struggling from the beginning of the series.
Dhawan got dismissed for 14 off 24 balls; which is rather rare in T20s. His slow pace innings stopped the momentum of India’s scoring and left other batsmen in pressure.
Dhawan was not only in the league. Another left-hander, Rishabh Pant too couldn’t do well. Pant came into bat after Dhawan’s dismissal but failed to utilize the chance and fell for 1. Though the wicketkeeper-batsman has a prolific season in the longest format of the game, he has not done anything remarkable in ODIs and T20Is so far.
Maxwell played a wonderful inning there at Bengaluru. However, the result could’ve been different if Pant and Dhawan scored some more runs at a quicker pace for India.
Over the past few years, India’s bowling strength lies on spinner duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who are able to give crucial breakthroughs. The team is dependent on their spinner duo.
However, Yadav’s absence in the series somehow weakened India’s bowling. On the other hand, Chahal is considered one of the finest spinners around the world now but he too was unable to perform well. In the first game, it was 28/1 but the second one was too disappointing as he conceded 47 runs in his four overs spell without taking any wicket.
Maxwell has a special liking on the leg-spinner and he hit Chahal in that four-over spell. His tricks didn’t work in the match. Bowling wide of off stump or hitting the ball into the pads, Australia batsmen troubled India bowlers’ a lot.
Along with him, Krunal Pandya too had a forgettable series. The left-arm spinner ended up conceding 33 runs and failed to take any wickets in his four-over spell. Not only the spinners but also Jaspreet Bumrah; who was not able to pick a single wicket. Except for Vijay Shankar; who scalped 2 wickets.
However, this incident is not regular in Indian side so they won’t be thinking too much on this and they will surely aim to bounce back in the five-match ODI series.
Unable to stop Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell, the hero of the first match, was simply outstanding at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday in the second T20I between India and Australia. He scored an unbeaten 113 with the strike rate of 205.45 and literally punished the Indian bowlers by hitting seven boundaries and 9 sixes all around the park.
There was hardly any delivery where he didn’t take any run. He beat the thinking of all the bowlers and none of the tricks did work while he was batting. Over the years, many have criticized his ability but the day his bat starts talking, you can only enjoy his game.
Though the question could have arrived on India’s game plan, taking the credit away from Maxwell would be wrong as it was one of his best innings in his career so far. He is blessed with the skill and technique. He has mesmerized everyone with the scintillating knock and at the same time punished the bowlers.
However, he is one of those players who has the ability to snatch the game away from their opponents single-handedly and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the match was between India vs Glenn Maxwell where the pro stumped his authority by winning the match convincingly.
Both the team will play five-match ODI series, starting from March 2 in Hyderabad and Australia will surely try to keep their momentum on while India will try to bounce back!
Mitchell Starc was the reason of a thriller between Australia and New Zealand on this day. Thanks to him that a comfortable chase became almost impossible for the kiwis.
On February 28, 2015, Australia and New Zealand played one of the most thrilling World Cup ties at Eden Park, Auckland. Both the teams had a good start to the tournament and the tournament was moving towards the business end as the league positions and qualifying scenarios were taking shapes. New Zealand won all three of their matches since then whereas Australia after winning their first match against the old enemies had to content with shared points as their match against Bangladesh was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Michael Clarke won the toss and decided to bat. They reached 24 in the first two overs. Third over of the match from Tim Southee saw the first ball going for a six and second ball claiming the wicket of Aaron Finch. Shane Watson came and built at 50 runs partnership with David Warner. Australia reached 80 for one when Daniel Vettori and Southee stuck on back-to-back deliveries. 80 for one suddenly became 80 for three. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum brought back Trent Boult and then a procession towards the pavilion started for the mighty Australians. Boult’s swing was too much for the Australian middle order and they had no answer. They lost 8 wickets for 26 runs in this phase and quickly was at 106 for nice. Supported by the vociferous home crowd Boult’s second spell read 5-3-3-5. Brad Haddin showed some fight for Australia and added valuable 45 runs in the last wicket where his contribution was 37. His thick edge went to short third man’s hand and Australian innings was closed at 151.
New Zealand came to bat after a 10-minute break as Australian innings was over in the 33rd over. Their response was based on the extreme quick start provided by the skipper McCullum. The chase started with a run rate of 10 runs in the first few overs. McCullum blasted his way to a 21-ball 50. Mitchell Johnson was severely punished as his first 4 overs bleed 52 runs. By the end of seventh over, Kiwis were 72 for one. Almost most half of the required runs were completed and yet it was not a time for the break. Pat Cummins gave the key breakthrough to his team when he got McCullum caught by Mitchell Starc. Starc himself came back to bowl the next over and got Ross Taylor with his first ball. The teams went to break with New Zealand on 79 for three.
It was 79 for four after one ball once the match was resumed. Starc got Grant Elliot right after the break. New Zealand replicated a similar collapse and the match was again on balance. The crowd was on their toes and all the hopes were on the calm stature of Kane Williamson. Williamson got an ally in Corey Anderson and added 52 runs in the fifth wicket. Anderson played a peculiar inning. His first five runs came in 20 balls. At this point, Mitchell Johnson returned for a spell and his first three deliveries were hit for Four, Four and Six by Anderson to take himself to 19 off 23. Then again once he reached 26 of 29 he could not score in the next 12 balls he faced and on the 13th ball he was out trying to slog Glenn Maxwell.
Another 21 runs were required to score with five wickets in hand and plenty of overs to spare, a comfortable scenario for most of the matches.
Twist In The Tale From Mitchell Starc
The comfort was soon gone as Mitchell Starc’s nasty bouncer got rid of Luke Ronchi. Vettori hit one straight to mid on in the next over. With just six runs to go, Starc brought another twist. He bowled Milne and Southee on back to back deliveries and now it was anyone’s game. The hero of first innings Boult came to bat and his first job was to survive two deliveries of Starc who already had six wickets in his name and almost breathing fire. Boult managed to survive with thunderous cheer and it was all depending on Williamson. Will he try to do it himself or will he trust his partner and rotate strike to get these six runs was a million dollar question.
Cummins was the bowler and Kane did not wait. The first delivery of the 24th over was hit for a straight six and with that New Zealand won one of the most thrilling encounters between these two countries. Kane remained not out for 45. Boult was given the man of the match award for his decisive spell in the first innings but McCullum’s innings was also no less important. Australia’s wait for revenge was less than a month when they got the big prize of the World Cup Trophy by beating New Zealand in the final at MCG.
Australian pace bowler Kane Richardson has been ruled out of the squad from their on-going series against India due to injury. Andrew Tye has been named his replacement in the squad.
Richardson got a side injury while batting in the nets prior to the first T20I against India. Australian team’s physiotherapist David Beakley, however, explained Richardson’s injury and said that he wouldn’t be a part of the squad for the rest of the series.
“Kane reported some left side pain at training prior to the opening T20I in Vizag. Unfortunately, he has not recovered well enough in order to play a further part in the tour,” Beakley said. “Kane will return home to continue his rehabilitation, and we monitor his progress over the coming weeks,” he further added.
Though Richardson came to practice in nets before the second and final T20I game, struggled to bowl with the injury and after a few deliveries, he left the nets.
After a long gap, Richardson made his return in the international circuit. He has last played in T20I and ODI against England in June 2018. He was the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded Big Bash League ahead of the India tour.
However, his injury made the way for Andrew Tye in the squad; who had a good season in the Big Bash League. He took 17 wickets in 14 games for the Perth Scorchers. He was a part of the T20I squad when India toured Australia last year. His last played ODI against England in June 2018 and T20I against India in November 2018.
Meanwhile, Australia won the two-match T20I series by 2-0 and won their first T20I series against India. Both the team will lock horns for the five-match One Day International (ODI) matches; which is scheduled to start from March 2 in Hyderabad.
After the T20I series win, it will be interesting to see whether Australia could keep their winning momentum on in the ODI series or India bounce back!
After having won the first match of the two-match T20I series convincingly, Australia are all set to face India in India’s home soil.
For the second time in this year, India started a T20I series with a nail-biting loss. Earlier, India lost by 80 runs against New Zealand in the first T20I of the three-match T20I series. Though India bounced back in the second T20I, New Zealand won the series comfortably.
However, India will try to bounce back in the second T20I against Australia at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. For the second T20I match, both the teams might make some changes in their playing XI.
Let’s have a look:
Siddharth Kaul in place of Umesh Yadav
India had an overall dismal performance in the first T20I – be it batting or bowling. Apart from opener KL Rahul (50), captain Virat Kohli (24) and MS Dhoni (29*), no other batsmen were able to reach the double-digit and India managed to put up a mere total of 126 on board which is too less in this era of Twenty20s.
However, Indian bowlers tried their hearts out to restrict their opponents Australia. When 15 runs were needed in the last two overs, everyone knew that the match surely would go in Australia’s way as they were 111/5 and it’s not a hard task to score those runs in the last two overs.
But Jaspreet Bumrah changed the way of the game in the 19th over. He scalped Handscomb and Coulter-Nile in the last two balls and gave only two runs; which certainly meant that the visitors were needed 14 runs in the last over.
Umesh Yadav came in the last over but failed to control the run-flow. He made his return in the shortest format of the game after a long time. On the other hand, Siddarth Kaul has been in a good form for the last couple of years – be it IPL, India A or any other domestic matches.
He can support Bumrah pretty well with his accurate bowling which includes yorker. He has proved himself many times and he can certainly replace Umesh Yadav in the second T20I match against Australia.
Australia started their two-match T20I series with a nail-biting win against India. Their bowlers did a mindblowing job by restricting their counterpart India within a below par. India could manage to score only 126 after their allotted overs.
After having won the toss, Australia elected to field first. Their in-form bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile laid the foundation for their win by taking a three-wicket haul. Jason Behrendorff handed over the first breakthrough to his team by taking Rohit Sharma for mere 5. However, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli made a 55-run partnership but Adam Zampa was successful to break that.
Their economical spells didn’t allow Indian batsmen to settle down. Along with Coulter-Nile’s 3 for 26, Pat Cummins’ 1 for 19, Jason Behrendorff’s 1 for 16 and Adam Zampa’s 1 for 22 were equally praiseworthy.
Jhye Richardson was the only bowler who was not economical at all. He gave the highest runs (31/0) among all the bowlers without taking any wickets. For the second T20I, team management might replace him with Nathan Lyon.
As Kane Richardson has been ruled out of the series due to injury and there is no news whether his replacement Andrew Tye will be available, Lyon is the only one who can replace Jhye Richardson. Though he is considered to be a Test match player, he has played nearly 100 International matches and has more than 350 scalps in his name. Although he has played only two Twenty20 matches so far, his ample experience can trouble the host.
India are all set to take on Australia for two Twenty20 Internationals and five One Day Internationals; starting from February 24.
India had a rather successful tour to Australia later last year. They had played three T20Is, four Test matches, and three ODIs there. This time, Australia will play a limited-overs series which will comprise of two Twenty20 Internationals and five One Day Internationals.
These are the three player battles to look out for in the series.
Aaron Finch vs Jasprit Bumrah
The top-order batsman didn’t have a great outing against India in their last encounter as he has struggled big time. However, he had a rather impressive season in the Big Bash League (BBL).
Whereas Jasprit Bumrah is all set to make his comeback after the break. He was not the part of the team in their ODI series against Australia and India’s tour to New Zealand. He will be playing for the first time since November 2018.
Finch was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar four times in their series where he scored 26 runs in three One Day International matches and 55 runs in the Twenty20 Internationals. And, everyone knows what Jasprit Bumrah is capable of. Hene, Bumrah vs Finch battle early in the innings will be interesting to see.
Another interesting players battle is going to have between Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell is a well-known player of spin who loves to play big shots as well as loves to use his feet. He can turn the table single-handedly on his day.
However, Chahal has a wonderful record against this Australia all-rounder. When Australia toured to India in 2017 for a limited over series, Chahal dismissed Maxwell three times in a row. He has dismissed Maxwell three times in T20Is as well. Along with these, Chahal picked up his wicket three times in the IPL also.
Meanwhile, Maxwell has been in a good form in the Big Bash League and will try to maintain that form. On the other hand, Chahal too will try to repeat his performance against Maxwell. However, Chahal is five wickets away to reach 50 T20I wickets and if he achieves the feat, he will become the second Indian spinner to do so.
Virat Kohli vs Jhye Richardson
India captain Virat Kohli is one of the best batsmen in the world cricket right now. He has been in a red hot form for the last couple of years- be it limited overs or the longest format of the game. He helped his side to a series win at the SCG against Australia in November last year.
The Indian skipper has scored 488 runs at an average of 61.00 against Australia. However, he was rested for the T20I series against New Zealand and all set to back in the circuit from the break.
Whereas, Australia’s new-found fast bowler Jhye Richardson has been pretty impressive so far in all the three formats of the game. He picked up Virat Kohli in the last ODI series against India in their home soil. He scalped the Indian captain, Kohli in all the three games. He has so far played 16 International matches where he picked up 16 wickets.
Thus, Virat Kohli vs Jhye Richardson is going to be one of the highlighted battles of the series.
The latest injury of Mitchell Starc has ruled him out of the India tour
The left-arm fast bowler will be out from Cricket for at least two months
Australia recently faced a similar blow with Steve Smith’s prolonged injury
India will host Australia for two T20Is and five ODIs, starting later this month
Mitchell Starc’s recent 10-wicket haul against Sri Lanka was in the news as it was instrumental in Australia’s 2-0 series win. Soon after the series got over, Starc injury woes have returned. Reports suggest that he will miss the entire tour of India, with selectors set to name their ODI and T20 squad on Thursday.
Mitchell Starc under shock injury cloud for Cricket World Cup.
Australia’s tour of India will comprise two Twenty20 International and five One Day International matches. With their leading quick ruled out of the series, Australia’s clouds of worry seem to have darkened. Over two months of exile for Starc means he will miss out on other upcoming series over and beyond India’s tour alone. The left-arm fast bowler is suffering from a soft tissue injury in his upper half of the body. This places him in doubt for the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE that will follow.
The conundrum circling Steve Smith and David Warner’s return to Australian colours is now bigger than ever. As CA was scheming their return, Smith came out and spoke about his elbow injury. Last month he revealed that he’ll undergo surgery for the same. It came around as a huge blow for Australia as there’s a probability that he might miss out on playing the World Cup. Thinking of last year, at this time, we were sure to be named as the captain of the Australian side. But how the times have changed! Now, in addition to that, Mitchell Starc’s injury is a big scare for Australia ahead of the World Cup that starts on May 30.