Former Aussie pacer Glenn McGrath agrees with the common view that the absence of Indian skipper Virat Kohli for a majority of the Test matches will be a massive blow for India. At the same time, the Australian legend added that it is a golden opportunity for someone else to step up.
Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine has spoken up on his equation with Indian skipper Virat Kohli, stating that the latter is just another player for him. Kohli and Paine were involved in many verbal duels during India’s previous tour to Australia in 2018-19, which India won 2-1.
Cricket Australia (CA) has announced the full schedule for India’s upcoming tour of Australia. The tour will feature four Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is. The Test series will kick-off with India’s first-ever Pink Ball Test match in Australia, at Adelaide from December 17. The second Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be held in Melbourne from December 26, the third in Sydney Cricket Ground from January 7, and fourth at Gabba from January 15.
Former Australian cricketer-turned-commentator Dean Jones died on Thursday after suffering a heart-attack in Mumbai. He was only 59. Jones was in India as part of the IPL commentary team. According to reports, the ex-cricketer suffered a massive heart attack around noon.
Glenn Maxwell (108) and Alex Carey (106) hit brilliant tons, and featured in a 212-run stand for the sixth wicket, as Australia recovered from 73/5 to chase down 303, and win the three-match series 2-1. This was England’s first ODI series loss at home since September 2015. Aussies were the opponents back then as well.
Josh Hazlewood claimed 3/26 and took a diving catch of Jonny Bairstow to play the key role in Australia beating England by 19 runs in the first ODI at Old Trafford. Set to chase a reasonable 295, England slipped to 57 for 4, and fell short in spite of Sam Billings’ fighting maiden hundred.