Injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke, nursing a hamstring injury, has hinted at the possibility of both him and Steven Smith featuring together in the World Cup despite having similar roles in the team.
New Zealand star sensation Kane Williamson's success with the bat has been monumental and most of it all it has elevated the 24-year-old to a higher level in modern day cricket. Williamson scored 97 in the fifth ODI match against Sri Lanka to help New Zealand pocket the game and the series.
Their World Cup preparations derailed by successive losses, India would look to reignite the spark and keep themselves afloat in the ODI cricket tri-series when they take on an unbeaten Australia in a must-win game here on Monday.
All-rounder Shane Watson, who is struggling with a tight hamstring, joins a long list of absentees from Australia`s top batting line-up to face England in the tri-series one-day international at Hobart on Friday.
Its three key players, including skipper George Bailey, would be missing in action but the Australian cricket team would look to seal a place in the ODI tri-series final when it clashes with a confident England, here on Friday.
Australia will miss George Bailey in the next tri-series match against England as the skipper was today handed a one-match suspension for maintaining slow over-rate during Sunday four-wicket win over India, here.
With the World Cup in the back of their minds, favourites Australia and England will lock horns in the opening match of the ODI cricket tri-series here on Friday, looking to test their squads one last time in the final lead-up to next month's mega-event.
Australia skipper Steven Smith on Saturday said that the pitches did not "break up quite as much as expected" during the four-match cricket Test series against India and it hampered the home side's chances of winning by a bigger margin.
He "hates" defeats but Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said he was not too disappointed by the Test series loss to Australia as his team put up a tough fight, displaying "intent and character" all through.
India's wayward bowlers today conceded a massive 213 runs in the post-tea session on the penultimate day of the fourth cricket Test against Australia, leaving their team with a daunting task of saving the match on a tricky last day track tomorrow.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann said he is disappointed with the fielding efforts put by his team in the last two matches after skipper Steve Smith on Thursday dropped two crucial catches to let India off the hook on the third day of the final cricket Test here.
The success against India this summer has been outstanding from a team and individual point of view, said Australian skipper Steve Smith, who became only the second batsman to score four successive hundreds in a four-Test series on Wednesday.