Amazing Steve Smith flattens India to put hosts in command
Amazing Steve Smith flattens India to put hosts in command

Captain Steve Smith cracked his third successive century with a heroic 192 as Indian bowlers put up a poor show to allow Australia post a mammoth first innings total of 530 and gain control of the third cricket Test here today.

Sri Lanka in fight to survive against in-form New Zealand
Sri Lanka in fight to survive against in-form New Zealand

Sri Lanka were fighting for survival in the first Test against New Zealand Saturday after being decimated by a lethal Blackcaps` swing attack in their first innings and forced to follow on.

Mitchell Marsh out of final India Test
Mitchell Marsh out of final India Test

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will miss next week`s final Test against India after scans confirmed problems with his injured hamstring, team officials said Saturday.

First Test: New Zealand in control as Sri Lanka follow on
First Test: New Zealand in control as Sri Lanka follow on

Strike bowler Trent Boult led a rampant New Zealand attack that wiped out Sri Lanka`s first innings and forced them to bat again on the second day of the first Test on Saturday.

Shane Watson laments untimely dismissal
Shane Watson laments untimely dismissal

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, despite posting his highest Test score in nearly a year, lamented the missed opportunity to capitalise on the good start he got and score a big century Friday.

Marathon man Steve Smith impresses once again
Marathon man Steve Smith impresses once again

At 25 years of age, captaining the Australian team and carrying the side's batting against India once again shows why Steve Smith is a sheer class act in modern day cricket. Smith scored a well made 72* and kept Aussies in the hunt of getting another big total in the third Test match against India in Melbourne on Friday.

First session tomorrow is crucial: Mohammed Shami
First session tomorrow is crucial: Mohammed Shami

Lauding his fellow bowlers for executing the plans well today, Indian pacer Mohammed Shami said the tourists would now aim to send Australia packing in the first session tomorrow in the ongoing third cricket Test here.

Veteran opener Chris Rogers buying time with Test runs
Veteran opener Chris Rogers buying time with Test runs

Late bloomer Chris Rogers says he hopes he is buying time to get enough runs to convince selectors to choose him for next year`s Ashes tour to England.

Steve Smith leads from the front to further torment India
Steve Smith leads from the front to further torment India

Steve Smith played another captain`s knock and Chris Rogers and Shane Watson hit fifties as Australia shared the opening day of the third Test with India in Melbourne on Friday.

New Zealand in complete command over Sri Lanka in first Test
New Zealand in complete command over Sri Lanka in first Test

Record-breaking Brendon McCullum was at his belligerent best as he led New Zealand to a commanding 429-7 on the first day of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch Friday.

Record making Brendon McCullum entertains once again
Record making Brendon McCullum entertains once again

If there is one player to dial for runs and big scores at the moment it is Brendon McCullum. The New Zealand skipper continued his prime form this year as he showed powerful brutality against visiting Sri Lanka on Day 1 of the first Test match in Christchurch on Friday.

Brendon McCullum surpasses 1,000 Test runs in calendar year
Brendon McCullum surpasses 1,000 Test runs in calendar year

Captain Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealand batsman to score 1,000 test runs in a calendar year as he guided the hosts to 215 for four at tea on the first day of the first test against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.

Brendon McCullum hits ton as New Zealand recover against Sri Lanka
Brendon McCullum hits ton as New Zealand recover against Sri Lanka

New Zealand were 215-4 at tea on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch Friday.

India don't believe they can win away from home: Matthew Hayden
India don't believe they can win away from home: Matthew Hayden

Not too impressed with the Indian cricket team, former Australian opener Matthew Hayden feels the tourists do not seem to believe that they can win away from home and have gone "missing" during key moments of the ongoing Test series.

Under-fire Shane Watson should continue to bat at No.3: Ricky Ponting
Under-fire Shane Watson should continue to bat at No.3: Ricky Ponting

Australian batting legend Ricky Ponting Tuesday backed under-fire Shane Watson for the No.3 position that has caused headaches for national selectors ever since the former Test captain retired.

Spinner Robin Peterson doubtful for second Test against Windies
Spinner Robin Peterson doubtful for second Test against Windies

South Africa's left-arm spinner Robin Peterson is doubtful for the Boxing Day Test against the West Indies here after picking up an injury during a fielding session Tuesday, according to media reports.

Shane Watson faces fitness test after being struck by bouncer
Shane Watson faces fitness test after being struck by bouncer

Selector Mark Waugh has said Shane Watson faces a fitness test Wednesday morning for the third Test against India, starting Friday, after the all-rounder was struck on the helmet in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) nets here Tuesday.

Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar likely to return to India's third Test team
Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar likely to return to India's third Test team

Injured Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, nursing a sore left ankle that forced his exclusion from the first two Tests against Australia, Tuesday batted without any discomfort in the nets here, raising his chances of inclusion in the Boxing Day Test team.

Axar Patel replaces injured Ravindra Jadeja in Test squad
Axar Patel replaces injured Ravindra Jadeja in Test squad

 Young left-arm spinner Axar Patel will replace an injured Ravindra Jadeja, who was on Monday ruled out due to a shoulder injury from India's remaining two cricket Tests against Australia.

It's important to intimidate: Mitchell Johnson
It's important to intimidate: Mitchell Johnson

Never the one to shy away from a showdown, either with the ball or words, Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson feels "psychological warfare" is important to intimidate the opposition on the cricket field.