The year was expected to be a tough one for the Indian cricket team, considering they were scheduled to play most of their Test matches overseas. While their vulnerability against world class pace bowling is hidden from nobody, it is quite strange to see the Indians struggling against off-spinners.
One of the youngest ever to take over as Australia's Test captain, all-rounder Steve Smith on Monday said getting elevated to the position was an "amazing thrill" even as he promised to be an aggressive and positive leader in the ongoing Test series against India.
It has been a tumultuous week for world cricket. The sport lost a 25-year-old batsman just a few days before his birthday and a possible call-up to his nation's Test team. A double celebration was on the cards. Yet, here we are mourning the loss of a young life with emotion-sapping eulogies.
In the wake of the Phil Hughes tragedy, a man here moved the Madras High Court on Monday for restraining the Indian team from continuing its tour of Australia, saying pitches in that country are bouncy and players could face a threat to their lives.
Phillip Hughes was batting on 63. His family was present at the ground as he played another classy innings. The 25-year-old would have known that another 37 runs could get him back into the Australian squad for the upcoming four-match Test series against India.
Former Australian batsman and current national selector Mark Waugh has lashed out at Cricket Australia's decision to force an early selection of the squad for the first cricket Test against India, believing that the move was prompted by "marketing purposes".
Australia pacer Peter Siddle said Friday he expected the national selectors to judge actions rather than figures in determining the best bowling attack for the Test series against India starting Dec 4.
Back on their favoured quick and bouncy pitches, Australia`s failings against spin bowling are unlikely to figure at the World Cup and the co-hosts have an excellent opportunity to win a fifth trophy, according to former batsman Mike Hussey.
Cameron White is hoping his flexibility as a batsman might bring an end to his three-and-a-half year exile from one-day international cricket and earn him a place in the Australia squad for next year`s World Cup.
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood received his reward for some fine domestic form on Wednesday when he was included in a pace-heavy 13-man squad for the first two one-day internationals against South Africa next month.