With the threat of in-form off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin looming large, Australian captain Michael Clarke today summoned Shane Warne at the team's nets ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final clash against India, here on Thursday.
Drawing flak for his indifferent form in the World Cup so far, Australian skipper Michael Clarke today hit back at his critics, saying that his record in limited overs cricket is as good as anybody who has played the game.
India's batting mainstay Rohit Sharma said on Wednesday that Australian cricketers might use sledging as a weapon during their high-voltage cricket World Cup semi-final match on Thursday but hoped they wouldn't cross the line of tolerance.
Australia captain Michael Clarke expects temperamental opener David Warner to be on his best behaviour in Thursday`s World Cup semi-final against India, but Mitchell Johnson is ready to step up the sledging war.
Crediting bowlers for Indian team's remarkable turnaround after a winless show preceding the World Cup, star batsman Virat Kohli feels it is the perfect time to beat Australia in Thursday's semifinal and do justice to their performance in the showpiece event.
Former Australia pacer Stuart Clark feels the advantage India have going into Thursday's semi-final is that they have "world class" off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in their ranks with the Michael Clarke-led side lacking a quality spinner.
Former Australia opener and chief coach Geoff Marsh feels that speedster Mitchell Starc's performance will be key for the home team in their upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final clash against India at the SCG on Thursday.
Australia saw through one of the fierce fast bowling spells by Wahab Riaz to set up a cricket World Cup semifinal clash against India but the home team skipper Michael Clarke on Friday said his players will have to bat much better against the defending champions.
Australian broadcaster Channel Nine has dismissed the criticism of injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke turning commentator for the third and fourth Tests against India, terming the negativity as "petty".
Australia's injured skipper Michael Clarke will join the Channel Nine commentary team for the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne, which will also mark the return of former Test captain Bill Lawry behind the mike.
Australia dominated proceedings once again as their fitting performance at the Gabba in Brisbane, continued to haunt India. The Aussies who recorded back to back Test match victories, looked dominating on all fronts and handed India a four-wicket blow.
In sports, numbers are everything. In a high stake series like the one between Australia and India Down Under, numbers are bound to excite. But beware, not all numbers will help keep sanity, especially if one is an Indian fan.