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.
Former Australia cricket team captain Mark Taylor has said that next week's rescheduled first Test against India would allow the nation's grieving cricketers to start moving on from Phillip Hughes' shock passing.
His recent poor run notwithstanding, Australian cricket team`s stand-in skipper Ricky Ponting says he is still "worth a place" in the side but concedes that reputation alone won`t be enough to get him the selectors` nod all the time.
The Australian media on Saturday slammed the Indian cricket team for its "disgraceful lack of fight" in the 4-0 Test series whitewash by Australia and compared the gait of the visiting batting greats returning to the dressing room to "flag at half-mast".
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Saturday said there is no rush to decide on the future of the senior players despite their poor performances in the Test series against Australia in which his team was given a 0-4 thrashing.
David Warner is suffering from dizzy spells after being struck on the head by a bouncer from Indian paceman Umesh Yadav during the third Test but the Australian opener says he is "fit" to play the fourth match starting here on January 24.