Australia`s chirpy opening batsman David Warner has described his team`s mental battles with opponents as banter, not sledging, and says he has no plans to curb the exchanges despite things getting lost in translation occasionally.
The speculation around the mood inside India's dressing room on Thursday became a subject of ridicule for Australian skipper Steve Smith, who said the home team does not need to sedge the tourists as they are busy "whingeing among themselves".
He stirred up a hornet's nest by talking about a dressing room unrest but Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sought to quell the speculation with a dash of humour on Thursday, saying that the imaginary stories that came out could be made into a movie by Warner brothers.
Stung by two successive defeats and hit by a dressing room unrest, India go into the must-win third cricket Test against Australia here on Thursday seeking to salvage a tour which seems to be falling apart both on and off the field.
Former India skipper, Sourav Ganguly has some encouraging words for the Indian team touring Australia and believes that they can still square the series despite losing the first two Tests matches in contrasting fashions.
Tiff between two Delhi lads Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, which made the dressing room atmosphere a bit tense during the fourth Day of second Test against Australia, seems to be over now as both the top-order batsmen were looking friendly during India's intense training session on Wednesday.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is happy with the way the hosts have played their brand of cricket till now but believes that if India have a chance of victory it will be in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne starting Friday.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik finally found some form going his way as his 20th first-class century helped hosts Tamil Nadu earn a point against Madhya Pradesh in a Ranji Trophy cricket match, here today.
Tanmay Agarwal (110) and Akshath Reddy (104) hit twin centuries to help Hyderabad score 249-1 in their second innings even as Kerela pocketed three points due to their massive first innings lead in their drawn Ranji Trophy Group C cricket match, here today.
Punjab skipper Harbhajan Singh used long handle to a good effect as his attacking half-century ensured a three-wicket win and full points for the visitors against last year's runners-up Maharashtra in a Ranji Trophy group match, here today.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq feels that Pakistan will go into next year's World Cup with a positive frame of mind despite bowling suspensions of Saeed Ajmal and Muhammad Hafeez and his own hamstring injury.