Availability of Australian skipper Michael Clarke for the opening Test against India at Brisbane is still in doubt. And now a quadriceps injury of in-form batsman Steven Smith, has also forced him to withdraw his name from this week's Sheffield Shield round.
South Africa have moved to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings for the first time in five years, the Proteas climbing above Australia following their 2-0 series win in New Zealand.
Hundreds in both innings during Pakistan's win over Australia in the first Test helped former captain Younus Khan jump four places to seventh while Aussie opener David Warner moved up to a career-high fourth position in the latest ICC batting and bowling rankings released here Monday.
India`s batting sensation Virat Kohli`s decision to skip the recently concluded three-match series against Bangladesh has seen him lose the number one spot to South Africa`s A B de Villiers in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued on Friday.
Although India won`t play their next ODI before the month of June, Virat Kohli has managed to maintain his top spot among the ICC`s list of ODI batsmen while his compatriot Ravindra Jadeja is among the top-five in both bowlers` and all-rounders` list.
India lost their number one status to Sri Lanka after being defeated in the World Twenty20 final but star batsman Virat Kohli and spinner R Ashwin today attained career-high positions of second and third respectively in the latest ICC rankings issued here.
England`s T20 captain Stuart Broad wasn`t very forthcoming on answering questions about the controversial sacking of batsman Kevin Pietersen as he evaded the query giving a completely roundabout reply.