Australian pacer Ryan Harris has pleaded with the team management to retain him for the fourth and final cricket Test against India amid speculation that one fast bowler will be dropped to make space for off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
Former Australian captain and batsman Ricky Ponting has joined former England skipper Mike Brearley in calling for India to accept the Decision Review System (DRS), notwithstanding its existing imperfections.
The `big-four` of India`s batting department need to fire in unison to fish the team out of troubled waters if the visitors want to make a comeback in the third cricket Test against Australia, starting Friday at Perth, feels Yuvraj Singh.
If Australia could seal the series in the Perth Test, Ben Hilfenhaus should be rested for the fourth and final Test in Adelaide, said Allister de Winter, who helped the fast bowler fine-tune his bowling action.
A war of words broke out between Indian and Australian cricketers ahead of the crucial third Test here with senior players of both sides taking digs at each other after Brad Haddin started the jibes by calling India a "fragile" team.
Left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc is the only change, coming in place of injured fast bowler James Pattinson, in the 12-man Australian squad for the third Test against India in Perth, starting on January 13.
Put it to pressure of performance or the need to go about their work quietly, the Indian team management has apparently asked the authorities at the SCG here to keep fans at bay during their intensive net session this afternoon.
Usually dependable, Gautam Gambhir is now bringing deep creases into the forehead of his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his consistent failures of the past two years, and the current tour could be a make-or-break one for the opening batsman.
Australia brought Ryan Harris into their squad for the second Test against India on Friday, adding a fourth pace option a day after bowling their way to victory in the opening match against the tourists.
Uncertain to play in the ongoing Test series against India, injured Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is not quite sure where he would fit in the team after coming back considering the impressive debut by Ed Cowan in the opening slot.