New Zealand star sensation Kane Williamson's success with the bat has been monumental and most of it all it has elevated the 24-year-old to a higher level in modern day cricket. Williamson scored 97 in the fifth ODI match against Sri Lanka to help New Zealand pocket the game and the series.
England batsman Ian Bell has been shining like a knight in the armour in the opening role for the team, and this shows a positive sign for England ahead of the ICC 2015 World Cup starting from 14th February. Bell struck a valiant 141 for England against Australia in the fourth match of the ODI tri-series in Hobart. Bell who struck 88 runs in the previous match against India, was at his best helping England getting a total in excess of 300 runs against the Aussies.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting opines that the on-field spats look "uglier" on TV than they actually are and the fine imposed on David Warner after his altercation with India's Rohit Sharma was more a result of camera footage than the "real picture".
Having been on the receiving end of Australian opener David Warner`s fiery temper, England batsman Joe Root sees logic in Kiwi great Martin Crowe`s call for a soccer-like card system to curb player misbehaviour.
Suresh Raina's all-round show in the five-match ODI series, helped India to clinch the series 3-1. After the first match was washed out due to rain, without a ball being bowled, the southpaw scored a magnificent ton in the 2nd match, to make sure that the Men in Blue put up a total of over 300 runs. He then fielded brilliantly to lift the spirit of the team and took a wicket as well. Later, for his match-wining performance, he was rewarded with the Man of the Match award.
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has said Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson are the new "fabulous four" of Test Cricket but will go through "teething problems" before shooting for the stars.
India`s recent saga of spineless performances touched a new low as they crashed to a humiliating innings and 244 runs defeat well inside three days in the fifth and final cricket Test against England, who clinched the series with a 3-1 margin, here on Sunday.