Two years is a long time to spend in the international freezer, so paceman Ben Hilfenhaus is keen to stake his claim on the sun-baked pitches of the Middle East when Australia take on Pakistan in a test series next month.
Australian left-armer Mitchell Starc`s bid to stake claim to be one of the premier limited-overs bowlers in the world has been hampered by injuries in the past 12 months but the pacer feels his fitness and body is in a place where it can handle the arduous period of cricket that lies ahead.
Pace legend Courtney Walsh today said the despicable on-field spat between West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard and Australian seamer Mitchell Starc during an IPL match was not a pretty sight and called for "controlled aggression" from cricketers.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma today defended his teammate Kieron Pollard and said the ugly spat involving the West Indian and Royal Challengers Bangalore`s Mitchell Starc happened in the heat of the moment and won`t be repeated.
Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore`s Mitchell Starc have been fined for an ugly spat during the Indian Premier League match between the two teams at Wankhede Stadium here.
Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Daniel Vettori was pained to see the ugly on-field spat between RCB bowler Mitchell Starc and Mumbai Indians` batsman Kieron Pollard in an IPL game here but preferred to wait for the match referee`s verdict before apportioning blame.
The Indian Premier League clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore here today had its share of controversy owing to an ugly on-field spat between Kieron Pollard and Mitchell Starc.
Two stunning catches by Mitchell Starc gave Royal Challengers Bangalore a great chance of defending a modest total against Kings XI Punjab, and the Australian felt that dismissing destructive batsman Glenn Maxwell with his brilliant effort was very "satisfying".
Bangalore based franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, have always been a batting powerhouse since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the forthcoming edition of the cash-rich league, they will once again rely on their batting to lift their maiden IPL trophy.
Australia paceman Ryan Harris, who has played a major role in his country`s test resurgence over the last year, is to turn his hand to bringing through the next generation after being appointed an assistant coach with the `A` squad.
Australia have cut opening batsman Ed Cowan and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade from their list of 18 centrally-contracted players, but handed opener Phillip Hughes another chance to establish himself in the national set-up.
Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc led a strong Australian bowling performance and set up a comfortable six-wicket win against South Africa in the third and final Twenty20 international at SuperSport Park on Friday.