New South Wales won the Sheffield Shield title for the first time since 2007-2008 when skipper Steve Smith and his Western Australian counterpart agreed to end the rain-interrupted domestic first-class final early.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will reportedly stay on the sidelines for the second Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth after failing to participate fully in the squad`s first training session at the venue.
The Hyderabad-based franchise bought 22 players during the two-day auction, having already retained Shikhar Dhawan and Dale Steyn. Of these 22 new players, David Warner, Brendan Taylor, Moises Henriques, Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma and Darren Sammy are already established names.
Australia replaced injured batsman Shaun Marsh with Phillip Hughes on Thursday while clearing fit-again paceman Jackson Bird to join the team in South Africa for the three-test series starting on February 12.
India is lucky to have the experience of senior players such as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar and it would be a big challenge for Australia to make a comeback in the third Test, all-rounder Moises Henriques said here today.
Australian allrounder Moises Henriques was fined 10 per cent of his match fee for sporting a manufacturer`s logo on his helmet, breaching the specific requirements of the ICC`s Clothing and Equipment Regulations.
Australia`s leading pace man James Pattinson, who performed brilliantly in the first Test against India in Chennai, could be rested for the next Test in Hyderabad with team hierarchy desperate not to risk the fast bowler breaking down again.
Debutant Moises Henriques today said that Australia skipper Michael Clarke`s presence in the middle had a calming influence on him, who signalled his arrival on the big stage with a crucial half-century on the opening day of the first Test against India here.