Have really worked hard on my fitness: Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara, who has climbed to his career-best fifth in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after a fine series in South Africa, on Monday said he had worked very hard on the fitness in the last six months after his knee surgery in 2011.

Hafeez says first-ever Proteas win gave Pak confidence to beat SL in ODIs

In-form Pakistani batsman and Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has said that Pakistan`s first-ever win in South Africa raised the confidence of the team which helped them beat Sri Lanka in the ongoing five-match series.

Venkatesh Prasad backs RP Singh for New Zealand tour

Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad on friday said left-arm seamer RP Singh was back in his elements and should be considered for the tour to New Zealand.

Newlands cricket bosses nervous at impasse over India-South Africa series

Cricket bosses at the Newlands stadium in Cape Town, South Africa are reportedly nervous over the fate of the controversial, headline Indian cricket tour of South Africa set to begin from November this year.

Lorgat-Patel meeting fails to break impasse on India`s SA tour

The uncertainty over India`s proposed cricket tour of South Africa persisted and a final decision in this regard will only be taken after the BCCI`s AGM in Chennai on September 29.

Graeme Smith hails `relentless` Proteas

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has lauded team’s professional and relentless bowling performance during their 2-0 whitewash over New Zealand after winning the second Test match by an innings and 193 runs in Port Elizabeth on day four.

Ex-Kiwi captain Taylor confirms return for England series next year

Ross Taylor, who was unceremoniously stripped of captaincy by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) following the Sri Lanka series, has confirmed he will return to the team for their series against England next year after he pulled out of the upcoming South Africa series.

Gillespie backs ‘understudy’ Starc for longer stint in Australia Test team

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has backed his protégé Mitchell Starc to be selected for the second Test match against South Africa in Adelaide, and stressed on the need to give the giant left-armer a longer run in the team.

Australia allrounder Watson picks up calf strain

All-rounder Shane Watson has picked up a minor calf strain ahead of Australia`s first cricket test against South Africa, which will prevent him from bowling in the series opener starting Friday.

Lyon in high spirits ahead of Gabba Test despite modest form of late

Australia off spinner Nathan Lyon has said he is happy with his preparation for the first Test match against South Africa at The Gabba, in Brisbane, starting on November 9, despite displaying modest form in domestic competitions of late.

‘Wade’s inclusion in Oz squad gives chance to young batsmen to pressurize selectors’

Cricket Australia’s (CA) decision to opt for young Mathew Wade over veteran Brad Haddin for the first Test match against South Africa at The Gabba, in Brisbane has given a clear indication to other young batsmen in the country that they would be given due attention if they too push for a spot in the national team, according to senior cricket journalist Greg Baum.

‘Realist’ Ponting says will walk away before being dropped from Oz squad

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that he would rather walk away than allow the selectors to drop him from the Australian squad.

Dhoni wants rest before South Africa series

Indian captain M S Dhoni is likely to request the Indian cricket board that some of the players like him and Raina be given some rest.