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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.