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    India tour of Australia 2018/19

    Team for three T20I match series against Australia announced.

    Virat Kohli (C), Rohit (vc), Shikhar, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish, DK, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel


    Team for Four Test match series against Australia announced

    Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Shami, Ishant, Umesh, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.


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    Dhoni dropped from T20s. At least five years late.

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    Rohit Sharma in test squad?

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    Dhoni has been dropped from the T20 team. That's a big step for the selectors


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    Dinesh Karthik is the replacement though.

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    Murali Vijay, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma and out of form players like Rahane and Rahul in the test team?

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    It’s sad to see this happen to a player like Dhoni.

    He should’ve left before when he had the chance.

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    Is Hardik Pandya dropped? That would be hero to zero.

    That's a good pace attack they have though between Shami, Bumrah and Bhuvi/Ishant.

    Having Pandya would've allowed them to play Jadeja instead of a front line spinner and have 5 bowlers in the process.

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    What is Manish Pandey doing in our T20 team?

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    Hardik SA 90 ENG 5 fer Pandya dropped. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Durden View Post
    What is Manish Pandey doing in our T20 team?
    Same thing Rohit is doing in the test team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyG View Post
    Is Hardik Pandya dropped? That would be hero to zero.

    That's a good pace attack they have though between Shami, Bumrah and Bhuvi/Ishant.

    Having Pandya would've allowed them to play Jadeja instead of a front line spinner and have 5 bowlers in the process.
    He may still not be fully fit. Has rejoined training today only.

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    Has the day came already?

    PP mods please distribute mithai.

    Dhoni is out of T20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyG View Post
    Is Hardik Pandya dropped? That would be hero to zero.

    That's a good pace attack they have though between Shami, Bumrah and Bhuvi/Ishant.

    Having Pandya would've allowed them to play Jadeja instead of a front line spinner and have 5 bowlers in the process.
    Pandya is injured. He will be back for WC.

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    Waiting to see Rahul's mandatory T20 hundred in 1st T20 and another century in the 2nd innings of last Test match.

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    Dhoni should've been asked to retire from T20Is, rather than dropping him. That would've looked good for Dhoni, rather than this embarrassment.

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    Dinesh Karthik again? Based on his Nidahas Trophy heroics? Should have included Ishan Kishan at least.

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    No Shubhman Gill yet. Disgrace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Durden View Post
    Waiting to see Rahul's mandatory T20 hundred in 1st T20 and another century in the 2nd innings of last Test match.
    Greatest tailunt after SRT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BreadPakoda View Post
    He may still not be fully fit. Has rejoined training today only.
    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    Pandya is injured. He will be back for WC.
    Ah okay. I didn't realize his injury was that serious. Has been out since the summer.

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    No Hardik, that's a bummer.

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    No Dhoni, yippee.

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    Dk , rayadu, rahane, Iyer and Mayank are disgrace.

    Reminds me of SRamesh, Akash chopra, Kanitkar, Khurasia, Sameer dighe and S S Das

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    Dhoni should've been asked to retire from T20Is, rather than dropping him. That would've looked good for Dhoni, rather than this embarrassment.
    Prasads official statement is that he has been rested


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    Well, I guess we are going to win this series as well, lol, the same players that have failed in Australia get another chance to prove themselves failures.

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    So if India beat Aussie side will they be Aussie first eleven or Aussie Z?


    #Hum apko container deingaye dharnay ke liyay

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    Anything other than series wins for India will be a massive L.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    So if India beat Aussie side will they be Aussie first eleven or Aussie Z?
    Doesn't matter who it is. I don't see India winning the test series in AUS. The series vs SA and Eng just showed that this Indian team can compete but can't win. Without Smith and Warner, this is definitely an Australian B team but I don't see Indians scoring heavily against a very good bowling attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    Dhoni should've been asked to retire from T20Is, rather than dropping him. That would've looked good for Dhoni, rather than this embarrassment.
    Kohli needs someone for advise. Now that Rohit is proving to be a decent captain, Kohli is slowly phasing Dhoni out. I believe Rohit is in Aus tests for tactical help than his back foot play.
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    Ind should destroy this poor Aussie team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    So if India beat Aussie side will they be Aussie first eleven or Aussie Z?
    Australia D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    So if India beat Aussie side will they be Aussie first eleven or Aussie Z?
    For India to win, both batting and bowling of Australia should be Z level ( Still all the prayers needed). But that is not the case. Add to that, what a selection. Inzi is God compared to our set of muppets.

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    I dunno why people are celebrating as if Dhoni has been gone forever. MSK has categorically stated that he has only been rested and they are just trying out for 2nd keeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indiafan View Post
    Prasads official statement is that he has been rested
    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    I dunno why people are celebrating as if Dhoni has been gone forever. MSK has categorically stated that he has only been rested and they are just trying out for 2nd keeper.
    That was not how it was initially put. Kohli was the only one mentioned as being rested. When reporters pressed Prasad about Dhoni's T20 career being over, he said "Not yet."

    As a Dhoni fan, I just hope he quits on his own. It's getting disgraceful how he's keeping Pant out of the T20 format. Don't mind seeing him play ODIs but he has never been good at international T20s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    Hardik SA 90 ENG 5 fer Pandya dropped. Lol
    What else of note has he done in a total of 9 test matches
    He is a failed experiment in Tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    So if India beat Aussie side will they be Aussie first eleven or Aussie Z?
    Honestly, getting the team composition right is more important than beating any side these days. There is not enough time before the WC.

    No one cares that India lost the ODI series vs SA in 2011 simply because we won the WC'11.

    Similarly no one will care we defeated South Africa 5-1 or won a random Asia cup in 2018 if we do not win the WC'19.

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    Is there no other quality fast bowling allrounder for india in domestic ?its look like h.pandya have nothing to worry about his place as he seems to be only decent option

    after ashwin retirement india have to fill huge gap for oversease tour

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    Good to see bits and pieces player like Hardik Pandya getting dropped from the test team. Now we can play a specialist batsman/bowler in place of him. Bhuvi can contribute with the bat too and obviously he is a much better bowler than Pandya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Good to see bits and pieces player like Hardik Pandya getting dropped from the test team. Now we can play a specialist batsman/bowler in place of him. Bhuvi can contribute with the bat too and obviously he is a much better bowler than Pandya.
    He is dropped not because of performance but fitness as per selectors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    He is dropped not because of performance but fitness as per selectors.
    Wouldn't have done anything in Australia anyway. Good riddance for the time being.

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    So selectors have given the 1st indication to Dhoni and reminder of his recent performances.

    I wouldn't be surprised if now if he's dropped from ODIs just before WC or before WC as well...

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    Jokes apart, this might be the greatest chance for Indians to win a test series in Australia.

    No Shami in test squad?

    T20Is will be fun with Sharma/Dhawan/VK smashing around the Aussies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhenSultansBowled View Post
    Jokes apart, this might be the greatest chance for Indians to win a test series in Australia.

    No Shami in test squad?

    T20Is will be fun with Sharma/Dhawan/VK smashing around the Aussies.
    Shami is in the test squad.

    Also we whitewashed the Australians in the T20 series by 3-0 when we toured them last time. Hardik Sobers Pandya made his debut in that series.
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    MEDIA RELEASE
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    Gillette T20I Series squad announce

    The National Selection Panel has named the T20 International Squad for the upcoming Gillette T20I Series against South Africa and India.

    Media Opportunities:
    Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis – will be available in Adelaide at the Festival Hall Tram Stop on King William Road today at 1:00pm ACDT. Please note Jeremy Arnold will be the media contact.

    Jason Behrendorff - will be available at the WACA today at 12:30pm AWST. Please note Jess Keily (0409 860 250) will be the media contact.

    Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff have been included in the 13-player squad selected for four T20I games commencing on the Gold Coast on November 17.

    Aaron Finch (c) – Melbourne Renegades
    Alex Carey (vc) – Adelaide Strikers
    Ashton Agar – Perth Scorchers
    Jason Behrendorff – Perth Scorchers
    Nathan Coulter-Nile – Perth Scorchers
    Chris Lynn – Brisbane Heat
    Glenn Maxwell – Melbourne Stars
    Ben McDermott – Hobart Hurricanes
    D`Arcy Short – Hobart Hurricanes
    Billy Stanlake – Adelaide Strikers
    Marcus Stoinis – Melbourne Stars
    Andrew Tye – Perth Scorchers
    Adam Zampa – Melbourne Stars

    Bupa Support Team Head Coach and T20I National Selector, Justin Langer, said “We welcome Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff back into the T20 squad for the upcoming matches against South Africa and India.”

    “Marcus missed our recent T20 matches in the UAE because he hadn’t resumed bowling, but now he’s back to full fitness he’ll add great depth to the squad. Marcus is such a versatile player, he’s a powerful middle order batsman and he provides us with another solid bowling option.”

    “Jason Behrendorff has also earned a spot in the squad after returning to full fitness. It was exciting to see him bow well in the JLT Cup and in the recent Prime Minister’s XI match, and it gave us more evidence of how devastating he can be with the new ball. Tactically we believe it’s important to have a good left-arm swing bowler at our disposal for the four matches.”

    Langer said the decision to leave senior players Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle and Mitch Marsh out of the squad was based on a busy summer schedule ahead.

    “We know coming off the back of the tour to the UAE, a huge summer at home, and the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner that we have to get the balance right between playing our best T20 team and preparing for the upcoming Test series.”

    “While I know all four have a desire to be playing cricket for Australia in every format, with a really tough Test series against India coming up, we believe their best preparation is to go back and get some really good cricket under their belts in the Sheffield Shield.”

    In the build up to the Gillette T20 International Series, Behrendorff, Andrew Tye and Ben McDermott have also been included in the Cricket Australia XI side which will play South Africa in a T20 tour match on November 14 at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

    McDermott will captain the CA XI team, which includes Queensland young gun Max Bryant, and experienced Victoria leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed.

    Cricket Australia XI squad:
    Ben McDermott (c) – Hobart Hurricanes
    Fawad Ahmed – Sydney Thunder
    Jason Behrendorff - Perth Scorchers
    Max Bryant - Brisbane Heat
    Ben Cutting - Brisbane Heat
    Chris Green - Sydney Thunder
    Matthew Kuhnemann – No BBL contract
    Lachlan Pfeffer - No BBL contract
    Alex Ross - Brisbane Heat
    Gurinder Sandhu – Sydney Thunder
    Kelvin Smith - No BBL contract
    Andrew Tye - Perth Scorchers

    Tour match – November 14
    CA XI v South Africa
    Allan Border Field, Brisbane
    2:00pm (Local Time)

    Gillette T20I fixture:

    Gillette T20I – November 17
    Australia v South Africa
    Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
    6:20pm (Local Time)

    Gillette T20I – November 21
    Australia v India
    The Gabba, Brisbane
    5:50pm (Local Time)

    Gillette T20I – November 23
    Australia v India
    MCG, Melbourne
    6:50pm (Local Time)

    Gillette T20I – November 25
    Australia v India
    SCG, Sydney
    6:50pm (Local Time)


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    India tour of Australia & New Zealand 2018/19

    Adelaide opens the Test summer against India on December 6 in a blockbuster Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, but a start time for the match is yet to be confirmed.

    Adelaide has hosted a day-night Test for the past three years, but Indian authorities have been reluctant to accept the concept, although that appears to have eased last week with reports they have agreed to play a day-night Test against the West Indies in October.

    Announcing the Adelaide Test dates without a confirmed start time mirrors the approach taken in 2016 ahead of the Test against South Africa, which was confirmed as a day-night match two months after the dates were confirmed.

    Sutherland said the timing of Adelaide’s Test was still being discussed. "It is our preference that we play India in a day/night Test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks," he said.

    The Perth Stadium will host its first Test match when India visit for the second Border-Gavaskar match, before the series moves back to Melbourne and Sydney for the traditional Boxing Day and New Year's games.

    Following the Tests, there will be three ODIs against India in a seven-day window, which will result in the ODI stars spending less time out of the Big Bash League, a situation that had caused clubs and spectators pain in previous seasons.

    There will be 16 days between the end of the India Tests and the start of a two-Test series against Sri Lanka, during which the three ODIs against India will be played. This also raises the possibility that Test stars could turn out for their BBL clubs in this period.

    Brisbane will host the opening Test against Sri Lanka that will be played under lights at the Gabba and across the Australia Day weekend, before the second match in Canberra.

    "We look forward to giving cricket fans in the nation's capital the opportunity to see elite cricket in action in the Test format for the first time," said Sutherland.

    India Men's tour of Australia schedule:

    First T20: Gabba, November 21
    Second T20: MCG, November 23
    Third T20: SCG, November 25
    First Test: Adelaide Oval, December 6-10
    Second Test: Perth Stadium, December 14-18
    Third Test: MCG, December 26-30
    Fourth Test: SCG, January 3-7
    First ODI: SCG, January 12
    Second ODI: Adelaide Oval, January 15
    Third ODI: MCG, January 18

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/2018...ets/2018-04-30

    India tour of New Zealand 2019 Schedule:

    1st ODI: January 23, Napier
    2nd ODI: January 26, Mount Maunganui
    3rd ODI: January 28, Mount Maunganui
    4th ODI: January 31, Hamilton
    5th ODI: February 3, Wellington
    1st T20: February 6, Wellington
    2nd T20: February 8, Auckland
    3rd T20: February 10, Hamilton

    https://www.thequint.com/sports/cric...w-zealand-2019

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    ‘Won’t take anything for granted’ – Virat Kohli

    The Australians might be missing Steve Smith and David Warner, but that doesn’t make them any less formidable, feels Virat Kohli, the India captain.

    Smith and Warner are serving ball-tampering bans, and will not be a part of the Indian tour. In their absence, Australia have struggled in white-ball cricket, winning just four of 11 Twenty20 Internationals and losing the rest, and losing all but one of eight one-day internationals.

    The situation is not ideal for Australia, as Kohli pointed out, but he suggested that the Australians remain as strong as ever and cannot be taken lightly.

    “There’s no denying the quality they have in their side. They still have world-class cricketers. Obviously missing out on two of their best batsmen is not ideal for any team, but even then they have guys, especially in the limited-overs game, who can do damage at any given point of time,” said Kohli on the eve of the first T20I.

    “You can never underestimate any side. We’ve come here to compete against Australia, the whole team, and we will definitely not take anything for granted.”

    Aaron Finch, the Australian captain, said in his media interaction that there were very few chinks in the Indian armoury.

    When asked about his thoughts, Kohli said, “We definitely have a very strong side. I don’t think there’s any side in world cricket that doesn’t have any weaknesses or (don’t have) points that they need to keep working on. We as a side keep striving forward to figure out what we need to work on and take our quality of cricket up.

    “If we are playing at our best possible level, then try and maintain it for as long as possible. That’s why our level of cricket has gone up. And we have been able to maintain it because when we step on to the field, we are 11 individuals who are striving for excellence and be the best on that particular day. That’s when the performances come together and it looks lovely as a team.”

    Kohli is very much the leader of the batting order, across formats, while the bowling has also started to look very strong. In Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, there are two top-notch wrist-spinners, and a solid fast-bowling attack is led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, two of the best white-ball pacers in the world.

    “You think about giving the others a go at the start of a series, but then again you feel that the first few games are important, and then if the other side wins a game or two, you still go and bank on Bhuvi and Bumrah,” said Kohli, explaining how opportunities for the other pacers might be rare.

    “The reason why they are so good is that they are thinking bowlers, they understand the situation and they have a gut feel of what a batsman is looking to do. The ability to predict what’s going to happen each ball keeps them one step ahead most of the time.

    “Sometimes they will get dominated like everyone does, but 85-90 per cent of the time, they are spot on. Any captain would love to have both of them in their bowling attack. I’ve been lucky to have both of them bowling so well.”

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/915809

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    'We are still very confident in this format' – Australia T20I captain Aaron Finch

    Aaron Finch, who will lead Australia against an in-form India in the first Twenty20 International in Brisbane on Wednesday, 21 November, said his team's focus wouldn't solely be on Virat Kohli.

    Finch and Australia's year began on a high with a tri-series win against England and New Zealand at home that included the highest successful run chase in Twenty20 International cricket. Finch made it even better by smashing 172 in a T20I against Zimbabwe in March, the highest individual score in the format.

    But as the year wore on, Australia's went south, and as things stand, the team have won only four of their past 11 T20Is and only one of their last eight one-day internationals, the last defeats in the formats coming against South Africa at home.

    Finch, however, believes that his team can turn it around. "Although we lost in the UAE to Pakistan, who are a very good T20 side, I think we played some really good cricket in Zimbabwe," Finch said. "We played some good cricket in the tri-series against very good England and New Zealand teams last (this) year. We are still very confident in this format."

    Australia will be up against India, who haven't lost a single T20I series in 2018. The Indian batsmen too are in top form, with their captain Virat Kohli a thorn in the side of most oppositions.

    However, Australia's focus will not solely be on Kohli. "You can't underestimate anyone in the Indian side," Finch cautioned. "Obviously, Virat is the best player in the world at the moment and has been for some time in the shorter formats.

    "But they have got dangerous guys – you have got guys who have made double hundreds in one-day cricket. They have played so much T20 cricket and are so experienced that if you take them for granted, they will hurt you badly. There has been a little bit of focus around Virat but none more than Rohit (Sharma) or Shikhar (Dhawan) or KL (Rahul) or any of these guys who can be as damaging as anyone on their day."

    Australia begin their multi-format series in Brisbane. While pace and bounce are expected, will spinners too come into play?

    Definitely, according to Finch. "They will definitely be in the calculations. We are going to have a chat with JL (Justin Langer) about the make-up of the side but I'd imagine [they will].

    "With the size of the ground and how well our spinners have bowled in the past – while the haven't been huge wicket-takers, the way Zamps (Adam Zampa) bowled against a very good South African side was excellent. I think Ashton Agar, although he hasn't had many chances, hasn't stopped training the house down. So we have got a couple of good options, which is a good position to be in."

    The team's form aside, Finch's own run with the bat has been patchy of late, and that 172 remains the only highlight of the year – he has scores of 7, 1, 3, 0, and 1 in his last five T20I outings.

    "I don't think I was batting badly in the one-day series [against South Africa]," Finch said. "I think I played a poor shot in the last game, chopped on in Adelaide and should have reviewed one in Perth. That kind of stuff happens when you are going through a tough patch, but I hope it won't last long."

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/915808

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    Cricket Australia XI squad named for India tour match

    Cricket Australia has today announced the 12-player Cricket Australia XI squad to take on India, in a four-day tour match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

    The match, which will be played from November 28 to December 1, will see some of Australia’s emerging players get the chance to take on the world’s number-one ranked Test team ahead of the four-match Domain Test Series between Australia and India.

    Western Australia’s Sam Whiteman will lead the side, which features Australian limited-overs representative D’Arcy Short.

    Cricket Australia XI squad

    Sam Whiteman (C) - Western Australia
    Max Bryant - Queensland
    Jake Carder - Western Australia
    Jackson Coleman - Victoria
    Harry Conway - New South Wales
    Daniel Fallins - New South Wales
    David Grant - South Australia
    Aaron Hardie - Western Australia
    Jonathan Merlo - Victoria
    Harry Nielsen - South Australia
    D’Arcy Short - Western Australia
    Param Uppal - New South Wales

    Coach: Graeme Hick
    Assistant Coach: Sriram Sridharan

    The team has been selected by the Youth Selection Panel, which is led by National Selector and National Talent Manager Greg Chappell, in consultation with State and Territory Talent Managers.

    Bupa Support Team batting coach Graeme Hick will coach the team, with spin consultant Sriram Sridharan as his assistant.

    South Australia’s Harry Nielsen will take wicket-keeping duties, with four members of Australia’s ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup campaign - Victoria’s Jonathan Merlo, New South Wales’ Param Uppal, Queensland’s Max Bryant and Western Australia’s Aaron Hardie - also included in the squad.

    “This is an excellent opportunity for these talented players to test themselves against India, the number one Test team in the world," Chappell said.

    “It’s a versatile squad, with a number of players capable of contributing with bat and ball. D’Arcy Short and Param Uppal both offer valuable spin bowling, alongside their batting, with Aaron Hardie and Jonathan Merlo both capable middle-order batsmen who offer a seam-bowling option.

    “Many of the players in this squad have previously played in a Cricket Australia XI during their career, and eight have played Sheffield Shield cricket.

    “We know this is a chance for our emerging players to display their skills against a world-class opponent, and we look forward to seeing what they can do against India.”

    The team is subject to players earning state selection for Round 5 of the JLT Sheffield Shield competition, commencing on 27 November.


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    Uncapped pair named in Aussie Test squad

    MEDIA RELEASE
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    Domain Test Series Squad Announced

    Victoria’s Marcus Harris and Chris Tremain have been included in the 14-person squad named by the National Selection Panel for the first two matches of the Domain Test Series.

    Pat Cummins (New South Wales)
    Aaron Finch (Victoria)
    Peter Handscomb (Victoria)
    Marcus Harris (Victoria)
    Josh Hazlewood (VC - New South Wales)
    Travis Head (South Australia)
    Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
    Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
    Mitch Marsh (VC – Western Australia)
    Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)
    Tim Paine (C - Tasmania)
    Peter Siddle (Victoria)
    Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
    Chris Tremain (Victoria)

    National selector, Trevor Hohns, said: “The 14-person squad has been selected for the Adelaide and Perth Test matches against India. The squad features a talented group of batsmen and bowlers who have displayed good form in the Sheffield Shield competition to date."

    “We will select a final team of 12 prior to each Test, and the two remaining squad members will be released to get important match time in the Sheffield Shield. We believe all players chosen deserve their selection in the squad, and we’re confident given the opportunity all will apply themselves well against India.”

    “With another round of Sheffield Shield matches to play, players have the chance to strengthen their cases for selection before we finalise the 12 in the lead up to the first Test.”

    “We’ve been really impressed with the way Usman Khawaja has applied himself through his rehabilitation and he’s left no stone unturned in his bid to return in Adelaide. Barring any set-backs, all the signs are indicating he will be available for the first Test. We saw how well he performed against Pakistan in the UAE, and we hope he can recapture that form over the summer.”

    “Marcus Harris has forced his way into the squad after an impressive start to the Sheffield Shield campaign for Victoria, and in recent times has performed in high pressure matches, including Sheffield Shield finals. Not only has he made plenty of runs, he’s displayed the mental application we believe is required to compete at Test cricket.”

    “Peter Handscomb has been recalled after missing out on the tour to the UAE. He’s been one of Victoria’s most consistent performers with the bat through the JLT Cup and Sheffield Shield. He’s a well respected member of the dressing room, a calm head at the crease and has also played against India at Test level.”

    “Chris Tremain has also been performing consistently with the ball for Victoria. His form in the Sheffield Shield has seen him become the second highest wicket taker in the competition this season. He has also been a consistent wicket taker over the past two seasons, and thoroughly deserves his place in the squad.”

    “The National Selection Panel has been extremely impressed with the standard of performances across the Sheffield Shield to date. It has made this squad selection difficult, and we encourage players to continue their strong performances to put their names forward for selection in the future.”

    Hohns also outlined the reasons behind the omission of Matt Renshaw, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Jon Holland and Brendan Doggett.

    “The players have had the opportunity to put their best case forward for selection through the JLT Cup and Sheffield Shield, but unfortunately haven’t done enough to earn selection.”

    “As I’ve said in the past we know the quality of the players mentioned previously, and with a big summer program ahead opportunities may well present themselves for them, as well as others not included in this squad.”

    Domain Test Series:
    First Domain Test - 6 December 2018
    Australia v India
    Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
    10:30am Local Time

    Second Domain Test - 14 December 2018
    Australia v India
    Perth Stadium, Perth
    10:20am Local Time

    Third Domain Test - 26 December 2018
    Australia v India
    MCG, Melbourne
    10:30am Local Time

    Fourth Domain Test – 3 January 2019
    Australia v India
    SCG, Sydney
    10:30am Local Time
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    Hopefully Handscomb starts. He will come good if he is given a run.

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    Rishabh Pant has to change his shot selection: Sourav Ganguly

    Former India captain Sourav Ganguly isn’t impressed with Rishabh Pant‘s shot selection saying he needs to keep playing straight and avoid unorthodox strokes.

    On Wednesday, Pant and Dinesh Karthik revived India’s chase with a blistering partnership in the first T20I against Australia in Brisbane. Chasing a revised target of 174 in 17 overs, India were 105/4 when the duo got together. They had added 51 runs in quick time to keep the contest alive when Pant went for a cheeky shot but ended up being caught for 20.

    India eventually finished at 169/8 and lost by four runs.

    “Rishabh Pant could’ve won the match for India with Dinesh Karthik,” Ganguly told India TV “The way he was batting with Karthik and took the match close for India, the shot didn’t have any value.”

    He continued, ” He [Pant] is a young player and somebody needs to tell him that when he has the ability and power to hit straight, he doesn’t need to play these kind of shots. He is not in bad form. He just has to change his shot selection. It is not a difficult thing to do. I am not concerned with his form.”

    India currently trail 0-1 in the three-match series. Ganguyl has backed India to draw level in Melbourne, the venue of 2nd T20I. “India played good cricket. It was the first match of the series and you also have to consider the fact that they didn’t even play a practice match. Shikhar Dhawan batted really well. But when you chase such a big target, there’s always pressure on your batsmen. The series is wide open and India have a chance to make it 2-1. I am happy with India’s performance,” Ganguly said.

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    We have had enough of getting beaten, bashed up: Justin Langer

    Coach Justin Langer is tired of the negativity surrounding Australian cricket team since the ball-tampering scandal earlier this year. Since that fateful incident, the Australian team’s image, both on and off the field, has taken a massive beating.

    The off-field developments have had an impact on their results too but recent results have been a positive signs. On Wednesday night in Brisbane, they broke their run of four straight T20 defeats by beating favourites India by a close margin in a rain-affected affair.

    Thus, they have taken a confidence-boosting 1-0 lead in the three-match series and are gearing up for the second T20I to be played in Melbourne on Friday.

    “What did it (the win) do the team? I loved seeing the way we were brave. We talked about it. Aussies are great at getting to a point where (we say): ‘We have had enough of this. It doesn’t matter what part of our summer – we have had enough of it’,” Langer told WAtoday. “We have had enough of getting beaten, we have had enough of getting bashed up and I just loved how brave the boys were. The way they fielded, the way they batted, they were brave, they had a red-hot dip. That’s what Australians are good at, aren’t we? We get to a point – we say: ‘You know what, we have had enough of this. When are we going to turn it around?’”

    Australian batting was led by Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn and Marcus Stoinis as they fired them to 158/4 in 17 overs. In a seesaw affair, India were left to chase a revised target of 174 and thanks to some inspired bowling from legspinner Adam Zampa (2/22) and Stoinis, who defended 13 runs in the final over, the hosts secured a four-run win. Langer though doesn’t want his team to take India lightly and is expecting a tough battle throughout the tour.

    “Hopefully, they were some really good signs. The way they ran around, dived around, there were some challenging overs with the bowling but let’s not underestimate we are bowling to some great players as well. It’s going to be an arm-wrestle all summer. India are a very good team but there are some really good signs.

    Langer, who took over the as head coach after Darren Lehmann stepped down in wake of the scandal, is also unhappy with the way Australian team’s on-field attitude has been talked about. Recently, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said they have become ‘tame’.

    “If you saw Marcus Stoinis’ reaction in Adelaide (2nd ODI against South Africa which Australia won), I wouldn’t say that was tame – that was passion. It was really passionate. It means a lot to the boys. They are hurting at the moment, their confidence is down. I am not sure what people want from us,” he said. “We can’t confuse the messages – one hand, the Australian team have been too aggressive, probably stepped over the line, now we are getting called tame,” he said.

    https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/...-langer-768496

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    Don't know how India is going to handle this game, because it is freezing cold in Melbourne and raining, the temperature is 10 degree and its 1.30 in the afternoon, by the time the game gets underway the temprature is going to drop to 6 or 7 degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamba Red View Post
    Don't know how India is going to handle this game, because it is freezing cold in Melbourne and raining, the temperature is 10 degree and its 1.30 in the afternoon, by the time the game gets underway the temprature is going to drop to 6 or 7 degree.
    They will be fine, as there wont be a game today due to rain...


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    Indian money set to go down gurgler at soggy SCG

    India face the prospect of splashing out $25,000 only to see it literally washed down the drain as dark clouds gather over the SCG.

    Meteorologists are predicting Sydney will cop an astonishing two months worth of rainfall in the next 24 hours.

    It means India’s only Test warm-up, due to start on Wednesday, is all but certain to be a complete wash-out.

    Not only is the dire forecast a massive blow to India’s preparations to face Australia in the first Test in Adelaide next week, but to add insult to injury, the cricketing powerhouse may also take a cheeky hit in the back pocket as well.

    India lobbied hard to change the tour match against the Cricket Australia XI from a three-day fixture starting Thursday to a proper four-day game, beginning a day earlier.

    However, to make the late change happen, early discussions with CA centred around the BCCI footing the bill for the extra day of ground hire.

    It’s understood costs associated with putting on a match at the SCG, such as employing security and catering requirements, adds up to about $25,000 a day.

    Adding to India’s frustrations would be the fact Cricket Australia has picked a particularly underwhelming touring side to face them with the majority unknown youngsters who can’t make their Sheffield Shield sides and have played less than five first-class matches a pop.

    India might well ask, what are they paying for?

    That is loose change for the cashed-up BCCI, but they are not an outfit that takes kindly to having their preparations stuffed around.

    Back in 2011-12 India threatened to walk out on a practice game in Canberra because there was rain forecast.

    Cricket Australia XI captain Sam Whiteman is hoping his unheralded team of rookies can join forces with mother nature in “spoiling” India’s preparations.

    “It’s meant to pour down tomorrow, isn’t it? Could be a long day sitting in the sheds,” Whiteman said.

    “For us to play the world No.1 Test side is a huge opportunity.

    “It would be awesome (to give them a run for their money), that’s the aim.

    “The wicket is looking a tinge of green out there so pressure is going to be on. They’re all going to expect to pile on the runs and we’re going to try and stop them in their tracks.

    “The idea is to challenge the Indians and spoil their preparations a bit.”

    Explosive Aussie T20 opener D’Arcy Short will bat in the top three for the CA XI and Whiteman is giving his West Australian teammate licence to smash from ball one.

    Short made 257 for WA in a 50-over game this summer and will launch himself at India’s bowlers in a bid to throw them off their rhythm.

    “If you’ve got D’Arcy, he’s one of those guys who can score a hundred in a session,” Whiteman said.

    “It’s hard as a fielding side if he gets on top and there’s no reason why he can’t do that this week.”

    Whiteman made it clear the CA XI underdogs will be going hard at Indian master Virat Kohli, making him their prime target.

    “It’d be pretty cool sitting around the barbie at Christmas being able to drop that,” he said.

    “Any Indian wicket would be a prized scalp.”

    https://www.outline.com/2p3K5H

    LOL at India only one practise game that might get washed out, and that too against a team full of kids. haha

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    This is where ICC needs to come in with regulations to make things even and give all sides an even chance of winning, stipulate that the home side should provide a decent number of practice games with a very decent number of international players playing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    This is where ICC needs to come in with regulations to make things even and give all sides an even chance of winning, stipulate that the home side should provide a decent number of practice games with a very decent number of international players playing
    Even the ICC can't do anything please all the good players will in playing for their states, this is a important week for them most of the state players are competing for a place in the test series.

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    Should be a cracker of a series this one. First Test gonna be massive.

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    Aus has too good of a bowling attack for Indian batsmen (bar Kohli) to encash. I believe Aus attack is perhaps the most underrated attack currently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    Aus has too good of a bowling attack for Indian batsmen (bar Kohli) to encash. I believe Aus attack is perhaps the most underrated attack currently.
    No one underrates Aussie bowling attack. Stark, Hazelwood and Lyon make up a fearsome trio on Aussie conditions and everybody is aware of that. It's the Aussie batting that is being underrated in their conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    No one underrates Aussie bowling attack. Stark, Hazelwood and Lyon make up a fearsome trio on Aussie conditions and everybody is aware of that. It's the Aussie batting that is being underrated in their conditions.
    Do you think KL Rahul will perform well in this series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    No one underrates Aussie bowling attack. Stark, Hazelwood and Lyon make up a fearsome trio on Aussie conditions and everybody is aware of that.
    Had that been true, not many would have been giving a chance to Indian team to upstage Australia in this series.

    Australia are runaway favourites for this series as they always have been against India at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Do you think KL Rahul will perform well in this series?
    I think these conditions will suit his batting but he seems to have lost his confidence. His best chance to perform will be in Adelaide and Sydney. I think he will score 1 hundred and 1 fifty in this series. Starc and Hazelwood will zero in on the incoming deliveries to him and we will see if he learned anything after the Eng and WI series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    Had that been true, not many would have been giving a chance to Indian team to upstage Australia in this series.

    Australia are runaway favourites for this series as they always have been against India at home.
    They are favorites at home. No doubt. Kohli needs Rahane and Rahul to perform well.

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    The Virat Kohli numbers that could spell more trouble for Aussies

    Australian coach Justin Langer admits Virat Kohli's recent numbers have been ''mind-blowing'', and his only hope at the end of the summer is the Indian megastar respects his side for having a dig.

    To prove how devastating Kohli has been this calendar year, his numbers more than stack up against the seven Australian batsmen vying for six spots ahead of next Thursday's opening Test in Adelaide.

    The last time Kohli stepped out in the City of Churches for a Test, he bagged a couple of centuries.

    Cricket's biggest money-earner has amassed 1063 runs in 20 Tests since the start of the year at an average of 59.04.

    Langer could only smile when asked how on earth his side could stop Kohli this summer, especially after witnessing him tonk an unbeaten 61 to lead

    India to a six-wicket T20 win on Sunday night, which sparked wild celebrations amongst the predominantly 37,000-strong fans.

    "He's a superstar no doubt,'' Langer said.
    "What my hope is at the end of the series is he really respects the Australian cricket team.

    "The great players I played with, whether it was Steve Waugh or Allan Border or [Ricky] Ponting or [Matty] Hayden or [Glenn] McGrath or Shane

    Warne, Michael Clarke, all the great players, the ones they respected the most were the ones who made it hardest for them.

    "And that's what we have to do. We have to respect what a great player he is.

    "His numbers are mind-blowing. But if I have one hope at the end of this series, and [even though] there's a lot of talk about how we'll play our cricket - there are a lot of different views on that - but if the Indians sit there and go, 'wow, these guys have played really hard cricket against us', and they leave our shores respecting the Australian cricket team, then I think that's our best way to handle Kohli.''

    He has scored four tons, which is the same number of centuries posted by our batsmen in a combined 26 Tests.

    Usman Khawaja, Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Aaron Finch and Peter Handscomb have scraped together an extra 453 runs than Kohli. Marcus Harris is yet to play a Test match.

    What makes Kohli's numbers even more concerning is the fact he has arrived in Australia in red-hot form, including a Test century against the West Indies last month, which was followed up by three successive one-day tons.

    England did their homework on him yet the little powerhouse still proved a handful.

    The last time he was in town, Kohli smashed 692 runs in four Tests at an average of 86.5, including four centuries.

    He continued his love affair on Australian soil last Sunday with his unbeaten T20 knock.

    The nose that came from the stands was one of the best atmospheres witnessed at the historic venue in years - and sure to make India feel like the 'home' team come the Sydney Test.

    As rain soaked the Sydney Cricket Ground and forced day one of their tour match against a CA XI to be abandoned, Kohli posted a photo to his 26.5 million Instagram fans of him hitting the gym with paceman Ishant Sharma and fellow batsman Murali Vijay.

    Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are three of the best quicks in the world and will need to be just that to try and silence the 30-year-old.

    Kohli plays the game with passion and often lets his emotions spill over, even to the point he last year all but labelled banned Aussie skipper a ''cheat''. However, there is a suggestion the bearded batsman has mellowed in recent times.

    Test runs for the 2018 calendar year
    Virat Kohli - 10 Tests, 1063 runs, four centuries, average: 59.04

    Aaron Finch - 2 Tests, 181 runs, average: 45.25

    Usman Khawaja - 7 Tests, 565 runs, two centuries, average: 47.08

    Shaun Marsh - 7 Tests, 317 runs, one century, average: 24.38

    Mitch Marsh- 7 Tests, 307 runs, one century, average: 23.61

    Peter Handscomb - 1 Test, 24 runs, average: 12

    Travis Head - 2 Tests, 122 runs, average 30.50

    Australian top six total - 1516 runs, combined average 31.58

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    Mitchell Marsh out to change perceptions about himself

    Having returned to form in the Sheffield Shield after poor returns on the tour of the United Arab Emirates, Mitchell Marsh is hoping to change people's opinions about him.

    In the two Tests against Pakistan in the UAE recently, Marsh scored a total of 30 runs from four innings at No.4. But the right-hander has returned to form in the Sheffield Shield for Western Australia, and even scored a fantastic 151 against Queensland. The all-rounder is hoping to take his form into the Tests against India, starting 6 December at Adelaide.

    Marsh's place in the team has been questioned at times, and the all-rounder is keen to win over his critics with strong performances.

    "I'll do my best for Australian cricket and not everyone's going to agree that I'm always in the side or whatnot, but I've got a job to do for the boys," said Marsh on The Unplayable Podcast.

    "I try to do that to the best of my ability, I train hard, get around the boys as much as I can and that's all I can control. Hopefully, I can perform this year and who knows, maybe I'll change a few opinions around the country."

    Marsh did remedial work on his technique on his return to Australia, and feels timely tweaks and adjustments are a natural part of an international cricketer's development.

    "As an international cricketer you're always tweaking your technique, looking back on footage," he said.

    "I had a good couple of hits with Scotty Meuleman, my batting coach. He picked up a few things; my eyes weren't really level at the point of release, which for me is really important being so tall. It only takes for me to fall over a little bit and I tend to get hit on the pad."

    Marsh hasn't let the criticism affect his self-belief. At the same time, he is well aware that he needs to do more.

    "I don’t think I've 100 per cent cemented my spot down but I feel like from where I was 12 months ago I'm a much better cricketer and I showed that last year in the Ashes and the first couple of games in South Africa," Marsh said.

    "Then I had an injury and a very poor series in the UAE. I'm only ever one innings away from changing that and hopefully, I'll be able to start well against India if I get picked and go from there. I have to believe I'm the best all-rounder in the country because if I don't I'm a sitting duck."

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/923433

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    Had that been true, not many would have been giving a chance to Indian team to upstage Australia in this series.

    Australia are runaway favourites for this series as they always have been against India at home.
    You are forgetting that Aussies can't just bowl, they have to bat too. India's bowling isn't as good as Australia's but then Aussie batting is nowhere near India's either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagatk View Post
    You are forgetting that Aussies can't just bowl, they have to bat too. India's bowling isn't as good as Australia's but then Aussie batting is nowhere near India's either.
    That's true. But India's batting sans Kohli isn't as good as it is touted to be. SA and England trips have proved this beyond any doubt. And Australian bats will be playing at home,an added bonus.

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    Rahul fails again in warm up, others did ok, but the bowling attack isnt that great

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    That's true. But India's batting sans Kohli isn't as good as it is touted to be. SA and England trips have proved this beyond any doubt. And Australian bats will be playing at home,an added bonus.
    'Beyond any doubt' is strong statement. Conditions were overwhelmingly bowler friendly and all the batsmen struggled, including home ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    That's true. But India's batting sans Kohli isn't as good as it is touted to be. SA and England trips have proved this beyond any doubt. And Australian bats will be playing at home,an added bonus.
    I disagree, in SA yes we were outplayed in very bowler friendly conditions. In england but for The management' stupidity in not picking ChePu in the 1st test we were very even on the batting stats, where we screwed up was their lower order fighting while our couldn't match up.

    Aussies don't have a good enough batting lineup home conditions or not and add to it The austalian conditions will be much more batsmen friendly than either england or SA.

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    Injured Prithvi Shaw carried off SCG

    India have suffered a major injury blow just six days before the opening Domain Test with young gun Prithvi Shaw chaired off the field on day three of India’s sole tour match in Sydney.

    Shaw appeared to have rolled his left ankle attempting a catch on the deep mid-wicket boundary. The 19-year-old took the catch off Cricket Australia XI opener Max Bryant, but landed awkwardly with his left ankle bending 90-degrees inwards underneath him, and he tumbled to the ground and over the rope.

    The six took Bryant to his half-century, but the focus was on Shaw as he immediately grabbed his left ankle as team medical stuff from both sides rushed to the aid of the young batsman.

    He was then chaired off the field by India physiotherapist Patrick Farhart and a support staff member into the SCG's away team dressing room as the tour match resumed.

    The BCCI updated that Shaw was taken to a local hospital for scans.

    Shaw, who made a Test century on debut last month against the West Indies, struck a sublime 66 from 69 balls on day two.

    The right-hander hit 11 fours before he was bowled around his legs by CA XI leg-spinner Dan Fallins attempting a sweep shot that left him performing the splits on the pitch.

    While Shaw was certain to open the batting in Adelaide next week, India batting coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed yesterday one opening spot was up for grabs.

    KL Rahul is the incumbent by has averaged just 24.70 in 2018 with only two scores over 50 in 18 innings. Veteran Murali Vijay is in the squad and was expected to contest Rahul for an opening spot, but he could now be the bittersweet beneficiary of Shaw's injury should the youngster be ruled out of the first Test.

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/prit...hts/2018-11-30

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    It looks terrible. He's going to be out for a couple of months.

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    My interest in the game has now gone down tremendously. Was impatiently wanting to see Shaw bat.

    Lost Bhuvi and Bumrah in England and now Shaw in Australia. What a pity.

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    Prithvi Shaw ruled out of first Test against Australia


    Prithvi Shaw, the young Indian opening batsman, had to be carried off the field after hurting his ankle – later confirmed to be a lateral ligament injury – during the tour game against Cricket Australia XI.

    The incident took place when 19-year-old Shaw, who had scored a stroke-filled 69-ball 66 in the Indians’ first-innings total of 358 in the four-day game, attempted to take a catch at the boundary line during the local side’s innings.

    Max Bryant hit the ball long and Shaw got under the catch fine, but in trying to maintain his balance and keep himself inside the ropes, he went over on his ankle.

    The youngster stayed down, and had to be carried off after a bit by members of the Indian team’s medical staff.

    Visibly in pain at the time, Shaw was sent for scans to a local hospital in Sydney, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the day after – on Friday, 30 November – that Shaw wouldn’t play a part in the first Test against Australia, starting 6 December in Adelaide.

    "Shaw underwent scans this morning and the reports revealed a lateral ligament injury," said the BCCI in a statement. "Shaw will be unavailable for the First Test against Australia in Adelaide. He will undergo an intensive rehabilitation program to hasten the recovery and be available for selection at the earliest."

    Shaw injured his left ankle while fielding in the tour match Shaw injured his left ankle while fielding in the tour match
    Shaw, the captain of India’s ICC Under-19 World Cup-winning team in early 2018, has made an excellent start to his Test career, hitting 237 runs in two games, including a century in his debut hit and a half-century in his second, both against the Windies at home in October.

    The team had him down as the first-choice opener for the Test series, and are now likely to open with KL Rahul and Murali Vijay, the other openers in the side.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/924695


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    Shaw has a ligament tear, his summer is done, damn he was starting to look real good till he got out:



    "Everything else seems so superfluous." ~ Albert Einstein on the Bhagavad-Gita

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiakp1v2wMc


    Shaw was looking so good .. So crushed..


    "Everything else seems so superfluous." ~ Albert Einstein on the Bhagavad-Gita

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    Huge blow.His series is probably finished.Need to use rohit at the top now.

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    lol, Rohit at the top? Hazlewood and Starc will eat him alive while Rohit won't know what hit him. Will prefer Vijay in that case, at least he 'may' blunt the new ball a bit.

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    India may have flopped in SA and Eng where ball moves around more, but i feel their batsmen will adjust better to the bounce in Australia. With smith and warner missing they should have no excuses not to have a better chance of causing an upset like they did when Mcgrath/warne were missing in 03/04 series.


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