TOUR OF AUSTRALIA

  • Couple of two-day matches not sufficient to open Australia tour, says Ganguly November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Not really impressed with the preparation that India will have going into the Test series against Australia, former captain Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said a couple of two-day practice games are just not enough. India will start the Test series against Australia on December 4 and play two practice...
  • Australia should be prepared to face aggressive India: Virat Kohli November 22, 2014

    For the first time in 22 years, the Indian team is embarking on a Test tour of Australia without greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag but unperturbed by that, star batsman and captain for the first Test Virat Kohli said they...
  • I'm living my most cherished dream, says KL Rahul November 21, 2014

    Elated after being selected in the Indian Test team for the tour of Australia, Karnataka's in-form opener KL Rahul said he is eager to play alongside captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli. The 22-year-old had an amazing domestic season that paved way for his entry into the national team for...
  • Naman Ojha puts India A in command Down Under July 7, 2014

    Brisbane: A splendid unbeaten double century from Naman Ojha put India A in a commanding position against Australia A on Day 2 of their first fourday match at the Allan Border Field here on Monday. Wicketkeeperbatsman Ojha guided his team to 475 for 9 declared with an innings of 219 not...
  • India will have a tough time touring Australia: Shane Watson April 16, 2014

    Mumbai: Australia were blanked 0-4 by India in their away tour last year, but their allrounder Shane Watson on Wednesday said that his side would be hard to beat when the same opponents tour Down Under for a four-match Test series later this year. Watson's optimism stems from the fact that...
  • Two years since Test dethroning, India on the right path August 13, 2013

    Two years ago to the day, August 13 2011, India surrendered their No 1 Test ranking to England with an inningsand42run defeat at Edgbaston. It was a defeat that left the team hurting. How many saw it coming? Edgbaston was followed by another innings defeat at The Oval, which made...
  • SL see backlash from Aussie 'wounded soldiers' December 5, 2012

    Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has warned his team to be wary of a backlash from Australia in their threeTest series after the hosts were stung by their series defeat to South Africa earlier this week. Australia's hopes of snatching the Proteas' top Test ranking ended in a crushing 309run...
  • Atherton salutes 'great competitor' Ponting November 30, 2012

    London: Former England captain Michael Atherton hailed Ricky Ponting as a "great competitor" after the Australia star announced on Thursday his intention to retire from international duty after the upcoming Test against South Africa in Perth. Ponting, who turns 38 next month, will be playing in his 168th Test, equalling Steve...
  • Aussies play down leaked secret dossier on SA November 8, 2012

    Brisbane: Australia captain Michael Clarke has played down the significance of the socalled "Protea Files" leaked in the domestic media a day ahead of the seriesopening Test against South Africa. The CourierMail newspaper reported Thursday it had obtained a twopage dossier revealing Australia's blueprint for targeting perceived weaknesses in each of...
  • Hughes in Australia 'A' team to play South Africa October 26, 2012

    Sydney: Australia will not be fielding any of their Test players in South Africa's opening tour match against Australia 'A' next month, the chief of selectors John Inverarity said on Friday. In announcing the 'A' team to face the Proteas in Sydney from November 2 to 4, Inverarity said the...
  • SA call uncapped Kleinveldt for Australia tour October 10, 2012

    Johannesburg: Uncapped allrounder Rory Kleinveldt has been called up to the South Africa squad for the threeTest series in Australia, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Wednesday. The 29yearold Kleinveldt has played two Twenty20 internationals but has yet to make a Test appearance for South Africa. Kleinveldt, who has taken 208...
  • Too much mental stress for India: Gloster March 22, 2012

    Mumbai: Former India physiotherapist John Gloster has blamed nonstop cricket for the string of poor results that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side has been dealt with in recent times. "I think that with so much cricket being played round the year, the players need to relieve mental strain more than their...
  • World champions found wanting February 5, 2012

    They say that history repeats itself, but only few had thought that it would repeat so quickly for the Indian team. It's the third occasion, when India started their campaign in Melbourne on a positive note, only to lose the fizz as the match progressed, except in the second Twenty20...
  • Dhoni blames spinners for loss February 5, 2012

    Melbourne: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday pulled up his spinners for bowling too many loose deliveries, which he said was the main reason for India's 65run thrashing by Australia in the first match of the cricket triseries here. Australia were 35 for two in 11 overs when rain stopped play...
  • India crushed in triseries opener February 5, 2012

    Melbourne: Team India capitulated to 151 all out, giving Australia a 65run win in the rain affected opening match of the Commonwealth Bank triseries in Melbourne on Sunday. Clint McKay took 420 as the visitors lost complete interest in the match after the rain break and never looked close to...
  • T20 format could crush everything: Jones February 3, 2012

    Melbourne: Twenty20 cricket is like a runaway train, which would crush everything including Test and Oneday cricket, if not controlled properly, warned former Australian cricketer Dean Jones. Jones said the kind of money which private T20 leagues are offering are too good to resist and the ICC must pay well players,...
  • Took long coming, but India have won February 3, 2012

    New Delhi: The spring was back in their stride and the Tricolour was fluttering again as Team India came out of a hiding to register their first overseas win after sixteen straight defeats dating back to the England tour last August. They beat Australia in a T20. A brimming Duncan Fletcher...
  • 'Early wickets pushed Aussies on backfoot' February 3, 2012

    Melbourne: Indian allrounder Ravindra Jadeja on Friday said early wickets and fours runouts made all the difference in his side's eightwicket win over Australia in second Twenty20 International against Australia here. "The turning point was early wickets and the runouts we managed. It kept them (Australia) on the backfoot and we...
  • Dhoni hails exceptional fielding for win February 3, 2012

    Melbourne: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was full of praise for his side's "exceptional" work on the field in the second Twenty20 International against Australia here on Friday, which helped the visitors' register their first win in the ongoing tour. An agile India on Friday effected as many as four run...
  • Warner's switch hit ignites debate February 2, 2012

    Melbourne: Explosive Australian batsman David Warner's sensational 100m switch hit for a six in the first Twenty20 International against India in Sydney has reignited debate over the legality of the shot. Former Australia Test captain Mark Taylor, who is a member of the ICC cricket committee that advises on rules, argued...
  • Dhoni blames T20 defeat on rain February 1, 2012

    Sydney: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday blamed the rain for the defeat in the first Twenty20 international against Australia, saying the wet conditions made it difficult for bowlers. India lost the first T20 by 31run and will have to win the next match on Friday to level the series. "The...
  • New format, same folly for India February 1, 2012

    For India, this tour of Australia has reached a point where writing about them can be dealt with in one phrase: "Insert previous comments here." The arrival of some fresh legs and a change of format had promised the possibility of an upswing in fortunes, but instead a sorry tale...
  • More than 60k expected in AusInd T20 match January 31, 2012

    Sydney: A turnout of more than 60,000 is expected to throng the ANZ stadium, venue for Wednesday's Twenty20 international between India and Australia here. A spokesman at New South Wales confirmed that 60,378 tickets had already been sold for the match at ANZ, which is vying to be one of the...
  • 'Dhoni still best bet for Test captaincy' January 31, 2012

    New Delhi: Sunil Gavaskar feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still the best bet for India's captaincy and wants the BCCI to wait for some time before zeroing in on the candidate who might take over from him in future. Criticised for his unimpressive captaincy and performance in Test cricket, Dhoni has...
  • Dhoni the best man to lead India: Akram January 31, 2012

    Sydney: Underfire Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni got muchneeded support from former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram who said the "hullabaloo" about his leadership is "illtimed" as speculated replacement Virender Sehwag is not qualified for the job. "The entire hullabaloo around MS Dhoni's captaincy is extremely illtimed. Captainbashing is a favourite...
  • BCCINCA hold talks after Aus debacle January 30, 2012

    Jaipur: Stung by the debacle in Australia, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) has held discussions with the National Cricket Academy (NCA) officials in order to put in place corrective measures to avoid such humiliation in future. Former India batsman Sandeep Patil, who is also the director of Cricket Operations at the...
  • We will take corrective measures: BCCI January 28, 2012

    New Delhi: An underpressure BCCI on Saturday promised "corrective measures" after the Indian cricket team was humbled 04 by Australia in the Test series but refused to comment on the future of the struggling senior players, saying that remains in the hands of selectors. India lost the fourth Test by 298...
  • Harsha Bhogle analyses India's fiasco January 28, 2012

    CNNIBN talks to Harsha Bhogle after India's disastrous show in Test series Down Under. ...
  • Every team goes through bad phase: Sehwag January 28, 2012

    Adelaide: Facing intense criticism for failing to put up even a semblance of fight in the 04 Test series loss to Australia, standin Indian skipper Virender Sehwag on Saturday tried to defend the team's performance, insisting that such debacles happen to every international side. Sehwag urged the fans and media to...
  • 'Reports of India seniors retiring baseless' January 28, 2012

    Adelaide: Miffed with reports that its senior players were contemplating retirement after failing in the Test series loss to Australia, the Indian team management on Saturday rejected the speculation as "baseless" and refused to answer queries on the matter. India were whitewashed 04 in the Test series that concluded on Saturday...