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Alex Carey to take over Australia captaincy for West Indies ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India
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Alex Carey to take over Australia captaincy for West Indies ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Alex Carey will captain Australia in the first one-day international against the West Indies, Cricket Australia announced Tuesday, after Aaron Finch was ruled out through injury. Finch re-aggravated a right knee injury during last week's fifth Twenty20 against the West Indies and Cricket Australia said his availability for the second and third ODIs will be assessed on a daily basis. All three matches are being played in Barbados, starting on Wednesday. Carey, 29, will become Australia's 26th ODI captain and takes the mantle in the absence of regular vice-captain Pat Cummins, who is sitting out the West Indies tour along with a host of senior players including Steve Smith and David Warner. "I am deeply honoured to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers," said Carey, who ha...
Extent of India’s reserves will be fully tested on England tour: Ian Chappell | Cricket News – Times of India
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Extent of India’s reserves will be fully tested on England tour: Ian Chappell | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has said that both India and England have enough depth in their pool of cricketers, and he also opined that Australia is lacking behind in terms of having enough cricketers who can make the transition to international cricket smoothly. Chappell said that India's depth was at the show in the series against Australia, in which an injury-ravaged side defeated the team from Down Under in their own backyard. "It has become abundantly clear during this pandemic-ravaged era that one of the prized ingredients in a cricket squad is depth. Ideally, it should be both in batting and bowling. India displayed their ample depth - particularly in quick bowling - in defeating Australia on their recent tour. In making six changes from the first to second Test...
WTC 2021-2023: India to host Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia; tour England, South Africa, Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India
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WTC 2021-2023: India to host Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia; tour England, South Africa, Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India will once again not play Pakistan in the second cycle of World Test Championship with three away tours lined up in the next two years, starting with the England series next month. As per rule, each of the nine nations in the World Test Championship calendar play against six nations of their choice and in the 2021-2023 cycle, India will play Sri Lanka instead of West Indies, whom they played in 2017 during the inaugural edition. While the August 4 start of the five-Test series against England kicks off India's WTC campaign, they will also tour South Africa between December 2021 to January 2022 and an away series against Bangladesh in November 2022. The biggest series apart from England away Tests will be the marquee four Tests against Australia at home between September and ...
Tim Paine urges Steve Smith not to rush injury return | Cricket News – Times of India
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Tim Paine urges Steve Smith not to rush injury return | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australia Test captain Tim Paine on Monday urged Steve Smith not to rush his comeback from injury to ensure he is fit for the Ashes, even it means missing the Twenty20 World Cup. Smith is a crucial cog in Australia's drive to retain the urn after their gripping 2019 series in England, where he was the standout performer on his return from a ban for ball-tampering. Despite bearing the brunt of hostile English fans, he smashed an incredible 774 runs in four Tests, at an average of 110.57, including twin centuries on his Test return at Edgbaston. But he is struggling with an elbow injury after changing his batting grip, ruling him out of Australia's current limited-overs tour of the West Indies. Smith stressed last week that Test cricket was his priority, and he was prepared to ski...
World Test Championship: Steve Smith looking forward to eight Tests in sub-continent | Cricket News – Times of India
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World Test Championship: Steve Smith looking forward to eight Tests in sub-continent | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Star Australian batsman Steve Smith is looking forward to a "physical, mental and emotional" battle when his team tours the sub-continent for eight Tests, including four against India, as part of the World Test Championship. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia's only away Tests in the inaugural WTC cycle came during the Ashes in England with tours of South Africa and Bangladesh getting cancelled in the wake of the unprecedented health crisis. In the next cycle, they are scheduled to play four games in India, two in Pakistan and two in Sri Lanka, besides 10 Tests at home. "I've had a look at the Future Tours Programme and it's pretty hectic, so there's plenty to look forward to, obviously including the Ashes and then tours to the subcontinent which, particularly in Test cr...
Steve Smith looking forward to ‘great tours’, eight Tests in sub-continent
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Steve Smith looking forward to ‘great tours’, eight Tests in sub-continent

Star Australian batsman Steve Smith is looking forward to a “physical, mental and emotional” battle when his team tours the sub-continent for eight Tests, including four against India, as part of the World Test Championship. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s only away Tests in the inaugural WTC cycle came during the Ashes in England with tours of South Africa and Bangladesh getting cancelled in the wake of the unprecedented health crisis. In the next cycle, they are scheduled to play four games in India, two in Pakistan and two in Sri Lanka, besides 10 Tests at home. “I’ve had a look at the Future Tours Programme and it’s pretty hectic, so there’s plenty to look forward to, obviously including the Ashes and then tours to the subcontinent which, particularly in Test ...
Injured Steve Smith ready to miss T20 World Cup to be fit for Ashes | Cricket News – Times of India
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Injured Steve Smith ready to miss T20 World Cup to be fit for Ashes | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Recuperating from an elbow injury, star Australia batsman Steve Smith says Test cricket remains his top priority and he is ready to skip the T20 World Cup to be in the best shape for the Ashes series against England. The 32-year-old had withdrawn from the ongoing white-ball tour of the West Indies due to the elbow injury. "There's still a bit of time between now and (the World Cup), and I'm tracking okay at the moment -- it's slow, but I'm going okay," Smith told cricket.com.au on Friday. The T20 World Cup was shifted from India due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14, while the Ashes is scheduled to begin on December 8 in Brisbane. "I'd love to be part of the World Cup, for sure. But from my point of v...
Injured Steve Smith ready to miss T20 World Cup to be fit for Ashes
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Injured Steve Smith ready to miss T20 World Cup to be fit for Ashes

Recuperating from an elbow injury, star Australia batsman Steve Smith says Test cricket remains his top priority and he is ready to skip the T20 World Cup to be in the best shape for the Ashes series against England. The 32-year-old had withdrawn from the ongoing white-ball tour of the West Indies due to the elbow injury. “There’s still a bit of time between now and (the World Cup), and I’m tracking okay at the moment – it’s slow, but I’m going okay,” Smith told cricket.com.au on Friday. The T20 World Cup was shifted from India due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14, while the Ashes is schedule to begin on December 8 in Brisbane. “I’d love to be part of the World Cup, for sure. But from my point of v...
T20 World Cup spots on offer, Australia’s Finch tells below-strength team | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup spots on offer, Australia’s Finch tells below-strength team | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch said on Friday that the absence of several frontline players was an opportunity for others to stake their T20 World Cup claims with a strong performance on the West Indies tour. Pace spearhead Pat Cummins, opener David Warner and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell are among those who have skipped the tour, while batting mainstay Steve Smith is out with an elbow injury. Uncapped fast bowler Wes Agar, the younger brother of established spinner Ashton Agar, has been included in the 18-man squad along with Ben McDermott, Dan Christian and Ashton Turner. "It's a great opportunity to almost take their spots," said Finch, whose team will play five Twenty20 and three one-day internationals against West Indies next month. "You have to go on current form...
Several Australian players have ‘realistic’ chance of missing T20 WC: Aaron Finch | Cricket News – Times of India
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Several Australian players have ‘realistic’ chance of missing T20 WC: Aaron Finch | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch on Friday said several short-format players have a "very realistic" chance of being overlooked for T20 World Cup selection after opting out of the upcoming tours of West Indies and Bangladesh. Seven cricketers -- David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams -- who recently played in the IPL have pulled out of the twin tours while Steve Smith has been rested to fully recover from an elbow complaint which flared during the BCCI's high-profile T20 tournament. Finch said the absentees are in genuine danger of missing out on the showpiece event in October-November as others stake their claims. "Yeah, very realistic (to miss out of T20 World Cup). You have to go on current form...
Australia players missing tours will find it hard to justify IPL return: Finch | Cricket News – Times of India
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Australia players missing tours will find it hard to justify IPL return: Finch | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE (Australia): Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch has said players who have withdrawn from the tours of West Indies and Bangladesh will find it hard to justify their return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) when the competition resumes its season in the UAE. IPL 2021 will be resuming in September this year and it will conclude on October 15, days before the T20 World Cup begins. For the series against West Indies and Bangladesh, the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson and Jhye Richardson decided to pull out. The likes of David Warner and Pat Cummins have been rested while Steve Smith was ruled out due to an elbow injury. "This is only my personal opinion, I think they would find it hard to justify going back and playing that second half of the IPL p...
Smith replaces Williamson as top-ranked Test batsman, Kohli rises to fourth | Cricket News – Times of India
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Smith replaces Williamson as top-ranked Test batsman, Kohli rises to fourth | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India skipper Virat Kohli climbed to the fourth spot while Australia batsman Steve Smith reclaimed the top position in the ICC Test rankings released on Wednesday. Kohli, who will lead India in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from Friday, has 814 points. The latest @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Player Rankings are here!https://t.co/oCmEz90kev— ICC (@ICC) 1623831065000Keeping Kohli company in the top 10 is flamboyant Indian wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant (747 points) and star opener Rohit Sharma (747 points), who have retained their joint sixth position. Smith, who claimed the top spot for the first time since the Boxing Day Tests last year, takes over from New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who is set to lead his team in th...
Warner, Maxwell, Cummins pull out of West Indies and Bangladesh tours | Cricket News – Times of India
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Warner, Maxwell, Cummins pull out of West Indies and Bangladesh tours | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Seven top Australian cricketers who recently played in the IPL have pulled out of the country's white-ball tour of West Indies and Bangladesh. The two tours are part of team's preparations for the T20 World Cup later this year. David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams have requested not to be considered for the tours for various reasons while Steve Smith has been rested to fully recover from an elbow complaint which flared during the IPL, Cricket Australia said in a statement. The move will leave coach Justin Langer without seven of his best players four months out from the T20 World Cup to be held in October and November. Cricket Australia on Wednesday named a 18-man squad for the twin tours. Australia play fi...
Cricket Australia should make ball-tampering investigation report public: David Saker | Cricket News – Times of India
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Cricket Australia should make ball-tampering investigation report public: David Saker | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former Australia bowling coach David Saker wants the country's cricket board to make its investigation into the 2018 ball-tampering scandal public as he feels releasing that report might end the questions surrounding the incident. The ball-tampering issue resurfaced when Cameron Bancroft recently hinted in an interview that the bowlers in the team might have been aware of the plot to use sandpaper to alter the ball's condition. Saker was the bowling coach of the side at that time and had earlier stated that even he could be held accountable for what happened. The scandal led to bans on Bancroft, then skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner. "I can't see any point why it wouldn't be released, but that's, yeah that's up to them the way they want to handle that," Saker w...
Australian cricketers exit quarantine after fleeing India | Cricket News – Times of India
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Australian cricketers exit quarantine after fleeing India | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australian cricketers who fled Covid-ravaged India when the IPL was suspended earlier this month were released from quarantine in Sydney on Monday, after spending 14 days isolating in hotel rooms. Steve Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins were among the players, coaches and officials who completed the mandatory quarantine period after returning on a charter flight from the Maldives. Warner posted videos on his Instagram account that showed him reuniting with his daughters, before adding a clip of the ocean captioned "It's great to be home". Fast bowler Jason Behrendorff told public broadcaster ABC it was "nice to have some fresh air" after leaving quarantine. "It's always tough being stuck somewhere, and knowing that we're able to get home was a relief, and now we're out of quar...
Resurfacing of ball-tampering case doesn’t help Steve Smith’s case: Mark Taylor on Australia captaincy
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Resurfacing of ball-tampering case doesn’t help Steve Smith’s case: Mark Taylor on Australia captaincy

Former Australia skipper Mark Taylor believes the 2018 ball-tampering scandal “won’t go away” ever and its recent resurfacing will affect Steve Smith’s chances of regaining the Test captaincy. Smith, who was sacked as skipper and suspended for a year for his role in the plot, has recently expressed his desire to lead Australia again. His captaincy push was also supported by current Test skipper Tim Paine. However, the episode resurfaced recently when Cameron Bancroft, who was banned for nine months for his role, stated that whether the Australian bowlers knew of the plan to use a sandpaper on the ball during the Cape Town Test against South Africa was “self-explanatory.” “It doesn’t help. No doubt about it, it doesn’t help his case, because he like I’m sure most people invo...
Not Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli! Mohammad Amir Names The Toughest Batsman To Bowl Against
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Not Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli! Mohammad Amir Names The Toughest Batsman To Bowl Against

Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who shocked the entire cricketing world by announcing sudden retirement last year, is now turning heads for making another statement on Team India captain Virat Kohli and limited overs format vice-captain Rohit Sharma.The former Pakistan speedster said that he has never had difficulty bowling to these two batsmen, who are regarded as one of the best batsmen in international cricket.  Not only this, he said that he finds it easy to bowl against Rohit. Amir believes that he can easily dismiss Rohit.READ | Absconding Murder Accused Sushil Kumar Spotted At Meerut Toll Plaza By Delhi PoliceRohit and Virat are ranked among the best batsmen of limited overs format currently.  When Aamir was asked about bowling against these two bat...
‘Whistleblower’ Fanie de Villiers rubbishes Australian bowlers’ claim of innocence
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‘Whistleblower’ Fanie de Villiers rubbishes Australian bowlers’ claim of innocence

On Tuesday, four Australia bowlers issued a statement, absolving themselves from the 2018 Cape Town ball-tampering fiasco. The rebuttal, though, came swiftly from former South Africa pacer Fanie de Villiers, who says the entire team and the coaching staff would have known about the plan. De Villiers, commentating during the game, claims to have seen first-hand what unfolded during the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in March 2018. He says he alerted the TV crew who caught Cameron Bancroft using sandpaper to rough up one side of the ball. On Tuesday, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon denied that they had any prior knowledge of the plot to use sandpaper on the ball. “We did not know a foreign substance was taken onto the fie...
Cameron Bancroft backtracks on claims, says no new information to offer in ball-tampering scandal | Cricket News – Times of India
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Cameron Bancroft backtracks on claims, says no new information to offer in ball-tampering scandal | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Cameron Bancroft has informed Cricket Australia (CA) that he has no new information about the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, backtracking on his earlier claims that the bowlers might be aware of the illegal plot during the Newlands Test, according to a report. It has now emerged that Bancroft, who is currently playing for Durham in the English County Championship, has responded to CA's integrity unit, that had reached out to him in search of new information on the infamous incident. "Bancroft, who is playing county cricket in the UK, had responded overnight on Monday in a conciliatory manner and indicated that he did not have significant new information to share with CA," the 'Sydney Morning Herald' newspaper, quoting sources familiar with the situation, reported. "Bancroft is sai...
BCCI paying for quarantine of Australian IPL players in Sydney: Cricket Australia
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BCCI paying for quarantine of Australian IPL players in Sydney: Cricket Australia

The BCCI is footing the bill for the 14-day quarantine of Australian IPL players, who have arrived from Maldives, Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley said on Tuesday. Most of the 38 members of the Australian contingent, including top players such as Pat Cummins and Steve Smith, officials and commentators, landed at the Sydney airport on Monday after a forced stop-over at Maldives. The players had to spend 10 days in Maldives due to a ban imposed by the Australian government on travellers from COVID-ravaged India till May 15. Hockley said the BCCI has kept its promise and funded the whole operation. “Yes,” Hockley told ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ when asked if BCCI was paying for the mandatory quarantine. “BCCI at the outset committed to ensuring that they got home safely...