Former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey has said that he is pretty much shocked at the Australian Test squad for the third Test against the South Africans. Earlier in the day, Cricket Australia's selection committee had announced a 12-man squad for the day-night Test match at Adelaide. The team consisted of as many as 6 changes from the previous squad.
Speaking to a local radio station on Sunday he said, "Wow! I’m in a bit of shock. I can’t believe there’s been so many changes. The selectors have really wielded the axe."
"They’ve not taken the two losses to South Africa very well and they’ve cut quite a few players and picked a whole range of new guys," he added.
The third Test is scheduled to start from the 24th of November in Adelaide.
Former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene, who was announced as the coach of the Mumbai Indians for the next season's IPL yesterday, expressed his happiness and has said that he is excited to work with his new team. During a Q&A session with the fans on Twitter, Jayawardene said that he was looking forward to the challenge.
The 39-year old also mentioned that he was happy about the opportunity to work with Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma. He went on to say that Rohit was a natural leader and also a gifted player.
The right-hander said that he was under no pressure regarding his new stint and would be looking to continue from where Ricky Ponting, previous Mumbai Indians coach, had left.
The West Indian women's cricket team defeated the Indian's team by 31 runs in the second of the three -match T20 series on Sunday and took an unassailable lead of 2-0.
Batting first, the West Indies were wrapped up for a modest total of 137 runs by the Indian bowlers. The visitors were thankful for a valiant effort by Stafanie Taylor who remained unbeaten on 47. However, the hosts couldn't do much with the bat as only three players could score more than 15 runs.
Anisa Mohammed and Deandra Dottin took three wickets as the Indians could manage to score only 106 in their chase.
Australian women's cricket team player Meg Lanning achieved a major feat on Sunday as she equalled the record for the most number of ODI centuries in women's cricket. She equalled former England cricketer Charlotte Edwards' record of nine tons in ODIs.
Lanning made a valiant 122-ball 134 as she saw her side through to the finishing line during an ODI clash against South African women's team.
At just 24 years old, Lanning averages 50.70 in the 51 ODIs that she has played so far and has nine centuries and nine half-centuries to her name with a conversion rate of 50 per cent.
The Hyderabad cricket association announced on Sunday that it was looking at the option of starting a spin academy over the next few weeks. The board president Arshad Ayub said on Sunday, "The plan is to set up a spin hub, which would also help the batsmen and build a platform for the future. The bench strength thus created would help transition from one age group to the next."
The Hindu quoted the former Indian off-spinner as saying, "We put together our resources of international level players. Besides there are some others who are qualified having behind them coaching assignments or courses they have completed. For the present, it will be overseen by the quartet of N. Shivlal Yadav, S.L. Venkatapathy Raju, M.V. Narasimha Rao ‘Bobjee’ and assisted by me."
Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Steve Rixon has said that he is not surprised by the Australian team's recent slump in form. The former assistant coach of the Aussies said, "I’m not surprised where it’s all got to. That’s something that was probably there and the cracks have started to appear."
He went on to say that swapping the players consistently would do no good to the team and has urged the board to keep faith in the current set of players. "If you keep on swapping and changing, you’ve got a lot of vulnerability in your ranks and a lot of uncertainty," he said.
Misbah-ul-Haq will miss the second Test against New Zealand at Hamilton following his father-in-law's demise on Sunday. Misbah had left for Pakistan on Sunday to be with his critically ill father-in-law, who has been admitted to intensive care. However, Misbah's wife, Uzma, who was with him in Christchurch, tweeted the news about the demise of her father.
The Pakistan team management said that Azhar Ali will be taking over the captaincy role in the absence of Misbah.
Former Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More has come in support of the Indian team's Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha following his costly drop catches lately. Saha also missed out on a stumping chance to dismiss Ben Stokes during the third day's play of the second Test. Speaking to the Sportstar, More said, "Saha is a very good wicket-keeper but he made one mistake today. He was watching the batsman Stokes and not the ball. This is why he could not complete the stumping."
He also went on to say that Saha would bounce back soon. "He is the best wicket-keeper in the country and such a useful batsman. I am sure he will come out of it. I have been through these phases myself. At this level, it’s a very mental game," he said.
Cricket Australia's selection committee are set to announce the squad for the third and final Test against South Africa on Sunday. Having already lost the series 2-0, there will be huge pressure on the selection panel to come up with the best squad in order to avoid yet another series whitewash.
The third Test will be played in Adelaide and will be a day-night match starting on the 24th of November.
The possible squad: David Warner, Matt Renshaw/Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Kurtis Patterson, Peter Handscomb, Matt Wade, Mitchell Starc, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon, Joe Mennie, Nic Maddinson
After a disappointing outing in India, New Zealand bounced back in splendid fashion to beat Pakistan convincingly by eight wickets in the first Tes at Christchurch on Sunday.
Resuming Day 3 on 129 for 7, The visitors were bundled out for 171, leaving the Kiwis with 105 runs to go 1-0 up and skipper Kane Williamson did the needful, scoring an unbeaten 61 to give his side the lead in the series.