India and New Zealand will be locking horns tomorrow in the fifth and final ODI match in Vizag. Speaking ahead of the match, Kiwi bowler Tim Southee said he is confident that the current Kiwi squad will create history by defeating the Indian cricket team tomorrow in Vizag and register their first bilateral ODI series win in India.
Speaking to the media, Southee said, "I think the guys are pretty excited to do what no other NZ side has ever done before — come over here and win a one-day series. The excitement in the group is very high."
Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden opened up about current Australian batsman Usman Khawaja and believed that he should stop complaining and start concentrating on his batting. Khawaja complained about the fact that he felt he was made a scapegoat after Australia's loss in Sri Lanka earlier this year.
"It never pays to argue the toss," Hayden said on Triple M's Rush Hour on Friday, "In sporting sides you kind of feel a bit gypped at times because you want to do better and you're driven by your own success. But it's always clearly one case, and that's let your bat do the talking.
"I do think it was a harsh call on Uzzy, he's always had those calls unfortunately," he added. "He just has to shut up and get runs -- which he's done this particular innings (in the Sheffield Shield this week) -- but keep getting runs and keep mounting his story otherwise there's going to be other players to take his spot."
Cricket Australia's new chief financial officer Todd Shand presented a report to the governing body during the board's general meeting on Thursday. The projection for this financial year dropped to a new low after Todd predicted A$68 million loss for the visits of South Africa and Pakistan.
The CA is looking at the option of splitting the next set of TV rights for BBL matches between free-to-air broadcasters and the pay TV provider Foxtel, at least partly as a way of sharing the escalating cost of television rights.
"It is something we do think about and talk about," David Peever, the chairman of CA was quoted as saying in ESPNCricinfo.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann released his new book, Coach, on the eve of the home Test series against the South Africans. Lehmann, in his book, has admitted that it was a mistake to include Shane Watson and Brad Haddin in the squad for the Ashes series last year.
Lehmann said that he had put his affection for Watson and Haddin as team men and ignored their declining performances in doing so. The Brisbane Times quoted him as saying, "I love 'em. I still love them. But if you were looking on raw, hard performances leading into that we probably shouldn't have taken them. But we did and that's a mistake that I made."
Lehmann went on to say that he would have left Haddin and Watson out of the Australian squad to England last year if he had his time again.
The Himachal Pradesh cricket team achieved a new low in the Ranji Trophy today as the Hyderabad team restricted them to mere 36 runs in the first innings of the Round 4 matches. None of the Himachal Pradesh batsmen could enter into the double figure mark as the Hyderabad made full use of the bowler friendly track in Barsapara cricket stadium in Guwahati on Friday.
Akash Bhandari was the pick of the Hyderabad bowlers as he picked up four wickets in his three overs without conceding even a single run. This is the lowest team total for Himachal Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy history. They managed to score 14 runs more than the record for the lowest team total in the history of Ranji Trophy, 22.
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday announced a 15-member women's squad for a series in New Zealand and the Asia T20 Cup in Thailand but with uncertainty still prevailing over whether India would play Pakistan in the regional event.
The Asia cup is scheduled to start from the 27th of November with Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand being the participants. Though the BCCI had already mentioned that the board wasn't ready to play against the Pakistan team, the officials from the rival nation claimed that it was holding talks with ICC to convince the Indian board.
The DNA quoted one of the source as saying, "It is a problem and the situation is not clear as yet. The PCB has spoken to the ICC about it and apparently India is being convinced to play if required against Pakistan in the Asia T20 Cup in Thailand."
Captain of the Indian Test team, Virat Kohli, took it to social media to wish the Indian armed forces a Happy Diwali. Virat sent out an emotional message through a video and thanked the armed forces for the tremendous work that they have been doing.
Joining Virat Kohli in this initiative were Indian batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. Both the cricketers did their part in sending heart y wishes to the soldiers.
The selectors of Cricket Australia announced a 12-man squad for the first Test against South Africa that is scheduled to start from 3rd November in Perth. The selectors made a surprise inclusion of 27-year old South Australian fast bowler Joe Mennie who didn't have great outing in the ODI series against Proteas.
The squad: Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joe Mennie, Peter Nevill, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith (C), Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, David Warner
Bangladesh won the toss in the second Test against England at Mirpur and opted to bat first. They made just one change to the side that lost so narowly at Chittagong, bringing in off-spinner Shuvagata Hom for paceman Shafiul Islam.
England made two changes, Off-spinner Gareth Batty and Stuart Broad were the two men dropped from the opening test and 24-year-old left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari and paceman Steven Finn were drafted in.