Trevor Bayliss urges ICC to go easy on player confrontations
England coach Trevor Bayliss wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to not punish players with hefty fines for on-field exchanges with opposition.
All-rounder Ben Stokes was recently reprimanded for remonstrating to the Indian cricketers after his dismissal in the third Test at Mohali.
"I think at times the ICC are almost looking for things," Bayliss said. "I agree that things have been out of hand in the past, and we don't want it to go overboard.
"But sometimes a little bit of by-play between a couple of guys on either side - who are passionate about their cricket and their team - I think it's good for the game.
"We've just got to be careful we don't completely cut that out. I think having some personalities in the game is fantastic to watch."
AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel to prove their fitness
Injured South African captain AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel will turn up for their respective franchises in the ongoing South African T20 league in order to prove their fitness ahead of the series against Sri Lanka.
The duo has been injured ever since the CPL and are suffering from an elbow and back injury respectively, but once they are fit will march into the Test squad.
Faf du Plessis was the stand-in captain in the just concluded series against Australia which the Proteas won 2-1.
Grateful for Kohli's time, tweets Haseeb Hameed
England youngster Haseeb Hameed took to social networking site Twitter on Friday to upload a picture of his conversation with Indian test captain Virat Kohli.
Hameed batted with a broken little finger on his left hand to get to an unbeaten 59 in the second innings of the third Test at Mohali and Kohli met him after the game to give him a pat on the back for his courage.
Hameed today, tweeted," This was a great moment for me as well. A really sincere and honest guy. Grateful for his time, minutes after his side had won the game."
Hameed is also scheduled to undergo a surgery on the finger today.
Ind - NZ ODI series highest rated in last 3 years
The topsy-turvy rollercoaster of a 5 match ODI series that India edged 3 - 2 in October has been adjudged as the highest-rated ODI bilateral series in the past 3 years by broadcasters Star Sports. The average impressions of over 7 million bettered the benchmark of 6 million set during the India - South Africa series. "The India-NZ ODI series setting a new record benchmark as the highest-rated bilateral ODI series in the last three years further affirms that nothing is adored like quality cricket in this country," Star Sports CEO Nitin Kukreja said. It will be interesting to see whether the record will be shattered by the ongoing India - England series.
Keaton Jennings gears up with century
England lions captain Keaton Jennings scored a fabulous unbeaten 101 on his first match after the news of his England call-up to held his side to a comfortable 8-wicket win over UAE. Jennings has had a fabulous few months, enjoying his best season ever in the county championship. With an injury to Haseeb Hameed, he is set to make his debut against India in Mumbai. "That couldn't have gone much better. It was our first game together in the field after six or seven weeks, and a really enjoyable experience for me captaining the team" he said.
Two key Sri Lankan players declare themselves fit
After having missed Sri Lanka's tour to Zimbabwe, both captain Angelo Mathews and vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal have declared themselves fit for the tour of South Africa that's scheduled to begin in mid-December. While the Lankans enjoyed a very successful tour with a 2 - 0 Test win as well as a victory in the tri-series, they will be glad to add two key players to face the in-form South African. "Yes, I have recovered from my injury completely and I am fit to tour South Africa." Mathews said when accepting the award for Sri Lankan cricketer of the year.
Virat Kohli has controlled the quicks well: Tinu Yohannan
Former India speedster Tinu Yohannan has said that Test skipper Virat Kohli has controlled the fast bowlers well and the bowlers have stuck to their plans well.
"They have stuck to their plans. They have been consistent in what they are doing. Virat (Kohli) plays a big role in it. He is controlling them well. The way he is using the bowlers and resting his spinners and getting the pacers back when the ball is reversing. The captain plays a big role in giving them enough confidence, Yohannan who is presently serving as the coach of the Kerala Ranji team.
Glenn Maxwell was never in contention for Adelaide Test: Darren Lehmann
Australian head coach Darren Lehmann has revealed that middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell was never in contention in the Test squad for the Day-Night Test against South Africa last week.
The reason being the right-hander has not made a century in the past two years and asked why one would pick someone in that case.
"Are you going to pick a bloke that hasn't made 100 for two years?"No. Because he hasn't made 100 for the last two years. You need to make 100," Lehmann said.