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The Casson hand in 'self-sufficient' Patterson's rise
The former spinner has seen Patterson's development up close, and credits the batsman with having "huge self-awareness"

Kurtis Patterson picked in selectors' backflip
Australia's selectors have added him to the Test squad at the last possible moment to face Sri Lanka after the batsman's twin centuries in the Hobart tour match made his case undeniable

Kurtis Patterson and Jon Holland shine on another disappointing day for Sri Lankans
The visiting batsmen ended without a half-century between them in either innings, after Kurtis Patterson smacked his second unbeaten hundred of the match

Unstoppable Stoinis gives Stars crucial win
Australian allrounder hits an unbeaten 70 and picked up a three-for in the Melbourne derby

Johnson, Barsby power Brisbane Heat into maiden WBBL final
With five needed off the final ball, Brisbane Heat's Haidee Birkett plucked a stunner at deep square off Jess Jonassen to deny Sydney Thunder

Australia playing catch-up on spin as World Cup looms
Australia's ODI series defeat by India exposed another major flaw in the national team's approach to 50-over matches since the 2015 World Cup

Hazlewood out of Sri Lanka Tests with back injury; Richardson called up
The paceman has been diagnosed with the early stages of a stress fracture but Australia are confident he will be fit for the World Cup

Solid outing for Labuschagne as Sri Lanka's batting stutters
The legspinning allrounder contributed well with both bat and ball, even as other Test picks had middling outings

Sydney Thunder make formal protest against Gabba blackout
Lee Germon, Cricket New South Wales' chief-executive elect, held the view that Sydney Thunder should get the points, and he has sent a formal appeal in writing to Cricket Australia

Finch's repetitive Bhuvneshwar nightmare
There was only one winner in the battle between India's opening bowler and Australia's opening batsman

Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni clinch series win in tight chase
India's fourth-wicket pair added an unbeaten 121 to seal the win after Yuzvendra Chahal's 6 for 42 had reduced Australia to 230

Ferguson hopes Thunder take full points after power outage
The batsman said Sydney Thunder had dominated all through at the Gabba, so he hoped that 'at the end of it all we'll get full points out of the game'

David Warner's stance-switch 'within the laws', confirms MCC
The fact that "everyone seemed to know what was happening" makes the Sylhet captain's unusual decision legal

Warner and Smith's grassroots lessons will boost Australian cricket - Stuart Law
The newly appointed Middlesex head coach believes Australia are at too low an ebb to ignore the clamour to recall the two banned Australia cricketers in March, when their year-long bans elapse

Test picks falter as Patterson, Doran slam centuries against Sri Lankans
Dushmantha Chameera impresses, but centuries from Kurtis Patterson and Jake Doran take CA XI to 5 for 316 on first day of tour game

Finch reminds himself that 'he's still very good'
As back-to-back ODI tours of India and UAE loom, Finch is in a race against time to hit peak form ahead of the World Cup

India grapple with sixth bowling option with series on the line
Whereas Australia's bugbear has been their inability to push past the 300-run barrier twice in a row

Warner to head back home from BPL with elbow injury
An elbow injury will keep David Warner out of Sylhet Sixers' BPL campaign from January 21, according to Cricket Australia

Right-handed David Warner swats Chris Gayle for 14 off 3 balls
The Sylhet Sixers captain switched stance midway through the 19th over to smash 6, 4, 4 on the way to a half-century

Chandimal calls for collective batting lift to challenge Australia
Sri Lanka captain is hopeful of bowlers following India's template if they have runs on the board

'Never seen myself as competing with Renshaw' - Joe Burns
The tour game against Sri Lanka will be a pace-setter for the upcoming series rather than a rush to grab individual Test spots, says CA XI captain

Finch just 'needs a few breaks' to turn form around - Langer
The Australia coach praised Shaun Marsh as becoming a 'great' one-day player and said that No. 7 is the ideal spot for Glenn Maxwell

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni star as India force series into decider
After the India captain set up the 299 chase with a hundred, Dhoni and Karthik coolly finished it off with four balls to spare

'Test snub does not make a lot of sense' - Wade
The Tasmania captain and wicketkeeper was omitted from Australia's Test squad for the Sri Lanka series despite being the leading run-scorer in Sheffield Shield cricket this season

India's balance problems with series on the line
Australia put in an impressive performance at the SCG and could wrap up their first ODI series victory in two years with a win in Adelaide

PCB insists discussions are "open" for Australia to play in Pakistan
Cricket Australia has said it is not contemplating moving matches from the UAE to Pakistan, but PCB wants a recce done first

Bryant, McCullum stud Brisbane Heat's emphatic win
The opening pair added 70 in just 6.4 overs to set up a tall score and eventually their first win over Renegades in six years

New-look Australia bring back reverse swing
Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson making sizeable inroads into India's top order at the SCG will have been very welcome after the struggles of 2018

Rohit thinks Dhoni at No. 4 is 'most ideal'
Brushing aside strike rates, he felt Dhoni's 96-ball 51 was imperative to arrest a top order meltdown

Steven Smith international return date in doubt due to elbow surgery
He is expected to wear a brace for six weeks before returning to training which will rule him out of the PSL and makes it highly doubtful he would be fit for the Pakistan one-day series

Side strain rules James Pattinson out of Big Bash
The fast bowler, who has made a comeback from major back problems this season, picked up the injury against Melbourne Renegades

Richardson's four-for trumps Rohit ton
Richardson's early stifle offset Rohit's 22nd century and helped Australia build pressure in defence of 288

Unsettled Australia v settled India at start of World Cup year
The attention now shifts to the main one-day event as the two teams, in vastly different positions at the start of the final run-in to the tournament, face each other in Sydney

Siddle's miraculous comeback lands him on the doorstep of World Cup
He last played an ODI in 2010, but he could be the man Australia turn to for the death overs

Smith to miss two BPL matches to fix elbow injury
He will fly back to Sydney for a check-up but is expected to be back in Bangladesh sometime next week

Australia to begin India tour with T20I in Bengaluru
Visakhapatnam will host the second T20I, while Hyderabad, Nagpur, Ranchi, Mohali and Delhi will host the five ODIs

Langer to Renshaw: Think about now, don't worry about selection
Australia's head coach suggested the opener had previously become sidetracked by thoughts of a berth in the team before it had come to fruition

'Careless whispers' about Maxwell leave Langer fuming
In a terse press conference, Australia's head coach reiterated that Maxwell's continued omission from the Test side had nothing to do with factors outside of cricket

Mitchell Marsh illness opens ODI door for Ashton Turner
The Western Australia and Perth Scorchers batsman has been called up to the squad for the first ODI against India at the SCG

Tye and Bancroft revive Perth Scorchers' campaign
The seamer picked up 4 for 18 to restrict Melbourne Stars to a moderate total on a fine batting pitch before the opening batsmen struck a fifty to seal the chase

Eyes on the Ashes: Australia's Test squad talking points
The future of Shaun Marsh, the quest for an allrounder, Matthew Wade's chances and the fast-bowling back-up were all areas addressed by Trevor Hohns

Will Pucovski digests whirlwind Test call-up
The 20-year old is coming to terms with a year in which he compiled a monumental double ton, stood out of the game with mental health issues, made a return with a new outlook

Selector Trevor Hohns critical of 'unprecedented' schedule
'We've been from Test cricket to T20 cricket to one-day cricket to Test cricket and we're going to one-day cricket again now, so that's been a bit of a challenge in itself'

Will Pucovski earns Australia call-up as Marshes and Handscomb dropped
Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw have also been recalled amid a significant batting shake-up following the series defeat against India

Defeated Australia measure the wages of impatience
The whole of the Australian game was in a hurry to try and find answers in a year of disarray and it left them no match for India's class

Kohli's 2019 Ashes advice for Australia: 'Dukes ball buries egos'
India's captain said Australia could compete in England if their batsmen were patient against the swinging ball

Ashton Agar joins Nathan Coulter-Nile in criticising 'vague' communication from selectors
After being omitted for the ODIs against India, Agar joked he "mustn't have run the drinks well enough" during the series against South Africa

Tim Paine rues lost chances in Adelaide
The Australia captain says if his team had done better in the key moments in the series opener, the 2-1 scoreline might have been reversed

India break into the "Che-Che-Che"
The celebratory jig aside, Cheteshwar Pujara came away from the series having finally earned the unquestioned confidence of the leaders of the side

Kohli's India script historic series win in Australia
Thin drizzle rendered play impossible on the final day as India secured first-ever Test series win in Australia

Denly's calm and Philippe's dash lift Sixers to second
The batsman capitalised on a disciplined bowling effort that restricted Adelaide Strikers to just 150 for 5

Nathan Coulter-Nile criticises 'poor communication' over ODI non-selection
The Australia fast bowler, who was omitted from the ODI squad to face India, said his back soreness should not have been enough to leave him out

Ricky Ponting slams Australia for showing 'no desperation'
Criticism comes after Nathan Lyon walks off lbw without reviewing - and Mitchell Starc seemingly offers him no guidance - with two reviews at Australia's disposal

Rain, bad light delay India's quest for 3-1 after Kuldeep five-for
Only 25.2 overs were possible on a frustrating day as India enforced the follow on after Kuldeep's five for

Chaotic selections put Australia's World Cup at risk
With the team using 26 players over 11 matches in the last three series, stability is not the first word that comes to mind for the defending champions

Smith will have 'revenge mission' on the bowlers - outgoing NSW CEO
Andrew Jones acknowledged that David Warner faces a tougher road back although hopes he will be allowed the chance at redemption

Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja ensure India's dominance
India's spinners picked up five wickets between them to keep the pressure on a brittle Australian batting line-up

We were clear about bowling tactics - Paine
Tim Paine denied a major difference of opinion with his bowlers and insisted there had been no falling-out in the camp following interviews by Nathan Lyon and bowling coach David Saker, which suggested tensions had emerged

Australia's selection policies under the microscope
CEO Kevin Roberts says an important question to ask is whether there is enough emphasis placed on performance over potential

Australia make wholesale changes, bring back Siddle and Lyon for ODIs
Australia have dramatically reshaped their one-day squad for the three-match series against India with just six players retained from those that faced South Africa earlier in the season

Pujara 193, Pant 159* grind Australia to dust
The hosts have spent 167.2 overs on the field but their batsmen still have to dig deep and show character if they are to survive in Sydney

Ponting slams Kohli boos as 'disgraceful'
The was a distinct mixed welcome when the India came to the crease on the opening day in Sydney

David Warner ready for final leg of ban as BPL stint closes in
Life's been good with the extra family time, says Australian batsman ahead of his first game as captain of the Sylhet Sixers

Labuschagne, Australia's unlikely No. 3, learns from Pujara
A surprise choice for first drop, Marnus Labuschagne spent the opening day at Sydney watching and learning from his Indian counterpart, Cheteshwar Pujara

What lies ahead for Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh in Tests?
With the return of Steven Smith and David Warner looming, and no mid-season first-class cricket in the offing, both Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh appear to be a long shot for the Ashes

Pujara 130*, Agarwal 77 as India take the day
India's No. 3 made his third century of the series, helping his team into a position of strength to perhaps take more than a share of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Australia's balancing act between present and future needs
Tim Paine will have to juggle the need to win the fourth Test against India, with getting the right balance for when Smith and Warner eventually return

Australia ponder changes as India chase history
Marnus Labuschagne and Peter Handscomb could be recalled to the team in Sydney, with Aaron Finch potentially missing out

India make Ashwin U-turn, Ishant left out
KL Rahul is set to regain his place in the line-up, meanwhile, with Hanuma Vihari dropping back down the order to No. 6

Cummins and Australia puzzle over lack of old-ball help
From picking the wrong choice of balls to pitches not being abrasive enough, Australia haven't had the best luck producing reverse swing in this series against India

MCG Boxing Day Test pitch rated 'average' by ICC
The rating eased some pressure off the ground management and staff, following last year's "poor" rating

Smriti Mandhana, Alyssa Healy named ICC ODI, T20I Players of 2018
England left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone, meanwhile, has been named the Emerging Player of the Year

Former Australia batsman Bill Watson dies aged 87
He featured in four Tests for Australia in addition to playing 41 first-class games

Aaron Finch likely to stay at top for Sydney Test
Coach Justin Langer said that Aaron Finch would be better for the experience of learning how to juggle three formats as he goes through a testing series as opener

Tim Paine's Australia in dire need of Steven Smith and David Warner's return
After the Melbourne defeat, the Australia captain bluntly admitted that the team has been unable to fill the hole left by the duo

Australia call up Marnus Labuschagne as Mitchell Marsh slumps
The allrounder is averaging 28 with the bat and 59 with the ball this season but could feature in Sydney as Australia attempt to level the series

Kerry O'Keeffe 'devastated' by Indian reaction to on-air comments
'I am coming to terms with how negatively those words have been interpreted. That interpretation is not who I am. It is not what I represent'

Bumrah finishes with nine as India retain Border-Gavaskar trophy
After rain delayed the final day in Melbourne, India needed just 27 balls to wrap up victory

Gritty Cummins makes India wait for victory
An unbeaten 61 from Australia's No. 8 left India two wickets from going 2-1 up in the series

Exhausted Pat Cummins gets belated reward
Having taken four quick wickets late on day three, the fast bowler said Australia could still 'dare to dream' on a pitch he felt was still 'pretty good' to bat on

MCG spectators evicted over racist taunts
Chants of 'show us your visa' were a regular feature of the first two days, leading to a formal warning from CA to spectators in the bottom tier of the Great Southern Stand

From Cape Town to Launceston: Cameron Bancroft's comeback
As the batsman prepares to return to professional cricket, a look back on his last nine months

Jasprit Bumrah's 6 for 33 puts India in command
Pat Cummins took four late wickets to keep Australia's fight going after India claimed a 292-run first-innings lead

Handscomb not expecting swift Sydney recall
The batsman made 70 off 35 balls in a BBL game but knows one T20 knock isn't enough to get him back into the Australian Test side

BCB changes rules to let Steven Smith play in the BPL
The former Australia captain's participation in the tournament had earlier been barred on technical grounds but not anymore

Warner reintegration unchanged by Smith, Bancroft words
The CA chief executive has spoken to David Warner in recent days the process when his ban ends in March while fellow banned players go public

Pujara, Kohli and Rohit set Australia stiff task
India declared late on day two, leaving Australia to negotiate a pitch that is beginning to show signs of wear

'Disappointing to see MCG boo Marsh' - Head
The loud booing appeared to be an expression of the Victorian crowd's disapproval that Peter Handscomb was dropped

David Warner encouraged me to tamper with ball - Cameron Bancroft
He said that he had accepted Warner's advice because he "just wanted to fit in and feel valued" in the team

Agarwal, Pujara and Kohli make Australia toil
Pat Cummins claimed Australia's two wickets in a superbly wholehearted display on a largely docile Melbourne pitch

Mitchell Marsh's bowling edges out Handscomb's chance
While Handscomb's batting technique has been widely dissected and analysed, Australia captain Tim Paine stressed that Mitchell Marsh's bowling was a significant factor in the selectors' decision

India drop both openers; Jadeja plays; Mitch Marsh recalled
All eyes are on the MCG pitch which has led to both teams making changes to the XIs for the Boxing Day Test

Will we see more sweeps from India at MCG?
Lyon has become a major threat for India, taking nine of his 16 wickets off defensive shots. Sweep could be a lower-risk option to put pressure back on him

Hurricanes' Archer and Wade too good for Maxwell's Stars
Sandeep Lamicchane continued to shine with the ball in the BBL, collecting three wickets in a losing cause

MCG pitch under scrutiny ahead of Boxing Day Test
Justin Langer hopes it will provide a genuine contest between bat and ball, but there is no guarantee it will prove much livelier than the one that was rated poor last year

Mitchell Marsh's bowling makes him an 'attractive commodity' for Boxing Day Test
Australia coach Justin Langer has hinted that the allrounder could get the nod ahead of Peter Handscomb on a slow MCG pitch

Langer firms up possibility of Smith, Warner returns for Pakistan ODIs
The Australia coach termed Steven Smith the 'Virat Kohli of the Australian team' and said they are working out the best scenario for the team as well as the banned players

Renegades leapfrog to first after Christian and Nabi seal win over Strikers
From 5 for 82, the duo struck 94 runs in just eight overs to seal Renegades' second win of the season

Don't judge MCG pitch by its grass cover - Marcus Harris
The batsman is expecting slow scoring but the opportunity for runs to be made by batsmen diligent enough to play within their lanes

Aaron Finch's finger 'felt like it was going to explode'
The opener remains unsure how comfortable fielding will be but has no concerns about his place in the Boxing Day Test

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