7:15 AM ET Australia’s attack on tour in India is already depleted in the injury-enforced absence of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Under the circumstances, they certainly don’t want to risk losing Pat Cummins too in the lead-up to the World Cup. With Australia set to play back-to-back five-match ODI series in India and then
9:13 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Ashton Agar, the Australia left-arm spinner, has joined Birmingham Bears for the entirety of this season’s Vitality Blast campaign, including the knockout stages should the team progress. Agar, 25, has played 15 T20Is for Australia, and was a key member of the Perth Scorchers teams that won the Big Bash
shares KL Rahul unfurls a reverse-sweep © Getty Images Big Picture Five. That’s the number of ODIs India play between now and the start of the World Cup. Though most Indian players will be in action during the IPL, the selectors need to have firmed up their picks before that. So, when India face
7:23 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Steven Smith has returned to the nets for the first time since his elbow surgery in his bid to be fit for the World Cup. Smith posted a short video on Instagram of him having a hit wearing his New South Wales shirt. “Great to have my first hit back,”
7:03 AM ET Australia’s coach Justin Langer has brushed off Glenn Maxwell‘s suggestion he wants to bat higher up the order in the ODI team following his match-winning displays in the Twenty20 series victory over India, pointedly stating that management would “do what’s best for the team” in their penultimate assignment before the World Cup
8:10 PM ET Glenn Maxwell has stressed his desire to bat higher up the order for Australia’s ODI team in the run to this year’s World Cup in England, pointing out that coming in with 15 overs to go in a T20 innings is a world removed from the same scenario in a 50-over match.
4:05 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson has been ruled out of the India tour after failing to recover from an injury sustained at training ahead of the T20I series. Western Australia’s Andrew Tye will replace him for the ODI leg of the tour. Richardson is understood to have sustained an injury
3:00 AM ET Toss Australia opt to field v India With one eye on winning their first bilateral T20I series in India, Australia captain Aaron Finch chose to field against India at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. India captain Virat Kohli said they would’ve liked to field first as well, and expected the Bengaluru surface to
12:08 AM ET Alex Malcolm Daniel Brettig Close Assistant editor, ESPNcricinfo Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World
3:00 AM ET South Australia 257 and 2 for 132 (Weatherald 64*) trail Tasmania 467 (Wakim 160, Wade 77, McDermott 63) by 78 runs Tasmania’s debutant Charlie Wakim turned a first-up score of note into a match-shaping century before South Australia commenced the long road to a draw on day three of the Sheffield Shield
3:00 AM ET Victoria 344 & 7 for 304 (Harris 174, Short 60, Swepson 4-107) beat Queensland 441 & 7 for 202 dec (Burns 80, Renshaw 47, Holland 5-72) by three wickets A stunning 174 from Marcus Harris helped Victoria chase down 300 to beat Queensland on the final day of their Sheffield Shield clash
10:47 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Cameron Bancroft said that he, Steven Smith and David Warner have “stuck by each other” during their bans after the ball-tampering scandal in Newlands last year. Bancroft, who was handed a nine-month sanction, was the first to return to action in late December and has marked his comeback to Sheffield
shares Jasprit Bumrah jumps in celebration © Associated Press Australia won the first T20I in Vizag by the skin of their teeth. The man responsible for everyone holding their breath till the final delivery of the match was Jasprit Bumrah, who was playing his first match since the Test series in Australia in January.
shares In seven Tests last year, Sam Curran scored 404 runs at 36.72 and took 14 wickets at 25.14 © Getty Images Kuldeep Yadav, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah, Glenn Maxwell and Meg Lanning are among the winners of the ESPNcricinfo Awards for best performances in 2018. Indians dominated, winning in five out of the
7:36 PM ET Australia went from a feeling of “can’t believe we’ve stuffed this up” to utter relief during the closing stages of their win against India with Glenn Maxwell stressing the importance of holding their nerve to pinch a close win at the start of an away tour. Maxwell had been part of an
3:00 AM ET Toss Australia chose to bowl v India Aaron Finch, the Australia captain, has chosen to bowl first in the first T20I in Visakhapatnam. India captain Virat Kohli said he would have liked to bowl as well, but felt there wouldn’t be too much dew later on to complicate defending a total. With
3:00 AM ET Australia Women 7 for 247 (Perry 107*, Healy 46, Mooney 42, Kerr 3-30) beat New Zealand 152 (Devine 47, Jonassen 5-27) by 95 runs Australia maintained more than two decades of dominance in their Rose Bowl encounters with New Zealand as Ellyse Perry and Jess Jonassen led the hosts to a blistering
10:04 AM ET There aren’t any spots being warmed for players who are currently outside the team, according to Australia captain Aaron Finch. He was responding to a query on David Warner’s possible return ahead of the World Cup. Looking at the larger picture, Finch believes the limited-overs series in India and the ODIs against
3:00 AM ET Big Picture India versus Australia. Haven’t we just had this? Well, seemingly, there’s always room for more. Thoughts are turning towards the World Cup, but it’s T20 which begins the latest tussle between these two teams. The corresponding series in Australia during November was shared 1-1 so it’s all to play for.
3:00 AM ET Australia women 241 (Haynes 67, Devine 3-32) beat New Zealand women 9 for 236 (Satterthwaite 92, Jonassen 4-43) by five runs Australia clung on for a five-run victory in the opening match of the Rose Bowl series as New Zealand let slip a golden opportunity despite Amy Satterthwaite‘s 92. Jess Jonassen enjoyed
11:14 PM ET Alex Malcolm The final four rounds of the Sheffield Shield begin on Saturday and there is a lot to play for besides the title itself. Victoria lead the table but all six sides still have a chance of making the final. However, for individuals, there are four games and possibly a final,
2:56 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Alyssa Healy has had a memorable season and now she has added a world record to her list of accolades after claiming the highest catch of a cricket ball. The feat, released to mark tickets going on sale a year out from the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, took
12:01 AM ET Even as he conceded that he had no idea whether he would be reconsidered for Australia’s vice-captaincy, injured fast man Josh Hazlewood has declared that perhaps the biggest gap caused by the bans on Steven Smith and David Warner was the absence of first-hand experience and advice for the group of young
5:12 AM ET Alex Malcolm In a BBL season that has seen plenty of attention drawn towards umpiring, another decision that sparked debate occurred in the semi-final between the Melbourne Renegades and the Sydney Sixers at the Marvel Stadium. In the ninth over of the Sixers innings, square-leg umpire Gerard Abood called a no-ball against
3:54 AM ET Alex Malcolm It seems appropriate that a Big Bash League venue is sponsored by the Marvel franchise. A place where the “League of Heroes” can show off their super-human hitting ability in an indoor stadium purpose-built for fan engagement. (Full disclosure: Marvel and ESPNcricinfo are both part of the Walt Disney family.)
8:24 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Nathan Coulter-Nile will undergo tests after suffering vertigo during Perth Scorchers’ BBL match against Adelaide Strikers. Coulter-Nile showed discomfort after bowling the penultimate ball of his fourth over. He managed to deliver his final ball but was then in considerable distress as he was attended to by the physio and
shares Michael Hussey celebrates his century against South Africa in the 2005 Boxing Day Test © Getty Images Kerry Packer made a personal attempt to have the chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns rush Michael Hussey into the Australian team for the pivotal final Test of the 2005 Ashes series at The Oval in place
5:52 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Left-arm seamer Lauren Cheatle is in line for her first international appearance in nearly two years after being recalled to Australia’s one-day squad for the Rose Bowl series against New Zealand later this month. Cheatle took 14 wickets in the WBBL for Sydney Sixers and seven wickets in five matches
shares © Getty Images Fawad Ahmed, the 37-year old Victoria legspinner, has called time on his first-class career in a bid to make Australia’s World Cup squad. Fawad, who wasn’t offered a central contract by his state side, has featured in just two Shield games this season, with Victoria preferring left-arm spinner Jon Holland.
5:11 AM ET Cameron Bancroft earned Australian Cricket Awards votes from the Newlands Test against South Africa after which he was handed a nine-month ban for sandpapering the ball. Before Australia were plunged into crisis, Bancroft top scored in Australia’s first innings with 77 out of 255. It was enough to earn him three votes