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Sunday, January 20

Pakistan Have a Very Good Chance to Win 2019 World Cup: Malik

Pakistan's most experienced limited-overs player, Shoaib Malik believes his team has a "good chance" and "the ability" to win the 2019 World Cup. The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side beat South Africa by five wickets in the first ODI on Sa....

Experience of Other Coaching Roles Will Make Royals Stint Easier: Upton

Paddy Upton spoke exclusively to CricketNext about his return as the Royals head coach, importance of mental conditioning for young cricketers and the development of Virat Kohli.

PCB to Probe Pakistan's Poor Test Performances in South Africa: Ehsan Mani

"No doubt everyone is disappointed with the way our team played in the Test series in South Africa. We will do our best to find out the causes of defeat by holding an in-depth inquiry"

Friday, January 18

India vs Australia | Batting Becomes Easier With Dhoni: Jadhav

MS Dhoni might have stolen all the limelight in India's scintillating series-deciding win against Australia in Melbourne but Kedar Jadhav, who was playing his first ODI since November 2018, performed his role to perfection, scoring a calculated 57-ba....

India vs Australia | Collins: Australia Wander Lost in Spin Dominated ODI World

The contrast with the Australian spinners is clear: neither Nathan Lyon in the first two matches nor Adam Zampa in the decider claimed a wicket.

India vs Australia | No One More Committed to Indian Cricket Than Dhoni: Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli came out in defence of MS Dhoni, saying there is no one more committed to Indian cricket than the former captain.

India vs Australia, Live Cricket Score, 3rd ODI in Melbourne: Bhuvneshwar Dismisses Carey Early

Catch all the live updates of the third and final ODI between India and Australia in Melbourne on Cricketnext.com

Thursday, January 17

India vs Australia Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Third ODI in Melbourne on Live Tv & Online

Buoyant and self-assured in equal measure, India would be eyeing a maiden bilateral ODI series triumph on Australian soil after the path-breaking Test conquest when they take on the home team in the tour finale here Friday.

Watson Sends Reminder of T20 Pedigree with Thundering Ton

Shane Watson slammed his maiden ton in the Big Bash League (BBL) as he blasted his way to 100 off just 62 deliveries to take Sydney Thunder to 186 for 4 against Brisbane Heat in Brisbane on Thursday. Watson’s ton included 8 boundaries and 6 towering ....

Tuesday, January 15

India vs Australia | 'Entire Team Feels Good When Dhoni Performs' - Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli heaped heavy praised on his predecessor MS Dhoni after the wicketkeeper-batsman crafted a calculated 54-ball 55* to play a key role in India's series-levelling win against Australia in Adelaide.

India vs Australia | Collins: Marsh Continues to Plunder Freely in Coloured Clothes

Of all the criticism levelled against Shaun Marsh this summer, much of it (most of it) withering, the charge that must sting the West Australian most is that he didn’t step up. In the aftermath of the sandpaper debacle, he was nowhere. Across the sev....

Probe Process Begins as Pandya & Rahul Speak to BCCI CEO

Suspended India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul Tuesday gave their statements to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, initiating the inquiry into their much-condemned comments on women on a TV talk show. According to PTI, both players deposed via telephone after....

England Cricket Chief backs 'Hundred' Despite Kohli Concerns

English cricket's top administrator believes the world game's best players will be involved when the controversial new Hundred tournament is launched next year, despite the scepticism of India captain Virat Kohli.

'Pakistan Batsmen Need to Analyse Their Technique' - Arthur

Having been whitewashed in a three-match Test series against South Africa, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur said the beating will serve as a reality check for the team. The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side lost the final Test by 107 runs in Johannesburg on Mo....

Monday, January 14

In Numbers | Dhoni’s Dramatic Decline on Home Stretch of Storied Career

His experience in tough pressure situations, both with the bat and in the field, will undoubtedly be invaluable but India cannot afford what happened at the SCG very often.

CoA Crossfire Over Probe Leaves Hardik & Rahul in the Lurch

CricketNext has learnt that while Chairman Vinod Rai wants to appoint an ad-hoc ombudsman, as suggested by the BCCI’s legal advisors, former India women’s captain Diana Edulji is insisting that only a permanent appointee, as mandated by the new const....

Aiden Markram: A Great Start but Challenges Still Remain

Johannesburg witnessed rare scenes on the first day of the third Test against Pakistan as three South African youngsters - Aiden Markram, debutant Zubayr Hamza and Theunis de Bruyn - challenged Pakistan and overshadowed some senior veterans. Pakistan....

Ishan Kishan to Lead BP XI for England Lions' Warm-Up Games

Jharkhand's wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan will lead the 13-man Board President XI squad for two 50-over warm-up matches against England Lions, the BCCI announced on Monday (January 14).

Saturday, January 12

India vs Australia | Collins: Promotion to Four Might be Reset Waning Dhoni Needs

With choose your own adventure tales so en vogue on television right now, it was only right that MS Dhoni played an innings at the SCG that could prove, or disprove, just about any pre-existing beliefs one has about the veteran at the start of his li....

South Africa in Control After Yet Another Pakistan Batting Collapse

Having dismissed Pakistan for 185, the Proteas now enjoy a 212-run lead in the second innings and will look to extend their lead on Day 3.

India vs Australia: Rohit Differs with Kohli, Says Dhoni 'Ideal' Number Four

Differing with his skipper Virat Kohli's views, India's ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma said on Saturday that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is "ideal" for the number four slot, as the team works on getting the batting order right for the 2019 Cricket ....

Friday, January 11

Bowlers Make Merry in Topsy-turvy Opening Day Between South Africa and Pakistan

Pakistan, however, lost all the momentum as Philander dismissed in-form Shan Masood (2) and Azhar Ali (nought) in consecutive deliveries. Both batsmen fell to away-swingers, nicking to the wicketkeeper.

Before India-Australia ODI Series, Aussies Go For New Look With Retro Feel

Australia will be wearing a kit styled on one they wore back in 1986. They played India in the strip under the captaincy of Allan Border - but lost the one day series

For the Second Time in 82 Years Indian Players Sent Back for Disciplinary Reasons

Way back in 1936, the legendary Lala Amarnath was sent back from India's tour of England by the erstwhile captain Maharaja of Vizianagaram or 'Vizzy' for alleged insubordination during a first-class game.

Wednesday, January 09

ECB Director Giles Targets World Cup & Ashes Double

England's new director of cricket Ashley Giles said on Wednesday he believes a World Cup and Ashes double is possible for his side this year.

Would Love to See More Challenging Wickets for Batsmen in FC Cricket: Tendulkar

Legendary Sachin Tendulkar wants Ranji Trophy and other domestic matches to be played on "challenging tracks" which will test a batsman's ability and also raised the "standard" of competition.

Pakistan Recall Amir for South Africa ODI Series

Pakistan selectors on Wednesday recalled fast bowler Mohammad Amir in a 16-man squad for the five-match series against South Africa starting later this month.

ICC Announces USA Cricket as 105th Member

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Tuesday announced USA Cricket as its 105th member.

Tuesday, January 08

No Mathews, Perera Returns for Tests Against Australia

Another major name missing from the squad in Angelo Mathews, who suffered another hamstring injury during the recent tour.

Pant Definitely Part of India's World Cup Plans: MSK Prasad

Rishabh Pant is not a part of India's One-Day International squad for the series against Australia and later New Zealand, but chief selector MSK Prasad insisted the wicket-keeper is a part of the side's World Cup plans.

Monday, January 07

India vs Australia: Pujara's Series Numbers put him in Exalted Company

He displayed monumental patience and along with a relentless temperament resisted whatever the Australian bowling attack threw at him in the middle.

New Zealand Won’t go Easy in Third ODI against Sri Lanka, Says Colin Munro

New Zealand have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match ODI series against the visiting Sri Lanka, but that for Colin Munro is no reason take the foot off the pedal.

Ranji Takeaways: 13 Teams are Bowled Out on Day 1 as Race for Knockouts Heats Up

Coincidence or not, the bowlers had a field day on Monday. As many as 13 teams were bowled out! This includes both teams in a match being bowled out within the day's play.

Sunday, January 06

India vs Australia | Collins: Embrace Pink Ball as Contingency Plan for Bad Light

The cliché on a day like this is that our game, it is said, does itself no favours. It is repeated every time that one of the many quirks of our sport intervenes and time is lost. But that critique is sharper when to the naked eye there appears no go....

South Africa Captain Faf du Plessis Suspended for Slow Over-rate Against Pakistan

After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead against Pakistan in the three Test match series, South African skipper Faf du Plessis has been handed a one match suspension and fined 20 percent of his match fees for slow over-rate.

Plenty to be Done from Now to Next T20 World Cup: New Women’s Coach WV Raman

With Raj contentiously left out, India lost by eight wickets, the subsequent fallout resulting in the search for a new coach to replace Ramesh Powar, whose contract had run out at the end of the 20-over extravaganza.

Saturday, January 05

Ponting Questions Shaun Marsh's Spot in Test Team

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has said that he is worried for Shaun Marsh’s form, the manner of his dismissal in Sydney on Saturday morning against India leaving him concerned.

Asked Tailenders to Just Hang in There – Perera

After nearly pulling off an incredible heist for Sri Lanka in the second ODI at Mount Maunganui, Thisara Perera said he was grateful to the coaching staff for giving him greater batting responsibility by pushing him up the order to No.7.

In Numbers | Perera’s Enters ODI Record Books With Breathtaking Knock

Thisara Perera went on to smash an incredible 140 off just 74 balls, with his knock consisting of 8 fours and 13 sixes to take his side incredibly close to the target.

Friday, January 04

Pujara Likely to Get Upgraded Contract After Outstanding Australia Tour

Pujara has so far scored 521 runs in seven innings with three hundreds at an impressive average of 74.42.

Rishabh Pant Gets His Own Chant from Bharat Army in Sydney

Pant’s knock of 159* saw India declare their innings at 622/7, leaving the hosts a massive mountain to climb in order to save the match – and the series.

IPL Just Before World Cup is a Concern for Bowlers – Faf du Plessis

South African captain Faf du Plessis is unhappy about the timing of the IPL this year and has called it a major ‘concern’ with regards to keeping his bowlers fresh and fit for the World Cup in England in May.

Thursday, January 03

South Africa on Top After Olivier, Steyn Run Through Pakistan at Newlands

Aiden Markram scored a half century on the opening day of the second Test at Newlands against Pakistan on Thursday as South Africa reached 123-2 at stumps.

Malinga Fined 20 Per Cent Match Fee for Slow Over-rate Against New Zealand

Sri Lanka have been fined for slow over-rate in their 45-run defeat to New Zealand in the first One-Day International at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Thursday (January 3).

Just Wanted to Get Back And Have a Bit of Fun: Guptill

Speaking after hitting his 14th ODI century in the first ODI against Sri Lanka at the Bay Oval which New Zealand won by 45 runs, Martin Guptill said that he was just looking to go out into the middle and express himself, after what has been a tough p....

Wednesday, January 02

WATCH | Anil Kumble Reveals His Picks for Jumbo’s Army

11 Lucky winners, whose choice matches that of Anil Kumble’s, now have the chance to fly to New Zealand to watch India play New Zealand in the third T20I at Hamilton on March 10. So, the Moment is here! Have a look at Anil Kumble’s choices for his A....

'Enforcer' Olivier Will Play Second Test Against Pakistan, confirms Du Plessis

South African captain Faf du Plessis said on Wednesday that fast bowler Duanne Olivier would be used in an "enforcer" role as part of a pace barrage in the second Test against Pakistan starting at Newlands on Thursday.

Ranji Takeaways: Pandey Shines for Karnataka; Bengal Dash Delhi's Hopes

The penultimate and eighth round of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season came to an end on Wednesday with Karnataka inching closer to the quarterfinals while Delhi now out of the race following Mumbai. Here are the major takeaways after Day Four:

Tuesday, January 01

Ranji Takeaways: Vidarbha Smash Mumbai, Krunal and Gill Impress Again

We are done with the third day of the eighth round of Ranji Trophy 2018-19, and not one team could say that they have confirmed their spot in the quarterfinals. Things are beginning to spice up in all the groups, with all teams in do or die situation....

India vs Australia | Two Controversies & Some “What-Ifs” – India’s Tryst at Sydney

Cricketnext looks back at some of the moments between India and Australia at the SCG that have remained the talking point for years to come.

India vs Australia | Coverdale: Australia’s Bowling Quartet Have Soldiered Manfully Over Series

Didn’t Australia bowl well last summer? Knocked England over time and again, won the Ashes 4-0. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon. What a quartet they were. And yet here we are a year later, India on the verge of what could bec....

Pradhan: We Love Steyn Because He Will Never Stop Bowling Fast

Steyn’s hands were disobedient and mesmeric; they insisted on darting across his chest, like an electron in orbit, mocking that imaginary line while also making it the nucleus. His shoulders followed, swaying side to side in a motion that we were ass....

India vs Australia | Lakshmanan: Two Spinners or One? Hardik for Rohit? - India Ponder Combination for Sydney

It had barely been minutes since Australia lost the third Test to India in Melbourne, (thus losing the Border-Gavaskar Trophy) but Tim Paine was already dreading playing in Sydney. Such are the times, that Australia are concerned about the tracks pro....

Latham, Nicholls Headline New Zealand’s Stupendous Year in Tests

While there was a seven-month hiatus between the home series against England in March and the UAE tour in November, the Black Caps did not show any rustiness as they beat Pakistan 2-1 in their adopted backyard.