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Regardless of what transpires in the Test series decider between Australia and India, Matt Renshaw has proven himself a selection masterstroke yet again.
This column started as a lament, and finished as a song of praise. When writing began, before play on the final day in Ranchi, few gave Australia a hope of avoiding defeat. India appeared to have gained control of the match and, in all probability, the series.
If Australia could choose a venue for a deciding Test in India, it would likely be Dharamsala.
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Nathan Lyon looked tame in the third Test without the footmarks created by injured left-arm quick Mitchell Starc. Now Australia must decide whether they would be better off picking a different bowler for the decider.
In Part 1, I compared Virat Kohli’s lean batting trough in the current series against Australia with Greg Chappell in Tests and ODIs against Pakistan and the West Indies in 1981-82.
The average wage of Australia’s international female cricketers is set to skyrocket following a historic Memorandum of Understanding offer from Cricket Australia to the Australian Cricketers’ Association.
The ‘old’ Australia would today be nursing their wounds after a routine capitulation under pressure in the third Test against India. But that flighty Australian team has not been sighted since the debacle at Hobart in November.
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With the four-Test series between India and Australia locked at one game apiece, and with India holding all the precious momentum, according to Newton’s Third Law of Second Test Fightbacks, Australia had only one sensible option to keep themselves in the series.
Australia will go into the series deciding fourth and final Test on a huge high after Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh had played the innings of their lives yesterday at Ranchi.
India’s captain and master batsman, Virat Kohli with 4497 runs at 49.90 in 56 Tests, is passing through a rough patch against Australia.
The Test series between Australia and India is evenly poised. What twists and turns are in store ahead of the final Test?
On a day when Indians Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha sought to slowly bat Australia into the dirt, the visiting bowlers showed fantastic resilience, refusing to wilt on day four of the third Test in Ranchi.
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Cheteshwar Pujura’s patient double century at Ranchi yesterday has turned the third Test into a match only India can win.
Australia’s first innings was when it all started to go wrong in Ranchi, according to coach Darren Lehmann.
Clever tactics and some dynamic pace bowling from Pat Cummins helped Australia keep India at bay on day three of the third Test yesterday.
II still can’t work out what was the bigger surprise; Glenn Maxwell making a maiden Test century or Steve Smith scoring another one.
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New Zealand have their backs to the wall in the second Test against South Africa but will look to come out firing with the bat and get themselves back into a favourable position on Day 3. Join The Roar for live scores from 9am (AEDT).
A Steven Smith century and his sterling partnership with comeback man Glenn Maxwell, along with an untimely Virat Kohli injury, put Australia firmly in the driver’s seat after Day 1 of the Ranchi Test against India. Follow all the action of Day 2 from 3pm (AEDT) here on The Roar.
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Steve Smith came to the crease in Ranchi yesterday at 1-50. Just over 15 overs later, Australia were 3-89 and at real risk of a poor first-innings score on a wicket that was playing a lot better than expected.
The JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi will be the setting as India take on Australia in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar series. Follow all the action of Day 1 from 3pm (AEDT) here on The Roar.
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Why is Usman Khawaja in India? It’s a pretty simple question, and one any of the selectors or Cricket Australia officials would have a great deal of trouble answering to my satisfaction.
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India finally showed what they’re made of at home with a strong finish in the second Test in Bangalore. They’ll now be out to put Australia to the sword and take a series lead in the third Test in Ranchi.
With a disappointing draw in the books after an exciting four days of action, both New Zealand and South Africa will be aiming to take the series lead as the sides move to Wellington. Join The Roar for live scores of Day 1 from 9am (AEDT).
Steven Smith’s men bear a strong resemblance to Allan Border’s side of 1987, defying expectations and succeeding in India. All that could have gone right for them has. Well, almost. The one chink in their armour has been the all-rounder spot.
The Ides of March are come. But not gone. And while this is a day for Julius Caesar to beware, for cricket fans it’s a day to celebrate.
As a young chinaman bowler, I know all too well the struggles of this challenging craft. I completely understand why most left-armers bowl either pace or left-arm orthodox.
As Australia ramp up their preparation to take on India in the third Test, at Ranchi, all eyes are on the selectors. Pat Cummins appears a like-for-like swap for the injured Mitchell Starc, but replacing busted all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is less clear-cut.
Feeling a bit down after Australia blew a once-in-a-generation chance to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India?
The recently concluded India vs Australia Bangalore Test was a gem as far as the quality of cricket and the swinging fortunes throughout the match were concerned.
So here we are again, another new coach and new support staff, and another goal set by the new set-up of automatically qualifying for the World Cup and another failed series.
Patrick Cummins is the relevant substitute for Mitchell Starc.
Despite difficult batting conditions in the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa, it seems destined for a draw with the match moving slowly and rain likely to interfere. Join The Roar for live scores of Day 5 in Dunedin from the early time of 8:40am (AEDT).