Australia quick Josh Hazlewood believes he is a chance to play in the World Test Championship final against India provided he can get through some heavy training loads over the next week after leaving the IPL early due to some soreness in his side. Hazlewood played just three matches in the IPL for Royal Challengers
The squad gathered in Brisbane on June 29 for a training camp ahead of their departure to England but will travel without their skipper Lanning, who has withdrawn from the series to remain at home to manage an undisclosed medical issue. Nitschke could not shed any light on what Lanning was dealing with but admitted
Ricky Ponting wants India to play as many X-factor players as possible if they want to have an edge over Australia in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. Like Ishan Kishan, who, Ponting feels, is a stronger bet than KS Bharat to play as the wicketkeeper-batter in the absence of Rishabh Pant, and Suryakumar Yadav.
Australia have pushed Mitchell Marsh and Matt Renshaw into their reserves for the upcoming WTC final against India, trimming their squad to 15 members in the process. Josh Hazlewood, meanwhile, has been retained after scans had revealed no substantial damage – he left the IPL early after complaining of side soreness. Josh Inglis, who is
Glamorgan have signed Australian legspinner Peter Hatzoglou on a short-term contract as cover for Michael Neser, who is currently with Australia for their pre-World Test Championship final and Ashes camp. Hatzoglou, who gave up a career as an accountant after getting his chance in the Big Bash League aged 22, had been playing club cricket
Australia appear to have avoided a significant injury concern after Cameron Green was able to resume his innings in the IPL Qualifier against Gujarat Titans having been forced to retire hurt from a blow on the arm. Green left the field in the second over of Mumbai Indians’ chase when he was struck just below
Queensland wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson has been called into Australia’s Ashes squad as a replacement for Josh Inglis who will miss part of the tour. Peirson will join the tour ahead of the second Test at Lord’s with Inglis due to return home for birth of his first child. Inglis will return to the squad at
An Australian squad arriving for an Ashes tour of the UK is not like it used to be. Long gone are the days of landing en masse at Heathrow airport in late April to begin a month of county matches before the real thing started. Even a single warm-up game is no longer a reality.
Hazlewood (side) and Marsh (adductor) came home early from the IPL with minor niggles and though both have since returned to bowling, and there remains confidence they’ll be ready for the Ashes, the clash with India at The Oval on June 7 may come too soon. Australia will effectively need to make a call by
Josh Hazlewood, who has missed substantial Test cricket over the last couple of years through injury, flew home early from the IPL after reporting side soreness although scans in Australia did not show any damage. He has since returned to bowling ahead of the squad’s departure to the UK at the end of the week
For those Australians involved in the Ashes their county seasons now come to a halt, while others finish their IPL campaigns although one key figure will be hanging around In the end, Smith only managed three innings for Sussex but looked in decent touch, although wore an increasingly miffed expression each time he was given
The 27-year-old left-hander, who was born in England, had endured a dire Test tour of India where he made scores of 0, 2 and 2 in two Tests. Only runs, and lots of them, were going to get him on the plane to England. “I had a little bit of a blip in the first
Brian Booth, the former Australia Test captain, has died at the age of 89. A middle-order batter and a part-time offspinner, Booth played a total of 29 Tests, scoring 1773 runs and taking three wickets. He also represented Australia in hockey at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics before he earned his Test cap on the 1961
India vs Australia in a World Test Championship (WTC) final at The Oval will “bring both teams a little closer together” but conditions at the venue will give Australia a “slight” edge. That’s the assessment of Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain who is currently involved in the IPL as head coach of Delhi Capitals.
Nathan Lyon says Australia must not panic in the face of England’s ‘Bazball’ revolution, urging team-mates to not fall into the same traps they did in India. England’s fearless approach to Test cricket has made this year’s Ashes the most anticipated in 17 years, after a dominant 12 months under coach Brendon McCullum. In the
Test cricket will return to the WACA in Perth, with the Australia women’s team set to face South Africa for the first time in the format as part of their multi-format series early in 2024. It will be one of three Tests Australia will play in nine months following the Ashes encounter in June and
The Big Bash League will be shortened to ten games per side this summer after Cricket Australia struck a deal with broadcasters to cut back the competition. Already due to be 16 games shorter in 2024-25, officials have confirmed that the move from 56 regular-season games to 40 will be brought forward to this summer.
Australia have retained their No. 1 spot in the ICC men’s ODI team rankings following the annual update that dropped results from the 2019-20 season and reflects all matches completed since May 2020. With 118 rating points, Australia are two points clear of second-placed Pakistan after the update, which weights matches completed before May 2022
Pat Cummins admits he was “burnt out” by the relentless nature of the cricket schedule when he returned from a frustrating run of injuries early in his international career. In his first interview since leaving India midway through Australia’s tour in February to spend time with his dying mother, the Test and ODI captain declared
Allrounder Daniel Sams has opted not to take a state contract with New South Wales to explore further opportunities in the T20 franchise world. Sams, who plays for Sydney Thunder in the BBL, has had 10 T20Is for Australia, the most against England shortly before last year’s World Cup, and is currently with Lucknow Super
Head coach Jason Gillespie believes that South Australia have put together the strongest group of fast bowlers in state cricket amid signs of a rejuvenation in the team’s fortunes. “We’ve really worked hard to get some depth in our bowling,” Gillespie told reporters in Adelaide. “We had three bowlers over with Australia A in New
Australia pace bowler Kane Richardson could be heading for a freelance T20 career after being omitted from the Queensland contract list meaning he will be without a state deal next season. Richardson, 32, has played 25 ODIs and 35 T20Is, the most recent of which came in last season’s T20 World Cup against Afghanistan. He
Stuart Broad would like nothing more than to have Steven Smith caught at mid-off, but Alex Carey does not believe that Australia will be drawn into trying match England’s aggressive style when the Ashes commences next month. There are still six weeks to go before the opening match at Edgbaston and before then Australia have
At another time, the arrival of an Australian of such stock – vice-captain, no less – ahead of an Ashes summer might have had more fanfare. Press greeting him off the plane, photographers snapping him as he pushes a trolley through immigration, bleary-eyed in national team garb. Instead, the 33-year-old arrived in the UK over
Buckingham, 23, impressed for South Australia in the most recent Sheffield Shield season, where he took 25 wickets in his first seven first-class matches at an average of 26.56 for South Australia. His returns resulted in selection for the Australia A tour of New Zealand in April and he took 6 for 58 in his
Ahead of their meeting in the World Test Championship final next month, India have moved past Australia to No. 1 on the ICC rankings for men’s cricket. This shift, even though neither team has played any long-form cricket for two months, is essentially the result of the passage of time and how some series from
When the Ashes squad was announced, chair of selectors George Bailey name-checked Michael Neser, the unluckiest omission, and Sean Abbott as two players who would have available from county cricket should reinforcements be needed. Neither of them needs to prove anything about their credentials, but early performances reinforced their all-round value. Abbott, who was rested
In March they were facing each other in Ahmedabad and next month they will do so again at The Oval, but for the next few weeks Cheteshwar Pujara and Steven Smith will be team-mates at Sussex. Smith joins the county this week for his somewhat controversial pre-Ashes stint, which will see him play three County
Legspinner Matt Parkinson joined Durham from Lancashire on a two-week loan deal last week, ahead of their current match against Derbyshire, while Kuhnemann’s injury continued to be assessed. Parkinson had featured in just one of Lancashire’s three Championship fixtures previously this season and, after talks with Lancashire, it was agreed his move to Durham would
As the IPL regular season passes the midway point here’s a look at how the Australian contingent are tracking and the implications for what is to come for some of them One of the major narratives from an Australian point of view has been Warner’s form and it has provided a curious situation. His strike-rate
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