Can Virat Kohli and co conquer the world?


Finally, the administrative mess in the Board of Control for Cricket in India could get resolved with elections expected to take place this year.

"He's done well when we've played shield games there in the lead up to the Test as well".

In a surprise, first-team regular Ishant Sharma was not included with the reasons unknown.

30-year-old Kohli displayed a stellar effort in 2018 registering 1202 runs from 14 matches, averaging 133.55 in ODI cricket.

They may wonder whether their defiant win in the second test in Perth was merely a false dawn rather than a turning point for a rebuilding team.

"We have high expectations, a rich history, and we had some serious players in the past (David Warner and Steve Smith)".

Before that, however, is the SCG Test and Cummins said the team had been talking about preserving their record against India since before the series began.

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"What I've seen in the last 12 months is the way he has matured in Test cricket and the way that he is bowling so soon, so quickly in his Test career, I think is a very scary sign for all the batsmen around the world". I am strong in my belief that he should have batted at number 4-5 - where he has batted for Surrey, Victoria. Pant has the necessary ability to bat in the heart of the middle order and he must use this opportunity to play a big innings. In limited-overs cricket, he came close to winning a major trophy in England in 2017, when India lost the Champions Trophy final to Pakistan.

"Ashwin's absence does make you alter plans a little bit throughout the course of a series".

India will make at least one change due to batsman Rohit Sharma returning home following the birth of his first child.

Previous year when India had a rare shot at beating England in the United Kingdom, as they do of creating history in Sydney this week, Ashwin played the pivotal fourth Test in Southampton at 80 per cent fitness and broke down midway through the match. "You can not make changes now", he added.

With India eyeing a historic series win on Australian soil, and if the SCG wicket favours the spinners, the Indian team management will be keen to include the spin twins in Ashwin and Jadeja. Hodge believes India can do it.

In women's cricket, the focus was mainly on the World T20 which Australia won by beating arch-rivals England. They look a defeated unit.

But how the Australian public responds remains to be seen after they were widely slammed for tarnishing the country's image with their antics in South Africa last March. "It's been great to watch and he's a great guy, so it's good to see him get the rewards".