- Australia know the team that stays together wins together against Pakistan | Geoff Lemon
Australias last Test series in Asia was a disaster but if they can keep a united line-up they should prevail Australias last Asian Test adventure the Indian tour of early 2013 was exhausting. It was like one of those biopics where you already know that the subjects bright prelude will slump into 140 minutes of failed relationships, addiction, dereliction and the death of at least one key supporting character. Still, you start watching because you like Frances Farmer or Peter Sellers , and then youre stuck as the whole depressing spectacle unfolds. Australia were flogged all round the field in that series, with a makeshift team, inconsistent selections and embarrassing performances. Ravi Ashwin choked their batsmen at will. An unknown first-class opener named Shikhar Dhawan scored the fastest debut century in history without hitting a ball in the air. The Australian dressing room was divided, procedures fell apart, and Mickey Arthur began his own downfall with the disastrous suspensions he talked himself into imposing on players . Shane Watson left the tour in a huff one Test, then was captain the next. The whole thing was a glorious, awful, squalid mess. Continue reading... Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin will be key players in the upcoming series against Pakistan.Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin will be key players in the upcoming series against Pakistan.
- West Indies warn India of serious implications of suing over tour
BCCI announces legal action over abandonment of India tour WCIB: A way can be found to repair the damage ICCs first giant test: saving West Indies cricket from implosion The West Indies Cricket Board has called on its Indian counterparts to consider the serious implications of taking legal action against the WICB after the abandonment of the recent tour. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Tuesday that it plans to sue for losses of more than $60m (£37.2m) in sponsorship and television contracts and suspend all future bilateral series against West Indies after last weeks decision to return home after the fourth of five one-day internationals. Continue reading... Virat Kohli will captain India for the hastily arranged five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PAVirat Kohli will captain India for the hastily arranged five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA
- The new ICCs first giant test: saving West Indies cricket from implosion | Andy Bull
The West Indies Cricket Board is more concerned with appeasing India than repairing relations with its own players West Indies Test future in doubt as crisis grows Clive Lloyd: withdrawal from India tour is a mistake And so to India, and another fine mess. Last Friday the West Indies team pulled out of their tour of the country, abandoning the fifth game of the ODI series, a single T20 fixture, and three Tests. It was a strictly internecine conflict, a three-way tussle between the players, their union, and the board. But it has exploded, and the blast, no exaggeration, threatens the future existence of the West Indies Cricket Board. Continue reading... Wavell Hinds, the West Indies Players' Association president and CEO, has been accused of not sufficiently consulting with his members. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action ImagesWavell Hinds, the West Indies Players' Association president and CEO, has been accused of not sufficiently consulting with his members. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images
- India suspend all tours with West Indies and will take legal action
BCCI responds to West Indies abrupt cancellation Board also thanks Sri Lanka for stepping in West Indies Cricket Board confirms India tour is over West Indies withdrawal from India tour risks rift with BCCI The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced that all bilateral tours with the West Indies have been suspended and confirmed it would initiate legal proceedings against the West Indies Cricket Board following the abrupt cancellation of the recent tour. Last Friday, the WICB announced that it would be bringing an end to the tour of India and would not be playing the reamining five scheduled matches because of a pay dispute with the players. Continue reading... The West Indies announced last week that they would be cancelling their tour of India with five matches still remaining. Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty ImagesThe West Indies announced last week that they would be cancelling their tour of India with five matches still remaining. Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images
- Kevin Pietersen's international absence 'unbelievable', says Eoin Morgan
Batsmen will both play in Big Bash Morgan also back Alastair Cook Kevin Pietersens exile from the England team is sad for cricket, according to his former international team-mate Eoin Morgan. The release of Pietersens book earlier this month appears to have slammed the door shut on any chance the 34-year-old had of returning to the England side after he singled out a number of his former teammates and coach Andy Flower for criticism. Continue reading... Eoin Morgan will play for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash.Eoin Morgan will play for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash.
- Record-breaking Ben Dunk gets Twenty20 call for Australia
Wicketkeeper scored double century at weekend Doug Bollinger and Shane Watson make comebacks Ben Dunk will wear the gloves for Australia in their upcoming Twenty20 internationals against South Africa after being rewarded for his superb double century at the weekend. Dunk blasted 229 not out in a record domestic one-day innings for Tasmania on Saturday, and has now jumped the queue in the Australian wicketkeeper standings. Continue reading... Ben Dunk hit an explosive double century at the weekend.Ben Dunk hit an explosive double century at the weekend.
- West Indies withdrawal from India tour is mistake, says Clive Lloyd
Chief selector Lloyd apologises after players pull out India stand to lose well over £30m from loss of revenue West Indies Test future thrown into doubt Clive Lloyd, the West Indies chief selector and former captain, has said sorry for the national teams abrupt withdrawal from their tour of India because of a pay dispute between its cricket board and the players union. I apologise for the team leaving. Some guys decided to stop this tour and I think it is a mistake, Lloyd said in New Delhi on Saturday night. He added he hopes relations between the two cricket boards would not suffer. I did not want it to end like this. Its unfortunate we left, and I hope the damage is not irreparable. The West Indies abandoned the tour after the fourth one-day international in Dharamsala on Friday, with one more ODI, a Twenty20 and three Test matches remaining losing 17 days of cricket. The Board of Control for Cricket in India replaced the abandoned matches with five ODIs against Sri Lanka next month, but still stands to lose over £30m in revenue. The BCCI called for an emergency meeting on Tuesday to decide on the issue of claiming damages and raising the matter with the International Cricket Council. Its secretary Sanjay Patel also indicated the board is considering severing bilateral cricket ties with the West Indies. Continue reading... Clive Lloyd hopes his players' decision to pull out of a tour of India will not leave 'irreparable' damage to his team. Photograph: Andres Leighton/APClive Lloyd hopes his players' decision to pull out of a tour of India will not leave 'irreparable' damage to his team. Photograph: Andres Leighton/AP
- West Indies withdrawal from India tour risks rift with BCCI
India face going a year without home Tests Pull-out threatens West Indies key relationship with BCCI West Indies Test future in doubt The West Indies Cricket Board and the players who decided to pull out of their tour of India with the last one-day international, a Twenty20 and three Tests still to be played could find themselves on a very sticky wicket, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India determined to claim compensation for substantial financial losses. In response to West Indies pull-out over a pay dispute between board and players, Sri Lanka Cricket has already agreed to send its team across to play five ODIs, starting on 1 November, but with England reaching the island that month for a one-day series, there is no time to squeeze in any Tests. Continue reading... Dwayne Bravo is one of the West Indies stars well remunerated in the IPL. Photograph: Matthew Lewis-Idi/IDI via Getty ImagesDwayne Bravo is one of the West Indies stars well remunerated in the IPL. Photograph: Matthew Lewis-Idi/IDI via Getty Images
- West Indies Test future in doubt as crisis hits international cricket
Pay row between players and board imperils South Africa tour West Indies participation in World Cup also under threat India may scrap tour of Caribbean over Windies pull-out International cricket has been plunged into crisis by a row over pay between the West Indies players and their board that has led to the abrupt termination of their tour of India. There are now doubts over the West Indies teams next series in South Africa, their participation in the World Cup early next year, and even their future in Test cricket which would have a direct impact on England, who are due to play a threematch series in the Caribbean next spring. India have already warned that they may consider withdrawing from a scheduled tour of West Indies in 2016 , a move that would have crippling financial implications on a board who are dangerously reliant, like most of the rest of the cricketing world, on Indian television revenue. That would be in addition to any legal action they take against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for this abandonment, which has been estimated to cost India up to £31m in sponsorship and broadcasting rights. Continue reading... Dwayne Bravo, the one-day captain, and his West Indies players are said to be angry that their representative accepted the terms offered by the board without consultation. Photograph: Matt Dunham/APDwayne Bravo, the one-day captain, and his West Indies players are said to be angry that their representative accepted the terms offered by the board without consultation. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP
- Australia lose four-day game to Pakistan A | Match report
Australia bowled out for 185 in second innings Form of Chris Rogers a concern for tourists Australia lost their only warm-up game ahead of the first Test by 153 runs against Pakistan A. Chasing 339 to win, Australia were bowled out before tea for 185 in their second innings off 51.3 overs. Test opener Chris Rogers missed out twice in the match, scoring a total of three runs, while reserve opener Phil Hughes top-scored in Australias second innings with a knock of 65. Continue reading... Ahmed Shazad celebrates the catch to dismiss James Faulkner.Ahmed Shazad celebrates the catch to dismiss James Faulkner.
- India may scrap tour 2016 of West Indies over Caribbean teams pull-out
BCCI is also considering legal action and ICC intervention It will be very difficult to play bilateral series in future India may scrap their tour of West Indies in 2016 after the Caribbean teams abrupt pull-out on Friday, said an angry Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which is also considering legal action and seeking intervention of the games world governing body, the International Cricket Council. The tourists abandoned the series with another one-dayer, a Twenty20 international and three Test matches left to play over a protracted payment dispute between the players and their board. Continue reading... The West Indies one-day captain, Dwayne Bravo, said the players had not accepted the payment agreement. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/IDI via Getty ImagesThe West Indies one-day captain, Dwayne Bravo, said the players had not accepted the payment agreement. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/IDI via Getty Images
- Records tumble in high-scoring Australian domestic match
Ben Dunk hits 229 not out as Tasmania reach 1-398 First double ton in Australian domestic limited-overs cricket Queensland post highest run chase to secure victory Queensland secured a seven-wicket win over Tasmania in an extraordinary record-laden contest at North Sydney Oval, with the openers for both teams recording centuries in a match where 800 runs were scored for the loss of only four wickets. Not even Ben Dunks remarkable innings of 229 not out - the first double century in Australian domestic limited-overs cricket - was enough to get Tasmania over the line. Continue reading... Ben Dunk eclipsed the previous benchmark in the competition set by David Warner.Ben Dunk eclipsed the previous benchmark in the competition set by David Warner.
- Dolphins duo Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport set new record partnership of 367
Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport remain unbeaten New mark surpasses Sachin Tendulkars previous record One of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkars cricket records was shattered on Friday when Dolphins duo Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport shared an incredible 367-run unbroken stand in a South African domestic contest. The opening pair remained in tandem for the entire innings against the Knights in a Momentum Cup match in Bloemfontein to set a new record partnership for any wicket in the 52-year history of limited-overs cricket. Continue reading... Dolphins duo Cameron Delport and Morne van Wyk shared an incredible 367-run unbroken stand in the game against the Knights. Photograph: Gallo Images/RexDolphins duo Cameron Delport and Morne van Wyk shared an incredible 367-run unbroken stand in the game against the Knights. Photograph: Gallo Images/Rex
- West Indies Cricket Board confirms India tour is over
WICB: players have taken decision to withdraw their services Five-match ODI series overshadowed by pay disputes The West Indies Cricket Board has announced that its tour of India has been cancelled due to a pay dispute with the players. The WICB held a meeting on Friday when they were informed that the players had taken a decision to withdraw their services for the remainder of the tour of India . Continue reading... The West Indies captain, Dwayne Bravo, is at the centre of the dispute over the allocation of sponsor payments. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty ImagesThe West Indies captain, Dwayne Bravo, is at the centre of the dispute over the allocation of sponsor payments. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images
- Darren Lehmann handed contract extension by Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia extends coachs contract by a year on the back of successful Ashes campaign and series victory in South Africa Ashes-winning coach Darren Lehmann has been handed a contract extension until 30 June 2017. Lehmanns contract with Cricket Australia had been due to end in mid-2016. CAs performance manager Pat Howard says Lehmanns influence on the team had been immense since assuming the position in June 2013. We have been extremely pleased with the results Darren has achieved with the team since he came on board, Howard said in a statement on Friday. He has helped create an excellent team environment that has seen players thrive. We want that to continue so we used the winter period to work through an extension to his current contract. Importantly it provides continuity for the team and certainty for Darren heading into a critical period for Australian cricket. Lehmann was suddenly thrust into the spotlight a few weeks before Australias 2013 Ashes series in England began when he was appointed to replace sacked coach Mickey Arthur. The 44-year-old former Test batsman says hes proud of his achievements so far, which have included a 5-0 Ashes triumph last summer and a 2-1 win in South Africa in March. I want to continue with the work we have done on and off the field with the team, as I feel we are heading in the right direction, Lehmann said. I will be judged by results. If the team is not performing, then I am answerable. Australias two-Test series against Pakistan begins in Dubai on 22 October. Australia and New Zealand will host the World Cup in February and March 2015, following Australias four-Test series at home against India. Lehmanns side will also play Test series in West Indies and England next year. Continue reading... Darren Lehmann, a prolific batsman in his time, has been offered a contract extension after a successful start as coach.Darren Lehmann, a prolific batsman in his time, has been offered a contract extension after a successful start as coach.
- Alex Doolan ton in warm-up game overshadowed by over rate row
Australian batsman props up side with 104 as Darren Lehmann criticises heavy use of pace bowlers by Pakistan A side Pakistan As slow over-rate drew criticism from Australia coach Darren Lehmann on day two of their four-day match in Sharjah. Alex Doolan top-scored with 104 in Australias 8-273 in reply to Pakistan As first innings of 8-305 from their allotted 90 overs. Continue reading... Alex Doolan bats during day two of the tour match between Australia and Pakistan A at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.Alex Doolan bats during day two of the tour match between Australia and Pakistan A at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
- Graeme Swann hits back at old school Graham Gooch over retirement
Swann defends leaving Ashes tour before last two Tests Spinner: Pietersen should have been dropped, not sacked Bullying claims rejected by Graeme Swann Graeme Swann has defended his decision to retire midway through Englands most recent Ashes tour of Australia , rejecting Graham Goochs assertion that he made the team a laughing stock and describing the former batting coach as old school. Swann, who withdrew from the 2013-14 series because of an elbow injury, also questioned the decision by the England and Wales Cricket Board to sack Kevin Pietersen in the aftermath of that ill-fated whitewash, in the belief that the batsman could have simply not been selected to avoid subsequent the bloodletting that has tarnished the game in recent weeks. Continue reading... Graeme Swann said Graham Gooch is a bit misinformed to say the bowler left Englands Ashes tour because of his form.Graeme Swann said Graham Gooch is a bit misinformed to say the bowler left Englands Ashes tour because of his form.
- Kevin Pietersen never really fitted the sporting mantra of no I in team | Mike Selvey
The former England batsmans legacy should be his stellar performances, rather than the tawdry tome flying off the shelves Vic Marks: A lucrative but ugly way to go Book has tarnished England era, says Cook There are few sports that have the complexity of cricket, where a whole series of contests, one on one, ultimately are embraced within a team context. In cricket, the individual performance matters, but always, for the greatest impact, it has to be channelled towards the collective end. Individuality alone is insufficient in the long term. So it was instructive to find that towards the end of the inevitable circuit of soft, carefully tailored interviews and appearances to promote his book, the most telling remark to Kevin Pietersen, the only one that cut through the PR pap, came from the chatshow host Graham Norton . It was an uncomfortably gauche appearance by Pietersen, sat on a sofa alongside a worryingly unfunny John Cleese and an utterly bemused Taylor Swift, and towards the end Norton, who did not appear to much care for his guest, cut to the chase. I want to put this nicely, he said to Pietersen, but reading the book, it strikes me that maybe, just maybe, team sports not for you? Continue reading... Kevin Pietersen will come to regret how he finished his England career. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty ImagesKevin Pietersen will come to regret how he finished his England career. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
- Graham Gooch calls on England to hit back at Kevin Pietersens claims
Gooch defends both Andy Flower and Matt Prior Pietersen book has tarnished era, says Cook Pietersens rage-to-riches story: a sad, lucrative way to go The former England captain Graham Gooch has hit back at Kevin Pietersens claims of a bullying culture in the dressing room and called on Alastair Cook and his current team-mates to do the same. Gooch, Englands batting coach from 2009-2014, also staunchly defended the former head coach Andy Flower and the wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who both come in for scathing criticism in Pietersens new autobiography. Continue reading... Graham Gooch, right, says he does not agree with Kevin Pietersens claims of a bullying culture in the England dressing room. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty ImagesGraham Gooch, right, says he does not agree with Kevin Pietersens claims of a bullying culture in the England dressing room. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
- Andrew Flintoff will thrive in Big Bash, says Brisbane Heats Stuart Law
Flintoff came out of retirement for Lancashire in the summer Law: he is a proud man, he is not after the cash Flintoff set to play in Australias Big Bash Andrew Flintoffs Twenty20 comeback is gathering pace after the Brisbane Heat coach, Stuart Law, revealed he expects to sign him for this winters Big Bash in Australia . After five years in retirement the 36-year-old all-rounder made a surprise return to competitive action during this seasons T20 Blast. Continue reading... Andrew Flintoff came out of retirement to play for Lancashire in the summer and is expected to sign for Brisbane Heat. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty ImagesAndrew Flintoff came out of retirement to play for Lancashire in the summer and is expected to sign for Brisbane Heat. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images