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Australia v India

2nd Test, Perth

Lyon hands Australia substantial lead

The offspinner took his seventh five-for against India despite a sublime hundred from Virat Kohli

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Brettig: Australia, and the Perth pitch, switch into the fast lane

Australia ended the day with a reasonable degree of confidence that the "faster and faster" nature of this Test is now more likely to result in India's demise

Finch cleared of serious injury after latest blow to finger

Aaron Finch was taken for x-rays on a possible fractured right index finger after he was hit by Mohammed Shami

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Australia v India 2018-19

'Massive honour to be recognised by Tendulkar' - Lyon

Nathan Lyon responds to Sachin Tendulkar's congratulatory tweet


Laxman: India bowlers have adapted well to the conditions

VVS Laxman believes India's bowling attack has understood how to bowl on this pitch


Visiting Perth's famous laneways

Shibani Dandekar and Brag Hogg see how gold bars are made and discover street art in Perth's hidden laneways


Full marks for Kohli's celebration?

VVS Laxman, Murali Kartik, and Damien Martyn rate the top moments of the third day


'We were surprised by the on-field call' - Bumrah

Bumrah talks about Kohli's controversial dismissal, saying India were puzzled by the original decision


Laxman: 'We are running out of superlatives to describe Kohli'

Murali Kartik, VVS Laxman and Damien Martyn discuss Virat Kohli's 25th Test hundred


Australia v India

2nd Test, Perth

Monga: Kohli's method and Rahane's madness

The India captain took no risks on a pitch with pace and bounce but the vice-captain was more than happy for the ball to come onto his bat and then fly away to the boundary

Breaking down a Virat Kohli masterclass

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Social Story - Rahul's weak zone

All the action from Day 2 in Perth, as chronicled by Twitter

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Australia v India

2nd Test, Perth, Day 1

Brettig: Harris steps up to give Australia a foothold

Marcus Harris took guard first up in Perth, for the first time in first-class cricket. Selflessness and teamwork on display, and it did the trick for his side

Ponting's history with Ishant steels Finch

Ponting's lessons from a decade ago helped Finch make headway in his battle to prove himself as a Test opener in home conditions

Usman Khawaja: 205 balls, one boundary

If crease occupation turns itself into a substantial innings, Khawaja's method is not a problem, but, so far this series, the tactic hasn't translated into runs

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Australia v India 2018-19

Revisiting the WACA ground

The WACA Ground might be old-school and resistant to change, but it has its own unique charm


#AskChappelli - What does Ian Chappell make of captain Kohli?

Is Virat Kohli a good captain? Does Tim Paine warrant a place in the Australian side? Ian Chappell answers your queries


Decoding 'second innings' Shami

Shami has played every single overseas Test for India this year. But can he be Indian attack's main man by being more disciplined and accurate?


Episode 4 - Gearing Up: Are cricket bats killing the contest?

The ball flies further and faster, the players are stronger than ever. Has the balance between bat and ball slipped too far in the age of T20?


A boat ride like no other in Perth

Shibani and Brad Hogg take a boat ride in Perth


Can Virat Taste Aussie Success Again?

Aakash Chopra analyses the tweaks Virat Kohli made in his technique ahead of every overseas tour this year


Australia v India

2nd Test, Perth

Unchanged Australia call in Ponting for test of fundamentals

Ponting's advice followed time-honoured lines of Perth - leaving the ball on length, being selective on balls to drive and cashing in on the cut and the pull

Under-scanner Ishant works hard to rectify no-ball problem

Ishant had missed out on two wickets in Adelaide because of overstepping, but the no-balls not called on the field have also attracted scrutiny

Australia v India

Test series

Monga: In praise of cranky old WACA

It may not always have been the most pleasant viewing experience, but it is difficult to not be sentimental about the most singular cricket ground in the world

Marcus Harris in Perth: the return of the prodigal son

The key for the opener will be to ensure he builds on the dual scores of 26 with innings of greater heft to match his obvious skill

India in Australia


Best group of quicks India have had - Bowling coach Arun

India's bowling coach said that consistency was a big issue on previous tours, and the bowling group has responded extremely well to correct that

WATCH: Bangar keeps an eye on Vijay, Rahane

Virat Kohli gets some practice at the slips and Parthiv Patel imparts some knowledge onto Rishabh Pant


Australia v India

1st Test, Adelaide

Brettig: Accessible Australia worn down over test of time

False strokes and quick interviews were all in the mix for Australia, as the demands of four days of Test cricket started to take a toll

Australia v India

1st Test, Adelaide

Toss advantage > home advantage?

India have had a rough year trying to dismiss tails, but how much of a difference did batting first make in Adelaide? Quite significant

Australia would be 'worst blokes in the world' if they celebrated like Kohli - Langer

The Australia coach also defended his batsmen for their scoring rate against R Ashwin after their tactics were questioned by Sachin Tendulkar among others

Social Story: Rahul catches whales, and crowd boos Kohli

Catch up with the social media reactions from the third day of the Adelaide Test

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Fab Four: Players to watch out for on Day four

VVS Laxman, Ajit Agarkar, and Brad Hodge select the four players they think will influence proceedings on day four


Laxman: Rahul has lost ability to build a Test innings

VVS Laxman feels that T20 cricket has hampered KL Rahul's Test form


Laxman: 'Pujara and Kohli showed you have to trust your defence'

VVS Laxman is also impressed by Cheteshwar Pujara's old-school use of his pads to negotiate Nathan Lyon


Australia v India

1st Test, Day 2, Adelaide

Monga: Ashwin reminds the world of his worth

The offspinner's away record is often considered poor, but those are simply perceptions. Dig deeper, and he continues to surprise

The day Kim and Marcus Harris were always waiting for

There was nerves, pride and joy for the Harris family at the Adelaide Oval as the 26-year old Marcus finally got to walk out and bat for Australia

Hodge: All eyes on Head, Bumrah, Rahul now

VVS Laxman, Ajit Agarkar, and Brad Hodge pick four players who hold the key on day 3


Laxman 'surprised' at lack of depth in Australian cricket

VVS Laxman, Ajit Agarkar, Brad Hodge, and Raunak Kapoor discuss Australia's batting woes


'It was an old-fashioned day of Test cricket' - Harris

Debutant Marcus Harris attends his first press conference as an Australia player


'Every run is gold dust on this pitch' - R Ashwin

India bowler Ravichandran Ashwin speaks to the media after the end of day 2 at Adelaide


Australia v India

1st Test, Adelaide

Brettig: New Australian era marked by old virtues

The basics worked well for Australia - highlighted by two stunning pieces of fielding - after India gifted them a head start

Starc rediscovers his 2015 World Cup swing

Making tweaks to stay more upright while bowling has been central to the pacer finding form of old, work done in combination with bowling coach David Saker

Facing off

Australia v India

Monga: A chance for Aus v Ind to be about the cricket

For all the bluster, India v Australia has featured too many ugly incidents and too few tight contests. This Test series has the potential to change that

How friendly can Australia v India actually be?

Over the years, it's been a contest marked by fiery exchanges but Virat Kohli and Tim Paine seemed to suggest the focus would be more on bat v ball this time

Kohli's rise

India tour of Australia

Monga: The summer of Kohli

Win or lose, hundreds or ducks, Virat Kohli will be the centrepiece of this Australia season. Before the summer of Kohli, here is a look at the making of Kohli

The Australianness of Virat Kohli

He may appear to be competitive and confrontational, but Australia's cricketers are largely forgiving of Kohli because they know him to be different

Australia v India

Test series build-up

What makes Mohammed Shami unique?

Ajit Agarkar feels the fast bowler could be the difference for India in the upcoming Test series against Australia


Australia to meet the Kohli threat full (length) on

The team's plan for their main threat is from out of the box: an article that suggested Kohli is susceptible to deliveries pitched on a full length and seaming into him

Tim Paine

Australian leadership

'I was trying to be Australian captain rather than being myself'

From not being in the team to being thrown into the leadership role, plus a winless tour of England and a chance encounter on a Chicago baseball field - Tim Paine's journey has been far from ordinary

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Australia could dethrone India as No.1 with 4-0 sweep

Australia are currently ranked fifth in Test cricket, tied with fourth-placed New Zealand on 102 rating points

Lyon's thrift key to Australia pace attack - Hazlewood

The control from Australia's offspinner could shape the series, especially at the opening two venues not expected to provide much reverse swing

Mitchell Starc's magical numbers

How do his stats compare with those of the other quicks in the Australian pace attack? Here's all you need to know


'Three seamers can make an impact, so India can play six batsmen'

Former India seamer Zaheer Khan believes that India's wealth of bowling will allow for an extra batsman


Who will win the battle of spin?

Steve Waugh and Brad Hogg on which spinner is likely to dominate in the Tests


Want to test our bowling template against the best - Hazlewood

Australia quick Josh Hazlewood talks about how the side have gone about preparing for the India series and how important it will be for the side to grasp any early advantages


'Conceding 500 in a warm-up match doesn't mean much' - Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara backs India's bowling unit ahead of the Test series, insisting they are prepared and have plans in place for Australia


Australia v India

Test series build-up

'You don't have to say anything to have mongrel' - Head

The Australia batsman said that attacking play, specially from the quicks, would be far more effective than mere verbal aggression

Can Paine lead Australia to a series win over India?

Andy Bichel and Shaun Tait discuss Tim Paine's effectiveness as Australia's Test captain


Test series build-up

India in Australia 2018-19

The 1991-92 debacle: When India returned empty-handed


Usman Khawaja's fitness push inspired by LeBron James

The Australia batsman has overcome a knee injury sustained in the UAE to be ready for the opening Test against India in Adelaide but had already embarked on his enhanced fitness regime

Chappell: Starc can cause Kohli trouble

Ian Chappell answers some burning questions ahead of the Test series between Australia and India

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Australia's churn

What they said

Smith, Warner need time to reintegrate into 'dysfunctional family'

Australia's coach Justin Langer met with Warner and Smith in recent days but knows their return will need to be carefully handled

How will Australia cope without Smith and Warner?

Former Australia cricketers share their views on how Australia would fare against India in the upcoming Test series


India v Australia

1st T20I, Brisbane

'We always draw a line at our self-respect' - Kohli

The India captain's comments come with the Australian team facing an uproar over their on-field behaviour in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal

UnDiscover Australia sneak peek

ESPNcricinfo gives you a glimpse of Shibani Dandekar's attempt at 'undiscovering' the sights and sounds of Australia


Workload management

India in Australia 2018-19

BCCI limits Shami workload to 15 overs per innings in Ranji match

The BCCI doesn't want the fast bowler overworked and has hence put a condition on his participation in Bengal's next Ranji Trophy match

Pre-departure conference

India in Australia 2018-19

Shastri a yes-man? 'Most bizarre' says Kohli

The India captain praised Shastri's man-management, credited him for bringing players out of their shells

Kohli wants batsmen to 'show more character' in Australia

The India captain has said his team played good cricket in England, but made 'extreme mistakes' that cost them Test matches

No more chopping and changing in ODIs - Shastri

India's head coach said they would only use a small group of players in their 13 ODIs before next year's World Cup in England

New Zealand A v India A

Squad update

Rohit rested for first four-day fixture in New Zealand

Indian selectors cite his workload behind reason; will fly out to Australia with T20I squad on November 15

The next challenge

India news

India high on confidence for Australia series - Rohit

The stand-in captain believes a 3-0 whitewash of West Indies has completely prepared them for the challenge down under

Preparing for the Test summer

Australia news

Usman Khawaja's knee on course for first India Test

The Australia batsman had sustained a meniscus tear during the tour of the UAE

Stoinis, Behrendorff back in T20I squad as Australia rest Test players

Mitchell Marsh, Starc, Lyon and Siddle have been rested in preparation for the Test series against India

Sachin Tendulkar

India in Australia 2018-19

Tendulkar says India have their 'best chance' to win in Australia

'They have had better players with more experience, this is considerably an inexperienced side'

Rahane speaks out

India news

How Rahane used his 'hurt' to become a 'hero'

India's Test vice-captain on being dropped in South Africa, and his World Cup dreams

I'm sure I will be part of World Cup team - Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane speaks to Nikhil Naz about Cheteshwar Pujara, batting in Tests, David Warner and Steven Smith, playing in limited-overs domestic tournaments and more


Squad announcement

India news

Agarkar: Leaving Dhoni out is the right call

Ajit Agarkar backs the selectors' decision to drop MS Dhoni for the T20Is against West Indies and Australia


The Dhoni drop, Jadhav juggle and Rohit punt

Talking points from the squads picked by India to play West Indies and Australia in November-December

Dhoni not part of T20I squad to face WI and Australia

Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik were the specialist wicketkeeping options in a squad named by the BCCI on Friday

India tour of Australia

Test squad

Agarkar: Rohit's last chance to secure Test spot

Ajit Agarkar feels the Australia tour could be the last opportunity for Rohit Sharma to prove himself in Tests


Rohit, Parthiv, Vijay picked for Australia Tests; Pandya still unfit

Prithvi Shaw was picked as one of the openers while Mayank Agarwal was dropped

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