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Dressing-room surprise
Dressing-room surprise

It will not surprise those who are familiar with the low-key style of Anil Kumble that his retirement announcement during the tea break on Sunday took some of his own team-mates by surprise

A flooded control room
A flooded control room

The host broadcasters of the India-Australia series, Nimbus, got off to a horrific start at the Feroz Shah Kotla, though due to no fault of their own

Wristy business
Wristy business

Manoj Prabhakar, the former India medium-pace bowler, believes Australia's fast bowlers need to adjust their wrist positions to produce the sort of reverse swing that is necessary to be effective on Indian wickets.

Smog alert
Smog alert

The pollution level on the opening day of the Delhi Test, October 29, the day after Diwali is celebrated in north India, is expected to be the heaviest in the country's capital.

Brett be good, Brett be fast
Brett be good, Brett be fast

While Doug Bollinger was being mistaken for Brett Lee at the Taj Mahal, the real McCoy was bowling in solitude at the Feroz Shah Kotla

Bollinger, not Bollywood Brett
Bollinger, not Bollywood Brett

The sightseeing of a couple of Australian players at the Taj Mahal on Thursday turned them into superstars when local news outlets were told Ricky Ponting and Brett Lee would be there

Bowlers look for reverse gear
Bowlers look for reverse gear

Australia's players have been given some time off during their extended break between Tests but they still have plenty to work on ahead of Delhi

Police get shirty over Aussie fans
Police get shirty over Aussie fans

It’s not just Australia’s cricketers who are having a tough time of it in Mohali, where some travelling fans have also found themselves in a spot of bother

Hot milk with turmeric for breakfast
Hot milk with turmeric for breakfast

Bananas, banana shakes, eggs and hot milk with turmeric form part of Sachin Tendulkar’s breakfast, according to the chef at the hotel at which the teams are staying in Mohali

What did Harbhajan's fingers say to the face?
What did Harbhajan's fingers say to the face?

There isn’t much danger of a reprise of monkey chants with the absence of Andrew Symonds, but that doesn’t stop a couple of Australian supporters from having some good-natured fun at the expense of Harbhajan Singh, the other central character in the

Warne's words of comfort
Warne's words of comfort

Shane Warne has offered some words of comfort to Australia's young spinners, Jason Krejza and Cameron White, as they prepare for a baptism of fire against India.

Bangalore or Perth?
Bangalore or Perth?

Australia’s fast bowlers have been buoyed by their first glimpse of the pitch in Bangalore

Injured Sreesanth lies low
Injured Sreesanth lies low

The sight of Sreesanth toiling alone at one corner of the Chinnaswamy Stadium as the Australian squad trained 50 yards away seemed somewhat unkind

Rain, rain, go away
Rain, rain, go away

Rain over the past few days is making Bangalore feel a bit like Manchester, minus the cold

Ponting clocks on for offspin duty
Ponting clocks on for offspin duty

Wonderwall
Wonderwall

Against all odds
Against all odds

The first flashpoint?
The first flashpoint?

Gary's laboratory
Gary's laboratory

Ganguly's problems at practice
Ganguly's problems at practice

Sourav Ganguly's first attempts at getting some practice ahead of the Test series against Australia didn’t go too well, the Times of India reported