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Australia v India

Agarkar: India need Pandya back before the World Cup

Ajit Agarkar also feels Rishabh Pant should get a go in the remaining ODIs before the World Cup


Dhoni best suited for No. 5 spot - Kohli

Virat Kohli and Justin Langer talk about Dhoni's form and fitness in India's 2-1 series win


Richardson, Handscomb have been shining stars - Langer


Hodge: Jadhav was outstanding with the bat

Hodge and Agarkar discuss the unbroken 121-run stand between Jadhav and Dhoni


Agarkar: Dhoni believes if he's there at the end, he can win the match

Ajit Agarkar and Brad Hodge discuss MS Dhoni's batting in the third ODI at the MCG


Hodge: Chahal's consistency, self-belief work for him

Ajit Agarkar and Brad Hodge talk about Yuzvendra Chahal's career-best performance in the third ODI


Fab Four: Brad Hodge v Ajit Agarkar

The expects picked four players to watch ahead of the second ODI, with points awarded to each player based on performance. Who won?




Happy to bat at any number - Dhoni

India captain Kohli, though, feels that he is "best suited" for the No. 5 spot in ODIs

Agarkar: Dhoni the best batsman of the series

Brad Hodge, meanwhile, was impressed by Jhye Richardson


No one can replace MS Dhoni - Ravi Shastri

The India coach also says his target is to try and build a team that can win consistently in overseas conditions

India in Australia 2018-19

Squad changes

Vijay Shankar ready for ODI leap

The memory of the Nidahas Trophy final is in the past for Vijay Shankar. Since then, he has worked on his ability to finish an innings in 50-over cricket

Pant very much part of World Cup plans - chief selector

MSK Prasad said the wicketkeeper-batsman, a 'champion in the making', wasn't part of the Australia ODIs because he needed rest

Shubman Gill's meteoric rise through the India ranks

The 19-year old has built a record so good that he's about to become an international cricketer one year after making his first-class debut

Australia v India

1st ODI, Sydney

Vote: Where does Australia's latest kit rank among their greatest?

While Finch's men will hope their new retro kits bring with them renewed fortune, go ahead and vote for your favourite Australian ODI kit

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Shopping and schnitzels in Sydney

Ed Cowan shows Shibani around his home suburb of Paddington and takes her to his favourite café.


Couple of spots need rectification before World Cup - Kohli

Virat Kohli also talks about how the potential absence of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul affects the team combination


We need to be in prime form for World Cup - Rohit

India vice-captain Rohit Sharma said that although the World Cup slots were filled, no one's place is sealed in the ODI side


In the dock

India news

Pandya and Rahul suspended pending inquiry

It is likely the pair will miss the remainder of the Australia tour and the upcoming limited-overs tour of New Zealand

Australia's batting shake-up

Sri Lanka Tests

Langer to Renshaw: Think about now, don't worry about selection

Australia's coach suggested the opener had previously become sidetracked by thoughts of a berth in the team before it had come to fruition

Eyes on the Ashes: Australia's Test squad talking points

The future of Shaun Marsh, the quest for an allrounder, Matthew Wade's chances and the fast-bowling back-up were all areas addressed by Trevor Hohns

The highs and lows from India's year in Tests

A lot was said about their potential ahead of the tours to England, South Africa and Australia. Have India lived up to the bill?


What will India's future Test XI look like?

Sanjay Manjrekar and Ajit Agarkar pick their starting XI and reserves for India's next Test assignment


ESPN Shorts: The Paine-Pant banter series

Captains might be "temporary" but banter is permanent. Here's how Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine entertained us during the recently-concluded Test series


Turner can finish innings well - Justin Langer

Australia Head Coach Justin Langer speaks to media ahead of the ODI series against India


Sidharth Monga

Australia tour diary

Big Things, big sixes, and cricket in toilets

In Australia, the attractions come super-sized

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Switching between formats

India in Australia 2018-19

Chopra: Why Bumrah is hard to face

A look at the factors that make him a challenge for batsmen

World Cup slots pretty much filled - Rohit

Rohit also feels the absence of Australia's mainstay fast bowlers in the ODI series will not make the contest any less challenging

'Careless whispers' about Maxwell leave Langer fuming

In a terse press conference, Australia's coach reiterated that Maxwell's Test omission had nothing to do with factors outside of cricket

Australia v India

4th Test, Sydney

Manjrekar: How Kohli has changed India's attitude

His passion and intensity convey themselves to his team-mates and inspire them

'One of India's greatest ever touring sides'

Sanjay Manjrekar and Ajit Agarkar analyse each of India's three big overseas tours in 2018


Bal: Celebrate the historic moment, but don't ignore history

To become the first Asian team to win a series in Australia is fantastic, but it's a win that has been two decades in the making

What now for Australia?

Test slump continues

Brettig: Defeated Australia measure wages of impatience

The whole of the Australian game was in a hurry to try and find answers in a year of disarray and it left them no match for India's class

White-ball squad shuffle


Bumrah rested; Siraj named replacement for Australia ODIs, NZ tour

Siddarth Kaul was also added to the T20I squad for the three matches in New Zealand next month

Australia v India

4th Test, Sydney

Australia win bigger than World Cup: Kohli, Shastri

India's captain and coach had different reasons but shared the sentiment, as they celebrated India's first-ever Test series win in Australia

India break into the 'Che-Che-Che'

With three centuries in the series, Cheteshwar Pujara finally earned the unquestioned confidence of the team management, but couldn't quite master the celebratory jig

Which is India's best away series win?

Where does India's first win in Australia rank among other great away series wins? Have your say by voting.

Australia v India

4th Test, Sydney

No differences over bowling tactics - Paine

Tim Paine insisted there had been no falling-out in the team, after interviews by Nathan Lyon and bowling coach David Saker suggested tensions had emerged

The puzzle of Mitchell's stark struggles

The Australia quick's recent dip may well be an issue of form or confidence, not helped by the team's ball-management policy and the batting

Australia's selection policies under the microscope

CEO Kevin Roberts says an important question to ask is whether there is enough emphasis placed on performance over potential

Australia v India

4th Test, Sydney

What lies ahead for Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh in Tests?

With the return of Steven Smith and David Warner looming, and no mid-season first-class cricket in the offing, both Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh appear to be a long shot for the Ashes

Labuschagne, Australia's unlikely No. 3, learns from Pujara

A surprise choice for first drop, Marnus Labuschagne spent the opening day at Sydney watching and learning from his Indian counterpart, Cheteshwar Pujara

Australia v India

4th Test, Sydney

Monga: Bumrah, a wise, autonomous freak

Armed with an unorthodox action and a sharp bowling brain, Jasprit Bumrah has staked legit claims to being the best bowler in the world across formats

Stump-mic talk comes true as Pant turns Paine's babysitter

A photo shared by Paine's wife on social media showed the Indian wicketkeeper interacting with Paine's children

Fourth Test build-up

India in Australia 2018-19

Cummins and Australia puzzle over lack of old-ball help

From the wrong choice of balls to pitches not being abrasive enough, Australia haven't had the best luck producing reverse swing against India

Australia's selection headaches before Sydney

The home side will have to resolve issues around the batting order, while balancing the bowlers' workload

MCG pitch rated 'average' by ICC

The rating eased some pressure off the ground management and staff, following last year's "poor" rating

Fourth Test build-up

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#AskChappelli: Whom should Australia play in Sydney?

Ian Chappell answers your questions after India's win over Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG


Australia v India

3rd Test, Melbourne

Monga: Kohli sits back and listens as bowlers rule

Overseas wins used to seem like miracles to Indian fans not too long ago. With the attack the team has now, they no longer should

India go 2-1 up to retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Rain washed out the first session on the final day, but India took less than five overs to dismiss Australia and win by 137 runs

'Don't want to be facing Bumrah' - Kohli

India's captain singled out the quick for special praise after they secured a 2-1 series lead over Australia and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Australia v India

3rd Test, Melbourne

Paine's Australia in dire need of Smith and Warner's return

After the Melbourne defeat, the Australia captain bluntly admitted that the team has been unable to fill the hole left by the duo

Australia call up Labuschagne as Mitchell Marsh slumps

The allrounder is averaging 28 with the bat and 59 with the ball this season but could feature in Sydney as Australia attempt to level the series

Australia v India

3rd Test, Melbourne

O'Keeffe 'devastated' by Indian reaction to on-air comments

'I am coming to terms with how negatively those words have been interpreted. That interpretation is not who I am. It is not what I represent'

Australia v India

3rd Test, Melbourne

Brettig: MCG meltdown the best PR for Smith and Warner

At a time when their faces fill your TV screens and newspapers, their names are glaringly absent from Australia's scorecard

Exhausted Pat Cummins gets belated reward

Having taken four quick wickets late on day three, the fast bowler said Australia could still 'dare to dream' on a pitch he felt was still 'pretty good' to bat on

MCG spectators evicted over racist taunts

Chants of 'show us your visa' were a regular feature of the first two days, leading to a formal warning from CA to spectators in the bottom tier of the Great Southern Stand

Australia v India

3rd Test, MCG

Inside the MCG's pitch reboot

Matt Page, the MCG curator, on the process and planning behind the changes to the pitch, after last year's "poor" rating

Australia v India

3rd Test, Melbourne

Monga: Will we see more sweeps from India at MCG?

Lyon has become a major threat, taking nine of his 16 wickets off defensive shots. Sweep could be a lower-risk option to put the pressure back

Jadeja was fit when picked for Australia tour - MSK Prasad

MSK Prasad said that in a fitness report presented at the time of selection, Ravindra Jadeja was found to be "absolutely fit" and was hence picked for the Australia tour

Squad announcement

India name ODI and T20I squads

MS Dhoni back in India's T20I squad, Umesh dropped

Rishabh Pant is out of India's ODI squads for the Australia and New Zealand tours, while Manish Pandey has been dropped

'Important for Dhoni to play more international matches' - Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta gives his verdict on India's ODI and T20I squads for the tours of Australia and New Zealand


Australia v India

3rd Test, Melbourne

Ravindra Jadeja carried injury to Australia tour

India's injury management is in the spotlight after Ravi Shastri revealed that Jadeja was nursing a shoulder injury even before landing in Australia

We'll take a call on Agarwal on Monday - Shastri

The India coach also shot back at critics who 'shoot blanks from a million miles away'

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Australia v India

3rd Test, Melbourne

Mitchell Marsh likely to replace Handscomb at MCG

Australia coach Justin Langer has called the allrounder an "attractive commodity" on account of his bowling ability

Finch's finger 'felt like it was going to explode'

The opener remains unsure how comfortable fielding will be but has no concerns about his place in the Boxing Day Test

Ian Chappell

Australia v India

Can the Test series hold its own against the BBL?

The two matches so far have been a great advertisement for the format, but is there too much cricket competing for people's attention?

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News and analysis

India in Australia 2018-19

What they said about Kohli's aggression in Perth

A host of former cricketers have offered their takes on his on-field antics; where do you stand?


Aakash Chopra: Is KL Rahul's problem technical or mental?

He has given the impression of having a solid game for all formats. What has gone wrong in Australia?

Australia v India

2nd Test, Perth

Ishant-Jadeja spat throws spotlight on use of stump mics

Plenty of exchanges have been picked up during the first two Tests as the role of the host broadcaster becomes increasingly dominant

'As long as there is no swearing, the line doesn't get crossed'

The two captains seem to have come to an understanding over what exactly the 'line' is in this Australia-India series

Australia v India

2nd Test, Perth

By performance and behaviour, Paine's men draw their line

Leadership has not broken the new captain, instead it has strengthened his authority and skill

Mitchell Marsh pushes Handscomb in unchanged Australia squad

Handscomb has had his technique picked apart by India, but Australia may want a fifth-bowling option for Melbourne anyway

The watching list

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


The watching list

Australia v India 2018-19

Martyn: India's lack of discipline on first day let Australia back in

Damien Martyn and Murali Kartik analyse Australia's victory over India in the second Test at Perth


Fab Four: Which of ESPNcricinfo's experts won the contest for the second Test?

VVS Laxman, Murali Kartik, and Damien Martyn competed with each other throughout the second Test at Perth

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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

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

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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


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