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Former India Internationals Bedade & Johnson A…

New Delhi: With only one day remaining before the window to apply for the post of India’s next women’s coach closes on Friday, CricketNext can confirm that apart from former interim coach Ramesh Powar, 12 other candidates have applied for the job.

Among the overseas contenders are former South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs, former England cricketers Owais Shah and Dimitri Mascarenhas, former Sri Lanka and Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore, former Australian first-class cricketer Dominic Thornely, Oman’s head coach Rakesh Sharma and Scottish cricket coach Colin Siller.

From India, apart from Powar, the applicants include former Indian cricketers Atul Bedade, David Johnson, Manoj Prabhakar, women’s Gargi Banerjee and the son of former legendary batsman ML Jaisimha, Vidyuth.

The salary offered for the post, which is believed to be in the range of Rs. 3 to 4 crore, is a big draw for a number of applicants which is still less than the 24 applications that the board had received before Powar was appointed the interim coach. In this list, Whatmore, aged 64, is the only one over Board’s criterion of being under the age of 60 years for this post.

“We have got a whole range of applicants for this job. We’ll forward these names to the ad-hoc committee and let them take a call who to invite for the interview,” a source close to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) told CricketNext on Thursday.

An ad-hoc committee featuring Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will be conducting the interviews in Mumbai on December 20.

Want to Get Back to the National Team as Soon …

Hardik Pandya is all set to make a comeback to competitive cricket for the first time in three months with an eye on the ongoing Test series between India and Australia Down Under.

Pandya, who has been on the sidelines since sustaining a back injury during the Asia Cup 2018 in September will turn out for Baroda during their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 fixture against Mumbai starting Friday (December 14).

“Before I go for any major series, I wanted to see where exactly I stand,” Pandya said in an interview with Times Now. “Ranji Trophy is the best domestic tournament. I wanted to check my fitness levels there, and then take a call about how I am feeling and what should be the next step.

"Right now, I am only focusing on the Ranji Trophy and then obviously, I want to get back to the team as soon as possible, because it’s difficult to stay away for so long.”

The 25-year-old was originally slated to travel with the India A side for three one-dayers against New Zealand A but instead stayed back in order to prove his fitness in India’s domestic premier tournament.

The all-rounder has a chance of making it to the squad for the final two Tests in Australia, which will be held in Melbourne and Sydney, and said that was a major reason why he chose to stay back in India and prove his worth in Ranji Trophy rather than travelling to New Zealand for the 50-over games.

“If I am playing a Test match, I should play a four-day game (rather) than one-day, because one-day is later on,” Pandya said. “I am focusing right now that if I can make it to the team, because there is scope of me making a comeback into the Test team, if I am fit to play a Test match. That’s why I wanted to take my time and see where exactly I stand in Ranji Trophy.

"Playing a Test match is a different league. The workload goes very high, so I wanted to see if I can manage the workload. I knew I would get enough match preparation before the Australia ODIs. Therefore I focused on playing Ranji Trophy.”

Pandya’s inclusion will further boost Baroda’s chances, who are currently placed fifth on the combined Groups A and B points table with 13 points.

Rising All-Round Star Shivam Dube Unfazed by B…

IPL auctions have been known in the past to be a life-changing event for an emerging cricketer. In an instant, a player can go from being barely known to a household name, not to mention the spike in their bank balance. Mumbai’s Shivan Dube could well become one such player on Tuesday.

Just recently, the 25-year old came in for special praise from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar in a newspaper column. A plain reading of Dube’s numbers itself imakes clear why that is. Making his debut last season, Dube has scored 454 runs and bagged 21 wickets, including two tons and two fifers, for Mumbai. This year his form has been eye catching – 377 runs to go with 16 wickets.

Be it his 110 against Railways or 114 against Gujarat, Dube has decimated opposition attacks with his swashbuckling batting. With the ball, his figures of 7/53 against Karnataka earned him widespread praise. IPL scouts have surely noticed this all-round ability, though Dube insists he isn’t distracted by the fuss, focusing solely on the Ranji Trophy.

“It’s been a great season for me till now and I’m trying to build on whatever I have achieved till now,” Dube told CricketNext. “It’s been just four matches, and I want to achieve more and take Mumbai to another Ranji title. So, for a legend like Sunil Gavaskar to talk about you, it is out of the world.

"Now I need to keep delivering and live up to the expectations. This recognition will only make me work harder. But now is not the time to think about the IPL as I have win for my state.

"Every player has a goal to play for the Indian team, and it’s always at the back of my mind. Similar is the case with IPL, as that is where you get the recognition. But the key here is not to look too far ahead. I will take one game at a time since I want to make it count, both with the bat and ball in every match I play.”

Keen observers in Mumbai, known to have an eye for spotting talent, are already impressed with what they see. Former Mumbai player and chief selector Milind Rege believes Dube will be an asset to any IPL team because of his hitting prowess, and most importantly his temperament.

“When I first saw him during the U-23s, he came across as someone with tremendous potential,” said Rege. “His batting reminded me a lot of Yuvraj Singh, the way he used to hit the ball hard. He is an ideal number six. He can bat with the top-order and with the tail.

"He’ll be a great buy in the IPL for any team. I saw him in the Mumbai Premier League last year and he won matches single-handedly. He smashed Pravin Tambe for five sixes in an over last year. That speaks volumes about the players’ potential. I expect him to win matches there too, if he gets picked.”

But Rege has identified a couple of areas for Dube to work on, before he progresses to the next level.

“There is no doubt that Shivam has the talent to make it big, but then he has to improve upon his fitness and bowling a touch,” he says. "To go to a higher level, he’ll have to work a lot harder on his physical fitness and increase his bowling speed.

“He’ll have to deliver the goods with the ball, which he has been, but gaining some pace would certainly help. Also, I think Shivam needs to hire right kind of trainers for himself. He cannot afford to not get the right kind of training at this moment in his career.

"As far as his bowling is concerned, he is not the one who’ll experiment too much. He has a lot of patience that works well for him and plays well within his limitation. What is even better is that he has realised it at an early stage of his career. Just some speed should work wonders for him.”

Quite clearly, the initial steps have been successfully taken. Now, Shivam Dube will be eager to continue to build on those.

Sri Lanka Gets Jonathan Lewis in Coaching Reva…

Jonathan Lewis was Thursday named Sri Lanka’s new batting coach, with the former England player to be tasked with preparing the national team for next year’s World Cup.

His appointment by Sri Lanka Cricket comes just days after Australia’s Steve Rixon was brought on as fielding coach.

Lewis, 43, was head coach of the Durham County Cricket Club before accepting the post.

He played 13 ODIs for England and one Test, the latter against Sri Lanka in 2006 in which he scored 27 runs.

Lewis will join Rixon, 64, later this month for Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand, where the visitors will play two Tests, three ODIs and one Twenty20 match.

They are also scheduled for two Tests in Australia from January 24.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva said both Lewis and Rixon will coach the national team until the end of the World Cup, which wraps up in July 2019.

Sri Lanka have struggled for form recently, losing the home ODI and Test series to England, and have been plagued by crisis off-field.

Bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa was suspended by the International Cricket Council in October after he was accused of match-fixing and other “corrupt conduct”.

Earlier that month, ex-chief selector and former captain Sanath Jayasuriya was charged for failing to cooperate with a match-fixing probe and concealing information.

The country recently sought help from neighbouring India to draft laws to combat cheating in the game.

Sarfraz Ahmed Wants Pakistan to Play ‘Without …

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Thursday urged his fellow teammates to play “without fear” during their tour of South Africa – a country where they have won only two Tests during their past five tours.

The Pakistani side is en route to South Africa to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals, with the first Test starting in Centurion on December 26.

Pakistan head into the series after losing 2-1 to New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates last week. In the wake of the tough loss, Sarfraz said he still had high hopes of earning a good result against the Proteas.

“Conditions in South Africa are tough with bouncy and seaming pitches so anyone who plays without fear and with a big heart will succeed,” Sarfraz told AFP.

Pakistan’s two wins out of 12 Tests in South Africa came in 1998 and 2007, having lost nine with just one draw.

On their last tour in 2013, Pakistan were routed 3-0 and bowled out for their lowest Test score of 49 in the first Test in Johannesburg, with both senior batsmen Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq in the line-up.

Now without the two stalwarts, Pakistan will look to Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq to help guide the squad.

“We need big innings from both Azhar and Shafiq and they are capable of doing that, so if we put good totals on board we have a good bowling attack to win the match,” said Sarfraz, who also singled out recalled paceman Mohammad Amir as key to any success.

“Amir is back after a good performance at the domestic level so we hope he gets us key wickets in Tests,” said Sarfraz of Amir, who was dropped from the series against Australia and New Zealand due to poor form.

Pakistan open the tour with a three-day game against Cricket South Africa Invitation XI at Benoni from December 19.

The second Test is in Cape Town from January 3-7 and the third in Johannesburg from January 11-15.

India vs Australia | Paine Defends Under-fire …

Perth: Australia skipper Tim Paine came to the defence of under-fire Mitchell Starc and Aaron Finch as they were included in an unchanged team for the second India Test despite below-par performances in the defeat in Adelaide.

The home side are gunning to level the four-Test series at the new Perth Stadium from Friday after losing a hard-fought opening Test earlier this week by 31 runs.

Once again Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins will shoulder the bowling load on an expected pacey wicket, with Nathan Lyon the spin option.

There had been speculation that Peter Siddle could replace Starc who had some wayward spells at Adelaide, including a string of costly byes in India’s second innings.

Paine, who has recovered after a delivery in Adelaide smashed into a right finger that has required several operations in the past, said the criticism of Starc was over the top.

“The criticism he has come under this week has been pretty unfair to be honest. I think barring two or three overs in Adelaide where he got his radar a little bit wrong, I thought he bowled really well,” he said.

“I think his best and his worst are getting closer together. I think we’re getting really close to his best and the conditions here are going to suit him down to the ground.”

He added that Starc took the comments personally, and it had fired him up.

“One thing I know about Starcy is that if he cops a bit of criticism he takes it personally and that sometimes gets the best out of him. So I’m pretty pumped to see him go tomorrow or the next day and see what he can produce.”

The selectors also retained Finch to face the new ball alongside rookie Marcus Harris despite his first Test failures and talk that he could move down the order with Usman Khawaja bumped up to opener.

‘Sniff of something special’

Finch, Australia’s one-day and Twenty20 captain, spent time with former skipper Ricky Ponting at training on Thursday, and Paine backed him to find form.

“We encourage all our players to back their strengths and Finchy has been successful at international cricket,” he said.

“He’s like no other player and he just needs that one score to, I suppose, just get that little bit more self-belief that we know he’s got at international one-day and T20 cricket.

"You’re not going to succeed at international cricket unless you stick to your strengths and Finchy knows the best way he goes about his batting and he’ll make sure he keeps trying to do that and if he does he’ll come good for us.”

India have their tails up after a tense win on the fifth day in Adelaide for their first victory on Australian soil in a decade. They now have sights firmly set on a first-ever series win in Australia.

Paine said he had no doubt Virat Kohli’s men would be “coming really hard” in Perth, but Australia would be ready for them.

“They’ve got a sniff of something special, something they’re never done before in Australia so we know it’s going to be another hard-fought, highly-competitive Test,” he said.

“It’s going to be a huge test for our whole group, not just out batters or our bowlers. It’s going to take all eleven of us.”

Australia: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (capt), Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc

13th December 2014: Virat Kohli’s Test Captain…

Virat Kohli’s bow as Test captain ended in a disappointing loss when India suffered a 48-run loss at Adelaide on this day four years ago.

India were chasing 364 and looked to be on course with Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli batting well at one stage.

India were cruising but Nathan Lyon provided Australia the crucial breakthrough, dismissing Vijay for 99.

After that, the Australian off-spinner simply ripped through the Indian batting line-up, picking 7/152. From being 242/3, India were dismissed for 315.

The match was also the debut for leg-spinner Karn Sharma and remains the only Test match he played.

Kohli scored a ton in both innings, but David Warner, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith were among the runs for the Aussies.

All three of them scored centuries and this helped Australia take charge.

Lyon was named man-of-the-match for his incredible spell on the final day.

India vs Australia | Ashwin, Rohit Out Injured…

Had the curator not helpfully drawn white lines for the two return creases, it would have been impossible to spot the pitch at the Perth Stadium. The lush green outfield melded seamlessly with the 22-yard strip on which the game would be played and once the first ball is bowled you can be sure it will be anything but seamless.

But, while the talk around the pitch was all about a four-day finish, Australia’s captain, Tim Paine, warned that this green mamba may end up looking a lot more spiteful than it plays. That said, with a 1-0 lead under the belt, Virat Kohli was only too happy to see live grass on a hard pitch.

What was not a cause for any joy, however, was the medical ward within the Indian team. Prithvi Shaw, the first to be given slippers and told to put his feet up, had not recovered sufficiently from his ankle injury to be in contention for a spot in the eleven for the second Test. R Ashwin, who toiled manfully in Adelaide, was ruled out with a left a left-sided abdominal strain. Rohit Sharma, who jarred his shoulder fielding in the first Test, was also out, having not even been able to train in the two days leading up to the second Test.

This meant that India named a thirteen that left them with only one real choice to make. Kuldeep Yadav and Parthiv Patel did mot make the cut, which meant that Hanuma Vihari was a strong bet to be a like for unlike replacement for Rohit Sharma. In Ashwin’s place comes the man who ticks two green-pitch boxes, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose seam movement and swing — conventional swing was predicted for the length of the game — and lower-order batting make him an ideal replacement. But, just in case plenty of grass is taken off the surface come match morning, India left themselves with the option of playing Ravindra Jadeja as a specialist spinner.

Kohli was relaxed and confident when he fronted the media, speaking in measured tones about the opportunity ahead of his team. “We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches. We understand that we have a bowling attack that can bowl out the opposition now. When you have four, five bowlers at the peak of their ability, it is always a great feeling to have that in the side,” said Kohli.

“And for us as batsmen also it gives us a lot of motivation and boosts us up that we can put in those significant match-winning performances, because we have so much belief in our bowling unit right now and we know that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result we want.”

With no Test cricket having been played at the Perth Stadium, which is one of most imposing structures in the circuit, there was no history to go on other than a Sheffield Shield match that had been played at the venue. Brett Sipthorpe, the curator, hoped that the conditions during the Test would match what was served up in that game. “We’re pretty much planning for exactly what we had for the Shield game. The feedback we got back from the players was terrific, I don’t think I’ve spent so much time talking to players during a game but we just wanted to garner as much feedback as we could from the players,” said Sipthorpe.

“We didn’t get any negatives from them, they were all really positive about it. We’re pretty much aiming for the exact same moisture content, and we’re hoping for the exact same pace and bounce.”

Trent Copeland, the New South Wales medium-fast bowler, who analyses the game for various media outlets recently wrote that the Perth Stadium pitch was almost identical to the old one at the WACA. “It’s basically what we’ve been asked to do – provide pace, bounce, a bit of live grass and let’s play cricket,” said Sipthorpe, who had earlier predicted a four-day finish and wasn’t worried about trying to get the game to last the distance. “We haven’t been asked about duration at all.

“We’ve just been told make it fast, make it bouncy if you can and run with it. I don’t know what’s happened in the past, I’ve heard lots of rumours about commercial pressures and that sort of stuff but I’ve had no correspondence about that. We’re just trying to produce the bounciest pitch we can.”

Since he has to lead India out, with a view of regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, it’s only fair to leave the last word with Kohli.

“I have played all around the world for 10 years now and I have never played on a wicket like the one at Johannesburg, to be honest. I have played at Perth as well in 2012 but was not even close to what Johannesburg was,” said Kohli, taking heart from the Wanderers win.

“Look we are not alien to pitches like these and we have played on them in the past and this is nothing new for us. We know what to expect on a pitch like this and as I said on a lively wicket where there is grass on the pitch and the surface being hard, you are as much as in the game as the opposition. And there are no favourites.”

India 13-man squad: Virat Kohli ©, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

Australia: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (capt), Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc

India vs Australia | Lack of Top-level Players…

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has blamed the lack of top-level players in prominent coaching roles as one of the reasons for decline of Australian cricket.

Ponting gave his complete backing to Justin Langer, calling him “best qualified” for the job but said that lack of international competitive coaching opportunities is affecting on-field opportunities.

“It’s been a topic of conversation for 20 years, about having the right people at the right places at the right times,” Ponting told

“Whether that’s the cricket academy (now absorbed into the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane) or the states, or the U-19s or 17s around the state set-up, I’m just not sure enough attention is being paid to coaching around Australia.

"I think it might be the reason why we’re struggling to find those (top-level) players now.

"If you wind the clock back 20 years when some of these guys that are (now) playing international cricket or senior players in (Sheffield) Shield cricket, have a look who the coaches might have been around them at that stage and you’ll start to understand some of the reasons.” Ponting added.

Ponting, who is also the head coach of the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, further revealed that he was supposed to take over as the Australian T20I team but the ball-tampering saga derailed his plans.

“The plan was he (Lehmann) was going to continue on as Test and one-day coach, and I’d take over the entire T20 stuff,” Ponting said.

“When he resigned, I just said to Justin straight away, ‘Mate, you have to take over all of these teams right now – you need to be the consistent person around the three formats with these players (and) if I can come in and help, then I’ll help where I can.”

“Whether he (Langer) wanted it to be that way or not, that’s the way it had to be, but when I spoke to him straightaway, he didn’t want to upset me and feel like he was taking a job away.

"At the same time, I knew he had to have those three jobs and those three roles.”

He further added that T20 was a format which suited him more.

“I’m probably more tactically up to date with the trend in that game that any of the others,” he said.

“It fits into what I want to do – it’s not as a big a time commitment as it is with the other formats.

"Like I’ve said to Justin all the way through – Justin will have me (around the team) one day out of every month just to be around – but if I’m going to do it, I want to be able to commit and not just look like I’m coming in and out.

"I want to commit to the players more than anything else, I want to be a consistent person, a consistent voice around for the players.

"If I don’t think I can fully commit to doing it for doing most of the time, then I won’t do it.”

India vs Australia Live Streaming: When and Wh…

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India vs Australia Live Streaming: Most Indian teams of the past would be wary of a green top but the Virat Kohli-led side will see it as an opportunity to bulldoze the Australians when the second Test begins on a pitch offering plenty of pace and bounce at the brand new Optus Stadium on Friday.

The mood in the Indian camp was summed up best by the skipper after a green pitch was unveiled on eve of the maiden Test at the new facility.

“We get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now,” said Kohli, who has a potent pace attack at his disposal.

Curator Brett Sipthorpe is trying to produce the ‘bounciest’ pitch he can and that could very well work in India’s favour as the visitors aim to take a 2-0 lead in the four-Test series,

India won the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs.

Keeping with tradition at the good old WACA, a raging quick wicket has been laid for this inaugural five-day game. It has a healthy layering of grass which could impact strategies for both sides.

The visitors will surely name a changed eleven as they have been hit by a couple more injuries. India named their 13-man squad for this second Test, with R Aswhin and Rohit Sharma the two notable absentees. Ashwin is ruled out owing to a left-abdominal strain while Rohit is laid low due to a back issue that he sustained whilst fielding in the first Test at Adelaide.

The batsman missed out on both days of practice leading to the second Test. Ashwin also skipped the optional training on Wednesday, and while he was present for warm-ups during Thursday practice, he didn’t bat or bowl in the nets. Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw continues to be ruled out, meaning India will retain their opening combination of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay.

For the other two spots in the playing eleven, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have been included in the 13-man squad. It gives rise to different permutations and combinations, and Kohli does have prior history of picking an all-pace attack earlier in 2018.

At Johannesburg, on another raging green-top wicket, he picked a four-pacer attack with Hardik Pandya as the all-rounder.

India also have played an all-pace attack in Perth back in 2012, when MS Dhoni fielded Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and R Vinay Kumar at the WACA Ground. Virender Sehwag bowled 7.2 overs of off-spin in that Test, and it provides a template for Kohli to follow.

With Rohit out injured, Vihari is likely to play his second Test after his maiden appearance at the Oval, wherein he scored 56 runs in the fifth Test against England.

Vihari is a handy off-spinner as well, and the team management hasn’t been shy to use him as such. At the Oval, when India did play with four full-time bowlers, he bowled 10.3 overs.

In the practice game in Sydney too, Vihari bowled 12 overs against Cricket Australia XI. Along with Vijay, picking Vihari allows the Indian think-tank to go in with a four-pacer strategy, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar coming in for the injured Ashwin.

Even so, recent records need to be considered. In November, Western Australia hosted New South Wales for a Sheffield Shield game at this new ground as a dry-run for this maiden Test.

Out of 40 wickets to fall in that four-day game, eight went to spinners with Nathan Lyon taking seven wickets for 120 runs in two innings and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar picking the one wicket for 69 runs in two innings.

Clearly, Lyon as the off-spinner was able to exploit the bounce on offer. If Ashwin had been available, Kohli perhaps would have still been tempted to play him. With Jadeja in the squad though, there is still possibility to go in with a spinner albeit the temptation is greatly reduced.

The Indian batting line-up should otherwise be unchanged. On Thursday, the three Indian pacers, who played in Adelaide, didn’t bowl at all. They did pad up and have a hit in the nets.

Australia could make a tactical change to their batting line-up as well. Aaron Finch has come under sharp criticism for his shot selection in the first Test and there are growing concerns about him going into this match.

After Wednesday’s practice sessions, there was growing opinion that either Usman Khawaja or Shaun Marsh could open in his place, with Finch slotting down in the middle order.

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh still only has an outside chance to play in this Test with skipper Tim Paine declaring himself fully fit after being hurt on his right hand in Adelaide. Australia are expected to field the same bowling line-up and barring any surprising injuries, Peter Siddle is not in consideration.

India squad: Virat Kohli (capt), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

Australia squad: Tim Paine (capt & wk), Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood.