In a surprising decision, Indian captain MS Dhoni on Tuesday announced immediate retirement from Test cricket. Present vice-captain Virat Kohli will lead the team in the final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Sydney.
West Indies, after a spectacular third wicket partnership of 176 runs, which saw tons from Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels, collapsed dramatically from 231 for two to 275 for nine , giving South Africa the upper hand.
The crackdown on spinners with suspect bowling action continues and the latest casualty is India's left-arm spinner, Pragyan Ojha who has been banned from bowling in any form of competitive cricket by the Indian Board (BCCI).
If the third Test hung in balance at the end of day one, a man in golden form made sure that it wouldn't be the case at the end of day two. Steve Smith struck his third successive Test hundred, a second consecutive Test hundred in his second game in-charge and his 7th overall in a career spanning 25 matches, wherein he also crossed 2000 runs overall.
New Zealand pacers presented a rampant display of pace bowling as they rattled Sri Lanka for a measly total of 138 runs in the first innings, allowing the home side to enforce a follow on in the first Test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
In a closely fought series, wherein they have proven Australia to be very vulnerable, India has found themselves at the wrong end of the score-line. They trailed by 2-0 going into the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and given their past record another series defeat loomed large.