In the second of their series of podcasts during the India-Australia Test series, John Pennington (in the UK) and Chetan Narula (now in Hyderabad) look back on the series opener in Chennai and ahead to the second Test in Hyderabad.
Ellyse Perry, one of Australia's 2013 World Cup winning heroines, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in her left ankle following her return from the tournament in India.
She missed the Super Six matches against England, Sri Lanka and the West Indies but returned to take three wickets in the final to bowl her side to a convincing 114-run win.
Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques has been fined 10 percent of his match fee following the opening Test against India in Chennai.
He breached the ICC Code of Conduct by having a manufacturer's logo displaying on the chin strap of his helmet.
India wasted little time in wrapping up an eight-wicket victory over Australia on the final day of the first Test in Chennai, Sachin Tendulkar applying a flourish at the finish with a couple of big sixes shortly before the winning runs were hit.
Australia were only able to add nine runs to their overnight score before they were bowled out for 241 in their second innings, and India reached 50 for the loss of two wickets to go 1-0 up in the four-match series.
Moises Henriques looks likely to end up on the losing side in the first Test against India in Chennai, but regardless he can look back on an impressive Test debut.
He has scored two half-centuries, taken a wicket and going into the final day, his partnership with Nathan Lyon had left Australia 40 runs ahead with one wicket remaining.
Australian fast bowler Jackson Bird is set to return to Australia from India for precautionary scans on his back after reporting back pain.
Not selected for the first Test in Chennai, Bird has lower back pain and if he is given the all-clear in Australia, will return to India ahead of the rest of the series.
India-Australia Test series are special. Always dramatic, sometimes controversial and never short of moments that live long in the memory, writes John Pennington.
From VVS Laxman's epic 281 that won a Test for India after they had followed on to Harbhajan Singh's hat-trick and Michael Clarke's debut in 2004, these two sides are never shy of conjuring up cricket magic. It is a series that even the casual cricket observer will be aware of, and keeping an eye on.
Australia captain Michael Clarke is unconcerned that the team he has selected for the opening Test against India only contains one specialist spinner on a pitch expected to take significant turn.
India are expected to play at least two spinners after the Indian board (BCCI) confirmed that off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will be making his 100th Test appearance.
The thing about an India versus Australia contest, irrespective of where it is played, is the keen sense of immense magnitude attached to it.
Over the years it has developed into a sharp rivalry that has no deep-rooted geographical attributes. You can understand the Aussies stepping it up against England and South Africa, their historical rivals. Meanwhile, India kept themselves busy with Pakistan and at times Sri Lanka (not considering nonsensical ODI series).
Any India-Australia Test series is worth watching. From memories of Harbhajan Singh's hat-trick and VVS Laxman's miracle double-century in 2001 to Michael Clarke's debut in 2005 and more recent exploits, drama and talking points are always guaranteed.
Australia will hand all-rounder Moises Henriques his Test debut when they take on India in the first match in Chennai, and he will become the 432nd man to represent his country in Test cricket.
He will also become the first to have been born in Portugal after Australia named their team two days ahead of the first match in the four-game series.
The touring Australian side closed their game against India 'A' on 195 for three in their second innings having earlier been asked to follow on.
Despite Shane Watson's 84, they were dismissed for 235 but half-centuries in the second innings from Watson and Ed Cowan saw them end the game strongly.
Once, twice, thrice, four times, five times and now six times Australia Women have been crowned world champions after clinching the 2013 World Cup tournament with their most dominant performance yet, hammering the West Indies by 114 runs in Mumbai.
They first scored more runs than had ever been managed in a World Cup final, hitting 259 for seven, and then outclassed the first-time finalists in the field, bowling them out for 145.
Moises Henriques returned figures of four for 12 in 9.3 overs as the touring Australians dismissed an Indian Board President's XI for 230 before their match in Chennai was drawn.
Australia, who were bowled out for 241 on the opening day, made it to 15 without loss before the game was declared a draw.
West Indies finally recorded a win on their limited-overs tour of Australia at the seventh attempt by beating a virtually second-string home side in the one-off T20 International at the Gabba. Johnson Charles, fresh from his maiden international century in the fifth ODI, laid the platform for their impressive total of 191 for six with a 35-ball 57. Australia's inexperienced middle-order then crumbled when faced with the daunting required run rate and they finished short on 164 for eight.
Australia have added 23-year-old Queensland batsman Joe Burns to their Twenty20 International squad of their one-off game against world champions the West Indies in Brisbane on Wednesday (13th February).
Burns has been added as cover for Adam Voges, who suffered a hamstring injury after hitting his maiden century during Sunday's fifth and final One-Day International.
There were maiden international centuries from both Adam Voges and Johnson Charles in the fifth and final One-Day International between Australia and the West Indies, but it was Voges who emerged on the winning side as Australia secured the series whitewash.
India have named their Test squad for the first two matches of the upcoming series against Australia. The selectors have responded to the side's poor recent form by dropping struggling opener Gautam Gambhir and replacing him with Shikhar Dhawan. Also excluded from the squad that played against England in the final Test in Nagpur are Piyush Chawla and Parvinder Awana.
Australia Women's seemingly inexorable march towards a sixth Women's World Cup title advanced one step further as they comfortably beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets in their penultimate Super Six game.
They made it five tournament wins out of five by dismissing the competition's surprise package for 131 and then racing to their target in just 22.2 overs.
Australia have been forced into making further changes to their One-Day International squad ahead of Sunday's fifth and final match against the West Indies in Melbourne.
Captain Michael Clarke is set to miss the game as a precautionary measure with a stiff right hamstring and Shaun Marsh replaces him in the squad.