Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has claimed a career-high second spot in the International Cricket Council Test player rankings on the back of his excellent performance in the ongoing series against South Africa.
Many reasons were put forward to explain Australia’s Ashes defeat: poor selection, but one of the more interesting theories was that not enough of the best Australian cricketers are playing in English county cricket.
The New Zealand team management has asked for clarification from the International Cricket Council on the controversial decision involving Nathan Lyon in the first innings of the third Test against Australia in Adelaide.
Australian captain Steve Smith was full of praise for his players Josh Hazlewood, Shaun Marsh and Peter Siddle after completing a three-wicket win in the first-ever day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide.
Australia created history at the Adelaide Oval by winning the first-ever day-night Test by three wickets to seal a 2-0 series victory against New Zealand but not before Trent Boult gave them a scare with his five-wicket haul.
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood said that he was confident of taking up the responsibility in the absence of the injured Mitchell Starc in the remainder of the third Test against New Zealand in Adelaide.