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India announces playing XI for third Test

Melbourne, Dec 25: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the playing XI for the Melbourne Test against Australia, where they have inducted Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

Rohit Sharma missed the Perth Test due to an injury, but was declared fit for the third Test, while ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has failed...

Australia vs India: Virat Kohli urges batsmen to step up for 3rd Test

Melbourne, Dec 25: Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday urged his batsmen to perform better as a unit to complement the efforts of their fiery bowling attack in the upcoming Boxing Day Test against Australia starting on Wednesday.

"It is a very important thing. As we can all see, our bowling [attack] has been performing really well. However, we...

Dhoni back in T20 squad for NZ, Pant dropped from ODIs

New Delhi, Dec 24: Mahendra Singh Dhoni was Monday brought back to India's T20 squad to ensure he gets "enough game-time" before the ODI World Cup but the young Rishabh Pant was axed from the 50-over side for the upcoming series against Australia and New Zealand.

While Dhoni's inclusion in the shortest format came as a surprise after he...

Melbourne Test: Seven-year-old to co-captain Australia

Dubai, Dec 24: Australia named a seven-year-old boy as their co-captain ahead of the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), starting December 26.

The young cricket fan, Archie Schiller, who was diagnosed with a rare heart condition when he was just three months old, was last month informed about his inclusion in the...

Virat Kohli is a fantastic captain: Mitchell Starc

Dec 24: Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has described Virat Kohli as a "fantastic captain", having shared the dressing room with the India captain while representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

Kohli's on-field heated exchanges with Australia skipper Tim Paine in the second Test turned out to be a subject of discussion with many former players,...

Mitchell Starc disappointed by ICC's decision to rate Perth pitch as "average"

Dec 24: Australian pacer Mitchell Starc has expressed his disappointment over the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to rate the Optus Stadium pitch as "average" after the side's 146-run win over India in the second Test at the Perth Stadium.

On Friday, ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle rated the pitch for the second Test at Perth as "average", which...

Indian woman becomes the fastest Asian to cycle the globe

Mumbai, Dec 23: In an incredible feat for any Indian, 20-year-old Pune woman Vedangi Kulkarni has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe.

Vedangi, who hails from a suburb of Pune, cycled into Kolkata in the wee hours of Sunday, completing the 29,000 km distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe.

She started off from...

India vs Australia: Ravi Shastri takes on critics, says 'easy to fire blanks from million miles away'

Melbourne, Dec 23: Ravi Shastri was dismissive of all the flak that the Indian team copped taking a dig at critics for "firing blanks while sitting million miles away".

India were humbled by Australia in the second Test in Perth by 146 runs, prompting the likes of legendary Sunil Gavaskar to question the team management's selection policies and demanding...

Defending champions Hyderabad Hunters start with win as PBL kicks off

Mumbai, Dec 23: Hyderabad Hunters proved that they are primed to defend the title they won last year when they took an unassailable lead of 3-0 lead over newcomers Pune 7 Aces in the Premier Badminton League that started here Saturday. They took the lead even before PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin took the court for the marque encounter...

India vs Australia: Ashwin in doubt as Ravi Shastri demands openers to step up

Melbourne, Dec 23: Ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin remains an injury doubt for the third Test against Australia, India coach Ravi Shastri said on Sunday as he demanded his opening batsmen to step up and ease pressure on Virat Kohli.

Ashwin was sidelined with an abdominal strain for the second Test in Perth and was sorely missed as Australia, led...