Key points:Australian cricket was hit by scandal in 2018 when players plotted to tamper with the ball in the Cape Town Test against South Africa Steve Smith and David Warner were handed 12-month bans for their role in the affair, while Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month suspensionSmith and Warner were booed throughout last year's World Cup after returning to cricket and are expecting more of the same … [Read more...] about Steve Smith returns with the Australian team to Johannesburg for first time since the ball-tampering scandal
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The Ashes series of 2017-18 was the first instance of only four bowlers taking wickets in a five-Test series and only the third time four bowlers have taken 20-plus wickets each in the same series. Such was the dominance of the four Australian bowlers that there was no standout bowler in the series and that was further testified by the fact that there was no instance of a bowler taking six or more wickets in an innings - only the third time in an Ashes series (after 1932-33 and 1938). Mitchell Starc missed one Test yet finished second in the wicket-charts with 22 scalps, one behind Pat Cummins who was behind the other three at the start of the final Test. Like Lyon, Starc was a thorn in the flesh for England's batting line-up boasting of many left-handers' dismissals. He dismissed Stoneman four times, Stuart Broad thrice and Cook and Malan twice each. … [Read more...] about Stats Review: Unstoppable Steven Smith and pacemen hunting in packs
“In matchups when you’re playing a Major – I always did this when I was coaching, especially with Andre – you just count the steps backwards. It takes 21 sets to win a major,” he points out. “You can’t win a tournament in the first week, but you can lose it. Once you get down to the final three sets, the only thing that you’re thinking about is X’s and O’s in that matchup.” … [Read more...] about Australian Open: Can the Grand Slam Return to Its Unpredictable Past?
He also said this was the first time tampering happened on his watch as captain, denying that Australia's big victory in the opening Test in Durban, where fast bowler Starc got the ball to reverse swing with deadly effect, was also aided by tampering. … [Read more...] about Steve Smith won’t step down as Australian captain, as Cameron Bancroft is charged with ball tampering
"We won't be putting the players' health at risk, nor will we be putting the health of match officials, fans at the match or our own employees at risk," said Cricket Australia boss Kevin Roberts. … [Read more...] about Australian tennis stars show support for bushfire victims
India are currently third on the FIH Hockey Pro League 2020 points table with a total of 8 points from their four matches, resulting from two normal time wins, one shootout win and a loss to Belgium. Meanwhile, the visitors sit on the fifth position with 6 points from their four matches, having won one match in normal time, one in shootout, one loss in normal time and another loss in shootout. … [Read more...] about FIH Hockey Pro League 2020: World No. 4 India face Australian test