Australia vs India: Sydney ODI Head To Head Stats Last Five Matches

Australia Vs India 2020: Australia enjoy a decent edge over India in Sydney, the venue for the opening two ODI matches considering the head-to-head stats for the last five 50-over games at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

India’s tour of Australia will start with a three-match ODI series, with the first two games set to take place in Sydney on November 27 and November 29. The Sydney Cricket Ground has witnessed a lot of clashes between the two sides, over the years. The most recent game was back in January 2019, with Australia emerging victorious by a margin of 34 runs in the first ODI of the three-match series. The hosts further enjoy a decent head-to-head record against Team India in their last five matches of the 50-over format at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia have emerged victorious in three of those games, with the visitors winning one. The remaining clash was a no-result. 

Australia vs India Head-to-Head Match Stats (Last 5 ODI Games): 

Australia Won: 3 

India Won: 1 

No result: 1 

The Indian team will be missing out on the services of opener Rohit Sharma, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury. 

Rohit sustained the injury during the recently concluded 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With the batsman set to miss the ODI and T20I series, KL Rahul has been named vice-captain for the white-ball formats. 

The hosts have made a recent change to their limited-overs squad, with Andrew Tye replacing Kane Richardson. Richardson withdrew from the squad, in order to stay with his wife and new-born son in Adelaide. 

The final ODI of the series will be held on December 2 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. The three games of the 50-over format will be followed by the same number of T20Is and a four-match Test series. 

South Africa vs England: One South Africa Cricketer Tests Positive For COVID-19

South Africa vs England: One player of the South Africa men’s team has tested positive for COVID-19 and two others have been placed in isolation, said CSA.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have confirmed that one of their men’s players has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the upcoming white-ball series against England. As a precautionary measure, CSA has put two players who were considered to be close contacts under self-isolation. The decision was taken based on the risk assessment undertaken by the medical team. CSA has not revealed the identities of players who have been put into self-isolation. “One player has returned a positive test result and two players were considered close contacts based on the risk assessment undertaken by the medical team. All three players have been placed in immediate isolation in Cape Town as part of the COVID-19 protocols. While all players are asymptomatic, CSA’s medical team will monitor them to ensure their health and well-being,” CSA said in an official statement.

“CSA can confirm that approximately 50 COVID-19 PCR tests were performed on players and support staff prior to entering the bio-safe environment in Cape Town for their upcoming limited-overs tour against England. The testing is in line with fulfilling the organisation’s obligation and commitment to its duty of care to its team and to the broader public in controlling the spread of the virus,” it added.

The players who have been put under isolation would not be replaced for the series against England. However, CSA has clarified that two replacement players will be included in the squad.Listen to the latest songs, only on

The decision to add replacement players was taken for the purpose of the inter-squad practice matches that will be played on Saturday, 21 November 2020.

South Africa and England are slated to play against each other in three T20Is and three ODIs.

Virat Kohli, Team India Members Depart For Australia Tour

The Indian cricket team on Wednesday departed for a two-month long tour of Australia where it will aim to build on the historic Test series win two years ago. The BCCI tweeted photographs of the Indian contingent before departure with the players sporting customised PPE kits for travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “#TeamIndia is BACK! Let’s embrace the new normal,” read the photo caption on BCCI Twitter handle. The majority of the India squad members were competing in the IPL and following the conclusion of their respective team’s campaign, they moved to the bio-bubble created for the national team in the UAE.

Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara and the support staff had arrived last month to enter the national team bio-bubble.

Rohit Sharma, who led Mumbai Indians to a record fifth IPL title on Tuesday night, and Ishant Sharma, who is recovering from internal oblique muscle tear injury at the NCA in Bengaluru, will join the team later. Ishant will be added to the squad after he proves his fitness.

The selectors had added Rohit to the Test squad after initially excluding him due to the hamstring injury he sustained last month. However, he made a surprise comeback for the final league game of the IPL and went on to play two more games, including the summit clash.

India’s number one Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is also travelling with the squad after he sustained injuries to both his hamstrings during his side Sunrisers Hyderabad’s IPL game on November 3.

“A call on his availability will be taken later,” the BCCI had said when it announced the revised squad on November 9.

The Indian team will land in Sydney where it will undergo a 14-day quarantine during which it has been allowed to train.

Indian play three ODIs, three T20s and four Tests starting November 27. The ODI and T20 series will be played in Sydney and Canberra from November 27 to December 8.

The much anticipated Test series begins with the Day-Night Test at Adelaide from December 17. Skipper Virat Kohli has been granted paternity leave after the first Test as he and his wife Anushkar Sharma are expecting their first child.

Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque tests positive for Covid-19

Haque’s coronavirus positive result came close on the heels of another senior player Mahmudullah Riyad contracting the virus which forced him to miss the Pakistan Super League play-offs.

Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque has tested positive for COVID-19 and he is undergoing home isolation, according to a report here.

Haque’s coronavirus positive result came close on the heels of another senior player Mahmudullah Riyad contracting the virus which forced him to miss the Pakistan Super League play-offs.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Dr Debashish Chowdhury confirmed Haque’s test result to local news website ‘Sarabangla’.

“Mominul is coronavirus positive with mild symptoms,” Dr Chowdhury told the website.

Haque, on his part, said that he had mild fever and got himself tested.

“I only came to know yesterday that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I had fever for the last two days. Even I am running temperature today. But otherwise, there aren’t any other symptoms,” Haque said. His participation in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup later this month is doubtful.

Some of the other Bangladesh stars who have recovered from COVID-19 are Mashrafe Mortaza, Abu Jayed and Saif Hassan.

IPL 2020: ‘See you in Australia’ – David Warner congratulates T Natarajan for his maiden India call-up

T Natarajan received a maiden India call-up on Monday as the BCCI announced the revised squads for the upcoming tour of Australia. The left-arm pacer, who was initially set to travel as a backup bowler, found the spot in the T20I squad after Varun Chakravarthy was ruled out following a shoulder injury. (IPL 2020 Full Coverage)

Natarajan made the cut following his stellar show with the ball in the IPL 2020 for Sunrisers Hyderabad, which initially went unnoticed by the Indian selectors. The Tamil Nadu pacer managed to pick 16 wickets in the season at an economy of 8.02.

Soon after the Indian cricket board released the list of players, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner was quick enough to congratulate the 29-year-old speedster. In a recent video posted on the SRH Twitter handle, Warner spoke about this year’s IPL experience.

At the end, he said, “Congratulations to Nattu. I will see you in Australia. Thank you everyone. Bye.”

Sunrisers ended their IPL 2020 campaign following a heart-wrenching loss to Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2. After the match ended, Warner praised the contribution of Natarajan throughout the season, terming him the ‘find of this season’.

“Natarajan is a find of this IPL, and he’s been outstanding. Rashid has been amazing, and so has Manish Pandey at No. 3. From an all-round perspective, it’s been great. I’d like to thank all our supporters at home.” Warner said in the post-match show.

The left-armer was so impressive with his lethal Yorkers and brilliant death bowling that cricketer-turned-commentator Murali Karthik coined the name ‘Yorker Natarjan’ for him. He has already stunned a number of batsmen and now he is all set to don the blue Indian jersey in the series down under.

Kursk hosted a cricket tournament for the first time in its history

Kursk hosted the first ever cricket tournament. It is organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Russia. Student teams competed with each other. Oleg Budnikov delved into the subtleties of the game.

This game is more popular in Sri Lanka than football in Russia. During the big race, life in the cities stops. The legacy of colonial England-cricket spread throughout South Asia, remaining a favorite folk game even after the era of British rule. Sri Lankan students are actively introducing the game to Russians. Traditionally, an inter-University tournament is held.

Upul Karivosa, organizer of the competition: “it was usually held in Moscow in the early years, but now we have decided to hold it in the regions. This time we chose Kursk. Kursk is a very cozy city, very nice people and students like to study like this”.

Teams from universities in Kursk, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tver met on the field. Most of all, cricket resembles domestic bast shoes. The difference in the number of players, handling of the ball, the shape of the field. The main thing in cricket is to protect the goal. The game helps students feel at home and better get used to the middle lane after their native tropical climate.

Student: “what is not like in Sri Lanka is the weather. You can immediately see that the weather here is not like this. It’s good to be away, it’s better at home-that’s what I can say. “

But for those who are used to our latitudes, it’s already difficult to part with them.

Student: “I am a budget student, I was chosen by the state to send to Kursk. At the beginning it was hard for me, but then I got used to everything. I met good people here, good culture, and that’s why I don’t miss home right now.”

Unfortunately, Smoking on the pitch was not. But there is hope that cricket will take root in the region — only Sri Lankan students in the region over five hundred, so there is someone to start a new sports tradition.

About the user cricket [ History, Rules, … ]

Cricket is a sport that is not very well known to the outside world, which is only big enough in 3 countries: England, India and Pakistan.

To understand, only one cricketer is among the top 100 paid athletes in the world, but receives a huge sum of 31 million a year (27 from their sponsorship), making him the world’s top 23 Paid athlete in 2015.

A cricket match
The game of cricket is a bit complex and very different from any other sport, has very specific rules and the way you play too, although some claim it is similar to baseball (perhaps only in some aspects).

Cricket ground
Each team consists of 11 players, and the field does not have a specific dimension, only having the requirement that it be wide.

It usually has an oval shape and consists of 3 zones:
rectangle is two zones. Central zone and two ends (which have an “H”).
In the Central area of the rectangle are 2 Batting Strikers who have a cricket bat.

At the lower end is the Launcher, and at the upper end is the receiver to catch the balls.

Internal space and outer space – here extends protection 11 from the team that should be protected.

Goal of the game and positioning
Each Striker Striker puts himself in front of his “witchet”, and while one is waiting for the ball to be sent to him by Launcher, the other Striker is waiting to run.

After the ball is thrown, the attacker will try to hit the ball as far as possible, and the following situations may occur:

If the ball leaves the field through the air, mark points 6
If the ball leaves the field but has already hit the ground, mark points 4
If the ball is folded and still remains inside the field, scouts can mark more times in the same position change. When any defender manages to catch the ball and send it to the receiver as soon as they receive the ball, they can no longer change. Each exchange is worth 1 point.
The defense distribution is 2 players next to the rectangle (Launcher and receiver), 4 in the inner space, and 5 in outer space.

How to get rid of the test
There are several ways to do this, these are:

Witchet Drop by Launcher
The pitcher to take the shot will balance and eventually make it to the end line of the rectangle. If he can hit and knock down one of the 3 Witchet sticks after the ball has bounced once on the ground, the scout will be removed.

As in baseball, if after Beeler sends the ball, some defense can get it before it touches the ground, and then the batter is eliminated.

Witchet Drop for defense
If after the batter knocks the ball out and starts making exchanges with another batter to score points, if the defender who picks up the ball sends out a long and punches and knocks down one of the sticks or sends to the receiving defense and it is overthrown.

Defend with a knee
If the batter protects the ball with his knee so that it is not overturned, then the batter will be eliminated.

IPL 2020: Brian Lara picks the current No.1 side of the tournament.

Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara named the No.1 of side of IPL 2020 based on performances till now. Lara, who was most impressed with table toppers Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, picked the Rohit Sharma-led side as the best one so far.

Lara said four-time champions Mumbai Indians have an edge over the Delhi Capitals because of the wealth of experience in their side.

“They (Mumbai Indians) are the No.1 team now. Delhi Capitals have looked good too but on experience Mumbai probably holds the edge,” Brian Lara said on Star Sports when he asked to if MI and DC have created a gap with the rest of the franchises.

RCB vs RR live score, IPL 2020

Mumbai Indians reclaimed the top spot by crushing Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets in an IPL 2020 match in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

After a hat-trick of wins, MI have now got 12 points in 8 matches and are ahead of Delhi based on a superior net run rate.

Rohit Sharma and South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock added 94 for their opening stand as Mumbai chased down a target of 149 against the Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday with eight wickets in hand and 19 balls to spare.

IPL 2020 live score, CSK vs DC

Sharma was pleased with his team’s “clinical” performance and urged them to be ruthless in the remainder of the tournament.

“I think it’s important for us to make sure that we stay on the money,” Sharma said at the post-match presentation.

“We can’t get complacent and we know that this tournament can get funny. We’ve already seen games, how teams have lost, so we can’t take the foot off the pedal at any given point.

“We have to keep making sure that we’re ruthless on the field and, yes, the guys are hungry. They’ve not played cricket for six months and they want to come out here and express themselves.”

Cricket needs clarity and restructuring, says Uday Shankar

Uday Shankar who stepped down as chairman at Star & Disney India, and as President at Walt Disney APAC on Thursday – believes cricket’s global administration needs a fresh approach going forward.

“I think restructuring of cricket’s global calendar and policies is long overdue and it needs to be done at the earliest,” Shankar told TOI.

He is of the view that “the current global model of the game is fast becoming unsustainable and to not take that into account by cricket authorities would be short-sightedness”.

Elaborating on how the game’s finances are dwindling for lack of a more dynamic approach, Shankar says: “Today, a lot of cricket properties are loss making propositions. Much of the cricket outside of IPL and ICC World Cups do not have support.”

Stopping short of calling the present structure a flawed one, Shankar says he finds “no meaning” in many bilateral series that cricket hosts these days, adding, “they really make no sense”.

“Cricket needs clarity. It has three formats and all three are currently battling each other for greater relevance. In that, the game finds itself caught in a bizarre dichotomy that has come to exist and it needs to be resolved”.

That line of thought, he explains, comes from how fans are taking to the game now, visa -vis the past. “Fans want more of T20, followed by ODIs and very few want Test cricket. In that, they want iconic Test cricket – India vs Australia, England vs Australia, India vs England. Nobody wants just any random Test matches. But the cricket establishment still seems to be in denial and thinks cricket is still about Test matches because it was about Test matches 30 years ago,” says Shankar.

Shankar says it is the game’s administration that must align its goals with that of fans and cricket lovers because sponsors and advertisers in the game will only reflect the priorities of the fans.

“Those who have the responsibility to take care of cricket need to take note of it. The game has a lot of smart minds, but you can’t consider the rear-view mirror and drive. You’ve got to look ahead, see the signposts and see for yourself how you need to go forward,” he says, underlining how it’s important to not get nostalgic about the past and strategize for the future.

Usman Khawaja’s emotional breakdown during Cricket World Cup

Behind-the-scenes footage from last year’s Cricket World Cup shows Usman Khawaja breaking down in tears during Australia’s series-defining loss to South Africa.

Khawaja does not come across as an emotional person, which has worked against the left-handed batsman. Cricket legend Shane Warne ridiculed Khawaja in November for lacking motivation, applauding national selectors for axing the Queenslander.

“Throughout his Test career, he always seems to do just enough. Sometimes you just want to shake him and get him to show a bit more,” Warne wrote in the Herald Sun.

“Different personalities make up the team and some people aren’t as exuberant and emotional as others, but he can be better, particularly with his body language.”

The eight-episode series features behind-the-scenes footage of the Australian cricket team following the infamous ball-tampering saga.

Australia’s one-day squad travelled to England in May 2019 for the World Cup, and started the tournament superbly, winning seven of their first eight group stage matches.

A win over South Africa in Manchester would secure top spot on the ladder, but more importantly, they would avoid a semi-final against tournament favourites England.

Khawaja was the glue for Australia’s middle order — he knew how to build an innings, and provided appropriate support for destructive opening batsmen David Warner and Aaron Finch.

Chasing 326 for victory, Khawaja joined Warner at the crease after captain Finch departed early in the innings.

When Warner guided a delivery from Imran Tahir to short fine leg, Khawaja sprinted through for a single, and suddenly felt a sharp pain in his leg.

“It came out of absolutely nowhere,” Khawaja said on The Test.

“As soon as it happened, I knew, ‘Oh s**t, I’m cooked here’.”

Khawaja had strained his hamstring, and could no longer run. After consulting the team physio, he made his way off the ground, his World Cup campaign in tatters.

“I honestly can’t remember being that disappointed coming off a cricket field ever in my life,” Khawaja said.

“Walking off the field like that and not being out just feels like you’ve let your team down straight away.”

He Would Have Been In Demand In T20 Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar has no doubts in his mind that Dean Jones would have been one of the “most sought after batsmen” if he were to be part of the T20 generation and called him a player well ahead of his time. The 59-year-old former Australia batsman died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hotel on Thursday. He was in India as a part of host broadcaster’s commentary panel. Tendulkar, who fondly remembers his on-field battles during the Australia tour of 1991-92, said he would be glued to TV set as a young cricketer when Jones batted. Such was his fearless style of play that he would have excelled in T20 cricket, feels the Indian legend.

“He would have been hundred percent one of the most popular T20 players without any doubt,” Tendulkar told PTI during a conversation, his voice tinged with sadness.

“Had there been an auction, Deano would have been a player much in-demand. He was an innovative stroke player, a fantastic runner between the wickets and a brilliant fielder, everything that you require for T20s.”

Tendulkar believes that Jones’ quality to improvise in ODIs would mean that he was aware about the demands of the game and played as per the situation.

“Since he was such a good ODI player, he would have adapted to the ever changing rules of T20 better. Cricket formats are dynamic and I believe he had that quality to evolve as per demands and would have made a terrific T20 player.”

Tendulkar remembered how Jones used to charge down the track to fast bowlers even in the mid and late 80’s when aggressive batting wasn’t exactly in vogue.

“Whatever cricket he played in the 80’s and early 90’s, he was ahead of his time. He would charge the fast bowlers and that was back in 80’s.

“We talk about innovations but remember some shots that are being played today, the earlier generations have also played, well before even we started and Deano was one of them,” he said.

He remembered the 1986 tied Test. He was 13 and a trainee at Ramakant Achrekar’s academy at Shivaji Park Gymkhana and how Jones’ 210 made all the youngsters interested about the Australian.

“I remember I was 13 when tied Test happened and he scored that double hundred.

“When I went to Australia for the first time in 91-92, they were a great team. There was David Boon, Geoff Marsh, Steve Waugh, Bruce Reid and Craig McDer mott but for us in the Indian team, there were two players we spoke about most– AB (skipper Allan Border) and Deano (Dean Jones).

“Literally No 1 and 2 key players for us and then there was McDermott,” Tendulkar recollected.

The attribute of Jones that has always stayed with Tendulkar was his fearlessness while facing fast bowlers on bouncy tracks and at times without helmets.

“I enjoyed watching him bat and at times without the helmet. What stood out was not just his contributions for Australia but that he was an entertainer-par-excellence.

“You can’t deny that your eyeballs glued to the TV when Deano batted and you didn’t want to miss that chance.”

Tendulkar remembered how Jones scored a match-winning knock against India in a 1992 World Cup game in Brisbane and how that loss hurt.

“You never enjoyed when he scored against India and Brisbane game was one such game (Jones scored 90). And then, we were docked three overs and the run reduced from Australia’s total was one. Such a rule made it difficult for us,” Tendulkar remembered as if it was yesterday.