Indian cricket team
India's lop-sided selection of playing XIs continues
An experienced campaigner like KL Rahul, who opened the batting during the 2018-19 tour of Australia, could have been an option, but India went ahead with Shaw. Lack of openers had forced India to pick Rahul for the Test squad, based on his IPL performances for Kings XI Punjab at the top, despite him not having made much of an impression at the Test level. Rahul was, surprisingly kept out of the second warm-up for which he was available.
Pacer Mohammed Shami advised 6 weeks' rest, to fly out to India on Wednesday
The right-arm pace bowler will need to undergo a brief period of quarantine on arrival in India. Shami, 30, suffered a fracture on his bowling hand after he was hit by a ball from Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins. He could not pick the bat and was in pain. It has been learned that scans have revealed a fracture on his hand, and as a result he will not participate in the last three Test matches to be played in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Ind vs Aus: Rahul, Pant, and Shubman Gill to replace Kohli,Saha and Shaw
With Saha’s batting not giving any confidence to the dressing room, the team management will certainly look at Pant, who had scored a hundred Down Under during his previous tour, and Shubman Gill as a replacement of Shaw
Lowest totals in Test cricket's 142-year history
Among the four lowest totals scored across seven different innings, the pre-War South African teams take the largest share, getting out for 30 twice and 35 and 36 once each. Behind New Zealand's 26-run total, are South Africa's two scores of 30, first in 1896 against England at Port Elizabeth and then against the same team in Birmingham in 1924.
Adelaide Test: Australia beat India by 8 wickets after shooting Kohli's boys out for 36
pace bowlers Pat Cummins (4/21) and Josh Hazlewood (5/8) caused a carnage to skittle out India for 36, their lowest Test total, Australia reached the target of 90 for the loss of just two wickets.
Australia on track to win 1st Test after restricting India to 36
Pat Cummins took four for 21 in 10.2 overs while Josh Hazlewood took five for eight in five overs to shared the nine wickets as India innings ended at 36/9, their lowest-ever innings total in their 82-year Test cricket history.
Mayank Agarwal third fastest Indian to 1,000 runs
The right-handed opening batsman, playing just his 12th Test, is behind Vinod Kambli who took 14 innings in 12 Test matches, and current team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara who took 18 innings in 11 matches.
Ishant's absence throws a problem for India, experienced Umesh likely
The right-arm pace bowler, who was a part of India's fast bowling trio that picked over 68 per cent of Australia's wickets on the last tour, was ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in October with an abdominal muscle tear.
If India bowl short at Smith, they'll play into his hands says Chappel
There has been speculation about India planning to bowl short to Smith in the series after the Aussie batsman had struggled with it during the previous summer against New Zealand's Neil Wagner. Smith had earlier said that no other bowler can bowl short deliveries as well as Wagner does and he is not worried at all.
Azhar calls for 5 bowlers in 1st Test; expected Pandya in squad
The 57-year-old said that India will miss Kohli once he returns after the first Test and felt Rohit Sharma should replace him in the playing eleven for the last two Tests. India will have to play the second Test without either of the two as Rohit will be in quarantine.