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Williamson departs for NZ before lunch

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has fallen for 176 in the first session of play on the fourth day of their third and deciding Test against South Africa.

Warner disappoints in India Test series

Australia vice-captain David Warner had a series he'd rather forget in India, struggling for runs in a fashion that left batting coach Graeme Hick puzzled.

You can hear a pin drop in the dressing room: Hick

Australia batting coach Graeme Hick reflected on a dismal day three for Australia, which all but saw the tourists surrender the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

BCCI post clip of Aussies' row with Jadeja

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed the exact words that Australia used to try to rile Ravindra Jadeja in Dharamsala.

Raval in awe of masterful Williamson

Black Caps talisman Kane Williamson has secured a record-equalling 17th Test century for his country in their series-deciding match against South Africa.

SA batsmen face up to Shield challenge

South Australia heads into the third day of the Sheffield Shield final against Victoria with the onus heavily on their batsman to deliver.

Snapshot for day 3 of the fourth Test

A snapshot of day three of the Test cricket series decider between Australia and India in Dharamsala.

Smith not happy with India claiming catch

Steve Smith has reacted with unbridled fury after India fielder Murali Vijay claimed a low catch that the third umpire ruled not out in the Test series decider.

Wade in heated verbal clash with Indians

Tensions bubbled over in an ugly incident late on day three of the Test series decider between Australia and India in Dharamsala.

Warner completes poor series in India

David Warner has completed one of his worst ever Test series with the bat, falling for six when Australia's series decider against India was in the balance.

India on track to win Test series decider

Australia have set India a target of just 106 in their Test series decider, with the hosts 0-19 in response after clinically taking control in Dharamsala.

DRS drama on day three of series decider

The Decision Review System (DRS), in use for the first time in a Test series between Australia and India, has changed the course of the series decider.

Williamson equals Kiwi Test ton record

New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson has secured a record-equalling 17th Test ton for his country in their match against South Africa.

Speedster Shaun Tait retires from cricket

Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait has called time on his cricket career after succumbing to an elbow injury.

We are missing Virat Kohli: India opener

India opener KL Rahul says it is up to every member of the XI to step up and try to fill the void left by injured captain Virat Kohli.

Vics take slow path to Shield glory

Victoria have all but batted South Australia out of the Sheffield Shield final after an elongated 11-hour innings in the Alice Springs heat.

Clarke questions 'negative' Indian batting

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke says India may come to rue their 'negative' batting on day two of the Test series decider in Dharamsala.

Aussie quicks earn praise of India opener

India opener KL Rahul was full of praise for Australia's new-ball pairing of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

Snapshot for day 2 of the fourth Test

A snapshot of day two of the Test cricket series decider between Australia and India in Dharamsala.

Hodge surprised Kohli sat out fourth Test

Brad Hodge, the former Australia batsman who coaches Gujarat in the IPL, has all but all questioned the reason Virat Kohli missed the Test series decider.

Aust-India series decider in the balance

India have reached 6-248 at stumps on a topsy-turvy second day of their Test series decider against Australia, with Nathan Lyon stepping up with the ball.

Cracks and bounce to please Aussie quicks

Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade says pacemen Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins should be a handful on the pitch in Dharamsala.

Vics dominate as Redbacks suffer in Shield

Victoria made the most of South Australia's bad day in the field to build a strong platform towards a third successive Sheffield Shield final win.

India rookie thanks Warne for spin success

India's debutant spinner Kuldeep Yadav says a one-on-one session with Shane Warne helped him bamboozle Australia in Dharamsala.

Snapshot for day 1 of the fourth Test

A snapshot of day on of the Test cricket series decider between Australia and India in Dharamsala.

Kiwi batsmen start well in Hamilton

New Zealand are 0-67 at stumps on day two of the third Test in Hamilton in reply to South Africa's first innings of 314.

Kuldeep Yadav's path to Test debut

Kuldeep Yada, the spinner who bamboozled Australia on Test debut in Dharamsala, has enjoyed an interesting path to international cricket.

Steve Smith posts Test ton in decider

Steve Smith has posted the 20th Test century of his career on day one of Australia's series decider against India in Dharamsala.

Victoria chase Sheffield Shield three-peat

Victoria are aiming for a third successive Sheffield Shield title and captain Cameron White says his bowlers are peaking in time for the final.

Injured Kohli attempts to rev up India

India captain Virat Kohli was never going to sit idly on the sidelines of the Test series decider, which he missed through injury in a boost for Australia.

Aussies all out for 300 in series decider

Australia have been bowled out for 300 late on day one of their Test series decider against India in Dharamsala, where they had been sitting pretty at 1-144.

Upbeat Williamson shrugs off rain forecast

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson hopes that, despite forecasts of steady Hamilton rain, his side has the chance to pinch a Test win from South Africa.

Australia's 2004 winners wish Smith well

Simon Katich and Adam Gilchrist, who took part in Australia's most recent Test series win in India, have backed Steve Smith's side to get the job done.

Pitch to offer something for all: Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli says the pitch in Dharamsala will offer good bounce for pacemen and spinners but also plenty of runs for batsmen.

Steve Smith rubs noses with Dalai Lama

Australia skipper Steve Smith says a meeting with the Dalai Lama was a timely reminder that he and teammates need to realise cricket is just a game.

Renshaw shows old hands how to bat: Smith

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith has been amazed by 20-year-old opener Matt Renshaw's composure during his maiden trip to India.

Aussies eye rare Test series win in India

Australia skipper Steve Smith is more worried about the future than the past as his side bids to complete an upset Test series win in India.

Vics eye history in Red Centre

Victoria are favourites for Sunday's Sheffield Shield final in Alice Springs but South Australia say they've learnt much since losing year's decider to them.

Crocked de Kock asked to play through pain

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis says 'keeper Quinton de Kock should fight through a finger injury to play in his Test side's decider against New Zealand.

Hussey to lead review of Cricket Tasmania

A review of operations at Cricket Tasmania will be undertaken by former Test player and Big Bash star, Michael Hussey.

Key battles to decide Test series decider

There will be a handful of battles within the battle in Dharamsala, where Australia are facing India in a Test series decider.

Bring on pace and bounce: India's Pujara

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says his side are capable of trumping Australia on any sort of pitch produced for the Test series decider.

Virat Kohli faces last-minute fitness test

Uncapped batsman Shreyas Iyer has joined India's Test squad as cover for injured captain Virat Kohli, who remains in immense doubt for the series decider.

Hazlewood impressed by Cummins' comeback

Paceman Josh Hazlewood says he was stunned to see how much pace and bounce teammate Pat Cummins generated on his Test comeback.

Aussies mull plans for India's in-form bat

Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood says India's marathon man Cheteshwar Pujara will be a key wicket in the Test series decider.

India under the pump in decider: Hazlewood

Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood says all of the pressure will be on India in the Test series decider at the foot of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains.

Southee ruled out of Kiwis' third Test

A hamstring injury has ruled Black Caps paceman Tim Southee out of the third and final cricket Test against South Africa in Hamilton.

Aussies to rock India with pace: Johnson

Former Australia quick Mitchell Johnson says India would be feeling 'nervous' about the prospect of facing the tourists on a pace-friendly pitch.

Handscomb keen to build on epic stonewall

Umpire Ian Gould and Peter Handscomb were upbeat Virat Kohli would accept a draw late on day five of the third Test, but India's skipper wasn't interested.

Aussies focused on win, not what it means

Australia are on the cusp of achieving what would be the side's most significant win in some time, but that won't be a burden according to Peter Handscomb.

Aussie quicks rest ahead of series decider

Forced to toil for 210 overs in Ranchi, Australia's bowlers will enjoy a light few days before their Test series decider against India.

Aussies prepared for any pitch in decider

Australia aren't worried what sort of pitch is prepared for a Test series decider against India in Dharamsala, the scenic venue with a pace-friendly reputation.

Hurricanes' new coach to be named soon

A new coach charged with improving the prospects of the Hobart Hurricanes is expected to be named within weeks, Cricket Tasmania says.

NZ's Watling demands better against spin

Gloveman BJ Watling reckons New Zealand were far too loose against unthreatening spin in their second Test loss to South Africa.

Kohli no longer top-ranked Indian batsman

Cheteshwar Pujara has rocketed to second spot on the International Cricket Council's Test batting rankings, surging past India skipper Virat Kohli.

Renshaw continues to impress teammates

Australia vice-captain David Warner says opening partner Matt Renshaw has been thoroughly impressive during the Test tour of India.

Pattinson in good nick for Shield final

Victorian batsman Aaron Finch says spearhead James Pattinson has never looked better ahead of their Sheffield Shield final against South Australia.

Warner preaching patience during lean trot

Australian opening batsman David Warner will continue to prepare and play the same way in India, confident he doesn't need to tweak his approach.

Cricket Aust lodges pay offer to players

Cricket Australia has lodged a five-year pay offer to players, refusing to back down on its push to end the revenue-sharing model.

Indian fielders chirped during run-ups

Chattering and fidgeting Indian fielders forced pacemen Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma to abort their run-ups during two heated moments in Ranchi.

Dubai camp helped us to draw Test: Marsh

Shaun Marsh says a pre-tour training camp in Dubai helped he and Peter Handscomb conjure the mindset they needed to draw the third Test against India.

Kohli unhappy with balls in Ranchi

India skipper Virat Kohli has complained about how quickly the ball went soft on day five of the drawn Test with Australia in Ranchi.

How the Test series in India is poised

The four-Test series between Australia and India is living up to the hype, with the final match to be a decider in Dharamsala.

Aussies reset for Indian series decider

Australia and India both had plenty to like and dislike about the drawn third Test in Ranchi, which leaves the series locked at 1-1 with one game to play.

Snapshot for day 5 of the third Test

A snapshot of day five of the third cricket Test between Australia and India in Ranchi.

Kohli, Smith in verbal clash over physio

Australian captain Steve Smith and Indian counterpart Virat Kohli's feud continues to simmer, with Indian physio Patrick Farhart the latest man dragged into it.

Handscomb steps up for Aussies in Ranchi

Peter Handscomb has hit his first half-century in the ongoing Test series between Australia and India, stepping up under immense pressure.

Mitch Marsh injury has an upside: Langer

Western Australia coach Justin Langer predicts Mitch Marsh will return sooner than first thought after undergoing successful surgery on his right shoulder.

Australia salvage draw in third Test

Batsmen Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb have helped Australia salvage a draw from the third Test, resisting India for four hours on day five in Ranchi.

Vics recall spinner Ahmed for Shield final

In-form Victoria have recalled leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed for the Sheffield Shield final against South Australia.

Black Caps squad unchanged for third Test

Ross Taylor will miss New Zealand's bid to square the three-Test series against South Africa because of his ongoing calf injury.

First innings wasn't big enough: Lehmann

Australia coach Darren Lehmann says his side's first-innings total of 451 was not big enough to allow them to boss India in the third Test.

Lehmann has no issue with Maxwell call

Michael Clarke felt the visitors erred by not bowling Glenn Maxwell more often in Ranchi, but Darren Lehmann had no issues with Steve Smith's decision.

SA earn final berth but Vics favourites

A four-way final-round charge to earn a single Sheffield Shield final berth left South Australia as the last team standing but Victoria remain the team to beat.

Pujara lets bat do talking in epic knock

Cheteshwar Pujara faced more than 500 balls in his game-changing dig against Australia, breaking Rahul Dravid's national record for the longest Test innings.

Mennie key for Redbacks in Shield: Head

After helping South Australia scrape into the Sheffield Shield final, Joe Mennie will be key to the side's chances at silverware, skipper Travis Head says.

Snapshot for day 4 of the third Test

A snapshot of day four of the third cricket Test between Australia and India in Ranchi.

Cricket records rewritten in Ranchi

An exacting day of Test cricket in Ranchi has resulted in several records being set.

Pujara sets record for longest India dig

Cheteshwar Pujara has faced more than 495 balls in his dour dig against Australia, breaking Rahul Dravid's record for the longest ever Test knock by an Indian.

Smith should have bowled in Ranchi: Clarke

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke says Steve Smith should have bowled and used Glenn Maxwell more often during India's marathon innings in Ranchi.

Aussies slip to 2-23 after India declare

Australia have slipped to 2-23 at stumps on day four of the third Test in Ranchi, where India claimed a first-innings lead of 152 runs.

Blues' heartbreak sees SA into final

NSW have fallen agonisingly short of the Sheffield Shield final, losing by six runs against Western Australia to put South Australia in the season decider.

Tassie end sad Shield season with a loss

Tasmania have finished a distant last in the Sheffield Shield competition, with interim coach Richard Allanby disappointed and embarrassed by their latest loss.

No restrictions on Cummins in Ranchi

Australia's bowling coach David Saker says his side won't place any restrictions on injury-prone express paceman Pat Cummins in Ranchi.

Australia-India tensions rising in Ranchi

Australia captain Steve Smith and India skipper Virat Kohli both hit the headlines after a controversial third day of the third Test.

South Australia sneak into Shield final

An emphatic 193-run win over Tasmania has helped South Australia secure a place in the Sheffield Shield final against Victoria.

Snapshot for day 3 of the third Test

A snapshot of day three of the third cricket Test between Australia and India in Ranchi.

Aussies defied spirit of cricket: Laxman

Former India batsman VVS Laxman has accused Australia of defying the spirit of cricket in a stunning critique of their conduct in Ranchi.

How badly is Virat Kohli struggling?

Virat Kohli is enduring what will be his worst-ever Test series with the bat unless the India skipper fires in one of his final three digs against Australia.

Cummins fires for Aussies, India 6-360

India have reached 6-360 at stumps on day three of the third Test in Ranchi, where Pat Cummins has snared four wickets and Australia hold a 91-run lead.

Kohli mocks Smith, out cheaply again

Virat Kohli has mocked Australia for a failed review in the third Test, while the visitors were cautioned by an umpire after dismissing India's skipper.

South Africa snare Test win vs NZ

South Africa have enjoyed a comfortable win in the second Test against New Zealand, beating the home side by eight wickets.

Vics win after quicks halt Bulls' charge

Queensland have been dismissed for a near-record total as Victoria confirmed their spot at the top of the Sheffield Shield ladder.

Raval shores up shaky Black Caps in Test

Opener Jeet Raval is unbeaten on 72 with New Zealand 5-139 at tea on the third day of the second Test against South Africa in Wellington.

Pat Cummins potent on any pitch: Maxwell

Australia allrounder Glenn Maxwell says express paceman Pat Cummins can create rearing bounce on any cricket pitch in the world.

Smith's unique style continues to pay off

India paceman Umesh Yadav admits Steve Smith's unique approach at the crease makes it incredibly hard to bowl to Australia's skipper.

Snapshot for day 2 of the third Test

A snapshot of day two of the third cricket Test between Australia and India in Ranchi.

Redbacks' keep Shield final hopes alive

South Australia need to dismiss Tasmania for less than 299 runs in just one of the requirements for the Redbacks to make the Sheffield Shield final.

Steve Smith stars, India rally in Ranchi

Australia have posted a total of 451 but they have a fight on their hands in Ranchi, where India reached 1-120 at stumps on day two of the third Test.

NSW's Shield final hopes on shaky ground

NSW have endured a disastrous penultimate day of their Sheffield Shield clash against Western Australia after Hilton Cartwright crashed a stunning century.

Rain halts Qld Shield fightback v Victoria

Victoria are seven runs behind Queensland with four first-innings wickets in hand after a rain-hit day two of the vital Sheffield Shield match in Brisbane.

Glenn Maxwell completes maiden Test ton

Recalled allrounder Glenn Maxwell has stepped up superbly for Australia in their third Test against India, posting his maiden Test ton.

Smith breaks more records in Ranchi

Steve Smith continues to bring up remarkable milestones, having passed 5000 Test runs in Ranchi.

Steve Smith produces epic captain's knock

Australian skipper Steve Smith has achieved something none of his predecessors had managed in India.

Mennie admits 'shaky' return to Shield

More than three months after playing his last Sheffield Shield match, paceman Joe Mennie has returned from injury to take five wickets against Tasmania.

Snapshot for day 1 of the third Test

A snapshot of day one of the third cricket Test between Australia and India in Ranchi.

Last-wicket stand boosts Proteas total

An unbeaten 47-run stand for the last wicket has given South Africa an 81-run lead at stumps on day two of the second Test against New Zealand.

Smith scores captain's ton in Ranchi Test

Captain Steve Smith has reached three figures on day one of the third Test between Australia and India in Ranchi.

India skipper Virat Kohli sweats on scans

India skipper Virat Kohli is sweating on the results of scans on his right shoulder, having suffered an injury on day one of the third Test in Ranchi.

Opener Matt Renshaw claims under-21 record

Matt Renshaw continues to shine on Australia's Test tour of India, breaking a record for most runs scored by an Australian under the age of 21.

WA make good Shield start against NSW

Western Australia dominated on day one of their vital Sheffield Shield match against NSW.

SA batsmen threw away wickets: Sayers

South Australia's Chadd Sayers says some Redbacks batsmen threw away their wickets during an underwhelming 225-run Sheffield Shield total against Tasmania.

Nicholls knock inspires late NZ revival

Henry Nicholls' maiden Test century has sparked a New Zealand revival late on the first day of the second Test against South Africa in Wellington.

Bulls hope bowlers can save Shield season

Queensland's batsman have failed when needed most and the onus is on the bowlers in their must-win Sheffield Shield match against Victoria in Brisbane.

Handscomb moves on from DRS drama

Australia skipper Steve Smith says Peter Handscomb isn't dwelling on his role in the Decision Review System (DRS) drama that marred the second Test.

Aussies reach 4-299 at stumps in Ranchi

Steve Smith finished 117no at stumps on day one of Australia's third Test against India, while Glenn Maxwell's unbeaten 82 also helped the visitors reach 4-299.

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar quits

International Cricket Council chairman Shashank Manohar has tendered his resignation.

Aussies unsure how Ranchi pitch will play

Australia skipper Steve Smith isn't sure how the pitch in Ranchi will play, with the visitors yet to decide whether to call up Glenn Maxwell or Marcus Stoinis.

Proteas ready to pressure depleted NZ

South Africa will pile the pressure on a Black Caps team weakened by the absence of key batsman Ross Taylor and pace bowler Trent Boult in the second Test.

How to make the Shield cricket final

A look at what each of the contenders must achieve in the final round of the Sheffield Shield to make the final.

Shield cricket season set for close finish

Four teams are still in the hunt to face Victoria in the Sheffield Shield cricket final heading into the last round.

Steve Smith, Kohli still not on same page

Australia captain Steve Smith remains unhappy with Virat Kohli's 'rubbish' allegations, while the India skipper has no regrets about his post-match tirade.

Cricketers Voges, Hartley, Doherty retire

WA cricket skipper Adam Voges feels it's the perfect time for him to bow out, saying he's pushed his mind and body to their limits.

Dodgy knee sidelines Faulkner in Shield

James Faulkner's troublesome knee is again causing the allrounder problems forcing him to miss the last Sheffield Shield round of the season.

WA skipper Adam Voges announces retirement

WA captain Adam Voges says his mind and body have been pushed to the limit, and now is the right time to retire from first-class cricket.

Doherty calls time on cricket career

Tasmanian cricketer Xavier Doherty has announced his retirement after a career that included four Test matches and 60 one-day internationals for Australia.

Injury rules Boult out of second Test

Tim Southee is expected to return to the Black Caps as replacement for an injured Trent Boult in the second Test against South Africa in Wellington.

Queensland 'keeper Hartley calls it a day

Long-serving Queensland wicketkeeper Chris Hartley will retire at the end of the Sheffield Shield season.

Six key questions ahead of third Test

There were be plenty of subplots in Ranchi, where Australia's four-Test series against India continues.

Stoinis to embrace the pressure in India

Allrounder Marcus Stoinis, who has linked up with the Australian Test squad in India, plans on drawing on the energy of a hostile crowd if he debuts in Ranchi.

Coach Kumble won't curb India's aggression

India coach Anil Kumble says he has "absolutely no issues" with his side's aggressive approach in the field during the second Test.

Ranchi Test pitch leaves Aussies puzzled

Australia's selection puzzle is no closer to being solved, with the visitors encountering a perplexing pitch in Ranchi for the third Test against India.

Cummins insists he's ready for Test return

Express paceman Pat Cummins says he's never been better prepared to return to Test cricket.

Broom closes in on Test debut for Kiwis

Neil Broom, who is set to make his Test cricket debut against South Africa, is looking to turn around his recent run of low scores.

Mennie back to cricket after head injuries

Fast bowler Joe Mennie will return to first-class cricket this week after recovering from head injuries sustained when hit by a ball in January.

Kohli drops to 4th on ICC batting rankings

Virat Kohli, who is yet to deliver a big score in the Test series between Australia and India, has slipped to fourth on the ICC's batting rankings.

Lyon studying opposite number Ashwin

Australia's Nathan Lyon says he has been studying how his offspinner counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin sets up batsmen and constructs an over.

Vics add Quiney for Bulls Shield clash

Victoria have added batsman Rob Quiney and uncapped fast bowler Jackson Coleman to a 13-man squad to face Queensland in the final round of the Sheffield Shield.

Pressure on India in Ranchi: Nathan Lyon

Australia offspinner Nathan Lyon says all of the pressure will be on India in Ranchi, adding it might explain some of Virat Kohli's behaviour in Bangalore.

Spinning finger injury no sweat for Lyon

Nathan Lyon will be on light duties this week at training, but Australia's frontline spinner says he will be ready to roll the arm over in the third Test.

Qld's Lynn returns for rare Shield clash

Master blaster Chris Lynn has been welcomed back by Queensland for their must win Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria in Brisbane this week.

NSW leader expects result pitch in Shield

NSW cricket captain Moises Henriques anticipates a WACA wicket which will produce an outright result in their final round Sheffield Shield cricket match.

Injured Mitch Marsh in doubt for Ashes

WA all-rounder Mitch Marsh has been ruled out of action for up to nine months after it was deemed he needs shoulder surgery.

Henriques queries Cummins' Test fitness

NSW captain Moises Henriques isn't sure whether Blues paceman Pat Cummins is physically ready for Test cricket in India after one Sheffield Shield game of late.

Test pitches not helping India: Hayden

Matthew Hayden finds it strange the Board of Control for Cricket in India are producing 'substandard pitches' in their ongoing series against Australia.

Wade content with glovework in India

Matthew Wade says he's keeping as well as can be expected in India, having completed three stumpings in the ongoing four-Test series.

Wade won't shy away from verbal showdown

Matthew Wade says he is not as antagonistic as he once was behind the stumps, but the keeper is happy to enter a verbal battle with India if it helps Australia.

Selectors face No.6 third Test headache

National selectors face a crucial call in deciding who takes Mitch Marsh's place in Australia's XI for the third Test against India, with the series level.

Smith, Kohli treated different: du Plessis

South African skipper Faf du Plessis says he was treated more harshly than his Australian and Indian counterparts after different accusations of poor behaviour.

Pune boss praises Steve Smith's leadership

Rising Pune Supergiant owner Sanjiv Goenka says Steve Smith, who has been widely criticised in India following the second Test, is an inspirational leader.

Broom into NZ Test team for injured Taylor

Batsman Neil Broom will replace the injured Ross Taylor in New Zealand's team for the second cricket Test in Wellington.

New Zealand's Taylor to miss second Test

Senior batsman Ross Taylor's calf injury has ruled him out of the second cricket Test against South Africa but there are hopes he will be fit for the third.

Smaller bats won't affect big hits: Warner

Australia vice-captain David Warner says new laws restricting the size of bats won't impact how far he and other players hit the ball.

David Warner mulls how to approach Ashwin

David Warner has struggled to face India offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, something he is desperate to change in the third Test.

Wiser Patel relishing second chance

Jeetan Patel loves being back playing Test cricket after a three-year break and is making the most of his second chance.

Rain washes out final day of NZ Test

Rain has washed out the final day of the New Zealand-South Africa Test match in Dunedin, with captains Kane Williamson and Faf du Plessis a little frustrated.

Aussies won't act like India: David Warner

Australian vice-captain David Warner wants his side to take the moral high ground against India, saying he'd be upset if any teammate acted like Virat Kohli.

Vics win to set up Shield title defence

Victoria have cruised to an eight-wicket win over Western Australia to all but secure the right to hosting the Sheffield Shield final, in Alice Springs.

Pat Cummins replaces Starc in Test squad

Express paceman Pat Cummins, who hasn't played Test cricket since 2011, has been rushed over to India as Mitchell Starc's replacement in Australia's squad.

Jackson Bird in the mix for Test recall

Paceman Jackson Bird has shot into selection contention at the halfway point of Australia's four-Test series against India.

South Africa lose late wickets in NZ Test

South African batsmen have dominated day four of the Dunedin Test against New Zealand for a 191-run lead but the Proteas have lost wickets in the final session.

MS Dhoni helping Ranchi pitch preparations

Australia won't face MS Dhoni during the third Test but India's former captain has been helping Ranchi staff prepare the pitch for the next game in the series.

Saker to coach Australia in ODI series

Darren Lehmann will hand the coaching reins over to David Saker in October when Australia travel to India again for a one-day international series.

Taylor's South Africa Test series in doubt

New Zealand will decide at the end of the Dunedin Test whether senior batsman Ross Taylor will play any further part in the series against South Africa.

Cricket Australia splits selection panel

Cricket Australia has appointed Trevor Hohns as chairman of selectors, but broken his panel into two separate groups.

Mitchell Starc sent home with foot injury

Mitchell Starc has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his foot and will miss the rest of Australia's four-Test series against India.

Glenn Maxwell to captain his IPL side

Glenn Maxwell has been promoted to captain of Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket side Kings XI Punjab.

Guptill ruled out as Taylor's replacement

New Zealand's batting depth could be tested with both Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill battling injury.

Vics in Shield command as Pattinson fires

Western Australia are 62 runs ahead of Victoria with three wickets in hand, leaving their opponents in sight of another Sheffield Shield final.

Alarm evacuation interrupts NZ-SA 1st Test

An absorbing third day of the NZ-South Africa first Test has been interrupted by a fire alarm which has forced the evacuation of thousands of fans in Dunedin.

Lyon has time to lick his wounds

Australia's bowling coach David Saker says a cracked callus affected the way Nathan Lyon bowled during India's second innings in the second Test.

Australia, India cricket boards make peace

Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India have agreed to move on from controversial incidents that marred the second Test.

Qld consider spinner for Shield clincher

After fielding an all-pace bowling attack for their thumping Sheffield Shield win in Hobart, Queensland are considering a spinner for their final=round match.

Tas coach strong after Shield thumping

Tasmania's stand-in Sheffield Shield coach Richard Allenby isn't afraid to make changes after the side's crushing innings-and-172-run loss to Queensland.

Cummins back on track after Shield return

Pat Cummins says a Test return remains a long -term goal after his eight-wicket haul helped NSW to a Sheffield Shield win over South Australia.

Emotion won't aid Aussies in Ranchi: Saker

Australia assistant coach David Saker says it's important his side keeps their cool in the third Test against India.

NZ fight back but lose Taylor to injury

New Zealand have moved to 177-3 in response to South Africa's 308 but have lost senior batsman Ross Taylor to what looks like a serious leg injury.

Virat Kohli claims still stinging Aussies

Australia assistant coach David Saker says India skipper Virat Kohli should have to back up his 'really offensive' and 'absurd' allegations.

Vic's Tremain a hero with bat in Shield

Western Australia have ended day two 147 runs behind Victoria after bowler Chris Tremain's remarkable century for Sheffield Shield leaders Victoria.

Gavaskar condemns ICC for clearing Smith

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar says the International Cricket Council has set a dangerous precedent by clearing Steve Smith's dodgy deed in Bangalore.

Ferguson delays Blues' Shield victory push

South Australia face a mountain to climb to avoid defeat going into the final day against NSW, but it could have been far worse in their Sheffield Shield game.

NZ and South Africa Test evenly poised

New Zealand have moved to 3-177 in response to South Africa's 308 at stumps on day two of their first Test but have lost senior batsman Ross Taylor to injury.

Umpires controlled Test flashpoint: Waugh

Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh says the umpires did well to ensure things didn't turn ugly following Steve Smith's infamous glance to the changeroom.

Who will Aussies add to Test XI?

Australia have a major decision to make ahead of the third Test against India, with Mitch Marsh's shoulder injury creating a vacant spot in the XI.

Hohns explains Stoinis' call-up to India

Victoria allrounder Marcus Stoinis is a chance to make his Test debut as a replacement for Mitch Marsh with selectors wooed by his bowling and ODI ton.

Queensland's Shield effort trounces Tassie

Queensland's crushing Sheffield Shield victory over Tasmania is thanks to a team effort, coach Phil Jaques says.

ICC's all-clear surprises Aussies, India

The International Cricket Council has opted against reporting Virat Kohli, Steve Smith or any players involved in a spiteful Test between Australia and India.

Mendis knock leaves visitors work to do

Kusal Mendis may have fallen just short of a double-century for Sri Lanka but his 194 has them in the box seat after day two of the Test against Bangladesh.

Ashwin, Pujara reveal run-ins with Aussies

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has published a video in which Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara reveal their run-ins with Australians.

Virat Kohli is wrong: Lehmann, Sutherland

James Sutherland and Darren Lehmann have rejected Virat Kohli's allegations that Australia were systematically rorting the Decision Review System in Bangalore.

Mitch Marsh injured, Stoinis set for India

Australia will have to make one change for the third Test against India after injured allrounder Mitch Marsh was replaced in the squad by Marcus Stoinis.

Proteas' Elgar calls tune in first NZ Test

South Africa have overcome losing three early wickets in the first Test against New Zealand to dominate the opening day in reaching 4-229 in Dunedin.

In-form batsman Cowan open to Test recall

With Australia being stretched in India, ex-Test opener Ed Cowan has hit another ton to put NSW in control against SA in their SCG Sheffield Shield match.

Vics bounce back against Shield nemesis

Victoria are closer to a Sheffield Shield final berth after ending day one of their Alice Springs clash in sight of Western Australia's first-innings total.

Kohli's long list of run-ins with Aussies

Virat Kohli has a long history of run-ins with Australians - be they in the stand or on the park.

Handscomb takes DRS blame as India rage

The ICC is being urged to take action against Steve Smith over questionable DRS use, but teammate Peter Handscomb says it's his fault.

Shaun Marsh misunderstood Smith's advice

Steve Smith says he encouraged Shaun Marsh to review his lbw dismissal in Bangalore, but the message wasn't received by the veteran batsman.

Snapshot for day 4 of the second Test

A snapshot of the second cricket Test between Australia and India in Bangalore.

Kohli furious with Smith, Healy and Lyon

Captain Virat Kohli fired shots left, right and centre after India won the second Test, with Steve Smith, Ian Healy and Nathan Lyon in his sights.

Wildermuth in peak form for Qld in Shield

Allrounder Jack Wildermuth has posted career-best batting and bowling figures in the past fortnight, helping Queensland in their Sheffield Shield battles.

ICC meet to determine future of send-offs

Cricket is about to get a major shake-up with the MCC announcing big changes to the game from October 1, including sending off players for bad behaviour.

Kohli all but accuses Smith of cheating

India skipper Virat Kohli has teed off at Australia counterpart Steve Smith, accusing him of deliberating breaking the laws of the game.

Sri Lanka pick up pace v Bangladesh

Sri Lanka have picked up the pace in the first first Test against Bangladesh, moving to 3-155 in Galle at tea.

Aussies suffer 75-run loss, series level

Australia have been bowled out for 112 in their pursuit of the 188 runs required to win the second Test against India, with the four-Test series now level.

Behrendorff gets another crack at Vics

Fresh from his 14-wicket haul against Victoria, Jason Behrendorff will get another shot at skittling the Bushrangers during the upcoming match in Alice Springs.

Cummins shines on Shield return for Blues

NSW fast bowler Pat Cummins showed plenty of promise on his return from a six-year Sheffield Shield absence as South Australia struggled on day one.

Burns hungry for more Shield runs

Despite Queensland's strong day-one position against Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield, Bulls skipper Joe Burns is disappointed with his half century.

Is history repeating on the sub-continent?

Just like the 2001 Test series against India, a backs-to-the-wall fifth-wicket partnership is threatening to take the second Test away from Australia.

Day-night women's Ashes Test locked in

Australia will meet England at North Sydney Oval in November for the first day-night women's Ashes Test.

Kohli, India fume over DRS verdict in Test

India's batting coach expects the match referee will look at a tight decision from the third umpire on day three of the second Test in Bangalore.

Temperatures are rising in India-Aus Test

Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood says 'temperatures are rising' in the second Test, which remains on a knife's edge in Bangalore.

Snapshot for day 3 of the second Test

A snapshot of day two of the second cricket Test between Australia and India in Bangalore.

Smith trumps Kohli as tempers flare again

Opposing skippers Steve Smitha and Virat Kohli have shared further verbal clashes on day three of the second Test in Bangalore.

India 4-213 at stumps, lead Aussies by 126

India have reached 4-213 at stumps on day three of the second Test in Bangalore, where they lead Australia by 126 runs.

Healy 'losing respect' for Kohli

Former Australia stumper Ian Healy says India skipper Virat Kohli needs to show more respect on the cricket field.

Paine under spotlight for Tas keeper spot

After missing Sheffield Shield selection for almost a year, wicketkeeper Tim Paine is back in the fold for Tasmania as the clock ticks on his contract.

Cummins cleared to play Shield for NSW

Injury-prone Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins is in line to play his first Sheffield Shield game in almost six years.

India working on DRS bungles

India's Cheteshwar Pujara says his side is working on their use of the DRS, with Virat Kohli again making a hash of it in Bangalore.

Smiling Renshaw riles India in Bangalore

Matt Renshaw says he smiled and laughed in Bangalore, where Virat Kohli made fun of the stomach bug that floored the 20-year-old opener in the first Test.

Snapshot for day 2 of the second Test

A snapshot of day two of the second cricket Test between Australia and India in Bangalore.

Pay talks won't distract Test stars: CA

James Sutherland says pay talks are progressing and the Test side won't be distracted by the battle between Cricket Australia and the players' union.

Aussies 6-237 at stumps, lead by 48 runs

Australia and India are locked in a tight tussle during the second Test, with the visitors 6-237 and holding a 48-run lead at stumps on day two in Bangalore.

Lanning guides Australia to Rose Bowl win

Meg Lanning's 10th ODI century has helped Australia wrap up a comfortable five-wicket win over New Zealand in the third and final Rose Bowl match.

Tough Kiwi ODI summer a plus: Williamson

New Zealand cricket skipper Kane Williamson says his side have improved over a hard-fought summer against the top-ranked South African and Australian ODI teams.

Smith, Kohli swap barbs in Bangalore

Australian skipper Steve Smith and India counterpart Virat Kohli have swapped barbs early on day two of the second Test in Bangalore.

Lyon thanks mentors after haul of 8-50

John Davison and Darren Berry, Ravichandran Ashwin and Rangana Herath all contributed in different ways to Nathan Lyon's stunning haul of 8-50 in Bangalore.

Snapshot for day 1 of the second Test

A snapshot of day one of the second cricket Test between Australia and India in Bangalore.

Nathan Lyon's big day out in Bangalore

Nathan Lyon broke all manner of records when he claimed astonishing figures of 8-50 in Australia's second Test against India.

Aussies embarrass Kohli again

Virat Kohli failed to fire for a third time in the ongoing Test series between Australia and India, the superstar out lbw in Bangalore without playing a shot.

Proteas clinch ODI series against Kiwis

A Faf du Plessis half century and Imran Tahir spinning masterclass have led South Africa to a series-deciding ODI victory over New Zealand in game five.

Lyon takes 8-50, Aussies on top in Test

Nathan Lyon grabbed 8-50 to roll India for 189 in Bangalore, where Australia reached 0-40 at stumps on day one of the second Test.

Aussies, India draw on past Bangalore wins

Australia skipper Steve Smith and India counterpart Virat Kohli have contrasting takes on recent Tests between the sides in Bangalore.

O'Keefe will adapt to flatter pitch: Smith

Australia captain Steve Smith says Steve O'Keefe will alter the way he bowls on a more batsman-friendly pitch in Bangalore.

Cutting back in Bulls fold for Shield game

Ben Cutting will make a welcome return for Queensland's Sheffield Shield game against Tasmania while Chris Lynn's comeback will be via the Futures League.

A few surprises in India's XI: Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli says there might be a few surprise changes to his XI for the second Test against Australia.

Southee seeks Black Caps killer instinct

Black Caps swing bowler Tim Southee says better death bowling and the early removal of Proteas skipper AB de Villiers are key in Saturday's ODI series decider.

India under pressure for 2nd Test: Smith

Australian skipper Steve Smith feels India will feel under pressure before a ball is bowled in the 2nd Test while Virat Kohli says it's mind games in Bangalore.

Smith entered 'trance' in captain's ton

Australian skipper Steve Smith says he entered a 'trance' during arguably the greatest of his 18 Test centuries.

Australians out to extend Rose Bowl streak

The Australian women's cricket team can extend their Rose Bowl ODI dominance over New Zealand to 18 years with victory on Sunday.

Aussies reaping rewards of Dubai camp

Australia, who hold a 1-0 lead in their four-Test series against India, are reaping the rewards of a pre-tour training camp in Dubai.

India didn't mess up DRS: coach Kumble

Coach Anil Kumble says he isn't worried about the way India frivolously wasted reviews throughout a first-Test loss to Australia in Pune.

Intrigue surrounds Bangalore Test pitch

Australia and India are both expecting a more batsman-friendly pitch for the second Test, but India coach Anil Kumble says there should be a result.

How Test dumping helped Mitch Marsh

Allrounder Mitch Marsh says an enforced break from Test cricket has helped him to reassess a number of things.

Marsh expects Starc to sizzle in Bangalore

Mitch Marsh says Mitchell Starc is the 'best reverse-swing bowler in the world' and ready to unleash against India in the second Test.

Forgotten Fawad set for Shield return

Victoria are set to call on legspinner Fawad Ahmed for the first time this season in their Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia.

Australian win second Rose Bowl ODI

Australia have won the second women's Rose Bowl ODI against New Zealand by four wickets, sending the three-game series to a decider on Sunday.

India vow to be smarter with DRS

Murali Vijay, who was responsible for one of India's many frivolous reviews in the first Test, says they have to be smarter with the Decision Review System.

Hobart loss galvanised Aussies: Warner

Australian vice-captain David Warner says a horrible loss to South Africa in Hobart has helped galvanise the new-look Test XI.

Pune pitch wasn't so poor: India opener

India opener Murali Vijay says the pitch in Pune was challenging but not 'poor', as match referee Chris Broad had reported of the first Test.

Drought-breaking NZ Rose Bowl win looms

The White Ferns have not won a trans-Tasman Rose Bowl ODI series since 1999 but have a fine chance to assail an insurmountable 2-0 series lead on Thursday.

Warner's simple advice for Renshaw

David Warner was impressed with the composure of Matt Renshaw in Pune, but he did have one piece of dietary advice for his opening partner.

Aussies face more pitch posers in India

Intrigue surrounds the Bangalore pitch that will host the second Test between Australia and India, with the tourists boasting 1-0 lead in the series.

Guptill blasts NZ to ODI win over Proteas

An imperious Martin Guptill display has given the Black Caps a seven-wicket victory over South Africa in the fourth ODI.

Former Southern Star Coyte quits cricket

Former Australian women's cricketer Sarah Coyte has retired from all forms of cricket after stepping away from the Southern Stars commitments last year.

Aussies out to back up Indian boilover

Spearhead Mitchell Starc says it's been great to 'shut a few people up' but Australia have a lot more work to do in their four-Test series against India.

BCCI could be fined for 'poor' Pune pitch

The International Cricket Council has asked Indian officials to explain why the pitch in Pune was in such a sorry state, with the match referee grading it poor.

India's recent run of poor cricket pitches

The first Test between Australia and India isn't the first time the International Cricket Council has questioned a 'poor' pitch in India.