Steve Smith reckons that the key to achieving success with the bat in Asia is not to let your ego affect you at any point and be prepared to play ugly Cricket.

Smith was the only Kangaroo batter who was able to get on top of the spin attack of the Indians earlier this year and he says he could do that because he was never concerned about the style of his batting and how it was going across to the audience.

Even if the ball was beating the outside edge of his bat, it wasn’t putting him in any negative frame of mind because he was executing a game plan and the game plan was to play inside the line of the deliveries coming from the left arm spinner so that he could reduce the chances of leg before wicket. (more…)

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The Australian cricket team are poised to make the trip to Bangladesh but both sides are in negotiations over the timing after the previous schedule was abandoned.

In the plan made in 2015, Australia are supposed to play two Test matches in the Future Tours Programme.

According to reports, Cricket Australia (CA) wants the tour changed to an ODI visit. CA wants the visit to happen before the limited-overs tour in India. The Aussies want to play in India before their home Ashes games but their potential host wants the tour to go on as scheduled in July.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) wanttheir team to face Australia now that they are in their best Test match form. After recent wins over England and Sri Lanka, they want to continue against Australia. Aside their form, the BCB have a reported schedule that would clash with that of CA if the original schedule is not adhered to. Bangladesh wants to play Pakistan in July and august before facing the South African team in September and October. (more…)

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Yesterday, Steve Smith got himself indulged into something which has thrown his reputation up in the air, not just as a Cricketer, but, as a human being as well because he was trying to take an unfair advantage on the ground.

Whenever a batsman gets given out on the ground, he has an option these days to stay there and ask for a recheck of the decision with the help of different machineries available like the ball tracker etc.

But, whether the batsman has to exercise that option or not, that call has to be made by the batsman alone and the only person who can provide him a helping hand in that is the batsman who is holding the other end of the pitch.

Apart from that, there can’t be any sort of help coming for the batsman from anywhere. (more…)

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It is the hope of Steve Smith, Australia’s skipper that their recently concluded New Zealand series which saw the Australian cricketers in their best form, will continue as they prepare to head into the Pakistan series.

It has been just a month or less since sweeping changes were made to the mauled Test side and it looks like they have been able to regain their lost mojo, considering their third test win over South Africa, and a their thumping series sweep over New Zealand.

It has been a renewal of confidence for the players and the captain of the Australian cricket team, Steve Smith.

Friday night at the MCG saw New Zealand defeated as the Australian team wrapped up the one dayers with a resounding 117-run win over their opponents. (more…)

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When all the talks had been around the superstars like Warner, Kohli and De Villiers, guess who ended up as the talking point of the Indian Premier League finale at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore?

It was a certain Ben Cutting from Queensland Australia who stole the show.

Although the tall all-rounder was known for his hitting back home, not many in India had any idea about his credentials ahead of this season. He had appeared for the Rajasthan Royals earlier, but, with little success only.

Being in the Sunrisers’ Hyderabad squad as the second choice overseas all-rounder, Cutting got his chance only close to the playoffs when some of the other favoured overseas players lost their form.

But, because of his batting failures in the eliminator and then, in the second qualifier, whether to keep him in the XI or not was a subject of discussion coming to the final with the pundits saying Eoin Morgan was probably more worthy of being played on Sunday.

However, just to have the cushion of an extra bowler which Cutting would have given him, David Warner favoured him, but, even he wouldn’t have anticipated such batting carnage from his compatriot. (more…)

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The Australian Cricket Team was clean swept by the touring Indian side in the T20 series of 3 games.

It might only be the shortest format of the game, but, to down the Aussies on their home turf, it was simply magnificent from India’s perspective.

Australia had rested some of the main players with the New Zealand tour just around the corner and instead had picked some of the non regulars.

It still should have been an interesting series as most of the players who were selected were quite fresh from the Big Bash and were high on confidence.

But, unfortunately, it wasn’t to be as India dominated the series thoroughly.

The last match in Sydney might have been a bit closer in comparison to the first two, but, India did not look like losing that match either at any point.

Australia would be disappointed, not that much in the sense that they lost the series, they obviously had not given too much priority to the result of the series, otherwise, they would have gone with their main players, but, the fact that the youngsters, that they picked, just couldn’t quite raise the bar and show the fight. (more…)

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