"MS has been there for a long time. The way he timed his innings, in his whole career that has been his strength. For a young player like Hardik he was the guide at the other end. It was important for us to break that partnership.
We couldn't do that. We've spoken about hw important it is to strike against new batsman and we could not do that," the leg-spinner said.
After being smashed for 24 runs in one over, Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa has admitted that his plans against Hardik Pandya failed due to lack of execution in the series opener in Chennai.
In a recent interview, Zampa spoke about the spell and said, “I pride myself on bowling well under pressure but the other day I did not execute how I would have liked to in the over against Hardik. It would have been important to get him off the strike. Probably I bowled three balls too full. As soon as you miss against a player like Hardik, it’s going to go the distance. Hardik is a very good player,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
“Length here is very important, with the size of the ground. In Australia, you can mess up your length a little bit and you will probably get away with it purely because of the size. Here the length is very important. I pride myself on bowling well under pressure but the other day I didn’t execute it too well,” Zampa said.
The Eden Gardens outfield, however, has an approximate radius of 75 yards, which might work to Zampa’s advantage. But for him, it would be more about regaining confidence. “It is tough sometimes; bowling a bad ball can sometimes be. The best thing is to take a deep breath and get the player off strike or get him out,” Zampa said.
Persistent rain is threatening to derail Australia's bid to level their one-day international series against India in Kolkata.After Steve Smith's men lost the first ODI in Chennai on the Duckworth-Lewis method, they could again be forced into a shortened contest in game two.If the match is abandoned,
Australia will need to win in Indore to keep their hopes of a series victory alive.A small group of Australian players trained indoors with Eden Gardens completely covered ahead of match.India abandoned their training session as weather forecasters made ominous predictions for the rest of the week.
Rachael Haynes will lead Australia in the women's Ashes series in the absence of injured captain Meg Lanning.Cricket Australia has confirmed Haynes will serve as stand-in skipper for the series that starts in Brisbane on
, with Lanning ruled out after shoulder surgery.Haynes was given the job ahead of vice-captain Alex Blackwell, as was the case when Lanning missed games during this year's World Cup in England.
West Indies captain Jason Holder has selected his all-time XI containing plenty of star-studded names. In collaboration with Lord's Cricket Ground, the 25-year old revealed the choices for his dream team. The all-rounder picked Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne and Brian Lara among others in his all-time XI.Holder enthused, "His (Tendulkar's) record - what he has done for the game and in the game is phenomenal."
Jason Holder's All-Time XI - Matthew Hayden (Australia), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Ricky Ponting (Australia), Brian Lara (West Indies), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Adam Gilchrist (Australia), Shane Warne (Australia), Dale Steyn (South Africa), Curtly Ambrose (West Indies) and Glenn McGrath (Australia)
Australian stand-in coach David Saker has stated that pacer Pat Cummins is most likely to play in all the games of the upcoming ODI series against India.
"At this stage, we're planning for him to play all the games. We will look at (resting him), it's obviously been brought up between all of us. We know that his workloads are up there, but we know it's an important series. It's Australia vs India, it doesn't get any bigger than that," Saker said in an interview to Australia's Cricket Network. "He's really determined to play well over here. It'll be a game-by-game basis, we'll play it by the ear," he added.