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HindustanTimes Fri,31 Oct 2014

India VS Australia 2013: News

For Oz series, Viru gets focus right

Dropped from the India one-day squad in January and working to regain form, Virender Sehwag has started seeing things differently.

Team India is on the wane and vulnerable: Geoff Lawson

The retirement of some batting greats and the recent failure to dominate England with spinners on home soil make India a "vulnerable" side in the upcoming Test against Australia, former cricketer Jeff Lawson has commented.

‘No guarantee about spinners’ impact’

Australia might have taken five spinners to India to tackle the dust-bowl tracks but former coach John Buchanan feels it is the seamers who are likely to make a difference in the four-Test series.

Spin-starved Aussies pin hopes on pacers

Going with their strength, Australia announced a three-pronged pace attack, along with a medium-pace option in debutant Moises Henriques, for the first Test.

Security tightened after serial blasts

The already tight security at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and the team hotel has been strengthened in Chennai ahead of the first Test following the deadly serial blasts in Hydera-bad, the second Test venue.

Firebrand to humble man

On the eve of his 100th Test appearance, against his favourite team, Bhajji was in a reflective mood, looking back at the highs and lows as well as the rough ride in the last two seasons.

Bhajji would be hard to face: Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke admitted that India’s veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh would be the toughest to face.

Same situation, new approach

You could be excused if you felt you were at a different match when Australia and India take turns to field and bat in the opening Test of the Border-Gavaskar series. Dhoni, Clarke have opted for radically different combinations, writes Sanjjeev K Samyal.

BCCI, CA allay fears over Hyderabad Test

After the blasts on Thursday night raised concerns over the second Test in Hyderabad, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) said the match was not in doubt at this stage.

Henriques: Born in Portugal, made in Oz

Think about Portugal and the first thing that comes to mind is Cristiano Ronaldo and football. But what will really amaze you is the country's connection with the gentleman's game.

Giving the game an odd spin

The last time India played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, they scored 387 for four on the final day to beat England. After watching the first two days in the first Test against Australia, all thoughts of witnessing such a memorable chase have evaporated.

Few players can score 200 with this strike-rate: Virat Kohli

Only a few players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni can score a double hundred in a Test match with an amazing strike-rate (nearly 85%), feels his younger teammate Virat Kohli.

Ashwin fined for flaunting four logos on batting pads

India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was fined 10% of his match fee for flaunting logos on his batting pads in breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the first cricket Test against Australia in Chennai on Sunday.

Ending the debate on No 6 slot

The ability to switch on and switch off at the right time is a quality that champion performers work extra hard to acquire. MS Dhoni seems to have mastered that art.

Still hungry to make a splash

Virat Kohli's highest scores in Test cricket read 116, 107, 103 and 103. The 24-year-old may have established himself as a pillar of a team in transition and gave another example of his talent on Sunday. MVL Manikantan reports.
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