Australia pip India to become no.1 in Tests:
Australia pipped India to become no .1 in tests and T20I as per new rankings by ICC. India was replaced by Australia from the number one spot in Tests for the first time since October 2016 while Pakistan lost their No.1 spot in T20Is after being almost a year at the top, Below Australia stand NewZealand, India, and England respectively. Australia regained the Ashes in England, they were undefeated against Pakistan in 5 tests at home and the same happened vs New Zealand in the summer, which made sure of them to be at the no 1 spot.
"We have got lots of work to do to become the team we want to be, but over the last couple of years not only have we performed well on the field but we have performed well off it," said Australia head coach Justin Langer on the team’s success. The Australian coach although said that defeating India in India in a Test series is when Australia can truly claim to have won back the top spot.
2. Use of sweat and saliva to shine the ball restricted under the new guidelines of Australian Cricket.
Shining the ball with saliva or sweat will be banned in Australia under a framework that was released by the federal government regarding the possible return of recreational and professional sports in between the coronavirus pandemic. Interestingly as cricket comes under no-contact sport which is slated to come-back before winter, which may allow northern states free to play.
Kookaburra, Australian sports manufacturing company has developed a special wax applicator which will help to shine the ball without saliva, the wax formula as it is called can be applied on the ball by using a small sponge, which can fit in the pockets and can be effectively used to rub or polish the ball to amplify the shine of the ball and act as a replacement for sweat and saliva.
World T20 News:
The world T20 which has been slated to take place in Australia later this year has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Australia could be facing a loss of 300 Australian Million Dollars if the world cup does not go ahead as planned.
Australian Sports Minister Richard Colbeck stated that the country has no issues with getting players and staff into the country, but is it worth playing these matches in empty stadiums without spectators and fans is the main point to be taken into consideration. “I’d love to see an Australia-India Test series this summer and I’d like to be able to see the World Cup go ahead”... the issue is not so much the teams as the crowds and that’s probably one of the hurdles we have to consider and probably one that world cricket will look at pretty closely as well,” said Colbeck to SEN Radio.
"If this is the case and we have to play behind closed doors, the more and more that happens we'll get more used to it and understand it. I don't think it takes anything away from the actual game" said top Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne which I think I agree with as the world will take its time and sport should continue.
Some more short news:
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar says he is open to the Indian bowling coach job as his job is to spread knowledge.
Virat Kohli pays tribute to that security personnel killed in the Handwara encounter.
Gautam Gambhir and brett lee are against the idea of splitting T20’S into 4 innings
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