India captain Virat Kohli said he was kept in the dark about deputy Rohit Sharma's hamstring injury and believes the opener should have travelled to Australia to boost his chances of playing the test series against Tim Paine's men. Rohit was initially ruled out of the entire AustRead More »
Jason Roy knows what is at stake on Sunday after his slump in form continued in the first Twenty20 against South Africa on Friday night. With captain Eoin Morgan demanding improvements from his team, the series resumes in Paarl on Sunday afternoon and while it might be a little premature to say Roy is playing for his place right now, he is aware time is running out. He admitted as much before the series saying he would be “100 per cent lying” if he thought he was not under pressure. Roy has averaged 18 for England in 50 and 20-over cricket since the World Cup final with one fifty in 12 innings. His second-ball duck at Newlands, out cutting hard at a spinner, was his second successive nought (albeit split by three months) and his fifth single-figure score in six innings. His downfall will have been noted by opponents. George Linde enjoyed a fine T20 debut for South Africa on Friday but there will be better spin bowlers lining up against Roy with the new ball at next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in India, where in the last tournament he was out in the first over of the final in Calcutta to a spinner.
Indian players will lose 20% of their match fees for taking more than the allotted time for bowling their overs in the first one-day international against hosts Australia in Sydney, the International Cricket Council said on Saturday. Virat Kohli's men were found one over short of their target in the stipulated time and were penalised by match referee David Boon at the conclusion of the match, which Australia won by 66 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Team director and Test boss Andy Flower was keen to reduce his own workload and Giles seized the opportunity.