Indian skipper Virat Kohli finished the year as the number one ranked Test batsman as per the newly released ICC rankings. Kohli finished 2019 on 928 points, 17 points clear of close competitor Steve Smith. Kohli
India's 2011 World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni has been named as the captain of the ODI team of the decade, a list compiled by Cricket Australia. As many as Indians are part of the 11-member squad. While Dhoni has been named skipper and wicket-keeper, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are the other Indians in the team.
Australia’s in-form batsman Marnus Labuschagne has continued his rise in the ICC Test Player Rankings following his knocks of 143 and 50 in the Perth Test. The knocks followed his 185 and 162 in the two Tests against Pakistan at Brisbane and Adelaide. Labuschagne, whose fortunes changed after he was brought in as concussion substitute for Steve Smith during the Ashes Test at Lord’s, moved up to number five from eight.
Australia’s experienced left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc and England’s Test skipper Joe Root have opted out of the Indian Premier League 2020 auction to be held in Kolkata on December 19. On the other hand, five Australians have listed their names with a base price of Rs 2 crore. The names include Glenn Maxwell, who recently took a break from international cricket due to mental health issues, and Chris Lynn, who was surprisingly released by Kolkata Knight Riders.
Australian opener David Warner continued to torment Pakistan as he hit a career-best 335 at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday, the highest individual score in a Day-Night Test. Australia declared having posted a massive 589 for 3, with Marnus Labuschagne falling for a wonderful 162.