Australia came close to conquering the final frontier in 2001, but fell short at the very end. Three years later, they were back in India, and in a series that did not live up to the hype of 2001, managed to overcome an underperforming Indian side. Australia dominated the 2004 series from the start, and the Indians somehow did not look at home in spite of being the hosts.
Even as Ravichandran Ashwin has hogged most of the limelight in India’s good performances at home in recent times, his left-arm spinning partner Pragyan Ojha hasn’t been a mere supporting hand. In fact, Ojha has matched Ashwin’s performances in most games where they have featured together.
Sunil Joshi, the former India left-arm spinner, announced his retirement from international and first class cricket. The 42-year-old was a doyen of Karnataka cricket for two decades, during which he won the Ranji Trophy thrice.
England T20 team Somerset will bank on three players with IPL experience - Murali Kartik, Alfonso Thomas, Roelof van der Merwe, along with batsman James Hildreth to fire them into the main round of the 2011 Champions League T20.