Round-up: India create history, De Villiers to visit Lahore, Wood called up
Another first for India
India defeated Australia by seven wickets in the third and final ODI in Melbourne, becoming the first team not to lose any of the Test, ODI and T20I series in Australia on the same tour.
India win in Melbourne to take the series 2-1!— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2019
MS Dhoni's 87*, his third consecutive half-century, and 61* from Kedar Jadhav lead the way as Australia's 230 is chased down for a seven wicket victory.#AUSvIND scorecard ?? https://t.co/TnQ5ZSZFxQ pic.twitter.com/NuMvUtbsMK
The loss also meant that Australia have now gone winless in six consecutive bilateral ODI series.
Master finisher MS Dhoni eased India to a seven-wicket victory to clinch their first bilateral ODI series in Australia ??@msdhoni's average of 103.07 is the highest in successful ODI run-chases ????— Cricingif (@_cricingif) January 18, 2019
Read the match report ?? https://t.co/XQwo38AFit#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/pjRo8w7vaV
Their last ODI series win was against Pakistan in January, 2017.
Shankar, Gill replace Pandya, Rahul
India included Vijay Shankar and Shubham Gill for KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for the limited-overs series in New Zealand. Pandya and Rahul, who were part of the initial squad against Australia, were flown back home after BCCI took stern action in response to the duo’s ‘misogynistic’ comments in a show on TV.
AB de Villiers set to visit Lahore after 11 years
South Africa stalwart AB de Villiers will take field for Lahore Qalandars in their home matches against Islamabad United and Multan Sultans at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on 9 and 10 March respectively. De Villiers’ last visit to Pakistan was during South Africa’s tour of the country back in 2007.
Afghanistan-Ireland series rescheduled to February 21
Ireland and Afghanistan will lock horns against each across all three formats in Dehradun, India. The month-long contest starts February 21. The schedule has been modified keeping in mind the early start of the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League, which starts on March 23.
Manu Sawhney: ICC’s new CEO
Manu Sawhney will replace Dave Richardson as the International Cricket Council's new chief executive from June. Sawhney previously served as the CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports. He will join mid-February and will take over from Richardson in July 2019, following the men's World Cup.
Manu Sawhney has been appointed ICC Chief Executive pic.twitter.com/ja4Qh4VDF4— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) January 15, 2019
Steyn, de Kock rested for first two Pakistan ODIs
South Africa have rested Quinton de Kock and Dale Steyn for the first two ODIs against Pakistan. Aiden Markram and Duanne Olivier have named as replacements for the rested duo.
South Africa squad for first two Pakistan ODIs
Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Duanne Olivier, Rassie van der Dussen
Rory Kleinveldt calls time on first-class career
Former South Africa pacer Rory Kleinveldt has called time on his red-ball career. He took to Twitter to announce his decision following Cape Cobras' six-wicket defeat in the 4-day Franchise Series against the Warriors.
Machine bud! 17 years and always made a impact! You can be very proud— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 17, 2019
Warner returns to Australia from BPL with elbow injury
Warner to return home from Bangladesh post an elbow injury, Cricket Australia said Thursday. The reason of return is the examination of his injured elbow.
He is reported to be getting back to Australia next Monday, after two more matches in the BPL.
Before this, former captain Steve Smith returned to Australia to get his elbow surgery done.
Wood replaces Stone for West Indies Tests
England pacer Mark Wood has been called-up to replace Olly Stone for the West Indies tour. Stone was ruled out of the three-match series with a stress fracture of the lower back and will return home.