We will treat Australia as any other team: Kumble

anil kumble says that we will treat Asutralia as any other team

Pune: Just before the home test series against Australia, India coach Anil Kumble said that hosts will not attach any special significance to this series and would treat Steve Smith and Co. like any other side. Australia had lost 0-4 during their previous tour to India and Kumble said his team will have plans to counter the visiting side when the first Test begins here on Thursday. “We respect every opposition. We spoke about this even before the season started with New Zealand. England was tougher. We all know theRead More

Harbhajan Singh backs India to dominate Australia in Test series

Melbourne: Veteram off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that India will dominate the upcoming home test series against Steve Smith-led Australian side. Predicting a resounding victory for India, Harbhajan said, “If Australia play well, India will win 3-0. That is if Australia play well.” Australia are touring India for a full Test series for the first time since they were whitewashed 0-4 by the hosts in the 2012-13 season. The Aussies later defeated India 2-0 in a four-Test rubber played Down Under in the 2014-15 season. Australia have never won aRead More

Mum’s the word as Smith refuses to reveal plans against Kohli

Mumbai: Steve Smith on Tuesday chose to keep his cards close to his chest, not revealing how Australia will tackle Virat Kohli in the four-match Test series, starting in Pune on February 23. Australia, who will be chasing their first Test series win in India since 2004-05, will need to stop the Kohli juggernaut to triumph against an India side who have not lost their last 19 Tests. It is not that other Indian batsmen haven’t performed. Kohli though is on top of his game, reaching landmarks and breaking recordsRead More

Sharing space with Dev Patel was surreal, says Pallavi Sharda

Mumbai. Australian-Indian actor, Pallavi Sharda, who started her Bollywood career with My Name is Khan, has much to look forward to this year. Apart from Begum Jaan, featuring Vidya Balan, Pallavi has an international Oscar-nominated movie — Lion, directed by Garth Davis, featuring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman — on her list of projects. Lion, which has received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, will see Pallavi portraying the role of Prama, a student from India. She landed this role when she met Kirsty McGregor, the Australian castingRead More

‘Worst call ever’: Donald Trump slams Australian PM on phone, hangs up

Washington: President Donald Trump was perhaps not having a ‘g’day’ when he recently spoke with his Australian counterpart, whom the new US leader upbraided over a refugee accord, The Washington Post reported. The new US leader reportedly abruptly cut short his call with Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull after criticizing the countries’ bilateral refugee agreement and exulting over his electoral college victory in the November election, according to the paper. Australia is considered one of the closest allies of the United States, and one might have expected to the callRead More

Steve Smith out of NZ series ahead of India tour

Sydney: Australian captain Steve Smith has been ruled out of the upcoming New Zealand tour after injuring his ankle in the fifth one-day international against Pakistan, Cricket Australia said on Friday. Smith was fielding in the match at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday when he injured his left ankle, CA said. “He came off the field and had his ankle strapped and was able to return to the field for the remainder of the match,” sports science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris said in a statement. “Following further assessmentRead More

Australia’s Sydney darkens for tenth Earth Hour

Sydney: Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge went dark tonight, as the Earth Hour campaign to switch off lights to call for action on climate change began rolling out across the planet, organisers said. Millions of people from 178 countries and territories are expected to take part in WWF’s Earth Hour this year, with monuments and buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Taipei 101 and the Empire State Building plunging into darkness for 60 minutes from 8:30pm local time. In Sydney, where the Earth Hour idea originated inRead More

Australian police foil imminent terror attack, five arrested

Melbourne: A sinister Islamic State-inspired plan to carry out an attack using “edged knives” at a ceremony here commemorating martyred soldiers was foiled on Saturday with the Australian police arresting five teenagers in connection with the alleged terror plot. A third man was arrested for weapons offences and two other men were in custody assisting the police with their enquiries, after seven search warrants were executed. Three of the five men arrested were reportedly injured in the operation. One suffered a head wound and another resisted arrest. Acting Deputy CommissionerRead More

ICC WC Semifinal: Australia thrash defending champions India by 95 runs, to face NZ in final

Sydney: India’s near flawless title defence came to an agonising end on Thursday as they succumbed to pressure against the clinical Australians, who decimated the defending champions by 95 runs to romp into the finals and break a million Indian hearts. In an engrossing semifinal clash, four-time champions Australia rode on Steve Smith’s classy 105 to post an imposing 328/7 before bundling out India for 233 in 46.5 overs to set up a summit clash with trans-Tasmanian rivals and co-hosts New Zealand in Melbourne on Sunday. Skipper Mahendra Singh DhoniRead More

Australian PM announces fresh security crackdown

Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday announced a national security crackdown that could deny welfare payments to people seen as potential threats, strip the passports of those with dual nationality and curb travel overseas. Abbott, bruised politically and facing pressure for dramatic action after surviving a leadership challenge this month, unveiled the measures in the wake of a hostage siege in a Sydney cafe that left three dead in December. He was speaking a day after the release of a damning report into the siege, in which twoRead More