Jhye Richardson was awarded the man of the match at SCG

Jhye Richardson, MoM: They are a quality side. Credit to India as they gave us a run for our money in those middle overs. For a period they had the game under control. When you have a team three down early, it becomes difficult to bounce back. I am very happy to get (Kohli's) wicket, I'll treasure it for a while but more than that, I'm happy with the win. As a
bowling unit, we are clear about our plans, doing our homework and research, being professional out there. I think it was about assessing the conditions more than anything else. I didn't need to bowl the slower balls earlier but felt like bashing the wicket was quite difficult to score off. In the end, it became easier to bowl the slower deliveries as the ball got softer. My finger's fine.

Steve Smith gives an unexpected blow to all Asian fans

Former Australia captain Steve Smith must have been looking forward to 2019 for this year will see his year-long ban imposed in the wake of the Sandpapergate scandal last year coming to an end. But Smith’s New Year did not start well as far as fitness is concerned since an injury in the elbow saw him getting ruled out of a number of franchise cricket tournaments – the only format he has been playing over the last 10 months.The 29-year-old
batting all-rounder suffered the injury while playing for Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and had to fly back home after playing in just two matches in which he could not produce anything magical. The Australian underwent tests and has been advised six weeks of rest by the physicians which means he will not only be out of the ongoing BPL but also the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which is due to be played between February and March.

Aussies bounce back to outclass India

Yeah, very pleased with the performance. I think the way they rebuilt, Rohit and MS, we knew they will take it deep and we managed to pick up the wickets at the right time. I thought we got a par total, the partnership between Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh was very good in the middle overs and Peter played a gem. In the middle period we played really
well. We didn't score a lot of runs in the middle overs but we saved the wickets for the final overs. We have powers hitters like Maxi and Stoinis at number 6 and 7. Jhye and Jason are full of confidence, they have great skill sets and both have a good future ahead of them. We can always improve, our execution with the ball was at times off. It will be a good series.

Virat Kohli exposes the moment where India lost the first ODI

We are not very pleased with the way we played. I thought we were fine with the ball, score of 300+ was par on that wicket. We thought 280 was chaseable on that wicket but losing three wickets in such a short span of time is never good. Rohit was outstanding and MS supported him well but we could have done better with the tempo of the game. They took the game deep, deep enough for us to feel we have a chance. MS got out at the wrong time as he was looking to up the scoring rate at that point. If we would have had one more partnership, we would have been close to the target. We lost early wickets and Australia
were professional enough to not get us back in. Rayudu got a good ball, Shikhar was out on the first ball so you can't really look too much into it and I hit it sweetly but straight to the fielder. These things happen in ODI cricket but you don't stop playing shots. I think we have to take it as a day on which Australia played better than us. We are not stressed about the results, we need to figure out the things we need to improve as a side. Looking forward to the World Cup, I think every side has to have the best combination. The defeats like these make you aware of the things you need to improve on. We just want to play good cricket and correct our mistake in the next match.

WBBL 2018-19 Ellyse Perry is the WBBL’s top run-scorer so far this season

The competition’s dream team have continued their fine form as they hunt a ‘three-peat’ of Women’s Big Bash League titles.It’s no surprise given they boast the most marquee signings across the entire competition, including Australian World Cup winning trio Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Ash Gardner. Perry’s number with the bat have been simply ridiculous. She is the competition’s leading run scorer with 524, averaging 87.33 including
scoring three half-centuries and two hundreds.Healy herself hasn’t been bad either, scoring a fast century against the Strikers to take her tally to 332 runs. Gardner has whacked a team-high 12 sixes from her 10 games this season.With the ball, South African pair Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk have both claimed 13 wickets, while spinners Lauren Smith and Erin Burns both boast economy rates under 6.5 runs per over. They are going to be hard to beat in the finals, but if teams find a way to dismiss their Australian star trio, they may just have the upper hand.

SYDNEY SIXERS - 1st, 16 points (four games to play)

Remaining fixtures:

v Thunder at Sydney Showground Stadium, Wednesday January 2, 2:50pm
v Scorchers at Lilac Hill, Sunday January 6, 10am
v Renegades at GMHBA Stadium, Sunday January 13, 2:50pm
v Stars at MCG, Monday January 14, 2:50pm

WBBL 2018-19 Rachael Haynes has been in stunning form this season

The Thunder just continue to get the job done throughout the season and have used just 12 squad members so far.At the top of the order international players Rachael Haynes (232 runs) and Rachel Priest (230 runs) have continued to get the Thunder off the impressive starts, with Indian all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur is striking at an amazing 137.8 in WBBL|04 and is the Thunder’s leading run scorer with 277 runs. Kaur has struck 21 fours and 15
sixes.With the ball, the Thunder have had plenty of contributors but it’s been off-spinner Stafanie Taylor (15 wickets) and veteran Rene Farrell (13 wickets) who have done most of the damage. Left arm spinner Sam Bates has been effective with ball in hand, claiming eight wickets at an economy of 6.60. The Thunder’s run home should mean they will play finals for yet another WBBL season.

SYDNEY THUNDER - 3rd, 12 points (five games to play)

Remaining fixtures:

v Sixers at Sydney Showground Stadium, Wednesday January 2, 2:50pm
v Stars at Blacktown, Saturday January 5, 2pm
v Stars at Bankstown, Sunday January 6, 2pm
v Renegades at Spotless Stadium, Tuesday January 8, 1:50pm
v Heat at Cazaly’s Stadium, Saturday January 12, 6:15pm

WBBL 2018-19 Meg Lanning has been in impressive touch when fit

The Scorchers have played the most games in the competition and find themselves in the top four, but have three hard games to end the season and will be aiming to clean sweep the Strikers in Alice Springs.A shoulder injury to captain Meg Lanning has kept her sidelined for five matches, but she is in fine form having peeled off scores of 75, 70 and 76 in her past four games. Elyse Villani is dominating at the top of the order, having scored 390 runs from
10 innings, averaging 48.75 with four half-centuries. Nicole Bolton has been a consistent all-rounder, scoring 192 runs and claiming 12 wickets at an economy rate of 6.78.Heather Graham has pushed herself into the minds of Australian selectors no doubt, with 18 wickets at an average of 15.27. Her medium pace bowling has been effective right throughout the innings and especially at the death, where she has a good ability to change the pace of her deliveries. They might be the team best placed to knock off the Sydney Sixers come finals.

PERTH SCORCHERS - 4th, 12 points (three games to play)

Remaining fixtures:

v Sixers at Lilac Hill, Sunday January 6, 10am
v Strikers at Traeger Park, Saturday January 12, 10:50am
v Strikers at Traeger Park, Sunday January 13, 10:50am

WBBL 2018-19 Kristen Beams has been restricted to just four games by injury

The Stars lost two crucial games against the Melbourne Renegades at the wrong time and it has meant their finals chances are all but over. With four games against the top four sides, they will need to pull off some upsets to sneak in.Lizelle Lee peeled off an outstanding hundred to kick-start WBBL|04, while South African teammate Mignon du Preez has made 208 runs at 26 this campaign. Skipper Kristen Beams has been kept to just four games due
to an Achillies injury suffered last year, with stand-in skipper Erin Osborne one of the Stars’ more consistent players with both bat and ball.The former Australian spinner has made 203 runs and taken eight wickets. After moving from the Hurricanes, Nicola Hancock has claimed 11 wickets to be the Stars’ leading wicket taker. Annnabel Sutherland’s form has been strong with the new ball, claiming eight wickets – it’s hard to believe she’s only 17.

MELBOURNE STARS - 6th, eight points (four games to play)

Remaining fixtures:

v Thunder at Blacktown, Saturday January 5, 2pm
v Thunder at Blacktown, Sunday January 6, 2pm
v Heat at the Gabba, Thursday January 10, 12:50pm
v Sixers at MCG, Monday January 14, 2:50pm

WBBL 2018-19 Danni Wyatt has been the Renegades’ best with the bat

No Melbourne WBBL team has ever made the finals and while the Renegades are outside the top four, they are the best placed with five matches remaining. Danni Wyatt has been the hero at the top of the order with 229 runs at an average of 28.6, while Sophie Molineux starred in the derby against the Stars with an outstanding knock of 78 not out opening the batting. Captain Amy Sattherwaite has scored 181 runs, but the ‘Gades batting has struggled at times this season with a lack of big partnerships noticeable.
MELBOURNE RENEGADES - 5th, nine points (five games to play)

Remaining fixtures:

v Hurricanes at GMHBA Stadium, Thursday January 3, 2:50pm
v Heat at Harrup Park, Sunday January 6, 3pm
v Thunder at Sydney Showground Stadium, Tuesday January 8, 1:50pm
v Hurricanes at Junction Oval, Saturday January 12, 1pm
v Sixers at GMHBA Stadium, Sunday January 13, 2:50pm

WBBL 2018-19 A knee injuy to Hayley Matthews has hurt the Hurricanes

With just four games remaining the Hurricanes are out of the running for finals. Tasmania’s team have won just two games this season, while lost in a super over against the Perth Scorchers – a match they should’ve won.They’ve been hindered by the injury to West Indian all-rounder Hayley Matthews who has been sidelined with a nasty knee injury suffered
against the Melbourne Stars, while their bowlers continue to leak runs.International pair Heather Knight (263 runs) and Smriti Mandhana (217 runs) have been their best performers, while young gun Erin Fazackerley has provided a few cameos at the top of the innings, including 38 in the opening game against the Scorchers.

HOBART HURRICANES - 8th, four points (four games to play)

Remaining fixtures:

v Renegades at GMHBA Stadium, Thursday January 3, 2:50pm
v Strikers at Karen Rolton Oval, Tuesday January 8, 1:40pm
v Strikers at Karen Rolton Oval, Wednesday January 9, 1:40pm
v Renegades at Junction Oval, Saturday January 12, 1pm