Former Australia cricket captain Steve Smith is laying low and 'bonding' with his fiancée in New York in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal, his father has revealed. Smith, 28, has been concentrating on his wedding to Dani Willis, who has been his 'complete and absolute rock', according to dad Peter.During a press conference last month, Smith crumbled under intense criticism from former players, fans and even the prime minister after saying he was 'deeply sorry' for letting the country down by authorising the cheating plot. Peter told The Daily Telegraph the scandal has been 'tough mentally on him' but he is now focusing on Dani. 'She has been incredibly supportive and is his complete and absolute rock,' he said. 'It's fair to say the wedding is still on - that's their priority now.'He added: 'Steve is trying to relax away from Australia. He has to be away from things at the moment to get back to where he was, slowly and surely.'Peter also said cricket was not a priority for Smith, who is believed to be considering a move to England to play county cricket, but he is keeping up his fitness while 'trying to draw a line under the past'. Smith was spotted in New York earlier this month, unwinding in a bar in the city's Chinatown precinct. He was given a 12-month ban along with vice captain David Warner for his role in the ball-tampering affair. The couple, who have been together since 2011, are thought to have made detailed plans for their wedding. Smith proposed to Willis, a 27-year-old lawyer, in New York City just under a year ago. The cricketer was set to earn up to $10 million this year in wages and multiple sponsorship until he allowed Cameron Bancroft to cheat in the third test against South Africa last month.Smith and Warner were set to be Australia's highest paid players in the lucrative Indian Premier League this year and would have earned $2.4million each for the Rajasthan Royals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.
Talking to a famous British Media house, Peter Smith suggested that cricket is not a priority for the 28-year-old right now. He said this after there were many rumors suggesting he would play County cricket for Surrey this season. He also spoke at length about Smith’s fiancee Dani Willis, who has been beside the cricketer in these tough hours. Senior Smith suggested that Dani and Steve’s wedding is very much on and that’s the couple sole priority right now. Peter also said that Steve is trying to relax away from Australia as he wishes to stay far from all the brouhaha and can slowly recuperate mentally. “She has been incredibly supportive and is his complete and absolute rock. It’s fair to say the wedding is still on — that’s their priority now. Steve is trying to relax away from Australia. He has to be away from things at the moment to get back to where he was, slowly and surely,” Smith’s father said according to the Daily Telegraph.
Chris Gayle, Orange cap holder: I am accustomed to it (about getting the Orange cap). To be honest, I am not worried about the Orange cap. I think Rahul deserves it, he's been batting really well. I have been striking well and when you are in the zone, you try to keep the momentum going. I have been doing lot of stretches (about his fitness) and I am enjoying it. It's really good to contribute to the team. Hope to continue this form. Look at that confident walk back to the dressing from Gayle. He's in a good space folks and is looking hungry. 192 was a good target set by KKR, but Rahul and Gayle just smashed the bowlers to all corners to make a mockery of the total. The rain came down heavy, but the KXIP openers ensured that the side was well and truly in front. The revised target of 125 in 13 overs was swallowed easily. Gayle made 62 at a strike-rate of 163 dots, but to me Rahul's 27-ball 60 was special primarily because of the ease with which he hit the bowlers. Hardly played a rash shot. Making a serious case for an opening slot for India in T20s. Rohit plays No. 4 maybe!
Now, this must be an absolute shocker for everyone, but it’s true! Steve Smith was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2010. The youngster remained under the shadow of Virat Kohli back then and with so many star foreign players present, he never got an opportunity to enter the battlefield wearing the red jersey. The next season, Steve Smith was bought by the Kochi Tuskers Kerala, but once again, he failed to appear in any games for them. He later made his debut for the Pune Warriors India and established himself as a player to watch out for at the Rajasthan Royals camp. The rest, as they say, is history. Imagine RCB’s strength if they had managed to keep him and Kohli together till date?
Shaun Marsh displayed his class with an imperious century to put Glamorgan on top at the halfway point of their County Championship Division Two clash with Gloucestershire. The Australian international registered 18 fours in a classy innings of 111 at Bristol on a wicket that still has a degree of life left in it as Glamorgan reached 5-296 in response to their opponents' 236 all out. In reaching three figures midway through the final session, Marsh joins compatriots Matthew Elliott and Mark Cosgrove in having scored a first-class century on debut for the Welsh county. He is the 10th Glamorgan player to achieve the feat. It was not all plain sailing for the visitors as, resuming on 26 without loss, opening batsmen Nick Selman and Jack Murphy struggled for rhythm in a morning session eventually cut short by light rain. Although they were seldom in real trouble, they crept forward at a snail's pace as Gloucestershire, aided by the overcast conditions, bowled a decent line and length.The pair were prised apart with the score on 57 when Selman was bowled by Ryan Higgins for 28 off 66 balls.Thereafter, the day belonged to Marsh. Gloucestershire toiled in the afternoon sunshine as Murphy and the seemingly indomitable Marsh set about their task.The pair were cautious but positive in their approach and added 67 for the second wicket before Murphy was adjudged lbw to Graeme van Buuren for 47.
Cricket great Shane Warne has hit out at what he believes is a divide between Cricket Australia and its players, declaring "greed" is the reason why the Big Bash League will expand next summer. The angst between the Australian Cricketers Association and CA continues almost a year after the two parties fought a bitter dispute over pay and conditions. Warne, who took to social media on Saturday to vent his displeasure, has suggested a rush for cash is the reason why the BBL will leap from a 43-game competition this season to 59 next summer, including finals, as part of the sport's overall $1.2 billion broadcast rights deal. "Australian Cricket should be an equal partnership between the players & the board, then everyone would be on the same page, sure they won’t always agree - but if both parties attitude is - what’s best for Australian Cricket & not themselves - then Cricket & the fans would b happy," Warne said on Twitter. "Ps And hopefully greed would then be thrown out the door too ! For example - it’s ridiculous that the BBL will have a lot more games next season & beyond - It’s a great comp & less is more should be the attitude - not let’s put more games on for $$ - diluting a wonderful product."The eight-team BBL has become the jewel in the summer crown, and a full home-and-away competition will ensure regular nightly ratings of more than one million viewers for new broadcasters, Channel Seven and Fox Sports. Players last summer gave mixed private responses when asked whether they were in favour of more BBL matches. Warne is in India where he is a mentor for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, and has lost his commentary role at Channel Nine in the wake of CA's new deal with Seven and Fox Sports. However, he is expected to find a new commentary home.
Dhoni, the winning captain says: "It's like an unknown territory for us. We're usually behind, but this time we're ahead. Most of us are over 30, so it's important to stay fit. Experience really counts, and we do have good fielders. Just need people to stay fit. The change of venue, to be frank, the people over here, they supported me when I played for Pune, so you could say that it was good that I could return the favour. Yes, it's Chennai Super Kings and not Pune Super Kings, but by the end of the seventh game, we'll see more yellow here. As for the pitch, I wasn't 100% sure. There was variable bounce, spongy bounce, and hitting from back of a length is difficult sometimes. The batsmen made the life for the bowlers easy. Whenever you score 200+, the spinners still had to vary their pace, line and length to stay in the game. The first six overs of the chase were important. Today also there was a bit of dew later on, and if the wicket is good not many teams will mind batting first."
All-rounder Shane Watson roared back to form on Friday as the smashed his third hundred against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Playing their first home game in Pune since the matches got shifted out of Chennai due to the Cauvery water dispute, Watson entertained the crowd hitting six maximums and nine boundaries during his 51-ball knock. The former Aussie star, who was bought by CSK for a whopping Rs 4 crore, started hitting the ball from the middle of his bat from the word go scoring two fours in the first over to get his team off to a flying start. Watson's hundred is the second by a batsman this season after Chris Gayle's swashbuckling 104 not out in 63 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad just 24 hours ago in Mohali. Interestingly, Watson's first ton in the IPL had come while playing for the Royals against the Super Kings when he scored 101 in a losing cause at the MA Chidambaram stadium in 2013. He then slammed 104 not out against Kolkata Knight Riders in Royals' 9-run victory at the Wankhede stadium in 2015. Overall, the 36-year-old has scored a total of 2754 runs in 107 matches at an average of over 31 and has picked up 91 wickets at 27.62 with one four-wicket haul.
Shane Watson, the Man of the Match says: "There's no doubt I had some extra motivation, playing against Rajasthan. Incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to play for CSK, so happy to repay the faith. (on the dropped catch), I'm not sure. It's just how it goes sometimes, but the other little things fell my way tonight. I'm always looking to get better, when it's time you're not learning, it's time to stop, so I'm still trying to improve certain aspects of my playing. MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming know really well how to set a team dynamic, and seeing the inner workings of the team is great."
Former Australian cricketer Shane Watson has been much maligned and criticised for various reasons and after last year’s IPL, it was looking like that his career would come to an end. Watson proved his doubters wrong and scored a majestic 106 runs off 57 balls and gave CSK a terrific start. Watson after getting reprieve early in his innings played with authority and imposed his big frame on Royals’ bowlers. The knock completely knocked out Royals and it would have been extra special for Watson because it came against his former team and like Chris Gayle proved that age is just a number and there is no substitute for experience.
Matt Renshaw made an unbeaten century on his Somerset debut as 18 wickets fell on a busy first day against promoted Worcestershire at Taunton. "People keep telling me that Somerset have never won the County Championship and I would love to play a part in it happening. Of course, a good summer over here would help my ambitions to play more for Australia, but I am really not thinking that far ahead at the moment. "It was really tough out there in the morning session. The ball was moving around a lot and I kept getting hit on the inner thigh. "I just tried to play as straight and as late as possible, while trying to enjoy the experience. I had heard the Taunton crowd were good and now I have experienced that myself."
17.2 over for Unadkat to Watson, 1 run, hundred for Watson. Two in two days in this IPL. Gayle yesterday and Watson today. The helmet comes off and the bat is up in the air to acknowledge the applause of the traveling fans. There was also a little fist pump as soon as he placed it in the gap. He scored a hundred for Royals while playing against CSK and now he's done the vice versa - the first player to do that. Coming to the ball: Back of a length around off, Watson knocks it wide of point and reaches the milestone...
Warner has traded the white collar of his cricket shirt for blue collar work on a building site — his own building site, to be exact. The Aussie batsman — who was banned from international and state cricket for a year for his part in the ball tampering scandal in South Africa — is spending his free time helping build his house in the eastern Sydney suburb of Maroubra. Wearing a black singlet and white hard hat with the words “Project Manager” and “Apprentice Celebrity” written on it in black marker, Warner was filmed chipping in as construction continues on his beachside mansion. According to The Australian, Warner has built a property portfolio worth $10 million, and quotes him as saying in an interview two years ago: “My financial adviser told me: ‘If you have to work after cricket, I haven’t done my job properly.’” Warner purchased the 900sq m oceanfront property for $4 million in December 2015. In May 2016, a planning application was lodged to demolish the existing building and construct a new five-level home, which was approved in February 2017. It was thought Warner and wife Candice were going to move into this property and turn it into their family home. The project has been stuttering along and 14 months later is still a building site as development has been so slow moving.
THE Cricket Australia board has called for recommendations for a new national coach, one-day captain and vice-captain but won’t be making any appointments for “weeks”. CA Chairman David Peever confirmed that a full-day board meeting on Friday did not rubber-stamp any new roles, despite speculation West Australian coach Justin Langer was going to get the nod to replace Darren Lehmann. Instead the board wants to see names, view a view to selecting their preferred candidates before the ODI tour to England in June. “The Board has asked management to provide recommendations regarding candidates for the Men’s Head Coach, ODI Captain and ODI Vice-Captain,”Peever said. “The Board is anticipating receiving these recommendations in the coming weeks, with a view to making appointments ahead of the ODI Tour to the UK. “Once these appointments have been endorsed and finalised, announcements can then be made.” Langer remains favourite to take over the head coaching role, while one-day opener Aaron Finch could be given the job as limited overs skipper. Tim Paine, the new Test captain, is also in the frame having recently returned to the one-day and national T20 teams. The board meeting also canvassed options for two pending reviews in to both the culture and governance of cricket, as well as a player conduct of conduct review, to be lead by former Test batsman Rick McCosker. No further details of any determinations about the scope of those reviews was made public on Friday.
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever has cleared the confusion over making decisions for the new leadership group. He asserted that the board will take the decisions on its due course after finalising the squad for the England series. While both captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned after the infamous ball-tampering saga, coach Darren Lehmann stepped down from his post despite being clean-cheated by Cricket Australia. "The board has asked management to provide recommendations regarding candidates for the men's head coach, ODI (one-day international) captain and ODI vice-captain," Peever said in a statement after a board meeting on Friday. "The board is anticipating receiving these recommendations in the coming weeks, with a view to making appointments ahead of the ODI Tour to the UK. Once these appointments have been endorsed and finalised, announcements can then be made," he added.This week, media reports claimed that former opening batsman Justin Langer had already been appointed as coach, which forced Cricket Australia to issue a statement denying the reports.Australia will tour England in June for five one-day internationals and a one-off Twenty20 fixture. Meanwhile, top-order batsman Aaron Finch, who led the Twenty20 side before giving way to Smith to lead in all the three formats in accordance with CA recommendations, has already said he would happily take on the captaincy of the limited overs side if asked.
Sydney: Cricket Australia said Friday a decision on who will replace national coach Darren Lehmann will be made "in coming weeks". The CA Board met and discussed the process through which a new coach, as well as the captain and deputy of the men's one-day team will be named prior to the team's tour to England in early June. Board chairman David Peever said recommendations for preferred candidates for the leadership positions will be ratified before being publicly announced. "The Board has asked management to provide recommendations regarding candidates for the men's head coach, ODI captain and ODI vice-captain," Peever said in a statement. "The Board is anticipating receiving these recommendations in the coming weeks, with a view to making appointments ahead of the ODI tour to the UK. "Once these appointments have been endorsed and finalised, announcements can then be made." Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has been confirmed as Test captain for the immediate future, however his involvement in the five ODI and one T20I England campaign remains unclear. Former Test players Justin Langer, Jason Gillespie and Ricky Ponting have all been linked as potential candidates to replace Lehmann. The 12-month suspensions of former captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town last month, coupled with the resignation of Lehmann as coach, has prompted the need for the radical leadership revamp in Australian cricket. It also led CA to commission an independent review into cultural, organisational and governance issues in cricket following the Cape Town incident.
The announcement came just weeks after the Australian ball-tampering scandal which rocked the nation.Both events have and will continue to have huge ramifications for media personalities and cricketers alike. New Foxtel CEO and former Fox Sports boss Patrick Delany joins Alan Jones in the studio to discuss both issues. “I gotta say, when I found out about what had happened, like all Australians, I thought it was almost a stain on our souls. “What turned me is I think Australians are very good at giving people a go and redemption, especially when they cop it sweet.” As sponsors began deserting Steve Smith, Delany contacted the Australian captain directly to check on his welfare. Alan questioned whether Delany would go one step further and add Smith to the commentary team while he serves a 12-month playing ban. “We will see. We will see.” Alan, “Oh he’s a politician now, he doesn’t answer any questions?” “Oh, you want me to just say yes. “I tell you who will be a good commentator… if they’re a good commentator, they’re on. “If the fans love them, they’re on. Absolutely.” Alan, “Bill Lawry?” “Absolutely. Got him!”
Current Australia Test captain Tim Paine said that he will be speaking to former captain Steve Smith and seek guidance from him regarding the way forward. The Tasmanian went on to add that in the last few months, Smith wanted to change the way the game is played by Australia. "He (Smith) is someone that I'll certainly be speaking to quite closely about how we go about it and keeping him in the loop. We started to have these discussions a few months ago and Steve was keen for the team to start playing a different style," Paine said. "And for me, it's about carrying that on," he added. Paine also thinks that there is no need to make wholesale changes to the side or their cricket culture in order to win the fans back. The 33-year-old feels that a few tweaks here and there will get the fans back on board. Cricket Australia (CA) has announced it will draw up a 'charter' to set out standards of behaviour and expectations of Australian men's teams. Paine, 33, believes there was not much wrong with the culture and it was never questioned during Australia's home triumph over England in the preceding series. "Obviously, we've had this incident which has brought everything to a head," Paine told reporters in Hobart on Thursday. "But during the Ashes, there wasn't a lot said about our culture. "Looking back, it's just a few little things that we can tweak and do a little bit better as a team. If we do that, I think the Australian public will jump back on board pretty quickly."
Veteran batsman Cameron White concedes the door may have again closed on his recently-revived international career after he was dropped from Australia’s one-day side. After a three-year exodus from national duties, the 34-year-old earned a shock recall during the ODI series against England when Chris Lynn was ruled out with injury. Initially named in the middle order and then promoted to No 3, White made scores of 15 not out, 17 and three before being axed in favour of Glenn Maxwell for the final match in Perth. While not the only poor contributor during the 4-1 series defeat, White will lament failing to convert his outstanding domestic form to the national stage ahead of the 2019 World Cup. “After being dropped from the last game it’s probably unlikely (I’ll get another chance) but I’m not really sure, to be honest,” White said this morning. “I definitely feel as though I’ve missed a chance. “I batted down the order in that first game and then had two cracks at No 3 and obviously didn’t get a score. “Any time you get an opportunity like that and then don’t nail a big score, it’s a missed opportunity.” White had a brief conversation with Trevor Hohns but admitted he was unsure where he stood in the selection chairman’s thinking. Australia will head to England in June for five ODIs with selectors eager to put together a settled team before the World Cup.
While serving his 12-month ban from international and domestic cricket in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, David Warner has been spotted getting his hands dirty.The former Australian vice-captain was getting to work on a construction site in Maroubra, in Sydney's eastern suburbs. It wasn't a random job site however. It was the location of his new home, which is in the process of being built. Footage of Warner was shared on The Daily Telegraph. "I’m putting the Celebrity Apprentice to work!" Mardini Constructions said on their social media account. Warner's wife Candice similarly shared images of the family - including their two young children - on the site of their future five-storey mansion with a reported cost of $4 million. The opening batsman has kept a low profile since the ball-tampering controversy which rocked Australian cricket following the tour of South Africa.Warner copped a ban along with former captain Steve Smith (12 months) and fellow opener Cameron Bancroft (nine months) for his role in the plan to use sandpaper on the ball, and was told by Cricket Australia that he would never again hold a leadership position in the national side, should he ever return to the squad. Warner lost numerous sponsors in the fallout, as well as his lucrative $2.4 million contract in the Indian Premier League captaining SunRisers Hyderabad, where he would have been playing now if not for the repercussions of the ball-tampering saga. "Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket," Warner said in a statement on his return from South Africa last month."I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it."I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans."It's a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy." Warner will be allowed to play grade cricket while serving his suspension, and is "encouraged to do so to maintain links with the cricket community."As part of CA's ruling, the banned players have also been instructed to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.
“It hasn’t sunk in that I’m fulltime Test captain,” Paine said. “Certainly something I’m really looking forward to. From the bad situation that we’ve been through the silver lining is that we get a bit of a clean slate and it’s really exciting to be a part of that. “I think the enormity in South Africa was a shock to all the players. At the time for me, it just felt like a job for a week. “I’m lucky we’ve got this big break, I get to come home and think about exactly how I want to go about it. Hopefully, in the next few weeks speak to our new coach about it. “(I'm) Just the Test captain at this stage, a one-day team will be announced in the next two or three weeks. “I’ve been put in this position because of how I was around the group. I’ve just tried to be myself, tried to be sort of relaxed around the team. That’s what’s got me into this position. “If I continue to be Tim Paine - that’s going to be the focus for me with all the distractions that goes with being captain. “I’m not an overly vocal captain, I like to think I’ll lead by example."
“We’ve got this really exciting opportunity to change the way we play, (it’s) a cultural thing and I’m really excited to be one of the leaders," Paine said. “I’ve now got a role to play – winning back the trust and respect of our fans and the Australian public first and foremost. That’s a really exciting thing for all of our playing group. “We’ve seen in the last few weeks how passionate Australia are about their cricket team. Fans love cricket, they love their Australian cricket side, and unfortunately, we let them down. “The positive of that is we get a chance to rebuild from a clean slate and play cricket the way that the Australian public wants us to play. All the guys involved are looking forward to that. “A lot of the players got their head around the fact that we needed to change the way we play, some of those conversations were already being had (under Smith)."
“I’ve spoken to him a little bit on the phone and a little bit via text. All three of those guys are going through a really tough time, and our thoughts are certainly with those guys and we’d love to have them back in this team, and in the future we will," Paine said. “At the moment, I’m just captain for as long as I am around. Steve’s got a two-year ban from the leadership role, but he’s someone that I’ll certainly be speaking to quite closely about how we go about it. “I’ll be keeping him in the loop, we’ve started to have these discussions a few months ago, and Steve was keen for the team to start playing a different style. For me, (it’s) about carrying that on. “We’ve got 12 months without those guys where we want to make sure when they come back, the environment and the way we play is how it should be and how the public wants it to be."
TIM Paine has revealed Australia was already preparing to change the way it conducted itself on the field under the captaincy of Steve Smith. On the brink of retirement last year, Paine became Australia’s 46th Test captain following the one-year bans handed to Smith and deputy David Warner for their roles in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, which also landed Cameron Bancroft as nine-month suspension. The incident sparked a sweeping review into the side’s culture and behaviour but Paine says the team was already on a path to improvement before it hit rock bottom in South Africa. “A lot of this stuff, we were actually starting to speak about under Steve already,” Paine said. “A lot of the players had their head around the fact that we needed to change the way we play. Some of those conversations were already being had.” Bearing that in mind, the Tasmanian said he would be staying in touch with his predecessor. “He’s someone that I’ll certainly be speaking to quite closely about how we go about it and keeping him in the loop because we’d started to have these discussions a few months ago. Steve was keen for the team to start playing a different style.” Despite the national outrage that followed the Cape Town Test, the keeper is confident the team can win back the faith of the Australian public with a few small changes to the way it plays. “During the Ashes there wasn’t a lot said about our culture and looking back it’s a just a few little things that we can tweak and do a little bit better as a team. If we do that I think the Australian public will jump back on board pretty quickly.” He identified playing on skill rather than emotion as one the key changes that needed to be made, and that sledging would play a much smaller role going forward. “No I don’t think it (sledging) will (stay part of our strategy), not a lot. I think there’s always a time and place to talk to the opposition but I think what’s said and how it’s said will be very different going forward.
New Test captain Tim Paine says sledging won't be a part of the Australian team under his leadership, the Tasmanian vowing to clean up the side's image and win back the public's support following the ball-tampering scandal. As players await the announcement of their new head coach following the resignation of Darren Lehmann, and the outcome of a review into the team's culture, Paine has already promised a fresh approach for their next Test campaign, against Pakistan in October. The 33-year-old revealed the Australian team had already begun some introspection about their aggressive style of play in the weeks leading up to the Cape Town Test and, now that the team's behaviour has come to a head, it's his job to lead a positive change. "No, I don't think it will, not a lot," Paine said when asked if sledging will remain a part of the Australian team's tactics. "I think there's always a time and a place to talk to your opposition, but I think what's said and how it's said will be very different going forward. "A lot of this stuff we were actually starting to speak about under Steve (Smith’s captaincy) already. A lot of the players had their head around the fact we needed to change the way we play. Some of those conversations were already being had. "I'm really looking forward to playing that role and winning back the trust and respect of our fans and the Australian public first and foremost. That's a really exciting thing for our playing group. "(Smith) is someone I'll certainly be speaking too quite closely about how we go about it and keeping him in the loop. Because we'd started to have these discussions a few months ago and Steve was keen for the team to start playing a different style. So for me it's about carrying that on." With six months until their next Test series, Paine says his players have time to get away from the team environment and think more about how they want to play the game.
HOBART, Australia (AP) New captain Tim Paine says the Australian cricket team needs to make ”a few tweaks” to its on-field behavior to win back the support of the Australian public. Paine admitted that in recent times the team ”got carried away” in the way it conducted itself on the field and that came to a head with the ball-tampering incident in South Africa which resulted in the suspension of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. But he revealed former captain Smith had already raised the issue of the team’s behavior and set in motion a plan to improve it months before he participated in the attempted ball-tampering at Cape Town. Cricket Australia has now appointed former test opener Rick McCosker to head a panel which will review the culture of the Australian team. Paine insisted Thursday that major change isn’t needed. ”Obviously we’ve had this incident which has brought everything to a head,” Paine said. ”But during the Ashes there wasn’t a lot said about our culture. ”Looking back it’s just a few little things that we can tweak and do a little bit better as a team. If we do that I think the Australia public will jump back on board pretty quickly.” Paine said Australia would definitely tone down the verbal abuse of opponents which has been an integral part of it team conduct. ”In the last couple of years at times as a team we’ve probably been a touch too emotional and got carried away,” he said. ”There’s always a time and a place to talk to your opposition. But what’s said and how it’s said will be very different going forward.” Paine said Smith had already been determined to change the approach of the Australian team before he and Warner received 12 months bans and Bancroft a nine-month suspension. ”We had these discussions a few months ago and Steve was keen to start playing a different style,” he said. ”For me it’s about carrying that on.”
JASON Gillespie would make a better Australian cricket coach than Justin Langer, former captain Ian Chappell says. Chappell has weighed into the debate over Darren Lehmann’s successor after Cricket Australia (CA) rejected speculation ex-Test batsman Langer was set to be appointed. Western Australia and Perth Scorchers coach Langer has previously filled in for Lehmann, who quit after the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa. Langer has long been raised as a candidate alongside Sussex and Adelaide Strikers mentor Gillespie. Chappell said Gillespie’s integrity as a player, along with the former Test bowler’s success at the helm of Yorkshire where he won two County championships, should make him the preferred candidate. “He’s got a good understanding of cricket,” Chappell told Macquarie Sports Radio. “When you talked to him while he was playing he was very interested in the history of the game. “So I thought he played the game with a lot of integrity. He was obviously a very good bowler. “He’s had a lot of success in that position in some different position. Yorkshire, obviously, a hell of a lot of success there.”
JUSTIN Langer will be the next coach of the Australian Test team — at this point, that much seems a foregone conclusion. But Cricket Australia is wise to not rush anything, with an ongoing review into the breakdown of team culture which led to last month’s ball-tampering fiasco expected to shine a light on a team which is roundly viewed as the most hated in the sport. The outrage and vitriol levelled at the Australian camp — much of it from ex-players around the globe — in the wake of the Cape Town tampering scandal proved that this team is far from popular on the world stage. Outgoing coach Darren Lehmann, who stepped down after the fourth-Test defeat in Johannesburg as the weight of the sandpaper saga took a personal toll, took ownership of the flaws in the Australian culture which he’s been in charge of shaping since taking on the head role ahead of the 2013 Ashes. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was prepared to sacrifice a 2006 Test in South Africa rather than put his good friend in the firing line — with Langer, suffering from concussion and warned that he faced death if he was struck again, determined to take the field.While Gillespie was also a crucial member of those teams, he is viewed in a slightly different light — as a thinker and potentially a less abrasive character than Langer. Gillespie, too, has enjoyed considerable success in his coaching career — having led Yorkshire to two County championships while also guiding the Adelaide Scorchers to their maiden BBL title last summer. He has the backing of former Australian captain Ian Chappell. “He’s got a good understanding of cricket,” Chappell told Macquarie Sports Radio. “When you talked to him while he was playing he was very interested in the history of the game. “So I thought he played the game with a lot of integrity. He was obviously a very good bowler.
Jason Gillespie would make a better Australian cricket coach than Justin Langer, former captain Ian Chappell says. Chappell has weighed into the debate over Darren Lehmann's successor after Cricket Australia (CA) rejected speculation ex-Test batsman Langer was set to be appointed. Western Australia and Perth Scorchers coach Langer has previously filled in for Lehmann, who quit after the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa. Langer has long been raised as a candidate alongside Sussex and Adelaide Strikers mentor Gillespie. Chappell said Gillespie's integrity as a player, along with the former Test bowler's success at the helm of Yorkshire where he won two County championships, should make him the preferred candidate. "He's got a good understanding of cricket," Chappell told Macquarie Sports Radio. "When you talked to him while he was playing he was very interested in the history of the game. "So I thought he played the game with a lot of integrity. He was obviously a very good bowler. "He's had a lot of success in that position in some different position. Yorkshire obviously, a hell of a lot of success there." Integrity could be an important criterion given Australian cricket's took a battering with the tampering scandal."I just find him a decent bloke," Chappell said of Gillespie.
Australia: Outside India, IPL has had most captains from Australia (12). They have also been the most successful. In fact, other than Rohit, Dhoni and Gambhir, only Australian captains (Warne, Gilchrist, Warner) have won the IPL. Of Australians, Steven Smith has the best record as captain (win percentage 66.7 from 24 matches). Gilchrist has led in most IPL matches (74). Hopes, former Delhi Daredevils (DD) captain, is coaching them this season.
English county Surrey coach Michael Di Venuto has confirmed he would be interested in signing Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner if allowed by the English Cricket Board (ECB). Smith and Warner were banned for a year by Cricket Australia after the pair had admitted to ball tampering, during the third Test match between South Africa and Australia. Cameron Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban. The duo have already lost their Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts with their respective franchises following the events of Cape Town. Di Venuto who is a former Australia batting coach, having held the role from 2013 to 2016, said it would be “mad” not to consider signing either of the duo should it be allowed. The bans handed down by Cricket Australia only cover Australian international and domestic cricket, although any position in the county game would need the ECB to sign off. “From an Australian perspective, it is probably important that they play a bit of cricket at some stage,” Di Venuto said. “I don’t know if they are allowed to play in this competition. I know what it states in their sanctions that they can’t play domestic cricket in Australia. If they are in the right mental state to play cricket and the ECB will have to allow it to start with, then we’d be mad not to look at some of the world’s best players potentially playing,” he added. According to ban handed to the trio, they are only permitted to play grade cricket in Australia, however, their bans do not prevent them from playing in England, although it would require approval from ECB.
Australian eyeballs are returning to Super Rugby but it will not be enough to guarantee a fat cheque from broadcasters after Fox Sports shelled out A$1.2 billion for cricket, a leading broadcast consultant has warned. GMS principal Colin Smith says the pay broadcaster will have less money to spend on rugby after smashing open the piggy bank to secure cricket's headline content in Australia for the next six years. "I think [Fox Sports] will want rugby but it's not necessarily going to be a significant increase if there'll be an increase at all," Smith said. "A whole lot of money was taken out of the system with [the cricket] deal and with massive increases in the deals for AFL and NRL, while they've clearly over paid for football. "There is more downward threat for Rugby Australia than there is upward pressure. The question is how do [RA] reinvent the [Super Rugby] model to make sure it's attractive, to bring back fans and eyeballs and therefore encourage broadcasters to pay." Smith's comments come despite solid signs the move back to 15 teams in Super Rugby has arrested the ratings decline across the competition. Fox Sports is reporting a four per cent ratings uplift after eight rounds and a three per cent rise for Australian home games. The early rounds were most promising, before numbers softened when the NRL and AFL started in March. The Waratahs' round two home game against the Stormers drew an average audience of 102,000, while the Rebels v Reds game in round three was the next highest rating game to date with 84,000. Last week's Waratahs v Reds game drew 61,000. Sanzaar boss Andy Marinos said the uplift was also reflected in South Africa and New Zealand. "What we've seen so far this year in terms of ratings is an adjustment and it's certainly been a lot more positive than in 2017," Marinos said
Surrey have been linked with moves for disgraced Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warnerbut their main target remains tying up a deal with India captain Virat Kohli. Stories emerged in Australia on Wednesday of Surrey opening the door to Smith and Warner – but it was only a case of their head coach, and former Australian cricketer, Michael Di Venuto giving his opinion on whether the two should be allowed to play domestic cricket while banned from the Australia side. Instead signing Kohli remains the main target of director of cricket Alec Stewart, who hopes the Indian superstar will join them for a month in June before the Test series against England. Surrey have signed South Africa opener Dean Elgar for the first two months of the season as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh, who has pulled out of a deal because of ankle surgery. Surrey remain hopeful that Australian Marsh may appear for the latter stage of the season but if that does not happen, they have already signed Aaron Finch for the T20 Blast and will extend his deal to cover four-day cricket. Di Venuto is close to Smith and Warner and is one of many former Australia players who believe they have been harshly treated for the ball tampering scandal. Both have been suspended for a year, a ban that the ECB is willing to extend to county cricket if asked to do so by Cricket Australia. “From an Australian perspective, it is probably important that they play a bit of cricket at some stage,” Di Venuto said. “I don’t know if they are allowed to play in this competition. I know it states in their sanctions that they can’t play domestic cricket in Australia. If they are in the right mental state to play cricket, and the ECB will have to allow it to start with, then we’d be mad not to look at some of the world’s best players potentially playing.”
Aussie coach Michael Di Venuto could lure either Steve Smith or David Warner to English county side Surrey
Cricket Australia wouldn't stand in the way of banned former Test captain Steve Smith or David Warner spending their winter playing county cricket in the UK. The door has been opened for the suspended duo by former Test batting coach Michael Di Venuto, now coach of Surrey, as he looks for an international replacement for the injured Mitch Marsh. Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft are banned from playing anything other than club cricket in Australia, but CA has no issues with them playing in the UK, or elsewhere. Any registrations to play county cricket would need to be approved by the England and Wales Cricket Board, and it's understood there have been no formal discussions around the matter. Bancroft had his contract with Somerset torn up amid the fallout from the ball tampering scandal, and he was replaced by recalled Test opener Matthew Renshaw. But Di Venuto said he would have no problem replacing Marsh with Smith or Warner to play a role in the upcoming county season. "From an Australian perspective, it is probably important that they play a bit of cricket at some stage," Di Venuto said. "So, if they are in the right mental state to play cricket and the ECB will have to allow it to start with, then we'd be mad not to look at some of the world's best players potentially playing." South Africa opener Dean Elgar will play the first half of the season with Surrey in April and May, leaving an international spot open for the second half of the season. Australia's next international cricket is not until a one-day series against England in June, and a captain for that series will be confirmed when the squad is named next month, with performances in the Indian Premier League, and injuries, to determine its make-up.
Matt Renshaw has backed Australia team-mate Cameron Bancroft to return stronger from his nine-month ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal. Renshaw, 22, has replaced Bancroft as overseas player at Somerset after the 25-year-old was suspended. "It's a tough scenario to be in and I feel for Cameron, but I think he'll be back at some point," Renshaw said. Ashes aspirations - Middlesbrough-born Renshaw, who has played 11 Tests, is available to play for Somerset in all formats of the game until 30 June and will then return to Taunton on 19 August for the remainder of the season. He hopes he can impress during his time in county cricket as he aims to cement a place in the Australia squad, with an Ashes series in the United Kingdom on the horizon in the summer of 2019. "A lot of Australians talk about coming over here and it being a really good challenge," the left-hander said. "I'm looking forward to playing against some guys who I have been following over the last couple of years. I will embrace every opportunity I get ahead of what could be an Ashes tour next year. "It is important to try to get experience on certain grounds which play differently to others. "Getting as much experience as I can at such a young age will be really important to those aspirations of playing in the Ashes."
Khawaja, 31, will be available for all 14 group matches in this summer's T20 competition providing Cricket Australia approve a No Objection Certificate. The left-hander, who played the most recent of his nine T20 internationals in January 2016, will join compatriot Shaun Marsh at the SSE Swalec. "I'm delighted to have signed for Glamorgan for their Vitality Blast campaign and look forward to the challenge of helping them build on the success they achieved in last year's competition," Khawaja told the club's official website. "From my point of view, it would be great to be able to take them a step further and bring silverware back to Wales." Glamorgan director of cricket Hugh Morris added: "Usman is a world-class player who has played at the highest level for a number of years and has experience in playing T20 cricket around the world. "With his addition to our batting line-up, which already includes Colin Ingram and Shaun Marsh, as well our young Glamorgan players, we have a batting line-up capable of continuing our success in the competition and thrill crowds in Wales." Usman Khawaja averaged 45.66 in three games for Sydney Thunder in this winter's BBL.
Former Australia vice captain David Warner and his wife Candice could be heading to England after Surrey County Cricket Club's head coach said he was interested in taking the disgraced batsman on.Michael Di Venuto revealed he is looking at the possibility of signing Warner or Steve Smith, who have been banished for their parts in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked cricket last month. Di Venuto wants to investigate whether the pair's year-long bans, imposed by Cricket Australia, can be circumvented. That could mean the 31-year-old ending up in Southern England with former ironwoman and model Candice, 33. 'I don't know if they are allowed to play in this competition,' said Di Venuto. 'I know what it states in their sanctions that they can't play domestic cricket in Australia.'We have got a relationship with Mitch to see how he goes with his ankle but we have got a spot we have got to fill as well.'So, if they are in the right mental state to play cricket and the ECB will have to allow it to start with, then we'd be mad not to look at some of the world's best players potentially playing.''From an Australian perspective, it is probably important that they play a bit of cricket at some stage.'Candice said she was a a 'wreck' after her disgraced husband's emotional press conference at the end of last month, in which he apologised for his cheating.
Former Test opener Justin Langer is all set to be Australia’s next cricket coach, replacing Darren Lehmann who quit in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, according to a report by The West. The appointment will be ratified by Cricket Australia when the board meets on Friday. Langer comes with proven coaching credentials, having coached Western Australia and Perth Scorchers for the past five seasons and overseeing three Big Bash League and two one-day title runs. He was the national team’s batting coach in the past. The 47-year-old was among the top names to take up the job even before Lehmann quit, when his tenure ended after the Ashes next year. He filled in for Lehmann on a one-day tour of the Caribbean in 2016 and led the Twenty20 side at home against Sri Lanka last year when the series clashed with the Test tour of India. As a tough batsman who averaged 45.27 in 105 Tests, Langer was noted for his bravery and fastidious preparation and has made it clear he wants his teams to be strong but fair and play in the right spirit. He is seen as a man who understands the different personalities in a team and can extract the best out of a player, while also pulling anyone into line. Lehmann’s resignation had come hours after former Australia captain Steve Smith delivered an emotional press conference in which he took full responsibility for the team’s involvement in a ball-tampering scandal during the third Test. Smith and his vice-captain David Warner were banned by Cricket Australia for one year, while opener Cameron Bancroft was exiled for nine months.
Cricket Australia has refuted claims that West Australian Justin Langer will be installed as national coach on Friday. An online report in The West Australian on Wednesday afternoon claimed the 47-year-old's new position would be ratified at a CA board meeting on Friday. “The process to be undertaken for the appointment of a new coach will be discussed and agreed at the CA board meeting this Friday," a CA spokesman said. "No appointment has been made, and nor will any candidate be put to the board for ratification on Friday. "We expect to have a clearer understanding of the approach and appointment timelines following this meeting." Langer has coached WA and the Perth Scorchers for the past five seasons and was favoured along with former paceman Jason Gillespie to replace Darren Lehman after he quit following last month's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Langer is well regarded as a mentor and strategist, winning three BBL and two ODI titles with WA and the Perth Scorchers and instilling a strong team culture at the WACA, with CA previously using him as head coach in other forms of the game. A determined, gritty opening batsman for Australia, Langer's position that the head coach's role should oversee all three international formats is at odds with CA, who prefer it be split. Gillespie and ex-captain Ricky Ponting, two of Langer's playing teammates, are frontrunners to coach Austalia in shorter form of the game.
AUSTRALIA has reportedly chosen its new coach following the explosive fallout to March’s ball tampering controversy which saw beloved coach Darren Lehmann resign. Former Aussie opening batsman Justin Langer is set to take the reins, according to the West Australian. The 105-Test legend, who was always a fan favourite to take on the country’s top job, reportedly won the race against former teammates Ricky Ponting and Jason Gillespie, who were also high on the list of potential suitors. Langer, who has enjoyed a mountain of success at the helm of the Perth Scorchers in Australia’s Big Bash League, will reportedly be officially announced as Lehmann’s successor at a Cricket Australia board meeting this Friday. It is still unclear if Langer will be taking on the head coaching role for Australia in all three formats as Lehmann did. Calls for a complete overhaul of Australia’s team culture following the Cape Town ball tampering mess ran like wildfire following Lehmann’s teary resignation. The former Aussie batsman, who coached Australia to a historic Ashes whitewash in 2013/14, was set to resign in the following year. Cricket Australia released a statement soon after Langer’s face hit the headlines, claiming it hadn’t yet made a decision. “The process to be undertaken for the appointment of a new Australian men’s head coach will be discussed and agreed at the CA board meeting this Friday,” the statement read. “No appointment has been made, and nor will any candidate be put to the board for ratification on Friday. We expect to have a clearer understanding of the apporach and appointment timelines following this meeting.”