The era of players getting dropped and selectors not communicating why is over. At least, according to MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors. In an interview with The Indian Express, he explains how the committee is keeping players in the loop, letting them know why they haven’t been picked and what they need to do to merit selection.
Elsewhere, a look at what makes R Ashwin tick, Michael Clarke advises Australian players to rethink their Indian Premier League stint, and Glenn Maxwell comes under fire for his comments against Matthew Wade.
Every cricketer deserves to know where he stands… so we decided to communicate: MSK Prasad (The Indian Express)
When the new selection panel was announced two months ago, their less-than-formidable international experience was held up against them but in the brief tenure they have already made a few bold calls — selection of forgotten men like Gautam Gambhir and Parthiv Patel, elevation of Hardik Pandya to Test team, and blooding of young men like Jayant Yadav. Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, speaks to The Indian Express about how his ‘lightweight’ committee deals with the challenge of dealing with senior cricketers and new-age stars while introducing new channels of communication across the board.
Lehmann pours cold water on Maxwell’s Test cricket recall hopes (The Guardian)
Australian coach Darren Lehmann has sent a blunt message to the dissatisfied Glenn Maxwell: make some runs. Lehmann said Maxwell was never in the running for the recent Adelaide Test against South Africa because he simply wasn’t making enough runs.
Current Test team has potential to succeed abroad, says Rahul Dravid (The Indian Express)
“I am very impressed with the batting talent we have and they are growing, developing as a team, they still are figuring their way out. I hope by the time India tours abroad, we will have a settled batting line up, a sort of confident and successful middle order in place,” Dravid said at an event.“If you have a set middle order and the guys know and are secured in their position, I think it will give us the best chances to succeed. The potential is there to succeed in all conditions,” said the former captain.
Pakistan will ‘push’ for cricket series against India, not ‘beg’ for it (Hindustan Times)
Shaharyar, a former career diplomat, said that both countries have to play bilateral series according to the MoU signed in 2014, during the ICC meeting, and that the PCB were hoping these series would help bolster its finances. He said Pakistan lost huge revenue due to India’s refusal to play them and that was the reason the PCB had brought up the matter in the ICC executive board in Cape Town.
Chennai super king (Cricket Monthly)
The history of cricket is also a history of career-changing moments, their effects rippling down the ages. A nameless Surrey professional nailing Ranjitsinhji’s back boot to the crease. Don Bradman advising Greg Chappell to change his grip. Sunil Gavaskar advising Martin Crowe to rest his head against a wall. Brian Lara reading a book by Michael Jordan. Steve Waugh shelving the hook. James Anderson tearing up every scrap of advice he had been given and going back to his original, idiosyncratic method. To these you can add Ashwin’s net sessions with Arun in Adelaide.
Pietersen’s ‘thumbs up’ for Strauss (cricket.com.au)
Pietersen and Strauss have had a turbulent relationship over the years, stretching back to a texting scandal during England’s series against South Africa in 2012. But Pietersen says he’s moved on from his personal issues with Strauss and says England’s recent progress in Test cricket is a testament to his former teammate.
MCC meet in Mumbai (Mumbai Mirror)
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will hold its World Cricket Committee meeting in Mumbai on December 5 and 6. Top cricketers of the world, including former international captains Sourav Ganguly (India), Mike Brearley (England), Shaun Pollock (South Africa), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Michael Vaughan (England), Ricky Ponting (Australia), Ramiz Raja (Pakistan), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) and Charlotte Edwards (England women’s team) are expected to be in town for a two-day brainstorming session.
Weary Aussies urged to reconsider IPL: Clarke (wwos.nine.com.au)
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has urged players to reconsider the riches on offer in the IPL if it places them at risk of missing games for their country. “Cricket Australia allow every contracted player to have six weeks off a year,’’ Clarke said. “This falls during the IPL time so it’s an individual player’s choice to go and play IPL. And if you choose your six-week holiday to play IPL, then that’s your choice.
“There’s positives, the cash, that comes with that, but there’s negatives, the fatigue and lack of rest. You’ve got to sum up what’s best for you.”
Australia v Pakistan 2016: Best chance for visitors to win series here: Waqar Younis (Sydney Morning Herald)
Former great Waqar Younis says Pakistan will not fear Steve Smith’s team and that this summer is his country’s best chance to record a historic series victory in Australia. Pakistan climbed to the top of the Test rankings in August after a 2-2 result in England, where Australia had failed 12 months prior, but have slipped to fourth. Their failed campaign in New Zealand ended a run of seven unbeaten series but, Waqar believes, will serve as a “wake-up call”.
Chappell-Hadlee Trophy: Five memorable moments in trans-Tasman matches (Stuff.co.nz)
Just 12 years, 26 matches and an annoying hiatus form the backdrop to this trans-Tasman sporting silverware.
Fittingly for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, named after two marvellous cricketing families, a lot’s been packed in and we don’t even need to mention the underarm delivery. Forget I even did. First contested in 2004, it had a welcome revival last summer after six years without a series. It helped that New Zealand agreed to play the first pink ball test which ensured payback in cash, and the promise of annual Chappell-Hadlees. The Black Caps’ win in Hamilton in February squared the overall ledger at 12 wins apiece, with two no-results.