The bushfire relief cricket match is one of three headline acts on cricket’s day of giving, The Big Appeal, with Sachin Tendulkar and Courtney Walsh joining former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, and Australia’s most prolific wicket-taker, Shane Warne, as leaders of the two sides
Ricky Ponting joins the likes of India skipper Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Australian coach Justin Langar, spinner Nathan Lyon and pace legend Glenn McGrath in disapproving shortening Test matches
The match, which showcases some of Australia’s best underage cricketers, will be played as a curtain-raiser to the KFC Big Bash League fixture between the Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
On Day 2 of the second Test against South Africa at Pune, India captain Virat Kohli hit his 26th hundred, which was also 19th as captain, first in 11 innings, first at home against the Proteas, and also the first in 2019
Former Australia cricket team captain Ricky Ponting feels that only David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne are the confirmed batsmen to start against Pakistan. He also feels Will Pucovski should be given a debut in the first Test at the Gabba on November 12.
If Australia beat England 3-1, Tim Paine will join the list of Australia captains who have led the team to an Ashes series win in England. It's a feat no Aussie skipper has achieved since Steve Waugh oversaw a 4-1 success 18 years ago.