PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Australian batsman Steve Smith will be going into the unknown when he fronts up for the day-night Test against New Zealand at Optus Stadium, starting Thursday. Despite being the fastest batsman to register 7000 runs in the longest format of the game, Australian cricketer Steven Smith has admitted that there is a sense of inhibition as he prepares for the pink-ball Test. The combination of a Perth heatwave, potential huge cracks, and the unpredictable pink ball could present a big challenge for Smith. Smith said, "There is a sense of the unknown, particularly with the pink ball as well," he added, "You just never know. I watched the Test match last year, which seemed to have some good pace and bounce. I guess it's just different from the pink ball, how that responds." Smith isn’t the only one going into the unknown. The entire top five players from the Test team that beat India in Perth last year will be different.
Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell believes Cricket Australia's plan of playing two Day/Night Tests against India in 2020-21 "may backfire." Earlier a report on ESPNCricinfo had stated that Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings was interested in playing more than one pink-ball Test against Virat Kohli & Co. However, Chappell does not agree to the idea considering the fact that the Virat Kohli's team have a strong bowling attack. “Cricket Australia is contemplating two day-night Tests for the 2020-21 Indian tour. However, if that ploy is meant to advantage Australia, it may backfire as India have a strong attack and Kohli has already shown he’s adept at captaincy in this part of the world,” Chappel wrote in his column. “Despite doing a good job last tour and possibly overseeing an even better attack for next summer’s series, Kohli could face a different kind of challenge in Australia,” he added. Even BCCI President had reacted to CA’s proposal and had said that two D/N Tests in a series would be a bit too much.
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