Free Press Journal
  • Ricky: Kohli currently best batsman in Smith’s absence

    Melbourne : Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes India captain Virat Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world only because Steve Smith is serving a year-long ban for his role in ball tampering at a Cape Town Test.

  • Warner wife miscarried after ball-tampering scandal

    Sydney : The wife of disgraced cricketer David Warner revealed Thursday she suffered a miscarriage in the aftermath of her husband’s part in a ball-tampering scandal that rocked the game.

  • Disappointing that India refused to play D-N Test: Ian

    New Delhi : Indian cricket board’s approach of win at all costs without looking at the bigger picture by refusing to play a Day-Night Test match against Australia is extremely disappointing, feels former captain Ian Chappell.

  • Australia chief James Sutherland sees way back for disgraced David Warner

    Sydney: Disgraced David Warner still has a future in Australian cricket, the sport’s chief executive James Sutherland says, handing the explosive opener a lifeline after a cheating scandal.  Warner was identified as the mastermind behind the plan to use sandpaper to tamper with the ball during the third Test in South Africa this year that shocked the sport. While former skipper Steve Smith was charged with knowledge of the plot, Warner was

  • Australia’s new Test captain Tim Paine promises to rebuild trust

    Sydney: Australia Test captain Tim Paine pledged Today to embark on a new era of “respectful” cricket and rebuild public trust after the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the sport. The newly appointed leader said the fallout from the tampering episode was greater than players had anticipated and promised a different style of cricket in the future. “Going forward we have a clean slate. We can rewrite the way we play a little

  • Maxwell reveals anguish at ball trio’s treatment

    Sydney : Glenn Maxwell says the Australian team felt Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were treated like criminals during the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, and the ordeal left them shell-shocked.

  • Post tampering era begins with new Australia contracted players

    Sydney : Fast bowlers were the winners as Australia’s post ball-tampering era began Wednesday with a heavily revamped list of nationally contracted players, minus the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner.

  • Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell reveals Aussie anguish at ball trio’s treatment

    Sydney: Glenn Maxwell says the Australian team felt Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were treated like criminals during the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, and the ordeal left them shellshocked. Maxwell, who was one of three players rushed out to join the tour before the final Test in Johannesburg after the trio were sent home, said it had been extremely hard for the young squad to witness what happened to

  • IPL 2018 squad analysis: Sans Smith, Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals aim to return with a bang

    New Delhi: Back after serving a two-year ban due to a spot-fixing scandal, inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Rajasthan Royals will definitely miss the star power of beleaguered former Australian captain Steve Smith but will look to Ajinkya Rahane for inspiration and hope their good-looking squad can deliver in the upcoming edition starting on Saturday.

  • Steve Smith, Bancroft won’t challenge one-year ban

    Melbourne : Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft will not challenge the bans imposed on them for their role in the ball-tampering scandal as the disgraced former Australia skipper sought to justify the punishment, saying it was meant to send out a “strong message”.

  • Shane Warne wants more heads to roll after South Africa tour shambles

    Sydney: Spin king Shane Warne has called for more heads to roll over Australia’s embarrassing tour of South Africa, saying the game’s top brass must also be held accountable. The drama-filled four-Test tour was won by the Proteas 3-1 with a crushing 492-run win in the final match in Johannesburg on Tuesday, handing them their first series victory at home against Australia since 1969/70.

  • Australian Cricketers’ union wants Steve Smith, David Warner ‘disproportionate’ bans reduced

    Sydney: Bans handed to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should be reduced, the Australian cricketers’ union said today, arguing the punishment was disproportionate to previous ball-tampering cases. Disgraced former captain Smith and his deputy Warner were suspended from international and domestic cricket for 12 months and Bancroft for nine months over a plot to alter the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

  • Ball Tampering row: Bad boys spice up a gentleman’s game

    Gentlemen make boring cricketers and equally boring TV characters. Grey characters are better. Bad boys are even better as they make colourful characters and spice up the narrative. That’s the state of cricket today, India included.

  • IPL ban may have spared Smith, Warner Indians’ wrath: Chappell

    New Delhi : The BCCI move to impose IPL bans on Steve Smith and David Warner for ball tampering was a welcome occurrence and it may also have spared them the “wrath” of the Indian public, feels former Australia captain Ian Chappell.

  • Tears triggering sympathy

    Support grows for Steve Smith after ball tampering ban