Live Cricket Blog: Murali Vijay bemoans constant shuffling in India squad

Sport360 staff 18:30 02/10/2018
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Hello all, the Sport360 Team is in place, bringing you the latest news from the world of cricket on Tuesday.

We’ll be covering further fallout from the Asia Cup, as well as the upcoming October series including Pakistan v Australia and India v West Indies.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day on Facebook.

6:00pm – Murali Vijay bemoans constant shuffling in India squad

Murali Vijay believes that the constant chopping and changing in the India Test squad might have played a part in his inconsistent displays on the tour of England.

The India opening batsman was dropped from the playing XI for the third Test after poor displays at Edgbaston and Lord’s. He was subsequently dropped from the squad altogether after the third Test with youngster Prithvi Shaw being handed a maiden call-up.

Read what Vijay had to say here.

Vijay was dropped from the squad following a poor show in England.

Vijay was dropped from the squad following a poor show in England.

5:00pm – Virat Kohli against Jason Holder among the key battles

After all the excitement of the Asia Cup, the focus shifts to red-ball cricket once again with India set to take on the West Indies in a two-Test series.

As the two sides get ready to do battle in the first Test at Rajkot which gets underway on Thursday, we take a look at the key battles that could prove decisive in the series.

Read more on that here.

A battle of two skippers: Virat Kohli (l) and Jason Holder.

A battle of two skippers: Virat Kohli (l) and Jason Holder.

4:30pm – Sam Curran wins young cricketer award

Surrey completed a hat-trick at the Cricket Writers’ Club annual awards, with Sam Curran, Rory Burns and Nat Sciver all landing trophies.

Curran claimed the prestigious CWC young cricketer of the year prize, having helped the Brown Caps to their first County Championship title in 16 years and made a big impression on England’s Test side.

Read more on Curran’s feat here.

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3:45pm – Wasim Akram backs Pakistan to bounce back

Pakistan might not have lived up to expectations in the recently concluded Asia Cup but former pacer Wasim Akram is backing the side to bounce back strong when the 2019 ICC World Cup gets underway in England in 2019.

Pakistan had crashed out of the tournament in the Super Four stage after defeat at the hands of Bangladesh.

Read what the Pakistan legend had to say about the team’s Asia Cup performance here.

Wasim Akram has spoken up on Pakistan's Asia Cup display.

Wasim Akram has spoken up on Pakistan’s Asia Cup display.

3:00pm – MSK Prasad clears the air over Karun Nair omission

As the controversy over the omission of Karun Nair from the India Test squad for the West Indies series rages on, chief selector MSK Prasad has gone on record over the perceived ‘lack of communication’.

Read what Prasad had to say about Nair’s omission and his future in the India Test setup here.

Karun Nair was dropped from the India Test squad for the West Indies series.

Karun Nair was dropped from the India Test squad for the West Indies series.

2:00pm – Ireland duo ready for Afghanistan Premier League showdown

When the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) gets underway in Sharjah this year, two Ireland stars will be turning out for the Kandahar Knights.

Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling will be flying the Irish flag high with the Knights when the T20 tournament begins on October 5.

Read what the Ireland duo had to say about their participation in the maiden league here.

Kevin O'Brien will turn out for Kandahar Knights.

Kevin O’Brien will turn out for Kandahar Knights.

12:00pm – Azhar Ali identified as Pakistan’s danger man against Australia

Mitchel Starc and Peter Siddle are set to play big roles for Australia in the upcoming Test series against Pakistan with injuries to key players diminishing the team’s pace reserves.

The two fast bowlers will have their work cut out against Pakistan opener Azhar Ali, who they have earmarked as the prize scalp in the series.

Read what the two Australia quicks had to say on the threat posed by Azhar here.

Danger man: Azhar Ali.

Danger man: Azhar Ali.

11am – India playing dangerous game with pitches for Windies series

India see the upcoming series against the West Indies as an opportunity to prepare for the grueling tour Down Under later in the year.

According to the Press Trust of India and the Indian Express, pitches in Rajkot and Hyderabad will have pace and carry.

Our cricket writer Ajit Vijaykumar argues why such a ploy could backfire for India here.

West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel (r).

West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel (r).

10am – Hong Kong’s Chris Carter quits cricket for aviation career

Hong Hong’s wicketkeeper-batsman Chris Carter has ended his professional career as he aims to become a pilot. According to a report in the South Morning China Post, Carter has moved to Australia and will spend around 55 weeks training in Adelaide to become a second officer with Cathay Pacific.

Read more on this story here.

Hong Kong wicketkeeper batsman Chris Carter (r).

Hong Kong wicket-keeper batsman Chris Carter (r).

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