Cricket News sort by Steven Peter Devereux Smith

Having eased their way to victory in the first ODI at Sydney, Australia came up with an even more comprehensive effort to clinch the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy at Canberra. The Aussies had clearly gained some confidence from their triumph on Sunday

Australia did not go into the first ODI of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy against New Zealand in a great frame of mind. They had lost the Test series 2-1 to South Africa at home. Before that, the same side had thrashed them 5-0 in one-dayers.

Australia will go into the second Test against South Africa with more hope and less confidence as they look to fight back after yet another poor performance at Perth. The Aussies lost the first Test of a home series after a very long time when they went down at Perth

South Africa defeated Australia by four wickets in a high-scoring encounter at Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday. Here are some interesting stats from match. South Africa's chase of 372 is the second-highest chase of all time in one-day internationals. They Proteas, as is known, also hold the record for the highest successful chase in ODI, at Johannesburg a decade back.

ODI world champions Australia will take on hosts and T20 champions West Indies in the final of the tri-series on Sunday. Australia were the first team to secure their place in the final by chasing down a 280 plus total with ease in their last league match.

It was known in the preview to the match that Australia had to beat West Indies in the game on Tuesday to enter the final. These are pressure situations in which the Australians mostly thrive

Pakistan will take on Australia in a match that will be crucial for both sides to keep their hopes of making the semi-final alive. Both teams go into the clash at Mohali with underwhelming performances in their previous game.

Three matches down the line, this is not where India expected to be. But, the 3-0 scoreline after Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne is a fair reflection of the gulf that exists between the two teams, at least under the given conditions.

The Perth ODI was a high scoring encounter, with batsmen from both sides performing exceedingly well on a belter of a pitch. And, while Australia definitely had the advantage of knowing what score they had to chase