The PCB has asked the banned spinner to play domestic matches to check if he’s improved on his action instead of hastily applying for the reassessment of his bowling action by the ICC to clear him before sending the names of World Cup probables on Jan 7.
Two days after the heartache of being sacked as England’s one-day captain and dropped from the squad for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Cook made his return to the public eye in a light-hearted darts contest with international team-mate James Anderson at London’s Alexandra Palace.
In a see-sawing match, the Proteas initially blunted the Black Caps attack then endured a late batting collapse that restricted them to 282-9 before skittling the home team for 210 with 21 balls to spare.
The Indian squad for the five-match ODI series against England, scheduled after the conclusion of the ongoing five-Test rubber, would be picked here on August 7 by the national selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil.
Virat Kohli became only the third Indian to score a hundred on his captaincy debut as the visitors responded resolutely to Australia’s mammoth first innings total by reaching 369 for five on the third day to leave the first cricket Test evenly poised here today.