South Africans had shot themselves in foot, staying restricted to 267/8 despite several batsmen getting a start but Aussies too had a terrible beginning before Steven Smith took the charge, scored his second ODI century and sealed the series. Schedule and all results so far
Indians are lucky to tour Australia just before revisiting to defend their World cup in same conditions couple of months later. Last time in 2011, they lost all four tests. Can 2014 be any better? Also, traditional tri-series in Australia returns with England being the third team.
Schedule : Two tour matches before 1st test at Brisbane from 4th December | India test squad.
1975 = West Indies, 1979 = West Indies, 1983 = India, 1987 = Australia, 1992 = Pakistan, 1996 = Sri Lanka, 1999 = Australia, 2003 = Australia, 2007 = Australia, 2011 = India. Will we see a new winner in 2015? South Africans, Englishmen and Kiwis will surely be hoping so. World cup returns to Trans-tasman countries Australia and New Zealand after over two long decades.
Format : Same as last time with 14 teams broken into two groups of seven each with top four qualifying for the quarter finals.
Group A = Australia, England, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland.
Group B = India, South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and United Arab Emirates.
Schedule : Starts on 14 February with New Zealand facing Sri Lanka.