Kris Srikkanth, Steve Smith, David Warner


The spectators at Adelaide Oval witnessed something truly remarkable on Saturday afternoon.

After Australia’s bowlers rolled the touring Indians in sunny conditions for 36, the unproven opening pair of Joe Burns and Matthew Wade passed their opposition’s total in less than 10 overs without loss before Australia chased the required 90 runs just two wickets down.

Australia’s pace attack was flawless, with Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins embarrassing the Indian batsmen with their relentless accuracy.

But the bowling masterclass masked Australia’s substandard batting display on day two, which was quickly forgotten as Indian wickets tumbled the following afternoon.

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The hosts were at one stage 7/111 in Adelaide, and the situation could have been significantly worse if not for a series of dropped catches from the Indian fielders.

Steve Smith was removed for his lowest Test score in four years, Travis Head’s dismissal once again exposed his lack of patience, and Cameron Green failed to live up to the immense media hype.

Meanwhile, the concerns around the Australian openers is well-documented, and even golden boy Marnus Labuschagne was dropped three times before he reached 20.

If not for the heroics of Hazlewood and Cummins, Australia’s woeful batting would have dominated headlines this week.

Speaking to The Age’s Daniel Cherny, former Indian captain Kris Srikkanth provided a blunt assessment of Australia’s current batting attack.

“The Aussies’ batting is not great,” Srikkanth claimed.

“My belief is the Aussies’ batting is 30 per cent (David) Warner, 30 per cent Smith, all others put together is 30 per cent. But the bowling is very good.

“The Australian batting is not very strong.”

Srikkanth is potentially referring to the 2018/19 Border-Gavaskar series, where the absence of Warner and Smith was painfully apparent.

Without their two powerhouse batsmen, no Australia batsman was able to muster a century in the four-Test series, and Tim Paine’s men suffered a historic 2-1 defeat on home soil.

However, the depth of India’s batting is also set to be tested in Melbourne this week, with the tourists fielding a starting XI without Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

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Srikkanth conceded there was room for improvement within India’s Test side as well.

“I think Virat summed it up very well when he said the positive intent was missing. They went into more of a shell, the Indians,” Srikkanth said.

“The mindset I think was too defensive. They have to regroup. They have to have a bit more positive intent. The best way is just to go for it.

“But when you miss King Kohli, it’s going to make it difficult let’s be honest … but I’m sure they’ll come out and fight.”

Srikkanth played 43 Tests and 146 ODIs for India, plundering 6153 international runs.



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Cricket news, Australia vs India, Boxing Day Test: David Warner, Kris Srikkanth, Joe Burns


Former Indian captain Kris Srikkanth has provided Australia with a timely reality check ahead of the Boxing Day Test.

Australia will be brimming with confidence after taking India for 36 in the second innings, before doing the job with the bat in hand during the first Test.

But Srikkanth, while impressed by Australia’s bowling performance, was left wanting more from their batting.

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Former Indian captain Kris Srikkanth claims Australian batting is ‘not very strong’


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“I think Virat summed it up very well when he said the positive intent was missing. They went into more of a shell, the Indians,” Srikkanth told The Age and the Herald.

“The mindset I think was too defensive. They have to regroup. They have to have a bit more positive intent. The best way is just to go for it.

“But when you miss King Kohli, it’s going to make it difficult let’s be honest. And Shami [as well]. But I’m sure they’ll come out and fight.

“Everybody [in India] is disappointed but then everyone has taken the view [to look at it] as a bad dream.”

Srikkanth said that Australia remained beatable, especially in the absence of opener David Warner who remains sidelined as he works his way back from a groin injury.

My belief is the Aussies’ batting is 30 per cent Warner, 30 per cent Smith, all others put together is 30 per cent. But the bowling is very good.

Kris Srikkanth

“Let’s not forget, the Aussies’ batting is not great. My belief is the Aussies’ batting is 30 per cent Warner, 30 per cent Smith, all others put together is 30 per cent. But the bowling is very good,” he said.

“The Australian batting is not very strong.”

Uncapped opener Shubman Gill is widely tipped to be included for the Boxing Day Test with Prithvi Shaw in the firing line after twin failures in Adelaide.

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That could lead to a reshuffle of the batting line up, with the experienced KL Rahul also waiting in the wings for an opportunity.

Quicks Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini and T Natarajan – none of whom have yet played at Test level – appear the main contenders to replace Shami.

Spinning all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja bowled an extended spell during training at the MCG nets on Wednesday, having seemingly overcome the hamstring and concussion issues he suffered during the white-ball portion of India’s tour.

Jadeja is yet another option for India’s selectors, who could theoretically opt for a five-pronged bowling attack, including Jadeja and fellow tweaker Ravi Ashwin, who starred in Adelaide.

Back-up wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant batted ahead of incumbent gloveman Wriddhiman Saha during Wednesday’s session amid widespread calls for Pant to replace the veteran.

Teams have bounced back from humiliating lows before, with Australia beating South Africa in 2011 having been bowled out for 47 in the preceding Test.

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Kris Smith on fatherhood and the magic of Christmas


Kris wears M.J. Bale top and Polo Ralph Lauren shorts, from Myer.
Sarah wears Scanlan
& Theodore bodysuit and skirt. Weber “Compact Kettle” charcoal barbecue. Mila and Frankie wear Country Road.
Credit:Kristoffer Paulsen

Fatherhood has reignited his love for Christmas, Myer ambassador Kris Smith tells Sunday Life. He plans to spend the big day at home celebrating with his family, as well as getting in some time at the beach.

What’s your favourite childhood Christmas memory?
Leaving Santa a sherry and a mince pie on Christmas Eve. I also left carrots for the reindeers and I now continue that tradition with my kids. I think I looked forward to that more than getting the gifts.

How will you be celebrating Christmas this year?
This year is going to be bigger than Christmas! We have missed so many events throughout the year: birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and other important celebrations. We can’t wait to make up for it on Christmas Day with friends, family and lots of delicious food and drinks, of course. This Christmas we will be at home and hopefully spend some time on the beach.

Kris wears Polo Ralph Lauren from Myer. Sarah wears Scanlan & Theodore top and Country Road shorts. Mila and Frankie wear Country Road.

Kris wears Polo Ralph Lauren from Myer. Sarah wears Scanlan & Theodore top and Country Road shorts. Mila and Frankie wear Country Road. Credit:Kristoffer Paulsen



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Kris Lees eyes Group 1 with Mugatoo


Impressive import Mugatoo has proven he’s an A-grader this spring and trainer Kris Lees is hopeful his best is still to come as he targets a well-earned Group 1 in Saturday’s Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

Lees came into the spring not knowing exactly where Mugatoo sits in the pecking order but his talented son of Henrythenavigator has shown he’s capable of going toe-to-toe with the best.

Mugatoo started his spring assault with a pair of Group 3 triumphs in the Premiers and Newcastle Cups, the latter of which gave Lees a coveted first win in his home town feature.

It encouraged Lees to set his sights high with his six-year-old and Mugatoo showed he was more than up to it.

He was a narrow runner-up to Mirage Dance in the Group 1 The Metropolitan at his next start before producing a tough effort when caught wide in Australia’s premier weight-for-age race, finishing fourth in the Cox Plate.

“That Cox Plate gave us the confidence we were on the right path with him,” Lees said.

“The spring was always going to be a Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup path or Cox Plate-Mackinnon Stakes.

“It has been a long preparation but he’s given us no indication that he’s feeling it.

“He is a horse that races well with spaced runs and we’ve kept him fresh. I can’t fault him.”

Mugatoo is rated a $4.80 second favourite with TAB.com.au for the Mackinnon Stakes.

Lees said he hasn’t had to go much with Mugatoo to keep him up to the mark and gave his gelding a gallop at Sandown this week.

He believes the imported campaigner deserves of a Group 1 next to his name this spring before he starts looking at races like the Queen Elizabeth Stakes next autumn.

It’s shaping as an exciting 12 months for both horse and trainer, with Lees confident his veteran of just 16 starts still isn’t the finished product.

“He has improved off last preparation and while he is at an age where you don’t generally see them improve dramatically, there are still some things that he can get better at,” Lees said.

“At the start he still has some work to do and he could relax a bit better.

“He is still only lightly-raced and will improve with maturity.”

Hugh Bowman rides Mugatoo on Saturday.

Lees also has one of his newest Australian Bloodstock imports making its debut on Saturday with Almania set to make his debut in the Very Special Kids Pin and Win Trophy (2000m).

Almania landed in Australia alongside the international brigade targeting the spring carnival and due to coronavirus restrictions, Lees is yet to see the son of Australia in person as the gelding remains in Victoria.

“I haven’t patted him yet and am training him remotely but we expect he will be a nice horse going forward,” Lees said.

“We just want to give him a run, get him used to our conditions.

“All his work suggests he will show up at 2000m and while he is racing below the grade he was purchased for, it should be a nice experience for him.”

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Kris Gethin’s 7 Unbreakable Rules of Muscle Growth


A few years back, Kris Gethin was a dedicated bodybuilder. Today, the founder of Kaged Muscle supplements is still that—and a whole lot more.

In the last couple of years, Gethin has diversified his fitness resume to include both an Ironman and an Ultramarathon, all while keeping up his customary intensity in the gym day in and day out. Gethin is proving to meatheads everywhere that being a one-dimensional animal in the weight room just isn’t hardcore enough. The real definition of hardcore? Embracing a relentless chase of improvement in every area of life.

If you’re one of the millions who has experienced Gethin’s mentorship in his iconic programs like the 12-Week Hardcore Video Trainer or the 12-Week Muscle-Building Trainer, you know that how Kris trains and how he lives are two inseparable parts of the same project. Here’s how to prioritize your training and lifestyle to keep growing in the gym and out.

1. Overcome Plateaus with Intensity, Not Just Volume

You can’t throw a shaker bottle in the weight room without hitting someone living and dying by 3 sets of 10-12 on pretty much every movement. (Note: Please don’t throw shaker bottles in the weight room.) That classic set-and-rep scheme is popular for a reason, of course: It allows you to efficiently move from station to station, machine to machine, feeling a little burn and watching the weights climb.

At least for a while. When the weight increases stop, many lifters just try to overcome this “plateau” by doing more sets of more movements. In his popular article “Kris Gethin’s 4 Essential Intensity Booster Techniques for More Muscle,” he says a better way is to try to get more out of each movement that you do. That means trying techniques like:

  • Supersets
  • Giant sets
  • Dropsets
  • Forced reps

“If [these techniques] have a unifying theme, it’s shortening rest periods, hitting high repetitions instead of low reps, and taking my body—and yours—out of the comfort zone,” Kris says.

Yes, this will almost always make you have to drop the weight, and experience more discomfort in your nice little workout. Only outside of that comfort zone will you revive progress in a stagnant physique.

2. But Sometimes, Drown Your Muscles in Volume

The most legendary Gethin workouts have one thing in common: They burn like nothing you’ve ever thought you’d willingly subject yourself to. As the lactate pools in your muscles, you find yourself cursing Kris, cursing yourself, and pushing through every attempt your body makes to stop for rest.

Sound fun? It really is. Especially for shoulders.

Gethin challenges you to match him and Dr. Kaleb Redden rep-for-rep, set-for-set, and sweat-for-sweat in this crazy high-volume shoulder workout. “If you can’t drink your In-Kaged or you can’t pick your nose at the end of the workout, you know you’re on the right track,” he says.

7 Unbreakable Rules of Muscle Growth

3. Bulk with Food, Not Trash

When you’re a few weeks—heck, a few days—into a Gethin-designed battleground like the 12-Week Muscle-Building Trainer or the 8-Week Hardcore Trainer, your body generally starts sending an undeniable message: Feed me!

You can answer that call one of two ways: in the drive-through, or in the grocery store and kitchen. For Kris, that choice is where the diehards get separated from the pretenders.

Building muscle requires more food than the norm—that much isn’t in doubt. But Gethin is a proponent for quality calories, not spending money on foods that will get you mediocre results. No, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. In fact, in his article “4 Essential Foods for Budget Bulking,” he cuts through the confusion and spoon-feeds you truth about how to grow muscle with foods like:

  • Oatmeal
  • Rice cakes
  • Canned fish
  • Dried fruit and nuts

Yes, these foods are more than up to the task of helping you add muscle, without shrinking your bank account.

4. Live a High-Testosterone Lifestyle

Nothing will tank your results in the gym like tanked testosterone levels. But raising them—or keeping them at healthy levels—isn’t just a question of finding the right hack. It’s about gearing your choices throughout the day toward the singular goal of maximizing testosterone. This includes every aspect of the fit life, including:

  • Exercise selection
  • Workout duration and scheduling
  • Macronutrient distribution
  • Alcohol intake and other vices
  • Supplements
  • Sleep quality and quantity
  • Stress and cortisol levels

This is the big stuff that’s masquerading as little stuff. Keep a pen in hand—you’re going to want to take notes on this one—and follow Kris’ tips in “16 Ways to Boost Your Testosterone.” It’s a goldmine of nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle, and training tips to keep the king of muscle-building hormones on the throne.

5. Don’t Skip Cardio, Diversify It

Cardio isn’t something that Kris only recently came around on. He’s been advocating it daily or even twice a day since the classic 12-Week Hardcore Video Trainer, and living by example ever since. For health, body composition, gym results, and even for things like sleep quality and digestion, he swears that 30-45 minutes per day of moderate-intensity sweating can’t be beat.

Dont Skip Cardio, Diversify It

However, the ways that Kris gets his sweat have changed dramatically. Nowadays, you’re more likely to find him on a bike or trail than plugging away on a treadmill. Part of this is because he has broadened his athletic goals to include things such as distance triathlons and ultramarathons. But another part is because these activities can actually help him be a better lifter—seriously!

“There are so many benefits to endurance running that it’s a shame so many of my iron brethren don’t experience them,” Kris writes in “What Every Bodybuilder Needs to Know about Running.” “I just want bodybuilders to understand that they can experience so much more, and still be a bodybuilder.”

The same goes for cycling, as he explains in the article “What Every Bodybuilder Needs to Know About Cycling.” But be warned: In both activities, planning and technique are every bit as important as they are in the weight room.

“Your size can quickly begin to work against you, unless you have the right approach,” Kris says.

Learn from Kris’ research—and mistakes along the way—and follow the path toward “hybrid athletics” he outlines in the inspiring video series “Man of Iron.”

6. Pay For Your Holiday Sins

Most of the time, building muscle and burning fat are about doing solid work in the gym and making great nutritional decisions when nobody is watching. But sometimes, a little excess is inevitable. Kris gets it. But don’t expect any sympathy.

“Here’s my philosophy: If you’re going to splurge over the holidays, then you need to burn to pay for your sins,” Kris says.

And no, that “burn” doesn’t consist of a few sets of curls and presses. Check out Kris’ “25-Minute Holiday Damage Control Workout,” and you’ll see it means legs. And you can’t use the “I’m out of town” excuse because it’s all body weight and doable from grandma’s living room.

Bookmark that workout. Fear it. But do it.

7 Unbreakable Rules of Muscle Growth

7. Use Every Tool at Your Disposal

Gallons of virtual ink of have been spilt debating the virtues of dumbbell bench press versus barbell, machine flyes versus cable flyes, EZ-bar preacher curls versus… you get it. So here’s the deal. They all work in their own way, and over the course of a long relationship with the weight room, you can and should use them all—and plenty of other implements that you never imagined, too.

Kris brings this point home by repurposing machines daily and making them work for, well, whatever muscle group he wants. As a lifter who lives and dies on the mind-muscle connection, he knows that if it feels right, it will work. Period. A few of his favorites include:

  • Bent-over rows on a shoulder press machine
  • Decline chest press on the leg curl machine
  • Triceps push-downs on the platform of an assisted chin-up machine
  • High cable curls on the lat pull-down station

“My weight was taken” is no longer an excuse. Use Kris’ machine hacks for chest, back, shoulders, triceps, and biceps, and watch a world of new options open up around you.



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