Pacer Kemar Roach has been recalled to the West Indies ODI squad for the three-match series in India beginning February 6.
The ODIs will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on February 6, 9 and 11.
The T20Is will be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on February 16, 18 and 20 and the Caribbean squad for that is expected to be announced on Friday.
Besides the experienced Roach, Nkrumah Bonner, a middle-order batsman, and Brandon King, an opener, have been recalled to the squad.
Roach has so far played 92 ODIs with 124 wickets.
Bonner made his ODI debut in Bangladesh a year ago and has so far played three matches, while King has appeared in four matches in this format.
Squad: Kieron Pollard (Captain), Fabian Allen, Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith Hayden Walsh Jr.
South African wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock and compatriot Rassie van der Dussen have made huge gains in the latest ICC Men's ODI Player Rankings after helping their team complete a memorable 3-0 series win over India recently.
De Kock is in the top-five for the first time since the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 after aggregating 229 runs that included a match-winning 124 in the final match in Cape Town. The wicketkeeper-batter has moved up four places after his 'Player of the Series' effort.
Van der Dussen, who scored 218 runs, has moved up 10 places to reach a career-best 10th position. Captain Temba Bavuma has also made big progress, reaching a career-best 59th position from 80th before the latest weekly update which also includes the Afghanistan-Netherlands series and the last match of the Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe series.
India opener Shikhar Dhawan, the leading scorer for India against South Africa with 169 runs, has moved up one place to 15th in the list led by Pakistan captain Babar Azam with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in second and joint-third positions, respectively. Rishabh Pant is up five places to 82nd.
Afghanistan batter Rahmat Shah's aggregate of 153 runs against the Netherlands has lifted him seven places to joint-36th while Hashmatullah Shahidi is up nine places to 53rd. For the Netherlands, Scott Edwards's series-topping 208 runs see him move up 97 places to 100th.
Charith Asalanka of Sri Lanka is another one to progress, from 52nd to a career-best 46th position.
South Africa's bowlers too have significant gains in Wednesday's update. Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi is back in the top 20 after five wickets in the series and spinner Keshav Maharaj is at a career-best 33rd position. Andile Phehlukwayo is up seven places to 52nd after taking six wickets in the series.
In the ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings, England batter Jason Roy's 45-run knock in the second match against the West Indies has helped him move up one place to 15th while West Indies' Brandon King is up 28 places to 88th thanks to his unbeaten 52 in the first match.
In the bowlers' list, Jason Holder is up to a career-best 26th following his haul of four for seven that won him the Player of the Match award in the first match. His team-mate Akeal Hosein bowled economically to gain 40 places and reach 33rd after the first two matches.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri does not see any reason to press the panic button after the team's shocking Test and ODI series loss to an under-strength South Africa as he believes it is a "temporary phase" and the side will tide over it soon.
In the backdrop of Virat Kohli's departure as captain from all formats, India, under stand-in skipper KL Rahul, were blanked 0-3 in the ODIs to cap a forgettable tour to South Africa.
India had earlier suffered back-to-back defeats in Wanderers and Cape Town to lose the Test series 1-2. At the end of that series, Kohli stepped down from captaincy in the longest format, marking the end of an era in Indian cricket.
"If you lose one series, you people start criticising... You can't win every game, there will be wins and losses," Shastri, who ended his tenure after the T20 World Cup in UAE last year, told PTI on the sidelines of the ongoing Legends League Cricket.
The ODI series defeat in South Africa was their first after Kohli was sacked as skipper in the 50-over format in December last year.
Shastri said he did not follow a single ball of the South Africa series but refused to believe that the standard has dropped.
"How can the standard go down suddenly? For five years, you have been number one side in the world," he asserted.
Keeping in mind the T20 World Cup in Australia in October, India have a packed white-ball calendar and will be hosting West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa this year.
With IPL being a 10-team affair this time, the home season would stretch till June before the Indians leave for England to play the final Test of a series that was halted midway last year due to a COVID-19 outbreak, followed by three T20Is and 3 ODIs.
Shastri maintained that there's nothing to worry about and dismissed the recent setbacks as a temporary phase.
"When you have a win ratio of 65 per cent over the last five years, what is there to worry about? What is there to worry about, our rival teams should worry," he said.
Kohli announced his decision to quit as Test skipper a day after the team lost 1-2. Shastri such decisions shouldbe respected as it boils down to individual choice.
"It's his choice. You have to respect his decision. There is a time for everything. A lot of big players in the past have left captaincy when they felt they wanted to focus on their batting or on their cricket.
"Whether it's (Sachin) Tendulkar, (Sunil) Gavaskar or (MS) Dhoni. And, it's Virat Kohli now."
Asked whether his body language has changed following the captaincy saga, Shastri said: "As I said, I've not followed a single ball in the series. But I don't think there will be too much change in Virat Kohli."
"I took a break after seven years in the game, been part of the team, One thing is very clear, I do not wash dirty linen in public.
"I was very clear, the day I finished, I will be blank. I don't want to discuss any of my players on a public platform.
Kohli ended his tenure as India's most successful Test captain with 40 wins from 68 matches. However, he often drew criticism for failing to win a limited-overs world event during his leadership stint in the shorter formats.
The last T20 World Cup in the UAE was the seventh consecutive world event in which India failed to win the crown -- the others being the 2014 T20 World Cup final, 2015 ODI World Cup semi-final, 2016 T20 World Cup semifinal, 2017 Champions Trophy Final, 2019 World Cup semifinal, and the 2021 World Test Championships Final.
Shastri said a captain should not be judged on that yardstick.
"Many big players have not won a World Cup. That's alright. (Sourav) Ganguly, (Rahul) Dravid, (Anil) Kumble also have not won. So can we label them as bad players?
"You can't generalise. You go and play. How many World Cup winning captains do we have. Sachin Tendulkar had to play six World Cups before winning it," he pointed out.
"At the end of the day, you are judged by how you play, are you an ambassador of the game? Do you play the game with integrity, and do you play for a long period of time? That's how you judge players at the end of it all.
On Kohli's war of words with the BCCI over the issue of captaincy, Shastri said: "Communication is an important thing. I don't know what transpired in between them. I wasn't part of their conversation.
"I can't comment unless I speak to both the parties. It's better to keep your mouth shut if you have less information, speak when you get proper information."
Asked whether India felt the absence of injury-prone all-rounder Hardik Pandya during the South Africa series, he said: "It's a game of fitness now. If you are fit, you play. If you are not fit, you don't play someone else would play. It's simple."
AB, Gayle, Vettori likely for next Legends League
Shastri is here as the commissioner of the Legends League Cricket and he's expected to be back in the commentary box during India's final Test in England with the hosts trailing 1-2.
Happy with the response to the first edition of the league, Shastri said they're expecting more star players including the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, and Daniel Vettori among others, to join the next time.
"This league has a great potential. Initially I was apprehensive of two things -- the fitness standard and commitment.
"In future we will see fitter players here. There was very little time to prepare for this tournament and we had this Omicron outbreak. It was not easy to organise in such a short notice."
Shastri said they have cool-off period of six months for the retired stars to join the league.
"Any cricketer can play here six months after retirement from International cricket," Shastri said.
"Now imagine all the players like Faf du Plessis, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Ross Taylor, Dan Vettori. Asian, Bangladesh, India. So this can become a very strong league.
India's head coach Rahul Dravid had no hesitation in admitting that the ODI squad lacked balance with the likes of Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja unavailable to execute their all-round skills at numbers six and seven respectively.
India lost the three-match ODI series 0-3 and Dravid answered a range of questions covering the poor show in middle-overs both in batting and bowling, KL Rahul's nascent captaincy career and how Venkatesh Iyer is not being thought of as a top-order batter.
"Yeah, we understand the template. Obviously, a large part of the template is also dependant on the balance of your squad," Dravid replied when asked if the Indian team needs to revisit its template in 50-over cricket.
"I think if you are a little bit honest, some of the guys who help us balance the the squad out and give us those all-round options at Nos 6, 7 and 8 are probably not here, and available for selection," Dravid said, clearly talking about the absence of Pandya, who is trying to get his bowling fitness back and Jadeja, who is recuperating from a knee injury.
"Hopefully, when they (Hardik and Jadeja) come back, it will give us lot more depth, it allows us then to probably play in a slightly different style," Dravid made it clear as to what he missed in the series.
KL did a decent job but captaincy is about execution of skills by your players
Dravid's assessment of his namesake's leadership skills was pretty lavish as he wanted people to factor in that he could only do as much with the kind of squad he had at his disposal.
"I thought he did a good job. Not easy to be on wrong side of the result. He is just starting out as captain," he said.
".....And he will learn and a large part of captaincy is execution of skills by your players and quality of side you have got. We were a little bit short on the ODI side of things and I thought he did a very decent job, someone who is growing and will constantly be improving and get better as a captain."
Better batting required in middle-overs
There was no denying that India's batting lacked momentum in all three games especially between overs 20 to 40.
"We certainly could do better with batting in middle overs," Dravid said.
"But having said that, even South Africa who batted first on two occasions scored 290 as well and if I think back and look at the 30th over in both those games, we should have chased them down.
"We didn't because we played some poor shots and we didn't play some smart cricket at critical situations," he said without naming anyone.
People will get security but we will also demand performances
Dravid isn't someone who believes in taking names but when he spoke about demanding performances in lieu of security and extended run given to some middle-order batters, he obviously meant Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.
"We certainly want to give them that consistency and we want to give them that security," he said in a reassuring tone.
But then came the actual rider.
"...And once you give them that consistency and security, you also got to demand performances, really big performances and that is an expectation you have when you play at this level, when you play for your country, you have to put in big performances and that's a requirement. But idea is to give as much stability as you can."
He also reminded that people like Shreyas need to put their hand up and perform considering that their is so much competition for slots.
"Whether you bat 4, 5 or 6, you have got to know what the team's requirements are. Shreyas has gone in pretty early in all three games and he has had enough time (out there in the middle).
"We know guys have done well and we would like to back them as much as possible. Sometimes they would have good tours and sometimes, it won't be possible, that's just the way it is.
"Obviously, there tends to be a lot of competition, people pushing for places and its not easy in that kind of a situation," he said.
Trying to develop Venkatesh but eye is still on Hardik return
Dravid was clear about one thing and that's Vekatesh Iyer will have to fit himself in the middle-order if he wants to play white ball cricket for India.
Venkatesh, who made a stunning entry into national side on the basis of half an IPL and that too opening the innings for KKR, the Indian top-order is all but set, indicated head coach.
"Idea is to develop people like Venkatesh Iyer as sixth bowling option. Whether its Venkatesh or whether its Hardik when he potentially comes back and we have got option of someone like a Jadeja, who can potentially bat at No 6 in certain times when he is back, that will give us a lot more options," Dravid hinted.
He made it clear that Venkatesh has been communicated his role in the team.
"It can happen if you are sixth bowler in a team, you are not required to bowl. We have been clear with him that in our team with number of options we have, he has batted at the top of the order for KKR, in our team we are looking at No 6, someone who can be that sixth bowling option.
"...And that was the kind of role we had for him over here, we have quite a few options at the top of the order and when someone like Rohit comes back, there aren't too many spots open in 1, 2 or 3."
We will know core but can't set time-frame
For Dravid, the South Africa tour is an "eye-opener" but he believes that the more ODIs that they play in the run-up to the 2023 World Cup, the better idea they will have about both combination and approach.
"Don't think there is exact date or time frame and a large part of it evolves, we already have a certain amount of clarity at where we are at."
"At some point of time, we will already know, that we will have a fair idea of what kind of roles we already expect from people, and large part of that has already been communicated to them," he said.
"A broad outline and a broad template is already in place and as you get closer and closer you start fine-tuning that and hard to put a date to that," Dravid concluded.
India captain KL Rahul won the toss and opted to bowl first against South Africa in the third and final ODI of the three-match series, here on Sunday.
Speaking at the toss, Rahul said that India have made four changes in their playing XI for this match.
"Looks like a nice wicket, bit sticky I think. We'll try to get some early wickets. We value each game, we want to put up a performance. The boys are motivated themselves. The energy has been great. One more opportunity for us. We have forgotten what has happened in the first two games. We have some plans," said the India skipper.
"There are few things we need to fix. Suryakumar Yadav, Jayany Yadav, Prasaidh Krishna and one more guy comes in," he added.
On the other hand, Temba Bavuma led South Africa made just one change in their playing XI as Dwaine Pretorius came in place of Tabraiz Shamsi.
"Just one change for us. Dwaine (Pretorius) comes in for Shamsi. We don't want to drop our intensity, we want to keep pushing our standard higher and higher. We always want to play our best team. It (different venue) will present a different challenge, we have to be clinical upfront. Anything above 300 is competitive," said Bavuma at the toss.
South Africa: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Dwaine Pretorius, Lungi Ngidi, Sisanda Magala.
India: KL Rahul(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Jayant Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.
England's T20 International series against hosts West Indies got off to a disappointing start with the Eoin Morgan-led side suffering a nine-wicket defeat in a D/N match at the Kensington Oval on Sunday (IST).
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder came up with career-best T20 bowling figures of four wickets for seven runs in 3.4 overs as the hosts restricted England to just 103 in 19.4 overs. Then, an unbeaten half-century from Brandon King saw West Indies score an easy win in the opening game of the five-match series.
The hosts started the rot with the wicket of Jason Roy in the first over of play, and didn't look back in a dominating performance from their bowlers.
Kieron Pollard's men were unrelenting with the ball and in the field, restricting the tourists to 26/4 in the Powerplay. Holder claimed Tom Banton and Moeen Ali in successive deliveries, as Sheldon Cottrell (2/30 off four overs) made his mark at the other end.
Cottrell removed Roy, and the left-armer picked up James Vince (14 from 12 balls), who threatened to launch English resurgence.
The fourth wicket brought Sam Billings to the middle, just a week after his Test debut in Hobart against Australia. The wicketkeeper-batter was unable to hang around with captain Morgan, missing an Akeal Hosein delivery on the charge and stumped for just two.
On top of the West Indies' execution of plans, England's batting capitulation was as much down to mistakes at crucial moments, with a poor call running between wickets the reason for Liam Dawson's downfall.
Misjudging a quick single, Dawson fell to his knees in an attempt to skip back into his ground, with Pollard finishing a simple throw to Nicholas Pooran for the run out.
Morgan picked out Pollard at cover an over later, and at 49/7, England were staring down the barrel of their lowest ever total of 80.
England finally found a partnership through Chris Jordan (28) and Adil Rashid's (22) lower-order exploits, and the pair managed to move the score towards three figures.
Jordan fell to the spin of Fabian Allen in the late stages looking to up the run-rate further towards six an over, and Rashid managed to stick around until the final over, ticking over the century total.
Holder quelled any lusty late blows, removing Saqib Mahmood (5) and Rashid in successive deliveries to finish with his scarcely believable figures.
Any doubts of a nervy West Indies chase were put to bed, as the opening pair of Brandon King and Shai Hope moved through the Powerplay unscathed, and registered a half-century partnership.
Hope fell to a clever piece of Rashid bowling soon after, but it proved a consolation wicket as the hosts ran off easy winners. King was joined by Pooran, as the pair eased home with 17 balls to spare.
Brief scores: England 103 in 19.4 overs (Chris Jordan 28; Jason Holder 4/7, Sheldon Cottrell 2/30) lost to West Indies 104/1 in 17.1 overs (Brandon King 52 not out) by 9 wickets.
Rishabh Pant understands the value of his wicket and the reason why the team management often asks him to use his discretion in shot selection during important phases of various matches.
Pant was out to an atrocious shot during the second Test in Wanderers, which led to lot of criticism from all quarters and former skipper Virat Kohli stating that they have had a word with the talented southpaw.
"There are always positive talks that as an individual what I can do. All the strokes are there but how can I play with patience and according to the situation. So a lot of discussions happen," Pant, who since then had scored a hundred in the third Test at Cape Town and followed it with career-best 85 in the second ODI, told reporters during a virtual interaction.
"And whatever we discuss, we practise and after that try to implement in the match," he added.
Promotion at No 4 in ODIs
According to Pant, who made a career-best 85, the team management has entrusted him with responsibility of batting at four, to ensure right-left combination
"The reason to bat at number four was if a left-hander gets a chance to bat in the middle, then it becomes easy to rotate strike, with the left-right combination, especially in the middle overs when leg-spinners or left-arm spinners bowl.
".....So that is why the team management felt that a left-handed batter should bat and that is why that role was given to me," he said.
"We strive to improve"
Pant also said that the team is learning from the mistakes in its endeavour to get better.
"I think as (from) a batting point of view, we are fine, we are going fine. We are learning from our mistakes and every day as the Indian cricket team we strive to improve our cricket and that is the only thing we are looking forward (to)."
Shardul's batting, Venkatesh's bowling big positives
Pant beloeves that Shardul Thakur's batting in both games (50no and 40 no) has been one of the biggest positives in the series so far.
"One more positive was the way Shardul (Thakur) batted down the order, in both the matches, that was also a positive. The way Venky (Venkatesh Iyer) bowled, he conceded more runs in one or two overs, but still it felt that he could bowl (at this level). So, there are a lot of positives, which we can take as a team."
SA spinners were better, admits India keeper
Pant admitted that Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram and Tabraiz Shamsi bowled better than Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal in the two games.
"I think they (SA spinners) were more consistent in their lines and lengths and they are used to playing in these conditions," he said.
One of the biggest reasons for the defeat is lack of 50-over game time for a long duration, opined Pant.
"We are playing ODIs after a long time and lots of factors we can talk about but as a team, we are always looking to improve and hopefully, we will be able to rectify them in coming matches.
Not concerned about Bhuvneshwar's form
Pant brushed aside queries about the poor form of pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
"As a team, we are always looking to improve and I don't think there is much concern about Bhuvi bhai's form. Obviously, we are playing an ODI after a long time so we are just getting used to the momentum, obviously disappointed after losing the series but at the same time we are looking at ways to learn from our mistakes."
Australia climbed to the top spot in the latest ICC Test team rankings released on Thursday on the back of their 4-0 Ashes series victory against England while India slipped down to the third position after suffering a 2-1 away series defeat in South Africa.
Pat Cummins led Australia won the first, second, third, and fifth Test matches convincingly against England at Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart. England only was able to draw the fourth contest in Sydney, managing to save the Test by the skin of their teeth.
This relentless display has seen Australia jump up two places to No 1 in the rankings, overtaking both New Zealand and India with 119 rating points.
On the other hand, India, who was ranked No 1 in the Test team rankings, slipped down to the third spot after their series loss against Proteas and has 116 points at present. After a brilliant victory in the first Test in Centurion, they were dealt back-to-back defeats in Johannesburg and Cape Town as their quest for a first Test series victory in South Africa continued.
South Africa after their series win has climbed up one spot to No 5 in the rankings chart with 101 rating points.
Meanwhile, New Zealand, the inaugural World Test Championship winners, have retained their second position in the rankings with 117 rating points after their drawn home series against Bangladesh. After losing the first Test at the Bay Oval, the Kiwis bounced back with a comprehensive performance at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Pakistan slipped down one spot to No 6 with 93 rating points. Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland have managed to retain their respective positions in the ranking charts.
South Africa captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and opted to bat against India in the first One-day International here on Wednesday.
India handed debut to all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer.
Left-arm pacer Marco Jansen, who excelled in the Test series, made his debut for South Africa.
India: KL Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma(c), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi.
New Zealand's limited-overs tour to Australia, originally scheduled between January 24 and February 9, has been postponed until further notice due to New Zealand's border controls and quarantine requirements.
There was a proposal earlier from New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and Cricket Australia (CA) to extend the length of the tour so that the Kiwi players could return home at a time more manageable for the managed isolation and quarantine process but the New Zealand Government confirmed on Wednesday it had no capacity to meet the request.
The teams were scheduled to play three One-day Internationals, beginning January 30 at the Optus Stadium in Perth, followed by a one-off T20I at Manuka Oval, Canberra on February 8.
The discussions for when the postponed fixtures will be played are ongoing between CA and NZC.
Nick Hockley, CA CEO, said, "We are extremely disappointed that we won't be able to play the scheduled matches against New Zealand as planned, however we will continue to work with New Zealand Cricket to reschedule the series.
"We thank NZC, who made every effort to make the series happen, however because they were unable to get certainty over return quarantine arrangements, it is simply just not possible at this time.
"We know fans will be disappointed and thank them for their understanding given the unique circumstances that the global pandemic presents for everyone.
"We look forward to welcoming Sri Lanka to Australia next month and will confirm the schedule for that series as soon as possible."
NZC chief executive David White said, "As we now know, the advent of Omicron prompted a change of heart from the NZ Government, resulting in a hard 10-day mandatory isolation period being imposed on all incoming travellers.
"NZC and CA had explored a proposal to expand the tour and to push out the date on which the squad might return to New Zealand in the hope that it might be more achievable for the Government. Unfortunately, we received advice this morning that they could not provide certainty over this."
CA is expected to confirm the schedule for their upcoming T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka in the coming days.
Weary after two years of some of the harshest COVID-19 border restrictions in the world, many Australians wanted Novak Djokovic kicked out of their country for travelling to a tennis tournament in their country without being vaccinated.
But the backdrop to the government's tough line on the defending Australian Open champion — and Prime Minister Scott Morrison's description of the expulsion as a "decision to keep our borders strong" — dates to nearly a decade ago. It also shines a light on Australia's complicated, and strongly criticized, immigration and border policies.
Back in 2013, the border issue wasn't unvaccinated foreigners like Djokovic but thousands of asylum seekers from Asia, the Middle East and Africa who flocked to Australia on rickety fishing boats from Indonesian ports.
Now, with the next election due by May, Djokovic has become the new focus of the government's claim to a tough stance on border protection that leaders hope will win votes. The opposition, meanwhile, argues that Djokovic has exposed government failures in border control and its pandemic response.
Refugee activists say the tennis star's treatment exposes the harsh treatment of dozens of others detained because of visa issues.
Widespread anger followed a Djokovic post on social media on January 4 that said he had been granted “exemption permission” to fly quarantine-free to Australia to play tennis. He had been approved by an automated visa application process days earlier.
Djokovic arrived at a time when some Australians' overseas relatives still aren't able to visit because their COVID-19 vaccine types aren't recognized by Australian authorities.
Tennis fan Holly McCann, who attended the first day of the Australian Open on Monday, said Djokovic did not deserve to be an exception to strict border rules.
"It should be the rule is the rule, regardless of your status," McCann said.
"I have nothing against him personally, but I don't think he should be an exception."
When an expletive-laden off-air conversation between Seven Network television anchors Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern savaging Djokovic's character and government bungling of his case was somehow posted online, viewer responses were overwhelmingly positive, suggesting a strong urge for Djokovic to be expelled.
A poll published by The Sun Herald and Sunday Age newspapers on Sunday showed 71% of respondents did not want Djokovic to be allowed to stay in Australia.
In 2013, when a conservative coalition won the first of three consecutive elections, Morrison, the then-new minister for Immigration and Border Protection, played a key role in revamping what had seemed to many the insurmountable and politically damaging problem of daily unauthorized boat arrivals.
Morrison took credit as government vessels turned back boats and asylum seekers were sent to immigration centers on poor island nations instead of the Australian mainland.
Djokovic's days in Australia were largely spent in the cramped Park Hotel, which is used for immigration detention, while he fought in the courts to stay in Melbourne. This was welcomed by refugee advocates for the international attention it focused on 60 other people kept in the same high-rise building because they don't have visas.
When Djokovic's visa was first cancelled, Morrison tweeted, "Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders."
But Melbourne-based refugee advocate Ian Rintoul noted that unlike other refugees and asylum seekers who shared the Park Hotel with the wealthy celebrity, Djokovic was not handcuffed when he was escorted from the building.
"Many people learned that there are refugees being held prisoner by the Australian government for the first time because of Novak Djokovic," Rintoul said.
"That's the silver lining to this fiasco."
The political decision to deport Djokovic was made by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke after a court overturned a previous decision by a border official to cancel his visa on procedural grounds when he arrived at Melbourne airport 11 days earlier.
Confusingly, Australia cancelled Djokovic's visa twice for different reasons.
In the first instance, the visa was canceled because his diagnosis with COVID-19 in Serbia last month did not qualify him for an exemption from Australia's border rules. Foreign visitors have to be fully vaccinated or provide a medical certificate as evidence that they cannot be inoculated for health reasons.
Djokovic had relied on exemptions from vaccine rules provided by Tennis Australia and the Victoria state government.
The 34-year-old Serb was finally deported because Hawke regarded him as a "talisman of a community of anti-vaccination sentiment" whose presence might encourage Australians to emulate his flouting of pandemic safety measures.
Border protection has been a recurring theme in Morrison's rise to power. While popular at home, the border policies were widely criticized as inhumane and an abrogation of Australia's international obligations to refugees.
Those in hotel detention with Djokovic came to Australia from camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea for medical treatment and then gained a court injunction preventing them from being sent back. Some have been detained in hotels for more than two years, Rintoul, the refugee advocate, said.
For almost two years following the start of the pandemic, thousands of Australians were refused permission to travel overseas to visit dying relatives, attend funerals and weddings or be introduced to newborn family members.
Considered cruel by many, the travel ban kept Australia's pandemic death toll down and was supported by a majority of Australians.
But a relaxation of travel restrictions a month ago because of high vaccination levels and the arrival of the highly contagious omicron variant have resulted in Australia recording as many coronavirus infections in the first weeks of 2022 as it tallied in the previous two years of the pandemic.