Monday, 27 March 2017

Sports

No retirement plans for evergreen Boom Boom Afridi

The Pakistan veteran vows to play on and says he isn’t holding out for a farewell match. The ongoing saga surrounding Shahid Afridi’s playing future has rolled on after the Pakistan veteran vowed he had no plans to call time on his two-decade long career. Afridi hasn’t represented the national ...

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Australian cricketers say Merry Christmas

Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy at the Australian team’s Christmas celebrations, Melbourne. MELBOURNE: The Australia Test squad has taken time out of their preparation for the Boxing Day Test to celebrate Christmas in Melbourne. Australia vice-captain David Warner, wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and spinner Nathan Lyon welcomed their children into the ...

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Australia v Pakistan Test at MCG in 1979 one for the ages

MELBOURNE:  A controversial run-out of Rodney Hogg that set the tone for a rancorous series, the first of Allan Border’s 27 Test centuries, and an Australian collapse that made Hobart, 2016, seem like a runfest. The Australia-Pakistan Test at the MCG in 1979 was brimming with moments for the ages. ...

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Misbah mulls pace change as Pakistan seek series leveller

MELBOURNE: Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq hinted Sunday that Sohail Khan may come in to break up Pakistan’s three-man left-arm pace attack in the second Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne. The tourists are not expected to tinker with their batting after a heroic effort which took them within 40 runs of ...

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Jones questions Brett Lee’s chance for Ashes

ABU DHABI: Former Australian batsman Dean Jones questioned Brett Lee’s selection for the Ashes, saying he did not deserve a place in team’s fast establishing pace attack. The 32-year-old Lee, who joined the squad here on Tuesday, will have his progress towards full fitness assessed by the team management and ...

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Criticism of team, captain Smith just ‘bizarre’: Warner

BRISBANE: Australia’s Vice-Captain David Warner has found it “bizarre” that pundits and fans continue to criticise the team despite winning their last two test matches after a run of five losses. Australia beat Pakistan by 39 runs in a thrilling finish in the first test in Brisbane last week. Misbah-ul-Haq’s ...

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Kamran Akmal set for comeback in Australia

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ISLAMABAD: Kamran Akmal’s long and hard wait for staging comeback in the national cricket is set to be over as highly-placed sources have confirmed to The Nation that Pakistan Cricket Board finally is considering the wicket-keeper batsman for Australia series. Highly placed sources on condition of anonymity have confirmed to ...

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Kell Brook just a tune-up fight, says Amir Khan

LONDON: Amir Khan says a clash against long-time rival Kell Brook will only act as a “tune-up fight” for even bigger bouts in his future. Khan (31-4 KO19) has not fought since suffering a devastating knockout defeat to WBO light-middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May, but confirmed he is ...

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Bangladeshis lose, but Mustafizur shines on return

WHANGERAI: Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand got off to an inauspicious start as they went down by three wickets against the New Zealand XI in a rain reduced 43-overs a side practice match at the Cobham Oval. But they will at least leave Whangarei with the confidence that Mustafizur Rahman ...

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Ravichandran Ashwin bags brace of ICC annual awards

KARACHI: India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was named the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricketer of the Year on Thursday for taking 48 wickets and scoring 336 runs in eight Tests during the voting period. The 30-year-old, the world’s top-ranked test bowler, became the third Indian to win the Sir Garfield Sobers ...

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