Warne calls for four-day Tests to improve dwindling format

Shane Warne

Johannesburg, Nov.27 - Australian spin great Shane Warne has come up with some remedies to improve the iconic longer-format of the game after South Africa's early exit in the first innings of the third Test against India raised many eyebrows in the cricketing community.

Expressing his suggestions on his Facebook page, Warne proposed some ideas that he thinks will move the format forward. He said that Test matches should last four days, with 100 overs a day and that each day should have two 30 minute breaks, and called for the play to be extended by 30 minutes, Sport24 reported.

Morgan hails `exceptional` England newcomers post first T20 win

Eoin Morgan

London, Nov.27 - England skipper Eoin Morgan has heaped praise on his young side, describing newcomers as `exceptional` following their 14-run win over Pakistan in their first Twenty20 international of the three-match series in Dubai.

England had rested two of their best players Jos Buttler and Joe Root for the opening match.

Explaining the strategy behind the selection, the 29-year-old revealed that they were focusing on expanding the squad, insisting that some of their experienced players had to sit out for the long-term benefit, the Guardian reported.

Benteke fires Liverpool into Europa League knockout stage

Christian Benteke

London, Nov.27 - Christian Benteke scored his fifth goal for Liverpool as the Anfield club rallied past Bordeaux 2-1 to progress through to the last 32 of the Europa League.

Henri Saivet put the tourists ahead in the 34th minute before James Milner restored parity four minutes later with a penalty. Belgian international Benteke then scored the decisive goal on the stroke of half-time.

Reflecting on his team's performance, manager Jurgen Klopp praised Benteke and said that it was a tough game to win, the Guardian reported.

England to dump coin toss tradition in domestic circuit

England to dump coin toss tradition in domestic circuit

Johannesburg, Nov. 27 - England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that the country's domestic cricket will witness a major change in the iconic coin toss tradition from next year to decide which team bats first.

In next season's domestic Championship, the away team will be given the option of bowling first, if they agree to it, toss will be considered unnecessary, Sport24 reports.

However, if the visiting team does not want to bowl first, a coin will be spun.

The proposal has been passed on the basis of a one-year trial.

Shuttler Sindhu advances to Macau Open quarters

P V Sindhu

Macau, Nov. 26 - Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu advanced to the quarterfinals of the Macau Open Grand Prix after defeating Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri in straight games on Thursday.

The two-time bronze medallist at World Championship overcame Fanetri 21-17, 21-18 in a thrilling contest that lasted about 46 minutes. Sindhu will next take on Chen Yufei of China to seal a berth in semifinals.

Meanwhile, H. S. Prannoy and B. Sai Praneeth will battle out in their respective contests to secure their places in the quarterfinals.(ANI)

Man U play out goalless draw with PSV in CL

Man U play out goalless draw with PSV in CL

London, Nov. 26 - Manchester United were held to a frustrating goalless draw against PSV Eindhoven in their fifth Champions League clash at Old Trafford.

Despite dominating the match for most of the time, United failed to take the ball past the goal post.

Both the sides tried hard to break the deadlock but none of them succeeded in the full quota of ninety minutes.

United are currently at the second spot of the league table ahead of PSV and will now lock horns with Wolfsburg, who are leading in the Group B standings. (ANI)

Shuttlers Sindhu, Prannoy win at Macau Open

P V Sindhu

Macau, Nov. 25 - Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu progressed through to the second round of the Macau Open Grand Prix, while H S Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth advanced to the third round in men's singles event on Wednesday.

Fifth seed Sindhu, who is a two-time bronze medallist at World Championship, battled past Kim Hyo Min of Korea 21-13, 22-20 in a 41-minute contest.

In men's singles, seventh seed Prannoy defeated Chinese Taipei's Lin Chia Hsuan 21-19 21-15, while Praneeth overcame Uzbekistan's Artyom Savatyugin 21-11 21-8 in another match to reach the third round.

India strike back after bundling out for 215 in Nagpur Test

India strike back after bundling out for 215 in Nagpur Test

Nagpur, Nov. 25 - India produced a spirited comeback as they removed two South African batsmen after being bundled out for 215 on the opening day of the third Test against the tourists in Nagpur on Wednesday.

South Africa were reduced to 11 for two in their first innings at stumps after the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja claimed a wicket apiece on a dry, dusty pitch at the Vidharba Cricket Association stadium.

Stiaan van Zyl (0) and Imran Tahir (4) were dismissed cheaply, while Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar (7 not out) will resume their innings tomorrow.

Pollard to miss Big Bash League with knee injury

Kieron Pollard

London, Nov. 25 - West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been ruled out of the Big Bash League ( BBL), Australia's domestic Twenty20 tournament, after suffering from knee injury.

Confirming the news, South Australian Cricket Association ( SACA) chief Tim Nielsen said they are hoping Pollard recover fully from his injury.

Nielsen, however, admitted that the 28-year-old is a unique player with all-round ability and it would be difficult for them to find his perfect replacement, the Guardian reported.

Harmer takes four as India bundled out for 215

Harmer takes four as India bundled out for 215

Nagpur, Nov. 25 - Off-spinner Simon Harmer claimed four wickets as India were bowled out for 215 in their first innings on the opening day of the third Test against South Africa in Nagpur on Wednesday.

Opting to bat first, the hosts failed to capitalise their innings despite getting a good start. Murali Vijay was the top scorer with 40 on a dry, dusty pitch at the Vidharba Cricket Association stadium.

India were reeling at 125-6 before Wriddhiman Saha (32) and Ravindra Jadeja (34) steadied the ship by building a 48-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

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