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Clarke backs Lyon for ‘spin spot’ in Test squad ahead of Gabba clash

Clarke backs Lyon for ‘spin spot’ in Test squad ahead of Gabba clashSydney, Nov. 7 : Australian captain Michael Clarke is convinced that off spinner Nathan Lyon deserves a spot in the Test squad despite his uninspiring statistics in the game.

Lyon''s form has been fiercely debated over the past fortnight after he was treated harshly during a Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba last month.

However, Clarke, who seems to have seen enough of Lyon in the nets this week , said there was evidence to suggest that his confidence has not been dented.

"I faced him today and he bowled really well. He is mixing his pace up really well and he has nice shape on the ball," News. com. au quoted Clarke, as saying.

"I''m confident that Lyon will be fine if he''s the opportunity to play on Friday. In the past he''s made the most of opportunities for Australia and bowled really well," he added.

According to the paper, Lyon is competing against pacemen Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus for the final position in the team.

Asked whether he would consider playing a pace quartet against the South African team, Clarke responded, "Ask me that in two days. I don''t know the 11 right now."

"It is hard to tell now because there are grass clipping on top which make it appear whiter but it is green underneath. If its a green-top you have to think about four quicks, but I do like to have a spinner in the team," he added. (ANI)


FA chairman Dyke compares FIFA boss Blatter to Korean dictator Kim Jong-un

Greg-DykeLondon, July 23 : The Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke has said that FIFA boss Sepp Blatter reminds him of something out of North Korea at times and compared the world football governing body's chairman to Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.  Read more »

Pakistan to play two football matches against India next month

Pakistan to play two football matches against India next monthKarachi, July 23 - Footballers from Pakistan and India will face each other in a two-match series next month in India.

According to the Express Tribune, the matches will be played on August 16 and August 21.  Read more »

Williamson suspended from bowling in international cricket

Kane-WilliamsonDubai, July 23 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of New Zealand off-spinner Kane Williamson to be illegal and, as such,  Read more »

Moores gives senior England players 'kick up the backside', asks them to deliver

Peter-MooresLondon, July 23 - England cricket team coach Peter Moores has given his senior players a verbal 'kick' up their 'backside' and told them that it is time to deliver.  Read more »

Hamilton denies employing 'mind games' against Rosberg in race for F1 title

Lewis-HamiltonLondon, July 18 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is not trying to employ mind games against his teammate Nico Rosberg as both battle for the Formula One championship.  Read more »

Red Bull F1 reserve Felix da Costa to race in Formula E

Antonio-Felix-da-CostaLeicestershire, UK: Amlin Aguri have announced that Red Bull Racing Formula 1 reserve driver, Antonio Felix da Costa, will join the team for the inaugural all-electric FIA Formula E Championship beginning in September.  Read more »