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Buttler `very lucky` to be back in England Test side, believes Flintoff

Buttler `very lucky` to be back in England Test side, believes Flintoff

London [UK], Nov. 26 : Former all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes that Jos Buttler, who has been included in the England playing XI in the Mohali Test against India, is "very, very lucky" to be even considered for the same.

After the drawn first Test at Rajkot, India went on claim a comprehensive victory in Visakhapatnam, crushing England by 246 runs and have a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Buttler has replaced Ben Duckett after the latter failed to impress in either of the first two Tests.

Karun Nair debuts as India asked to bowl first in Mohali Test

Karun Nair debuts as India asked to bowl first in Mohali Test

Mohali (Punjab) [India], Nov.26 : England have won the toss and asked India to bowl first in the third Test of the five-match series at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here on Saturday.

Following the toss, India Test skipper Virat Kohli said that toss has been taken out of equation because the pitch is already dry.

As far as the Playing XI is concerned, Karun Nair has been given his Test cap, as the batsman was called in to replace injured KL Rahul.

Rahul's hamstring injury took a turn for the worse while fielding in Visakhapatnam, which resulted in him being forced to sit out of the Rajkot Test.

Buttler, Woakes to return in England squad for Mohali Test

Buttler, Woakes to return in England squad for Mohali Test

Mohali (Punjab) [India], Nov.25 : England skipper Alastair Cook has confirmed that wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and pacer Chris Woakes will return to the side for the third Test of the five-match series against India beginning on Saturday here at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

Buttler has been brought in place of Ben Duckett, while Woakes will replace injured Stuart Broad in the England squad.

"Stuart is definitely out. And Chris Woakes is definitely in," ESPNcricinfo quoted Cook as saying.

Describing Buttler as a very talented player, Cook said that the pacer is among the best short-form players in the world.

ISL 2016: Atletico de Kolkata leave FC Goa on brink of elimination

ISL 2016: Atletico de Kolkata leave FC Goa on brink of elimination

Goa [India], Nov.25 : Atletico de Kolkata maintained their excellent unbeaten record against FC Goa as they scripted a dramatic 2-1 victory to leave the hosts on the brink of elimination from the ongoing third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here last evening.

Juan Belencoso gave Kolkata the lead in 28th minute but FC Goa equalised through Mandar Rao Desai in the 80th minute. The visitors, however, had the last laugh after scoring match-winner in the second minute of the added time.

The victory took Kolkata to the second spot with 18 points from 12 matches and almost knocked out FC Goa as the team coached by Zico is at the bottom with 11 points from 12 matches.

Woakes demands clarity on 'grey area' post 'mintgate' row

Woakes demands clarity on 'grey area' post 'mintgate' row

Mohali [Punjab], Nov. 24 : England pacer Chris Woakes on Thursday put forward his views on the recent ' mintgate' controversy involving South Africa stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis, saying the International Cricket Council (ICC) should come out with some clarity on the 'grey area' involving the ball-tampering issue.

Du Plessis was fined 100 percent of his match fee for breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct, but was cleared to play the ongoing day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

`Disappointed` Wenger admits Arsenal have `lost winning momentum`

`Disappointed` Wenger admits Arsenal have `lost winning momentum`

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov.24 : Disappointed after Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side have lost their momentum and look destined to make a frustrating second-place finish in the group standings.

Pointing out his side's unbeaten streak of 18 games, the 67-year-old manager, however, called on the club to try to convert their draws into wins.

"We have not lost but we have lost a winning momentum a little bit. There is a special spirit in the squad. We are unbeaten for 18 games and sometimes you go through a period where you are a little bit less effective. It's up to us to transform the draws into wins, but there is no reason to panic," Sport24 quoted Wenger as saying.

Messi's brace helps Barcelona send Celtic crashing out of Europe

Messi's brace helps Barcelona send Celtic crashing out of Europe

London [UK], Nov. 24 : Star striker Lionel Messi scored twice as Celtic were eliminated from European competition as Barcelona won 2-0 against the Scottish champions to secure top spot in Champions League Group C.

Messi struck the opener from Neymar's sumptuous pass in the 24th minute of the match while he scored the second goal off a penalty in the 55th minute, reports the Guardian.

Barcelona will qualify for the Champions League last 16 as group winners.

"This was a very difficult section," said Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach.

"It is great to come first with a game to spare," he added.

Celtic remain on two points, having lost twice to Barcalona and at home to Gladbach.(ANI)

Tabraiz Shamsi debuts as Proteas opt to bat in Adelaide Test

Tabraiz Shamsi debuts as Proteas opt to bat in Adelaide Test

Adelaide [Australia], Nov. 24 : South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first in the third and final Test against Australia here at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

For Australia, three debutants are there in its top-six while South Africa have made one change by including Tabraiz Shamsi, who makes his Test debut replacing Keshav Maharaj, in the playing XI.

The third game of the series has the Faf du Plessis-led side up 2-0 and the visitors have already achieved a third straight away series win Down Under which makes the Test inconsequential towards the eventual outcome.


South Africa (Playing XI): Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis(c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi

Parthiv Patel to replace Wriddhiman Saha in Mohali Test

Parthiv Patel to replace Wriddhiman Saha in Mohali Test

New Delhi [India], Nov. 23 : Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel, who last appeared in Test matches in 2008 against Sri Lanka, will replace injured Wriddhiman Saha in the third Test of the ongoing five-match series against England to be played in Mohali commencing November 26.

Patel has earned a recall to India's Test team as Saha, who developed a strain in his left thigh during the Visakhapatnam Test, has been advised rest by the BCCI medical team.

The 31-year-left hander, who made his Test debut in 2002 against England, has so far played 20 Tests for the national side in which he has scored 683 runs at an average of 29.69.

India Vs England: Virat Kohli Accused of Ball Tampering by British Daily

ICC clause nullifies Kohli's ball-tampering allegations

New Delhi [India], Nov. 23 : The allegations of ball tampering leveled against Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli by a British tabloid did not hold much ground as per the specific clauses in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Rules and Regulations about playing conditions.

After the 'mintgate' row involving South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis in which he was found guilty of ball-tempering, a British tabloid had yesterday accused that some footages of the Rajkot Test indicated that Kohli appeared to shine the ball using residue from a sweet.

However, the England team have not filed any complaint and have also declined to comment on the issue.

Kohli achieves career-high fourth spot in Test rankings

Dubai [UAE], Nov.22 : Indian skipper Virat Kohli has climbed up to the career-high fourth spot in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after producing a Man of the Match performance during his side's massive 246-run win over England in the second Test in Visakhapatnam to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Kohli is currently top-ranked in Twenty20 Internationals and has also held the top position in One-Day Internationals, but never got a place in top 10 Test batsmen.

However, his sublime knocks of 167 and 81 in Visakhapatnam have helped him move up by 10 places and cross the 800-point mark for the first time, becoming only the 11th India batsman to do so.

Aamir Sohail flays PCB for its inability to find Misbah's successor

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov.22 : Former Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail has criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for its inability to find Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq's successor, accusing the cricket body of "enjoying perks" and doing nothing so as to find the next captain.

Sohail, who captained the side in six Tests, said Misbah, for so long, has been hinting about his retirement but still the PCB has failed to find his successor which ultimately shows the inability of the selection committee.

"This shows that the board is only there to enjoy perks and have done no homework on Misbah's replacement," he was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.

Earlier, during the Christchurch Test, Misbah became the first skipper to lead Pakistan in 50 games.

Hamilton admits of facing 'pretty impossible odds' to win F1 title

London [UK], Nov. 22 : Ahead of the final race in Abu Dhabi on November 27, three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has admitted that it has not been a "perfect season" and the odds are firmly stacked against him as he bids to win the Formula One championship.

Hamilton, who is 12 points adrift of Nico Rosberg, knows that his Mercedes team-mate needs only a top-three finish to clinch his maiden championship and stop Hamilton from becoming the first British driver in grand prix history to win four titles.

The three-time world champion was required to win all the remaining races since the Japanese Grand Prix to take the Championship battle to the last race of the season.

Du Plessis 'mintgate' hearing to take place today in Adelaide

Dubai [UAE], Nov. 22 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) will today conduct the hearing at the Adelaide Oval in connection with the 'mintgate' incident involving South Africa stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis "in the interests of expediency and in order to protect the integrity of the Adelaide Test."

The hearing will be conducted by ICC match referee Andy Pycroft and will take place at 15:30 Adelaide Time (10:30 a.m. India time).

In a media release, the ICC stated, "Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees held a preliminary hearing on Monday and heard the submissions of the parties as regards when the hearing in relation to the charge laid against South Africa captain Faf du Plessis should take place."

India triumph Vizag, take 1-0 lead against England

Visakhapatnam [India], Nov. 21 : Indian bowlers came out with yet another brilliant performance on their home soil to hand over the host a big 246-run victory over England in the second Test at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.

Chasing a target of 405, the Alastair Cook-led side went down like a pack of cards and were eventually bundled out for 158 after battling hard for 97.3 overs.

Resuming at the overnight score of 87 for 2 on Day Five, England slumped to 142 for 7 by lunch, with only pride left to play for as Jonny Bairstow manned the pumps with the tail for company.

Both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were relentless in the morning to get rid of Ben Duckett and Moeen Ali.

Voges still has plenty to offer in Tests, believes Langer

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 21 : Former Australian opening batsman Justin Langer has urged the national selectors not to sideline Adam Voges from the Test arena, saying the wicketkeeper-batsman can still play a vital role in the longer version of the game.

Following the humiliating defeat in the second match of the ongoing three-match series against South Africa, the embattled Australian team management has made extraordinary six changes for the third Test to be played in Adelaide.

37-year-old Voges was among the omissions, with the official line being he couldn't be considered because of his recent concussion.

However, Langer feels that the veteran has still plenty to offer to Australia in the Test arena.

Azhar Ali admits Pak's problem in facing short-pitched deliveries

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 21 : Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has admitted that the team is having problems while facing short-pitched deliveries, saying they are working on their ability to handle short balls, but they require time to do that.

Pakistan on Sunday suffered an eight-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the first Test of the ongoing two-match series at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

"If you come to this part of the world, you do expect that [short-pitched deliveries].You expect teams from subcontinent to be tested with that short stuff and we all knew that. But as time goes on, we'll get better, and we're hopeful to turn things around quickly," Azhar was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.

Injured Stuart Broad set to miss Mohali Test

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov.21 : England pacer Stuart Broad is all set to miss the third Test of the ongoing five-match series against India after himself ruling out of the game, saying a strained tendon will need another couple of weeks to recover.

The ace England pacer, who took four wickets and help dismiss India for 204 on Day Four of the ongoing second Test in Visakhapatnam despite his foot injury, believes injuries are an occupational hazard.

"So physically it has been quite a tough Test match but it's all part of the job that you have to crack on a little bit," Broad was quoted as saying by Sport24.

"I think there are plans to move on once this Test match is finished to try and offload the tendon a little bit for a few days," he added.

Murray ends season as No. 1, defeats Djokovic to win ATP World Tour Finals

London [UK], Nov. 21 : Ace British tennis player Andy Murray ended his 2016 campaign on a perfect note after defeating Novak Djokovic in straights in the summit clash of the ATP World Tour Finals, assuming the mantle of year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Murray dethroned Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in a contest that lasted for an hour and 43 minutes to earn his first title at the ATP finals and make sure he remained No. 1 until next season.

The Briton replaced Djokovic as the top-ranked player in Paris, but the second-ranked Serb could have regained the numero one position by winning the summit clash on Sunday at the O2 Arena.

PV Sindhu to take on sixth-seed Ji Hyun in China Open semis

Fuzhou [China], Nov.19 : Rio Olympics silver-medallist PV Sindhu will aim to book her place in the finals of the ongoing China Open Super Series tournament when she takes on sixth-seed Sung Ji Hyun in her last-four contest of the women's singles event later today.

Sindhu stormed into the semi-finals after brushing aside China's promising teenager He Bingjiao 22-20, 21-10 in the quarter-final clash that lasted half-an hour.

Meanwhile, Ji Hyun of South Korea made her place in the last four by struggling past Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 22-20, 10-21, 21-18 in a gruelling contest that lasted one hour and 10 minutes.

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