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Will India take revenge from England courtesy Kohli's aggression?

Will India take revenge from England courtesy Kohli's aggression?

New Delhi [India], Nov. 8 : With just a day left for the much-anticipated five-match Test series between India and England, all eyes would be on the new aggressive skipper Virat Kohli to see whether he can motivate his boys to take revenge from the Alastair Cook led-side for the last three series defeats.

It is after quite a while that India are playing a five-match Test series at home. Having already started the home season on high with a 3-0 clean sweep of New Zealand, anticipations and hopes would be at the paramount from the hosts who topped the ICC Test rankings displacing Pakistan from the coveted position.

Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie confirms eye 'undamaged' post scare

Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie confirms eye 'undamaged' post scare

London [UK], Nov. 8 : Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie, who suffered a horrific eye injury in his side's latest win against Akhisar Belediyespor in the Turkish Super Lig, calmed fears of his eyesight saying his eye is "undamaged".

Persie received the horrific injury during Fenerbahce's 3-1 win over Akhisar on Sunday wherein he was stretchered off the pitch with a plaster covering his bloodied left eye.

Images of Van Persie's bleeding soon grabbed the eyeballs on social media with many fans expressing fears the 33-year-old had been blinded and would never play again, reported

In fact, the injury had sparked alarm over the condition of his eyes, with one of the British tabloid headlining on its website Van Persie "will never see again".

Perth match `best Test of my career`, says Du Plessis

Faf du Plessis

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 8 : Faf du Plessis, who is leading South Africa in the absence of regular skipper AB de Villiers in series down under, has described the 177-run victory in the first Test against Australia at WACA in Perth as "the best Test" of his career.

After being restricted to two seamers post the injury to bowling spearhead Dale Steyn on the second day of the match itself, the Proteas put in a spirited performance to go one-up in the three-match series against the Steve Smith-led side.

Perth Test: Rabada spearheads Proteas to mighty 177-run win over Aussies

Perth [Australia], Nov. 7 : Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada scalped a five-wicket haul as South Africa made a stunning comeback to clinch a massive 177-run win over Australia in the opening Test of the three-match series at the WACA Ground here on Monday.

Resuming at an overnight score of 169-4, Usman Khawaja (97) and Mitchell Marsh (26) steadied their side's innings before the latter was controversially given out leg before wicket of a Rabada delivery.

Marsh was originally given not out after he was struck low on the pads.However, the decision was over-turned when the DRS's ball-tracking technology showed it to be hitting more than 50 per cent of Marsh's leg stump and he was sent back to the pavilion.

Furious Mitchell Johnson labels DRS a `failure`

Melbourne [Australia], Nov.7 : Former Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson has labelled the Decision Review System (DRS) as a ` failure` after all-rounder Mitchell Marsh's controversial leg before dismissal during the opening Test of the three-match series against South Africa at the WACA Ground in Perth.

The incident took place on the fifth day of the first Test when Marsh was originally given not out after he was struck low on the pads of a Kagiso Rabada delivery.

However, the decision was over-turned when the ball-tracking technology showed it to be hitting more than 50 per cent of Marsh's leg stump and he was sent back to the pavilion.

Asian Champions Trophy: Indian eves through to final despite China drubbing

Singapore, Nov.5 : The Indian women's hockey team have qualified for the finals of the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) despite going down 2-3 at the hands of China in their last group clash here last evening.

India made it to the finals after they finished as the second-placed team with seven points in the group stage behind China, who climbed to the top spot with nine points.

It was China who made the breakthrough first when Cheng Yahan struck the opening goal in the 35th minute of the match.

China soon doubled the lead for themselves through Gou Qui Deepika's goal in the 51st minute before India pulled one back to make it 1-2 just a minute later.

In the 55th minute of the match, India equalized the score for themselves via skipper Vandana Kataria.

Murray one win away from becoming World No.1 in Paris

Paris [France], Nov.5 : British maestro Andy Murray's quest to become world number one continued after he defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in straight sets to storm into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters here on Saturday.

The second-seed, who is just one win away from the numero one ranking, survived a first-set tie-breaker to tough out a 7-6(9), 7-5 win over Berdych in a thrilling last-eight contest that lasted about two hours.

Excited to see himself moving in the right direction, Murray described `consistency` as his key to success before admitting that he had played some of his best tennis in last few weeks.

England have more questions than answers in India, believes Jonty Rhodes

England have more questions than answers in India, believes Jonty Rhodes

New Delhi [India], Nov. 4 : With just days left before the commencement of the five-match Test series against India, former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes believes that England, who recently tasted its first ever Test defeat against Bangladesh, have more questions than answers in the subcontinent.

The England cricket team led by Alastair Cook arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday from Bangladesh to engage the hosts commencing in Rajkot from November 9.

While India thumped New Zealand, England is coming off a dismal tour of Bangladesh where they suffered a humiliating loss in the second and final Test in Dhaka.

Wrist fracture rules Santner out of opening Test against Pak

Wrist fracture rules Santner out of opening Test against Pak

Christchurch [New Zealand], Nov.4 : In a major blow to New Zealand, all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of opening Test of the two-match series against Pakistan due to a fractured wrist.

The 24-year-old was struck on his right wrist during a practice session with the Northern Districts and is now also doubtful for the second Test, which will begin from November 25 in Hamilton.

Reflecting on Santner's injury, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said although it looks unlikely for the all-rounder to be available for the second Test, they would closely monitor his recovery in order to have him back.

Indian eves to take on China in Asian Champions Trophy

Indian eves to take on China in Asian Champions Trophy

Singapore [Malaysia], Nov. 4 : Indian eves will today take on China in their 4th pool match of the Asian Champions Trophy in Singapore.

Indian team defeated Malaysia 2-0 in their third pool match on Tuesday, which took them to the top the pool table.

They had seven points above Korea, China, Japan and Malaysia respectively. The final will be played tomorrow between the top two teams of the pool.

Five best women's teams of the continent are fighting for continental dominance less than a year ahead of the 2017 Asia Cup which doubles as a World Cup Qualifier.

Indian men's team already lifted the Asian Champions Trophy defeating Pakistan 3-2 in the final in Kuantan, Malaysia last Sunday. (ANI)

Djokovic, Murray progress to last eight of Paris Masters

Djokovic, Murray progress to last eight of Paris Masters

Paris [France], Nov. 4 : World No. 1 Novak Djokovic progressed through to the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters after battling past 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov in hard fought third round contest on Thursday.

Rallying from a set down, Djokovic came back strong to defeat Dimitrov 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Serbian will now meet Canadian fourth seed Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, World No. 2 Andy Murray continued his battle for the numero one ranking after defeating Lucas Pouille in straight sets 6-3 6-0 in a relatively low-quality match. Murray will now face seventh seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the last eight counter.

Moeen, Rashid not worried about security in India

Moeen, Rashid not worried about security in India

London [U.K], Nov.3 : England's security advisor Reg Dickason has played down speculations that his side's Muslim players, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have any concerns about touring India for the five-match Test series, starting from November 9 in Gujarat.

Dickason's comments came following reports of Pakistan origin ICC Elite panel umpire Aleem Dar's withdrawal from standing in the series due to the escalating tension between India and Pakistan.

Although the ICC confirmed that Dar was never scheduled to stand in the upcoming Test series, it seems the cricket's governing body might have taken the decision after he was pulled out of an ODI series between India and South Africa last year because of threats.

Brathwaite, Samuels, Bravo turn down WICB central contracts

Brathwaite, Samuels, Bravo turn down WICB central contracts

Barbados [West Indies], Nov.3 : T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite, along with batsmen Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo, has denied central contracts offered by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the 2016-17 international cricket season.

Consequently, the list of centrally-contracted players has now depleted back to 12 after the country's cricket board had increased it from 12 to 15 earlier this January for 2015-16.

The WICB cited no reason as to why Samuels, Bravo and Brathwaite had turned down the contracts,ESPNcricinfo reported.

Djokovic eases to third round of Paris Masters

Paris [France] Nov. 3 : World No.1 Novak Djokovic progressed to the last 16 of the Paris Masters with a comfortable straight-sets win over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller on Wednesday.

The Serbian defeated Muller 6-3, 6-4 without much of difficulty. The Serbian will now face 14th seeded Grigor Dimitrov in what could be an intriguing third-round clash.

The 29-year-old must reach the final in Paris to guarantee he extends his 122-week reign at the top of the rankings with Andy Murray rapidly closing in on the Serb. However, failure to do so would allow Murray to overtake him if the Scot can win the title, or if Murray reaches the final and Djokovic exits before the semis.

Pandya replaces `injured` Rohit, Gambhir retained for Tests against England

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Nov.2 : Veteran batsman Gautam Gambhir, who returned to the Test squad against New Zealand after a two-year absence from international cricket, has been retained in the 15-man squad for the first two matches of the five-Test series against England starting from November 9 in Rajkot.

Pace spearhead Ishant Sharma has also been recalled in the Test squad after recovering fully from Chikungunya, which had ruled him out of the New Zealand series.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has been left out of the squad due to an injury which he sustained during India's final ODI against New Zealand. Hardik Pandya has been called in as his replacement.

I did open my `big mouth` during 2014 Proteas series: Clarke

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 2 : Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has admitted that he did open his "big mouth" during the 2014 Test series against South Africa.

Injured South Africa skipper AB de Villiers, who will miss the first Test of the three-match series starting from tomorrow, had earlier claimed that the sledging done by Australian cricketers in 2014 was the worst he has witnessed in his entire career.

In a closely-fought series, Australia had emerged as the winners by a margin of 2-1 punctuated by a series of verbal altercation, including a feud between Clarke and Proteas pace spearhead Dale Steyn, and David Warner barking at Faf du Plessis on his dismissal.

Indian eves remain unbeaten in Women's Asian Champions Trophy

Singapore [Malaysia], Nov. 2 : India raced to an emphatic 2-0 win over Malaysia in their third pool match of the 4th Women's Asian Champions Trophy yesterday.

With this win, India continue to top the pool table with seven points over Korea, China, Japan and Malaysia respectively.

Playing the first game of the day, India were under pressure to stay in contention for the knockout stay and they did not disappoint.

Azhar Mahmood appointed as Pakistan bowling coach

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 2 : Prior to New Zealand Test series starting from November 17, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has roped in former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood as the bowling coach of the national team.

Azhar had coached Pakistan during the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 held earlier this year.

The former Pakistan all-rounder, who had played 21 Tests and 141 ODIs for Pakistan, had also assisted the national team in the limited over series in England after which his contract ended.

As per the Dawn, a PCB official said earlier Mickey Arthur, Pakistan team head coach, had recommended some other foreigner coaches' name for the job of the bowling coach but talks with them didn't work out due to financial and availability issues.

Indian squad for England Test series to be announced today

New Delhi [India], Nov.2 : The national selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet in Mumbai today to pick the Indian team for the upcoming Test series against England commencing from November 9.

The England squad is scheduled to arrive in Mumbai tomorrow from Bangladesh after drawing a two-Test rubber against the hosts.

England would depart for Rajkot on November 5, where the first Test will be played. The other Tests will be held in Vishakapatnam (November 17-21), Mohali (November 26-30), Mumbai (December 8-12) and Chennai (December 16-20).

Pacer Ishant Sharma is likely to make a comeback and veteran opener Gautam Gambhir, who made a comeback in a test against New Zealand, might catch the eye of the selectors yet again.

We'll play the `Australian way` against Proteas, says Nathon Lyon

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 1 : Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has insisted that his team are ready compete with South Africa in the sledging department in the upcoming three match Test series.

Ever since Steve Smith has took over the captaincy, Australia---who are considered to be the masters of sledging in world cricket---have somewhat toned down their approach.

But the Australian off-spinner has suggested that there would be lot of fireworks on the field if the situation warrants it during the Proteas Test series, starting at the WACA in Perth from November 3.

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