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Aussies wary of Kohli comeback, says Starc

Pune: Australian pacer Mitchell Starc said his team is wary of a strong comeback by Indian skipper Virat Kohli, whose early dismissals were a major factor in the visitors’ opening Test triumph here. Kohli could only managed scores of 0 and 13 in his two innings in the Pune Test where India plunged to a humiliating 333-run loss, their first against Australia at home in almost 13 years. Starc dismissed

Former FIFA executive challenges 10-year ban

Lausanne: Shamed former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a 10-year ban for ethics breaches. The world body fired the Frenchman in January 2016 over black market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals. Valcke is also the target of a Swiss criminal investigation into FIFA’s affairs under its former leader Sepp Blatter. FIFA originally banned Valcke for 12 years

Aswin Crist’s five-for helps TN restrict HP

Chennai: Aswin Crist’s five-wicket haul helped Tamilnadu bowl out Himachal Pradesh for 216 in 49.5 overs in a third round Group ‘B’ game in the Vijay Hazare Trophy cricket tournament at Cuttack. Tamilnadu captain Vijay Shankar won the toss and elected to fi eld and things started to go their way when M Mohammed struck the first blow with HP on 26 by removing Ankush Bains for 7. Aswin Crist

Panesar lavishes praise on O'Keefe

Melbourne: In motoring parlance, Australia spinner Steve O’Keefe is more reliable Korean car than prestige vehicle but his “happy” mental state makes him a great addition to the team garage, according to former England bowler Monty Panesar. Recalled for just his fifth test since his 2014 debut against Pakistan, O’Keefe took 12 wickets in the series-opening defeat of India, the biggest haul ever by a visiting spinner. Fellow left-arm spinner

Harris to mentor young Aussie paceman

Melbourne: Retired test paceman Ryan Harris will be tasked with developing Australia’s next generation of fast bowlers as high performance coach at the National Cricket Centre academy in Brisbane, Cricket Australia confirmed on Tuesday. Queenslander Harris, who took 113 wickets in 27 tests for Australia before retiring in 2015, will be joined in Brisbane by Matthew Elliot after the former test batsman was named high performance coach in charge of

I talk sense so Australians listen to me, says Sriram

Pune: Australia’s spin consultant Sridharan Sriram, who has been credited for Steeve O’Keefe’s sensational performance in the first Test against India, feels it’s not the name of a coach but his inputs that earn him respect from players. Sriram, who played 8 ODIs for India during early part of the last decade, is considered the guiding force behind left-arm spinner O’Keefe’s match-winning figures of 12 for 70 in Australia’s 333-run

Shivalkar, Goel to get Lifetime Achievement Award

New Delhi: Former domestic cricket giants Rajinder Goel and Padmakar Shivalkar, who were not fortunate enough to play for India, were yesterday nominated for the C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award alongside former national captain Shantha Rangaswamy, who became the first woman to be chosen for the honour. The BCCI announced that left-arm spinners Goel and Shivalkar will be feted at its Annual Awards in Bengaluru on 8 March. “The

Imran slams move to host PSL final in Lahore

Karachi: Former Pakistan cricket legend Imran Khan has termed holding the final of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore as ‘madness’. “The idea of having the PSL final in Lahore is madness to me,” Imran told a news channel. Imran who heads the main opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf wondered what sort of message would be conveyed to the world by having closed roads around the Gaddafi stadium and heavy security.

DRS: India got 17 out of 55 calls right

New Delhi: He may have been a vocal advocate of Decision Review System (DRS) but Indian captain Virat Kohli’s dismal success ratio indicates that calling for referrals is not exactly his ‘calling card’. The five-match England series against India was start of India using Decision Review System — something they had strong reservations during Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s era under N Srinivasan’s regime. But in the seven Test matches since the

HP hammers Delhi at Vijay Hazare Trophy match

Bhubaneswar: Veteran India discard Gautam Gambhir scored a duck as Himachal Pradesh hammered Delhi into submission with an emphatic 185-run win in a Vijay Hazare Trophy group B encounter, here on Monday. This is second defeat in a row for young Rishabh Pant-led Delhi. Thy will have to win all their remaining matches in order to harbour hopes of qualifying for the knock-outs. Batting first, Himachal Pradesh piled up a

Ibrahimovic shows he's still got the hunger

London: Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved his hunger for silverware has not diminished with age as the Swede’s double earned a 3-2 win over Southampton in an absorbing League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. After a stirring Saints fightback revived memories of their shock 1976 FA Cup final victory over United and with extra time looming, the 35-year-old Ibrahimovic pounced to head Ander Herrera’s cross past goalkeeper Fraser Forster.