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Australia name five potential debutantes for Pakistan Tests

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London :Australia, hit by suspensions and injuries involving its top players, has named a 15-member squad for a two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with five players yet to debut at Test level.
New coach Justin Langer was not able to select from among the suspended trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft and injured fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
The squad announced on Tuesday includes potential test debutantes Michael Neser, Brendan Doggett and Marnus Labuschagne from Queensland state, South Australia’s Travis Head and Victoria’s Aaron Finch.
Smith, Warner and Bancroft were suspended following a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.
“There has been a significant change to our Test squad due to the unavailability of a number of key players,” national selector Trevor Hohns said. “Looking at the conditions we may face in the UAE, we believe this squad covers all bases.”
Pakistan beat Australia 2-0 the last time the teams played in the UAE in 2014. The first Test begins Oct 7 in Dubai, with the second Test scheduled for Abu Dhabi from Oct 16. The teams will later play three Twenty20 matches.
Veteran Peter Siddle, who has played 62 tests, and spinners Ashton Agar and Jon Holland are also in the squad for the Test series. The side will be captained by wicketkeeper Tim Paine.
“Peter is a proven performer in the Test arena, who has been in outstanding form in his recent first-class outings over in England,” Hohns said. “His experience will be crucial for this bowling group.”
Australia squad:Tim Paine (captain), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc.


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Was nervous, will perform well in next match: Rasikh Salam

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Srinagar: 17 year old Kashmiri cricketer Rasikh Salam who made his IPL debut yesterday has said that he will perform well in the next match and that he was nervous.

Taking to his Twitter handle the Kulgam speedster said that he was nervous while playing his first match for the cash rich league.

“I was nervous,and in sha Allah will perform good in next match,” he tweeted.

 

Salam made his debut, in the Indian Premier League (IPL) wearing the jersey of Mumbai Indians, against Delhi Capitals.

While Salam conceded 42 runs of his four overs in last night’s match, his bowling was praised by cricket pundits

Salam was picked by the dugout of Mumbai Indians in recent auctions for IPL 2019. He is the second Kashmiri to play in IPL, after off-spinner Parvez Rasool, who went on to play for Indian National Team as well.

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Women’s football team better than men’s, says Chhetri

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New Delhi: The FIFA ranking says so and India football captain Sunil Chhetri too has no qualms in conceding that the national women’s team is better than the men’s side. The men’s team is currently ranked 103rd out of 211 countries, after being in the top-100 last year. The women’s side is currently 62nd out of 152 nations.

Chhetri, the poster boy of Indian football with second-most goals among active international players, praised the national women’s team for its fifth consecutive SAFF title win. “Extremely proud of all of you. I have always maintained that the women’s team is much better than the men,” Chhetri said.

The women’s team will feature in Round 2 of the Olympics qualifiers, which kick off in Mandalay in Myanmar on April 3.

 
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I will be first one to hang my boots when time comes: Yuvraj on retirement

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Mumbai: Yuvraj Singh’s cricketing future has been a topic of discussion for some years now but the player said he would be the first one to bid adieu when he felt that his time is up.

Out of national team’s scheme of things for good, Yuvraj has had a poor track record in the IPL but started on a bright note with a half-century for his latest franchise Mumbai Indians.

“When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang my boots,” Yuvraj told the media after MI’s 37-run defeat against Delhi Capitals in the IPL opener.

 

However, India’s 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup hero did admit that at times he felt indecisive about carrying on.

“The last two years, have been up and down (for me). And I could not decide on what to do,” said the 37-year-old.

Yuvraj said when on introspection, he found that he is still enjoying the game just as he did as an U-16 cricketer not thinking about national team selection.

“The main thing for me was why I played the game when I started off. I played the game because I enjoyed playing cricket. When I enjoyed playing cricket, I was not playing for India. I was playing for U-14s and U-16s. So till the time, I enjoy playing cricket, I am going to play.”

The veteran left-hander spoke to Sachin Tendulkar, who could relate with his situation as to how he felt when he was at the business end of his career.

“I have been speaking to Sachin (Tendulkar) as well and he has gone through that time when he was 37-38-39 (and how he felt). Talking to him makes things easier for me. And I am just playing because I enjoy playing cricket pretty much,” he signed off.

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