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Stokes will not fly with England to Australia: ECB

  

Pns: Ben Stokes will not travel with the England squad to Australia on October 28 but no final decision on his involvement in the Ashes has been taken, the ECB said Friday. Test vice-captain Stokes was arrested last month on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and suspended, along with Alex Hales, from internationals until further notice following an apparent fight outside a nightclub.He was included in the Ashes squad despite reportedly injuring his hand in the incident that...

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Maradona’s trip postponed

  

Pns: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona’s visit to the city has been postponed for the fourth time due to security issues as his trip is clashing with the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. A day after the organisers claimed that Maradaona’s trip was “confirmed” for October 8-9 following a three-time postponement, the police authorities today refused to “give permission” with the U-17 World Cup getting underway here on October 8.“While all of us tried our best, the ongoing FIFA U-17...

Neymar penalty spat has calmed down: Cavani

  

Pns: Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has played down his penalty-taking spat with Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar. Cavani and Brazilian Neymar, the world's most expensive player, reportedly fell out over penalty-taking duties for PSG in recent league matches.The despite blew up a couple of weeks ago when Cavani, PSG's regular penalty-taker, refused to let Neymar take a spot-kick against Lyon, only to then miss.But then at the weekend, and after rumours Cavani had been...

Bangladesh should adopt basics to play a Test

  

Pns: Since Bangladesh surprisingly opted to bowl first in a pitch conducive to the batsman, the fate of the first Test was almost sealed. The only consolation was that they for the first time in South African soil avoided an innings defeat. But it was expected as Bangladesh was no longer a team to taste innings defeat unless they get a sheer bad day in the office. But there was an opportunity to save the Test with rain in the forecast at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom after the lunch...

SA beat Bangladesh by 333 runs

  

Pns: South Africa beat Bangladesh by 333 runs on the fifth day of the first Test at Senwes Park on Monday. Thunderstorms on Sunday had thwarted South Africa's chances of wrapping up victory in four days in a match overshadowed by an injury to fast bowler Morne Morkel, who is likely to be out for six weeks because of a side strain.Morkel had taken two wickets in his first over at the start of Bangladesh's second innings on the fourth day of the first test at Senwes Park on Sunday...

Bavuma, du Plessis set Bangladesh 424

  

Pns: Fifties from Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma set up South Africa's declaration, leaving Bangladesh needing 424 to win the series opener with a day and a half to spare. Du Plessis was part of a fourth-wicket partnership of 142 runs with Bavuma, which came at a run-rate of nearly five. Bavuma, who was dropped on 8 by Imrul Kayes at backward point, used the sweep for one four through midwicket but was otherwise largely focused on the off side. Most of du Plessis' runs, meanwhile,...

Giroud reaches century for Arsenal

  

Pns: Olivier Giroud got his 100th Arsenal goal as a youthful Gunners side beat BATE Borisov 4-2 in Belarus in the Europa League on Thursday. Theo Walcott netted twice for the Premier League club and Rob Holding was also on target as they eased to a second victory in as many matches in Group H.Arsene Wenger's side beat Cologne 3-1 at home in their first outing a fortnight ago, and the Germans lost again on Thursday, going down 1-0 at home to Red Star Belgrade.Wenger made...

Elgar, Amla widen Proteas collection 411/1 against Tigers

  

Pns: The Tigers all out bowling efforts remained unfertile up to lunch on day 2 in the 1st innings of the first Test as hosts South Africa piled up their collection to immense 411/1 in 127 overs from overnight 298/1 in 90 overs at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Friday. Overnight 2nd wicket pair between Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla was at the crease contributing 215 in 73.2 overs in the innings before the lunch break.South Africa resumed the 1st innings on the day and extended the...

South Africa in dominant position after Elgar ton

  

Pns: Opener Dean Elgar batted through the opening day for an unbeaten century as South Africa piled on the runs against Bangladesh at Senwes Park yesterday, reports AFP from Potchefstroom. Elgar made 128 not out, his ninth Test century, and put on 196 for the first wicket with debutant Aiden Markram, who was run out for 97 as the Proteas closed on 298 for one.Hashim Amla was unbeaten on 68 after he and Elgar added 102 for the second wicket.Home captain Faf du Plessis could...

Bangladesh face in-form South African batsmen

  

Pns: History and the form of South Africa's leading batsmen are against Bangladesh in the first Test starting Thursday at Senwes Park in northwestern university town Potchefstroom. Bangladesh have lost all four previous Tests in South Africa by an innings, despite winning the toss on all four occasions. In their favour, though, is improved form since their previous tour in 2008/09 and a Potchefstroom pitch less likely to help South Africa's formidable fast bowlers than other...

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