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Hockey World Cup: India beat South Africa, finish joint 9th, lowest ever by a host nation | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: India's campaign in the Men's Hockey World Cup ended with a second consecutive win in the placement playoffs at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela on Saturday. Fans in Odisha once again took every available seat in the 20,000-capacity stadium to stand with the home team in what has been an otherwise sorry campaign for India, who beat South Africa 5-2 to end in joint-9th position along with Argentina.It's the worst ever finish by a host nation in a men's World Cup. India broke its own record of an 8th-place finish in Delhi 2010, which it held jointly with Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur 2002) and Argentina (Buenos Aires 1978). As it happened: India vs South AfricaLike against Japan, India dominated the South Africans as well. But while Japan's open play allowed the Indians mo...
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It’s global cricketing issue to keep players inspired for all three formats: AB de Villiers | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: South Africa great Ab de Villiers feels it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep players "inspired" for all three formats amid the punishing schedule, creating a pressing need for cricket boards and cricketers to have an honest communication over the latter's preferred choice of formats.The 38-year-old, who shocked the cricketing world with his international retirement in 2018, said his playing career too could have been managed better. Three years later, he retired from all forms of cricket.He left the game to spend more time with family, something which has become a luxury for an all-format modern cricketer. Considering the ever-crowded international calendar and mushrooming of T20 leagues around the world, playing all three formats has become impossible without taking...
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Door open for Ben Stokes to end ODI retirement and play World Cup: Matthew Mott | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: The door is open for Test captain Ben Stokes to end his retirement from one-day internationals and join England's title defence at the 50-overs World Cup in India later this year, white-ball coach Matthew Mott said.Stokes was named Player of the Match in the 2019 World Cup final when England beat New Zealand at Lord's and was their top-scorer in the final of the T20 World Cup in Australia last year.He decided to quit one-day cricket last year citing his workload but Mott said he would be happy to discuss the situation if things changed ahead of the World Cup in October-November."The door is always open for a player of that quality but we are also very aware that his main focus is red-ball cricket as the captain," Mott told reporters ahead of the three-match ODI series in South A...
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Australia maul South Africa 9-2 to top Pool A, qualify directly for FIH World Cup quarters | Hockey News – Times of India

ROURKELA: Star forward Blake Govers scored four times, including from a penalty stroke, as title contenders Australia thrashed South Africa 9-2 to top Pool A and directly qualify for the quarterfinals of the FIH Men's World Cup on Friday.Australia will face the winner of the crossover match between Malaysia and Spain in the quarterfinal match on January 24 in Bhubaneswar.Govers struck in the fourth, 15th, 19th and 20th minutes as the rampaging Australians led 7-1 at half time. His first and fourth strikes were field goals while the second one was from a penalty corner and the third from the penalty spot.Tom Craig (10th), Jake Harvie (22nd), Daniel Beale (28th), Jeremy Hayward (32nd) and Tim Brand (47th) were the other Australian goal getters at the Birsa Munda Stadium.Ntuli Nqobile (8th...
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Never ever I thought of getting the player-of-the-match award on my debut, says Amanjot Kaur | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Terming it as an 'unreal' feeling, batter Amanjot Kaur has never thought of winning the player-of-the-match award on her debut as the young Punjab all-rounder's 41-run knock guided India to a 27-run win over South Africa in the Women's T20 Tri-series opener in East London, South Africa on Friday.Young Amanjot dedicated her match-winning performance to her father Bhupinder Singh, who works as a carpenter-cum-contractor, and to her coach Nagesh Gupta, who honed her batting skills."It's such an unreal feeling. Never ever I thought of getting the player-of-the-match award on my debut. I never expected it," Amanjot said after India's victory in the opening match of the series.First Match for India 🧢✅First Player of the Match for India 👌✅First Press Conference for India🎙️✅All in on...
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Litmus test for India as they gear up for a tri-series ahead of World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

EAST LONDON (South Africa): The matches against Australia exposed a lot of chinks in their armour and India will be eager to address them by improving in all three departments in their T20 tri-series opener against hosts South Africa here on Thursday.With only a few days left for the T20 World Cup in South Africa, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur will be keen to provide the team a winning start in the tri-series against South Africa and West Indies.In the previous series, which India lost 1-4, Harmapreet and Co. were able to push the mighty Australia to the limit but failed to land the killer blow, be it with the bat or ball. Their fielding was also found lacking.The series exposed India's frailties in the bowling department and the team has a lot of work to do before the ICC event, starting Fe...
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Struggling South Africa mulls split-coaching; Conard, Walter likely options | Cricket News – Times of India

DURBAN: Struggling South Africa are likely to rope in Shukri Conrad and Rob Walter in a split coaching set up in a bid to revive their fortunes in International cricket.Conrad recently was at the helm of South Africa's Under-19 side, while Walter was the head coach of Central Districts in New Zealand.The duo are expected to be unveiled as South Africa's new coaches on Monday, reported ESPNCricinfo.Lance Klusener was the "frontrunner" to coach the white ball side but following his withdrawal on Monday, the duo would be "preferred" to current interim coach Malibongwe Maketa, former West Indies director of cricket Richard Pybus and former national assistant coach Adi Birrell (who applied for the red-ball job only).One of the two will be put in charge of the white-ball format as he will hav...
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Inaugural Women’s U-19 World Cup: Young players finally get global platform to shine | Cricket News – Times of India

BENONI: Young female players will get their much awaited opportunity to shine on the global stage when the inaugural U-19 Women's World Cup begins here on Saturday.While the International Cricket Council has staged 14 Men's U-19 World Cup editions since 1988, the future stars of the women's game will finally get the much needed exposure they were craving for.Women's cricket has grown massively over the past five years but there is still a pressing need to unearth more talent to popularise the game further.A total of 41 games will be played across four venues in Benoni and Potchefstroom. The 16-team event was supposed to be held in 2021 but was pushed back to 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.A total of 11 full members -- Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakis...
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India U-19 women’s team has capability to stand out: Tendulkar | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar believes the Indian Women's U-19 squad could emerge as one of the standout sides of the inaugural ICC U-19 T20 World Cup.Senior players Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh are part of the 15-member Indian team which will compete in the ICC event starting in South Africa on Saturday."I would say that the women's team has the capability to be one of the standout sides this time," Tendulkar wrote in a column for the ICC."The team has a good balance of few experienced players as well as young talented prospects both in the batting as well as bowling department."Wishing @TheShafaliVerma and the entire U19 team, the very best for the Women's U19 T20 World Cup beginning tomorro… https://t.co/YOUQgi7rUY— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 1673590755000As many as 16 teams wil...
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Data | From Lara and Sachin to Smith and Labuschagne, who are the best batsmen in Tests across eras 

Best batsmen in Tests: Australia’s Steve Smith celebrates after scoring a century during play on the second day of the first cricket test between Australia and the West Indies in Perth, Australia, Thursday, Test cricket in the T20 era has been increasingly decisive with most games finishing with a win/loss record instead of draws. Considering that Test victories require the winning team to get the opposition team all out at least once, this means that bowlers have rarely had it so good in Tests as they have in the current era. Which also suggests that batting in Tests has become more challenging than before.Only 33 batsmen have historically scored at an average of more than 50 per innings and having played at least 30 Test matches. And in the current era, there exist just three such ba...
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After Test struggles, South Africa pin hopes on new T20 league | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: Two days after the end of a humiliating Test tour of Australia by South Africa, a new Twenty20 league, the SA20, will be launched in Cape Town on Tuesday.South Africa were outplayed in Australia, heavily beaten in the first two matches before escaping with a draw in a rain-hit third match.The Test struggles followed South Africa's embarrassing exit from the T20 World Cup in November when they lost to the Netherlands in a must-win game."We want to play our role in reviving (South African) cricket," said SA20 commissioner and former Test captain Graeme Smith. "We want to get people into the stadium and cheering again."Organisers said online tickets for Tuesday's opening match between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals had been sold out.All six league franchises have been bought by o...
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Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test: Australia eye victory at Sydney after declaration | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australia reduced South Africa to 149 for six at the close of play on the fourth day of the rain-disrupted third Test on Saturday after declaring on 475-4 in pursuit of a victory that would give them a 3-0 series sweep.The poor weather that had washed out the best part of two days of the match finally relented at lunch and Australia immediately declared to allow the bowlers as much time as possible to dismiss the tourists twice.Skipper Pat Cummins (3-29) and Josh Hazlewood (2-19) rose to the task with some ferocious pace bowling as the hosts broke South African resistance every time a partnership looked like developing.Marco Jansen, who had made 10 not out, and Simon Harmer, unbeaten on six, will resume on Sunday as South Africa, still 126 runs short of avoiding the follow-on, l...
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3rd Test: Washout raises Khawaja conundrum for Australia against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: The entire third day of the final Sydney Test was washed out Friday forcing a reappraisal of Australia's push for a series clean sweep over South Africa.Skipper Pat Cummins has a decision to make ahead of Saturday's fourth day: whether to declare the team's first innings at 475 for four and get the Proteas in to bat or give Usman Khawaja the chance to claim his first Test double century.Stumps. No play possible on day three in Sydney.The pre-match ceremony for Jane McGrath Day will now take place tomorrow morning #AUSvSA— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) 1672981032000Khawaja was stranded on 195 when rain ended play on Thursday, his highest Test score. Matt Renshaw, who tested positive for Covid at the start of the match, was five not out.Another deciding factor will be the state o...
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Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test: Steve Smith’s 30th Test ton takes him past Don Bradman | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Steven Smith passed a Don Bradman landmark to claim his 30th Test century on Thursday as Usman Khawaja and Australia piled on the misery for the beleaguered South Africans in the third Test in Sydney.Smith passed Bradman's 29 Test hundreds with a majestic pull shot off Anrich Nortje to the boundary ropes to claim a home-town hundred off 190 balls.He was out two balls later on 104 when he innocuously chipped back a catch to Keshav Maharaj for the left-arm spinner's first wicket of the series.At tea on day two, Khawaja had moved on with his 13th Test century to be unconquered on 172 with Travis Head on 17 to have Australia in firm control at 394 for three.Along the way, Smith also overtook Michael Clarke to become Australia's fourth-highest Test run-getter with 8,647 behind Ricky ...
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Cameron Green rubbishes reports of his unavailability to bowl in IPL | Cricket News – Times of India

All-rounder Cameron Green has rubbished reports of his unavailability to bowl in early part of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). "No, that's not correct," Green was quoted as saying by SEN.The 23-year-old Australian, who was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 17.5 crore at the IPL auction, was hit on his finger by South African pacer Anrich Nortje during the teams' second Test in Melbourne. "I've heard about this (my unavailability to bowl) for quite a while now, I think. I don't know where it's come from...I'm 100 per cent available for both skill-sets in the IPL at the start. So yeah, I'm not too sure where that's kind of come from," Green said.Green and pace bowler Mitchell Starc are both missing the third and final Test against South Africa, currently underway at ...
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3rd Test: Anrich Nortje’s double strike leaves Australia at 147-2 on rain-hit day | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: South Africa strike bowler Anrich Nortje claimed the key wickets of David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne on Wednesday to prise Australia's grip on the third Test in Sydney as rain plagued the opening day.Nortje was the Proteas' star man as he removed Warner cheaply for 10 and late in the day denied Labuschagne (79) his 11th Test hundred.As bad light and rain conspired to prematurely end the first day, Australia were 147 for two with Usman Khawaja, who averages 98 in Sydney Tests, unbeaten on 54 and Steven Smith yet to score.AS IT HAPPENEDNortje got the big breakthrough with a ripper, taking the edge of Labuschagne's bat to get him caught behind and end his 151-ball stay.The pacer earlier struck in his second over of the day when he had Melbourne Test double-centurion Warner caugh...
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Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Dean Elgar’s tactics and decision-making were terrible, says Simon Katich | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Simon Katich has termed South Africa skipper Dean Elgar's tactics and decision-making in the second Test against Australia as "terrible" and added that the field he set on day two at the MCG defied logic.Beginning day three on 386 for three, Australia declared their first innings at 575 for eight, leaving the Proteas with a mountain of runs to score to save the Boxing Day Test.South Africa, who were bowled out for 189 in the first innings, began their second innings 386 runs in arrears following the declaration on Wednesday.Katich, who played 56 Tests and scored more than 4,000 runs, said had pace bowler Anrich Nortje received a little more support, things could have been different for the visitors."I thought Elgar was terrible yesterday (Tuesday) wit...
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WATCH: Spider cam knocks over South Africa’s Anrich Nortje at MCG | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: South African pacer Anrich Nortje had an eventful day in the field during the second day of the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Tuesday. Nortje was knocked over by a fast moving spider camera during the match. Nortje confirmed after the day's play that he was fine, despite being hit on his left shoulder and elbow by the camera. Cricket Australia said that Fox Sports, the official broadcaster, had admitted it was an error by the operator. And according to ESPNcricinfo, Fox Sports has apologised to Nortje for the mishap.Who said cricket isn’t a contact sport?South African player Anrich Nortje hit by the aerial camera at the… https://t.co/DYvChgXtb9— The Sage (@SarkySage) 1672110447000"I didn't know what hit me, to be honest. So far so ...
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India beat South Africa by 54 runs to take lead in women’s U19 T20 series | Cricket News – Times of India

PRETORIA (South Africa): The Indian U-19 women's cricket team produced an all-round effort to beat South Africa by 54 runs in the first T20I of the five-match series here on Tuesday.The series serves as preparation for both teams ahead of the ICC U-19 Women's T20 World Cup to be held in South Africa from January 14 to 29.Opener Shewata Sehrawat and Soumya Tiwari scored 40 each off 39 and 46 balls respectively to guide India to 137 for five after being asked to bat.But the start was far from rosy for the Indians as they lost skipper Shafali Verma in the first delivery of the match.But Sehrawat and Tiwari then joined hands and stitched 70 runs off 74 balls for the second wicket to set the platform for India's total.While Sherawat decorated her innings with five boundaries, Tiwari hit thre...
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Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test: David Warner’s double century powers Australia to 386/3 on Day 2 | More sports News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Opener David Warner battled through searing heat to hit an epic unbeaten 200 in his 100th Test on Tuesday before retiring in pain as Australia consolidated their advantage against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.On a scorching day, the hosts were 386-3 at stumps on day two of the second Test, leading by 197 after the Proteas were dismissed in their first innings for 189.Travis Head was not out 48 with Alex Carey on nine.Steve Smith (85) and Marnus Labuschagne (14) were the only wickets to fall. But worryingly for Australia, Cameron Green, who took 5-27 in South Africa's first innings, also retired hurt after a nasty rap on the finger from Anrich Nortje.Smith and Warner's 239-run partnership took the game further away from South Africa, whose bowlers toiled in tem...