Selection shift ‘surprised’ Smith – Cowan

Selection shift ‘surprised’ Smith – Cowan

Australia’s captain Steven Smith was surprised at how the national selectors abandoned Cricket Australia’s previous directive to focus on choosing younger players in their squad for the first Ashes Test, former opener Ed Cowan has revealed. In pleading for greater clarity and consistency in selection policies, Cowan said that Smith had not expected the panel […]

Lyon hopes Australia can end careers of England players

Lyon hopes Australia can end careers of England players

Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon raised the pre-Ashes verbals to new levels on Tuesday (November 21) by claiming that his side wanted to end the Test careers of some of England’s players. Lyon was part of the victorious Australian team in 2013/14 which whitewashed England 5-0 with Mitchell Johnson, bowling as quickly as some observers had […]

Zinedine Zidane stays upbeat amid Real Madrid troubles

Zinedine Zidane stays upbeat amid Real Madrid troubles

European champions in each of the last two seasons, Madrid will be guaranteed a place in the last 16 with a game to spare in Group H by beating APOEL in Cyprus on Tuesday. But they travelled to the eastern Mediterranean on the back of a 0-0 draw at city rivals Atletico on Saturday which […]

Khaled Mahmud may coach Bangladesh temporarily

Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud is likely to step into Chandika Hathurusingha’s position as the national head coach, at least on an interim basis if the BCB is unable to find a foreign coach. BCB president Nazmul Hassan said the chances of Mahmud taking over were the “highest” even as they continued to look for […]

Vijay Shankar excited after surprise India call-up

Vijay Shankar excited after surprise India call-up

Vijay Shankar has been hoping for a national call-up for a while now but his elevation in the India Test team came as a surprise to the Tamil Nadu all- rounder. Shankar, who was seen as a back-up seam bowling all- rounder to Hardik Pandya, was drafted into the Indian Test team in the ongoing […]

Manchester United ready to reel in City: Ibrahimovic

Manchester United ready to reel in City: Ibrahimovic

MANCHESTER: Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Manchester United can catch runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City after he and Paul Pogba made a triumphant return from long-term injuries. The Swedish striker came on as a late substitute in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday, his first action since suffering a career-threatening knee ligament injury in April. […]

Usain Bolt enlisted to make Aussie cricketers ‘explosive’ runners

Usain Bolt enlisted to make Aussie cricketers ‘explosive’ runners

SYDNEY: Australia’s cricketers have called on retired sprint king Usain Bolt to boost their running between the wickets during the Ashes Test series against England. The Jamaican track superstar, the world record holder in the 100m and 200m and eight-time Olympic champion, is working with the Australian batsmen to improve their “explosiveness” off the mark. […]