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Kane Williamson backs Ross Taylor to hit back in Pakistan series

Updated: Nov 16, 2016 11:01 IST

Wellington [New Zealand], Nov. 16 (ANI): New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has backed out of form batsman Ross Taylor to bounce back and come out with a startling performance in the first Test against Pakistan which starts in Christchurch on Thursday.

Taylor was out of sorts in the recent concluded Test series against India and South Africa, which New Zealand went on lose 0-3 and 0-1 respectively.

The former Kiwi skipper hasn't scored more than 44 runs in any of his past 14 (nine test and five ODI) innings.

However, Williamson said Taylor has been "working hard" on his game in the lead up to the two-match series.

"He knows the conditions well, he's scored a lot of runs at home, so he will be looking to apply himself as best he can and hopefully make a great contribution tomorrow," the Black Caps skipper was quoted by stuff.co.nz.

The 32-year-old batsman has scored 456 Test runs at an average of 57 this year, only 364 of those runs came against Zimbabwe.

Against other opposition, he has not scored a half-century since the 290 at Perth, over a year ago.

With the weather people forecasting rain for Thursday, the 26-year-old batsman said they would not finalise the playing XI until they get a last look at the Hagley pitch. However, he did confirm that Jeet Raval will make his debut and open the batting with Tom Latham.

New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jimmy Neesham, Jeet Raval, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.

Pakistan Squad: Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Sharjeel Khan, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan. (ANI)

Gunaratne, Dickwella named in SL Test squad

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 23:05 IST

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Feb. 28 (ANI): Sri Lankan Batsmen Asela Gunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella have been named in the country's Test squad for the two-match Test series against Bangladesh which would be played at Galle beginning on March 7.

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PSL to become first T20 league to use DRS

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 18:30 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.28 (ANI): Pakistan Super League (PSL) Chairman Najam Sethi has revealed that the PSL is all set to use the Decision Review System (DRS) in its playoff matches, thus becoming the first T20 league in the history of cricket to use technology.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.28 (ANI): The Indian Senior National Team will be camping in Mumbai prior to their crucial Group A match against Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019.

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ICC rates Pune pitch as `poor`

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 17:08 IST

Dubai [UAE], Feb.28 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced that Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, who was the match referee for the opening Test between India and Australia in Pune, has rated the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium pitch as "poor."

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Indian wrestler Babita Phogat on Tuesday came out in defence of her recent tweet on the ongoing controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who alleged rape threats over her social media campaign against ABVP, saying that she found nothing wrong in the latter's video except the view that her father was killed by war and not by Pakistan.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb.28 (ANI): England swashbuckling opener Alex Hales is all set to join the national side after sufficiently recovering from a hand fracture he sustained during the ODI series in India last month.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.28 (ANI): Ace shooter Jitu Rai clinched India's third medal in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup when he won bronze in the 10-metre Air pistol event here at Karni Singh Shooting Range on Tuesday.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.28 (ANI): Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, has expressed desire to play his farewell match in Lahore.

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Colombo [Sri Lanka], Feb.28 (ANI): Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will lead the Sri Lanka Test squad in the two-match home series against Bangladesh beginning March 7 in Galle.

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Leicester [U.K], Feb.28 (ANI): Jamie Vardy netted two goals as Leicester City registered a comfortable 3-1 win over Liverpool in their Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium here on Tuesday.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 27 (ANI): The final match in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 series will be held in Lahore as scheduled, confirmed Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Monday.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.27 (ANI): Indian shooter Ankur Mittal missed gold by a whisker as he had to settle for the silver medal in the final round of the men's double trap here at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.

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Tsonga surges back into ATP top 10

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 18:12 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb.27 (ANI): French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga surged back to the world's top 10 in the latest men's tennis rankings issued by the ATP on Monday.

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Canberra [Australia], Feb.27 (ANI): Former Australian paceman Jason Gillespie has admitted that Australia would be tempted to recall Glenn Maxwell for the second Test against India despite a massive victory in Pune, which he describes as `one of their best ever overseas`.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.27 (ANI): Ace Indian shooters Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai on Monday clinched the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol mixed team event here at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.

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Shakib keen to play in Pakistan once again

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 13:40 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is currently representing Peshawar Zalmi in the ongoing second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), has expressed his desire to play again in Pakistan once things get better.

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Villarreal [Spain], Feb.27 (ANI): Despite being two goals down in the second-half, Real Madrid bounced back in style to register an enthralling 3-2 win over Villarreal and move back to the top of La Liga here on Monday.

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London [U.K], Feb.27 (ANI): Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck two goals, including a winner with three minutes remaining, as Manchester United sealed a thrilling 3-2 victory over Southampton to lift EFL Cup here at the Wembley Stadium last evening.

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Chandigarh [India], Feb.27 (ANI): Moritz Fuerste led from the front as Kalinga Lancers hammered Dabang Mumbai 4-1 to clinch their maiden Hockey India League (HIL) title here at the Chandigarh Hockey Stadium last evening.

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