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Kane Williamson backs Ross Taylor to hit back in Pakistan series

Updated: Nov 16, 2016 11:01 IST      
Kane Williamson backs Ross Taylor to hit back in Pakistan series

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)

Biju George named Indian Women's team fielding coach

Updated: May 29, 2017 21:08 IST     

Mumbai [India], May 29 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the appointment of Biju George as the fielding coach of the Indian women's cricket team.

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Djokovic, Nadal kick start French Open with a bang

Updated: May 29, 2017 20:47 IST     

Paris [France], May 29 (ANI): World number two and defending champion Novak Djokovic kicked off his French Open campaign on a positive note as he thrashed Marcel Granollers of Spain in straight sets in opening round of the men's singles event here on Monday.

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BCCI, PCB delegations meet in Dubai

Updated: May 29, 2017 20:03 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 29 (ANI): Top officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday met in Dubai to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two cricket boards in 2014.

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New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): India's junior shooting squad returned with a rich haul of 11 medals from the recently-concluded 27th Meeting of the Shooting Hopes, a renowned international shooting competition for future stars in the Rifle and Pistol disciplines, held annually at the Czech city of Plzen.

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Tendulkar lone Indian in Younis' best Test XI

Updated: May 29, 2017 18:02 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], May 29 (ANI): Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian to have been named in former Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan's all-time Test XI.

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Updated: May 29, 2017 17:01 IST     

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New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): Justice Mukul Mudgal has backed the central government's decision not to play bilateral cricket series with arch-rivals Pakistan.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], May 29 (ANI): Former South Africa batsman Richard Levi has been recovering well after being hit on the head during a county match in England.

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IPL has helped Stokes to mature as cricketer: Botham

Updated: May 29, 2017 14:19 IST     

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 29 (ANI): Indian men's hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh has insisted that the upcoming 3 Nations Invitational Tournament in Germany will provide them with the opportunity to assess their performance and get ready for the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi Final to be played in London.

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Asian Junior Tennis Championship begins in Pune

Updated: May 29, 2017 11:40 IST     

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], May 29 (ANI): Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017, which is the most reputed tennis championship in the Asian circuit for the under 18 category, has today begun in Pune, Maharashtra.

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Ibrahimovic's agent unsure about forward's Man Utd return

Updated: May 29, 2017 11:29 IST     

London [UK], May 29 (ANI): Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has admitted that he doesn't know whether the striker will be back at Manchester United next season.

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London [UK], May 29 (ANI): Manchester City are close to signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes for a fee reported to be 34.9 million pound.

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Dougie Brown appointed UAE head coach

Updated: May 29, 2017 10:37 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 29 (ANI): Former England and Scotland all-rounder Dougie Brown has been appointed as the head coach of UAE.

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Karachi [Pakistan], May 29 (ANI): Former Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan believes that the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side has the ability to beat India in the much anticipated high-voltage Champions Trophy encounter scheduled to be played on June 4 at Edgbaston.

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Mangalore (Karnataka) [India], May 29 (ANI): The second edition of the 'Indian Open of Surfing' came to a picturesque finish as the Sasihithlu Beach reveled with cheers for the participating surfers in the finals on Sunday.

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London [U.K.], May 28 (ANI): India defeated New Zealand by 45 runs through the Duckworth-Lewis method in its first warm-up match of the Champions Trophy played at the Oval, Kennington on Sunday.

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