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Buttler `very lucky` to be back in England Test side, believes Flintoff

Updated: Nov 26, 2016 11:39 IST      
Buttler `very lucky` to be back in England Test side, believes Flintoff

London [UK], Nov. 26 (ANI): Former all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes that Jos Buttler, who has been included in the England playing XI in the Mohali Test against India, is "very, very lucky" to be even considered for the same.

After the drawn first Test at Rajkot, India went on claim a comprehensive victory in Visakhapatnam, crushing England by 246 runs and have a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Buttler has replaced Ben Duckett after the latter failed to impress in either of the first two Tests.

The Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman hasn't played any cricket since the disappointing Bangladesh tour and is playing his first Test match in over a year. However, Flintoff thinks Buttler is fortunate to be in the position he is given the lack of commitment he shows to the longest format of the game.

"I'm a big fan of Jos Buttler, but I think he's very lucky though, very lucky. He played one First Class game for Lancashire last year and, I know he went to the IPL, but if he was serious about Test match cricket he would have started the season with Lancashire and scored a load of runs there," Flintoff was quoted as saying by the Independent.

"I think he is being given it rather than earning it. There's never been a question of his ability to play white ball cricket, he's performed for everyone he's played for," he added.

The former England all-rounder drew comparison of Buttler's case with that of Eoin Morgan saying, "It's like what Eoin Morgan did a few years ago where he went to the IPL and probably missed out on two Ashes series as a result. Jos is very, very lucky." (ANI)

Sri Lanka rope in Allan Donald as pace bowling coach

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 18:37 IST     

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IPL 2017: Andrew Tye ruled out with dislocated shoulder

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 18:27 IST     

Rajkot (Gujarat) [India], Apr 30 (ANI): Gujarat Lions' all-rounder Andrew Tye has been ruled out of the remainder of IPL season 10 with a dislocated shoulder.

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My relationship with Dhoni is pretty chilled out, says Smith

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 18:11 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 30 (ANI): Australian skipper Steve Smith, who is playing alongside former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for Rising Pune Supergiant in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has asserted that they both share a pretty chilled out relationship.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 30 (ANI): Suspended Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif, who is being investigated for his suspected involvement in the spot-fixing scandal in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), has agreed to appear before the body's Vigilance and Security Department (VSD) on May 2.

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Honda to power Sauber team from 2018

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 17:14 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 30 (ANI): Sauber have announced that they will use Honda power units in the 2018 season after signing a new technological partnership with the Japanese auto giant.

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India crush New Zealand 3-0 at Azlan Shah Cup

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 16:50 IST     

Ipoh [Malaysia], 30 Apr (ANI): India came up with extraordinary skills to excel against New Zealand as they won 3-0 in their second match at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament here on an entertaining Sunday.

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SV Sunil completes 200th international caps for India

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 15:38 IST     

Ipoh [Malaysia], Apr 30 (ANI): The Indian Hockey Team celebrated forward S.V Sunil achieved the distinction of playing 200 matches for his country on Sunday.

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I-League: Shivajians host Minerva in their final fixture

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 13:33 IST     

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 30 (ANI): Seventh placed DSK Shivajians FC will today host bottom-placed Minerva Punjab FC at Balewadi Stadium, Pune in their last I-League game of the season.

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Win over Gujarat Lions one of my best games: Krunal Pandya

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 12:07 IST     

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 30 (ANI): Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova's comeback on the tennis court after 15-months of doping ban was halted as she lost in the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Open on Saturday.

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Istanbul [Turkey], Apr 30 (ANI): Bayern Munich came out with all guns blazing and thrashed Wolfsburg 6-0 to be crowned Bundesliga champions for a record fifth straight season at the Volkswagen Arena Stadium on Sunday.

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Veiby grabs lead as Gill suffers damper issues at 2017 ARPC

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 10:22 IST     

Whangarei [New Zealand], Apr 30 (ANI): India's Gaurav Gill of Team MRF Tyres, struggling with an errant damper, saw his slender advantage vanish as team-mate Ole Christian Veiby from Norway literally splashed his way to a 33.2-second lead in the International Rally of Whangarei, which is also the first round of the 2017 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), here on Saturday that marked by heavy rains in the afternoon.

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Mohun Bagan look to end I-League on a high

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 10:22 IST     

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Apr 30 (ANI): A home win and a loss for Aizawl away to Shillong Lajong- that's what every Mariner is praying for now.

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Rohtak (Haryana) [India], Apr 30 (ANI): Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) and hosts Hockey Haryana will today clash in the finals of 7th Senior National Championship 2017 (Women) 'A' Division. The two teams recorded contrasting victories in their respective semifinals to get to a shot at glory.

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Bengaluru FC finish at fourth spot in I-league

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 10:04 IST     

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Apr 30 (ANI): JSW Bengaluru FC finished-off their I-League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Churchill Brothers, their sixth win (including AFC Cup) in as many matches, on Saturday.

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PCB slams Latif's 'baseless' claims, summons him again

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 21:03 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], April 29 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has once again issued a summon to suspended batsman Khalid Latif after he failed to turn up before the PCB Security and Vigilance department, citing concerns over the fairness of the ongoing investigation into the spot-fixing scandal.

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India draws two all with UK in Azlan Shah Cup

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 19:10 IST     

Ipoh [Malaysia], Apr 29 (ANI): India and Great Britain drew their rain-delayed opening match at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia, two all on Saturday.

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