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Australia may be out of WTC final race after South Africa's complaint
Even if England manage to defeat India in the fourth Test, Australia might still not qualify for the World Test Championship final. If England wins the last Test vs India, then Australia were to qualify for the WTC final. But, the ICC is now looking to bring forward Cricket South Africa's complaint against Cricket Australia, who earlier postponed its three-Test tour, citing Covid-19 pandemic.
Serie A faces another fixture farce after Torino no-show for Lazio game
Lazio’s Serie A match against Torino descended into farce on Tuesday as the capital club named a team and turned up at the Stadio Olimpico despite their opponents being stuck in quarantine more than 600km away in Turin following a COVID-19 outbreak.
Barcagate a blow to club's reputation, says La Liga president
Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu might have been provisionally released on Tuesday, a day after his arrest as part of an investigation into ‘Barcagate’ at Camp Nou but La Liga president Javier Tebas feels the scandal might damage the reputation of the Catalan club and the league.
Swiss Open: Satwiksairaj, Ashwini progress to second round
Indian mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa started their campaign on a high as they outclassed second-seeded Indonesian pair of Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in the first round of the Swiss Open 2021 on Tuesday.
Fit-again pacer Umesh Yadav primed to play fourth Test
With Jasprit Bumrah out of the fourth and final Test that begins on Thursday, fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj will strive to take his slot in the bowling line-up that is likely to see the spinners play an important role once again.
Joe Root wants England to be 'brave' against Indian spinners
Joe Root has urged his England team to be "braver" and to free themselves from fear in the 4th & final Test against India starting Thursday. The tourists have sustained heavy defeats in the past 2 matches -- by 317 runs in Chennai and 10 wickets in a chastening 2-day finish in Ahmedabad -- but can still draw the series 2-2. Root's side have been bowled out for 134, 164, 112 and 81 in their last 2 Tests.
'Team man' Ajinkya Rahane bats for himself
Ajinkya Rahane has totalled just 85 runs in five outings with a highest of 67 in the second Test in Chennai. He also remains the only Indian batsman in the top six who is yet to cross the cumulative three-figure mark in the series.
Never play for turn on turning pitches, rotate strike: Gaekwad
Former India batsman Anshuman Gaekwad was considered a 'wall' during his playing days for his ability to bat with patience and determination, be at Sabina Park in Jamaica against a furious West Indies pace attack, or against Pakistan on a Jallandhar pitch where batting was difficult.
Fading art of playing spin: Missing the Gavaskar template of 1987
Lalit Modi wouldn't agree if someone pointed out that lately, and specifically since 2008, the year he launched the path-breaking T20 Indian Premier League (IPL), batsmen have forgotten the art of playing spin adroitly.
If it's same pitch, red ball may be easier to play: Zak Crawley
If India do dish out a similar raging turner as was on show for the third Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in the fourth and Test that kicks off on Thursday, the million-dollar question is: Will the traditional red ball be slightly easier for the batsmen?
1st Test: Muzarabani, Williams shine as Zimbabwe lead Afghanistan
Paceman Blessing Muzarabani took four wickets while skipper Sean Williams hit an unbeaten half-century to help Zimbabwe take lead on the opening day of the first Test against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.