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BRISBANE: Ahead of the upcoming fourth and final Test against India at The Gabba here, opening batsman Will Pucovski did not hit the nets on Wednesday as he was restricted to just field training due to a shoulder injury.
The pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood also did not bowl during the optional training session as all bowlers look to recover after a hard toil on the fifth and final day of the Sydney Test.
“Opener Will Pucovski was restricted to field training and did not bat while the fast bowlers, aside from Cameron Green, did not bowl during the optional session but also did light on-field training,” Cricket Australia said in an official release.

Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday had confirmed that Pucovski suffered a shoulder subluxation injury in the Sydney Test and his participation in the fourth and final Test against India hangs in the balance.
Australia head coach Justin Langer on Wednesday said that he is hopeful of seeing the opening batsman play the fourth and final Test against India.
“We will probably know tonight I reckon, whether he will be right to go. It will either be a quick turnaround and he is back up and into it, or it might be a few weeks. He is a young guy, he has just played his first Test,” Langer said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

“So mentally he is going to be exhausted anyway. We will keep an eye on how he pulls up today. With shoulders, as long as he can bat okay and catch — it is not as big a deal in Test cricket. We are really hopeful he will get up. If he does not, then the obvious thing is Marcus Harris would come in as the opener,” he added.
Batting out 258 balls with a fierce home team throwing everything it had up its sleeves is no mean feat. But the Indian duo of Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin stood ground and managed to do just that as they eked out a draw in what was an action-packed fifth day.
India and Australia will lock horns in the fourth and final Test in Brisbane beginning January 15. The hosts had won the first Test, while the visitors came back strongly in the second, and currently the series stands level at 1-1.


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India vs England: Stokes, Archer back for first two Tests against India | Cricket News

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LONDON: Explosive all-rounder Ben Stokes and pacer Jofra Archer on Thursday returned to a 16-member strong England squad named for the first two Tests of the upcoming four-match series against India.
The England selectors also named six travelling reserves for the first and second matches, to be held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from February 5.

Both Stokes and Archer were rested for the ongoing two-match Test series in Sri Lanka, while Rory Burns was at home for the birth of his child.
The team will continue to be led by Joe Root.

Surrey’s Ollie Pope will travel to India and will be added to the squad when passed fit. Pope is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in September during the Test series against Pakistan.
The national selectors have provided rest to Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood. The three players, who are currently in Sri Lanka, will miss the first and second Tests in India.
“This is consistent with the selection policy of finding a block of rest for all multi-format players at some point during post-Christmas winter schedule,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a release.
With Archer and Stokes returning, and subject to fitness of the rest of the squad, Somerset’s Craig Overton will return home after the Sri Lanka series.
Squad for first two Tests: Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.


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LONDON: This year’s London Marathon is set to break new ground with a record 50,000 runners expected to tackle the course on the city’s streets while another 50,000 compete in a remote race “wherever they are on the planet”, organisers said on Thursday.
The virtual London Marathon was held for the first time last year after the actual race was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 38,000 runners took part to set a Guinness World Record for the most in a remote marathon in 24 hours.
With a national vaccination drive underway, organisers also hope to have 50,000 runners for the traditional race on Oct. 3.
The virtual marathon allows participants to run on a 26.2-mile course of their choice but they must complete it on Oct. 3.
“The world record-breaking success of the virtual event in 2020 and the incredible stories from participants across the globe showed how the… marathon brought light and hope in the darkness of the pandemic,” said event director Hugh Brasher.
“We want to offer that again and we have also accelerated the plans we have been working on for some years to increase the number of finishers on the streets of London to 50,000,” he added in a statement.


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We as a team never spoke about Adelaide game: Hanuma Vihari | Cricket News

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HYDERABAD: India batsman Hanuma Vihari has said that winning the Sydney Test against Australia was not a possibility once Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara got dismissed on the final afternoon at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Batting out 258 balls with a fierce home team throwing everything it had up its sleeves is no mean feat. But the Indian duo of Vihari and R Ashwin stood ground and managed to do just that as they eked out a draw in what was nothing short of an action-packed fifth day in the third Test between India and Australia.
Playing out 131 overs — the most India have batted in the fourth innings of a Test since 1980 — showed exactly what Ashwin meant when he spoke about playing like true warriors at the end of the fourth day’s play at the SCG.

“If you look at the first session and most part of the second session, we were looking good for a win. The way Rishabh [Pant] and [Cheteshwar] Pujara played. To be honest, once they got out, I don’t think a win was a possibility. Even before my injury, Ash [R Ashwin] was struggling with his back, [Ravindra] Jadeja could have played only a few overs if needed. The draw came in when we knew that Ash couldn’t run, and then when my hamstring injury happened. We knew we just had to bat out time. And it is not an easy task [for one partnership] to bat out 43 overs. Australia, day five, against that attack,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Vihari as saying.

“We batted one ball at a time, one over at a time, me and Ash. We had a conversation every over about what we needed to do. The strategy also helped. We got messages from outside but we had already decided that he was going to face [Nathan] Lyon and I would face the fast bowlers. One he was batting well against Lyon and also I couldn’t stretch against the spinner with my hamstring. It panned out well. He was facing Lyon with ease on a day-five pitch, and I was pretty comfortable against the fast bowlers,” he added.

After historic win in Brisbane, Indian cricket team reaches Delhi

After historic win in Brisbane, Indian cricket team reaches Delhi

A hamstring injury notwithstanding, Vihari hit an unbeaten 161-ball 23 while Ashwin hit 39 off 128 balls as the two defended away any hopes Australia had of registering a win. Due to this injury, the batsman missed the fourth Test at Gabba, and he ended up returning back home.
“Two feelings came to mind. One was pain, the other was relief. The pain was there and sigh of relief that I could do the job for the team. It was a sweet pain. The pain was all worth it at the end of the day. If I hadn’t been able to save the match, it would have hurt more. But because we saved the Test, the pain was not so painful,” said Vihari.

“I hardly had any sleep. Again, with pain. One thing was pain and the other thing was I was happy and overwhelmed with the respect and love I got on the internet, in the messages I got. I think I slept for one hour and got up again at 6 in the morning. That is the kind of feeling I got. I would say for all the years of hard work I had done in first-class cricket, where there are no people watching you play and you have to go through the grind and struggle and to have 1.3 billion watching back home and all the people in the world watching you save a Test match… That was the thought that came into my mind. Real satisfaction of going through the grind in the first-class arena and then achieving this, the satisfaction was really amazing,” he added.

When asked about the 36 all-out in the first Test at Adelaide, Vihari said: “After the Adelaide Test, you won’t believe, we as a team we never spoke about the game. We only felt that it has never happened before, I don’t think it will ever happen again. It was a freak inning. So let’s move on and let’s look at it as a three-Test series from Melbourne. Now if you look at it, we have won the series 2-0. The Indian team, the character, and the fight we show, we leave everything on the ground. That’s the hallmark of the Indian team. That’s exactly how we played.”

On Tuesday, Australia’s fortress — The Gabba — was finally breached. It took 32 years and two months, but the unthinkable was achieved as an injury-ravaged young Indian team beat Australia by three wickets against all odds to take the series 2-1.


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