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Ashes gone, pride at stake for wounded England at MCG


Melbourne : England are contemplating changes as they look to restore battered pride in Tuesday’s fourth Melbourne Test after surrendering the Ashes to Australia. It’s been a tour from hell for Joe Root’s beleaguered team, succumbing to three heavy defeats and rendering the last two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney as “dead rubbers.” Root has been in the eye of ...

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‘Oz must manage Starc with care’


Melbourne : Australia will have to manage Mitchell Starc’s heel problem properly or risk losing their in-form pace spearhead to a long-term injury, teammate Pat Cummins said on Saturday. Starc is a big doubt for the fourth Test against England with a bruised heel and although scans have cleared the pacer of serious injury, the selectors will take a cautious ...

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Healthy-again Bartoli to make comeback


Paris : Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announced her professional comeback after a four-year absence in a video posted to her Instagram account on Tuesday. The 33-year-old retired immediately after winning the 2013 Wimbledon title, fulfilling a lifelong ambition. “It’s going to be a huge challenge, I still have a lot of practice ahead of me,” she said. “I’m really ...

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Saina, Marin criticise back-breaking tour schedule for 2018


New Delhi : Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin have added their voices to the protests over intense tournament scheduling from the coming year. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has made it mandatory for the top players to contest in at least 12 tournaments from 2018. The latest to criticise the back-breaking calendar are Saina and Spain’s Marin, both former world ...

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Sensational Gurbani takes Vidarbha to maiden Ranji final


Kolkata, December 21 : Medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani’s sensational bowling guided Vidarbha to their maiden Ranji Trophy final after they stunned defending champions Karnataka by five runs in a thrilling semi-final, here on Thursday. Gurbani finished with 12 wickets in the match, his best bowling figures, laying the foundation for Vidarbha’s historic win. Vidarbha will now play Delhi for the ...

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