Shane Watson suffers injury, won’t bowl in first test

All-rounder Shane Watson has suffered a minor calf strain ahead of Australia’s first cricket test against South Africa, which will prevent him from bowling in the series opener starting Friday.Watson limped from the field on Saturday during New South Wales’ Sheffield Shield match against Queensland and scans have shown the 31-year-old strained a calf muscle.Australia’s selectors were expected on Sunday to name standby players for Watson and veteran batsman Ricky Ponting, who missed a ma上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝tch for his Tasmania state because of a hamstring strain.Getty ImagesPonting is expected to be fit to play in Brisbane but Watson’s participation in the match at best might be curtailed. Captain Michael Clarke told reporters it was possible Watson would play the first test at Brisbane’s Gabba ground as a specialist batsman.”He’s shown in all three forms he’s a very good batter, he’s a top player for us,” Clarke said “Fingers crossed, I’d love to see him fully fit and batting and bowling. That would be a bonus.”Clarke said Australia would find a way to beat South Africa, even without Watson.”You look at our performance last summer. He didn’t play one test match and we beat India 4-0,” Clarke said. “We’ll find a way. We did last summer and if Watto’s not available somebody will come in and grab that opportunity. I’d love him to be fit but if he’s not we’ll find a way.”Clarke said Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris would do his best to ensure Watson took the field in Brisbane.Watson “couldn’t be in better hands,” he said. “It’s just about now trying to hope we’ve got enough days in between today and the first test.”Fingers crossed. He’s an important player for us and I’d imagine he’d be given every chance.”The guys that are fit and ready to go I know are looking forward to this first test against South Africa and there’s no room for excuses here.”We’ve got to be ready. We’ll be as prepared as we possibly can be.”

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IOA to wait for CGF-ISSF meeting before proposing withdrawal from 2022 CWG over shooting being dropped

: Indian Olympic Association’s proposal to withdraw from the 2022 Commonwealth Games was not put up for approval of Executive Council as it would have amounted to jumping the gun before a crucial meeting between CGF and the ISSF top brass, president Narinder Batra said on Saturday.Batra had in July proposed the boycott of the Birmingham Games in protest against dropping of shooting from the roster.After a meeting with the visiting officials of the Commonwealth Games Federation earlier this month Batra had said the Executive Council, which met on Saturday, and the General Body of the IOA will take a decision on the matter.File image of IOA president Narinder Batra. Getty imagesBatra said that the IOA will wait for meeting between the CGF top brass and the officials of the international shooting body (ISSF) early next month in Munich before taking any decision.”The CGF officials are meeting the ISSF officials in Munich on 7 December. We have said that whatever parallel shooting event they are conducting, the medals should be counted to India’s final medal tally of the 2022 CWG. The CGF will get back to us and we will wait for that,” Batra said after the IOA Executive Council meeting.”As of now we are in the same situation. We have not put up the withdrawal issue for approval before the Executive Council. We do not want to go in any positive or negative mode. We will take a decision according to the response of the CGF (after their meeting with ISSF),” he added.Batra also said the boycott proposal may not be put up before the IOA Annual General Meeting next month as a response from the CGF is likely to take time.”This issue is also unlikely to come up during the AGM as CGF response will come after one or one-and-a-half month. So, getting approval (of India’s withdrawal from 2022 CWG) will be like jumping the gun before any response from the CGF and it is not right,” the IOA chief said.During the press conference with CGF chief Louise Martin and CEO David Grevemberg earlier this month, Batra had proposed that the medals India won from the proposed Commonwealth Shooting Championships be counted to the country’s final tally of the Birmingham Games. The CGF had not given any commitment on this. After receiving a letter from his Indian counterpart, British Sports Minister Nigel Adams’ had proposed the hosting of a Commonwealth上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝 Shooting Championships in or around the time of the 2022 CWG. The CGF had though said that such a Championships cannot be held in Britain three months prior to or after the CWG.The IOA chief also made it clear that it would be a waste of time for the country’s shooters to take part in the proposed Commonwealth Championship if the medals are not counted in India’s tally in the 2022 Games.”Whichever parallel event happens, the medals will have to counted. We are not interested in such an event if the medals are not added to India’s 2022 CWG tally.”Of course, it is for the NRAI to decide whether to take part in such a championships or not. But I feel if there is no medal counted in India’s 2022 CWG tally, it will be just waste of time”.Asked about IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta’s announcement that IOA would be interested in hosting the 2026 CWG, Batra said, “They (CGF) wanted us to host 2026 or 2030 CWG. Mehta had reacted on what they (CGF) had said.”We said let us see what comes out of this shooting issue and others like lack of India’s representation in the CGF, then let us see.”On the issue of Draft National Sports Code which the IOA had out rightly rejected, he said, “The sports ministry has sought names from the IOA’s side to be included in the expert committee (to look into the Code afresh) and we have given the names. I am hoping that the committee will be formed this coming week or the next one.”The IOA was interested in hosting the IOC Session in 2023 but Batra said no business house in the country has so far come up to sponsor the prestigious event which will need funds to the tune of USD 8-9 million.”We have met all the other parameters except for one. The only remaining thing pending now is the contract with the business house. We have not got any offer from any business house.”IOA does not have any funding source, so we cannot bear the expense. We were expecting that letter of offer will come but still not come yet. If it does not come, we have decided that we have to say sorry (to the IOC).”Batra also felt that with the high number of Indian athletes claiming 2020 Olympic quota, especially in shooting, the country may send around 125 participants for the Tokyo Games.

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Champions League: City almost out, Arsenal draw Schalke

Manchester City lives to fight another day in the Champions League — just.In reality, the big-spending English champions is unlikely to advance from the group stage for the second successive season after being held to a 2-2 draw by Ajax on Tuesday.”It’s not the case that we’re not good enough for the Champions League,” City captain Vincent Kompany said.City conceded twice in the opening 17 minutes from corners, with Siem de Jong exploiting the defensive frailties with a close-range finish and a header.Although Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero hauled City back in contention, the hosts couldn’t produce a winner.Aguero had a goal ruled out for offside before Mario Balotelli was denied a penalty in stoppage time when he thought his shirt was tugged, prompting City manager Roberto Mancini to confront referee Peter Rasmussen on the pitch at the final whistle.”The referee and his staff were really poor tonight,” said Mancini, who could face UEFA sanctions. “I think that we scored three goals.”But City didn’t and remains bottom of Group D with two points.Ajax’s Siem de Jong, center left, celebrates after scoring his second goal past Manchester City’s Joe Hart, left, during their Champions League Group D soccer match. APIt must now beat Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the remaining matches to have any chance of advancing. Even then, City would need results to go its way when Ajax plays Dortmund on Nov. 21 and Madrid on Dec. 4.City is six points behind Dortmund, four back from Madrid and two adrift of Ajax.”If our destiny is this and we win the next two games and we go to the second stage, our destiny is that we will win the Champions League,” Mancini said.Ajax coach Frank de Boer isn’t giving up on the Champions League, either.”We will try to get a result against Dortmund and try to get second place,” De Boer said.Yet he struggled to explain how his team is fifth in the Dutch league but was able to beat the Premier League champions 3-1 two weeks ago and hold them on Tuesday.”It’s very hard to show the quality every single match,” De Boer said. “It’s nothing to do with the skills how you play football. It’s a mental question, in part due to having a young team.”But Europe continues to expose City’s shortcomings. City is doing well in the Premier League — unbeaten and sitting third, just two points behind leader Manchester United — but has still rarely looked convincing.City’s defense took only nine minutes to collapse, two weeks after losing 3-1 in Amsterdam to Ajax.After Matija Nastasic failed to clear Ricardo van Rhijn’s corner with a header, the ball was turned goal-ward by Niklas Moisander and De Jong was on hand at the post to hook the ball into the net.With Ajax in the ascendancy, the Dutch side again prospered from a corner eight minutes later.And again it was De Jong.Meeting Christian Eriksen’s corner at the near post, he evaded his markers to flick a header past goalkeeper Joe Hart at the near post.”We conceded two stupid goals, because in a very important game you can’t concede two goals on corners,” Mancini said.The players accepted that.”It’s very important to defend as a team when corners come in, and we’ve probably let ourselves down on those two occasions,” Kompany said. “Those two goals were really not good. We’ll look back at the game, try to see what went wrong, and try to improve.”But after a woeful start, a piece of sublime skill from Toure pulled City back into the game.Samir Nasri’s cross wasn’t fully cleared, and Toure found the space to bring the ball down with his chest and volley it past Kenneth Vermeer. City was denied an equalizer on the half-hour when Pablo Zabaleta’s header was thwarted by Vermeer’s one-handed save.City responded to the deficit at halftime by bringing Balottelli on for Javi Garcia, and the hosts made a powerful start to the second half.But Ajax provided a reminder of its threat when De Jong struck the ball from outside the penalty area, only to be denied by Hart’s two-handed save.Aguero, though, squandered a golden opening on the hour. After doing the hard work by rounding Vermeer on the right, Aguero slipped — for the third time in the match — before he could tee up a teammate in front of goal.There was no slip-up in the 74th. The Argentina striker kept his footing to finish skillfully after latching onto Balotelli’s flick-on.After Balotelli had powerful header pushed away, Aguero thought he had produced the required winner when he nudged the ball over the line from close range.He was judged to be offside and then Balotelli was denied a penalty as the game ended in acrimony.Schalke 04 bravely battled back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with visitors Arsenal on Tuesday as goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan maintained their slim lead in their Champions League Group B.First half goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud seemed to be meting out immediate justice for Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat by the Germans in London a fortnight ago.Schalke however, devoured their lead with Dutchman Huntelaar cutting the deficit in first half stoppage time and Peruvian Farfan completing their comeback with a deflected shot midway through the second half.The result leaves the group wide open with Schalke in the lead on eight points and Arsenal a point behind in second place. Olympiakos beat Montpellier 3-1 to increase their tally to six points.”I have to give my team a compliment for recovering from a two goal deficit,” Schalke coach Huub Stevens told reporters. “We reacted brilliantly. Thankfully we scored just before half time. That was psychologically a big advantage for us.”For A上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝rsenal coach Arsene Wenger, his team showed the response he wanted after a string of bad results have left them seventh in the Premier League following Saturday’s defeat by Manchester United.”At 2-0 you have not won the game and with the physical quality of the German team it is not over,” Wenger told reporters. “They have a lot of quality and they never give up so overall I never felt that the game was over even at 2-0.””After all the stick we got after Saturday’s game it was important to show a good response. We played against a good team and it was a bit unfortunate that we concede a goal just before half-time.”WALCOTT FITArsenal had Jack Wilshere back in the team as he continued his return from a long lay-off as well as Walcott, who was doubtful after missing training this week due to illness.Schalke, who beat Arsenal 2-0 to snap their 45-game unbeaten run at home to foreign visitors stretching back to 2003, had them on the backfoot from the start with the Germans eager to win and advance with two games to spare.Inquisitive shots from Christian Fuchs and Ibrahim Afellay forced keeper Vito Mannone to good saves as Schalke set the pace.Arsenal, displaying an initial lack of confidence when they had possession, needed 18 minutes to find their way into the game and they did it with a bang.Giroud took advantage of a Roman Neutstaedter back header to race clear but failed to beat keeper Unnerstall with Walcott slipping through to tap in from close range.The 26-year-old Frenchman was on target in the 26th, drilling in a diving header from a Lukas Podolski cross.Dutch striker Huntelaar, who had scored in all three previous group matches, fired Schalke back into the reckoning on the stroke of halftime but the forward, nicknamed ‘the hunter’, however, could not add another from point blank range after the restart.Keeper Vito Mannone was kept busy but could do nothing when Farfan turned the game on its head, drilling in the equaliser in the 67th with Thomas Vermaelen deflecting it into the net.Arsenal could have stolen three points with the final kick of the game but Walcott fired on keeper Lars Unnerstall from eight metres out.

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Imported cars racket: CBI seizes 11 cars belonging to BCCI chief

The CBI on Friday seized 11 cars belonging to BCCI chief and India Cements promoter N Srinivasan as part of its ongoing raids in Chennai, CNN-IBN reported.Apart from the 11 cars recovered from the BCCI chief, PTI also reported that seven luxury cars were seized from Chancellor of Shri Rama Chandra Medical College R Venkatachalan, two vehicles from MGM group of companies, five from one G K Shetty Ramanna and two from Raja Shankar while one each was recovered from various private individuals based around Chennai.Nearly 16 more imported luxury vehicles have been seized by CBI as part of its probe into the alleged racket run by a Hyderabad-based businessman involving violation of customs law, a case which came into limelight after searches at DMK leader MK Stalin’s residence.The BCCI chief in this file photo. AFPCBI sources said a team of agency had also visited residence of Stalin’s brother M K Alagiri yesterday looking for another imported vehicle which was allegedly purchased from Alex C Joseph, th上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝e mastermind.Alex C Joseph has managed to evade arrest for now. Official sources said CBI has recovered crucial property documents, locker details and other such material during searches at Joseph’s home who is said to be on the run. They said agency is likely to issue a look out notice against Joseph who is accused in the case along with DRI officer Muruganandan.Muruganandan allegedly knew of illegal imports made by Joseph but did not take action, the agency claimed.An SUV registered in the name of son of DMK leader MK Stalin remained untraceable, reports PTI.The agency has so far recovered 33 cars but it believes that number of cars will increase, the sources claimed.The agency has asked the present owners of the cars to keep these with them with an undertaking that they would produce before court whenever required.With inputs from PTI

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Formula 1 2019: Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi to race for Williams in first practice session of next three GPs

Canadian Nicholas Latifi, a leading candidate to replace Polish driver Robert Kubica at Williams next season, will take part in first practice sessions at the next three Formula One grands prix.Williams’ Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi drives during the first practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. AFPThe team said in a statement on Monday that the reserve driver would take Kubica’s car for first practice in Mexico this Friday and George Russell’s car in Austin, T上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝exas, the following week. Brazil is the race after that.“Nicholas Latifi joins us this weekend for the first of three consecutive FP1 (first practice) sessions,” said senior race engineer Dave Robson.“Nicholas has done an extremely good job each time he has driven the car this season and we look forward to welcoming him back and getting his impression of the latest upgrades.”Latifi, 24, is second in the Formula Two standings with two races to come in Abu Dhabi. He has already driven in a number of sessions for Williams this season.The Mercedes-powered team are looking for a replacement for Kubica, who announced last month that he was leaving Williams at the end of the year.Dutch driver Nyck De Vries, who has already secured the Formula Two title, is committed to racing for Mercedes in the all-electric Formula E series.

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Budget trouble: SAI can’t pay airfare, India pull out of Azlan Shah

Five-time champions India were today forced to withdraw from next month’s prestigious Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament after the Sports Authority of India refused to bear the travel expenditure of the national team.According to reliable source in Hockey India, SAI D上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝G Gopal Krishan has refused to clear the airfare of the team, citing inflated budget.”We have withdrawn the national team from the Azlan Shah Cup after the government refused to bear the to and fro airfares stating that we have exceeded the budget,” a reliable source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.Five-time champions India were forced to withdraw from next month’s prestigious Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament. Reuters”It is an unfortunate incident as it is the SAI who has given us the go-ahead to hold the national camp for this tournament here. And now they are saying no.”It is demoralising for the players. The government just had to bear the airfares as all other expenditures, including lodging and food during the tournament were supposed to be taken care by the local organisers,” he said. On part of SAI, a senior official informed that the proposal submitted by the Hockey India was overshooting the specific budget earmarked for the tour.”We can’t provide the airfares as we have certain limits that we can’t exceed,” the official said in defence. India, who won the Azlan Shah Cup five times (1985, 1991, 1995, 2009, 2010), were the bronze medallist in the last edition of tournament.Keeping in mind the FIH Junior World Cup to be held in the country later this year, India had opted to field a young, new-look squad under Danish Mujataba for this year’s Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from March 9 to 17.Apart from India, the other participating nations in this year’s Azlan Shah Cup are arch-rivals Pakistan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand and hosts Malaysia.Incidentally, the government’s sudden move to derail the national hockey team’s trip to Malaysia came a day after HI accused the security staffs of SAI-controlled Major Dhyan Chand Stadium of abusing its officials.

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Are Champions League results reflective of EPL’s quality?

The self-proclaimed “best league in the world” was having a long look at itself in the mirror on Thursday after Arsenal’s exit left the Premier League with no quarter-finalists in Europe’s blue riband club competition for the first time in 17 years.Arsenal’s impressive 2-0 victory in Munich came too late to rescue the Gunners who went out on away goals after a 3-1 defeat in the home leg, leaving them on this season’s Champions League scrapheap along with Manchester United, last year’s winners Chelsea and Manchester City.The Premier League hierarchy will no doubt insist it is a blip and not a clear sign of a decline in quality in the richest league in the world, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted it was a wake-up call.”It’s a massive disappointment for English football,” the Frenchman said in the aftermath of Arsenal’s brave, but ultimately doomed, fightback in Bavaria.”We accept the rest of European football has caught us.”Manchester United were knocked out by Real Madrid in the Last 16. Reuters”We had Manchester City and United, Chelsea and Arsenal all out by the quarter-final.”It’s a long time since that happened. We have to take that into consideration in the way we think about the future of the Premier League.”Arsenal fell at the last-16 hurdle for the third consecutive season, while United were unlucky to go out against Real Madrid last week at the same stage.Chelsea became the first holders of the Champions League to fail to survive the group stage while English champions Manchester City finished bottom of their group, an even worse showing than last season when they also failed to reach the knock上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝out rounds.It is a far cry from the days when English clubs dominated the latter stages and despite the prospect of a fresh influx of money from improved broadcasting deals next season, the Premier League clearly does not possess any truly outstanding teams.Between 2007 and 2009 England boasted nine semi-finalists. In 2007-08 Chelsea played Manchester United in the final and the following season three of the four semi-finalists were English even if Barcelona won the title.Since then, however, only three English clubs have reached the last four, although Chelsea did fly the flag last season with their unlikely run to glory in Munich.England have had four teams eligible for the Champions League since the 2002-03 season and in 2005-06, the season after Liverpool beat AC Milan in Istanbul, they had five teams involved but Everton were eliminated in the qualifying round.England currently top UEFA’s club coefficient ranking which determine the number of entries each country has in the competition and a UEFA spokesman told Reuters on Thursday it would be “many years” before there was any chance of England’s entries being reduced from the current allocation.”There would have to be a sustained lack of success and even then it would take many years before England’s number was reduced,” UEFA said.Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes played down the significance of this season’s Premier League failure.”I think comparisons like this don’t bring much,” he said Heynckes. “We have had German teams knocked out early in previous years.”Arsenal showed what a quality team they are. You get cycles like that in football. I think the English teams will be back next year.”While Heynckes may be proved right, the quality at the top end of the Premier League does appear to have tailed off in recent seasons.Manchester United are romping to this year’s title, 12 points clear of Manchester City, yet even the most partisan Red would probably admit the current side is not a vintage one.City have regressed since last season, Chelsea are in a state of flux, having sacked Roberto Di Matteo and replaced him with the unpopular Rafa Benitez, and Arsenal are clearly several players short of being challengers for the title.Liverpool are gradually improving under Brendan Rodgers having fallen a long way back while Tottenham Hotspur, currently third in the Premier League, are trying desperately to become regular members of the top-four.Things are unlikely to get any easier next season either.With UEFA’s financial fair play rules beginning to curb spending habits, clubs may not be able to justify mass signings this summer, so rebuilding might take time.The Premier League remains a superb product, producing rich entertainment week in, week out, but its European rivals have upped the ante, with Paris St Germain now a new powerhouse in France and the threat from the east, namely the money-rich leagues in Russia and Ukraine, growing.Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, twice a Champions League winner, said the Premier League would have to raise the bar again next season.”We are not in a strong moment. There is no point denying it,” he said. “”It works in cycles.”You cannot always be at the top. Maybe we are having a period where we are in a little bit of a dip.”

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Messi passes 300 Barcelona goals in comeback win

Lionel Messi helped Barcelona triumph at a venue where champions Real Madrid lost two weeks ago, scoring twice at Granada in La Liga on Saturday to pass 300 goals for the club and earn the leaders a 2-1 win.A revitalised Granada, under new coach Lucas Alcaraz, beat Real 1-0 after Cristiano Ronaldo headed an own goal at Los Carmenes as Jose Mourinho’s men were undone by hard-running and abrasive hosts.Odion Ighalo handed Alcaraz’s team a 26th-minute lead on Saturday but World Player of the Year Messi came to Barca’s rescue by taking his tally of goals to 301 in 366 matches for the Catalan side.Messi pounced to put away the loose ball after keeper Tono could only parry a Cesc Fabregas shot in the 50th minute. He then curled a powerful free kick over the wall to grab the winner in the 73rd.Messi in action during the match. APThe 25-year-old product of Barca’s famed youth academy took his league total this season to an unmatched 37 goals and made it a record 14 consecutive league matches in which he has scored.”It’s great for him and for us that he continues to score goals,” Barca full back Jordi Alba told Spanish television. “Today we found it very difficult but in the end it was Lionel who decided the game. You can’t speak highly enough about Messi.”The win put Barca 15 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid and 19 ahead of Real who are third.Atletico visit Real Valladolid on Sunday when Real host city rivals Rayo Vallecano.Messi joined Barca as a 13-year-old in 2000. He was given his senior debut by then-coach Frank Rijkaard four years later an上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝d has gone on to become the club’s leading all-time scorer.He has 206 goals in La Liga and 56 in the Champions League where he has been the leading scorer for the last four seasons.Messi has also notched 24 goals in the King’s Cup, 10 in the Spanish Super Cup, one in the European Super Cup and four in the Club World Cup.

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Malaysia Masters 2020: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal produce straight-sets victories to advance to quarter-finals

Saina Nehwal and reigning world champion PV Sindhu produced dominating performances to progress to the women’s singles quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament on Thursday.File image of PV Sindhu. AFPSixth seed Sindhu notched up a commanding 21-10, 21-15 victory over Japan’s Aya Ohori in a pre-quarterfinal match lasting just 34 minutes. It was Sindhu’s ninth successive win over Ohori.The 24-year-old Indian, who won the World Championships in Basel last year, will take on either上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝 world number 1 Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying or seventh seed South Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the quarterfinals. Saina, who had won the Indonesia Masters last year before going through a rough patch, dispatched South Korea’s An Se Young 25-23, 21-12 after a thrilling 39-minute contest to make the last eight.This is Saina’s first win over the South Korean, who got the better of the Indian in the quarterfinals of the French Open last year.The two-time Commonwealth Games champion will next take on Olympic champion Carolina Marin. Saina had defeated Lianne Tan of Belgium 21-15 21-17 in the opening round on Wednesday.In the men’s singles, Sameer Verma faltered in the second round, losing to Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia 19-21 20-22.

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Duminy’s injury could be big blow to SA ambitions

JP Duminy injured his left ankle in a warm-down training incident that left South Africa with serious worries over its bowling options even after the tourists dominated the opening day of the first test against Australia on Friday.The 28-year-old allrounder was kicking a rugby ball with teammates at the Gabba after the South Africans reached 255-2 at stumps when he hurt himself.Team medical staff treated him on the ground before he was helped from the field. A team spokeswoman said he was taken to a nearby hospital for tests.The injury could be a major set上海千花网_上海后花园论坛_贵族宝贝back for South Africa if part-time spinner Duminy is unable to bowl his off breaks. Getty ImagesThe injury could be a major setback for South Africa if part-time spinner Duminy is unable to bowl his off breaks.South Africa opted for five pace bowlers, leaving specialist legspinner Imran Tahir out of the team for the first test to give seamer Rory Kleinveldt his debut. Opening batsman Alviro Petersen told a news conference he was unsure of Duminy’s condition, but was confident the bowling attack would still be up to the challenge against Australia.”We’re pretty comfortable with our bowling attack. Rory coming in for Imran. We’re in a great position to leave a guy like Imran out and … to have a guy like Rory as backup,” he said. “JP obviously was going to bowl some offspin for us, so we’ll hear tonight and we’ll make decisions based on his fitness.”Duminy, also a key contributor in the lower middle order with the bat, has taken 12 wickets in 16 tests for South Africa and was the only genuine spinning option in the lineup in Tahir’s absence.Captain Graeme Smith and another left-handed batsman, Jacques Rudolph, have bowled spin before but neither as often or with as much control as Duminy.

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