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Australia’s ODI and T20 squads for India tour

Sydney, Australia: Australia’s squads named Friday for the one-day international and Twenty20 tour to India in September-October: Australia ODI squad – Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa. T20I squad – Steve Smith…

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Melbourne retains world’s most liveable city crown

SYDNEY: Melbourne has topped a list of the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year running but terrorism and diplomatic tensions are eroding living conditions worldwide, an annual report from the Economist has found. The Australian city was ranked number one out of 140 cities, slightly ahead of the Austrian capital Vienna, with the…

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Anti-Muslim Australian politician causes furore after wearing burka in Senate

SYDNEY: Australian anti-immigration politician Pauline Hanson caused a furore Thursday when she entered the Senate wearing a full burqa, earning a blistering rebuke from the country’s top lawyer for the “appalling” stunt. Hanson wore the Islamic garment in the chamber to highlight what she said were the security issues it posed, linking it to terrorism…

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Haddin joins Australia’s coaching staff

SYDNEY: Former Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has joined the Australian team support staff as fielding coach until the end of 2019, Cricket Australia said Thursday. Haddin replaces former Australia batsman Greg Blewett, who has taken up a position with the South Australian Cricket Association. Haddin, 39, has coached the Australia A side and was an…

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Decline of Sports in Pakistan Badly Affects Our Youth

By Gulrukh Tausif Recently I came across a blog written by an Australian cricket journalist Dennis Freedman. In the blog he said, “We all saw the large crowd outside of Sarfraz Ahmed’s home when he returned victorious with the Champions Trophy. If roles were reversed and that was Steve Smith, the only thing outside his…

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Australia ensures tours, Ashes as wage row ends

SYDNEY: Australia’s bruising and protracted cricket pay dispute was finally resolved Thursday with players and management agreeing on a new “in-principle” deal, ensuring upcoming series against Bangladesh, India and England can go ahead. The players appeared to be the winners in the five-year agreement, worth an estimated Aus$500 million (US$396 million), as they retained the…

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Australia ‘disrupts terror plot’ to bring down airplane

CANBERRA: Australian authorities said Sunday they had stopped an alleged “terrorist plot” to bring down an airplane with an improvised explosive, after four people were arrested in raids in Sydney. “I can report last night that there has been a major joint counter-terrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane,” Australian…

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Aisam-Ul-Haq wins another doubles title

NEWPORT: Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and America’s Rajeev Ram defeated Aussie duo Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith to win the doubles title at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open. The Pakistani-American duo won the final 6-4, 4-6 and 10-7. Earlier Haq and Ram beat the team of Australia’s Sam Groth and Leander Paes of India…

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Imran Khan files reply in disqualification case

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan filed a supplementary reply in the Supreme Court of Pakistan during the hearing of the disqualification case against him, Samaa reported. Khan also submitted the record of his income earned while playing county cricket in England. In his reply, Khan stated that county clubs do not keep 20-year…

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Girl power as India hails World Cup heroines

LONDON: Where the men failed, India is hoping its female cricketers can blaze to glory when they face England in the World Cup final on Sunday. Images of captain Mithali Raj and star batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur adorned the front pages and the team was hailed on social media after India stunned defending champions Australia in…

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Kaur’s 171 leads India past Australia, into World Cup final

DERBY: India stunned defending champions Australia by 36 runs to secure a spot in the Women’s World Cup final after an undefeated 171 by Harmanpreet Kaur provided the platform for victory on Thursday.

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Kaur’s 171 takes India to 281-4 against Australia

Derby, United Kingdom: Australia were set 282 to win and book a place in the Women’s World Cup final after Harmanpreet Kaur hit an incredible 171 for India in the semi-final at Derby on Thursday. Rain had reduced the match to a 42 overs per side contest, with bad weather and a sodden outfield delaying…

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Sarfraz Ahmed to play for Yorkshire

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed will play for English county club Yorkshire in the NatWest T20 Blast. According to Cricinfo, the Pakistan skipper will replace Peter Handscomb of Australia. Handscomb is scheduled to take part in a training camp ahead of the Kangaroos’ tour of Bangladesh. Ahmed is expected to play five T20 games for…

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Australian man gets new thumb from his own toe

SYDNEY: An Australian man whose thumb was severed in a cattle herding accident has had a big toe surgically removed and transplanted onto his hand to replace the lost digit. Zac Mitchell was working on a remote cattle station in Western Australia state in April when his hand was kicked by a bull and thrust…

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England, Australia, South Africa into WWC semi-finals

LONDON: England, Australia and South Africa booked their places in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup with a game to spare after convincing wins on Wednesday.

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Video: Stunt rider thrills crowd with amazing jump

Australian stunt rider Robbie Maddison successfully jumped 96 feet (29 m) up onto the Arc de Triomphe in front of Paris Las Vegas and then descended a 80-foot (24 m) drop off the monument to return safely to ground level.

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Overseas Pakistani workers remit US $19.3 bln in FY17

KARACHI: The Overseas Pakistani workers remitted US$ 19,303.58 million in the fiscal year 2017 (FY 17) (July to June), compared with US$ 19,916.76 million received during the same period in the preceding year, a State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) statement said here on Monday. It said that during June 2017, the inflow of workers’ remittances…

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Elon Musk’s Tesla to build world’s largest battery in Australia

SYDNEY: Elon Musk’s Tesla will build what the maverick entrepreneur claims is the world’s largest lithium ion battery within 100 days, making good on a Twitter promise to ease South Australia’s energy woes. The region was hit with a total blackout when an “unprecedented” storm wrecked power transmission towers in 2016, and billionaire Musk in…

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Women’s World Cup: Pakistan suffer fourth straight loss

LEICESTER: Pakistan suffered their fourth straight loss in the Women’s World Cup as they suffered a 159 run defeat at the hands of Australia in their last game of the tournament at Leicester on Wednesday, Samaa reported. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first in the match. Australia scored 290/8 in their 50…

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Ruthless Nadal reaches 850-win milestone

LONDON: Rafael Nadal stormed into the Wimbledon second round as the world number two secured his 850th career victory with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Australia’s John Millman on Monday. Fresh from winning his 10th French Open title last month, Nadal marked his 50th match at Wimbledon by crushing Millman in one hour and…

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Women’s World Cup: Australia, India clinch comfortable wins

NEWS DESK Australia and India clinched easy wins in their respective ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 fixtures on Thursday, Samaa reported. Australia beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in their match at Bristol. Sri Lanka, batting first, scored 257 runs as Chamari Atapattu scored 178 runs from 143 balls with the help of 22 fours…

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