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Paine backs Smith, Warner for second chance


January 3, 2019

SYDNEY: Test skipper Tim Paine on Wednesday urged Australia’s public to give the disgraced Steve Smith and David Warner a second chance, saying he hoped ‘they’re welcomed back’ into the national team. The pair’s year-long ban for ball-tampering is due to expire at the end of March and they are widely expected to be rushed back into a side that …

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‘Improved strategy can steer Pakistan hockey out of crisis’


January 3, 2019

LAHORE: While declaring that blunders were committed in running Pakistan hockey during the past 15 years, newly-appointed associate secretary of the Pakistan Hockey Federation Ayaz Mahmood on Wednesday said with improved strategy and planning the country could regain its position in world hockey. Former Olympian Ayaz has been appointed as PHF associate secretary on ad hoc basis to run the …

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Ashwin back in Test frame, Ishant Sharma left out


January 3, 2019

SYDNEY: India reversed their decision on Wednesday to rule out top spinner Ravichandran Ashwin from the fourth Test against Australia, while pace spearhead Ishant Sharma was mysteriously missing from their 13-man squad. Indian officials had earlier told reporters Ashwin had not recovered from an abdominal strain that has kept him out of the last two Tests, and skipper Virat Kohli …

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Olivier confirmed to play as Abbas returns


January 3, 2019

CAPE TOWN: South Africa are to keep up their pace barrage of Pakistan’s frail batting line-up as captain Faf du Plessis said that fast bowler Duanne Olivier will be retained for the second Test at Newlands starting here on Thursday. Pakistan, meanwhile, will have their premier seamer Mohammed Abbas back from injury and playing one batsman short against a touring …

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COMMENT: Can Pakistan strike back is the question


January 3, 2019

TO be at Newlands in Cape Town is an experience of a lifetime and when a Test is on like the one starting today it is an occasion to savour even more. I only wish, though, that Pakistan after being beaten at Centurion by a humiliating margin of six wickets, make a fight of it here and stand up to …

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Pakistan slips to 75-5 at lunch against South Africa


January 3, 2019

Pakistan struggled against South Africa’s all-out pace attack to slip to 75-5 at lunch on Thursday on the opening day of the second Test. South Africa’s four fast bowlers all had wickets, with Duanne Olivier taking two and Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada one each to leave Pakistan reeling at Newlands. South Africa won the first Test by six …

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Taliban blow up Afghan army outpost, kill five soldiers


January 3, 2019

KABUL: Taliban fighters detonated explosives planted in a tunnel below an Afghan military outpost, killing five soldiers, a police official said on Wednesday. Six soldiers were woun­ded in the attack on Tuesday in the Maiwand district of the southern province of Kandahar, police spokesman Mohammad Ashraf Watandost said. A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said the militants had killed or …

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Ex-Boeing executive replaces Mattis at Pentagon


January 3, 2019

WASHINGTON: An acting defence chief, Patrick M. Shanahan, replaced US Secretary of Defence James Mattis at the Pentagon on Wednesday and pledged to work with President Donald Trump to carry out his vision. The former defence secretary left his office on Monday night but Acting Secretary Shanahan took charge of his new office on Wednesday as Tuesday was a holiday. Mattis resigned …

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China acknowledges it’s extending financial help to Pakistan


January 3, 2019

ISLAMABAD: China on Wednesday tentatively acknowledged it was extending financial assistance to help Pakistan boost its dwindling foreign exchange reserves. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang in his daily media briefing in Beijing said: “The Chinese side has offered and will continue to offer its best through assistance, trade, investment and all-around practical cooperation to support and boost Pakistan’s economic …

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China lands probe on far side of moon in world first


January 3, 2019

A Chinese lunar rover landed on the far side of the moon on Thursday, in a global first that boosts Beijing’s ambitions to become a space superpower. The Chang’e-4 probe touched down and sent a photo of the so-called “dark side” of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications to controllers on Earth, China’s national space agency …

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