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Pakistan bats in first Australia Test DUBAI: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss and decided to bat in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.Pakistan, without their ace spinner Saeed Ajmal who was last month suspended for illegal bowling action, gave debuts to leg-spinner Yasir Shah and paceman Imran Khan.They have also included a second spinner, left-armer Zulfiqar Babar.Australia handed Test caps to allrounder Mitchell Marsh and left-armer Steve O'Keefe, and second spinner to Nathan Lyon. The second and final Test is in Abu Dhabi from October 30.Teams: Pakistan: Misbah-ul Haq (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah. Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Steve O'Keefe, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon. Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Marais Erasmus (RSA) TV umpire: Nigel Llong (ENG) Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle ...

Road warrior Bumgarner brings Giants big win KANSAS CITY: Another dazzling road victory for San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner has staked the Giants an early edge as they bid for a third World Series title in five seasons.The 25-year-old southpaw struck out five and scattered three hits over seven innings in San Francisco's 7-1 rout of host Kansas City in the opener of Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final.Bumgarner stretched his record streak of scoreless playoff innings to 32 2/3 before surrendering a ...

Waratahs hero Cheika takes charge at wounded Wallabies SYDNEY: No-nonsense coach Michael Cheika took over at the Wallabies on Wednesday vowing to rally the shell-shocked side after the stunning walkout of Ewen McKenzie.The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) heaped praise on the 47-year-old at a press conference to announce his appointment just two days before the start of a tough five-match European tour."Central to our decision was selecting a world-class coach who can lead us to victory in next year's Rugby World Cup," said ...

Giants rip Royals 7-1 in World Series opener KANSAS CITY: A pitching masterpiece by San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner sparked the Giants over the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday's opening game of the 110th World Series.The 25-year-old left-hander improved to 3-1 in this year's Major League Baseball playoffs by baffling Royals batters, scattering three hits over seven innings while striking out five and issuing only one walk for his third career victory in as many World Series starts."I felt pretty good and ...

Peavy seeks back-to-back World Series titles KANSAS CITY: It took Jake Peavy 12 years to realize his dream of pitching for a Major League Baseball champion. Now the San Francisco Giants newcomer might do it in back-to-back seasons.The 33-year-old right-hander, who helped Boston win last year's crown before being sent to the Giants at this July's trade deadline, will start against 23-year-old Kansas City ace Yordano Ventura in Wednesday's second game of the 110th World Series."Getting back is the world," Peavy ...

Di Matteo unimpressed by Schalke's late win GELSENKIRCHEN: Roberto di Matteo admitted Schalke 04 rode their luck as their dramatic 4-3 Champions League win over 10-man Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday was settled by a dubious penalty.Sporting were denied a Group G point in Gelsenkirchen when Schalke substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting converted a controversial 93rd-minute penalty.Replays showed Russian referee Sergey Karasev was wrong to award Schalke the decisive spot-kick as the ball struck defender Jonathan Silva in the face from a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar ...

Dusautoir hopes to crown career with World Cup TOULOUSE: Captaining France to their first ever World Cup trophy in England next year would set the seal on flanker Thierry Dusautoir's stellar career he said on Tuesday.The Ivory Coast-born Toulouse star -- who turns 33 in November --- has not enjoyed the best of times either with club or country since he captained France to a surprise place in the 2011 World Cup final where they were judged by many to have been unlucky ...


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