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New Zealand lose McCullum after solid start DUBAI: New Zealand lost opener Brendon McCullum after a solid start to reach lunch on 82-1 on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan on Monday.McCullum pulled a short delivery from seamer Ehsan Adil straight into the hands of Shan Masood at deep square-leg for 43 after New Zealand won the toss on a flat, grassless pitch at Dubai stadium.At the break Tom Latham was on 35 and Kane Williamson was four not out after the openers had raced to 77 in a solid start to the innings.McCullum took the attack to the bowlers, hitting four boundaries and two sixes during his 69-minute stay at the crease.Latham, who survived a leg-before review off Adil when on 11, has so far hit four boundaries in his 90-ball knock. New Zealand, trailing the three-match series 1-0, kept the same side which lost the first Test by 248 runs in Abu ...

New Zealand reach 82-1 at lunch in second Test DUBAI: New Zealand, who won the toss and batted, reached 82-1 at lunch on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan on Monday.Brendon McCullum was caught at deep square-leg off paceman Ehsan Adil for 43 after a solid opening stand of 77 at Dubai stadium.At the break Tom Latham was on 35 and Kane Williamson was four not out.New Zealand, trailing 1-0 in the three-match series, kept an unchanged side despite their 248-run ...

Eriksson set for $6mn contract in China: report BEIJING: Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is poised to land his second big-money contract in the Chinese Super League (CSL) after leaving Guangzhou R&F following just one full season, reports said Monday.The Swede is being hotly tipped to join Shanghai East Asia where his coaching team will more than double their current salaries, Sina Sports website said.The move follows a 15-month spell in Guangzhou where he was reportedly earning up to $3million a year.The highly ...

Hafeez out as New Zealand bat in second Test DUBAI: Opener Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out due to hamstring injury as New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and opted to bat in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Monday.Hafeez, who scored an unbeaten 101 in Pakistan's 248-run win in the first Test in Abu Dhabi last week, joined fellow opener Ahmed Shehzad on the injury list.Shehzad was hit by a Corey Anderson bouncer in the first Test and was ruled ...

Australia squad for ODIs against South Africa SYDNEY: The Australia squad named on Monday for the final three one-day internationals against South Africa, in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney this month:George Bailey (capt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Samurai and Socceroos tango before Asian dust-up TOKYO: Japan face Australia on Tuesday for a last tango in Osaka before the gloves come off for a potential Asian Cup dust-up in January.But for Japan coach Javier Aguirre, still fumbling to find the right formula after three months in charge, there will be added pressure to beat the Socceroos following a poor run of form, rather than just go through the motions in the team's final match of 2014.The Blue Samurai, who beat ...

Injured Clarke could skip India Tests: reports SYDNEY: Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke could miss the upcoming Tests against India as he focuses on being fit for next year's World Cup and Ashes series, a report said on Monday.The opening batsman, 33, has never missed a home Test but Cricket Australia team performance chief Pat Howard said "everything is on the table" for Clarke, including possible surgery.The 107-Test veteran will be examined by experts this week after scans on his troublesome left ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
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