first_imgSehwag retires from international cricket NEW DELHI, India (AP): Virender Sehwag, one of only four players to score two triple-centuries in Tests, retired from international cricket on his 37th birthday yesterday, more than two years after he last played for India. The big-hitting batsman, who redefined batting at the top of the order along with Australia’s Matthew Hayden, made the announcement on Twitter. Sehwag scored 309 against Pakistan in Multan in 2004 and 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008 to join Donald Bradman, Brian Lara and Chris Gayle in scoring two triple-centuries in Tests. Not afraid to clobber the first ball he faced in an innings, Sehwag often got to a half-century or century with a boundary hit. He even reached his Multan triple-century with a six. Sehwag aggregated 8,586 runs from 104 Tests with 23 centuries, 8,273 runs from 251 one-day internationals with 15 centuries, and 394 runs in 19 Twenty20s. Shaun and Mitch Marsh named in Cricket Australia XI CANBERRA, Australia (AP): Australia’s cricket selectors will give more hopefuls a chance to press Test claims when they play for a Cricket Australia XI in a two-day match against New Zealand starting on Sunday. Brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh were drafted into the side yesterday, giving the selectors a chance to assess other batting options ahead of the first Test against New Zealand starting in Brisbane on November 5. Several Test prospects have already been named in a Prime Minister’s XI to meet the Kiwis in a one-day match at Manuka Oval on Friday. Batsmen Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns, Cameron Bancroft and Adam Voges will be able to further press their Test claims after also playing in Friday’s one-day match. ICC withdraws umpire Aleem Dar after right-wing party threat NEW DELHI, India (AP): The International Cricket Council (ICC)on Monday withdrew umpire Aleem Dar of Pakistan from the remainder of the limited-overs series between India and South Africa after a group it described as “extremist” threatened to prevent him from officiating in the last game in Mumbai. “Under the present circumstances, it will be unreasonable to expect from Aleem that he will be able to perform his duties to the best of his abilities,” the ICC said in a statement. “As such, he has been withdrawn and his replacement will be announced in due course.” Dar officiated in the first three games of the five one-day international series, which South Africa lead 2-1, and was also due to stand in the fourth game in Chennai tomorrow and in Mumbai on Sunday. Shiv Sena, which has a strong presence in Mumbai, has in the past opposed cricketing ties with Pakistan, which is blamed by India for terrorist attacks on its soil. ICC to look at using green-yellow balls in Tests LONDON, England (AP): The head of cricket’s ruling body says that “greeny yellow” balls could be used in Test matches when bad light threatens to end the day’s play. Dave Richardson, chief executive of the International Cricket Council, was quoted as telling Monday’s edition of The Times that a different colour to the red ball currently used would help Test cricket under floodlights. A pink ball will be used in the inaugural day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand starting November 27 in Adelaide. Richardson says, “Long term, we will probably end up with a pink or greeny-yellow ball so that we can play under floodlights, if the different coloured ball is good enough.” A white ball is used during limited-overs cricket.last_img read more

first_imgDOHA, QatarKaliese Spencer is more determined than ever to win her first senior championships medal in the 400m hurdles this year.Spencer, who turns 29 today, twice finished fourth at the World Championships and once at the Olympics.She will today compete in the first meet of the 2016 Diamond League series being held in Doha, Qatar, having won the Diamond trophy in her pet event in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. But even the circuit will have to take a back seat this season, with the Olympics being her priority.”This (Diamond League) is definitely not my focus for this season. I am just focused on staying healthy and getting to the Olympics, and that’s my main focus, getting there and getting a medal,” Spencer said.Spencer has in the past been accused by local track and field fans of giving of her best on the circuit and falling short in the championship races. However, she blames her shortcomings at the World Championships and Olympics on injuries and said she would be out to quiet the doubters this time around.MORE FOCUSED”I am more focused right now, and I just need to stay healthy. I am always getting hurt, so once I am healthy, I should be good,” Spencer said.Spencer, who, with 21 wins in the 400m hurdles on the Diamond League circuit, is the most successful track athlete in the history of the series, split from the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club in 2015 after 10 years. She is now a member of Cameron Blazers, led by the 1983 four hundred metre World champion Bert Cameron.”Training has been going good. Great people and being there is like a family, so I am just trying to stay healthy, and once I am healthy, I believe that it should be a great season,” Spencer said. “He (Cameron) is a great 400m coach, and I have a lot of persons there working with me as well for the hurdles, so they are really trying their best to get me into top shape for the championships.”Spencer will get to test exactly where she is at the moment when she lines up against two-time reigning World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, who denied her the Diamond trophy in the event last year.”I just want to ensure that my stride pattern is correct and getting my rhythm. It is a bit off,” Spencer revealed. “So once I can get the stride pattern and the rhythm, it should be a good race.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more