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Watson finds a place

Calcutta: Australia named Shane Watson in a 13-man squad for the second Test against South Africa in Adelaide next week, but said it was too early to guarantee the all-rounder’s selection as he recovers from a calf strain.

THE SQUAD
Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson, David Warner, Ed Cowan, Rob Quiney, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc

CA meeting

Calcutta: Australian cricket wants to accelerate the ability of Pakistan-born Fawad Ahmed to play Big Bash League now that Fawad has won his appeal for the right to stay in the country. The decision was made at a quarterly meeting of State and Territory Cricket Association CEO's, Cricket Australia's CEO and the CA Executive Team in Melbourne, on Friday, a CA media release said.

Recce mission

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board will send a four-member delegation to India some time next week to assess arrangements for the upcoming ODI series, and it will include a representative from the ministry of foreign affairs.

Dilshan out

Galle: Sri Lanka opener Tillekaratne Dilshan has been ruled out of the first Test against New Zealand starting on Saturday because of a continuing back injury. He will be replaced by uncapped 24-year-old left-hander Dimuth Karunaratne.

Kashyap loses

Shanghai: Parupalli Kashyap lost his quarter-final match to local favourite Zhengming Wang 17-21 7-21 at the China Open Super Series, on Friday.

Status quo

New Delhi: Saina Nehwal has retained her third place in the latest world badminton rankings announced on Friday.

In quarters

Calcutta: Riya Mookherjee entered the quarter final of the girls’ under-19 singles in the Junior National Badminton Championships being held in Imphal. She defeated Leela Laxmi of Andhra Pradesh 21-11, 15-21, 21-15, according to information received here. Earlier, she shocked second seed Sara Naqvi of Uttar Pradesh 18-21, 21-14, 22-20.

Driver killed

Macau: A Hong Kong racing driver died after his touring car slammed into a barrier and burst into flames in the second death in two days to rock the iconic Macau Grand Prix, on Friday. Phillip Yau, 40, was cut from the wreckage but he died 40 minutes later in hospital. The tragedy comes after Portuguese motorbike racer Luis Carreira was killed in one of two serious accidents at the Chinese territory’s street circuit.

Staff Reporter & Agencies