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I’m still fit to play Tests, says VVS

New Delhi: VVS Laxman feels he is still fit enough to play in Test. “Maybe (in) white (flannel),” the answer was predictable when Laxman was asked about his preference. Laxman had a word of advice for Indian batsmen.
“It’s just about converting starts into big scores. Whenever a set batsman converts his start into a big one and the others rally around him, you usually post a healthy total for bowlers to defend,” he said.

Warne row

Melbourne: Shane Warne found himself invo-lved in an ugly, foul-mouth-ed on-pitch row with Marl-on Samuels that cast a sha-dow over Sunday’s Big Bash match between Melbourne’s two rival sides — Stars and Renegades.
The first flash point occured when Samuels was seen to hold back Stars’ batsman David Hussey from making a second run. Then, Warne greeted him with the words, “f*** you, Marlon”, resulting in the pair having to be split up.

Hussey omitted

Sydney: Mike Hussey’s retirement from internati-onal cricket is likely to co-me sooner than he thought after he was omitted from Australia’s squad for the first two matches of their one-day series against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
The Squad
George Bailey (captain), Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Phillip Hughes, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.

SA squad

Calcutta: South Africa on Sunday named four new caps — Quinton de Kock, Aaron Phangiso, Farhaan Behardien and Rory Kleinveldt — in their squad for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand.
The Squad
AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLar-en, Morne Morkel, Robbie Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Neil no more

Calcutta: Former South Africa fast bowler Neil Adcock has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 81. Cricket South Africa said that Adcock died on Sunday after contracting pneumonia.

Soniya wins

Modinagar: Soniya Chanu of Manipur bagged the gold in the women’s 48kg category on the opening day of the 65th Men and 28th Women Senior National Weightlifting Championships here on Sunday.

Chess tourney

New Delhi: Aleksej Alexandrov of Belarus defeated K. Rathnakaran in the third round of the premier section of Parsvnath International Chess here on Sunday. He is in sole lead with three points.

Squash meet
Sheffield: The Indian challenge ended in the British Junior Open squash tournament after Mahesh Mangaonkar and Kush Kumar bowed out in the under-19 and under-17 semi-finals here.