Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test: Mohammad Rizwan Jumps In Joy After Taking Smart Catch To Dismiss Steve Smith. Watch

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PAK vs AUS: Mohammad Rizwan celebrates with Nauman Ali.© AFP

Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan is a livewire in the field. Whether it is hos batting, his keeping skills or his ability to drive the team with his infectious energy, Rizwan is always bustling with energy. On Monday, Rizwan took a sharp catch of Australian start batter Steve Smith during the ongoing 1st Test between Pakistan and Australia in Rawalpindi.

Smith, batting on 78, tried to sweep a ball that was pitched way outside the leg stump by left-arm spinner Nauman Ali. In the process Smith got a faint edge which was pouched by Rizwan behind the stumps.

Watch: Rizwan Celebrates In Style After Taking Steve Smith’s Catch

The Pakistan keeper led the celebrations in style as he jumped with joy. Nauman Ali was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan, but the match is all but certain to end in a draw with both teams scoring in excess of 400 runs on a placid pitch in Rawalpindi.

The fifth and final day of the first Test will be played out on Tuesday.

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Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 5 Live Cricket Score Updates: Nauman Ali Takes Fifer, Australia Bowled Out For 459

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PAK vs AUS, 1st Test Live: Nauman Ali celebrates after taking a wicket.© AFP

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 5 Live Updates:Nauman Ali struck early on Day 5 to remove Australia captain Pat Cummins in the ongoing first Test in Rawalpindi. It completed a five-wicket haul for the left-arm spinner. However, Pakistan’s first home Test against Australia in nearly a quarter of a century looked headed for a draw despite Nauman Ali. When umpires called off play on Day 4 with three overs still to be bowled, Mitchell Starc was on 19 and skipper Pat Cummins four — with Australia just 27 behind Pakistan’s first innings total of 476-4 declared. Australia are on their first tour to Pakistan since 1998, having previously refused to visit over security fears. (LIVE SCORECARD)

Pakistan Playing XI:Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi

Australia Playing XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 5 Live Cricket Score, Updates From Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium In Rawalpindi​

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Pakistan vs Australia: Fan Has A Special Message For Virat Kohli During Rawalpindi Test

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Virat Kohli achieved a massive landmark last week as he played his 100th Test for Team India.© Twitter

Virat Kohli achieved a massive landmark last week as he played his 100th Test for Team India during the 1st Test against Sri Lanka at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. It was a special moment for the former India skipper as he walked out to bat in the first innings. Kohli, who has not scored a century in over two years in any format, though, failed to reach the triple figures as he was dismissed by Lasith Embuldeniya on a score of 45.

Kohli’s fans have been eagerly waiting for him to score his 71st ton in international cricket.

During the ongoing Test between Pakistan and Australia in Rawalpindi, a fan had a special message to the 33-year-old.

The fan was seen holding a poster of Kohli, urging him to score his 71st century in Pakistan.

“We want your 71st century in Pakistan,” the placard read.

With just one day remaining in the match, the Rawalpindi Test is heading for a draw.

At stumps on Day 4, Australia were 449/7, trailing Pakistan by 27 runs.

Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne missed out their respective centuries after being dismissed on 97 and 90.

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Steve Smith also played a fine knock 78 before he was dismissed by the star of the day, Nauman Ali, who took a four-wicket haul.

Earlier, Pakistan had posted a total of 476//4d, thanks to Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq’s marathon knocks of 185 and 157, respectively.

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Lance Klusener Named Zimbabwe’s Batting Coach, Craig Ervine New White-Ball Captain

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Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener has rejoined the Zimbabwe senior men’s national team as batting coach. His appointment was confirmed by the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Board during its meeting held on Monday. After the meeting, Craig Ervine was also confirmed as Zimbabwe’s full-time white-ball captain while Sean Williams will lead the Test side. “He is taking over from Stuart Matsikenyeri, who now moves to the position of assistant coach, while Lalchand Rajput remains in charge as head coach of the national side,” stated an official statement.

Klusener previously served as Zimbabwe’s batting coach between 2016 and 2018. Until recently, he was head coach of the Afghanistan national team.

In the meantime, Zimbabwe Cricket is in the process of finalising the appointment of a bowling coach and a fitness trainer for the men’s national team.

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Sunil Gavaskar Expresses Regret Over Ill-Timed Comment On Shane Warne

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Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday expressed regret for refusing to call the late Shane Warne as the greatest of all time while discussing his legacy, saying it was not the right time for the comparisons he made. “In hindsight, that question should not have been asked and I should not have answered as it was not the right time for any comparison or evaluation,” Gavaskar posted on Instagram reacting to criticism of his statement. “Warne was one of the greatest players to ever grace the game. Rodney Marsh was also one of the best wicketkeepers. May their souls rest in peace,” he added.

Gavaskar said all he meant to do was give an honest opinion when the question was asked of him.

“On TV, I was asked by an anchor whether Warne was the greatest spinner and I gave my honest opinion,” he said.

Gavaskar had earlier said that while Warne sent down “magic deliveries” and mastered a difficult craft during his career, he wasn’t the greatest spinner of all time as his performance in India was “pretty ordinary”, a view that was criticised as ill-timed in some sections of the media Down Under.

Warne, since making his debut in 1992, played 145 Tests for Australia, picking up 708 wickets with his leg-spin. In his 194 ODI appearances, he snared 293 scalps.

But when Gavaskar was asked if the Australian was the greatest spinner he has seen, the former India captain said he rated Indian spinners and former Sri Lanka bowler Muttiah Muralitharan higher than Warne.

“No, I wouldn’t say that no. For me, the Indian spinners and Muttiah Muralitharan were certainly better than Shane Warne,” Gavaskar said on ‘India Today’.

“Because look at Shane Warne’s record against India. It was pretty ordinary. In India, he got five wickets only once in Nagpur, and that too because Zaheer Khan swung wildly against him to give him a fifer.

Warne, 52, died of a heart attack on Friday in Koh Samui, Thailand, sending shockwaves around the cricketing world.

“Because he did not have much success against Indian players who were very good players of spin, I don’t think I would call him the greatest,” Gavaskar said.

“Muttiah Muralitharan with a greater success he had against India, I would rank him over Warne in my book,” he added.

Another spin legend, Muralitharan (800) finished with more wickets than Warne (708).

Gavaskar’s criticism of Warne’s record in India led to some sharp reactions Down Under, forcing the bating maestro come out with an explanation.

Gavaskar’s ill-timed comments on Warne was ridiculed by the Australian media.

“Honestly… It’s not the time: Indian legend slammed for ‘shameful’ Warne claim,” read the headline of ‘Fox News’.

“Gavaskar’s call was more head-scratching as it came after he admitted Warne’s leg spin was the toughest art to master as a bowler,” said a news.com-au in its report.

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The report also carried a tweet of British journalist Jack Mendal, who said, “Honestly, Sunny, it’s not the time … could have just sidestepped it. The body isn’t even cold yet.”

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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“I Let The Team Down”: England All-Rounder Ben Stokes’ Ashes Admission

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Ahead of the start of the three-match Test series against West Indies, England vice-captain Ben Stokes has recalled the Three Lions’ crushing 0-4 defeat against Australia in the Ashes. With the first Test starting on Tuesday, March 8, Stokes has reflected on the disappointing Ashes tour Down Under, saying that he “let the team down” during the five-match series against Australia. The star all-rounder, who had taken a six-month break from the game, feels that he could’ve been in a better shape physically.

“Looking back on Australia, we’ve had some honest reflections, not only as a team but individuals. One of my reflections on the tour as a whole was that I personally felt I let the team down, with more than just performances. I would have liked to have been in better physical shape when I was in Australia,” Stokes was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

The first Test starts Tuesday in Antigua and Stokes said that the team will look to make amends of their Ashes defeat with a fresh start against the West Indies.

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“I never want to feel that way again because it’s hard when you sit down to reflect on the things that didn’t go well in Australia. The only thing for us now is to be positive, because there was a lot of negatives in Australia and it was a crap place to be. We’ve come here and wiped the slate clean. We can’t live in the past. I know what I want to give to the team and I know what I have to do to deliver that on a consistent basis,” he added.

Stokes will not be seen in action during the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), having opted out of the auction last month.

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Ahead Of Inaugural U-19 Women’s World Cup, Shantha Rangaswamy Wants BCCI To Revise Rule For Female Cricketers

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BCCI Apex Council member Shantha Rangaswamy has written to the Board to revise the hospitalisation reimbursement policy for female cricketers besides seeking a rule change to ensure “the best available team” for the inaugural Women’s U-19 World Cup next year. The ICC recently announced that age group World Cup will finally take place next year after it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BCCI sources told PTI that the top brass has received a letter from Rangaswamy covering the existing U-19 rule for women cricketers and the hospitalisation scheme for senior team members.

“BCCI has a policy that in the domestic U-19 tournaments, a player who has played for four years cannot participate in the U-19 championship even if the age is well below 19. This ostensibly has been done to produce more cricketers,” wrote Rangaswamy in the letter which is in PTI’s possession.

From the senior India team, the likes of Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh will be eligible to play the U-19 ICC event next year. “When it comes to World Cup, it is to be ensured that all those who have not completed 19 years are made eligible for selection, irrespective of the number of years they have played in the domestic U-19 tournaments.

“Whether this implies that in the World Cup year, this 4-year rule is relaxed to allow them to play in domestic tournament for selectors to watch them play is to be decided.

“As the 4-year rule is primarily meant to allow fresh crop of players to emerge in domestic cricket, there is a strong need to relax this rule at least during World Cup year to make all players (yet to complete 19 years) eligible for India selection with the sole aim of putting up the strongest team. This may kindly be examined and favourable considered,” she said.

Relaxation in medical reimbursement rule

Since no first-class cricket is being held in India for women, Rangaswamy wants the BCCI to relax the 10-match eligibility criteria to claim hospitalisation expenses from the Board. With the focus on white-ball formats, the multi-day domestic event was discontinued after the 2017-18 season.

“BCCI has a reimbursement of hospitalisation expenses up to a maximum of Rs 10 lakh in the entire life time of a player. The scheme stipulates a mandatory norm wherein a player has to have played a minimum of 10 First Class matches to be eligible for this benefit.

“The criteria of TEN First class matches is the same for both men and women cricketers… Women cricketers under the above norm will never be eligible for reimbursement of hospitalisation expenses as they don’t play any three-day games at all,” she wrote.

Rangaswamy wants all India players to be covered under the scheme irrespective of the games they have played.

“In the light of the above anomaly, there is a strong need to revisit/reframe the norms for women cricketers under the hospitalisation reimbursement scheme. I seek your permission to place the following points for your consideration.

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“The good intentions of BCCI’s Welfare Measures meant to take care of former players will not see the light of the day unless the eligibility criteria is changed for women cricketers.

“I urge this august body to formulate the policy as suggested above to ensure that the welfare measures permeates/reaches out to women cricketers of the country who have served the game well in their days,” she added.

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