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New Zealand pace spearhead Trent Boult has recovered from a broken hand to be included in the 13-player squad to face India in the two-test series, as selectors swung the axe following the dismal tour of Australia.

Opener Jeet Raval, spin-bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santer and paceman Matt Henry have all been jettisoned in the wake of the Black Caps’ 3-0 test series whitewash by Australia.

Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel has been recalled for his first test since the tour of Sri Lanka last August, while Auckland paceman Kyle Jamieson has been included in place of the injured Lockie Ferguson.

Left-armer Boult broke his right hand in the Boxing Day test against Australia in December but is fit for the first test starting at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Friday.

"It’s terrific to have Trent back with us and we’re looking forward to the energy and experience he adds to the group alongside his obvious class with the ball in hand," New Zealand coach Gary Stead said in a team release on Monday.

Jamieson earns his place after promising displays in the two one-day internationals against India.

The trusted trio of Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner are likely to form New Zealand’s pace unit but Stead suggested Jamieson was under consideration for the series-opener.

"Kyle will offer us a point of difference with the bounce he could extract on what is traditionally a good surface in Wellington," he said.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell, who replaced the struggling Raval during the Australia series, will remain at the top of the order after scoring a valiant 121 in the Melbourne Test.


Chennaiyin FC continued their remarkable run in the Indian Super League with a 3-1 win over ATK at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Sunday.

Goals from Rafael Crivellaro (7') and Andre Schembri (39') gave them a 2-0 lead before Roy Krishna pulled one back with his 14th goal of the season (40'). A late goal from Nerijus Valskis (90+4') sealed full points for the visitors.

The three points see Chennaiyin boost their play-off chances and are now just a point behind Mumbai City FC who are fourth on the table. ATK, meanwhile, have seen their chances of landing the top spot take a huge beating. They are now three points behind league leaders FC Goa with only a match left for the league stage to conclude.

The game got off to a very energetic start with both sides showing plenty of intent. But it was the away side who looked more threatening and duly took the lead after a wonderful run by Crivellaro.

Eli Sabia won the ball in midfield from Krishna and set Crivellaro on his way in the seventh minute. He marauded past a host of ATK defenders and placed a cool finish into the bottom corner to leave the home fans stunned.

There were further chances for Chennaiyin to take the lead with Edwin Vanspaul almost forcing an own goal from Sumit Rathi before stinging the palms of ATK goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya with a shot just the past the half an hour mark.

ATK started to find a lot of joy down the right-wing with Prabir Das sending in a few dangerous deliveries. But it was Chennaiyin who scored the next goal. Bhattacharya came out to collect a corner and missed it altogether, allowing Schembri to direct a header into an empty net.


The Indian team faced a tough initiation into the red-ball leg of the ongoing New Zealand tour when they were reduced to 5 for 3 and then 38 for 4 in their tour practice match vs New Zealand XI at Hamilton.

After the Indians chose to bat first, fast bowler Scott Kuggeleijn made life difficult for the visitors removing opener Prithvi Shaw for a 4-ball-duck in the first over itself. Shaw's opening partner Mayank Agarwal (1) was the next to fall getting caught by Dane Cleaver of the bowling of Kuggeleijn. Next ball, newcomer Shubman Gill also fell for a golden duck after being caught by the wicketkeeper Tim Seifert as the Indians were in deep trouble at 5/3.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who was looking solid in defence at the other end seemed to be weathering the storm with Ajinkya Rahane (18) before the latter fell to Jimmy Neesham i the 16th over with the team score reading just 38.

However, Hanuma Vihari and Pujara then decided to cut out the drives and go for blunting the attack. Showing extreme patience, Pujara completed a hard-fought fifty and has put on 96 runs for the 5th wicket till the Tea break was taken. While India lost 4 quick wickets in a tumultuous first session, Pujara-Vihari partnership ensured that they didn't lose a single wicket in the post-lunch session.

Till Tea, Pujara had played 159 balls for 53 while Vihari remained unbeaten on 39 off 118 balls. Soon after Tea, Vihari too completed his hal-century off 132 balls and brought up the 100-run stand for the 5th wicket.

Captain Virat Kohli and the likes of Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja and others are yet to bat. The match is devoid of first-class status as the teams chose to use all the players in their squads for the match.

While this is just a practice match before the proper 2-Test series starts on February 21, India would still have hoped for a better showing from their top-order batsmen. But apart from Pujara, the performances of the others would certainly not have eased the nerves of Kohli and Co. But if Kohli is an optimist he could think that it is better for the team to fail in practice than in the main series itself. That aspect has been covered today.

Sebastian Vettel is Ferrari’s first choice to partner Charles Leclerc next year, team boss Mattia Binotto said on Tuesday, despite speculation that they want six times world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The 32-year-old German had a difficult and disappointing 2019 season, outperformed by Leclerc in the young Monegasque’s first year at Ferrari, and is out of contract at the end of 2020.

Hamilton is in a similar position with Formula One champions Mercedes, although the Briton is expected to stay, and met Ferrari chairman John Elkann last year.

Binotto told reporters at the launch of the Italian team’s new SF1000 car, however, that Vettel remained very much part of future planning even if he no longer retained clear number one status.

"Seb is our first choice at the moment," he said.

"Obviously it is something we are discussing with him and we will continue discussing, but he is certainly our first option, our preference."

Asked whether he could therefore rule out Hamilton, who can expect to become the highest-paid Formula One driver of all time if he stays at Mercedes, Binotto refused to be drawn.

"We are focused on our drivers," he said. "And we are considering Seb as our option at the moment."

Pressed on whether Hamilton might still be a fallback option’, Binotto said that was not under consideration.

Vettel, asked if he wanted to stay at Ferrari for what would be a seventh successive season, said age was certainly not a factor.

"I feel young enough. You spoke about Lewis, he’s even older," he said of the 35-year-old who can equal Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s record seven championships this year and also beat the German’s unprecedented 91 wins.

So that’s not a limitation. So yeah, happy to keep going.

Vettel started last season as the clear number one at Ferrari, the sport’s most successful team but without a title in 12 years, only for Leclerc to take more wins, poles, podiums and points.

In December, Ferrari extended 22-year-old Leclerc’s contract to the end of 2024 a huge vote of confidence from a team that has rarely committed itself to even the greatest of drivers for so long.

The pair clashed on track, most famously with a collision in Brazil when they were warned about their behaviour, but Binotto said they would be free to race on equal terms from the start of this season.

"Last year we said Seb would have been first driver, and Charles second," he said.

"I think that after a year both have shown they can fight for the best result so they will be on the same level. Let’s say they can both fight for being ahead and that’s it. So let them race."

IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad released their full schedule for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday. The Hyderabad based franchise will play their IPL 2020 opener on April 1 against Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

Overall, SRH is going to play 14 matches in IPL 2020 with their last group match scheduled against Kolkata Knight Riders on May 15 at the Eden Gardens. However, there is no official confirmation on the complete schedule of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL)

Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has won the IPL once and qualified for the playoffs five times, retained most of its squad including youngsters Abhishek Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma. SRH roped in some promising youngsters in the ranks during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 auction last week. The Kane Williamson-led side got two strong uncapped Indian youngsters to bolster the batting. They were joined by foreigners Mitchell Marsh and Fabian Allen to bring more depth.

SRH managed to get together a talent pool that is enough to decimate any bowling attack that they play against in the IPL auctions. With a solid core at the top, assisted by a sturdy and sensible middle-order and followed by a series of big-hitting batsmen, they have a line-up that any team would drool on.

egendary Kapil Dev on Thursday termed the unsavoury incident involving budding Indian and Bangladeshi players after the recent ICC U-19 World Cup as "horrible", saying cricket is no more a "gentleman's game".

The 1983 World Cup-winning India captain urged the BCCI to take strong action against erring cricketers to set an example.

"Who's saying cricket is a gentleman's game? It's not the gentleman's game, it was!" said Kapil, who also relived the memories of the 1983 World Cup triumph which India won under his leadership.

Two Indians -- Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi -- and three Bangladeshi players -- Md Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan -- were found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct after a few players from both the sides nearly came to blows after Bangladesh beat India by three wickets to win their maiden U-19 World Cup title.

"What happened between those young people I think it was horrible. The cricket boards should take hard steps today so that tomorrow these type of mistakes do not happen," Kapil said at an event, referring to the ugly post-match scenes in the U-19 World Cup final held last Sunday at Potchefstroom in South Africa.

"You lost the match, you have no right to go back to the ground and fight with anybody. Come back. You should give more blame to the captain, manager and the people who were sitting outside. Sometimes, if you are an 18-year-old boy, he doesn't understand. But if you're a manager, that's your responsibility to take care of the situation," he added.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday sanctioned 5 players from Bangladesh and India for their misconduct and indulging in a scuffle on the field after Bangladesh won their maiden U19 World Cup title in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

After Bangladesh defeated India by 3 wickets in the final, their players stormed onto the field to celebrate their historic triumph as members from both the teams were seen shoving and pushing each other, forcing the umpires to intervene and calm the players.

ICC charged 5 players from the 2 teams for their misconduct, saying, such behaviour from the players has "no place in our sport".

"The elation and disappointment experienced by some players after the game spilled over into unedifying scenes that have no place in our sport," said Geoff Allardice, the ICC's General Manager Cricket.

"Respect is at the very heart of the spirit of cricket, and players are expected to show self-discipline, congratulate the opposition on their successes and enjoy the success of their own team.

"It is disappointing that Code of Conduct charges needed to be laid after such a closely contested match, but it is important to reinforce the standard of behavior that will be expected of these young players should they transition to senior international cricket."

From the Bangladesh squad, Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan were handed 6 demerit points each their Level 3 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct while from India, Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi were slapped with 5 demerit points.

Ravi Bishnoi, who took a 4-wicket haul in the final and finished as the highest wicket-taker in the U19 World Cup was also found guilty of using "language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter" and was handed 2 more demerit points for the behaviour.


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