Barcelona director Guillermo Amor has suggested that the club haven’t given up on signing Paul Pogba.The World Cup winner has hit the headlines throughout the summer due to his apparently strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho, despite being named captain for the Red Devils’ opening league match of the season – a 2-1 victory over Leicester.After that game, the France star told reporters that he could not say what he really felt about the situation for fear of being fined , sparking further suggestions that he could depart for Barca. Mourinho, though, has denied such reports as “lies” . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Camp Nou side have typically distanced themselves from an immediate move for the former Juventus man in recent days, and Goal understands United are unwilling to sell the midfielder this summer .Amor took an alternate stance, however, refusing to rule out the prospect of the 25-year-old arriving before the close of the transfer window on August 31.When asked specifically about Pogba following the 3-0 win over Alaves he told reporters: “We have a good squad now in order to face our objectives, we don’t know what will happen but we have a strong squad.”The debutants have been positive, they have performed to their ability, they are good footballers.”Alaves worked a lot, maybe more defensively and they were well positioned. They didn’t want to score and that the minutes went by and it needed to be Leo with a set-play to get the breakthrough.”Lionel Messi scored twice in that clash, bouncing back impressively after a disappointing World Cup, in which Argentina crashed out in the last-16 stage in a thrilling 4-3 defeat to France.He will not feature for his country in the forthcoming international matches, but Amor does not see it as a big positive for Ernesto Valverde’s squad.”If you look at it like that then maybe but we’ve never had problems that Messi plays for Argentina,” he said.”Messi’s level has not dropped after returning from Argentina. Leo has been here since he was 13 and knows our style of play, he is happy, enjoying himself and surrounded by quality.”Barca have made an encouraging start to their title defence and also won the Spanish Super Copa thanks to a 2-1 victory over Sevilla in Tangiers. They have completed four signings this summer, having swooped for Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal and a pair of Brazilians in the form of Arthur Melo and Malcom, who have arrived from Gremio and Bordeaux respectively. Clement Lenget joined up from Sevilla, and it still seems the door remains ajar for Pogba to arrive if the opportunity arises.
Ibrahimovic: Pogba made me feel like Benjamin ButtonIbrahimovic: Pogba made me feel like Benjamin Button
Zlatan Ibrahimovic considers Paul Pogba to be a “fantastic” player and credits the Frenchman with helping him to “feel like Benjamin Button” during a memorable spell at Manchester United.The enigmatic Swedish striker arrived in England back in the summer of 2016 with questions being asked of his ability to deliver in the Premier League at 35 years of age.As he has made a habit of doing throughout his career, Ibrahimovic silenced those doubters in style as he netted 28 times across his debut campaign and helped to land the Red Devils three trophies. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Working with Jose Mourinho again brought the best out of a mercurial talent, but there was also plenty of quality alongside him – with World Cup winner Pogba considered to be the pick of the bunch.Ibrahimovic told BBC Sport of his time at Old Trafford and the understanding he struck up with a much-maligned France international: “I miss all of them. I had a fantastic time at United. Wazza [Wayne Rooney], Michael Carrick, then the young guys that wanted to show the world who they are by playing football and they had a lot of hunger to show. I had a good time because I got to know everyone, I was the mature guy with all these guys who were not mature.“Paul Pogba, I had never played with him before and I didn’t know him as a person. We have the same management and when I got to know him I got to find a fantastic person and a fantastic footballer, but someone who needs to be guided.“He is a professional guy that works every game and never misses training or a game. Those are all the things that people do not see, you only get judged by what you can see on television or the 90 minutes in the stadium, that’s where you have to perform.“When you click with someone it just clicks. The connection on the field was amazing, we helped each other very well, I needed him and he needed me. The first year at United we had a fantastic year.“They made me feel like Benjamin Button. I was getting younger and younger, then unfortunately I got my injury.“The Premier League should be happy I did not come 10 years ago because it would’ve been a different story. You see all my numbers [of goals] and all of these numbers would’ve been in the Premier League. I came to the right club in United. It was the club and the shirt that I was supposed to shine in and I did it.”Ibrahimovic has already stated that he believes he could have achieved even more in England had he made a move earlier in his career, but he is still proud of having proved a point to all of those who questioned him.He added: “When I went to England I was talking to different players that I knew well and trusted that would give me an honest opinion. From all of them everyone said do not do it, they said it would not be good for my career because you put your whole career on one season. If you do not do a good season people will say the rest of the things you did before were useless because you didn’t make it in England, but that triggered me and that’s the challenge I wanted.“I went against everyone and said that’s what I wanted to do. They thought I was too old, I was 35 and I made the Premier League look old. It took me three months to convince everyone who I was. That was the challenge and I never turn down a challenge.”
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Welcome to Karachi: Jackky Bhagnani and Lauren Gottlieb match steps at the film’s promotionWelcome to Karachi: Jackky Bhagnani and Lauren Gottlieb match steps at the film’s promotion
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F.C. Barcelona name ex-Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde as managerF.C. Barcelona name ex-Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde as manager
Barcelona named former Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde on Monday as the successor to Luis Enrique and he will take charge of the La Liga runners-up on a two-year contract with the option of a third.Valverde, who will be officially unveiled on Thursday, played for Barcelona as a forward between 1988 and 1990 under Johan Cruyff and is one of many of the Dutchman’s former pupils to have turned to coaching upon retiring from playing.”He’s very happy very excited, he has the ability, experience and knowledge for the job,” Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu told a news conference.”He loves youth football and he has the right style to coach this club and knows how the club works. He has a high work rate, he is passionate about football and interested in working with the latest technology.”Bartomeu thanked Luis Enrique, who rounded off his three-year tenure at Barcelona on Saturday by beating Alaves 3-1 to win the King’s Cup for a third year in a row, the ninth trophy he led the club to.”We want to thank Luis Enrique for the work he did in this time, he was excellent in these three years. A great coach and Barcelona man is leaving us but the doors of the Nou Camp will always be open to him,” he said.The president, however, said Luis Enrique’s last season in charge, which finished with only the King’s Cup in the trophy cabinet, was a disappointment.”We expected more from this season, we have diagnosed what went wrong and we are very demanding of ourselves,” he added.advertisement”We were not satisfied, neither were the players, nor the coaches and directors. But now we are beginning a new era.”Valverde, 53, began his coaching career with Athletic Bilbao’s youth set-up and is the Basque club’s longest serving coach, overseeing 308 games over six years in two different spells.As well as qualifying Athletic for Europe in five of his six years with the club, who only pick players from the Basque country, he ended a 31-year wait for a trophy by leading them to the 2015 Spanish Super Cup, beating Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate.He also coached and played for Barca’s city rivals Espanyol, reaching the 2007 UEFA Cup final while in charge although losing to Sevilla on penalties, and won three Greek league titles and two domestic Cups with Olympiakos Piraeus.Valverde brings two members of his coaching staff at Athletic to Barcelona, his assistant of 15 years Jon Aspiazu and fitness coach Jose Antonio Pozanco.Luis Enrique rounded off his three-year tenure at Barcelona on Saturday by beating Alaves 3-1 to win the King’s Cup for a third year in a row, the ninth trophy he led the club to.Valverde will be thrown in at the deep end with his first competitive game in charge being against Barca’s arch-rivals and La Liga champions Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Nou Camp in August.Before then the team will go on a pre-season tour of the United States with friendlies against Real, Manchester United and Juventus.
Golf: Rory McIlroy fit for U.S. Open after recovering from rib injuryGolf: Rory McIlroy fit for U.S. Open after recovering from rib injury
World number two Rory McIlroy has recovered from a rib injury that has kept him out of action since the middle of May and has declared himself fit to compete at this month’s U.S. Open, the 28-year-old has said.The four-times major winner has been regaining fitness at the Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal and will return to action at the year’s second major in Erin Hills, Wisconsin when the tournament begins on June 15.”I am ready for Erin Hills and looking forward to playing there for the first time,” McIlroy told The Guardian newspaper.”The last few weeks have obviously been frustrating…but it was important I got back to a level of fitness where I felt like I could give myself the best possible chance at the U.S. Open.”As I have said many times before, majors will ultimately determine my golf career but I have had the rest of this busy season to consider as well.”McIlroy sustained the injury earlier this year and suffered a recurrence during the Players Championship, where he finished tied for 35th. He subsequently withdrew from the European Tour’s PGA Championship and the Memorial tournament on the PGA Tour.The Northern Irishman won the 2011 U.S. Open at Bethesda, Maryland by eight strokes and will be seeking his second title in the event.
Gautam Gambhir, wife Nastaha blessed with second daughterGautam Gambhir, wife Nastaha blessed with second daughter
Seasoned cricketer Gautam Gambhir was blessed with a baby girl for the second time and he shared the news on micro-blogging site Twitter.”An angel blessing our family, an angel brightening our lives, Welcome to the world, little angel!” he wrote on Twitter.An angel blessing our family,An angel brightening our lives,Welcome to the world, little angel! ? pic.twitter.com/nrJ0hhuX9Y- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 21, 2017Gambhir, who has been in and out of the national team (barring recall for injury replacements sporadically), was congratulated by his former Indian teammate Irfan Pathan.”Congratulations bro :):)”Congratulations bro :):)- Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 21, 2017Gambhir, who has been embroiled in controversies lately for his suspension by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) because of a spat with coach Bhaskar Pillai, has been married for six years to Natasha Jain.Congratulations Gauti bhai. Lots of love to the little angel. Bhagwan usey khoob khushiyaan aur achi sehat dey- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 22, 2017Congratulations @GautamGambhir ???? Pure love.. bless you and family https://t.co/jvqKpy7YCP- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 22, 2017
Manchester United F.C. aim for hat-trick of wins to start seasonManchester United F.C. aim for hat-trick of wins to start season
Fresh from consecutive 4-0 wins, Manchester United F.C. will be aiming for a hat-trick of victories when they face 2015 champions Leicester City F.C. at Old Trafford on Saturday.Jose Mourinho’s side have been the most impressive of any of the title contenders in the Premier League so far with new signing Romelu Lukaku claiming three goals from the opening two games.Leicester, though, have also given their fans plenty of encouragement with a confident 2-0 win over promoted Brighton following on from their 4-3 defeat at Arsenal F.C. in the league’s opening game.If Manchester United F.C. needed any reminder of the threat that Craig Shakespeare’s team pose on the break, City led 3-1 at the Emirates before Arsenal F.C.’s late comeback.Recent form in head-to-head games suggests Manchester United F.C. should have the upper hand though — they triumphed 4-1 in the corresponding fixture last season and then enjoyed a 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium.Reuters Photo Chelsea F.C. bounced back from their opening-day shock home defeat to Burnley F.C. with victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur F.C. at Wembley last week but face another tough test against Everton F.C. on Sunday.Ronald Koeman’s Everton F.C. impressed in their 1-1 draw at Manchester City F.C. on Monday with Wayne Rooney scoring his second goal in as many games.Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas is available for selection after completing his suspension but skipper Gary Cahill remains suspended after his opening-day red card.advertisementEverton F.C. will be without French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who was sent off at the Etihad on Monday, and also have to cope with a tight schedule that sees them travel to Croatia on Thursday for a second-leg UEFA Europa League tie with Hajduk Split.Liverpool F.C., who qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday with a win over Hoffenheim, have their biggest test of the Premier League season so far when they host Arsenal F.C. at Anfield.Wembley Stadium will see a repeat of the 1962 FA Cup Final when ‘home side’ Spurs host Burnley looking to bounce back from their loss to Chelsea F.C. last week.Promoted Huddersfield Town F.C. look to extend their 100 percent record when they host Southampton F.C.
PM Narendra Modi spends Diwali with ‘family’- jawans along Line of Control in KashmirPM Narendra Modi spends Diwali with ‘family’- jawans along Line of Control in Kashmir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked Diwali 2017 by visiting the Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.In what has become a tradition of sorts, PM Modi spent the Diwali greet troops of the Indian Army and the Border Security Force, distributing sweets and gifts to the jawans and officers whom he called “his family”.Clad in an Army jacket and sporting sunglasses, PM Modi addressed the troops in Gurez, saying, “When I greet you and shake hands with you, you may think it is just a formality. But for me, it isn’t just a formality. I get energised when I meet you and see the penance and sacrifice you make amid harsh conditions.”#WATCH: PM Narendra Modi celebrate #Diwali with jawans in Gurez Valley, near LoC, in J&K pic.twitter.com/gu2HxLRtq0- ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2017Speaking about Diwali, PM Modi said that, like everybody else, he too wishes to spend the festival with his family. And so, the prime minster said, he had come to meet the jawans of the armed forces in order to spend Diwali with “his family.”PM Modi, whose comments were put up on his blog on NarendraModi.in, brought up yoga during his trip to Gurez, saying he had been told how the soldiers posted there regularly practised yoga.Practising yoga will enhance your abilities, and give you a sense of calm, PM Modi told the gathered soldiers. PM Modi went on to say that the jawans, after leaving the armed forces, could become excellent yoga trainers.advertisementPM @narendramodi celebrating #Diwali with the jawans of #IndianArmy and #BSF, in the Gurez Valley, near the Line of Control, in J&K pic.twitter.com/eSfjqPmv57- PIB India (@PIB_India) October 19, 2017On his Diwali day address to the jawans, PM Modi also brought up his pet theme of ‘New India by 2022.’ PM Modi spoke of the personal resolve that all Indians must make for 2022, the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.This was the third time Prime Minister Modi spent Diwali with the armed forces. He spent the last two Diwali days with troops in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.On his visit to Gurez, the prime minister was accompanied by the Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat, and other senior Army officers.Have come to meet you on Diwali in order to spend the festival withClick here to EnlargePM Modi left a message in a the visitors’ book, writing, “Protecting the Motherland, far from your loved ones, displaying the highest traditions of sacrifice, all soldiers at the nation’s borders, are symbols of bravery and dedication.I have an opportunity to spend the festival of Diwali with you. The presence of brave soldiers at the border, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope, and generates new energy among crores of Indians.To accomplish the dream of “New India,” this is a golden opportunity for all of us to work together. The Army too is a part of it.Greetings to all of you on Diwali.”Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah lauded PM Modi for spending Diwali “with the people & troops in Gurez”.Physical & mobile connectivity would be your biggest gifts to the area this Diwali jenab. #HappyDiwali @narendramodi Sahib.- Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 19, 2017Abdullah, in a series of tweets, asked the prime minister to help get a tunnel constructed in the area and to help ensure mobile and data connectivity in the region.”You will have noticed that you can’t tweet from there sir. That’s because there is no data and almost no mobile service,” Abdullah tweeted.DEF MIN IN ANDAMANDefence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman too celebrated Diwali with the armed forces. Sitharaman was in Andaman and Nicobar, where India’s only tri-services command is located.Smt. @nsitharaman celebrating Diwali with the families of Tri Services personnel at Port Blair @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/6JBRNYyHdf- Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) October 18, 2017The defence minister reached the strategically important command yesterday on a two-day visit.During her trip there, Sitharaman visited the colonial-era Celluar Jail, which was used by the British to exile political prisoners, where she laid a wreath.
PCB left red-faced, concedes defeat over MoU battle against BCCIPCB left red-faced, concedes defeat over MoU battle against BCCI
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has found itself in an embarrassing position over its plans to seek compensation from the BCCI for not honouring the MOU signed between the two countries to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.Former chairman Shaharyar Khan left the PCB in a awkward position when he told the media in Lahore this week that Pakistan had a weak case against the BCCI and was unlikely to get compensation.He said that Pakistan’s case was weak since the MOU contained a clause that all series between the two countries will be subject to government clearance. The BCCI has constantly maintained that it can’t play Pakistan until its government gives clearance for bilateral cricket.Ironically it was during Shaharyar’s tenure few months ago that the PCB’s board of governors had approved filing the compensation claim with the ICC’s disputes resolution committee and also seeking USD 70 million in compensation.Shaharyar and the BOG also approved USD 1 million to cover the legal expenses involved in filing and contesting the case.Soon after Shaharyar’s comments were carried by the media, the PCB apparently put pressure on the former chairman to change his stance with present chairman Najam Sethi also tweeting a clarification from his predecessor denying that he ever said Pakistan’s case against India was weak.Shaharyar issued a signed statement in which he said: “I strongly deny a statement attributed to me in the media in which I am supposed to have said that PCB’s case against the BCCI is weak.advertisement”How could I say such a thing when, in fact, as chairman and with the approval of the PCB’s Board of Governors, I authorised preparation of a case on the advice of PCB’s lawyers and a prominent QC in the UK who agreed that PCB had a strong case against India.”The media must not distort my remarks and hurt the position of PCB,” said Shaharyar.But worse was to come for the PCB when video footage was aired by TV channels and put on the social media in which Shaharyar is saying that in some aspects the PCB case for compensation is weak.”Because there is written (in the MoU) that the series will be held with the approval of both the governments (India and Pakistan), and they (BCCI) can cite that and say we can’t come as our government is not giving us the NoC.”
Don’t want to do anything fancy: Kidambi Srikanth aims for consistencyDon’t want to do anything fancy: Kidambi Srikanth aims for consistency
Newly-crowned Denmark Open champion Kidambi Srikanth says he would be cutting down on the number of tournaments he competes in to be in best shape for the marquee events lined up next year.”I really want to play a fixed number of tournaments and don’t want to play all the tournaments and push myself for the ranking,” said Srikanth, who outclassed 37-year-old Lee Hyun II in a lop-sided final to clinch the Denmark Open title on Sunday.”I will play around 10 tournaments and then play the Commonwealth and the Asian Games, the World Championship and then there is Syed Modi which is compulsory and PBL, so it would make it 15-17 tournaments anyway,” he said.Srikanth capped an impressive week with a 21-10, 21-5 win over Lee in the final.#IndonesiaSS #AustraliaSS #DenmarkSSPSrikanth Kidambi will lift the ??? in Denmark. Beats Lee Hyun 21-10, 21-5.Take a bow, champ! ?? pic.twitter.com/7z2krGoxQl- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 22, 2017″I am happy with the way it went for me, it was fantastic. I beat some tough players this week. I can’t even say it was a dream come true because I never dreamt of winning three titles this year. I really want to continue playing well,” Srikanth said.”I just wanted to continue what I did this week and not do anything fancy. I feel I have to be more consistent in the coming months,” said Srikanth, who has clinched the Indonesia Super Series Premier and Australia Super Series this year.advertisementSrikanth, who won the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier and 2015 India Open Super Series, said he would look to finish the year on a high.With 3 trophies under his belt, Srikanth Kidambi has the most number of Superseries titles in the men’s singles circuit in 2017. ??? pic.twitter.com/xPpBaprArr- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 23, 2017″It was a good year for me. After coming back from injury, I played really well. There are more Super Series tournaments to go and I really want to finish well.”Asked about the Dubai Super Series Final in December, Srikanth said, “It is an important event. After China and Hong Kong, I will think about Dubai Super Series Final.”I reached semis in 2014 and in 2015, I lost in the league stages but it doesn’t matter. We, as players, have to forget what had happened and start afresh. So I don’t want to think about what happened in 2015,” he added.The 25-year-old from Guntur also revealed that he will be announcing a few deals in the coming months.”My management company IS in talks with some major firms and may be after these two tournaments, I will announce some sponsorship deals,” he said.
Saffron is the colour for CM Yogi Adityanath’s office in LucknowSaffron is the colour for CM Yogi Adityanath’s office in Lucknow
The office of the saffron-robed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow is now getting a touch of saffron.The Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan, known as the secretariat annexe building which houses the chief minister’s office as well as those of senior officials, is being painted in saffron replacing the traditional white and blue.Estate department officials said everything from the outer walls to the terrace of the building is being painted in the saffron shade. The building which also has the office of the chief secretary has traditionally sported white and blue colours but a proposal was recently made for repairing and painting the building and saffron colour was approved by all, officials said adding that work on it has already started.The saffron-coloured building that houses Yogi Adityanath’s office. Photo: ANI. The chief minister, referred to as Maharajji by his disciples, is clad in saffron-coloured outfits and according to sources after he took over, the towels which cover his chair and curtains of his office were also changed to colours matching the saffron hue. The towels in the office of the chief minister on the fifth floor of the building are of a saffron hue and the curtains, though not saffron in colour, are close to it, sources said.OPPOSITION CRIES SAFFRONISATIONRecently, the chief minister had flagged off a fleet of 50 saffron-coloured buses and even the stage for the inauguration was decorated with saffron-coloured curtains and balloons.Besides this, the education department had distributed saffron-coloured school bags to primary schools students and the booklets that were distributed to mark 100 days and six months of the Adityanath government were saffron in colour as well. The information department diary of the state government also bears a saffron cover.advertisementThe Opposition, however, does not seem happy with the change and has charged the state government with “saffronising” even official buildings. This is all about “saffronisation” of the state and its politics, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.Congress spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said giving any particular colour, which is associated with a political party, is not right.ALSO WATCH: Saffron intrinsic to India’s identity: UP Legislative Assembly speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit
Faster, higher, stronger, and now cheaper: Tokyo 2020 releases budgetFaster, higher, stronger, and now cheaper: Tokyo 2020 releases budget
Olympics’ rising costs has been a cause of concern for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). But after the organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics released the budget of 12.6 billion USD, they can be assured that they are on the right path.It is 300 million USD less than what the projections for the budgets were only earlier this year. The organisers said that they are targeting further cuts to help ease the burden on Japanese taxpayers.Doubts were raised on the feasibility of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 after a study last year warned that expenses could balloon to four times the initial estimate made in the bid process.The IOC is keen for Tokyo to set a good example by cutting costs in order to attract future candidate cities.”We want to deliver fantastic Games but at the same time…we don’t want to use any public funds if we can help it,” said Hidemasa Nakamura, the chief financial officer of Tokyo 2020.”We will continue to try to reduce (costs) further.” The Tokyo Metropolitan Government accounts for 5.6 billion USD of the latest budget and Japan’s central government 1.4 billion USD, according to the organisers’ estimates.”We are still looking at the overall Games with the big purpose of reducing costs overall, and in the process we need a clear explanation that is compelling, not just for Tokyo citizens but for all Japanese citizens,” Tokyo Metropolitan Government official Tetsushi Koyama told a news conference.Version one of the budget, issued in December last year, was projected at 14 billion USD. Version three is due out in December 2018.advertisementIOC Vice-President John Coates said earlier this month he was confident significant savings would be achieved ahead of the Games but warned organisers needed to remain vigilant.Tokyo 2020’s Nakamura said he wanted to create a plan that would prompt Coates to say: “‘You’ve done a good job’.””I think there is a need to shrink costs further in version three and continue that in version four,” Nakamura said.(With inputs from Reuters)
Inconsistent Glenn Maxwell dropped, Chris Lynn returns for ODIs vs EnglandInconsistent Glenn Maxwell dropped, Chris Lynn returns for ODIs vs England
Australia have left out swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for the ODI series against England while Chris Lynn made a comeback for the five-match series.Maxwell, who has played 80 ODIs for his country, can be one of the most destructive and entertaining batsmen in world cricket on his day but captain Steve Smith said he needed to be more consistent.Maxwell, who has played 80 ODIs for Australia, can be a destructive batsman on his day but those days come very far and wide and that’s the reason behind his exclusion, according to captain Steve Smith.WATCH”We’ve all seen the way he can come out and play, all his funky stuff and he’s pretty cool with that,” Smith told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground.”But when he puts his head down, he’s actually a really good batsman. If he keeps his head switched on, and trains really well, and focuses on basic things probably more than expansive things, then I think that’ll help him have his consistency.”If he can find that consistency, he’s certainly a guy you’d want in your team.”In case you missed it… A vintage #BashBrothers performance in Melbourne last night! Ã¯Â¿Â½??? WATCH: https://t.co/APWgAne5rL#BBL07 #TurnUpTheHeat pic.twitter.com/eICK73Uq53- Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) January 3, 2018However, Maxwell’s brutality can be replaced Lynn. The Queenslander didn’t play a single game in the Champions Trophy and was then again pegged back with another shoulder injury. He returned post Christmas for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League and has scored 88 runs from three matches, including a fifty. Talking about the side composition, Smith said that it is unlucky for Maxwell to miss out but it still has a power-packed middle order in Lynn, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh.advertisement”I think we’ve got a really strong side, lots of power hitting in the middle,” he added.”It’s obviously unlucky on Glenn … we want to keep seeing consistent performances from him and keep putting his name up there.”Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has also been recalled for the series nearly seven years after his last one-day international, replacing incumbent Matthew Wade as he did in the Test side for the Ashes.”Tim forced his way into the Twenty20 international squad last summer and after coming back into the Test squad at the beginning of the Ashes series he has made a terrific contribution,” said head selector Trevor Hohns.”He deserves his opportunity in this form of the game and the challenge for Matthew is to return to the type of form that saw him score a one-day international hundred against Pakistan last summer.”The first ODI will be played at the MCG on January 14 after the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney, which ends on January 8.Squad: Steve Smith (C), David Warner, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (WK), Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH: