South Africa face ‘selection headache’ ahead of first Test vs India

first_imgSouth Africa seem to be getting headaches over team selection for the first Test against India in Cape Town in the three-match series, starting January 5.Viraty Kohli-led India have been in splendid form for the past two years, breaking and making a plethora of records. Along with having a settled and defined batting line-up, India have upped their game in terms of pacers, which put India in the spot of a great contest.India will be having their own selection conundrum for the first Test but like captain Kohli has said that is a happy headache to have.South Africa coach Ottis Gibson in under a similar cloud and is scratching his head trying to find the best team for the upcoming Test.With Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers back in the squad and available for selection, Gibson is trying to figure out the best possible combination.ALSO WATCH”We have to try and pick the best team for the conditions and it is clearly a selection headache, but it is a good headache to have all the best players back and available to play,” Gibson told a news conference.AB de Villiers has returned after a two-year hiatus from the Test arena while Steyn is available again after a year-long lay-off and major shoulder surgery for the three-match series against the top-ranked Test team.But Steyn, five wickets shy of becoming South Africa’s top Test wicket-taker, will only play if South Africa decide to go with an extra bowler on what is expected to be a green, seamer-friendly wicket at Newlands.advertisement”We don’t know just yet whether we will play him in the first test but, depending on the selection, he might well play,” Gibson said.The 34-year-old Steyn has not had a rigorous examination of his injury since returning to action in November and it is a risk to play him, particularly if he breaks down as he did against England in late 2015 and Australia in 2016.”I don’t think that if we were to pick a three-man seam attack plus a spinner we would want to put him in, in case something happens and he leaves the team vulnerable if he can’t finish the game,” Gibson added.”I’m not saying that will happen but you don’t want to take that risk with the first Test. We have to look at the best combination to try and win the game and he will certainly come into the discussion but it depends on the formation of the team we put on the field.”QUICK WICKETGibson, recently appointed South Africa coach after previously serving as England’s bowling coach, said the hosts had asked for a quick wicket to be prepared and that looks likely to be the case at the toss on Friday. But he warned the bowlers they still had to efficiently use the favourable conditions.”With some grass on the wicket, bowlers sometimes tend to get a bit carried away. You still have to put the ball in the right area. However the wicket looks, you still have to play well on it. We will be playing the best team in the world, so we have to bring our A-game,” he said.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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EJAY SAUNDERS SPEAKS OUT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIn a phone call to me just moments ago Mr Saunders clarified that his departure from Digicel TCI was his own decision and will not take effect until end of October; that he was NOT fired. His staff was on Friday notified of the move by EJay who says this change will for him usher in a new era in entrepreneurship. He remains a Director and a significant shareholder in both Digicel and WIV. Mr Saunders who is currently out of country promises Magnetic Media an interview upon his return. Related Items:Digicel tci, E Jay Saunders, WIV Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp LIME TCI To Take Government To Court DIGICEL WANTS TO REMAKE YOUR HOME EJay Saunders Says He Is Oklast_img read more

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Divisive agenda of groups may lead to riot says Mamata

first_imgTarakeshwar: Without naming the BJP Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that some groups with vested interest were circulating rumours just to incite the Hindus against the Muslims which might snowball into a major riot before the Lok Sabha polls.Addressing a gathering here on Friday afternoon, she said: “Rumours are being spread that child-lifters are loitering in some areas and women wearing burquas are seen in those areas. People are beating them up. Some groups are spreading rumours that Muslim women are being beaten up and heckled by the Hindus resulting in creating differences between the members of these two communities. Be careful and inform the police whenever you suspect anything. As the head of the government I will tell you that lies have been circulated in very subtle ways to confuse you and divide you. We are not going to tolerate any division of attempt to disturb social peace and harmony,” she said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBanerjee said saffron-coloured attire were worn by monks of Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevasram Sangha and these monks were inspired by the philosophy of sacrifice and service. “Now some people are wearing saffron -coloured attire to pose as sadhus. They are fake sadhus who are trying to divide society,” she said. In Bengal the philosophy of Hinduism that speaks about toleration and acceptance is followed and nowhere children are taught to develop hatred for the people of other communities, she said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”I was born in a Hindu family but my parents never taught me to hate people belonging to other communities and religion. This is Bengal’s culture and we will continue to follow it. We will not allow those who try to organise riot in Bengal,” said the Chief Minister. “We have renovated temples, mosques and churches and want that people from different religions, caste and creed continue to live peacefully in Bengal,” she further said. Referring to her movement in Singur in favour of the farmers who had been opposing acquisition of their farmland by the erstwhile Left Front government , she said during her 14-day dharna in Singur local people used to bring food for her. “How can I forget those days. This was followed by a fast that lasted for 26 days at Esplanade on the same issue. People of Singur had offered full support.” She said the state government had taken up a slew of projects for the development of the farmers. “Not only their annual income has trebled, in Singur the state government has returned the land of the farmers. It is a great achievement as we had promised them to return their land. A martyrs column will soon be set up at Singur,” she said. Banerjee said a project had been taken to control flood in Hooghly, Howrah and east Burdwan districts at an estimated cost of around Rs 2,300 crore. Another ecotourism hub is coming up at Balagarh. The birthplace of Raja Rammohan Roy will be renovated and a tourist centre will be set up, she said. Banerjee laid the foundation stone of Rani Rashmoni Green University and inaugurated Mati Tirtha.last_img read more

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