QPlay: Dravid’s India A Coaching Debut, Mustafizur’s 4/37 and More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Rahul Dravid Set to Make India A Coaching Debut Today
With an aim to create a solid bench strength, the Rahul Dravid-coached India ‘A’ side will be taking on Australia ‘A’ in the first unofficial Test of the two-match series, in Chennai from Wednesday.
Tours of ‘A’ teams gained emphasis under the Anil Kumble-led current Technical Committee of the Cricket Board (BCCI) as these matches will help in spotting the next generation of players for the national senior team.
The team will be lead by top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who himself will be eager to return among runs and earn his place back in the senior Test side. However pacer Varun Aaron has been ruled out of the match due to viral fever.
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2. Mustafizur’s 4/37 on Test Debut Stuns South Africa
After a dream ODI debut last month, teenage paceman Mustafizur Rahman announced his test arrival by claiming three wickets in four balls as Bangladesh bowled out South Africa for 248 on the opening day of the first test on Tuesday.
Left-arm bowler Rahman, who had claimed 5-50 in his ODI debut against India, claimed 4-37 as he and leg-spinner Jubair Hossain (3-53) tormented the top ranked test team.
The hosts, on a high after stunning South Africa in the preceding one-day series, were seven for no loss at stumps after Tamim Iqbal (1) and Imrul Kayes (5) saw through the final two overs of the day.
3. Bairstow Replaces Ballance in England Ashes Squad
Batsman Jonny Bairstow will replace Yorkshire team mate Gary Ballance as England made one change to their squad for the third Ashes test against Australia beginning next Wednesday at Edgbaston, the England Cricket Board said on Tuesday.
Ballance paid the price for labouring to 23 and 14 in his two innings during England‘s heavy 405-run defeat in the second test at Lord’s, which allowed Australia to level the series at 1-1.
Bairstow has played 14 tests, his last appearance coming in 2014 against Australia in Sydney.
4. Van Ass ‘Not Sacked’, Future to be Decided on Friday
A day after India’s hockey coach Paul van Ass claimed that he has been fired from the job, Hockey India president Narinder Batra confirmed that he had not been sacked. However, his future will be decided by a special committee on Friday.
Batra also insisted that he had no ego problem and if the committee felt the coach should continue, he would himself go to The Netherlands to bring him back.
Batra however did confirm that he had an altercation with a “rude” van Ass after India’s match against Malaysia in the World Hockey League semi-finals at Antwerp, Belgium, but he had never sacked him.
5. Formula 1 Fraternity Bids A Teary Farewell to Jules Bianchi
Formula One world champions past and present paid their respects to Jules Bianchi and mourned one of their own at the French driver’s funeral on Tuesday.
Lewis Hamilton, the current champion for Mercedes, attended the service along with former champions Alain Prost, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel.
Bianchi, 25, died in a Nice hospital on Friday after suffering critical head injuries when he skidded off the track and hit a recovery tractor in last October’s Japanese Grand Prix.
The Marussia driver, who had been tipped as a likely future star with every chance of racing for Ferrari, had been in a coma since the accident at Suzuka.
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6. Roger Federer Recovers From Wimbledon Loss Helping Kids in Africa
Roger Federer was at the losing end of yet another Wimbledon final just over a week back, but the world number two seems to have found the perfect way to recover from the loss.
The Swiss ace made a trip to Malawi in Africa to set up a preschool for young children.
Watch him talk about the trip and his plans for the Rio Olympics next year in the video.
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