QPlay: Shane Watson Misses Out on India Series, India Win SAFF Cup

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File Photo of Shane Watson. (Photo: Reuters)

1. Shane Watson Left Out For India Series

Shane Watson’s international future looked bleak on Monday after the all-rounder was excluded from Australia’s 13-man squad for this month’s one-day series against India.

The 34-year-old, veteran of 190 ODIs and part of the side that won the World Cup last year, retired from Test cricket last September but had hoped to continue playing for his country in the shorter formats.

The Australian squad for the series is: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, George Bailey, Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Joel Paris, Matthew Wade.

Australia will play five ODIs and three T20s against India, starting January 12.

(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

2. India Beat Afghanistan To Win 7th SAFF Cup Title

Sunil Chhetri’s Indian football team have made the best-possible start to the new year. Guided by the skipper’s extra-time strike, The Blue Tigers were crowned the SAFF Cup Champions for a seventh time, beating Afghanistan 2-1 in the final in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.

Young Jeje Lalpekhlua and Chhetri scored for India after Zubayr Amiri had put Afghanistan ahead in the 70th minute.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

3. Ben Stokes Records the Fastest 250 in Test History

Some brutal batting from Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow broke a host of records as England declared at 629 for six before South Africa replied with 141 for two at the close of play on the second day of the second Test at Newlands on Sunday.

Stokes hammered the fastest 250 in Test cricket in a 399-run world-record partnership for the sixth wicket with Bairstow, who was 150 not out after scoring his first Test hundred.

Hashim Amla (64 not out) and AB de Villiers (25 not out) were defiant at the close as South Africa cut back the deficit to 488 runs.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

4. Chelsea Routs Crystal Palace 3-0

Chelsea began the year on a fantastic note after beating Crystal Palace 3-0 on Sunday.

Goals from Brazil duo Oscar and Willian and one for Spain striker Diego Costa earned Chelsea the points at Selhurst Park and gave stand-in manager Guus Hiddink his first win since taking over from Jose Mourinho last month.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

5. BCCI on Tenterhooks as Lodha Panel to Submit Reforms Report Today

Justice Lodha Committee’s report is set to recommend a host of reforms for the BCCI today.

While the three-member committee comprising Justice (Retd) RM Lodha, Justice (Retd) Ashok Bhan and Justice (Retd) RV Raveendran is set to submit their report to the Supreme Court, the BCCI will be keenly watching the proceedings as to whether the Apex Court makes the recommendations binding or not.

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