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Smith feels sorry for overlooked Khawaja in first ODI

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AUCKLAND: Steven Smith admitted that Usman Khawaja has the right to feel aggrieved after the Australia captain confirmed the in-form batsman had been overlooked for Wednesday’s opening one-dayer against New Zealand.

Khawaja struck three centuries in four Tests against New Zealand and West Indies, and hit two Twenty20 hundreds to help Sydney Thunder capture their first Big Bash League title in a productive Australian summer.

Despite his rich vein of form, the 29-year-old top order batsman was still omitted from the original Australia squad for the three-match ODI series in New Zealand before a hamstring injury to Aaron Finch led to his recall.

The team management, however, opted to persist with Shaun Marsh, rewarding him for two fifties in the three ODIs he played against India last month.

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“He’s unlucky to miss out but Shaun’s going to get the first opportunity,” Smith said at Auckland on Tuesday. “No doubt he’d be frustrated. He’s hitting the ball extremely well.”

The Australian captain said it was very difficult to break into a well-set team that had been performing really well but suggested Khawaja would get a chance in one of the two remaining matches that precede a two-Test series between the teams.

Khawaja was selected in the Test squad for those matches.

“We’re the current world champions. We’ve been playing some very good one-day cricket and the batters have been scoring lots of runs,” Smith added.

“We scored 300 on every occasion in the recent one-day series [against India] at home.” “I think he’ll play one of the [three ODI] games at least,” the skipper said.

“He does need a hit going into what is a big Test series and he’s batting extremely well. I’m sure if he gets an opportunity, he’ll take it with both hands.”

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PSL trophy (2018) unveiled in Dubai!

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DUBAI: Captains of each of the PSL franchises jointly unveiled PSL’s Trophy here for third season commencing on Thursday 22nd of November.

A Presser followed the ceremony that was addressed by Najam Sethi (PSL Chief), captains Darren Sammy, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Brendon McCullum, Misbah-ul-Haq and Sarfraz Ahmed.

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In fiery exchange about private life Amir Khan throws water at Phil Le Greco!

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Reacting to Canadian Phil Lo Greco’s pointing to his family issues at a pre-fight promotional event here on Tuesday (30th of January), Amir Khan threw water at him causing a skirmish on-stage.

While referring to a tweet Khan sent to Anthony Joshua (in August 2017 concerning to his own marriage and Khan later apologized to the British heavyweight for sending it) Lo Greco said: “After the Canelo loss you went on a losing streak – family, wife, and then you go out and tweet to the heavyweight champion of the world. What is wrong with you, mate?”

Khan said that his opponent’s behavior would serve as motivation to give that guy a beating. The 31-year-old British, former world champion,  is scheduled to clash with 33-year-old former WBC International Welterweight Champion Phil Le Creco on 21st April in Liverpool. 

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Newspakistan.tv Brand Ambassador Amir Khan all set to fight on 21st of April!

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BOLTON: Brand Ambassador of Newspakistan.tv (official partner BBCNEWS) Amir Khan is all set to square off against Canadian Phil Le Greco on 21st of April at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in his long-awaited British comeback. 

Amir Khan has won 31 of his 35 professional bouts, has signed a three-fight deal with Matchroom after ending a long-running feud with Hearn. Lo Greco has 28 wins from 31 fights.

It is pertinent to mention here that the April bout will be Amir Khan’s first since May 2016 when he suffered a KO loss to Canelo Alvarez.

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