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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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Sharapova booked for endorsing a fake housing project in India!

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NEW DELHI: Police here has booked Maria Sharapova for endorsing a fake housing project facilitating cheats deprive home-buyers of hard-earned money.

According to details tennis star visited India in 2013 to endorse the housing project in Gurgaon called Ballet by Sharapova that never took off.

She was booked for cheating and criminal conspiracy when an aggrieved buyer went to the court against her.

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Afghan cricketers bulldoze Pakistan to win their first-ever ACC Under-19 Asia Cup!

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KUALA LUMPUR: Kinrara Academy Oval here was the venue where Pakistani team suffered humiliating defeat today when Afghans crushed them to claim their first-ever ACC Under-19 Asia Cup. 

While Afghans scored 248 for seven, Green Shirts went back to the pavilion scoring 63 in 22.1 overs.

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Afghanistan to face Pakistan in under-19 Youth Asia Cup’s final on Sunday

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KUALA LUMPUR: Afghanistan crushed Nepal in ACC Under-19 Youth Asia Cup’s second semifinal here on Friday.

The forceful seven-wicket victory saw Afghanistan marching into the final against Pakistan, schedule for Sunday.

Pakistan on Thursday (16th of November) has already qualified for the final of Under-19 Asia Cup here by defeating Bangladesh in the first semi-final.

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