Murali Vijay back at crease for India

Murali Vijay has recovered from a wrist injury which saw him miss out last time around. (Reuters)
Updated 23 October 2017
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Murali Vijay back at crease for India

MUMBAI: Selectors have recalled experienced opener Murali Vijay to India’s Test squad for the first two matches of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka which starts next month.
The right-hander has recovered from a wrist injury that forced him to miss India’s recent tour of its island neighbor, when Virat Kohli’s side crushed the Sri Lankans 3-0 in the summer.
Left-handed Abhinav Mukund makes way for the 33-year-old Vijay in what is the only change to India’s Test squad from the one fielded in the last Test series against the Sri Lankans. Spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are joined by India’s new spin king, 22-year-old Kuldeep Yadav, who has impressed since taking four wickets in his Test debut against Australia in Dharamsala in March.
Ashwin and Jadeja have been rested from India’s limited-overs side after selectors decided to give younger bowlers a chance in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup.
Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will lead the hosts’ speed attack.
The squad for the third and final Test will be named later, with Indian media reporting that Kohli could be rested for the game and the subsequent limited-overs series before India embark on a gruelling tour of South Africa.
India and South Africa are scheduled to play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20s from early January to late February.
The first India-Sri Lanka Test takes place in Kolkata from Nov. 16 to 20.
The sides travel to Nagpur for the second match, which starts on Nov. 24. The final Test will be played in Delhi between Dec. 2-6.
Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravi-chandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.


The world's eyes are on Mohamed Salah as hopeful Egypt take on Russia

Updated 19 June 2018
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The world's eyes are on Mohamed Salah as hopeful Egypt take on Russia

  • Egypt are counting on the return of Mohamed Salah on Tuesday as they face Russia
  • The Liverpool wizard missed his team’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on Friday

SAINT PETERSBURG: Egypt are counting on the return of Mohamed Salah on Tuesday as they try to salvage their World Cup against a Russian side who know a win could seal a place in the last 16.
Liverpool wizard Salah missed his team’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on Friday as he struggles to recover from the shoulder injury he sustained during last month’s Champions League Final.
Salah’s shoulder has continued to cause him problems in Russia, and at the weekend he needed the help of three team-mates to put a shirt on during a training session in Grozny.
Egypt’s Argentine coach Hector Cuper said on Monday Salah was fit to play but will undergo a test before kick-off in Saint Petersburg.
“I hope he will be fit to play, I’m sure he will be able to play. He is a central piece in our team,” Cuper said.
If Egypt lose, it will likely end their competitive involvement in their first World Cup since 1990, so 96 million Egyptians are willing him to be on the pitch.
Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov was bullish that his team can rein in the explosive striker, who scored 44 goals in a remarkable debut season at Liverpool.
“We know how to play against him,” he said. “We are ready to stop Salah and we will.”
Russia got their World Cup off to the perfect start on Thursday with a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia, but are under no illusions that the seven-time African champions pose a far tougher test — providing Salah plays.
“Egypt’s game with Salah is different from the one they play without him,” forward Alexei Miranchuk said.