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David Warner issues tearful apology over ball-tampering

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Sydney || Australian opener David Warner issued a tearful apology on Saturday for his part in the ball-tampering scandal during the third cricket Test against South Africa last weekend, but left a lot of questions unanswered as to his actual role in the episode.

Warner was one of three players banned for their involvement in the ball-tampering controversy on the third day of the Test at Cape Town. Steve Smith, who also lost his captaincy, received a 12-month ban, as did Warner.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

Warner has been barred by Cricket Australia from ever holding a leadership position again. He did not say whether he would appeal. He repeatedly apologised as he made his first public comments since the scandal broke, but did not address questions about his involvement, detail the roles of other teammates in the plot to cheat, or whether there’d been any previous attempts at ball-tampering.

“To all Australians, whether you’re a cricket fan or not, I apologise for the impact those actions have had on our country’s reputation. I’ve only ever wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket.

“I failed in my responsibilities as vice captain of the Australian cricket team.”

Warner was accused of developing the plan to use sandpaper to scuff the ball on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Cricket Australia investigators also alleged he advised Bancroft how to scuff the ball and failed to voluntarily report of his knowledge of the plan after the match.

Warner cut short the news conference after being asked if he was being singled out as the instigator of the plan.

While a contrite Bancroft and tearful Smith each faced news conferences soon after their arrivals on Thursday, Warner waited two days to front the media.

On Saturday, he made a special point of apologising to cricket fans and players in South Africa, saying “I have brought the game into disrepute on your soil, and I apologise 100 per cent.” He said he still hoped to return to play for Australia after his 12-month ban.

“In the back of my mind I suppose there is a tiny ray of hope that I may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again, but I am resigned to the fact that that may never happen,” Warner said. “In the coming weeks and months, I’m going to look at how this happened and who I am as a man. I will seek out advice and expertise to help me make serious changes.”

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New ICC rules: Cricket will never be the same; 5 changes that will come into effect from tomorrow – Jammu Voice

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed its new set of rules on Tuesday that are set to change the sport forever. These new rules will come into effect in all series starting September 28 or later. However, the ongoing India-Australia limited-overs series will continue to be played as per the old rules. All of these rules will come into effect from the two upcoming Test series: when South Africa host Bangladesh and Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates. After the implementation of these rules, the viewers will get to see a totally new game. Here are 5 changes that will come into effect from tomorrow:

1. Send-offs: Under the new rules, players involved in on-field scuffles can now be sent-off by the umpires. This will be done for Level 4 offences only. “Threatening to assault an umpire, making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, physically assaulting a player or any other person and committing any other act of violence all constitute Level 4 offences,” the ICC said.

2. Bat dimensions: In order to maintain a healthy competition between bat and ball, ICC has decided to restrict the thickness of the bats.”The restriction on the length and width of bats remain unchanged but the thickness of the edges can’t be more than 40mm and the overall depth can be 67 mm at the most. Umpires will be issued with a new bat gauge, which they can use to check a bat’s legality,” it stated.

3. DRS: In a major boost for the captains, they will not lose the DRS in case a decision remains unchanged, solely as the result of an ‘umpire’s call’. “As for DRS in Test matches, there will be no more top-up reviews after 80 overs of an innings, meaning that there can only be two unsuccessful reviews in each innings, while the DRS will now also be allowed to be used in T20Is,” ICC said.

4. Run-outs will be tough: It will now be more difficult for the fielders to run out a batsman. “An important change with respect to runouts is that if a batsman is running or diving towards the crease with forward momentum, and has grounded his/her bat behind the popping crease but subsequently lost contact with the ground at the time of the wickets being put down, the batsman will not be run out,” the governing body said while adding that the same interpretation will also apply for a batsman trying to regain his/her ground to avoid being stumped.

5. Helmet bounce: Unlike before, the batsmen can still be out caught, stumped or run out even if the ball bounces off the helmet worn by a fielder or wicket-keeper.

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Bumrah, Bhuvi are best death bowlers around: Smith – Jammu Voice

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Australia skipper Steve Smith has described Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as currently the best death bowlers after his team suffered a five-wicket loss in the third ODI, here.
Opener Aaron Finch (124) had propelled Australia to 242-2 in 38 overs with his fiery century but the visitors struggled to score briskly in slog overs to settle for 293-6.
India then overhauled the target without fuss to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.
“I think a mixture of guys making probably the wrong decisions on the wrong balls. Also, some pretty well executed bowling. I think Bumrah and Bhuvi are probably two of the best death bowlers going around, particularly when the wicket sort of slows up a little bit as it did,” a dejected Smith said after the match.
“We still need to find a way. We set a template really well. The first 38 overs were magnificent. We set it up and we just weren’t to execute it in the back end.”
Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar never allowed Australian batsmen to score freely despite having the opportunity to play aggressive cricket.
Smith said it has actually become a “trend” for his side to get closer to winning games but they end up losing them.
“We are quite often getting ourselves in good positions but not taking advantage of those. Today was no different, first 30 overs. We continually address it. Its just hard to put your finger on it what we are actually doing or not doing to get the results we are after. Today, it was about execution,” he said.
The Australian captain admitted that it indeed becomes hard to motivate the team after such defeats.
“It’s always hard when you lose. Particularly when you lose three-nil. We’ve got to continue to try and motivate them and get them up for the next two games. We’ve got to start winning games of cricket.
“We’ve lost 13 of the last 15 games we’ve played away with two being no results. That’s pretty ordinary. Not good enough for an Australian cricket. We need to start turning the results around and winning some games of cricket,” he said.
Asked if such defeats are concerns for Australia, leading up to Ashes series, Smith said nothing is better than winning.
“It’s a different format but I’ll certainly like to start winning some games of cricket in every format to be honest.
Our results haven’t been good enough and we need to turn them around,” he said.
“I probably thought our first probably 38 overs with the bat was very good. That was kind of the template we were trying to set. If we got to 330-340, which we probably should have done, things certainly could have been different.”
He said it is difficult to say that things would have been different if they had played Adam Zampa instead of Aston Agar.
“You can have an argument for that. I thought Ashton (Agar) bowled well at times. Probably a little full to (Hardik) Pandya at times. He was obviously sent out to attack him.
“I thought that was our best chance of getting him out while he was trying to go after him. He didn’t execute his skills as well we would have liked. And when he did get it right, bowled a bit wider, bowled a bit shorter. That wasn’t our day.

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Parvez Rasool to be seen alongside Indian national Cricket Players yet again! – Jammu Voice News

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Srinagar: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the schedule for the upcoming Paytm, which will be played from September 7th to 29th, at Kanpur and Lucknow.

Like last year, the tournament will feature 45 cricketers which will be played with the pink ball and under floodlights.

After being out of scene from a long time, Parveez Rasool will be again in action with the Indian national cricket players.

He has been included in India Green team which will be led by Parthiv Patel for Duleep Trophy.

Parveez played club cricket this year in Bangladesh and he performed well there with bat and ball. He also played well in Ranji trophy session 2016-17.

They (India Green) will meet India Red in first match on Sep 07 to 10 at Lucknow and 2nd match of the team is on Sep 19 to 22 at Kanpur against India Blue.

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