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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-17th November 2016

Greg Chappell joins Australian setup | AB De Villiers to retain captaincy | Free entry for fans in Vizag | Cricketers felicitated in Vizag | Rain derails day 1 at Christchurch |This and much more in the News Point.
Updated: 17 November 2016 13:27 IST - Published: 17 November 2016 09:37 IST
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Steve Smith has a big say in selection, says Mark Waugh


Former Australian batsman and current selector Mark Waugh has said that Steve Smith has a big say in team selection matters, quashing the comments made by Ian Chappell and Michael Clarke who had said that Smith needed to be given more responsibility.

"When Michael Clarke was captain and when Steve Smith took over, the captain has had a very big say in his team so I am not quite sure what Michael is talking about there.

 "I have only been a selector for a couple of years but I assure you the captain has a big say in the team.He's not a selector but you respect what he says. He's got to deal with the players on the field so you need to give him the players he wants." Waugh told Fox Sports.


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Greg Chappell named as Australian selector

The developments from Cricket Australia's meeting on Wednesday night continues to emerge as now it has been confirmed that Greg Chappell has joined Australia's selection committee. No stranger to Australian cricket, he has served as a selector twice in the past, once between 1984 and 1988 and a couple of decades later in 2010. 

Greg will step aside from his role as Australia's national talent manager to become a selector. 

"Greg has been instrumental in restructuring our youth pathway program, driving the National Performance Squad, the introduction of a CA XI squad in the domestic one-day cup and creating clear pathways for talented youth in Australian cricket to aspire to wear the baggy green. His in-depth knowledge of up-and-coming talent in the Australian system will be invaluable.'' Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said.

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AB De Villiers to retain captaincy after comeback

There is good news for the currently injured AB De Villiers as Linda Zondi, convener of selectors of the South African team announced that he will retain his captaincy once he recovers from injury.

Faf du Plessis has earned plenty of plaudits for his inspired leadership during the clean sweep of Australia in the ODI series, as well as their dominant performance in the first two Tests. 

"At the moment it's clear to us that Faf is stand-in captain and AB is the current captain when he comes back, looking at his fitness and so on," she was quoted as saying. 

Faf du Plessis, meanwhile, will have to wait for word from ICC as they are currently probing whether he was involved in a ball tampering row.

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Cricketers felicitated ahead of 2nd Test

A whole host of cricketers were felicitated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu ahead of the start of the second Test between India and England at the YSR ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium. Cricketers including the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Manjrekar and Nasser Hussain were felicitated at the ceremony.

Vizag plays host to its first Test ever, after Rajkot had a similar honour earlier in the series. It is endearing to see the BCCI make an effort to promote cricket all over the country.

Earlier it was announced that free entry would be given to fans at the stadium in Vizag.

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Free entry on Day One of Vizag Test


Vizag is presently hosting its maiden Test match and keeping that in mind, the association have decided to allow the fans for free at the venue. There is also a possibility that fans could be allowed a free entry on all days of the game.

It's a terrific initiative considering the struggles that the Indians are going through due to demonetization. It's all about getting the fans into the ground, and such a move, should certainly help the cause.

Jittery start from India to begin with. 22 - 2 after Rahul and Vijay fall to Anderson and Broad respectively. 

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Play abandoned on Day One


The opening day of the first Pakistan-New Zealand Test at Christchurch was abandoned due to heavy rain. The intensity of the showers was such that even the toss could not take place. The forecast for the remainder of the game is good.