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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-18th November 2016

Harbhajan Singh to lead Punjab; R Ashwin hits out at the media; Virat Kohli reminds me of Ricky Ponting at his best, says Geoffrey Boycott; Ian Healy asks for a change in the Australian coaching system - all this and more at Newspoint.
Updated: 18 November 2016 21:51 IST - Published: 18 November 2016 09:45 IST
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Harbhajan Singh to lead Punjab in match against Tamil Nadu
Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has been in the news for non-cricketing reasons in the recent past. He's been named the judge of a comedy show and then a judge on a popular reality show. But now, the off-spinner is getting back to doing what he does best - play cricket.

Harbhajan Singh was today named the captain of the Punjab Ranji Trophy team that will play Tamil Nadu from November 21-24 at Nagpur. 

It's been a mixed-bag of a season so far for Punjab. With two wins, two draws and a loss, the team has secured 16 points in Pool A.

They have two more games lined up in the league stage and are scheduled to play Gujarat and then, Mumbai. 

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R Ashwin hits out at the media
With a half-century and figures of 2/20, India's premier off-spinner R Ashwin had a reasonably good day. As he walked up to the post-match press conference, he probably expected a friendly media interaction. Instead, he was thrown a barrage of questions pertaining to the nature of the pitch.

A furious Ashwin, hit back. "I don’t know why these jibes come back at us. Honestly it looks like a jibe (from) where you are looking at Indian wickets. It does honestly. You guys watch the game through the day and pitch is something you can definitely assess better than we do,” Ashwin said.

“Honestly one day I would like to walk into a press conference and just stop answering questions on the pitch because that’s as good as Indian pitch one can get,” he said.

Ashwin has been vocal in the past about how India should play to their strengths in home conditions just the way England, Australia and South Africa would when staging home series'.

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Virat Kohli reminds me of Ricky Ponting at his best, says Geoffrey Boycott

England's batting legend Geoffrey Boycott recently stated that Virat Kohli reminded him for Australia's former skipper Ricky Ponting at his best - in both batting and fielding departments. Virat scored yet another hundred in Vizag against England, scoring a superb 167. 

Virat Kohli has turned into a modern batting great, and this hundred further substantiated his right to being the best batsman in the world. 

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 Michael Vaughan questions England spinners' ability 

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has lashed out at the England spinners after their ordinary performances in the first day's play of the second Test at Vizag. Talking to BBC he said, They have gone back to the Bangladesh mode of bowling too many short balls, too many full tosses."

Vaughan mentioned that English spinners were under immense pressure following Indian batsmen's rate of scoring. "India have learned they can put England's spinners under more pressure," he said. 

The former skipper didn't spare the young Zafar Ansari either. He said, "I look at Ansari, and he's a batsman who bowls a bit. For any spinner, do they spin it, do they put revolutions on the ball? To me it looks like he's just rolling the ball out. To survive at this level, you have to get revs on the ball." 

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Ashton Turner terms Adam Voges lucky for not collapsing completely 

Western Australia cricketer, Ashton Turner has said that Adam Voges was lucky to not collapse completely after getting hit on the helmet. Voges, in a Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Tasmania on Thursday, was concussed and forced to retire hurt on 16 after being hit on the helmet while trying to avoid a short delivery from Cameron Stevenson. He lay on the ground for some time before he was helped off the field by the support staff.

Turner, who was at the non-striker's end during the incident spoke to the media on Friday. He said, "Vogesy is one of the toughest sportsmen I have ever come across. And when he hits the deck, you know something's wrong."

"I knew pretty much straight away that we needed some help out here. It was just lucky he stayed on his hands and knees and he didn't collapse," he added.

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Ian Healy asks for a change in the Australian coaching system 

Former Australian cricketer Ian Healy has suggested the Australian team to undergo a change in their coaching system in order to tackle their recent slump. The former wicketkeeper-batsman said that the current Australian team has too many coaches and hence the players are finding it difficult to adapt. 

While talking to a local radio station on Friday, he said, "I think there's too many coaches around the Australian cricket team."

"We need to get them down producing talent in the 14, 15, 16-year-old bracket, feeding into the states and the Australian cricket team run by a coach and an assistant coach -- that'll do me," he said.

He went on to suggest that the head coach, Darren Lehmann, should be looking to rid of all his coaching staff and run the team himself. 

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