SK News Point- Live Cricket News: 7th November 2016

David Willey gets hitched; Shaun Marsh injured; South Africa win first Test; Glimpse of Rajkot pitch; Manan Vohra praises Yuvraj Singh - this and all the latest cricket news from across the world at SK Newspoint!
Updated: 07 November 2016 20:14 IST - Published: 07 November 2016 08:51 IST

David Willey gets hitched
English cricketer David Willey got married in an intimate ceremony at Leeds yesterday. The all-rounder's bride, Carolynne Good, is a singer and a former X factor contestant. 

The 36 year-old Good first appeared on television during the 2003 edition of BBC's fame academy. In 2011, she made it through a few rounds of X factor before being sent home. In the following year's edition, she made it as far as the judges' house stage but a controversial decision saw her being eliminated from the show.

David Willey didn't hold back his emotions about the wedding and to Hello!, "I was blown away. I was just an emotional wreck. She looked stunning. It was the best day of my life."

The wedding was held at the Wood Hall Hotel & Spa in Wetherby and was attended by close friends and family.

David Willey,26, has played 22 ODIs and 12 T20Is for England thus far. 


 Delhi HC unhappy with DDCA's decision of sacking Mudgal appointed selectors

The Delhi High Court on Monday expressed its displeasure over DDCA's decision of sacking former Indian players Atul Wassan, Nikhil Chopra and Maninder Singh from the association's selection panel. Atul and Nikhil were appointed by the Mudgal committee as per the directions of the Delhi High Court.  

The selectors were sacked on Saturday due to an alleged conflict of interest between the members and the state selection panel. However, DDCA member Dinesh Sharma claimed that the panel was sacked as per the recommendations of the Lodha Committee. 

"BCCI gave us a guideline stating that if the coach or chairman is involved in any conflict of interest, they can be sacked. The order also stated that if a selector has its own cricket academy, they cannot be part of DDCA. This same issue was also pointed out in the Lodha recommendations and since BCCI has accepted 70 percent of Lodha recommendations, so we followed it," Sharma was quoted as saying by Business Standard website.


Dwaine Pretorius named as replacement for the injured Dale Steyn 

The South African cricket board's selection committee has announced Dwaine Pretorius as the replacement for the injured Dale Steyn for the rest of the series against Australia. Steyn, who suffered a stress fracture to his right shoulder bone in the first innings of the Perth Test, has been sidelined for the next six months. 

Pretorius made his international debut in an ODI against Ireland in September earlier this year. The right-hander was named as a replacement following his impressive run in the ongoing domestic tournament in South Africa- Sunfoil series.

Pretorius has played 36 first-class matches and has taken 115 wickets at an impressive average of 22.27. He also has 1963 first-class runs at an average of 43.62. The second Test between Australia and South Africa is scheduled to start from the 12th of November at Hobart.


Owais Shah named interim head coach of UAE cricket team

Former England batsman Owais Shah has been appointed as the interim head of the UAE cricket team for a period of three months. Shah replaces former Pakistani seamer Aaqib Javed who resigned from his post in April earlier this year.

UAE cricket board's COO, David East said that he was extremely delighted by Shah's appointment. "We are very pleased to confirm that Owais will continue working with Emirates Cricket as interim head coach for a three-month period. In a short time Owais has developed a strong rapport with the players and Emirates Cricket support staff and we expect to see gains, both in development and on the scoreboard, from his involvement as we enter a very busy playing schedule," he was quoted as saying by International Business Times website.


Shaun Marsh ruled out of second Test against South Africa 

Australian opener Shaun Marsh has been ruled out of the second Test against South Africa due to a broken finger. Cricket Australia's selection committee has named Callum Ferguson and Joe Burns as replacements for the injured batsman. 

Burns has represented Australia in 12 Tests and has scored 872 runs at an impressive average of 41.52 while Ferguson is yet to make his debut in the longer format of the game for Australians.

South Africa won the first Test at Perth by 177 runs on Monday. The third Test is scheduled to start from the 12th of November at Hobart. 


Former Australian cricketer Brendon Julian asks Cricket Australia to drop Nathan Lyon for the third Test

Former Australian pace bowler Brendon Julian has made a bold statement by asking the Cricket Australia selection committee to consider the option of dropping Nathan Lyon for the third and final Test against the South Africans. 

"At the end of the day Nathan Lyon is coming off probably three bad Tests in Sri Lanka, hasn’t bowled well in this Test as well, I reckon he’s a real chance of missing the Adelaide Test," Julian was quoted as saying by the Fox Sports News

Lyon had an ordinary first Test against the South Africans at Perth. The off-spinner bowled just 10 overs in the first innings picking up two wickets and went wicket-less in the second innings after bowling 34 overs. 


South Africa win the first Test against Australia

South Africa kick-started their three-match Test series against the Australians with a win in the first match at WACA. The Proteas, who got off to a jittery start with the bat did really well to restrict the Australians to 244 in the first innings, giving them a lead of just two runs.

The South Africans then went on to post 540 in their second innings leaving Australians to chase 539 for victory. However, the Aussies never seemed to be in control of the match and eventually lost the match on the final day by 177 runs

Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers for the Proteas in the second innings with 5 wickets, while Dean Elgar and JP Duminy turned out to be the two centurions of the match.


English correspondent gives a glimpse of the Rajkot pitch 

Famous English correspondent Jonathan Agnew gave a glimpse of the Rajkot pitch on Sunday that is to host the first of the five match Test series between India and England. Agnew took to his Twitter account to post a picture of the pitch which looked relatively dry with a little bit of green patches. Rajkot will be hosting its first Test match on the 9th of November when India face off against England to kick-start the series. 

India are scheduled to play England in a long tour which includes a five-match Test series, three-match ODI series and a three-match T20 series.


Manan Vohra speaks about batting with Yuvraj Singh

After a difficult start to this year's Ranji Trophy, Manan Vohra has credited Yuvraj Singh for helping him get through his rough patch. With his place in the side in jeopardy, Vohra scored a 75 in a loss followed by his maiden first-class double century.

His 224 against Baroda in Delhi also involved a 343-run partnership with Punjab captain Yuvraj Singh, who had also scored a double ton. Speaking about batting the World Cup winning Indian all-rounder, he said: "It's tremendous batting with Yuvi pa because he keeps talking, keeps telling you about the game, what you need to do in these situations so it's really enjoyable".

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