Fast bowler Matt Henry was today named as replacement for the injured left-arm pacer Neil Wagner in the New Zealand squad for the second Test against Pakistan, starting here on Sunday. Wagner was struck by a Shaheen Afridi yorker while batting on the second day of the first Test, sustaining undisplaced fractures in both the fourth and fifth toes of his right foot. Wagner’s recovery is expected to be approximately six weeks. Coach Gary Stead said Henry brings Test experience and local knowledge to the squad.
England squad clears Covid test, set to travel to Lanka
England’s Sri Lanka-bound cricket contingent has tested negative for Covid-19 and will be leaving for the island nation tomorrow for a two-match Test series, starting on January 14. On arrival, the contingent will spend 10 days in a bio-secure bubble in Hambantota. England are scheduled to play two Test matches against Sri Lanka in Galle on January 14-18 and January 22-26.
S Africa seek series success against wounded Sri Lanka
South Africa will seek a first series win in four attempts when they host injury-hit Sri Lanka in the second and final Test starting on Sunday, but both will also be focused on keeping their players on the pitch. This will be especially important for the tourists, who return home directly after the Test for a two-match series against England.
NBA: Harden leads Rockets to thrilling win over Kings
James Harden shook off a sluggish shooting start and took control late, leading hosts Houston Rockets to a 122-119 victory over Sacramento Kings. Harden finished with 33 points and eight assists. In other matches, Philadelphia 76ers beat Orlando Magic 116-92, New Orleans Pelicans beat Oklahoma City Thunder 113-80, Indiana Pacers beat Cleveland Cavaliers 119-99, Toronto Raptors beat New York Knicks 100-83, Chicago Bulls edged out Washington Wizards 133-130, while Phoenix Suns got the better of Utah Jazz 106-95.
Cavani banned for 3 games for offensive post
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani was banned for three games by the English Football Association after using a Spanish term for Black people which he said was intended as an affectionate greeting. Cavani has also been fined £100,000. Agencies