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IPL 2021 – Mumbai Indians won’t make Hardik Pandya bowl till ‘the niggle cools off’

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“Important that we make sure that he is completely in a position to come in and bowl”

Hardik Pandya, who has a shoulder niggle, could be ready to bowl in the next few weeks, according to the Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene, but the team “don’t want to risk it” in the ongoing IPL till he recovers completely and feels comfortable enough.

“We were obviously looking forward for him to be bowling this series as last season he was coming back from injury,” Jayawardene said in a press interaction. “But after the ODIs against England I believe he picked up a niggle. So that’s something we are nursing at the moment. We don’t want to risk it because it’s important that we make sure that he is completely in a position to come in and bowl.”

“Hopefully in the next few weeks, with work and all that, you might see him bowl. It’s not like we are deliberately trying not bowl him. We would love to have him bowling but as soon as the niggle cools off and he is comfortable we should be able to utilise that asset as well.”



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South Africa cricket – AB de Villiers decides ‘his retirement will remain final’

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Last month it had emerged he was in discussions over a possible South Africa comeback with an eye on the T20 World Cup

The chances of AB de Villiers featuring in this year’s T20 World Cup have dimmed, with Cricket South Africa stating that he has decided “once and for all, that his retirement will remain final”.



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India Women get another Test match, this time in Australia during September tour

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It will be the first time since 2014 that India Women will play two Tests in a calendar year

India Women will play a Test match in Australia for the first time in 15 years during their tour of the country in September. ESPNcricinfo has learned that the solitary Test match will feature as part of the bilateral series which is also expected to feature a white-ball segment, details of which are yet to be announced by Cricket Australia or BCCI.

The September Test will be India’s first in Australia since the Adelaide Test in 2006. In all, Australia and India have played five Tests, with Australia having a 4-0 record along with a draw. Both countries played their first women’s Test in 1976, followed by a three-Test series in 1990-91 and then the last one in 2006.



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Tim Seifert now Covid-negative after KKR stint, will soon fly back to New Zealand

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He tested positive for Covid-19 after IPL 2021 was indefinitely suspended, and was recuperating in Chennai

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead has confirmed that wicketkeeper-batter Tim Seifert has tested negative for Covid-19. Stead also said that Seifert, who was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad in IPL 2021, will be leaving India shortly. He had returned a positive test after the tournament was suspended in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases across teams.

“I heard from Tim just a little while ago. I think the really encouraging thing is he’s tested negative and my understanding is he’s on a flight out of India pretty quickly as well,” Stead said in a virtual interaction with the media after arriving in the UK for a two-Test series against England and the World Test Championship final against India.



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