Shane Watson considers retirement after ICC World Twenty20 2016

first_imgShane Watson says he will decide on his international cricket future at the conclusion of the World Twenty 20 tournament being held in India.Watson admitted that he was “pleasantly surprised” when he got the call-up for Australia’s T20I side to take on India in January after he was overlooked for the preceding One-Day International (ODI) series.”There’s no doubt I’ll have a bit of time to think about it (international retirement) after the T20 World Cup. I’ll reassess from there,” Watson said on Wednesday.But for now, the 34-year-old has a golden opportunity to bow out of the international arena by winning the one global trophy that has eluded Australia.”There’s no doubt to win the T20 World Cup, we came very close in 2010 making the final, so that certainly would be an incredible thing to be a part of,” he said.”At this point in time I’m still just living the dream with the cricket that I’m able to play and the teams I’m able to play in. I’m not sure where that’s going to take me in the short term. At the moment I’m loving the opportunity of being back in the Australian squad and hopefully we can win the T20 World Cup.”Watson added they have given themselves the best chance of winning the trophy because of the talented squad that is available to them.”We’ve got a bit of improvement to go and more consistency in how we’re playing to give ourselves that chance, but we’ve got the talented squad here to be able to give ourselves the best chance,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian girls beat South American combined team at Jr NBA World Championships

first_imgBy Saumojyoti Singha Choudhury Orlando (US), Aug 9 (PTI) Indian girls produced a stellar show to beat a combined South American team 40-37 in their final pool match to register their maiden victory at the Under-14 Jr NBA World Championships here. After losing their first two pool matches of the international bracket against Asia-Pacific and Europe respectively, the Indian girls came up with a spirited effort to eke out a close win at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex situated inside the Walt Disney World Resort. The Indians girls led their South American rivals in the first three periods 12-9 14-13 7-6 before losing the last period 7-9. For India, Sunishka Kartik scored 17 points as against 13 of South America’s Josefina Balatti. However, it turned out to be another disappointing outing for the Indian boys as they lost 49-56 to South America. As per the rules of the tournament, there are eight teams in the international bracket which have been divided into two pools of four each. All the eight teams qualified for the knock-out stages irrespective of the results and the pool outcomes are taken into consideration only to decide the placings. So, both the Indian boys and girls teams have automatically progressed to Fridays knock-out round. The US bracket too has eight teams and all of them will play the knock-out round irrespective of pool results. The winner of the US bracket and the international bracket will play in the World Championship match to be held on Sunday. Meanwhile, in tomorrow’s skill and three-point challenge contests, India will be represented by three boys and two girls.advertisement While Bhavik Garg and Dinesh Pal will be the boys representative in the skill challenge, Moumita Mishra will be the lone participant among the girls. In the three point contest, Jeevanshu Khatri will be the boys challenger while Sunishka will represent the girls. PTI SSC KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more