New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup in England is just five months away but it seems Australia, the five-time and defending champions have decided that this is the time for a total overhaul in their ODI side. The squad picked in the three-match series against India has included some surprise picks and omissions. The squad sees the return of Peter Siddle, who last played an ODI against Sri Lanka in Sydney in 2010, along with Nathan Lyon and Usman Khawaja. Lyon, who is primarily Australia’s gun bowler in Tests, has played just 15 ODIs and last played in the format during the series in England in which Australia were whitewashed 5-0.The likes of D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Ashton Agar and Chris Lynn have all been dropped while the fast bowling trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood has all been rested. In a statement released by Cricket Australia, chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said key players had not capitalised on their chances. “Travis Head, D’Arcy Short and Chris Lynn have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia. With a focus on improving our ability to post competitive totals we’ve recalled Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitch Marsh to the squad. Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter is not only a fine player of spin bowling, he’s also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over,” Hohns said.Read More | Virat Kohli booed in Sydney Test, Ricky Ponting calls it an ‘absolute disgrace’Siddle played in the Domestic One-Day competition and managed to take nine wickets in seven games for Victoria. Khawaja has not played ODIs for Australia since the series against Pakistan. The dropping of Lynn has evoked mixed response. The Queensland right-hander failed in the series against South Africa, managing scores of 15,44 and 0. However, in the Big Bash League, he blasted 84 for the Brisbane Heat against the Sydney Sixers at the Carrara Oval. Short has underperformed in four ODIs while in the Twenty20 series against South Africa, he did not gain much success.Read More | Pujara slams third ton in series, gives India decisive advantageThe heavy workload of Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc in the Test series against India sees them getting rested for the ODIs but Australia have suffered a jolt with Nathan Coulter-Nile, their other pace option, being rested after complaining of back soreness in the Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers.Australia play three ODIs against India, starting on January 12, with the remaining matches being played on January 15 and January 18. Following the end of the ODI series, Australia play Sri Lanka and then could embark on ODI tours to India and the UAE against Pakistan. The series against Pakistan could see the return of David Warner and Steve Smith following the end of their one-year ban imposed on them following the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.Australia squad for India ODI seriesAaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had the honor to score 25,000th goal in the history of the Premier League after he scored in the 11th round in the match Manchester United against Swansea.He was waiting for the goal for 609 minutes, since he scored the last league goal against Manchester City in the 4th round when they were celebrating with 2: 1 at Old Trafford.Ibrahimovic scored against Swansea in the 21st minute with the shot from about 16 meters and it was 25,000th goal of Premiership.Just 12 minutes later, Ibrahimovic scored another goal for the leadership of the United 3: 0. That goal was jubilee as well. Not for the Premiership, but for Ibrahimovic, since that was his 400th goal of his career.Before Ibrahimovic’s jubilee, a true masterpiece was performed by Paul Pogba who scored for 1:0 in the 15th minute of the match. The most expensive player in the history of football hit from 17 meters.Take a look at the VIDEO.(Source: O. T./Klix.ba)
Lowell CogginsLowell Thomas â€œJuniorâ€ Coggins, 80, died May 31, 2016 at his home in Oxford surrounded by his loving family.Graveside services will be held at the Oxford Cemetery on Friday, June 3Â at 2 p.m. No visitation is scheduled. Memorial contributions for Lowell can be made out to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left in care of Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield.Lowell Thomas â€œJuniorâ€ Coggins was born on February 6, 1936 in Cowley County to proud parents Thomas Lowell and Agnes (Dennett) Coggins. Lowell graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1953, after graduating he joined the National Guard and served from 1953-1956. On December 27, 1970 in Miami, Okla. Lowell was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marrietta (Whaley). Lowell loved staying busy, he was a hard worker andÂ after spending 15 years in South Texas in the seafood industry, he worked in a variety of trades such as: maintenance for schools in the area, the Shangri La, Okla. golf course, the oilfields, and for Skyline Corporation. When he wasnâ€™t working Lowell like to play Texas Hold â€˜em, he enjoyed being a member of the Arkansas City American Legion Post #18, and he loved to fish. But most of all he loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Survivors include: wife, Marrietta Coggins of the home; children: Debbie Davidson and husband Mike, Tammie Pingsterhaus and husband Kevin, Suzie Lauderdale and husband Daniel, Patsy Bowen, Walter Wood and wife Wanetta; sister Barbara Branson; 14 grandchildren and an abundance of great-grandchildren.He is preceded in death by his parents, 7 siblings, and daughter Dana Jean.