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The 35-year-old Khan said he’s fitter than he was at 24 and was not happy about being left off the team.

October 22, 2013 2:42:06 am

Younis ‘surprised’ after being dropped from ODIs

abu dhabi: Pakistan batsman Younis Khan was surprised Monday after selectors dropped him for the five-match one-day series against South Africa. The 35-year-old Khan said he’s fitter than he was at 24 and was not happy about being left off the team for the 50-over format of the game. “It was shocking news for me,” Khan said. Khan is a veteran of 253 one-day internationals and has scored 7,014 runs,but was also ignored for the last ODI series against Zimbabwe. “These kinds of things have not happened to me for the first time,” Khan said. “I am happy that someone has replaced me and if he performs … I will be the first happy person.”

Khan said age had never been on his mind and said there were other former captains like Imran Khan and present captain Misbah-ul-Haq,who performed despite being on the wrong side of 30s. “The day I feel I can’t play I will be an honest man to leave,but not like this to get dropped,” Khan said. “People feel that I don’t want to play … but it’s not like that,I will leave with a bang and Inshallah (god willing) on a top level.”

De Villiers wary of Pakistan’s pacers

abu dhabi: The Pakistan seamers damaged South Africa’s top order batting in the first test,according to batsman A.B. de Villiers,and the Proteas have to adapt quickly for the second and final test starting Wednesday. “They (seamers) got some really big wickets in the first and second innings and we have to work on it,” de Villiers said. Lanky pacer Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan had reduced South Africa to 43-3 and then removed Alviro Petersen and Jacques Kallis cheaply in the second innings as Pakistan went 1-0 up in the series with a seven-wicket victory last week. South Africa has not lost an away test series since 2006 when it was beaten by Sri Lanka 2-0,but the task to protect their seven-year unbeaten run will be tougher with another slow wicket expected to welcome them. “It’s a must-win game for us and we’re going in there with that attitude to win that game,” de Villiers said. “We’re still the No. 1 team in the world and we are going to play like it.”

Under-fire Ishant sweats it out before 4th match

RAnchi: Under-fire Indian pacer Ishant Sharma whose sloppy bowling cost India the third ODI against Australia on Monday worked overtime with bowling coach Joe Dawes even as his teammates took a day’s break ahead of their fourth match in Ranchi on Wednesday. Dawes was seen giving an extra attention to out-of-from Ishant who slogged it out for about a couple of hours,fine-tuning his line and length at the nets in the afternoon session at the JSCA Stadium,Dhurwa. India’s reserve pacer Jaydev Unadkat was summoned for the optional practice as he too was seen bowling in tandem with Ishant who conceded 30 runs to Glenn Maxwell in the 48th over to give away the third ODI to Australia in Mohali. The Australians,who lead the seven-match series 2-1,had a full practice session in the morning. This would be the second international match to be played here in a year. —PTI

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