Ashes 2019: Expect Usman Khawaja to be fully fit for first Test, says Tim Paine

first_imgAshes 2019: Expect Usman Khawaja to be fully fit for first Test, says Tim PaineUsman Khawaja had picked up a hamstring injury during Australia’s clash against South Africa in the recently concluded World Cup and was subsequently ruled out of the tournament.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service SouthamptonJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 11:49 IST Usman Khawaja in a rehab stage, as stated by Tim Paine (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKhawaja had injured his hamstring during Australia’s World Cup match vs South AfricaKhawaja has been batting at No.3 spot since the last Ashes series in England 4 years agoThe first Ashes Test will be played in Birmingham from August 1Australia captain Tim Paine is confident that left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja will be fit and available for the first Ashes Test against England beginning August 1 at Edgbaston.Khawaja had picked up a hamstring injury during Australia’s clash against South Africa in the recently concluded World Cup and was subsequently ruled out of the tournament. He will also not be available for the warm-up Test slated to begin Tuesday.”I don’t think he’s in serious doubt (of missing the first Ashes Test),” cricket.com.au quoted Paine as saying in Southampton.”He’s in a rehab stage so the decision has been made that he won’t play at this stage.””There is a possibility, maybe, if something were to happen to someone else he might be right for the back end of the game.”But we expect him to be fully fit and available for selection for the first Test,” he added.The 32-year-old has been batting at the no.3 spot since the last Ashes series in England four years ago, posting eight centuries and an average of 47.76 in that period.Cricket Australia selectors are set to name the Ashes squad at the end of the four-day game between Hick XII, led by Paine and Haddin XII captained by Travis Head.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Tim PaineFollow Usman Khawajalast_img read more

On cloud 9″ Ill mums joy after internet brings Ireland to her

first_imgONLINE COMMUNITY REDDIT is known for having users with a talent for finding quirky videos and taking part in revealing anonymous interviews – but it more than proved its worth when one member made an appeal on behalf of his mum.Reddit member Jay-Bob put out the appeal a month ago for his mother, who had recently been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and was given just three months to live.He wanted to do something to bring her joy but wasn’t able to travel home to the US as he is deployed in Afghanistan. He knew his grandparents had emigrated from Shannon, but it wasn’t until his mother broke down after hearing he stopped off at the town’s airport while on tour that he realised what to do:I saw a charm at the airport with a real shamrock in glass that I was going to send her, for luck, something Irish after finding out how much it really means to her. But I thought it cheesy and shallow. I want something warm, something very Irish, something individual and sincere. If I cant bring my mom to Ireland, to Shannon, how can I bring Ireland to her? What can I do?What happened next would bring a tear to even the most jaded internet user’s eye: fellow Redditers responded, not just with positive comments, but with photos, a card, shamrock seeds, and a Mass being said for her in Dublin.And there was even more great news to come:My mother just went to her first scan after chemo. She has had considerable shrinkage in all of her tumors, some have even disappeared. Her blood markers for cancer went from over 5500 to under 250. Her initial prognosis of 3 months has been extended to well over a year. I call it the luck of the Irish. Between the folks in Ireland and the family back home, my mam has been on cloud 9.Ah, internet. When you’re good, you really are very, very good.Read: ‘Weed? I’d legalise immediately’: Anonymous Garda invites people to ‘ask me anything’>last_img read more