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Paine casts doubt on ODI future after whitewash

Australia captain Tim Paine has cast doubt over his one-day international future after his touring side were thumped 5-0 by England, who sealed the series whitewash with a one-wicket victory in Manchester on Sunday. The 33-year-old Paine, Australia’s test captain, was handed the role for the one-day portion of their limited-overs tour of England but chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said at the time it was probably only a stop-gap measure. The wicketkeeper, leading the side while regular captain Steve Smith serves a…

‘Dangerous’ pitch puts rest of South Africa v India Test in doubt

JOHANNESBURG: Further play in the third Test between South Africa and India was in the hands of the match officials on Friday (Jan 26) after play was called off shortly before the scheduled close on the third day at the Wanderers. Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, in consultation with match referee Andy Pycroft, took the players off the field after South African opener Dean Elgar was hit on the grille of his helmet by a short ball from India's Jasprit Bumrah. There had been several discussions between the umpires…

Current and former Uber security staffers cast doubt on spying claims

SAN FRANCISCO: The former security chief of Uber swore in a closed legal proceeding that he knew of no attempts to steal trade secrets from anyone, including Alphabet Inc’s self-driving unit Waymo, and would be “shocked” if that had occurred. In a deposition taken in mid-December near San Francisco, Joe Sullivan, Uber’s security chief from 2015 to 2017, said that the most explosive claims made by another former Uber employee of unethical and illegal behavior by members of his security team were false. The testimony,…

Ed Sheeran Asia tour dates in doubt after cycling injury

LONDON: Award-winning British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran said Monday that some upcoming shows could be cancelled after he suffered a cycling accident, posting an image of his arm in a cast and a sling. "I've had a bit of a bicycle accident and I'm currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows," Sheeran told his 15.7 million followers on Instagram. Britain's Daily Mail said the accident happened in London on Sunday. Sheeran is due to perform in Taipei on Sunday at the…

India’s Kohli in doubt for Australia showdown

DHARAMSALA: Injured Indian skipper Virat Kohli said Friday he would play the fourth Test against Australia only if he was 100 percent fit, keeping up the suspense over his participation in the series decider. Kohli, who injured his shoulder during the drawn third Test in Ranchi, said he would undergo fitness tests before taking a final call on whether to take the field in the fourth and final Test which begins Saturday. "Obviously if I am 100 percent fit for the game (that) is the only condition on which I will take…