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US ambassador unconvinced China willing to make fast progress on trade

BEIJING: US ambassador to China Terry Branstad said on Friday that the U.S. government is not convinced China is willing to make sufficient progress on trade issues, as the two countries remain locked in spiraling disputes. Speaking at the opening of a financial forum in Beijing, Branstad said there was still a chance to address issues such as non-tariff barriers, loss of intellectual property and technology transfer. “The administration is not convinced that the Chinese are willing to make enough progress soon…

Players unconvinced by pink ball for day-night tests

MELBOURNE: The Australian Cricketers' Association says the pink ball is not ready for day-night tests and have cautioned administrators not to rush into the concept. Australia trialled night sessions using the pink ball during the domestic Sheffield Shield season and has mooted hosting a first day-night test against New Zealand in November 2015. "The overwhelming majority of players believe the pink Kookaburra ball isn't yet ready for test cricket," ACA chief executive Paul Marsh said in a statement on the association's…