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Russell ruled out of WC with knee injury

MANCHESTER: West Indies were dealt a severe blow ahead of their crucial match against India after all-rounder Andre Russell was Monday ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a knee injury. Russell, who had a terrific IPL prior to the mega-event, has been replaced by Sunil Ambris for the remaining three matches of West Indies. In the four matches out of six he played in the World Cup, Russell managed just 36 runs at an average of 12. With the ball in hand, he had picked up five wickets at an economy rate of 5.31.

Eoin Morgan won’t tell fans how to react to Smith, Warner

LONDON: England captain Eoin Morgan insists it is not his job to tell supporters how to react to shamed Australia stars David Warner and Steve Smith when the archrivals meet in a crucial World Cup clash on Tuesday. Warner and Smith have found themselves booed by some fans in England after returning to international cricket following year-long bans for ball-tampering. Australia coach Justin Langer has pleaded for the taunts to stop, with India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed telling their supporters to lay off the duo. But, although the Australia clash is being played at Lord’s — the ‘home of cricket’ where crowds are traditionally polite — Morgan refused to issue a plea to respect Warner and Smith.

New Zealand wary of Williamson ban

LONDON: After being fined part of their match fee for a slow over rate against West Indies on Saturday, New Zealand will be keen to keep things ticking along quickly with skipper Kane Williamson facing a one-match ban at the Cricket World Cup. Williamson was fined 20 percent of his match fee and the rest of the team 10 percent for a slow over rate in their five-run victory at Old Trafford. As captain, Williamson would face suspension if the side are fined again, with New Zealand set to play Pakistan, Australia and England in their final three group stage games.

Du Plessis blasts ‘mediocre’ South Africa

LONDON: Faf du Plessis admitted South Africa’s limp World Cup exit was embarrassing as the furious captain branded his under-performing team “mediocre” and challenged them to take responsibility for their disastrous showing. “The results we are dishing out at the moment, it’s tough. The way we played today is borderline embarrassing,” Du Plessis said. “We are a mediocre team at the moment because we are making the same mistakes. One step forward and two steps back is not a good team,” he said.

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