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Rafael Nadal to rest shoulder injury after Australian Open

Nadal to take time out to rest recurring shoulder injury after Australian Open

World No 2 Rafael Nadal plans to take several weeks off after the Australian Open in January to recover from a shoulder injury suffered before November’s ATP World Tour Finals in London.

The Spaniard said: ‘I had to stop for about 10 days before the Finals. It felt better again but resurfaced. I couldn’t practise.’

Time for a break: Rafael Nadal rounded off his year with Davis Cup glory

Time for a break: Rafael Nadal rounded off his year with Davis Cup glory

Sachin Tendulkar misses out on 100th Test ton against Australia in Melbourne

Wait goes on for Tendulkar as Dravid puts India in the driving seat in Melbourne

Sachin Tendulkar threatened to bring up a magical 100th international century but was dismissed late on day two after helping put India in command of the first Test against Australia.


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Tendulkar was bowled superbly by Peter Siddle for a dashing 73 from 98 deliveries, three balls before stumps at the MCG.

He had teamed up with Rahul Dravid, who scored a patient 68 not out to help the tourists reach 214 for three heading into the third day in response to Australia”s first-innings score of 333.

The long walk: Sachin Tendulkar gives a rueful glance over his left shoulder after missing out on the milestone once again

The long walk: Sachin Tendulkar gives a rueful glance over his left shoulder after missing out on the milestone once again

The two greatest Test run-scorers of all-time put on 117 for the third wicket – their 20th century partnership.

Worryingly for Australia, they were looking at their ominous best before Siddle intervened and forced nightwatchman Ishant Sharma to make an appearance.

It did not take long for Tendulkar to get his eye in and he treated the 52,858-strong crowd to a batting masterclass with top-notch stroke play which delivered some perfectly-executed boundaries.

The Little Master saw off eight balls in a nervous period before tea, following Virender Sehwag”s dismissal for 67 in the penultimate over of the middle session.


That”s out: Peter Siddle accounts for Tendulkar at the MCG

He then set the tone for his innings with the first ball of the final session, doing so in spectacular style with an outrageous six when he flicked Siddle over the slip cordon and the third-man boundary.

It was the first of three precise late cuts he guided over the slips in what was a display of supreme awareness, vision and timing.

Tendulkar had eight fours to go with his six, and scored his 64th Test fifty with a single off Nathan Lyon that produced one of the loudest cheers of the day from a Melbourne crowd which featured a healthy portion of Indian supporters.

At the other end, Dravid was at his resolute best and lived up to his nickname of The Wall, with his 68 runs coming from 185 balls.

No ball: Rahul Dravid was handed a reprieve after a video replay

No ball: Rahul Dravid was handed a reprieve after a video replay

Dravid had been a lot more circumspect than Tendulkar but there were some flashes of brilliance, none more impressive than when he hit a glorious glance for four off Siddle after he opened his wrists ever so slightly.

Tendulkar overtook Dravid, who notched his 63rd Test fifty, despite the latter getting a 28-over head start.

Dravid was assured in his stroke-play and looked impregnable for the most part although he did experience some hairy moments courtesy of Ben Hilfenhaus, James Pattinson and Siddle.

Most notably, six overs before stumps, Siddle did find a way through when he bowled Dravid, but after much jubilation the delivery was adjudged to be a no-ball after umpire Marais Erasmus referred it to the third umpire, much to the Victorian firebrand”s horror.

Fancy a livener Dravid takes evasive action as James Pattinson fires in the short stuff

Fancy a livener Dravid takes evasive action as James Pattinson fires in the short stuff

But Tendulkar”s wicket would have served as a decent consolation for Siddle who bowled a ripping spell at the end of the day which yielded one for seven from four overs.

Tendulkar and Dravid had experienced little trouble dealing with the off-spin of Lyon, and the absence of an all-rounder in the team meant part-timers David Hussey and David Warner bowled their respective medium pace and leg spin with little effect against the greatest and second-greatest Test run scorers of all time.

Pacemen Pattinson and Hilfenhaus had made a blistering start to India”s innings but could not build momentum.

Hilfenhaus bowled fantastically well early on and he troubled Dravid and Sehwag, in particular, on numerous occasions with superb pace, line and length.

While Pattinson was outstanding, especially in the period prior to tea which saw him take one for seven from five overs in a spell of venomous pace bowling which saw him bowl Sehwag after the opener had a number of near-misses in an entertaining and risky innings which included seven boundaries.

Sehwag brought up his 8,000th Test run and 31st Test fifty and combined well with Dravid as they put on 75 for the second wicket.

Earlier, Australia made it to 333 thanks to some handy cameos from Siddle (41), Hilfenhaus (19) and Pattinson (18 not out) after starting the day on 277 for six.

Picture perfect: An expectant crowd assembled at the MCG for the second day

Picture perfect: An expectant crowd assembled at the MCG for the second day

Veteran Indian paceman Zaheer Khan (four for 77) and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (three for 81) wrapped up Australia”s innings as they shared the remaining four wickets evenly.

Meanwhile, impressive Australian debutant Ed Cowan is under a fitness cloud after injuring his back during the warm-up and receiving treatment.

Cowan re-entered the arena to resume fielding duties in the second session but had to leave the field again soon after.

Graham Onions joins England Test squad

Onions to link-up with England Test squad as cover for Pakistan series

Graham Onions will link up with England”s Test squad as fast bowling cover for the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next month.

The Durham seamer, who has not played international cricket for almost two years following a serious back problem, will not be an official squad member but has been asked to travel due to doubts over Stuart Broad (shoulder), Chris Tremlett (back) and Tim Bresnan (elbow).

All three are hopeful of being fit to face Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai on January 17, though Bresnan”s rehabilitation programme following surgery to remove a bone fragment makes his the most obvious concern.

Back in the fold: Onions hasn

Back in the fold: Onions hasn”t played Test cricket for England since South Africa tour in early 2010

“We”ve obviously got some niggles from the seamer point of view, so Graham Onions will go out there in a cover capacity,” national selector Geoff Miller said.

“If he”s not required then he”ll probably come back after the first Test, or even during it.”

Onions was becoming a key part of England”s plans following important contributions in the 2009 Ashes and the subsequent winter tour to South Africa, but was sent home from the trip to Bangladesh with what was originally thought to be a minor problem.

The diagnosis got increasingly worse and at one stage his career was in doubt, before he made a successful return to county cricket over the summer.

The selectors have been keen to involve him in the squad since then – he was a squad member for the one-off ODI against Ireland and was also summoned to India for the one-day series in October – but he has yet to make his on-field comeback.

In with a shout: Onions could feature as a number of seamers have injury worries

In with a shout: Onions could feature as a number of seamers have injury worries

Monty Panesar and Steve Davies named in England squad to face Pakistan

Monty”s back! Panesar named alongside Davies in England squad to face Pakistan

Monty Panesar”s return to the England fold was confirmed this morning, after he was selected as the second spinner for the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Wednesday that Panesar would join reserve wicketkeeper Steve Davies in an otherwise predictable squad of 16 under captain Andrew Strauss.

The Sussex spinner has been out of favour since the last of his 39 Test caps to date at the start of the 2009 Ashes series.

Last outing: Panesar hasn

Last outing: Panesar hasn”t played for England since the 2009 Ashes Test in Cardiff

England squad

AJ Strauss (Capt, Middlesex), JM Anderson (Lancashire), IR Bell (Warwickshire), RS Bopara (Essex), TT Bresnan (Yorkshire), SCJ Broad (Nottinghamshire), AN Cook (Essex), SM Davies (wkt, Surrey), ST Finn (Middlesex), EJG Morgan (Middlesex), MS Panesar (Sussex), KP Pietersen (Surrey), MJ Prior (wkt, Sussex), GP Swann (Nottinghamshire), CT Tremlett (Surrey), IJL Trott (Warwickshire).

England were also able to name a number of regulars who are fit to travel next month after injury, and in some cases surgery.

Batsman Eoin Morgan has been unavailable since the first match of England”s one-day international series at home to India in September, because of a SLAP lesion shoulder injury which required an operation.

Fast bowler Stuart Broad also hurt his shoulder in that same series, and missed the return – a 5-0 hammering for England – in India.

Broad”s fellow seamer Chris Tremlett has been absent longer, having injured his back before last summer”s Trent Bridge Test against India – while pace bowler Tim Bresnan has missed no cricket and has recovered quickly after a recent operation on his elbow.

Steven Finn, the sole success story of England”s hapless autumn tour, is also in the reckoning as a pace option.

But the most eye-catching element of a squad otherwise notable for the inclusion of Ravi Bopara as a back-up specialist batsman, despite his mediocre trip to India, is the presence of Panesar.

National selector Geoff Miller said: “Monty Panesar, who has been playing cricket in Sydney recently, has been selected as the second spin option along with Graeme Swann.

Rearguard action: Panesar and James Anderson

Rearguard action: Panesar and James Anderson”s last-wicket stand saved the first Test for England in 2009

Rearguard action: Panesar and James Anderson


How Sportsmail”s Paul Newman broke the news on Wednesday

“Monty”s selection comes off the back of a strong domestic season with Sussex and with the potentially spin-friendly conditions of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in mind.”

Panesar, who as a left-arm orthodox turns the ball in the opposite direction to off-spinner Swann, will be no mere stand-by in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He could well be in contention to operate in tandem with Swann if pitches in the Middle East are as England anticipate.

England”s bid to consolidate their newly-earned International Cricket Council Test number one status faces a stern examination in five series next year, including at home to their most likely challengers South Africa – and their assignment away to Pakistan is a tough opener.

Miller said: “This is an important series, given it is our first Test series since hosting India in August this year, and we expect a stern challenge against a Pakistan side that will be accustomed to playing in the UAE.

“We believe we”ve selected a very strong squad with a number of key players looking to return from injury – including the likes of Stuart Broad, Eoin Morgan and Chris Tremlett.

“All three have missed a significant period of cricket recently but continue to make excellent progress and will be looking forward to having a substantial impact during this series.

“To have three world-class players of their calibre returning to the squad is an enormous boost for the Test team.”

Back in the fold: Davies has also returned to the squad

Back in the fold: Wicketkeeper Davies has also returned to the squad

England”s policy of continuity may be the reason there is another chance for Bopara, who fared well in the absence of the injured Jonathan Trott and Morgan in the fourth Test against India at The Oval and then again in the home ODI series.

“Ravi Bopara has another opportunity to show his growth as a Test player, and we believe he will continue to add depth to our batting stocks for what promises to be a highly competitive series,” said Miller.

“We”ve been very pleased with the preparations undertaken by a number of players during what continues to be a lengthy break from international cricket.

“With a long lead-in period once the squad arrives in Dubai, there will be a substantial amount of preparation time to acclimatise and adapt to the conditions.”

England play three Tests against Pakistan, with the series getting under way next month.

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Moody out for three months as former England captain is sidelined after shoulder surgery

Moody out for three months as former England captain is sidelined after shoulder surgery

Bath flanker Lewis Moody will be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Moody, 33, suffered the injury during Bath”s 16-7 Aviva Premiership defeat to Worcester last month.

The former England captain has also been sidelined by eye and knee injuries since moving from Leicester to Bath last year, limiting him to just 13 league appearances and four in the Heineken Cup.

Blow: Bath forward Lewis Moody (centre) will be out of action for three months

Blow: Bath forward Lewis Moody (centre) will be out of action for three months

Moody was making only his third appearance for Bath since returning from the World Cup when he was injured.

“I”m just gutted for the player himself,” Bath assistant coach Brad Davis told BBC Radio Bristol.

“He came back enthusiastic in training but I”m sure he”s going to give loads off the field now to keep himself occupied.

“It”s disappointing but what can you do He”s always played the game that way, he”s always going to pick up knocks.”

Bath will have flanker Francois Louw and fly-half Stephen Donald available for Sunday”s Heineken Cup clash with Leinster.