A brief overview of all major sports happenings from around the world during the past 24 hours. Allsportspk Weblishing Time: 22:00 PST, 17:00 GMT.
England VS South Africa Test Series
Stokes Back in Action
England skipper Ben Stokes joined his teammates for training ahead of the Boxing day test against South Africa confirming his presence in the playing Xi.
Earlier, Stokes was ruled out of Test squad after his father was rushed to Johannesburg hospital with an undisclosed ailment and Stokes had missed the practice.
Van der Dussen To Debut
South Africa batsman Rassie van der Dussen has been confirmed to begin his test career against England in the first test match starting from Thursday.
According to Proteas captain Faf du Plessis, 30-year-old Van der Dussen will come at number five as he will be replacing the injured Temba Bavuma who suffered a hip injury just a few days ago.
Australia Vs New Zealand Test Series
Bolt Cleared For Second Test
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult will be a part of playing XI on the second test against Australia, Captain Kane Williamson has confirmed.
Boult sat out the first test against Australia due to a ribs injury he had suffered against England in November.
Kiwi skipper also announced that the first test’s opener Jeet Raval has been replaced by Tom Blundell ahead of the boxing day test match.
Australia Mulling Five Bowlers
Australia may come to face New Zealand in the second test match with five specialist bowlers according to captain Tim Paine.
Paine hinted at the probable decision of including five bowlers in the squad keeping in mind the dead conditions of Melbourn ground where no side had been able to take 20 wickets during the last 2 boxing day tests.
FC Platinum In Egypt
Zimbabwean Football club FC Platinum has landed in Egypt ahead of the CAF Champions League match against Egyptian club Al Ahly.
The tie match between two domestic champions has been scheduled for Saturday under the ongoing African club league championship.
Avsaragova Signs Up For Bellator
Russian MMA fighter Diana Avsaragova has confirmed her joining Bellator league’s ranks for the flyweight title.
The 21-year-old up and coming athlete nicknamed ‘Pantera’ (Panther in English) has won both of her debut fights starting in May 2019.
Mayweather Highest-Paid Athlete
Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. has topped the Forbes’ ‘Highest-Paid Athletes of the Decade’ list by earning US$ 915 million in past years thanks to his showstopper fights against Pacquiao and Conor McGregor in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Other athletes in Forbes’ list included:
- Cristiano Ronaldo (football), $800 million
- Lionel Messi (football), 750 million
- LeBron James (Basketball), $680 million
- Roger Federer(tennis), $640 million
- Tiger Woods (Golf), $615 million
- Phil Mickelson (Golf), $480 million
- Manny Pacquiao (Boxing), $435 million
- Kevin Durant (Basketball), $425 million
- Lewis Hamilton (F1), $400 million
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