Short Sport, October 16, 2012

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 5:11am

Singh smashes 208 on return in Hyderabad

Cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh smashed 208 on his return to first-class cricket to stake a claim yesterday for a place in India's team for next month's test series against England. The left-hander hit 33 boundaries and three sixes for North Zone before being dismissed on the second day of the four-day Duleep Trophy semi-final against Central Zone in Hyderabad. Yuvraj, 30, who was judged man of the tournament in India's 50-over World Cup triumph last year, was treated for a rare germ-cell cancer between his lungs in the United States earlier this year. He returned after chemotherapy treatment in April and by August had been fast-tracked into the Indian team for the recent World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka. AFP

Tired Watson may be called home early

All-rounder Shane Watson is likely to be called home early from the Champions League Twenty20 tournament so he can rest and be ready for the three-test series against South Africa starting on November 9. Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said Watson's workload was being reviewed and "that it's likely he won't see the tournament out". "We're concerned about Shane. His injury record is unfortunate and what that tells us is that we need to monitor him and manage him very carefully and we are." The 31-year-old Watson scored 46 for the Sydney Sixers in a win over the Chennai Super Kings at Johannesburg yesterday and was due to travel to Cape Town for another Champions League Twenty20 match last night. AP

Blixt third rookie to win on tour this season

Swedish rookie Jonas Blixt earned his first US PGA victory after rolling in a four-foot par putt on 18 to capture the US$5 million Open by one stroke. Blixt closed with a three-under par 68, collecting US$900,000 in prize money and becoming the third rookie golfer to win on the US tour this season. "It's unbelievable," Blixt said. "This is the biggest dream I ever had." Blixt broke through after coming close this season with three top-10 finishes. AFP