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It’s a very good problem to have: Australian pacer Jhye Richardson unfazed by competition in squad

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Australia had left out Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the first Ashes Test.
'Australia fast bowler Jhye Richardson feels his team is currently facing problem of plenty in the ongoing Ashes after injuries had significantly depleted their pace reservoir in recent years. Despite being fit, Australia had left out Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the first Ashes Test against England and Richardson said it is good to have that sort of competition in the team. “In the recent years, Australia has had a few injuries that have probably depleted our fast bowling stocks a little bit,” Richardson, who is rehabilitating after suffering a dislocated shoulder earlier in the year, said. “But now, especially going into a big series like the Ashes having everyone available is perfect because if someone gets injured or someone is not performing then the next person is ready to go. From a selectors’ point of view, I think it’s a very good problem to have,” he added. Richardson, who is in Chennai at the MRF Pace Foundation as part of the National Performance Squad, said he is now looking to perform in domestic cricket to earn a place in the Australian team. “I think it’s just about setting goals. I firstly set the goal of World Cup. Obviously didn’t make it. I kind of understood in.. Read more'

Positive dope cases put NADA’s result-management system under tremendous strain

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However, when the concerned federation and athlete cooperate, the process is completed within WADA’s suggested timelines.
'The National Anti-Doping Agency on Saturday admitted that its result management system came under tremendous strain due to the increase in positive dope cases in recent times. Questions have been raised in some quarters on whether NADA has been able to complete doping-related processes within the stipulated time but the anti-doping watchdog of the country said that it has largely been able to do that. “NADA’s result management had been under tremendous strain on account of considerable improvement in detection rate resulting in a large number of #dopepositive cases,” the NADA said in a Facebook post. “However, when the concerned federation and athlete cooperates, the process is completed within WADA’s suggested timelines,” it said. On Friday, the BCCI agreed to come under the ambit of the NADA after years of defiance, and the national anti-doping body said it has made improvements in the system to allay the fears of the cricket board. “BCCI had some reservations earlier regarding the quality of NADA’s anti-doping programme. Over the last one year NADA has taken a number of steps to allay their concerns.” the NADA said. “A system of Lead Dope Control officers (DCO), who are medical graduates was approved in the last meeting of NADA’s governing body, after which many such #DCOs have been.. Read more'