JP Duminy quits test cricket

South African batsman JP Duminy announced his retirement from test cricket today, however, he also mentioned that he will continue playing the smaller version of the game. Duminy has scored 2000+ runs in 46 Tests at an average of 32.85. He said, “Test cricket has always been the pinnacle and I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some memorable highlights with the Proteas”.

Lately, in 2017 Duminy has been wobbly with his performance with the bat against New Zealand and did not perform well in the limited over games against Sri Lanka. The Delhi Daredevil batsman also opted out of the 10th edition of IPL citing “personal reasons”. Critics believe that Duminy was not able to convert the hidden talent inside of him into runs. He always remained susceptible to the short ball and off-spinners.

In total Duminy scored six hundreds in total, which came when the Proteas needed it the most. He would surely be remembered for his innings at Melbourne where the Kangaroos had reduced the Proteas to a pale 184/7 against their massive total of394. Duminy played alongside Dale Steyn for eight hours and managed to provide 64 runs lead to the visiting team.

With world cup two years down the line, retiring from the test cricket and focusing on the shorter format of the game, seems to be a wise decision.


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3 time Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis retires at 60

Los Angeles, June 21: Three time academy award winner, Daniel Day-Lewis has recently bid adieu to his acting career. The actor announced his official retirement on Tuesday, June 20.

The 60-year-old actor’s spokesperson said, “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor.” Day-Lewis will star one last time on screen in ‘Phantom Thread’ that will premier later this year.

Day-Lewis is the only actor who has won three academy awards in the best actor category. He won his first Oscar in 1990 for ‘My Left Foot’, followed by one in 2008 for ‘There Will Be Blood’ and for ‘Lincoln’ in 2003.

In an interview with BBC, the British performer said, “All you’re trying to do is lay the groundwork, which might allow the imagination to free itself. When the imagination frees itself, you have no goddamn idea what’s going to happen. So it’s not a constrictive or restrictive way of working – quite the opposite.”

Apart from the Oscars, Day-Lewis has also won four best actor Bafta awards, two Golden Globes and a Knighthood for services to Drama.

Sources: CNN, BBC

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Dwayne Smith announces retirement from International Cricket

West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. The 33 year old announced his decision before the start of the second qualifying final against Karachi Kings in Sharjah in the ongoing Pakistan Super League.

The all-rounder played his maiden match on West Indies’ tour of South Africa 2003-04, beginning with the New Year’s Test in Cape Town in January 2004. He scored a century on debut – an unbeaten 105, which also turned out to be his only century in international cricket. He played his last international game against the United Arab Emirates in a One-Day International (ODI) in Napier during the ICC World Cup in March 2015.

Smith played 10 Tests in total, scoring a total of 320 runs with an average of 24.61. His last Test appearance was in March 2006 against New Zealand, in Napier. His career as a cricketer bloomed mainly under made ODI cricket. He made useful contributions with his medium-pace in the game. Having begun in the lower order, Smith was promoted to the top order, including as an opener, after 2014 and did better there. He played in 105 ODIs, tallying up to 1560 runs with a career-best of 97. Smith scored eight half-centuries with an average of 18.57. His 61 wickets in total boasts of a career-best of 5 for 45.

Smith has been popular on the T20 circuit and has played for franchises in the Caribbean Premier League, NatWest Blast in England, the Bangladesh Premier League, the Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement from international football

Bastian Schweinsteiger, midfielder and captain of Germany, announced his retirement from international football on Twitter. His decision has come in just weeks after Germany lost to France in the semi-finals of the Euro 2016 Cup.

The former Bayern Munich player wrote out a heartfelt message to his fans and followers on Twitter. He openly spoke about his desire to win the Euro 2016, which the German side had last won in 1996 and expressed that he would have to simply accept the loss and move on. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards the football club’s coaches, the entire German Football Association, and his true-blue fans. He also requested the German coach Joachim Loew to not choose him as part of the future German national team.

The greatest achievement of Schweinsteiger’s career was winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Under his captaincy, the German club’s performance went down in history for thrashing the host nation Brazil 7-1. He left Bayern Munich in 2015 and joined English Premier League giants, Manchester United, as a midfielder.

Bastian Schweinsteiger boasts an impressive résumé, with 500 successful appearances for Bayern Munich and 120 caps for the German National side. The veteran midfielder also has a splendid record of winning 81 games, achieving 19 draws and facing only 20 defeats. The 31-year old has scored 24 times for Germany.

Due to frequent injuries, Schweinsteiger was able to make only a lukewarm impression in the Premier League, ending the 2015-16 season on an uninspired note. His future at Manchester United remains doubtful, as José Mourinho looks to cut down on his squad. The Portuguese manager has shelled out big bucks for United’s 2016-17 squad, and with the uncertain arrival of Paul Pogba, the decorated German’s future remains in question.

Indo-Aus retirement agreement comes to force

Citizens of India and Australia will be able to avail retirement benefits from the other country due to the new social security agreement signed between both the nations, thus boosting the bilateral trade relations between the nations.  The agreement which was signed in November 2014, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott  came into force on January 1, 2016, but was officially announced today morning.

“Australian residents living in India will be able to claim the Australian Age Pension without having to return to Australia, while Indian residents living in Australia will have access to Indian retirement pensions. It’s a win-win,” said Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister for Social Services Christian Porter in an official statement. He added that it was the primary aim of all Commonwealth countries to ensure that its citizens who lived and worked in more than one of the member countries does not feel disadvantaged in any manner.

The agreement protects the pension rights, and temporarily seconded workers, and their employers will only have to make mandatory contributions  to their home country’s superannuation than spending into the treasury of both the countries. 30 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the U.S. have signed the social security agreement with Australia.


Sources: Business Standard , The Hindu