to retire from Test cricket after Perth Test
Australian captain Ricky Ponting today announced that he will retire
from Test cricket after playing in the third Test against South Africa
which begins here tomorrow.
"A few hours ago I let
the team know that this upcoming Test will be my last," Ponting
said at a hastily-called press conference here.
"It's a decision I
thought long and hard about, put in long consideration about the
decision, at the end of the day it was about my results and my output
in this series so far," Ponting said.
"It hasn't been to the
level required for batsmen and players in the Australian team. My
level of performance hasn't been good enough." Following a poor
start to the Test series with low scores in Brisbane and Adelaide,
Ponting said he was troubled by the "tentative" manner of
In the second Test in
Adelaide, he was bowled twice in the same match for only the second
time in a career that began in 1995.
Ponting has managed just 20 runs from three innings in two Tests so far against South Africa.
Rana to be sentenced in Jan next year
sentencing of American-born Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley,
accused of involvement in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, has been fixed for
January 17 next year while that of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana has
been rescheduled for January 15 from December four.
According to Chicago court
spokesperson Randall Samborn, US District Judge Harry Leinenweber will
announce the sentence of the two accused, who have been charged with
conspiracy of 2008 Mumbai attack and plan to attack a Denmark
"The sentencing date
for Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled from December 4, 2012, to
January 15, 2013, and the sentencing of David Coleman Headley has been
scheduled for January 17, 2013.
hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:45 am on those dates before US
District Judge Harry Leinenweber of the Dirksen Federal
Courthouse," the spokesperson said.
The 52-year-old Healdey, who conducted reconnaissance of all the targets in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks for Lashker-e-Taiba, has pleaded guilty of all the charges framed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
crosses 19K, zooms over 200 pts
Mumbai: The Sensex
on Thursday breached the 19,000-mark for the first time in nearly
two-months in early trade on persistent fund inflows on expectations
that the government will be able to push through economic reforms.
The 30-share barometer
opened on a positive note and further picked up the momentum to to
trade 215.88 points, or 1.15 percent, higher at 19,057.96, a level
last seen on October 5 (intra-day) this year.
Stocks of consumer
durables, FMCG, realty and auto sectors were in keen demand, helping
Sensex to regain the 19,000 level.
The BSE benchmark Sensex
has rallied over 336 points in the previous two sessions, after credit
rating agency Moody's said that India's outlook is stable.