Virat Kohli said it was not his place to speak on selection matters after Karun Nair was controversially omitted from the two-Test series against West Indies starting October 4.Nair was part of the Indian squad on the away tours to South Africa and England and yet, all he did was warm the bench and impressed Shankar Basu, India’s trainer, with his fitness.Karun Nair is only the second Indian to have scored a triple century in Test cricket. Yet the Indian team management and selectors decided to pick just a one-Test old Hanuma Vihari ahead of Nair for the two-Test series against West Indies at home in October.READ – Virat Kohli looks at the future as India gear up for West Indies”Selectors have already spoken about it and it is not my place to say. There are selectors doing their job. You can conveniently merge everything and make it a circle where everyone is doing their job and not focusing on what people are saying on the outside,” Kohli said on the pre-match press conference at Rajkot.READ – India vs West Indies: Prithvi Shaw to debut in 1st Test as India announce 12-man team”If a person has spoken about it already, it should not be brought in here again. The chief selector has already spoken to the player of what I know. I don’t think I need to comment on that.READ – Haven’t got the opportunities I should have got after triple hundred: Karun Nairadvertisement”Selection is not my job. As a team we are doing what we are supposed to. Everyone should be aware of their respective jobs.”Captain @imVkohli looking on point on the eve of the 1st Test against West Indies #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/JR65lonaacBCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2018Virat Kohli also asserted that no joint decisions are taken and all stakeholders are aware of their respective jobs.READ – Harbhajan finding it hard to understand the parameters for selecting national team”People should also realise that it is not a joint thing everywhere. That is the confusion right now where people are combining everything and thinking everything is happening from one place which is not true,” said Kohli, dismissing the perception that captain and the rest of the team management have a significant say in selection matters.READ – Spoke to Karun Nair soon after India team selection for West Indies Tests: MSK PrasadAfter chief selector MSK Prasad clarified that Nair was spoken to at length over his omission, Harbhajan Singh slammed the logic behind dropping the Karnataka batsman.(With inputs from PTI)
SAINTS Academy bowed out of the Play-Offs 44-18 at the semi-final stage after a disappointing second half display, writes Graham Henthorne.For 25 minutes the Saints were following the game plan, getting at the weak left side defence of the visitors and were comfortably sitting on a 12 point lead.But the old Achilles heel of dropped ball in their own half inviting teams on to them surfaced yet again and having got away with it three times they were punished on the fourth.The Saints started much the brighter and took the lead on six minutes with a set play. The visitors gave away a penalty for obstruction in possession on their own 10 metre line. Phil Atherton drove the ball close and from the play the ball Lewis Charnock dummied wide right before turning it back left to the charging Matty Fozard who went straight over the top of the play the ball to score.A great defensive set on the Saints line kept the visitors out forcing the error. Jake Spedding, one of the few players to emerge with anything like credit from the game broke away on a 70 metre run just being grabbed from behind, but a repeat set was the reward. Five tackles after the restart and Charnock ducked blind in the right corner slipping the ball away to Matty Fleming to go in. A great touchline conversion put the Saints 12 ahead.At this stage the visitors were definitely rocking and finding it difficult to defend the Saints relentless right side attack. Defensively the Saints were up for it as well typified by a magnificent last ditch tackle from Danny Richardson, Adam Saunders and Fleming which saved a try.But it all went wrong in a twenty minute period either side of the break as the game plan went out of the window, the visitors got a breather and scored thirty points to take the game away from the Saints.In truth there was little to shout about from the Saints after the break as they completed only two sets under their own steam.One were Lewis Charnock was inches short of the line in stretching out on the last.The other when Lewis Galbraith scored in the corner after a Dave Hewitt chip over the defence was taken in by Ricky Bailey before feeding his winger.Fozard and Spedding were best for the Saints and were pushed hard by Liam Cooper who did long minutes off the bench but too many others were off the pace in the wrong game.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Lewis Galbraith, Matty Fleming, Matty Fozard.Goals: Dave Hewitt, Lewis Charnock 2.Wigan U19s:Tries: Liam Marshall 2, Lewis Tierney 2, Grant Beecham, Liam Forsyth 2, Ryan Hampshire,.Goals: Ryan Hampshire 6.Half Time: 12-18Full Time: 18-44Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Adam Saunders, 4. Matty Fleming, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Lewis Galbraith; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Phil Atherton, 9. Lewis Charnock, 10. Matty Fozard, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Andre Savelio, 13. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 14. Jonah Cunningham, 15. Chris Worrall, 16. Liam Cooper, 17. Joe Ryan.Wigan:6. Ryan Hampshire; 5. Lewis Tierney, 4. Liam Forsyth, 3. Oliver Gildart, 2. Liam Marshall; 24. Jamie Doran, 7. Jake Shorrocks; 8. Ben Austin, 9. Callum Wright, 10. Robert Lever, 11. Grant Beecham, 12. Nick Gregson, 13. Kyle Shelford. Subs: 14. Luke Waterworth, 15. Brad Lawrence, 16. Kieran Sherratt, 17. Macauley Davies.