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Injury puts Simmons out of India tour
NEW DELHI, India (CMC): Injured West Indies opener Lendl Simmons has been ruled out of the one-day tour of India with a back injury. The right-hander has yet to play a game on tour and will now return home to Trinidad and Tobago to continue his rehabilitation, the West Indies Cricket Board announced in a release.
Simmons represented Mumbai Indians in the qualifying round of the recently held Champions League Twenty20 prior to joining the Windies squad. West Indies selectors are yet to name a replacement.
The one-day tour is level at 1-1 after West Indies won the first game in Kochi by 124 runs last Wednesday and lost the second in New Delhi by 48 runs on Saturday. Bad weather forced the cancellation of the third one-dayer scheduled for Visakhapatnam, reducing the five-match series to a four-match affair.
Watson plans cricket comeback
SYDNEY (AP): Australia allrounder Shane Watson says he expects to end an almost five-month break from cricket in a Twenty20 club match on Sunday. The 33-year-old Watson hasn't played since the Indian Premier League (IPL) in May, missing Australia's tours to Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates because of ankle and calf injuries.
He says "it's been a pretty slow process coming back after standing on the ball" in the training accident that led to his injuries.
Watson says the break has given him "a lot of time to work on other fitness and strengths, which I'm going to need, and I've worked on a few things with my batting as well. If I'm fit and playing well, there's a lot of cricket over the next couple of years."
Kvitova to lead Czechs in Fed Cup final
PRAGUE (AP): Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will lead the Czech Republic team in next month's Fed Cup final against Germany. Karolina Pliskova, the 22-year-old rising star of Czech tennis, was named to the preliminary squad for the first time. Pliskova defeated Camila Giorgi of Italy in the final of the Generali Ladies on Sunday for her second WTA title this year to reach a career high ranking of No. 27.
Lucie Safarova is also in contention for singles, while doubles specialists Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka have also been selected for the November 8-9 series on an indoor hardcourt in Prague. Czech coach Petr Pala still has to narrow his team to four players.
The Czechs, who beat Germany in their previous three encounters, won the Fed Cup in 2011 and '12.