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Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 4:26 PM
Reggae Boyz celebrating at recent Gold Cup.

Russia Wi Seh

tickets on sale

Tickets for Jamaica's opening match in the 2018 World Cup Journey, Russia Wi Seh, go on sale today at outlets right across the island.

Ticket prices are: Grandstand 1, $5,500; Grandstand 2, $6,500; and Bleachers, $1,200 per person. Of special note is the Early Boyz, Bleachers Special price, which is $1,000 up to midnight Wednesday, September 2, or until stocks last within that period.

Match time next Friday, September 4, is 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Members of the Reggae Boyz squad begin arriving into the island on Monday, August 31, for this crucial game. Their opponents, Nicaragua, are expected to arrive on Tuesday, September 1.

Tickets outlets are as follows: Petcom (Portmore), Western Sports (Twin Gates and MoBay), York Pharmacy, Total petrol Station (Stanton Terrace, Liguanea, Dunrobin), The Jamaica Pegasus, Captains Bakery (all locations), Richie B's Liquor Centre, Mary Brown's Corner.

Former Indian spinner on Americas

coaching panel


Former Indian spinner Venkatapathy Raju will be part of the coaching team for the ICC Americas Cricket Combine to be held in Indianapolis, United States, next month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.

Raju joins a high-calibre coaching panel for the Combine, which also includes West Indies great Courtney Walsh and internationally renowned American fielding coach Mike Young.

"I can't wait to work with Courtney, Mike and the other coaches, to help the players improve their skills in what really is an exciting initiative for the development of the game," said Raju.

About 100 of the best players within the region will take part in the Combine, following which an ICC Americas representative team will be selected to play in the West Indies Cricket Board's Nagico Super 50 tournament in January 2016.

Australia beat Ireland by 23 runs

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP):

David Warner struck 84 in 80 balls to set Australia on their way to a 23-run win over Ireland using the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-curtailed one-day international yesterday.

Warner put on 139 runs for the first wicket with Joe Burns (69 off 70 balls) as the Australians posted a total of 222-6 in 40.2 overs in Belfast.

Ireland had a revised target of 181 off 24 overs, but couldn't get there despite going along at 6.63 an over and seeing Ed Joyce (44) and Niall O'Brien (45) combine for an 86-run stand for the third wicket.

Ireland were all out for 157 with two balls left, with Nathan Coulter-Nile taking 3-13 off 4.4 overs.

Australia start their five-match ODI series against England next week.

Tharanga to replace retired Sangakkara

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):

Sri Lanka has named left-handed Upul Tharanga to replace retired Kumar Sangakkara in the third series-deciding Test against India starting today.

Sangakkara quit international cricket after playing the first two games of the series, which is level at 1-1.

Captain Angelo Mathews said yesterday the management is still discussing other changes in the team, including whether to hand hard-hitter Kusal Perera a Test debut in place of Jehan Mubarak.

Also, off-spin bowler Tharindu Kaushal is doubtful for the game at the Sinhalese Sports Club, having injured the thumb of his bowling hand during the second Test.

In his absence, Dilruwan Perera will take the second spinner's slot.

India's team director, Ravi Shastri, said his team would go all out for a series win after their comeback victory in the second Test.