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England win toss, choose to bowl in fifth Ashes Test

Root won the toss and chose to bowl in the fifth and final Ashes Test at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval

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Hobrat: England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bowl in the fifth and final Ashes Test at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval on Friday.

The tourists, who are 3-0 down in the five-Test series, made five changes from the side that fought out a tense draw in Sydney last week.

On an overcast Hobart day and with a green top for a wicket, Root had no hesitation sending Australia in to bat in the day-night Test.

"Throughout the series it’s been quite challenging to know what to do, but with the live grass and the overhead conditions it’s an opportunity to bowl," Root said.

The toss was delayed for 30 minutes after light rain swept across the ground, with play to begin half an hour after the scheduled start, at 3:30pm (0430 GMT).

Wicketkeeper Sam Billings will make his Test debut in place of Jos Buttler, who injured his hand in Sydney and has returned to England.

Jonny Bairstow, who also injured his hand in Sydney, has not recovered and has been replaced by Ollie Pope.

Opener Rory Burns has been recalled to take the place of Haseeb Hameed, while seamers Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson come in for James Anderson and spinner Jack Leach.

Australia have made one change from Sydney, Travis Head returning to the side after missing the last Test due to Covid.

Head will move back to the middle order, with Usman Khawaja moved to opener and Marcus Harris dropped.

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Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (capt), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.

England: Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (capt), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad.

 

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Strong earthquake jolts southern Iran; kills five, injures several

There were more than a dozen aftershocks.

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Tehran: At least five people have been killed while 44 others sustained injuries after a magnitude-6.3 earthquake jolted southern Iran on Saturday, state media reported. 

At least five people were killed by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake, with the area also hit by two later strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitudes. 

There were more than a dozen aftershocks.

The quake was relatively shallow at a depth of roughly 10 kilometers and its epicenter was in a comparatively sparsely populated area.

Rescue teams were deployed near the epicenter, Sayeh Khosh village, which is home to around 300 people in Hormozgan province. 

People went into the streets as aftershocks continued to jolt the area after the early morning quake, which also damaged buildings and infrastructure. 

Iran's deadliest quake was a 7.4-magnitude tremor that struck in 1990, killing 40,000 people in the north of the country. 

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Marriyum expresses commitment to protect journalists

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the amendment bill will be finalized after further consultation with the journalists and media organizations.

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Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says a special committee has been formed to finalize the Journalist and Media Professionals Protection (Amendment) Bill 2022.

Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (Dastoor) in Islamabad, she said the committee comprises of representatives from the ministries and media organizations concerned.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the amendment bill will be finalized after further consultation with the journalists and media organizations.

She said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, soon after coming into power, initiated the process of abolishing all the anti-media laws and regulations.

She said it is the foremost priority of the coalition government to protect journalists and ensure provision of conducive working environment for them.

The Information Minister urged media organizations and journalists to play a proactive role in curbing fake news and propaganda.

The delegation apprised the minister of the problems and professional issues faced by the journalists.

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Pakistan reports over 800 new cases, first time in four months 

This was the first time in nearly four months that the infections moved past 800.

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Islamabad: Pakistan has reported four deaths and 818 new COVID-19 infections in past 24 hours as the novel virus continues to rage across the country.  

As per the latest stats, the new infections—detected after diagnostic testing on 18,305 samples—took Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity rate to 4.47%. 

This was the first time in nearly four months that the infections moved past 800.

According to National Institute of Health (NIH), condition of 126 COVID patients is critical and they are being treated in intensive care units (ICU). 

Authorities, however, have started imposing restrictions in a bid to curb the infection rate — making ‘wearing masks’ mandatory for passengers travelling on public transport, including busses and trains.

The overall tally of the infected people climbed to 1536479 across Pakistan after adding the fresh cases.

Experts say Pakistan may potentially witness another COVID-19 wave as the country continues to see an uptick in new cases, pushing the positivity rate further up.  

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