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New Delhi, Jan 1 (PTI) The folowing are the top stories at 1700 hours: SPO-CRI-ROHIT-VC Rohit Sharma replaces Pujara as vice-captain of Indian Test team By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Jan 1 (PTI) Senior opener Rohit Sharma was on Friday appointed the vice-captain of the Indian Test team for the first time in his career, replacing Cheteshwar Pujara, who was entrusted with the responsibility for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

SPO-CRI-IND-NATARAJAN Natarajan replaces Umesh in Test squad, Shardul in place of Shami Melbourne, Jan 1 (PTI) Tamil Nadu's yorker sensation Thangarasu Natarajan on Friday replaced injured pacer Umesh Yadav in the Indian Test team for the remaining two games against Australia, continuing his remarkable rise in international cricket.

SPO-CRI-IND-LABUSCHAGNE We have fallen into India's trap few times, admits Labuschagne Melbourne, Jan 1 (PTI) The Indian bowlers, led by the crafty Ravichandran Ashwin, have successfully trapped Australian batsmen in the first two Tests, conceded Marnus Labuschagne but vehemently defended Steve Smith, who is currently going through a poor run of form.

SPO-CRI-LABUSCHAGNE-WARNER Warner a big inclusion for us if he does come back in: Labuschagne Melbourne, Jan 1 (PTI) Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne is looking forward to the return of David Warner for the third Test against India in Sydney as he feels the the hosts will benefit not just from his batting but also the 'terrific energy' he will bring to the field.

SPO-CRI-RAHANE-AMRE How planning his own sessions helped Rahane for the challenge Down Under Mumbai, Jan 1 (PTI) Ajinkya Rahane's meticulous planning and execution of his training sessions during the COVID-19 induced break is helping him immensely on the ongoing tour of Australia, feels his coach Pravin Amre.

SPO-HOCK-IND Good show against Argentina will boost our confidence: Rani Rampal New Delhi, Jan 1 (PTI) Indian women's hockey team captain Rani Rampal feels that a good show in the series against Argentina will boost her side's confidence heading into this year's Tokyo Olympics.

SPO-FOOT-EB-BRIGHT SC East Bengal sign promising Nigerian forward Enobakhare Panaji, Jan 1 (PTI) SC East Bengal on Friday announced the signing of young Nigerian forward Bright Enobakhare for the remainder of the Indian Super League.

SPO-CRI-NZ-SQUAD Matt Henry named replacement for injured Neil Wagner in NZ Test squad Christchurch, Jan 1 (PTI) Fast bowler Matt Henry was on Friday named as replacement for the injured left-arm pacer Neil Wagner in the New Zealand squad for the second Test against Pakistan, starting here on Sunday.

SPO-CRI-MUSHTAQ-T20 Majumdar to lead Bengal in Mushtaq Ali T20, Shami's younger brother gets call-up Kolkata, Jan 1 (PTI) Veteran batsman Anustup Majumdar was named Bengal captain for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament, replacing Abhimanyu Easwaran.

SPO-CRI-PAK-BABAR Racing against time, Babar Azam has lengthy net session ahead of second Test Karachi, Jan 1 (PTI) The chances of Pakistan captain Babar Azam regaining fitness in time for the second Test against New Zealand have improved as he had a lengthy training session at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday. PTI APA APA