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New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 2100 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of ISL match between North East United and Bengaluru FC.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IND-LD BUMRAH Injured Bumrah ruled out of Brisbane Test, Agarwal sustains knock in nets, Ashwin has back spasms Sydney, Jan 12 (PTI) The injury-ravaged Indian team was dealt another telling blow on Tuesday as pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the fourth Test against Australia due to an abdominal strain.

SPO-VIRUS-BAD-3RDLD IND Saina, Prannoy test negative for COVID-19 hours after positive results, cleared for Thailand Open Bangkok, Jan 12 (PTI) Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy were cleared to compete in the Thailand Open after they tested negative for COVID-19, invalidating their previous positive results that forced them out of the tournament hours earlier on a chaotic Tuesday.

SPO-BAD-IND-SAINA Saina, Prannoy test negative for COVD-19 hours after positive results, cleared for Thailand Open Bangkok, Jan 12 (PTI) India's top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy on Tuesday tested negative for COVID-19 hours after returning positive results, paving the way for their participation in the Thailand Open after being forced out of the tournament.

SPO-CRI-IND-BRISBANE-FACILITIES BCCI intervenes after Team India denied basic facilities in Brisbane hotel By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) The Indian cricket team, which landed in Brisbane for the fourth and final Test against Australia, was in for a shock on Tuesday as it was lodged at a hotel which 'lacked basic facilities', prompting an intervention from the BCCI top brass.

SPO-CRI-BCCI-APEX Apex Meet on Jan 17: Ranji from Feb in 'Mushtaq-like bubble', FTP 2023-31 up for discussion By Kushan Sarkar/Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) The Indian cricket board is all set to organise a curtailed Ranji Trophy tournament from next month, and in all likelihood, in the same six bio-bubbles created for the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

SPO-CRI-ICC-RANKINGS Kohli loses second spot to Smith in rankings for Test batsmen, Pujara moves up to 8th Dubai, Jan 12 (PTI) India skipper Virat Kohli was on Tuesday pushed to the third spot by Australian batsman Steve Smith in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen but middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara gained two places to be number eight.

SPO-CRI-IND-LD PAINE 'Paine'ful apologies: Aussie skipper says leadership wasn't good, ended up looking like fool Sydney, Jan 12 (PTI) Australian captain Tim Paine on Tuesday apologised for his on-field behaviour during the drawn third Test against India here, saying that his leadership wasn't good enough and he ended up 'looking like a fool' by sledging Ravichandran Ashwin.

SPO-CRI-PAINE-SMITH Smith wasn't scuffing Pant's guard mark, Indians would have complained if he did: Paine Sydney, Jan 12 (PTI) Australian skipper Tim Paine on Tuesday defended star batsman Steve Smith, who was accused of scuffing up the guard mark of Rishabh Pant during the drawn third Test here, asserting that the Indian team would have raked up the issue if any wrong was committed.

SPO-BAD-LD IND Thailand Open: Sindhu, Praneeth lose on return to competition Bangkok, Jan 12 (PTI) World champion P V Sindhu suffered a shock defeat on her return to international badminton, losing in three games to Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt in the opening round of YONEX Thailand Open Super 1000 event here on Tuesday.

SPO-CRI-IND-LABUSCHAGNE We could not have changed much in Sydney, it's a matter of taking India down at Gabba: Labuschagne Sydney, Jan 12 (PTI) The way India grinded it out on the fifth day of the Sydney Test, there was not much that Australians could have changed, said top batsman Marnus Labuschagne but asserted that the hosts are determined to win the series by taking the visitors down in the Brisbane match.

SPO-CRI-IND-WARNER-RACISM Sorry Siraj and Indian team, racism not acceptable: David Warner Sydney, Jan 12 (PTI) Australian batting star David Warner on Tuesday condemned the racist slurs hurled at Indian players, particularly pacer Mohammed Siraj, during the third Test here and said such behaviour by the spectators was not acceptable.

SPO-CRI-PUCOVSKI CA delays call on Pucovski's fitness for Brisbane Test Sydney, Jan 12 (PTI) Cricket Australia on Tuesday said it will delay making a decision on Will Pucovski's availability for the fourth and final Test against India, giving the opener every opportunity to prove his fitness as he recovers from a partial dislocation of his shoulder.

SPO-CRI-IND-INJURY Hospital Ward: With Bumrah and Ashwin's fitness issues, Team India's list of injury concerns grows New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) On Monday, whenever the TV cameras panned towards the Indian dressing room, Ravichandran Ashwin could be seen either standing at the SCG balcony or leaning against the railing. But not for once was he sitting.

SPO-OPEN-LD IND Ankita moves to final round, Ramkumar bows out of Australian Open Qualifiers Melbourne, Jan 12 (PTI) India's top-ranked women's player Ankita Raina moved to the final round of the Australian Open Qualifiers with a gutsy three-set win over world number 118 Katarina Zavatska but it was curtains for Ramkumar Ramanathan in the men's singles.

SPO-BAD-SRIKANTH Srikanth's nose bleeds after COVID-19 tests, shuttler says poor treatment unacceptable Bangkok, Jan 12 (PTI) Former world number one shuttler Kidambi Srikanth got a bloodied nose after undergoing multiple COVID-19 tests and miffed at the poor treatment of health officials at Thailand Open, the Indian on Tuesday called it 'unacceptable'.

SPO-CRI-MUSHTAQ-PATHAN Pathan slams BCA, wants it to investigate matter involving Hooda and Krunal Mumbai, Jan 12 (PTI) Former India seamer Irfan Pathan on Tuesday threw his weight behind Deepak Hooda after the player stormed out of Baroda camp alleging misbehaviour by skipper Krunal Pandya, saying such incidents can have 'adverse effects' on a player.

SPO-CRI-MUSHTAQ-LD GROUP C Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Left-handed Vivek Singh stars as Bengal beats Jharkhand for 2nd straight win Kolkata, Jan 12 (PTI) Opener Vivek Singh hammered a 64-ball 100 to star in Bengal's 16-run win over Jharkhand in an Elite Group B match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament here on Tuesday. PTI APA APA