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Jailbroken iPhone vs Non-Jailbroken iPhone Speed Test Shown In Video

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Sep
11

It has been a debate ever since the early days of jailbreaking. Does the act of jailbreaking an iPhone cause performance to increase or decrease? Sure, jailbreaking opens up some new features and capabilities but at what cost? Now, we have a jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test shown on video to help fuel the debate.

Jailbroken iPhone vs Non-Jailbroken iPhone Speed Test

YomiTosh created a video where he compares the app loading speeds of several popular apps on both a jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhone. He has some fun with the video showing a Connor McGregor iPhone vs a Floyd Mayweather iPhone. With jailbreaking enjoying some major success lately, this video may be very important to some people who are wondering if they should stick with stock iOS or try one of the jailbreaking solutions that could be coming down the road.

Check out the video for yourself below:

As you can see, this is far from a scientific test. The video relies on an informal countdown and two different fingers working at exactly the same time. Still, the margin for error is low and there are some major differences in the two devices.

In the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test; it appears that stock iOS loads most apps faster than the jailbroken device. However, the jailbroken device does give the illusion of faster loading times with quicker animations. You can see this several times in the video where the icon will be tapped and the app opening animation will begin. The animation starts immediately on the jailbroken device and the app appears to open faster. However, the actual content in the app loads faster on the non-jailbroken device.

The difference isn’t very great in a lot of apps and, unless you saw them working side by side, you wouldn’t know the difference. With that said, there were a few apps where there was a very noticeable difference. For example, the camera app is open and ready to use much faster on stock iOS.

Why is there a difference when comparing devices in the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test? It’s hard to say. My guess is that the jailbreaking process bogs down the system just enough to slow some features like app loading. Keep in mind that jailbreaking is often an ongoing process. Once you jailbreak, your device has to continuously perform certain tasks or hacks to stay jailbroken. This is why some jailbreaks are tethered and some are untethered. All that means is that some jailbreaks need to be re-done periodically to ensure the device remains jailbroken.

Of course, a jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speedtest is only part of the story. Most people don’t jailbreak their device to increase performance with things like app launching. People jailbreak iPhones to gain more control over their devices and open up new features. If you are jailbreaking to get a faster iPhone then you are probably jailbreaking for the wrong reasons and you’re better off sticking with stock iOS. If you want to see and experience the wider range of features and customization offered by jailbreaking then you’re on the right track.

What do you think? Does the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test influence your decision to jailbreak now or in the future? Or, do you agree that a speed test doesn’t tell the full story of jailbreaking?

Shakib requests six-month break from Tests

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Sep
11

Shakib Al Hasan has submitted a letter to the BCB requesting a break from Test cricket for six months. The board will discuss the matter on Monday afternoon, hours before it is scheduled to announce the South Africa-bound Test squad.

ESPNcricinfo has learned the BCB has taken the matter seriously and is considering giving Shakib a shortened break, and is likely to ask him to be available for the Sri Lanka Tests at home in late December. Shakib apparently wants the break to prolong his international career.

“Shakib has submitted a letter to the BCB asking for a six-month break from Test cricket,” Jalal Yunus, BCB’s media committee chairman, confirmed.

Over the next six months, Bangladesh have four Tests scheduled, two each against South Africa and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh play three ODIs and two T20s during the South Africa tour while there are ODIs and T20s also scheduled against Sri Lanka. Shakib will be available for the limited-overs series.

The letter is an unprecedented move by a Bangladesh cricketer. Shakib has been Bangladesh’s most consistent performer in the team in the last 10 years, and, since 2011, he has also become a regular in the franchise-based T20 leagues. He is currently the No. 1 ranked allrounder in cricket across the three formats.

One killed, several injured in bridge collapse in Bhubaneswar

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Sep
11

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) – At least one person was killed and several others injured when an under-construction flyover bridge collapsed on Sunday in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state, officials said.

A portion of the bridge collapsed where over a dozen workers were working. 

“We have suspended two engineers who were supervising the work,” engineer-in-chief and secretary of Odisha’s works department Nalini Kanta Pradhan told Reuters.

An inquiry has been ordered into the bridge collapse and appropriate action would be taken, said Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of the state.

Reporting by Jatindra Dash; Editing by Manoj Kumar and Mark Potter

Pic: Big B’s grandchildren set sibling goals

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Sep
10

Many celebs from B-town are sending their birthday wishes for filmmaker Karan Johar, who turned 45 today. But it’s not just actors and actresses, star kids too are equally fond of KJo, especially the granddaughter of Amitabh Bachchan, Navya Naveli Nanda.

Taking to Instagram, Navya shared a picture of herself where she can be seen with the birthday boy. In the picture, Navya can be seen hand in hand with the ace director. She captioned the image as, “#happybirthday #lifetime”. It is great to see that Karan shares such amazing rapport with so many stars in the industry as well as their families.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Karan will be throwing a big birthday bash later in the evening.

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Jailbreak Pioneers Say Jailbreaking Is Officially Dead

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Sep
10

Jailbreaking iPhones is officially dead, according to the pioneers who first helped make iOS jailbreaking a craze in the first place.

Earlier this year, Motherboard talked to several of those pioneers, including Nicholas Allegra, Michael Wang, and Cydia creator Jay Freeman. Allegra, specifically, didn’t mince words. “I feel like jailbreak’s basically dead at this point,” he told the publication. If anyone could revitalize the nascent underground movement, Allegra contends, it would have been Luca Todesco — someone who announced his departure from the jailbreaking community in March.

Jailbreakers once pushed the iPhone to its absolute limits in the device’s nascent years. The first iterations of the Apple flagship had no App Store, or even any sort of third-party apps at all. The first iPhone, revolutionary as it was, was pretty feature-limited. The first version of iOS didn’t even have a simple game like Snake installed.

Those limitations are what drove early iPhone hackers to break into Apple’s “walled garden.” Some prominent groups, like the non-Apple affiliated iPhone Dev Team, began poking around in iOS’ code, searching for vulnerabilities that they could use to gain greater control over the device. And while there were certainly many malicious attackers doing the same, most jailbreakers did it purely for the sport — and to expand the early iPhone’s range of capabilities.

Over the years, however, Apple has improved added a plethora of additional features to iOS, many inspired by the jailbreaking scene, and the company has significantly beefed up iOS’ security, too. Now, the jailbreak pioneers claim, there’s a lot of effort needed to jailbreak a new version of iOS, with very little payoff.

“What do you get in the end?” Jay Freeman told Motherboard. “It used to be that you got killer features that almost were the reason you owned the phone. Now you get a small minor modification.” It’s also worth noting that if an iPhone is jailbroken, it’s exposed to all kinds of security vulnerabilities as well.

Not only is jailbreaking a lot harder, but the entire scene has changed since its golden years, too. Hackers can now stand to make some serious cash if they sell a vulnerability to zero-day merchants — up to $1 million in some cases — and many of the best jailbreak experts have gone on to become security researchers with no interest in releasing future jailbreak software. iPhone security research is now a multi-million dollar industry.

All of this adds up to, in Freeman’s words, Jailbreaking’s “death spiral.” Indeed, iOS jailbreaks are getting fewer and farther between. That’s because there’s less reason to jailbreak an iPhone now, “which means there’s fewer people jailbreaking, which causes there to be less developers bothering to target it. And then you slowly die,” Freeman added.

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Cooper assault takes Knight Riders to second CPL title

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Sep
10

Trinbago Knight Riders 136 for 7 (Munro 29, Cooper 29*, Hafeez 2-19) beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 135 for 6 (Brathwaite 30, Cooper 2-12, Searles 2-29) by three wickets


Javon Searles had Chris Gayle caught with his first ball © Getty Images

In a low-scoring thriller, the Trinbago Knight Riders tail wagged furiously, spurred on by the home crowd at Brian Lara Stadium, to prevail in a tense chase by three wickets over St Kitts Nevis Patriots.

The Patriots were in the driver’s seat with their opponents at 90 for 7 and Knight Riders still needed 28 off 13 balls when Kevon Cooper ambushed Sheldon Cottrell and Ben Hilfenhaus in a dramatic seven-ball sequence to clinch victory with an over to spare. It’s the Knight Riders franchise’s second CPL title, and the first since they changed their name, following their first title as Trinidad Tobago Red Steel in 2015.

Searles strikes

Javon Searles was one of the unsung heroes for Knight Riders during their run to the final. In multiple matches this year, he has neither batted nor bowled. But his team-mates should thank him for coming up big, early in the final. Given the new ball, he struck in his first two overs, first getting the big scalp of Patriots captain Chris Gayle for 1 slicing a drive to backward point and then Mohammad Hafeez for 5 floating a drive to mid-off to make it 11 for 2 in four overs.

In Lew of Runs, Narine gets big wicket

The low scores kept coming early, and often, in a final dominated by bowlers. Sunil Narine was near the top of the list. Though the runs off his bat have dried up, he more than compensated by bowling a masterful spell of 4-1-8-1 in the final. The crowning achievement of his 24 balls came when he pinned Evin Lewis on the crease for 16. His bowling was so intimidating for a spinner on the night, that he started his last over with a silly point under the helmet.

Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper

Kevon Cooper built on the early inroads made by Searles and Narine. As has been the case throughout this tournament, a wicket fell in the first over after the drinks break. Cooper took advantage of the batting side’s break in concentration, striking on the first ball to get Brandon King playing across the line. In his next over, he claimed Devon Thomas to put Patriots under heavy pressure at 65 for 5.

Ricky-Nabi shake and bake

If the Patriots had won, their championship DVD might have been called “Tarouba Nights”. Knight Riders struggled to fully cement their early advantage courtesy heroics from Carlos Brathwaite and Mohammad Nabi. Both played crucial knocks late in the innings – and not for the first time this year – to boost Patriots with 56 runs off the last 24 balls of the innings.

Brathwaite, whose shirt reads ‘Ricky’ on the back, struck two fours and a six between the 17th and 18th overs to take Patriots total past 100. Nabi arrived at the start of the final over and what an entrance it was, as he smashed Dwayne Bravo for two sixes and a four in a 21-run over to give Patriots a fighting chance.

Military discipline

Sheldon Cottrell’s miserly start put the hosts under immense pressure at the start with two wickets in three balls taking the new ball. He claimed Narine with a skied chance over the wicket for a return catch. When Dwayne Bravo decided to promote himself to No. 3, Cottrell greeted him with an almighty salute, sending him off for a first-ball duck after a full delivery beat Bravo for pace.

Munro on the money

Brendon McCullum may have left a gaping hole in his absence during the playoffs, but Colin Munro did his best to plug it. Munro unselfishly moved up to open the batting in the last two games and on this night provided a valuable 29, which wound up as the joint top-score in the chase.

Momentum see-sawed back to Knight Riders – after Cottrell’s early wickets – thanks to Munro’s refusal to back down. With the score 29 for 2 after five, Munro tucked into Nabi’s offspin, smashing him for two sixes over midwicket and a third straight down the ground all in the space of five balls as Knight Riders’ title prospects looked much rosier by the end of the Powerplay at 48 for 2. Munro ended the season as the Knight Riders leading scorer with 366 runs, none more important than what he delivered on this night.

How bout that Canadian, eh?

While more heralded colleagues such as the Bravo brothers came and went cheaply – Darren followed Dwayne’s duck by falling for 1 playing back to Mohammad Hafeez – Hamza Tariq provided an assured 18 that was vital in the final’s context. Other than Munro’s three sixes off Nabi in the sixth, the only boundary struck by Knight Riders in the first ten overs came from Tariq. The rest of his knock comprised mainly of shuffles to the back foot to shovel to the leg side. Nothing glamorous, but it did the job.

Flying the Coop

Knight Riders lost three more wickets in the first five overs after drinks, culminating in Tabraiz Shamsi’s dismissal of Searles for 2 to make it 90 for 7. Depending on your video-game cartoon of choice, Shamsi looked like he celebrated by doing a Sub-Zero freeze from Mortal Kombat and Patriots appeared to have thrown ice on the Knight Riders chase.

But Cooper provided the initial thaw, before his hot bat totally melted the Patriots bowling away. It began in earnest when he smashed Cottrell for six over extra cover to end the 18th, bringing the equation down to 22 off 12. After a single from Ramdin put him back on strike, Hilfenhaus bowled two costly wides outside off. Nabi turned a four into two with a diving stop at midwicket off the next ball, but there was no saving the following delivery: a full toss smashed over cover that was signaled as a no-ball to boot.

A slash over backward-point off the free hit brought another four and Cooper made it three boundary balls in a row when he smoked Hilfenhaus again over the leg side. Two singles later, a hard-fought victory was theirs.

Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo’s USA correspondent. @PeterDellaPenna

India raises GST tax rates for larger cars; pushes back filing deadlines 

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Sep
10

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday the government would increase taxes for mid-sized, large, and sports utility vehicles under the recently unveiled Goods and Services Tax (GST), and also extended the deadline to file GST returns.

Jaitley said the so-called CESS rates for mid-sized cars would be raised by 2 percentage points. The rate would rise by 5 percentage points for large cars, and 7 percentage points for sport utility vehicles, Jaitley told a media briefing. The decision was taken by the GST council of ministers chaired by Jaitley earlier in the day.

At the same time filing categories under certain structures within GST were pushed back until October or November, Jaitley said.

Most of these returns had initially been due between July and September.

Reporting by Zeba Siddiqui in Mumbai; Editing by Rafael Nam

Latest picture of Taimur Ali Khan will make you go ‘aww’

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Sep
9

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan’s little munchkin Taimur is already the apple of everyone’s eye. The cute toddler is not even a year old and he is already a social media celebrity. Well, the latest click of the little Nawab will take that popularity to new heights.

Taimur’s aunt Soha Ali Khan shared a picture from her baby shower on Instagram with her nephew and her pet dog. While Soha looks graceful, Taimur looks way too adorable as he looks at his aunt with a really curious expression on his face. With those puffy cheeks and a button like nose, this click of Taimur is a cuteness overload. Aunt Soha thinks so too, as she captioned the picture as, “And finally my favourite picture of the day.”

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Jailbroken iPhone vs Non-Jailbroken iPhone Speed Test Shown In Video

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Sep
9

It has been a debate ever since the early days of jailbreaking. Does the act of jailbreaking an iPhone cause performance to increase or decrease? Sure, jailbreaking opens up some new features and capabilities but at what cost? Now, we have a jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test shown on video to help fuel the debate.

Jailbroken iPhone vs Non-Jailbroken iPhone Speed Test

YomiTosh created a video where he compares the app loading speeds of several popular apps on both a jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhone. He has some fun with the video showing a Connor McGregor iPhone vs a Floyd Mayweather iPhone. With jailbreaking enjoying some major success lately, this video may be very important to some people who are wondering if they should stick with stock iOS or try one of the jailbreaking solutions that could be coming down the road.

Check out the video for yourself below:

As you can see, this is far from a scientific test. The video relies on an informal countdown and two different fingers working at exactly the same time. Still, the margin for error is low and there are some major differences in the two devices.

In the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test; it appears that stock iOS loads most apps faster than the jailbroken device. However, the jailbroken device does give the illusion of faster loading times with quicker animations. You can see this several times in the video where the icon will be tapped and the app opening animation will begin. The animation starts immediately on the jailbroken device and the app appears to open faster. However, the actual content in the app loads faster on the non-jailbroken device.

The difference isn’t very great in a lot of apps and, unless you saw them working side by side, you wouldn’t know the difference. With that said, there were a few apps where there was a very noticeable difference. For example, the camera app is open and ready to use much faster on stock iOS.

Why is there a difference when comparing devices in the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test? It’s hard to say. My guess is that the jailbreaking process bogs down the system just enough to slow some features like app loading. Keep in mind that jailbreaking is often an ongoing process. Once you jailbreak, your device has to continuously perform certain tasks or hacks to stay jailbroken. This is why some jailbreaks are tethered and some are untethered. All that means is that some jailbreaks need to be re-done periodically to ensure the device remains jailbroken.

Of course, a jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speedtest is only part of the story. Most people don’t jailbreak their device to increase performance with things like app launching. People jailbreak iPhones to gain more control over their devices and open up new features. If you are jailbreaking to get a faster iPhone then you are probably jailbreaking for the wrong reasons and you’re better off sticking with stock iOS. If you want to see and experience the wider range of features and customization offered by jailbreaking then you’re on the right track.

What do you think? Does the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test influence your decision to jailbreak now or in the future? Or, do you agree that a speed test doesn’t tell the full story of jailbreaking?

Roach feared for his international career

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Sep
9

Kemar Roach feared he would not return to international cricket after sustaining a serious shoulder injury.

Roach, who on Friday became the sixth West Indies player to earn a place on the Lord’s honours board for overseas bowlers, was obliged to undergo surgery after breaking a bone in his right shoulder during the tour to India in 2014. For a while it seemed he would never recover the pace or consistency that had once rendered him such an exciting prospect and, before this tour, he had not played a Test since the start of January 2016.

But he has bowled impressively – albeit without gaining the wickets he deserved – throughout this series and has now joined a distinguished list of Caribbean cricketers to have claimed five-wicket hauls at ‘the home of cricket.’ They are Sonny Ramadhin (who claimed 6 for 86 and and 5 for 66 in 1950), Charlie Griffith (who claimed 5-91 in 1963), Andy Roberts (who claimed 5-60 and 5-63 in 1976), Michael Holding (who claimed 6-67 in 1980), Malcolm Marshall (who claimed 6-85 in 1984 and 6-32 in 1988), Courtney Walsh (who claimed 6-74 in 2000) and Fidel Edwards (who claimed 6 for 92 in 2009).

Roach, who has given West Indies a decent chance of securing their first series win in England since 1988, was overwhelmed to join such a distinguished list.

“I had some doubts [whether I would return],” Roach said. “It was a pretty tough time. Breaking your shoulder is not easy but a lot of hard rehab and hours of training got me back here. I’m proud of myself to be able to come back and perform for the West Indies.

“It means a lot to earn a place on that honours board. There are a lot of players went before me, the likes of Courtney Walsh and Malcolm Marshall. And a lot of players who have come here and never got it done. So to be part of that board is history.”

Roach paid credit to, among others, Corey Collymore for their help in him achieving such a feat. Collymore, a fellow Barbadian, played several seasons of county cricket in England (he represented Warwickshire, Sussex and, most memorably, Middlesex) alongside his international career and was therefore well-placed to offer his advice to Roach.

“I’ve been talking to past players,” Roach said. “The likes of Corey Collymore; guys who have played in England for a couple of years. So coming here I was prepared and knew how to bowl on certain pitches. Kudos to those guys for helping me out. I’ve learnt my art a little bit more. I’m more experienced.”

While Roach felt his West Indies side – so dismissed before the series – had already proved a point after their memorable victory at Leeds, he warned England they were not finished yet.

“A young side have come to England and put up a hell of a fight,” he said. “And we’re going to keep fighting. We had a tough time at Edgbaston but to come back so strong in Leeds was an amazing feeling. We have come here to win and the guys are very confident.”

India bars ‘unruly’ passengers from flying for three months to over two years

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Sep
9

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has issued new norms barring unruly passengers from flying for a minimum of three months to more than two years depending on the nature of the misdemeanour, the government said on Friday.

The government has issued a no-fly list of unruly passengers after a lawmaker admitted assaulting an official from state-owned carrier Air India.

The new rules will be applicable to foreign carriers as well, the government said in a statement, adding that unruly behaviour has been categorised in three levels – verbal, physical and life threatening.

“The concept of no-fly is based on safety of other passengers, crew and the aircraft, and not just on the security threat,” the government said.

Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu

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Jailbreak Pioneers Say Jailbreaking Is Officially Dead

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Sep
8

Jailbreaking iPhones is officially dead, according to the pioneers who first helped make iOS jailbreaking a craze in the first place.

Earlier this year, Motherboard talked to several of those pioneers, including Nicholas Allegra, Michael Wang, and Cydia creator Jay Freeman. Allegra, specifically, didn’t mince words. “I feel like jailbreak’s basically dead at this point,” he told the publication. If anyone could revitalize the nascent underground movement, Allegra contends, it would have been Luca Todesco — someone who announced his departure from the jailbreaking community in March.

Jailbreakers once pushed the iPhone to its absolute limits in the device’s nascent years. The first iterations of the Apple flagship had no App Store, or even any sort of third-party apps at all. The first iPhone, revolutionary as it was, was pretty feature-limited. The first version of iOS didn’t even have a simple game like Snake installed.

Those limitations are what drove early iPhone hackers to break into Apple’s “walled garden.” Some prominent groups, like the non-Apple affiliated iPhone Dev Team, began poking around in iOS’ code, searching for vulnerabilities that they could use to gain greater control over the device. And while there were certainly many malicious attackers doing the same, most jailbreakers did it purely for the sport — and to expand the early iPhone’s range of capabilities.

Over the years, however, Apple has improved added a plethora of additional features to iOS, many inspired by the jailbreaking scene, and the company has significantly beefed up iOS’ security, too. Now, the jailbreak pioneers claim, there’s a lot of effort needed to jailbreak a new version of iOS, with very little payoff.

“What do you get in the end?” Jay Freeman told Motherboard. “It used to be that you got killer features that almost were the reason you owned the phone. Now you get a small minor modification.” It’s also worth noting that if an iPhone is jailbroken, it’s exposed to all kinds of security vulnerabilities as well.

Not only is jailbreaking a lot harder, but the entire scene has changed since its golden years, too. Hackers can now stand to make some serious cash if they sell a vulnerability to zero-day merchants — up to $1 million in some cases — and many of the best jailbreak experts have gone on to become security researchers with no interest in releasing future jailbreak software. iPhone security research is now a multi-million dollar industry.

All of this adds up to, in Freeman’s words, Jailbreaking’s “death spiral.” Indeed, iOS jailbreaks are getting fewer and farther between. That’s because there’s less reason to jailbreak an iPhone now, “which means there’s fewer people jailbreaking, which causes there to be less developers bothering to target it. And then you slowly die,” Freeman added.

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Mitchell Marsh to captain Western Australia as a batsman

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Sep
8


Mitchell Marsh will take over the role from the retired Adam Voges © Getty Images

Mitchell Marsh, the allrounder still recovering from shoulder surgery, will captain Western Australia as a batsman in the early part of the domestic season, having taken over the role from the retired Adam Voges.

In March, the 25-year-old Marsh was revealed to require a full shoulder reconstruction after mounting problems with the joint over the previous season. While yet to be ready to bowl or throw, the WACA had little hesitation choosing him as leader, with Ashton Turner, 24, named as his deputy. More senior players like Michael Klinger and Shaun Marsh can be expected to offer advice.

“The most pleasing thing for us is that this was a really tough decision. It’s been a really stringent process that has been going on for three months. The reason for that is because we had five or six guys that could have been captain,” the coach Justin Langer said. “This is such an exciting stage of Western Australian cricket with two young guys leading the team. When we started out five years ago one of our objectives was to develop these guys to become great players, great leaders and great people.

“Guys like Mitch, with so much international experience at such a young age will be so beneficial to have leading the group. AT [Turner] has had recent success too which is such a good sign of what’s to come from both of these amazing players. It’s a really positive thing to have so many natural leaders in our group. The opportunity has gone to two fantastic young guys, knowing that they will have the support senior players like Michael Klinger and Shaun Marsh.”

Before the shoulder surgery, Marsh had played 21 Tests for Australia, averaging 21.74 with the bat and 37.48 with the ball. He was among the players dropped from the team following their loss of five consecutive matches across series against Sri Lanka and South Africa last year. His absence has led to the Australian selectors trying various players in the No. 6 position, including Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell and Hilton Cartwright.

WA’s first match of the season is a limited-overs fixture against New South Wales at the WACA Ground on September 29.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan pitches for state asset sales to bail out banks

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Sep
8

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India could sell stakes in state-owned companies to fund a bank recapitalisation and revive growth without straying from the path of fiscal consolidation, the former head of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Thursday.

Stronger, better-managed banks should be given the capital they need to absorb losses as a matter of high priority, Raghuram Rajan, who left the RBI last year, told Reuters in an interview.

More than $150 billion of bad debt is crimping credit growth in Asia’s third-largest economy, and the government and the RBI have been trying to ease the burden on state-run lenders, which account for 70 percent of all lending.

The expected losses from the bad loans mean banks will need tens of billions of dollars of fresh capital, but the government does not have the money to fund such a bail-out.

One option would be taking on more debt, but that would run counter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim of imposing fiscal discipline.

Asia’s third-largest economy aims to trim its fiscal deficit to 3.2 percent of GDP in 2017/18, down from 3.5 percent the year before. India’s success in narrowing its fiscal and current account deficit has helped to attract record levels of foreign investment.

“The whole point about the fiscal consolidation process is saying that you are making hard choices, so if you are staying within that you have to find other places where you either cut spending or raise resources,” Rajan said.

But he said the government might sell some assets to raise the funds and that a strong performance by the country’s stock market provided a good opportunity for divesting.

Rajan, a former International Monetary Fund economist, had a high-profile three-year term as the head of the RBI, playing a crucial role early in his tenure in stabilizing the currency. He left last year and had refrained from making public comments about the economy until now.

Over the past few days, he has been in India to mark the publication of his new book, “I Do What I Do”.

During the interview at the University of Chicago offices in New Delhi, Rajan also said that it would make sense to keep Janet Yellen as chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

“It makes sense, as she’s sort of following this process of normalisation, to stick with somebody who is known by the system, because this is a delicate process,” Rajan said.

Sources close to the White House and an administration official told Reuters that President Donald Trump is considering many candidates to lead the central bank. Yellen’s term expires in February.

Editing by Larry King

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