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Murray targets Paris 2024

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ZHUHAI:

Briton Andy Murray said he hopes to play in his fifth and likely final Olympic Games in Paris next year, after the two-times gold medallist endured disappointment in Tokyo due to injury.

The 36-year-old Scot claimed his first gold at the London Games in 2012 and backed it up with another at Rio 2016, but he pulled out of the singles competition in Tokyo two years ago with a thigh strain.

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Murray continued to compete in the doubles tournament with Joe Salisbury in Japan, where the pair reached the quarter-finals. “I’d love to play another Olympics. I’ve had thrilling experiences throughout my career at the Olympics. I’ve loved every single one I’ve been involved in,” Murray said at the Zhuhai Championships.

“I was really disappointed last time. I’d gotten an injury before the tournament and I promised my partner I’d prioritise the doubles over singles if there was a problem. And we were very close to getting a medal in the doubles.

“We were up a set and 4-3, serving with game points in the quarter-finals and we had a really good chance and didn’t quite do it. I’d love another opportunity to play next year in Paris. It would be my fifth Olympics and most likely the last one.”

Three-times Grand Slam champion and former world number one Murray has fought his way up the world rankings since having hip resurfacing surgery in 2019 and is currently 41st.

Last week, he helped guide Britain into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup where they will take on Serbia in November.

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Unpredictable weather ends Pakistan vs PM’s XI match in draw

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The final day’s play of the four-day game between Pakistan and Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval was called off due to bad weather. The match finished as a draw, after no ball was bowled on the last day.

Prime Minister’s XI ended the previous day trailing just runs 24 as Matt Renshaw’s unbeaten century (136 not out, 337b, 8x4s, 1×6) took the team to 367-4 in 141 overs.

Earlier in the game, Pakistan had declared their innings at 391-9, with Pakistan captain Shan Masood leading the batting display. For his undefeated double century (201 not out, 298b, 14x4s, 1×6), Shan was also adjudged player of the match.

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Right-arm pacer Jordan Buckingham registered a five-wicket haul in the innings as well.

Pakistan play the first Test against Australia starting 14 December in Perth. The first ball is expected to be bowled at 0720 PKT.

 

The post-match presentation ceremony highlights 🎥

Pakistan captain @shani_official was adjudged player of the match for his stellar first-innings effort 💯💯#PMXIvPAK | #AUSvPAK pic.twitter.com/ofsudfxbTw

— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) December 9, 2023

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Scores in brief:

Match drawn

Pakistan 391-9d, 116.2 overs (Shan Masood 201 not out, Sarfaraz Ahmed 41, Babar Azam 40, Abdullah Shafique 38; Jordan Buckingham 5-80, Mark Steketee 1-58, Nathan McAndrew 1-68, Todd Murphy 1-110)

Prime Minister’s XI 367-4, 141 overs (Matt Renshaw 136 not out, Cameron Bancroft 53, Marcus Harris 49, Cameron Green 46; Imam-ul-Haq 1-12, Faheem Ashraf 1-57, Khurram Shahzad 1-50, Abrar Ahmed 1-80)

Player of the match – Shan Masood (Pakistan)

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