India vs Australia: All eyes on Rishabh Pant’s 2019 ICC World Cup audition

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 16:20 IST Rishabh Pant will get a chance to book his spot in India’s 2019 ICC World Cup squad (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant is one of the front runners to get a chance in last two ODi vs AustraliaSanjay Bangar revealed that MS dhoni would be rested for the rest of the ODI seriesBhuvneshwar Kumar is also expected to replace Mohammed Sham for the fourth ODIYoung Rishabh Pant will strive to seal a slot in the World Cup squad even as India fret about their top-order woes ahead of the fourth ODI against Australia, here Sunday.Providing opportunities to all Cup hopefuls would be on Virat Kohli’s mind and the team management is expected to ring in a few changes in the playing XI in the remaining two matches of the series.Mahendra Singh Dhoni seem to have played his last international game in Ranchi and now Pant gets a chance to book his boarding pass for the London-bound flight.In earlier ODIs, Pant had played purely as batsman but with Dhoni being rested, Pant will get a chance to don the big gloves.The Indian playing XI will also have Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Sunday as he replaces Mohammed Shami, who was hit on the leg in his follow through during the third match.Shami completed his spell but since he will be sharing the new ball with Jasprit Bumrah in England, it is natural to give him precautionary rest.”We will have a few changes in the next couple of games but the idea is to tell the boys to put in match-winning performances and the boys will be looking to be in top form before the flight to England,” Kohli said after the third ODI.However, what will keep the Indian team worried is the batting form of the top-order, save skipper Kohli, who has been lock, stock and barrel above everyone in his team.advertisementKohli has 283 runs in three games with two hundreds and the next best in the Indian team is Kedar Jadhav with 118 runs.Rohit Sharma is undergoing a rare slump in ODIs, having scored only 51 runs in three innings. Even worse is Ambati Rayudu’s performance at No 4 with aggregate of 33 runs in three games.Shikhar Dhawan’s struggles are well-documented and he has scored only 22 runs in three games.Dhawan and Rayudu’s form should be a cause of concern even though both are certainties as far as place in the World Cup squad is concerned.There are certain problems in both Dhawan and Rayudu’s games but they won’t get adequate time to correct those follies with just two games to be played in five days and the cash-rich IPL to follow soon.Bangar however considers that the shortest of gaps between two games Friday and Sunday to be a blessing in disguise.”At times, actually it’s good that there is a very small turnaround between matches because if there are too many gaps, then players have that much more time to think. The best for any player is to get back into action and give it another shot. In fact I’m very pleased that the next game is starting Sunday,” Bangar said.While Kohli is not a great advocate of wholesale changes, KL Rahul is also expected to get a look-in but it is not clear who would he replace — Dhawan or Rayudu.India will be worried about Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who despite conceding lot of runs, has managed to get Kohli and Dhoni on multiple occasions.”That’s the sign of a good player. You’re not at your best, not having your best day and still taking those important wickets. Batsmen pride themselves on the same thing – when you don’t feel like you are hitting the ball well, you try to get runs on those days,” Usman Khawaja said.Teams (from): India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant (wk).Australia: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.Match Starts: 1:30 pm.Also Read | Bhabhiji ruining our fitness levels: Rishabh Pant after dinner at MS Dhoni’s houseAlso Read | India facing healthy headache, reserves going to be key at the World Cup: MSK PrasadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? 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Failing GCSE science students handed pass as Ofqual steps in and moves

Professor Alan Smithers, director of Buckingham University’s centre for education and employment, said the move is an “eleventh hour desperate measure”.He said: “Schools are judged by these exams so there is a tendency to put too many people in the higher tier, hence the pass mark can be very low. Teachers can choose whether to enter students for the higher tier paper – where the maximum grades are 9s, the top grade which is equivalent to a high A* – or the lower tier paper, where the maximum grades are 5s, which is somewhere between a B and a C.Previously the lowest available grade in the higher tier paper other than a U was 4-3 – which is roughly C-D – but Ofqual said they have now changed this to 3-3, which is roughly D-D. GCSE pupils who failed the new tougher science exam have been handed a free pass by the watchdog after it moved the boundaries, it has emerged. Just days before students across the country pick up their results, Ofqual has taken the highly unusual step of intervening to save science students from failing.The move follows warning from exam boards that a number of students would be given a U, standing for “unclassified”, in their science GCSE which would “misrepresent” their ability. The exams watchdog disclosed on Monday that it has introduced a new “safety net” to prevent too many students walking away with a U, the only grade that signifies a fail.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The last minute change to the boundaries will affect low ability students who took the higher tier paper in the new science double award exams, where students are examined in three sciences but it counts as two GCSEs. In a blog published on Ofqual’s website, Cath Jadhav, associate director of standards and comparability, wrote: “During the awarding period exam boards reported to us that, while they were confident in standards set at 4-4, there were more students than expected getting an unclassified result on higher tier combined science.“Receiving an unclassified result because they had been entered for higher tier would have misrepresented their ability.”She went on: “Therefore, we decided to allow exam boards to use grade 3-3 on the higher tier for this summer, matching grade 3-3 on the foundation tier.”“Senior examiners in each of the exam boards have reviewed the work of students at this grade and confirmed that it is of an appropriate standard.”In total 372,000 students were entered for science double award, according to Ofqual’s provisional data, but they declined to specify how many students the change of grade boundary will affect. “This year it looks as though that hasn’t even worked and so they’ve bought in this extra grade. One questions the wisdom of having a tiered entry in the first place.“With the wisdom of hindsight they ought to have considered this and put in something in place. Now they have to go at it at the last minute.”Of the 5.1 million GCSE exams that were taken this summer, around 90 per cent were the new, “tougher” courses, which were part of reforms instigated by former Education Secretary Michael Gove.Coursework axed in many subjects and curricula broadened, as part of an attempt to inject rigour into the qualifications and bring the UK in line with top performing countries in the Far East.Only the new English and Maths exams were sat last year, with another 20 subjects added this summer under a numerical grading system of 9 to 1 instead of A* to G. As part of its exam reforms, the old science and “additional science” GCSEs have been replaced with a new double award GCSE in “combined science”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more