Wednesday 13 December 2017

In brief: Murray coasts back into action

Tennis

Andy Murray brushed aside a spirited challenge from Igor Kunitsyn to book his place in the second round of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships yesterday.

The third seed, playing his first match since the Australian Open final, beat the Russian qualifier, ranked 90th in the world, 6-2 6-3.

Murray took almost a month off following his exertions in Melbourne, and, while not at his best, was rarely tested on his return to the court.

In the second round Murray will face either Andreas Seppi or Janko Tipsarevic, who play today.

Cricket

Craig Kieswetter will today become the latest in a long line of South African-born players to represent England.

The Somerset wicketkeeper, who starred for the England Lions in their Twenty20 victory over the senior side last week, looks certain to play as a specialist batsman in the opening game of the tour of Bangladesh, a one-dayer against a Board XI.

Matt Prior will continue behind the stumps.

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