TURIN, Italy (AP):Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss the European Championship after injuring his knee while playing for Juventus yesterday.Marchisio was stretchered off in the 15th minute in visible pain after making a tackle. Tests revealed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.Juventus beat Palermo 4-0 to move nine points clear in Serie A, with five rounds remaining.”Just got back home,” Marchisio said later in a post on his Instagram account. “The news from the scan obviously hurts me, but these are the risks of our job. I have strength and so much desire to get back well and as soon as possible.”Meanwhile, inside of me there is great joy for this win. We’re ever closer to the great aim. Well done lads. Until the end, we never give up.”Juventus said Marchisio will be operated on “in the next few days”. It is not clear how long he will be out for, but it normally takes around four to six months to recover from such an injury.Italy kicks off its Euro 2016 campaign against Belgium on June 13. It also faces Sweden and Ireland in Group E.valuable playerMarchisio is a fundamental part of the Italy team. The 30-year-old midfielder has made 54 appearances for the Azzurri since his debut in 2009, scoring five goals.”It will be a huge loss,” Juventus and Italy team-mate Leonardo Bonucci said. “Claudio is a leader in this dressing room and that of the national team, apart from being a really great footballer.”Bonucci also wrote on his Instagram account: “An important victory, but there is nothing to celebrate. Today, we lost, for several months, an important player for Juve and the national team. Stay strong Marchisio. We will win for you and we’re expecting you (back) stronger than ever.”
Senior New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is happy that centurion Tom Latham paid heed to his advice to play the sweep and reverse sweep which disturbed the length of Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.Taylor scored 95 and added 200 runs with Latham, who struck an unbeaten 103 in New Zealand’s successful chase of 281 in the first ODI against India in Mumbai.Kuldeep and Chahal bowled 20 overs giving away 125 runs with only a wicket in return.”With the sweep shot, We are able to put pressure on the spinners and forced them to adjust their lengths. I thought he (Latham) did that outstandingly well. I told him to reverse sweep and he did it, and he kept doing it,” Taylor said at the post-match press conference.Taylor said that after fielding for three and half hours in searing heat and unbearable humidity, they needed a good start which Martin Guptill and Colin Munro provided them.”Having to field out there for over three and a half hours, we knew we had to get off to a good start and try and negate their spinners. Traditionally, New Zealand come here and struggle up-front in our innings.”Being able to rotate the strike in the right-left combination with Tom, I think you have got to give credit to Gup (Guptill) and Munners (Munro). They set the platform for us and we were able to rotate the strike and take it deep and then we knew we were in a good position in the game,” Taylor gave an insight to their run-chase.advertisementNumerous tours to India for national team and stints with IPL franchise certainly came in handy for the 33-year-old.”I have come here many a times before whether it’s international cricket or IPL. I am not getting any younger and just wanted a bit of a push and just had a bit more intent I think.”Through those middle stages in the past, you take up a far too many dot balls so made a conscious effort of being a bit more busier at the crease, work on a few shots and open up the off side. Tom and I got some runs in the warm-up game and it was nice to bring that form into Wankhede,” Taylor said referring to their respective hundreds in the second warm-up against Board President’s XI.Taylor is expecting India to come hard at them in the second game at Pune, which is expected to be a batting belter.”As long as you win, it doesn’t matter who steps up. Today it was Tom and myself. You have got to give credit to the bowlers as well, it was pretty warm out there.”Boulty (Trent Boult) bowled outstandingly well but still a long way to go,” Taylor quipped.”We know India are going to come at us hard and now it’s one more victory to take the series for us. But we know Pune is going to be a tough wicket to play on and we have to start again and not dwell on this too much,” he added.