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21 April 2024

Ones to watch


By John McAuley

Marcus North

After becoming the first Australian to score a century against South Africa on Test debut, the left-hander will be gunning for more glory when the second Test continues in Durban today. The visitors have revenge in their sights and, having won the first of three Tests against their now familiar foe, will be looking to hang on to the No1 spot in the world rankings.

Novak Djokovic

The Serb sensation won through a depleted Dubai cast last week, beating David Ferrer in the final to land his first title of the season. The 21-year-old is back in action on Thursday, as he bids to defend the Masters Series title he won at Indian Wells last year. Worth 1,000 points, it could close the gap in the rankings on Roger Federer, the world No2.

Amir Khan

The Great British boxing hope puts the finishing touches to his training with Freddie Roach this week, as he prepares to meet the dangerous Marco Antonio Barrera at the MEN Arena in Manchester next Saturday.

Darren Clarke

The pressure is on the Northern Irishman to make the Masters in April, as he currently resides outside the top 50 in the world rankings. At 75, he'll need a good showing at The Honda Classic in Palm Beach this weekend, or at the WGC-CA Championship in Florida next week. Clarke has never played at the Classic before, so may instead rely on his match play skills in Doral on Thursday.

Mikko Hirvonen

The BP Ford Abu Dhabi driver has watched Sebastien Loeb open up a six-point lead in the WRC after only two races. The Finn will want to narrow the gap at Rally Cyrpus, starting Friday.