David Warner underwent a sugery to fix his troublesome elbow on Tuesday and the Australian cricketer will begin rehabilitation. Cricket Australia (CA) revealed that Warner can “resume batting” in almost a month’s time.David Warner had to cut short his stint at the Bangladesh Premier League after the injury and returned home for treatment. Warner had complained of an elbow pain but played two more matches for his BPL team Sylhet Sixers.”David Warner underwent surgery yesterday to remove a bone spur and loose bone in his elbow that was causing an inflamed joint,” a CA spokesman said.”David will undergo rehabilitation in which we expect him to be able to begin moving his arm by the end of the week, and within 3-4 weeks resume batting, with his return to playing to be determined soon after that.”Warner is currently serving the suspension period for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in March last year.A few days ago, Warner’s suspended partner Steve Smith also underwent an elbow surgery but the former’s injury is not expected to be as serious as Smith’s.For Steve Smith, however, the lay off is expected to be longer. Smith will be wearing an arm brace for six weeks before continuing his rehabilitation. The length of the lay off threatens to disrupt Smith’s preparations for the World Cup in England later this year.Both Warner and Smith carried small niggles into the Bangladesh Premier League and then reporting pain. They returned home within a week of each other.advertisementThe pair’s 12-month bans for their involvement in the Cape Town ball-tampering incident ends on March 28 and there had been some hope they could return in a one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE.While Smith would be in a race against time to play in that series and the early stages of the Indian Premier League, Warner will likely be fit in time to be available for selection.Warner scored 61 not out, 63 and 19 in his last three innings at the T20 tournament in Bangladesh.Australia are expected to play five one-day internationals against Pakistan in the UAE, with the final two matches of that series believed to be after the bans on Smith and Warner have expired. But the fixtures for that tour are yet to be confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Pakistan won the final Twenty20 against South Africa by 27 runs on Wednesday to end its tour with a positive result having already lost all three series.Top-ranked T20 team Pakistan defended their total of 168 for 9 when they held South Africa to 141 for 9 in their 20 overs at SuperSport Park. South Africa took the series 2-1 and also won the Test and one-day contests.South Africa couldn’t round off a whitewash in the T20s despite a late half-century by Chris Morris, who hit 55 not out off 29 balls but had too much to do at the end. Morris reached his maiden T20 50 with consecutive sixes off Shaheen Afridi in the final over, when South Africa was left needing 40 runs off the last six balls.Mohammad Amir took 3 for 27 to lead Pakistan’s bowlers and Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf collected two wickets each. Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim and Afridi were key for Pakistan in an impressive bowling performance as they restricted South Africa in the early overs. Both went for less than six an over.Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan top scored for the tourists with 26 after Pakistan was put in to bat. There were also contributions from Asif Ali (25) and Babar Azam (23) and although Pakistan’s total wasn’t huge, it was enough.Shadab hit 22 not out off just eight balls in a crucial late effort, launching three sixes and plundering 21 runs off the final over of the innings.Left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks’s career-best 4 for 14 for South Africa came in a losing effort.Also Watch:
MS Dhoni did what he does best as the lighting quick hands of the former India skipper stumped Tim Seifert off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav during the third and final Twenty20 International against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.What is special about the dismissal is the fact that Dhoni took just 0.099 seconds to effect it. As the ball left Kuldeep’s fingers and passed the bemused Seifert at the batting crease, Dhoni removed the bails in a flash.Here is how Dhoni removed Seifert:Kuldeep delivered the ball full and outside off, as Seifert stretched forward to play at it. But it spun away just a tad bit to beat the bat. Dhoni collected the ball and was lightning quick in taking the bails off. He appealed immediately and then went to celebrate with his teammates. The square leg umpire referred it upstairs. The third umpire watched a few angles and then ruled it in favour of the fielding team.The brilliance of Dhoni left fans across the globe in awe of the master. Here is a selection of the best reactions:MS Dhoni is lightning quick behind the stumps! #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/4Naoe7RBpLMufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 10, 2019Be it Gilchrist, or be it SangaDhoni has no match when it comes to stumping #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/Z2JBTf3AquImtiaz Baloch (@Imtiazbahar) February 10, 2019Lightning Speed.. #Dhoni300 pic.twitter.com/sK1lMYC10KDHONI Trends (@TrendsDhoni) February 10, 20190.099 secondsThat is the time taken for MS Dhoni to effect a stumping and Tim Seifert has to go back for 43. #Dhoni300 pic.twitter.com/JeB2c5Jpg8advertisementDHONIsm (@DHONIism) February 10, 2019Earlier in the tour, Dhoni had removed New Zealand’s Ross Taylor with a similar quick stumping. Dhoni’s sharp wicket-keeping skills got the better of Kiwi batsman in the second ODI at Mount Maunganui.As a matter of fact, Dhoni holds the record for most T20I stumpings with 34 in his illustrious career. Dhoni also has the most number of dismissals in the format with 89, which also include 55 career catches.In 337 ODIs, Dhoni has 311 catches and 119 stumpings. No other wicketkeeper has played more international matches than MS Dhoni’s 524.Also Read | Ish Sodhi is smart but MS Dhoni is smarter. Here’s proofAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s helped Rishabh Pant bat well in Auckland: Harbhajan Singh
Amid protests by the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), left parties and the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi blew the poll bugle in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.The political temperature soared in the state which is scheduled to go for elections along with the Lok Sabha polls this year. Addressing a rally in Guntur, PM Modi launched a blistering attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who was until last year, was an important ally of the BJP-led NDA government.Referring to Naidu’s previous comment on him being senior in politics, PM Modi said: “Yes, you are senior but in changing your political partners. You are senior in leaving one group and joining the other.”The PM claimed that in the past 55 months, his government has established at least 10 central institutes likes IIT, IIM and AIIMS in the state, and also provided adequate funds which the Naidu government has misused.”He [Naidu] says I am bad on wealth creation. Yes, I am as I don’t create wealth for myself like you wanted to create in Amravati and Polavaram projects. He is against me as I stopped him doing irregularities as a Chowkidar of this country,” said PM Modi.The PM also took a dig at the TDP chief’s minister son Nara Lokesh saying that Chandrababu Naidu instead of making Andhra Pradesh a ‘Sunrise State’ busy insuring his ‘Son’ rise.Taking exception to the prime minister addressing him as father of Lokesh, Naidu launched a counter-offensive by dragging PM Modi’s wife into the row. Naidu said “I am being personal because you [Modi] attacked me personally. The PM brought triple talaq but he can’t answer questions on those subjects in his personal life.”advertisementResponding to PM Modi targeting his son Nara Lokesh, Naidu said: “I am proud of being Lokesh dad, Devansh’s grandfather and Bhuvaneswari’s husband and always promote family values, whereas Modi has no family and is unable to appreciate those aspects.”The chief minister also continued his outburst at the prime minister, accusing him of ruining the country and all the systems.Naidu, who had earlier welcomed demonetisation when it was announced on November 8, 2016, now called it a mad Tughlaq act.They scrapped Rs 1000 currency note but brought in Rs 2000 note. How will corruption end, he asked.The TDP had quit the NDA in March last year protesting against the injustice done to the state post-bifurcation.NAIDU PROTEST TODAYNaidu will stage a protest against the Centre in Delhi on Monday. The chief minister, along with ministers, MLAs, MLCs and TDP MPs, will stage Deeksha at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in the national capital seeking special category status to the state and fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances.The TDP chief will observe fast from 8 am today and submit a memorandum to the President on February 12.Several leaders of different political parties including the Congress, AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, NCP president Sharad Pawar and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah are likely to attend the protest and express their solidarity with Naidu.As PM Modi failed to mention about the long pending demand of Andhra People on according special category status to AP and fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances during his visit to Guntur today, people expressed their ire against the Modi government.Thousands of people thronged the main roads of Vijayawada and Guntur from the airport and staged protests sporting black dresses and empty black pots. People were also seen waving placards of Modi go back.READ | Modi a mistake, go back Modi: Posters, hashtags go viral ahead of PM’s Andhra visitALSO READ | Chandrababu Naidu to spend Rs 60 lakh on hotels for TDP supporters during Delhi protestWATCH | Modi’s Mission South: Can BJP breach the southern frontier?
Ford Endeavour facelift is all set to be introduced in India on February 22. Ahead of the launch, the company has officially revealed the 2019 version of the premium SUV. It will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Mahindra Alturas G4.There were already rumours that the front portion of the 2019 Endeavour will get some tweaks and these have been justified by the minor cosmetic changes in the facelift in the form of a refurbished grille and bumper. Instead of the expected 20-inch alloy wheels, the SUV will sport 18-inch ones. On the inside, the company has given the vehicle more luxurious feel with fresh upholstery. It also gets keyless entry and a smart boot opening system.Presently, Ford Endeavour gets two diesel powertrain options — a 2.2-litre TDCi engine churning out 160 PS of power and 385 Nm of torque and a 3.2-litre TDCi mill good for 200 PS of power and 470 Nm of torque. Both the motors are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.The outgoing Endeavour is available in three variants — 2.2-litre 4X2 AT Trend, 2.2-litre 4X2 AT Titanium and 3.2-litre 4X4 AT Titanium. While Trend is priced at Rs 26.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), 4X2 Titanium comes in at Rs 31.07 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The top-end 4X4 Titanium costs Rs 33.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).The 2019 Endeavour will not have the Trend variant. It will only come in two trims — Titanium and Titanium+. The facelift will be powered by the same engines that are offered on the outgoing variant. One major update in the facelift is that the 2.2-litre variant will now be available with a manual gearbox, which was earlier discontinued in this model.advertisementFord has not revealed the prices of the 2019 Endeavour. While Fortuner is priced between Rs 27.58 lakh and Rs 33.28 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Alturas G4 costs Rs 26.95 lakh and Rs 29.95 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). Keeping the prices of these two SUVs in mind, one can imagine that Endeavour facelift will be offered at a very competitive cost.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: Five reasons why the compact SUV is popular among the buyersALSO READ | Skoda offers six-year warranty under Shield Plus initiative, applicable on Octavia and other modelsALSO READ | Hero MotoCorp installs combined braking system in Splendor+ and HF Deluxe i3S
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed likes that Pakistan are considered an underdog entering the World Cup beginning next month in England but insisted that despite the label, the 15-member squad is well prepared.”When a team goes (to the World Cup) as a favorite, I think it’s a problem,” Ahmed told reporters in Lahore, Pakistan, on Tuesday during the last day of training camp. “We have a good team. We are going as underdogs and it’s very good for Pakistan.”Pakistan were ranked last in the Champions Trophy in England two years ago before they won the eight-team event under Ahmed’s captaincy, defeating India by a massive 180-run margin in the final.They will leave Tuesday for England, where it will play a Twenty20 international and five-match ODI series against England before taking on the West Indies in their World Cup opener on May 31.Pakistan left fast bowler Mohammad Amir out of the World Cup squad but provided the left-armer another opportunity to excel during the ODI series against England.The ICC set May 23 as the deadline for teams to change their World Cup squad without seeking permission.Amir, who took 3-16 in the Champions Trophy final, has taken just five wickets in the 14 ODIs in which he has since played. That left the selectors with no other choice than to drop him for the World Cup.Ahmed hoped Amir could do well during the ODI series against England, but Ahmed said he and coach Mickey Arthur were clear about what the team will be for the World Cup.advertisement”Amir has an opportunity to improve in the coming five-match (series),” Ahmed said. “We have a very good bowling combination as we have picked six fast bowlers to rotate during the ODI series against England.”Also selected were all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who is yet to fully recover after injuring a hand during the Pakistan Super League, and leg spinner Shadab Khan, who was ruled out of the ODI series against England with an illness.Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said on Thursday he favored all-rounder Imad Wasim getting a World Cup spot despite also not being fit – a point on which Ahmed agreed.”Imad Wasim has been struggling with his knee, otherwise he has cleared all his fitness tests,” Ahmed said. “We think he is better for our combination and that’s why we have selected him.”While 11 of those selected competed in the Champions Trophy, 18-year-old fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain and opening batsman Abid Ali will be playing for the first time in England.Hasnain, who played with Ahmed for the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL, bowls at an express pace of 150 kph (93 mph). Ali scored a century in his debut ODI against Australia in the United Arab Emirates last month.Ahmed also spoke fondly of the discussion players had last week with Prime Minister Imran Khan, under whose leadership Pakistan won the World Cup in Australia in 1992.”It was a very good meeting,” Ahmed said. “Imran Khan told us to fight boldly (during the World Cup) and gave us very useful tips during an hour-long meeting.”Like his captain, Arthur also remains hopeful of Pakistan’s chances of winning the World Cup a second time.”We’ve worked really hard over the past two years and we are well prepared for the event,” Arthur said. “We are as prepared as we can be. We have to bring (out) all our capabilities to produce results in our favor.”Also Read | I backed Kohli when Dhoni and Kirsten had not heard of him: VengsarkarAlso Read | Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan ruled out of England series due to illnessAlso See
The 2019 ICC World Cup is around the corner and as much as the fans of the game remember the highs and lows on the field, the heroic efforts of champions and the conquests of great cricket nations, a few controversial moments also spring to mind.From the hilarious exchange between Indian wicket-keeper Kiran More and Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad, to the equally iconic moment of Venkatesh Prasad punching the air in delight after dismissing Aamer Sohail just after being sledged, the Cricket World Cup has seen plenty of spicy moments.The case of Shane Warne having to go back home after testing positive for a banned substance also goes down as one of the most infamous incidents of the World Cup’s history.Another Australian’s antics too caused quite a stir as Adam Gilchrist scored a century with a squash ball in his glove. Other competing teams raised questions on the issue as Australia lifted their fourth straight World Cup.1992 – Miandad mocks More appealIndian wicket-keeper Kiran More was involved in a controversy in the match against Pakistan, which India ended up winning by 43 runs.More’s over-enthusiastic appeal for a leg-side catch of Javed Miandad, brought out one of the most hilarious reactions from the Pakistan batsman.So as to mock the Indian wicket-keeper, Miandad proceeded to jump up and down at his crease. The incident has gone down in the history books as one of the funniest at the Cricket World Cup.Some words were also said between the two, which has since been lost to history. The umpires reported the matter to the match referee, who in turn asked the tour managers to sort the matter.advertisement1996 – Prasad gives perfect reply to ShohailThe Aamer Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad exchange has attained cult status as a sign of the rivalry of between the two neighbouring countries – India and Pakistan.In the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal against India in Bengaluru, Pakistan were going great guns in their chase of 287, with Sohail keeping the scorers busy. After he brought up his fifty with an eye-catching push to the extra-cover boundary, some words were exchanged between Prasad and Sohail.Sohail pointed at the cover boundary, suggesting that there is where he would be hitting the next ball, as boos rained down from the stands at the Chinnaswamy.Venkatesh Prasad though had the last laugh, as in a dramatic change of fortunes, Sohail lost his timber the very next ball. Prasad had a few things to say this time and gave Sohail a mouthful and a send-off as the as the Bengaluru crowd erupted in joy.2003 – Shane Warne sent back from World CupThe might of the Australian team, in 2003 was tested when their star leg-spinner Shane Warne tested positive for a banned diuretic drug, known as Moduretic. The drug is generally used to treat hypertension, high blood pressure and fluid retention.ICC had banned the drug as can act as a masking agent for steroids and Warne was subsequently banned from the World Cup and had to fly back to Australia and that too in the middle of the tournament.2007 – Gilchrist’s squash ballAdam Gilchrist scored 149 off 104 balls and was instrumental in taking Australia to a 53-run victory Sri Lanka in the final of the 2007 edition of the World Cup.After reaching his hundred, Gilchrist raised his left hand to show off his glove, which had a prominent lump in the middle.The Australian wicket-keeper batsman later clarified that he had stuck a squash ball into the glove. The news infuriated the other teams as they questioned the legality or fairness of the move.”I’d been using this little device on the advice of a batting coach back in Perth. Often, he’d get me to put this squash ball in my bottom hand, and basically, it’s about putting the glove on, and my coach told me, ‘Try not to grip the bat too much with those last two, maybe three, fingers’,” Gilchrist had said in an interview with ICC.Australia won their fourth straight World Cup as Gilchrist and the squash ball was the hero.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli won’t be affected by IPL performance, says Kuldeep YadavAlso See
Back in April, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau talked to India Today Tech about the company’s future plans for the Indian market and the new OnePlus 7 series phones. At the time, Lau focused mostly on the OnePlus 7 Pro, explaining how they worked hard to offer a distinct flagship smartphone experience. At the same time, he also confirmed that there will be a regular OnePlus 7. When OnePlus finally unveiled the new phones on May 14, the OnePlus 7 came across as the refreshed OnePlus 6T with a new chipset and better cameras.At the launch many wondered whether this was an unwise decision, considering OnePlus had the opportunity to offer something newer for the budget-conscious smartphone buyers. But I don’t think that is the right way to go about it. For example, look at the price. For its starting price of Rs 32,999 for the base variant of the OnePlus 7, you not only get stellar core hardware but also generous 128GB storage. Yes, Oneplus 7 is a refreshed and revamped OnePlus 6T. But the OnePlus 6T is by no means a bad point to start from it was my top recommendation until the new OnePlus phones came out this year.OnePlus 6T? OnePlus 7? Errr, which is the new one?Did I say that the OnePlus 7 is essentially an upgraded OnePlus 6T? The OnePlus 7 doesn’t alter the comfortable design of the OnePlus 6T in any significant way. I showed the phone to a couple of people and almost all of them mistook it for the OnePlus 6T. Is that good or bad? That’s up to your personal preference. I loved the aesthetics of the OnePlus 6T, especially the curved rear panel that enhanced the ergonomics massively. And after living with the heavier OnePlus 7 Pro for a while, the OnePlus 7 feels compact and lighter, despite having a 6.4-inch display.advertisementKeen readers may notice slight changes that OnePlus has incorporated into the design of the OnePlus 6T. The major change on the OnePlus 7 is the protruded camera bump immediately suggesting a new camera system. The module is slimmer and echoes the aesthetics of the OnePlus 7 Pro. The flash now sits inside the module to emulate the triple camera systems. The new OnePlus branding also sits at the bottom. The Mirror Grey colour variant has a slight gradient effect but the Red variant (exclusive to India in the 8GB variant) looks ravishing even without any gradient. This colour is similar to Red variant of last year’s OnePlus 6. The front sports the familiar waterdrop-style notch display with a slightly noticeable chin. However, the earpiece is now bigger as the OnePlus 7 finally gets a dual speaker setup for pronounced stereo effects. The headphone jack is sadly not present and OnePlus is not offering the 3.5mm headphone jack dongle with the package anymore.A full-blown OnePlus experienceOver the years, OnePlus has built a reputation for offering a unique user experience that no other Android phone vendor has managed to achieve. And that’s down to the presence of flagship-grade internals and a highly polished user interface. The OnePlus 7 is not alien to this concept.Similar to its pricier kin, the OnePlus 7 gets the ultimate chipset that everyone’s been using in flagships — Snapdragon 855. This is enough on its own to offer a fast experience. However, OnePlus is offering the faster UFS 3.0 storage that aids faster read and write speeds. On the OnePlus 7 Pro, I found the UFS 3.0 storage making a mega difference to the overall user experience. Therefore, as I spend more time with the OnePlus, I expect nothing less.Oxygen OS is present in its latest avatar and while I haven’t spent enough time with the OnePlus 7, the overall experience feels snappy for now. At first glance, the interface looks very similar to the one on the OnePlus 7 Pro and that’s a very good thing. There’s something that immediately caught attention right from the moment I booted it up the screen. This phone, unlike the OnePlus 7 Pro, gets a smaller 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a conventional refresh rate of 60Hz. The display seems to be really good for its price make no mistakes here. But I am used to the 90Hz smoothness of the OnePlus 7 Pro and a 60Hz display now tires eyes. If you are dead-set on buying the OnePlus 7, I would suggest just don’t look at the OnePlus 7 Pro’s display.What puzzles me is the camera department. The OnePlus 6T already had a robust set of dual cameras meant to offer better low-light photography, which is my opinion worked really well. With the OnePlus 7, there’s the popular 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 camera acting as the primary unit while the second unit is simply a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The 48-megapixel camera impressed us fairly on the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus may be relying extensively on the Pixel Binning technology and smarter algorithms for improved low-light performance. I believe retaining the secondary 20-megapixel low-light sensor would still have been a better choice. Nonetheless, wait for our full review to see whether this new setup is good.advertisementLastly, the battery section has been completely left untouched. The same 3700mAh battery has been carried over from the OnePlus 6T and if the optimization is as good as the one on the OnePlus 6T, then I expect at least a day’s backup under heavy load. I wish OnePlus had gone for Warp Charge 30 with the OnePlus 7 but at Rs 32,999, I am willing to live with the 20W Fast Charge system.OnePlus 7 first impressions: Feels like a sensible flagship The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 ProThe OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 32,999 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, which is Rs 16,000 cheaper than the OnePlus7 Pro. If the 90Hz screen and camera performance don’t matter, this seems to be the sensible choice. The OnePlus 7 is even cheaper than its predecessor but does that mean it’s inferior? At first glance, absolutely not. The faster performance is immediately visible while the minor refinements here-and-there seem to make this an unbeatable proposition. We can’t deliver a verdict on this one until the full review but if you want to get this right now, don’t hesitate and go ahead. Just don’t look at the OnePlus 7 Pro before buying this.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro review: The OnePlus phone that is near perfectALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro gaming review: More than enough power with goodness of extra smooth 90Hz screenALSO READ | Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7: Different takes on affordable flagships
India lived up to their billing and thrashed South Africa 5-1 in the summit clash to win the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament here Saturday.Coming into the tournament as overwhelming favourites, world no. 5 India played like champions and remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.Dragflickers Varun Kumar (2nd and 49th minutes) and Harmanpreet Singh (11th and 25th) scored a brace each, while Vivek Sagar Prasad (35th) was the other goal scorer for India.South Africa’s lone goal was scored by Richard Pautz in the 53rd minute.India and South Africa have already qualified for the final round of the Olympic qualifiers before Saturday’s summit clash.Earlier in the day, Asian Games champion Japan defeated USA 4-2 to finish third in the competition.The top two finishers of this tournament make it to the final round of the Olympic qualifiers to be held later this year.Going by world rankings, the Indians were expected to control the proceedings and they exactly did that from the word go.India secured their first penalty corner as early as in the second minute and Varun made no mistake in converting the opportunity into a goal.In the 11th minute, India got another penalty corner and this time Harmanpreet slammed home to make the scoreline 2-0 in favour of the hosts.Seconds before the end of the first quarter, South Africa got a rare opportunity but Nqobile Ntuli’s reverse hit was kept away by Krishan Bahadur Pathak in front of the Indian goal.Five minutes from half time, India was awarded a penalty stroke when Birendra Lakra was stick-checked inside South Africa’s ‘D’ by Jethro Eustice and Harmanpreet made no mistake to make the scoreline 3-0.advertisementThe flow of the match continued in the same vein after the change of ends with India dominating the proceedings.Five minutes into the third quarter, India extended their lead when Vivek Sagar Prasad scored from close range after being set up by Simranjeet Singh.India secured their third penalty corner in the 41st minute but this time Amit Rohidas’ try was saved by the South African goalkeeper.India kept up the pressure and earned their fourth penalty corner in the 49th minute and Varun scored from a variation to make the scoreline 5-0 in the home team’s favour.South Africa finally had something to cheer about when they secured back-to-back penalty corners in the 53rd minute and from the second chance, Pautz deflected in Eustice’s flick to reduce the margin to 5-1.Four minutes from the final hooter, India secured two more penalty corners but failed to utilise the opportunities.South Africa too got the last chance to pull another goal back in the form of their third penalty corner but to no effect.India’s chief coach Graham Reid was relatively satisfied with his wards performances and said the just-concluded tournament was a good outing in terms of preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.”I think what I am pleased with is the last two matches, where it really counted. We played well. Yesterday was very good, today was good in parts. We can learn from things,” he said after the victory.”Good to practice in the heat with back-to-back matches. That’s the kind of heat we will face in Tokyo.”Reid also pointed out the positives he has derived from this tournament.”I never put an upper limit on something. We should always get better. From the point of PC conversion, all our flickers did well in this event. The great thing is we are creating opportunities. Next phase is to ensure we convert those percentages,” he said.The chief coach, however, said defence is something in which India will need to work extensively in the run-up to the final Olympic qualifying event later this year and thereafter as well.”You expect a lot of pressure in our defence. We have a defensive camp coming up in the first or second week in July. So we have a couple of good coaches coming. I am looking forward to it,” he signed off.Also Read | FIH Series 2019: Poland & Russia arrive in BhubaneshwarAlso Read | Indian women’s hockey team end series with 0-4 loss to South KoreaAlso See
India opener Shikhar Dhawan on Wednesday posted an emotional video on his social media accounts, just hours after he was ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup 2019 with a thumb injury.Dhawan will be replaced by wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant in India’s 15-member squad after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sent an official request to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a replacement.In the minute-long video, Dhawan spoke about the extent of his injury and urged fans to keep on supporting the Indian team as they look to reclaim the trophy and bring it back home for the third time.”I feel emotional to announce that I will no longer be a part of #CWC19. Unfortunately, the thumb won’t recover on time. But the show must go on.. I’m grateful for all the love & support from my team mates, cricket lovers & our entire nation. Jai Hind!” Dhawan wrote on the post.”Unfortunately my thumb won’t be recovering on time, I really wanted to play the World Cup and represent my country. Now it’s time for me to go back, recover well and be ready for the next action.”I’m sure the boys are doing a great job at the moment and they are going to win the World Cup. Keep praying for us and keep supporting us, you support and prayers are very important and very dear to us. Thank you again for all your support and love,” Dhawan said in the video.advertisementI feel emotional to announce that I will no longer be a part of #CWC19. Unfortunately, the thumb won’t recover on time. But the show must go on.. I’m grateful for all the love & support from my team mates, cricket lovers & our entire nation. Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/zx8Ihm3051Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 19, 2019The team management had put Shikhar Dhawan under observation but called in Rishabh Pant from India as cover just before India’s match against New Zealand, which was eventually was washed out without a ball being bowled.In the next game on June 16, KL Rahul walked in to open with Rohit Sharma against Pakistan, scored 57 and added a record 136 for the 1st wicket.Official Announcement – @SDhawan25 ruled out of the World Cup. We wish him a speedy recovery #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/jdmEvt52qSBCCI (@BCCI) June 19, 2019India have had a great start to their World Cup campaign. They have won against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan while the game against New Zealand was washed out.India next face Afghanistan on Saturday (June 22) before they take on West Indies, hosts England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan out of World Cup 2019, Rishabh Pant named replacementAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Injured Shikhar Dhawan helps teammates out with drinksAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan is going to be in a plaster for couple of weeks: Virat Kohli
Delhi CET 2019 result: The Delhi Department of Training and Technical Education (DTTE) has declared the result for the Common Entrance Test (CET) on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Earlier, the Delhi CET 2019 results were scheduled to be released on June 21 around 10 pm. All the candidates who appeared for the CET 2019 can check their scores on the official website, the link for which is cetdelhi.nic.in.Delhi CET 2019 result: How to checkLog on to the official website: cetdelhi.nic.inOn the homepage, click on “CET – 2019 Result”Enter your CET Roll Number, Application number and Security pinClick on submitResults will be displayed on the screenDownload and take print out of the same for future referenceREAD:Yoga will now be a part of Nepal curriculumDelhi CET 2019: CounsellingCounselling process is expected to start from June 22 for the session which will commence from August 1, 2019.About Delhi CET 2019 exam:The DTTE plans to admit students to first semester/first year for the academic session 2019-20 for various full-time Diploma Programmes (Engineering and Non-Engineering) being offered at Institutes affiliated with the Board of Technical Education (BTE), Delhi, through the Common Entrance Test (CET- 2019).About DTTEDepartment of Training and Technical Education (DTTE) is making a significant contribution in this direction by imparting technical education and technological skills through various courses of study at different levels. Full time Diploma Courses in Engineering & Technology, Occupational and Vocational, Secretarial & Management based disciplines are being offered at different AICTE approved Government Institutes of Technology, Government-Aided institute, Border Security Force Polytechnic and Privately Managed Polytechnics, affiliated with the Board of Technical Education, Delhi.advertisementREAD: Delhi University guidelines for sports trails out, date and venue decided READ: Odisha govt to provide transport cost to school students as per their attendance
Nach Baliye 9 is all set to premiere on July 19 on Star Plus. The dance reality show is making news for a variety of reasons. The dance reality show invites ex couples apart from the current ones and the format of the show will naturally lead to controversies. There are already reports of Vishal Aditya Singh-Madhurima Tuli’s fights and Urvashi Dholakia-Anuj Sachdeva’s cold vibes.Rahul Mahajan and Shrenu Parikh are the latest to make news. The two will be part of the grand premiere episode of the show and will be seen performing to a steamy number. According to reports, Sarvagun Sampanna star Shrenu Parikh slapped Rahul Mahajan during the rehearsal.The couple was rehearsing on the song Second Hand Jawani which required Shrenu to slap Rahul. Although Shrenu was hesitant to slap Rahul, he asked the TV actress to slap him hard as it would be add a touch of authenticity to the act.”It was a fun experience, too much fun with the act, the performance and the rehearsals. It was such a painful thing to do. He kept saying chalega tu slap kar koi problem nahi. And to be honest, last shot mein I kinda slapped him hard. But he’s a great sport. It’s exciting there will be lots of twists and turns and it’ll be great to watch this years nach,” Shrenu Parikh said in a statement.Also read | Nach Baliye 9’s Vishal Aditya Singh opens up on bitter break up with Madhurima TuliAlso read | Nach Baliye 9: Shraddha Arya to opt out of the show for this reason?advertisement
The Iowa Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Sioux City man who had been sentenced to prison for a 2013 stabbing outside of a local bar.The high court ruled that 29 year old James Norman Harris received ineffective counsel at his 2015 trial where he was convicted of going armed with intent and willful injury.Harris was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison on the two charges.He was found guilty of stabbing Chance Niles several times in the neck and head outside of the Dive Bar in the 1500 block of Villa Avenue on September 26th of 2013.The two men had been playing pool and got into an argument which escalated into a fight outside of the bar.
Manchester United Lukaku reveals no release clause was included in £75m Man Utd transfer Last updated 2 years ago 04:14 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Premier League The Belgium international joined the Red Devils from Everton during the summer window and is intending to spend “a very long time” at Old Trafford Romelu Lukaku has revealed that there is no release clause in his Manchester United contract as he intends to spend “a very long time” at the club.The Belgium international secured a £75 million switch to Old Trafford during the summer transfer window.Red Devils 9/4 to win the title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina That move has allowed him to fulfil his ambition of gracing the Champions League and challenging for top honours.At 24 years of age there is the possibility that he could go chasing further dreams elsewhere in the future, but Lukaku insists he is planning to stick around with the Red Devils for some considerable time.Pressed on whether a release clause was included in the deal which took him to the Theatre of Dreams, the powerful striker told DH: “I don’t have one, but I’m very happy. I hope I stay there for a very long time.”United’s deal for Lukaku has been made to look like very shrewd business, given the start to life he has made at Old Trafford – with four goals in as many games.His price tag also appears favourable, with the record-breaking €222 million move of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain raising asking prices across the board.Lukaku is reluctant to speculate to what he could be worth in the future, when supposedly at the peak of his powers, with a proven frontman eager to avoid putting a price on his own head.He added: “I’m not going to leave. I’m happy over there. Manchester United is a big club.”Lukaku has helped United to set the early pace in the Premier League title race, with Jose Mourinho’s side yet to drop a point or concede a goal.He has carried his fine form into the international break, with a hat-trick netted in a 9-0 demolition of Gibraltar on Thursday.
Mexico Mexico can extend Honduras’ frustration with historic ending to Hex Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 23:02 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) YURI CORTEZ Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Honduras v Mexico Honduras World Cup El Tri has the chance to keep Los Catrachos out of the World Cup, but the motivation to finish the round undefeated is even stronger Mexico is most of CONCACAF’s biggest rival. As for El Tri? They don’t harbor much hatred for Tuesday’s opponent, Honduras. Other than a frustrating defeat to Los Catrachos in the last cycle, there hasn’t been much of an issue with the Central Americans.However, that doesn’t mean Mexico doesn’t want to crush Honduras’ hopes of making the World Cup with a big win Tuesday. After all, it’s not just the possibility of extending the frustration Honduras felt after Costa Rica’s last-minute equalizer sent the Ticos into the World Cup and Honduras on the verge of missing for the first time in three cycles. Mexico has something to play for as well. It can become just the second-ever undefeated Hex team, and in doing so set the record for best-ever Hex finish with 24 points, one better than Costa Rica’s 1998 qualification mark.”We’re focused on the objectives and things we want to achieve as a national team, a group and a team, and that’s the only thing we have in mind,” defender Miguel Layun said at a news conference Monday night. “I don’t see anyone who is just content with what we’ve gotten. The group continues to be convinced in what we want to achieve and how we want to finish.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. His manager echoed the tone. Mexico isn’t in San Pedro Sula for anything but to get three points, Juan Carlos Osorio said. And really, why should Mexico care about eliminating or not eliminating Honduras? It did its job and qualified more than a month ago. Now all that’s left is to go for just a bit more glory. Hitting those marks in the Hex only means so much, but it would be another piece of supporting evidence, an arrow in Osorio’s quiver he can shoot at critics of his ideas, strategy and style.”We came in very hopeful. We’ve got a very good team and tomorrow we’re going to do everything possible to win, as always, to represent Mexico well and above all to achieve our goals,” Osorio said Monday. “We’ve achieved two of the three and tomorrow is the through, the great possibility for the group, for us to achieve and hopefully we can do it.”It may be a bit tougher because of two notable absences. Hirving Lozano and Chicharito are headed back to their clubs in somewhat mysterious circumstances. You can bet that if this were a do-or-die qualification game for Mexico that both players would be able to go — Lozano overcoming his dislocated elbow and Chicharito fighting through his personal issue that prompted him to request special permission to skip the trip to Honduras.Yet it would be unwise to think those absences alone will derail El Tri. This Mexico side has the depth to manage. There are a glut of wingers in the squad — Lozano didn’t start the 3-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago — and Raul Jimenez has been awaiting an opportunity to play in his preferred center forward role.So even without those two stars, Mexico will be able to put out a lineup to trouble Honduras, and Osorio is confident that no matter what the personnel, his squad will be able to go out and look for all three points from the contest. “It’s a challenge, without a doubt, to plan, to prepare for two games in five sessions, but we’ve dedicated the same time to it as we’ve done for the other games, the same type of planning,” Osorio said at his news conference Monday night. “Surely tomorrow night you’re going to see in the starting XI a declaration of intention to play and look for the victory.”Honduras may not be a rival, but Mexico doesn’t care. It’s another team standing between it and a near-perfect Hex. If Mexico fails to top Los Catrachos in San Pedro Sula, it not only will complicate CONCACAF’s qualifying picture, it also will mean a cycle largely forgotten.Get all three points and this group will go down in history as one of the best ever to qualify from the region. It would mark a triumphant ending to what has been an overwhelmingly positive qualification campaign from El Tri and likely keep Osorio free from the intense magnifying glass that is the Mexican press until the moment of truth arrives this summer.
Liverpool Liverpool team news: Oxlade-Chamberlain starts, Coutinho missing against Maribor Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 02:28 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool UEFA Champions League Liverpool v Maribor Maribor The Reds have refreshed their XI with four changes as the 24-year-old England midfielder gets the opportunity to make his mark from the off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes his first Champions League start for Liverpool, with Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren absent from the matchday squad against Maribor.The England international has been used as a substitute by Jurgen Klopp nine times since his deadline-day switch from Arsenal, with his only other run out from the off coming in the League Cup defeat at Leicester.Liverpool -3 handicap v Maribor EVS Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Coutinho (adductor) and Lovren (thigh) have not shaken off their injuries in time to feature on Wednesday night, with the Reds boss introducing four changes to the starting line-up from the weekend’s 3-0 victory over Huddersfield.Loris Karius replaces Simon Mignolet in goal, with Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and Joe Gomez on the bench.Jordan Henderson is rested in the centre of the pitch with Emre Can starting as the deepest midfielder and Daniel Sturridge is among those in reserve with Oxlade-Chamberlain joining the attack.Maribor, meanwhile, are looking to keep their Champions League hopes alive after suffering a 7-0 reverse last time round in Slovenia to the Reds. Captain Marcos Tavares drops to the bench, with Jasmin Mesanovic entering a defence-minded starting XI at Anfield.Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino.Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Grujic, Solanke, Sturridge.Maribor: Handanovic; Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Billong; Kabha, Pihler, Hotic, Bohar; Mesanovic.Maribor subs: Obradovic, Vrhovec, Ahmedi, Vrsic, Bajde, Tavares, Palcic. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chelsea Christensen can emulate John Terry at Chelsea – Conte Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 06:30 12/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Antonio Conte AFC Bournemouth The Blues defender was compared by his manager to the recently departed club legend ahead of the Carabao Cup clash on Wednesday Antonio Conte is hoping that Andreas Christensen can follow the same path as John Terry and go on to become a Chelsea legend.Terry was considered one of the great centre-backs of his generation and led Chelsea to five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one Europa League and one Champions League title in his two decades at the club.After Terry departed the club, Christensen has established himself in the first team at Chelsea having taken David Luiz’s place in recent weeks. In fact, he’s started in all seven games since he was picked ahead of Luiz for the Manchester United game in November. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Conte thinks that he sets the standard for the youngsters coming through the academy and he has leadership potential for the future, as he follows in Terry’s footsteps. “This is a big comparison. Also, don’t forget, John Terry wrote the history of this club and won a lot,” Conte said at Cobham Training Centre. “I think he has the right characteristics to play for this club for many years, to become an important player for this team, for this club.Then I hope and I wish Christensen to have the same career as John. I wish this for him. This is my best wish for him. His performance were amazing. Every time I decided to give him the opportunity to play, he played with an amazing performance.“These performances convinced me that Christensen has to play with regularity. Christensen is maybe the best surprise from the start of this season, despite his young age. I think that, for us, he’s been the best surprise: for me, the club, his team-mates, the fans.“Yeah, yeah. It’s not simple to see this composure, this calmness in a young player. Don’t forget, he played big games with great calm and great focus and concentration. We must be happy because, I think, Chelsea found a player who can have the same career as some of the best defenders here, in my opinion.”I hope that Christensen helps me to make sure that happens. He’s a serious person, always committed in training sessions. He doesn’t speak a lot. He prefers facts to words. All characteristics… I can predict for him a fantastic career.”Christensen has only made the breakthrough at Chelsea this season after playing 82 games for Borussia Monchengladbach over his two-year loan over in Germany. He is set for new contract talks in the near future as his value for Chelsea has risen with only two-and-a-half years left on his current deal. Conte thinks that Christensen is happy to remain at Stamford Bridge after getting the game time he needs to take his footballing abilities to the next level. “Yes, I think this situation is for the club. My task is to improve the players during training sessions, to improve the players in every moment when he stays with us, on or off the pitch. But, for a new contract? This situation is for the club to face and find the right solution.“But the player is very happy to stay with us and play with this regularity. I think that, maybe, the expectation wasn’t so optimistic. To arrive in a great team like Chelsea and play every game, every game. But he did. I’m a coach and, if you deserve to play, I don’t care if you are only 21 or 17 years old.”My first game in my career was when I was 16 years old in Serie A with Lecce. I think I’m the first person to be open to give these opportunities if, I repeat, you deserve it. Not just because you’re a young player. But you must deserve to play; have the right commitment and attitude in training.”Yes, for sure [he could be a future captain]. When you start to play in a great club like Chelsea, for sure, the future is yours.”Christensen’s next appearance in senior football will be his 120th across his time at Chelsea, Borussia Monchengladbach and his national team, Denmark. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter Share on Twitter Women’s rugby union Ian Malin Read more Reuse this content Rugby Football Union England’s captain Sarah Hunter, right, consoles team-mates after the Women’s World Cup final at the Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Share on Facebook “It’s so sad there’s so much good stuff going on and so much of it is misinformation,” says Deborah Griffin, the RFU’s first female board member who co-founded the Women’s RFU in 1983 and helped to establish the sport’s first World Cup in 1991. Over in Belfast to watch the tournament, she says she has been talking about the strategy to everyone she meets. “Once you explain it they say: ‘Oh yes, well, that’s fine then.’ It’s such a shame because the RFU is doing so much for women’s rugby. All the people involved in it, the volunteers, we’ve got such good stories to tell, but it went down this cul-de-sac about the contracts.”For Griffin the new Women’s Super Rugby league, launching next month, is where the focus should be. For the first time clubs will have to adhere to minimum standards – such as providing a doctor at every game – as the RFU invests £2.4m over the next three years. Griffin believes it will make the difference. “What we were finding was the girls in the England playing squad were going back into their clubs and not playing in a professional environment. They were having to play out of position or with team-mates who weren’t as good, it wasn’t helping them or producing new team-mates.”Nigel Melville, the RFU’s director of rugby, was one of those who groaned at the headlines. “Our strategy is to get to a point where we have around 55 players on contract who would play across the XV and sevens games so we can compete on full-time contracts across both fronts.” Melville argues, like Griffin, that the focus has to be on growing the domestic game, creating a bigger talent pool, through investing in the league and grassroots rugby. “We’re going in a good direction. For me it’s fantastic we’re growing things at the bottom, we’ll get to that professional point as soon as we possibly can.” England women’s rugby union team Share on LinkedIn As the curtain falls on a World Cup final that thrilled millions, winning new fans to the game, women’s rugby should be popping corks at the sport’s increased profile and plaudits. Instead there is an ongoing rumble over whether the Rugby Football Union’s strategy to take the game forward over the next four years is the right one.As MPs and the media piled in to criticise the governing body over the issue of XVs contracts not being renewed – a fact established as far back as 2015 but that emerged to make headlines only this summer – there was a feeling of deja vu, another sporting body refusing to properly support its women.There were others, however, who felt the coverage missed the bigger picture. Women’s rugby is at a crossroads and each governing body has a dilemma in how it chooses to proceed. Invest in sevens and its myriad opportunities on the global stage – the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and the World Series – choose the tradition of XVs, or try to do both? The RFU has pledged the latter, and there seems a genuine frustration that there is not a greater appreciation of the breadth of the task at hand. What does he say to those who would have liked to see contracts? “I don’t think it was an option. It’s not credible.” How far away is credible? “I’m talking to the board at next month’s board meeting to discuss where we are and how quickly we can get to that point. At the end of the day we do need the players first, just having the money isn’t necessarily the answer.”Women’s rugby was brought into the RFU only in 2012, and that is reflected in the numbers. Only 25,000 play regularly. The ambition is to double the pool by 2021, says Steve Grainger, the RFU’s rugby development director, while increasing the number of female coaches, officials and administrators. Currently around 8% of rugby’s community coaches are women. It is all very well demanding elite-level rugby but the RFU is right in wanting to establish the foundations.The awkward thing for the governing body is that it has the money to do both. 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Share on WhatsApp Topics Facebook Read more Since you’re here… Rugby union “The RFU is the richest union in the world,” says the former England wing Kat Merchant, noting England men’s renegotiation of their match fee to reach £22,000. “I would never want to come across as saying the RFU don’t do enough, it’s more wouldn’t it be great if the RFU would do more to allow these women to have this opportunity?”She stresses that no one is asking for a pay rise. “It’s not about money or whingeing, the [players] just need the support the contract brings. Everyone I know who took the contracts, they earned less money than they were on in their jobs. So everybody takes a pay cut to do it.”Instead she calls for a “compromise” that would help those players who are in effect forced to balance careers alongside international rugby. “It is very difficult to find a lasting career if every four years you have to take eight months off. If it’s not available for them to go full-time currently then it should be semi-pro, the girls paid to train twice a week for club rugby, and then they can pick up work alongside it.”For Merchant the argument goes beyond money: it is about how to manage the two codes with an overlapping personnel, and the message it sends. “The beautiful thing about rugby is that it’s a game for all sizes. But if you’re only funding sevens girls then it’s only for the smaller girls.” Then there’s the flip-flopping, risking “burnout” for those who play both. The BBC 5 Live commentator played World Cups in sevens and XVs; she says she had to change weight to switch between codes. “My body was very tired. I think it’s asking a lot of [the players]. And the thing is the women will do it. Because we’ve always done it.”Sophie Hemming forged a dual career as a World Cup-winning prop and a vet. “It’s easy to point the finger and be negative but if in my playing days I could have had the opportunity to go full-time for eight months I would have absolutely jumped at the chance. The RFU has backed the squad and supported them for eight months which no other governing body has done before the World Cup.”She says that playing both codes is not inherently negative for everyone. “Katy Mclean’s World Cup has been sensational. She’s expanded her game and developed another gear and her exposure to sevens has to have contributed to that, alongside being full-time for eight months. It’s brought out a new dimension. But it’s also putting the players and their bodies under quite a lot of stress too.”Hemming agrees with Merchant that the contracts situation is an opportunity missed, not just for English rugby, but globally. “It would put massive pressure on other countries in the world to do the same and invest so that England don’t get too far ahead. Even in this tournament, seeing how some other teams have changed body shapes and got fitter and faster, that’s from England being trailblazers, that’s put a lot of pressure on the other nations to follow. Long-term contracts would really lift the game worldwide.”In October Melville will meet the FA’s Baroness Sue Campbell at St George’s Park to exchange ideas on how to develop women’s team sport. Football could certainly take a leaf out of rugby’s book when it comes to grassroots messaging – rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign to engage women and girls winning hands down over football’s questionable Disney Princess approach. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia’s Ashes hopes dealt blow with Meg Lanning ruled out through injury Read more features Topics Women’s cricket Since 2013, the women’s Ashes has been a multi-format series to allow a combination of the excitement of ODI and T20 cricket and the traditional Test match. This winter they will play three ODIs, one Test – a day-nighter at North Sydney Oval – and three T20s. Teams will earn four points for a win or two for a draw in the Test, and two points for a win in the limited-overs matches.Brunt, a traditionalist at heart, would prefer a Test series – “that would be an awesome thing to be a part of” – but accepts the schedule makes use of the draw of limited-overs cricket to bring fans through the gates and money in the pocket. Familiarity among foes is the norm in the international game, with many of the players squaring off against KSL of women’s Big Bash League. It has never diluted the competitiveness, but 2017 will see Ashes debutants in both dressing rooms forging their own, fresh rivalries.“Sometimes, the more the experience you have in a squad, the more the angst,” says Brunt. “You’ve been playing these battles for much longer. With more younger players in your team, there’s not as much because they don’t have history with the opposition. This time around, because we have more fresh faces, it’ll be new battles for both teams.”Preparation, led by the head coach, Mark Robinson, has been meticulous. An inter-squad three-day match was arranged at Chelmsford, simulating the day-night conditions that they will encounter in Sydney, with the pink ball and 2pm starts. “Even when we were moaning about playing at night [in Chelmsford], when it was freezing and conditions are dodgy – this, that and the other – you have to realise how good the preparation is for you. It allowed everyone to pick-up the rhythm [of the match] and work out what’s best for them. It was brilliant. You’ve got to deal with what’s thrown at you and I like to think that we’re always thrown more challenges than our opposition.”As with all day-night Tests so far, a pink ball will be used. Being in Australia, it will be a Kookaburra. Brunt isn’t a fan: “I’m old school, I like the red ball. And I’ve always been really jealous of the Tiflex or the Duke ball. They swing, they reverse-swing, they nip – they do everything you could ask for. It becomes the ultimate test. But with the Kookaburra, it doesn’t create the same conditions as what you’d normally find in a Test match. It’s easier to face because it doesn’t swing as much and it’s hard to get it to reverse. It’s not my cup of tea, but it’s a challenge we’ll have to take on.”Brunt has pegged 2017 as her last World Cup, but what of future tours to Australia. “At the last one, I said this one would be my last if I got here. Now that I’m here, I’m thinking more year-by-year. Short-term, I’m looking at the 2018 World T20 as my next big series. Then again, I do love beating the Aussies.” Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian England women’s cricket team Share on LinkedIn The Observer Reuse this content “I’d say that’s around the right number. I’ve had a fair few, haven’t I?” Katherine Brunt, heart on her sleeve, fire in her veins, 32 years young, is preparing for her seventh Ashes series. Last week, she was named in England’s party of 15 to head to Australia to do as they did in 2013 – leave victorious. Cricket Clare Connor says cricket must seize initiative after World Cup success Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Messenger With Brunt, England have a veteran quick who raises her game for the traditional enemy. Her first series in 2005 ended in victory. So did 2013 and 2014. England’s new verve and a Meg Lanning-less Australia gives the tourists a strong chance off adding 2017 to Brunt’s honour roll.Australia hold the Ashes, reclaiming the trophy in 2015, a result that stung England, who were criticised in defeat for negative cricket, specifically in the one-off Test at Canterbury. A number of players were shaken by the experience.Despite winning the most competitive Women’s World Cup in the summer, Brunt will travel to Australia with the disappointment of two years ago driving her on. “We want revenge for losing. Just as they’ll want revenge thinking they should have won the World Cup.“Even though we’re coming back off a successful World Cup, I’m reflecting more on the last Ashes series. That felt like …” – she pauses as clarity makes way for frustration. “I mean to lose by virtually nothing!”The last meeting between the sides came in the group stage of the World Cup, when England beat the defending champions by three runs at Bristol. The support there and throughout the tournament helped carry the hosts to their fourth title. Cricket Australia are looking to recreate similar groundswells around the four venues for the upcoming series.Scheduling rarely does cricket or cricketers many favours, but the women’s game in England stumbled upon a run of competitions that brought it a wider audience.A home World Cup won in thrilling fashion at a packed Lord’s with a huge increase in the global television audience was followed by the Kia Women’s Super League. The domestic Twenty20 competition enjoyed an increase in standard and attendance in its second season: average attendances up by 33% to 1,379 and 3,413 turning out for Finals Day at Hove (the largest crowd for a domestic women’s match in this country). “We haven’t had much downtime, but I reckon it [the Ashes] has come around at the perfect time. When the interest in women’s cricket is at its highest,” says Brunt. Share on Twitter
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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… County Championship Division Two Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Facebook County Championship Division One Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter match reports Jonny Bairstow, Alastair Cook and Joe Root are all on show here at one of the more extraordinary Championship matches in recent memory. But it is a star in the making, the teenager Harry Brook, who shone brightest with his maiden century as Yorkshire kept their hopes of a remarkable comeback win alive by setting Essex a target of 238 on day two and restricting them to 97 for four.England’s under-19s captain had posted a top score of 38 in seven previous first-class appearances, though he had shown enough in every one to suggest a much better return was close. And, in many ways, this was the perfect time to prove that correct with 124 off 187 balls.After being bowled out for 50 in the first innings on Friday – Yorkshire’s lowest total since 1973 – and conceding a lead of 92, they were up against it in testing batting conditions again yesterday. Brook was even replaced as opener by Bairstow as the visitors aimed to put the pressure back on to the champions.He arrived at the crease midway through the first evening and played superbly from No 3, taking a particular liking to Simon Harmer’s off-spin, regularly advancing down the pitch and lofting him over cover. It suggested a supreme confidence against spin, something that should take him a long way.He started day two unbeaten on 57 with Yorkshire at 161 for two and leading by 69 and advanced towards three figures – off 129 balls – for the first time with some comfort. A former Sedbergh School pupil, Brook moved from 90 to 98 by crunching Harmer twice through the covers for four. By this time he was in unison with the England Test captain, Root, who avoided his second duck in the match and made 35.Root must have been mighty impressed by a 19-year-old who has often spoken of the simplest of game plans: “It’s just see ball, hit ball,” he has been heard to say on more than one occasion. The pair hugged in celebration.Yorkshire will be frustrated, however, at not making the most of Brook’s work given they were very much on top midway through the afternoon at 276 for three, leading by 184. Either side of the second new ball their last seven wickets fell for 53, the first of which was Root bowled off the inside edge as he drove at Ravi Bopara’s medium pacers. Brook was then caught at long-on having miscued Harmer. In falling to spin in this instance, his strength proved to be his downfall.Peter Siddle finished with four wickets and eight in the match before Essex’s chase got off to a stuttering start, with Cook dropped on 20 in the slips before being bowled as he attempted to play Steve Patterson to leg for 26. Later in the 10th over, Patterson trapped Tom Westley lbw for his third straight duck, leaving the score at 34 for two. The metronomic seamer then struck twice more shortly afterwards before Dan Lawrence and Ryan ten Doeschate steadied.The Surrey captain, Rory Burns, having started day two on 137, fell seven short of a second career double century as his side posted a first-innings 434 against Worcestershire at the Oval before the visitors started their reply strongly. It was a similar story for Somerset, who scored 429 against Lancashire at Old Trafford. Keaton Jennings then reached 91 not out in a reply of 217 for two.In Division Two the South Africa Test opener Aiden Markram scored his third duck in three innings as Durham struggled against Leicestershire at the Riverside. Warwickshire are closing in on a home win over Derbyshire. Yorkshire Share on WhatsApp The Observer Support The Guardian