(REUTERS) – Australia’s Test side deserve credit for impressive performances in the ongoing four-match tour of India, proving wrong a host of experts and pundits who predicted a whitewash for the home side, batsman Gautam Gambhir has said.Australia, who lost five of their last six overseas Tests against South Africa and Sri Lanka, faced the daunting task at the start of the series against an Indian outfit that were unbeaten in 19 consecutive Tests.Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh and captain Sourav Ganguly predicted a series sweep for Virat Kohli’s men but the visitors have fought hard and the series is tied at 1-1 with the final Test to come.“We should give credit to the Australian side which has played remarkably,” Delhi opener Gambhir, who is not involved in the current series, told the Hindustan Times.“Most players like Harbhajan (Singh) and Sourav (Ganguly) predicted a whitewash for India, but they have proved themselves brilliantly and with everything on the line, Australia will be a tricky opponent.”The series was slightly marred by an acrimonious row between the sides after India accused Australian captain Steve Smith of seeking advice from his dressing room over the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the second Test.However, Gambhir, who has played 58 Tests for India, said sledging was part of the game and it was hard for players to keep a lid on their emotions on the international stage.“It is fine to play hard and do whatever you can to upset the opposition till the time you don’t get personal,” the 35-year-old left-hander added.“These are not robots playing the game, and when you are playing for your country and there are so many expectations on your shoulder, emotions can take over sometimes.”The series concludes with the final Test in Dharamsala, which starts on Saturday.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd routed Windward Islands with a magnificent seven-wicket haul to propel Guyana to an innings and 58-run victory over Windward Islands on the final day of their fourth round match in the Regional Under-19 Championship here yesterday.Led on first innings by 155 runs, the Windwards folded meekly in their second innings at St Paul’s for 97 as Nedd ran through the batting order with seven for 20.Nedd finished with match figures of 12 for 57 following his five-wicket first innings performance.Opener Wayne Edward top-scored with 20, as a few other batsmen got starts but failed to carry on.The Windwards looked in good stead at 63 for two but astonishingly lost five wickets for just two runs to decline dramatically, as the rot set in.In one over – the 26th of the innings – Nedd snatched three wickets with the total on 63 to put Guyana firmly in command.Earlier, the game appeared destined for a stalemate when Guyana batted on from their overnight 206 for four before declaring on 309 for nine.Adrian Sukwah top-scored with an unbeaten 68 to add to half-centuries by Kevlon Anderson (60) and Javid Karim (57) on day two, while captain Ronaldo Ali Mohammed chipped in with 29.Ali Mohammed put on 42 for the fifth wicket with Ramnarine Chatura (22) while Sukwah, who slammed four fours and three sixes in a 55-ball cameo, added 47 in an unbroken 10th wicket stand with Keshram Seyhodan (5 not out).Lee Louisy was the best bowler with three for 72 while Sealron Williams (2-73) and Shermill Lewis (2-78) were the other wicket-takers.
..Bairstow, Ball and Punkett given written warningsTHE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that Ben Stokes will not travel to Australia with the rest of the Ashes squad “at this stage”.Stokes was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.He has still been awarded a central contract, while pace bowler Steven Finn has been added to the tour party.Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett have each been given written warnings for their conduct.The trio were part of the night out in Bristol, but the reprimands are not connected to the Stokes incident, for which batsman Alex Hales volunteered to help police with their investigation.All-rounder Stokes was arrested on a night out that followed England’s victory over West Indies in the third one-day international.Stokes and Hales were left out of the fourth ODI, but the 26-year-old was still named in the original Ashes squad.After the touring party was named, the Sun newspaper published footage that allegedly showed Stokes involved in a street brawl.The ECB then said that Stokes, who suffered a broken hand, and Hales would not be available to play for England until further notice, a stance it reiterated on Friday.England leave for the five-Test series on 28 October.England director of cricket Andrew Strauss said: “We have spoken to Ben and assured him that our decision in no way prejudges the outcome of the ongoing police investigation or cricket discipline commission process, as can be seen by the award of central contracts.”Finn loses Test contractFinn’s addition to the Ashes squad comes on the day that he loses his central contract, with fellow pace bowler Mark Wood losing his Test deal but gaining a white-ball contract.Only eight players are awarded Test contracts, a reflection of England’s uncertainty around their best XI in the longest form of the game.Limited-overs specialist Hales is also included in the white-ball list and is joined for the first time by pace bowler Ball and wicketkeeper Bairstow.Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance loses his incremental deal, but fast bowler Toby Roland-Jones is rewarded after his breakthrough international summer.Central contracts give the ECB control over a player’s schedule, with the governing body picking up the majority of his salary.Previously, they mainly focused on Test players, but were revamped in 2016 to give greater recognition to limited-overs specialists.Test captain Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Bairstow and Stokes are the only players to receive both a Test and white-ball contract.“With the Ashes just around the corner, it’s important to give the players, the coaching staff and supporters some clarity around a complex situation,” said Strauss.“This decision will help us in the weeks ahead and gives every player and the whole England set-up the best chance to focus on the challenge ahead in Australia.“Steven is a high-quality cricketer, with considerable experience of both international cricket and Australian conditions. The selectors believe he will add to the range of options and the squad will be further supported by the arrival of the Lions in Australia in November.”Ball, Bairstow and Plunkett punishedThere had been no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Ball, Bairstow or Plunkett until the ECB revealed the issue of the written warnings.All three players have paid an undisclosed sum to the Professional Cricketers’ Association Benevolent Fund and the Hornsby Professional Cricketers’ Fund.The ECB said that the internal investigation into that matter had been closed and that it will make no further comment.Speaking before the warnings were issued to Ball, Bairstow and Plunkett, former captain Michael Vaughan said that the Stokes incident highlighted a cultural problem with the England team.“Yes, Stokes is 26 years of age, he should be more mature, he has made a massive mistake and I have no sympathy for him whatsoever,” Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 live.“But the management of the England team have to look at themselves in the mirror and say: ‘Hang on a minute, could we have done a bit more? Could we have been a bit stricter?’“I am not saying I want a headmaster and have a curfew and say, ‘you have got to be in your room by 11pm and you can never drink’ – but there is a time and a place and I just think now, with what has gone on this week, the culture of cricket has to change quickly.”Centrally contracted players for 2017-18Test contracts: Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.ODI/T20 contracts: Moeen Ali, Jake Ball, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.Incremental contract: Toby Roland-Jones. (BBC Sport)
Associated Press Sevilla beats Inter Milan 3-2 to win Europa League for record sixth time Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCOLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Sevilla beats Inter Milan 3-2 to win Europa League for record sixth time. August 21, 2020
EOIN Morgan hailed the “outstanding” Jonny Bairstow after his second successive century under pressure against New Zealand sent England on their way to the Cricket World Cup semifinals.Bairstow scored a brilliant hundred to set up a win over India on Sunday after taking a swipe at the critics who had piled into the hosts following defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia.The opening batsman delivered again at The Riverside, striking 106 off 99 balls and laying the foundations for a crushing 119-run victory with Jason Roy (60) at the top of the order.New Zealand could muster only 186 all out in reply to England’s 305-8, Mark Wood taking 3-34 on his home ground and running out key man Kane Williamson backing up, getting his finger tips to a Ross Taylor drive.England will face Australia or India in the last four at Edgbaston next Thursday and captain Morgan was full of praise for another hugely important knock from man-of-the-match Bairstow.Morgan said at the post-match presentation: “I thought we were outstanding today. It started again with the two boys at the top of the order laying a good solid platform, playing in the manner that they do. Jonny going on to get a hundred was again match-winning today, it really was outstanding.“The wicket changed after, I think, the 25th over; it just started to slow up and become difficult to score quite freely. Every one of our batsman who came in after found that.“With so many on the board at that stage it was encouraging, but it was a matter of getting as close to 300 as possible, if not more, to be competitive.“All pitches have gone inevitably slower and lower through the tournament throughout every game that has been played; it has been a theme of the tournament. If that continues, we will continue to bat first.“Hopefully we can produce that positive, aggressive energy in the semi-final.”New Zealand are all-but assured of fourth place, with Pakistan highly unlikely to qualify even with a thumping win over Bangladesh at Lord’s tomorrow.
THERE are lots of battles within the war as the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sport’s Club’s National Race of Champions gets going in one week’s time. And one of those is a battle for the Miracle Optical-sponsored Sport Tuner category, which is set to resume on July 21 between Azad Hassan and Raymond Seebarran.Speaking to the media yesterday, Hassan said, “Yeah, I can’t wait to get back in action in the sport tuner class. I think my main competition this year is Raymond Seebarran, not forgetting the return of Roopnarine Dasrat. The top four competitors are within one-tenth of a second from each other.”“I think we are about eight points apart but it’s no big distance that can’t be closed down, come next Sunday.”Hassan says he has a plan for the competition come next Sunday but did not let any details slip.“I’m feeling good heading into the weekend, feeling pretty confident of myself and the car. From the last time out, we’ve made a few minor changes in keeping with the rules.”He noted that the last time out, he had some difficulties but promised his fans that he is more than ready for round two.“I know there were a lot of guys who were looking for better performances from me and the team and I know that this time out, round two, is going to be different.”His car is sponsored by GUYOIL, Buddy’s Entertainment Complex, Toucan Industries, John Lewis Styles and Zyna Furniture and is being prepared by Emran & Raymond Automotive Services under TEAM ER RACING”
By Colin Bynoe Jr.THE inaugural Tucber Park Cricket Club 2019 Cricket Camp came to an end last Saturday with a simple Certificate of Participation/Medal ceremony at the Berbice High School Auditorium.The first event of its kind for the Tucber Park CC attracted 50 participants ages 10-19 that included five females, all from the New Amsterdam/Canje area.The much-talked about cricket camp, which commenced on the 13th August, was held at the Berbice High School ground.CWI Level 2 Coach and Camp Coordinator, Anthony D Andrade, demonstrate a batting drill to attentive participants.The session was coordinated by former National Youth Player Anthony D Andrade who had full support from an elite group of CWI coaches, including Julian Moore, CWI Level 3 Coach and Tremayne Smartt, CWI Level 2 Coach. Special sessions were done by Coach Michael Hyles and Territorial Development Officer (TDO) Colin Stuart.The five-day cricket camp served to impart the basic of the game (batting, bowling,fielding) with many hands on demonstration done while mini lectures were carried out to reinforce what was displayed.In addition, the 50 young minds were schooled on various social and psychological issues which are prevalent in our society today.At the conclusion of the camp, medals and certificates were presented to 50 energetic participants. The coordinators selected top performers throughout the five-day camp which includes:Daniel Narsiah- Best Batsman Under 18Jevaugn Conway- Best Bowler Under 18Kevin Kisten- Best Batsman Under 15Delon Hendore- Best Bowler Under 15Justin Meghu- Best FielderAbdulla Ibn- Most Promising MaleShenia Simon- Most Promising FemaleIsmael Ramsammy- Most DisciplineThe Tucber Park Cricket Club expressed gratitude to its many sponsors such as Jumbo Jet, Sweet Lips Disco, Fitness 53, Caribbean Nations Group, Trophy Stall, 10th Street, Fordy’s Snackette, Spready’s Snackette, De People Pawn shop, Big B Resturant, RHTY&SC, the Berbice Cricket Board, among others.
DEFENDING champions India have beaten Australia in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup in South Africa, at the Super League quarterfinals stage. The first quarter-final at JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom, was a thrilling encounter, with India batting first.While opener Yashasvi Jaiswal anchored the innings, top-scoring with 62, his partners kept tumbling – and at 114-5, Australia’s bowling attack was well on top.However, crucial middle-order contributions kept the scoreline ticking over.An unbeaten 55 from Atharva Ankolekar and a quick-fire 30 from Ravi Bishnoi helped India to a competitive 233-9 in their 50 overs.A good start was crucial for Australia, but India’s bowlers had other ideas, blitzing their top order and leaving them tottering on 17-4.Man-of-the-match Kartik Tyagi did most of the damage, getting the crucial wickets of captain Mackenzie Harvey, Lachlan Hearne and Oliver Davies.When Patrick Rowe was another Tyagi victim, the Australians were 68-5 and the match seemed as good as over.However, opening batsman Sam Fanning was staying cool amongst the carnage, and his 81-run partnership with Liam Scott slowly brought the green-and-golds back into the game.However, at 149-5 Scott was caught sharply by wicketkeeper Dhruv Chand Jurel for 35, and Fanning followed in the next over for a brave 75.The Australian tail failed to wag further and they were all out for 159 – losing by 74 runs.India, looking for their fifth Under-19 World Cup, proceed to the Super League semi-finals, where they will face Bangladesh or South Africa.The highest Australia can now finish is fifth.In other matches today, Zimbabwe were too strong for Canada in the Plate quarter-finals at Ibbies Oval, Potchefstroom.Zimbabwe posted an impressive 271-7, with Emmanuel Bawa’s unbeaten 105 as the highlight.Canada were never in the running, bundled out for 176 – Zimbabwe now face Sri Lanka in the Plate semi-finals tomorrow.Also in the Plate quarters, United Arab Emirates were bowled out by Scotland for 249 in 49 overs – Osama Hassan starred with the bat, scoring 81, while Daniel Cairns took an outstanding 4 for 32, including two wickets in one over.Despite not having won a game in the tournament, Scotland were assured in their chase at the Witrand Oval.Openers Uzzair Shah (71) and Ben Davidson (36) set the tone with a partnership of 90, with Tomas Mackintosh (57) and Angus Guy (43) driving them to 250-3 in 44.2 overs and a seven-wicket victory.Scotland now face England in a mouth-watering Plate semi-final on Friday.Today sees the second Super League quarter-final between West Indies and New Zealand.
(REUTERS) – The Austrian government is not opposed to this year’s Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring taking place without spectators, Sports Minister and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said yesterday.The first nine rounds of the Formula One season – up to and including the Canadian Grand Prix on June 14 – have been called off due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.That leaves the Austrian race at Spielberg on July 5 as the second still on the schedule after the French Grand Prix on June 28.“We don’t want to get in the way,” Kogler told reporters when asked if the government would allow the race to take place.However, he said it was different to staging a football match without fans because of the number of technical staff involved.The 10 Formula One teams each have around 60 people in the paddock on race weekends while Formula One staff, plus technical and safety officials as well as media and broadcast personnel, would bring the total attending the race to more than 1 000.The number would increase further if the usual support races, such as Formula Two, are also run.Kogler added that travel restrictions could be a bigger hurdle than social-distancing rules.“This must then be considered within the framework of the existing restrictions on entry and exit (into the country),” he said. “I don’t want to anticipate if an exemption will be needed here or there.”
(ESPNCRICINFO) – The question left Jason Holder somewhat disgruntled.The question asked during the virtual media briefing on Wednesday, was: “The West Indies, you are pretty much on the verge of winning a Test series. I mean it is unbelievable to be saying this, but are the guys gee-ed knowing that they are just one Test win away from winning a Test series in England in some 30-odd years?”Holder heard it stone-faced. He did well to put on a smile as he started to respond, but made it clear that he was not impressed with the usage of one specific word.“Not sure I like the words in terms of ‘unbelievable’,” Holder said, rubbing the back of his head with his two fingers, trying hard to hide his annoyance.“But, look, this series is still wide open. There are 10 days of cricket left. It is one day at a time for us. England are a very good cricket team, they have got some world-class players, so we have got our work cut out in order to win another game.“Again, I don’t like the word you use in terms of ‘unbelievable’, but if that’s the word you choose to use, fair enough.”Whether he likes it not, though, Holder’s team now stand on the cusp of history after taking the series lead in Southampton, a significant achievement in itself.Not since 1995 have West Indies won a Test series against a major Test-playing country – a feat achieved by Courtney Walsh’s team who won 1-0 against New Zealand. But in a series involving three or more Tests, West lndies last emerged victorious under Richie Richardson when they pipped Australia 2-1 to win the Frank Worrell Trophy in 1992-93.West Indies started their training on Monday in Manchester, but not once has Holder uttered the word history in the dressing room or various group chats he has been part of. He wouldn’t say it, but it might be because he does not want to saddle his team with any added pressure.“No, I haven’t mentioned anything about history to the guys. Again, it is hard for us to get caught up in the peripheral stuff. We are here to play cricket. And we are here to win the series,” Holder said.“That’s the only thing I am going to shout to the guys, I’m going to spoon-feed: how are we going to win a cricket game, what do we need to do in order to win a cricket game. I know once the guys share as much information together, to get that end result, afterwards we can look back and we can feel pleased with whatever we achieved as a group.”As much as he would want the pulse of the dressing room to be in check, Holder cannot and will not be able to control the excitement, the emotions, the joy that victory in Test cricket can bring in the Caribbean. The joy is double now in time of the pandemic where the fans are deprived of the pleasure of living a normal life.The Southampton win also had heads of some of the Caribbean states stop all other important work to take a moment to “rejoice” and join the happiness that spread fast and thick on the final day of the first Test on Sunday.Among those who celebrated the victory were three premiers: Mia Amor Mottley (Prime Minister of Barbados), Dr Ralph Gonsalves (Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines) and Dr Keith Mitchell (Prime Minister of Grenada).Talking on the Mason and Guests show, hosted on a Barbados-based radio station, on Monday, all three politicians pointed out discipline, maturity, commitment and pride were the characteristics that stood out in the Southampton victory. Listening to them, from Manchester, in awe and surprise was Holder.Mottley felt she could “cross the ocean” and hug Holder because she was “so, so, so proud” of him. Mottley had seen Holder and his team beat England at Bridgetown in three days last year when West Indies won the Wisden Trophy.According to Mottley, the best part of the Southampton Test came at the end when Holder and John Campbell kept their heads and stayed calm to cross the finish line after Jermaine Blackwood departed five runs short of a deserving century and 11 runs adrift of the target.“You are just carrying us to greater heights,” Motley said. “For me the highlight was just how long you took to make the winning runs, the last 10-11 runs. That said to me that the maturity is there – to understand that unless you finish the mission you have not achieved what is required of you.“You brought that sense of hope in us again that this is a team that is now going to carry us on a pathway to victory because what you showed was the maturity and the discipline to keep the mission in focus.”As for Mitchell, he was not surprised to see the “discipline and approach” of West Indies’ bowling unit. Mitchell said that this West Indies has been “different” because of its commitment to the cause.Gonsalves said he has been “very happy” since the win. “I rejoice in the victory. Cricket is a cultural and sporting institution of our Caribbean civilisation. When I saw that Jason and his team took a lead on the question of Black Lives Matter – and this is a great cause, and great causes have never been won by doubtful men and women – I said these young men are on the right track.And when I saw that the English team were persuaded to join Jason and his colleagues, I said, ‘Well, yes, this is a historic moment’. And I felt a supreme confidence in the whole confluence of circumstances that we were in for a game of historical proportions. And this is what we had.”Gonsalves pointed out that even when West Indies were reeling at 27 for 3 chasing 200 for victory, he remained confident. “I didn’t think at all that this was another West Indian collapse. We had played with such, to use Mia’s words, discipline. We had played with such commitment that I felt it.“There was something in me which said the purposefulness with which the players as a team went about their job that I felt absolutely confident that we are going to make the 200 runs.”Mottley summed up the emotions stirred by the feats of Holder’s men and that had unified the Caribbean. “You have lifted in our hearts a pride even as we face this pandemic (which) is indescribable. We the Caribbean people want to be wind beneath your wings.”Obviously politicians do like to be on the winning side, but the feelings expressed by the three reflect the fact that Holder and his men are not just playing for the result. No matter the result, if the players put up a fight, show resolve and show daring to do the impossible, then the fans will stand by you.On Wednesday, Holder said he was “blown away” speaking in such company. “To be on the show with the three Prime Ministers was great,” Holder said. “Great knowing that they are 100% behind us. Great knowing that they pay so much attention to it. I was actually blown away and amazed at how much they actually followed it and how closely they followed it. It tells us a lot about our Caribbean people. It is great again, to have their support.“The reception that we got not only particularly from the heads of the government but the people in the Caribbean has been tremendous. This COVID period has really put a dampener on things for the world per se.“Things like cricket especially in the Caribbean, unified Caribbean, and it is really good to see how many hearts we have really pleased in the Caribbean so far. But in order to take it a step further now they all want us to win this series. So we have got a lot more to play for.”For Holder and his men nothing is unbelievable.