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- Updates from the one-off T20 international at Old Trafford
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JJ Roy, AD Hales, JE Root, EJG Morgan, BA Stokes, JM Bairstow, SW Billings, AU Rashid, DJ Willey, MA Wood, ST Finn.
...and will bat first.
And here’s Nathan Lyon being a cartoon Australian. Expect him to grow a large moustache and purchase a Ute, post-haste.
“To be honest I don’t really care what England are doing,” said the 27-year-old, who became Australia’s most prolific off-break bowler during the 2-0 Test series win over West Indies earlier this month when he passed Hugh Trumble’s 111-year-old record of 141 victims.
“I know they are going on tour to Spain – they can enjoy their time on a holiday while we are preparing to take the Ashes home. We’re not sunbathing, that’s for sure.”
You’ve already been instructed to read it above, but here’s Barney Ronay’s preview piece for this game. Have a squizz.
Tuesday’s team will show nine changes from that ignominious end to last year’s World Twenty20. For once the abundance of untried talent looks like something other than a curiosity. Billings was keen to talk about “momentum”, as sports people so often are, but he might just be on to something.
If England really are serious about allowing talent in the shorter game to pollinate across every format, then Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, James Vince, Bairstow and, according to some wise judges, Jason Roy all have a chance to press their case.
Evening all. So, Twenty20, then. Thing is, this game could well end up being something of a damp squib, given what has come before it. The shortest form is supposed to be fireworks and thrills and sixes all over the shop - i.e., what we don’t get from any other type of cricket. The obvious issue there being that we’ve just had the best five-game ODI series anyone can really remember, in which 3,151 runs were scored in 440.3 overs. That, friends, is an almost cartoonish and very near Twenty20 run rate of a hair more than 7.1 an over.
So how do you top that? 180-odd is still a very respectable Twenty20 score, and this lot have been scoring those sort of runs in their sleep, even with the restrictions of the added time and overs that a full-scale ODI brings. We’ve almost reached the point where anything under 200 will be a disappointment now, and the highest international score in this format (260, set by Sri Lanka a full eight years ago, surprisingly) is very much in sight.Continue reading...
A watershed was reached in hot, humid, Ottawa on Monday night when England finally won a knock-out match in a World Cup finals. Given the multimillion pound investment the Football Association has made in the women’s game during the past few years there would have been quite an inquest had Mark Sampson’s side failed to come from behind to beat Norway 2-1 in the round of 16.
Thanks to Lucy Bronze’s spectacular long-range winner the need for such an uncomfortable post mortem was avoided and the Lionesses can now look forward to Saturday’s intriguing quarter-final against Canada in Vancouver.Continue reading...
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Nadia Nadim has an unlikely story. She grew up in Afghanistan, where the Taliban took control in 1996 and banned women from working, leaving their house without male supervision and playing sports. She is now a professional footballer who represents Denmark and earns her living at Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. Leander Schaerlaeckens tells her story in Vice Sports.
Williams continues to break records. With 19 career Grand Slam titles, she’s tied for the third most of all time. She’s recently had the second-longest winning streak of her career, with 27 in a row. If she keeps it up, Williams could snag every major title this season. Second place has its consolations, though, especially if you are tall and blonde. Sharapova is the highest-paid female athlete in the world, according to Forbes, and she’s topped the list for the past decade. She made $22m from endorsements in 2014, including an eight-year, $70m deal with Nike, a five-year contract with Evian, and deals with Cole Haan, Tag Heuer, and other brands. Williams, who also has a deal with Nike, as well as one with Gatorade, lags behind by more than $10m each year.Continue reading...
• Lyon has a dig at England for their ‘holiday’ training camp
• Australia aiming to win Ashes, says Michael Clarke
Nathan Lyon heads into his third Ashes series both buoyant at the prospect of facing seven left-handers in the England batting order and feeling suitably emboldened to label their training camp in Spain this weekend “a holiday”.
Such is the off-spinner’s confidence he has even begun to impersonate the great Shane Warne by claiming he has a new “mystery ball” in his armoury.Continue reading...