Neuer will play against Austria

first_imgGermany Neuer to make injury comeback against Austria Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 20:54 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manuel Neuer - cropped Bongarts Germany World Cup Austria v Germany Friendlies Germany v Mexico Germany v Sweden South Korea v Germany A major test of the goalkeeper’s rehabilitation will take place on Saturday, when the Bayern Munich star features for Germany Manuel Neuer will make his long-awaited return from injury in a friendly against Austria as he seeks to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup, Germany’s goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke has confirmed.Bayern Munich star Neuer has not played competitively since September due to a broken foot, although he has been included in Joachim Low’s provisional squad for Germany’s defence of the World Cup in Russia. The 32-year-old, who captains both his club and country and was a key member of Die Mannschaft’s successful campaign in Brazil in 2014, has returned to full training in recent weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Speaking during a news conference at the team’s pre-tournament training camp, Kopke confirmed Neuer will be involved in some capacity when Germany play a warm-up game against their neighbours in Klagenfurt.”As things stand, Manuel Neuer will play on Saturday,” he said. “Those are the games that he needs right now.”Asked if Neuer will start or come on as a substitute, Kopke replied: “As usual, the line-ups will be determined on the go. “There’s still time to look and prepare and see what exactly…the players [are capable of].”There were exchanges throughout the training between Manuel and the coaching staff to see how he’s coming on. “The foot seems to be in a good spot and there was continuous contact, back and forth, to ensure everything is fine. “If there was a problem he would come forward.”Should Neuer fail to convince Low and his staff he is ready to start the Group F opener against Mexico on June 17, Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen is poised to play between the posts.”The coaching staff has discussed how Ter Stegen fits in,” Kopke said.”As it’s essentially consistent through the German line-ups [how the team plays], every player is able to step in. “You can’t take away from what Neuer has done as the captain, leading the team on and off the field. But whoever starts will have the utmost confidence of the players and coaching staff.All eyes on you, my friend #DieMannschaft #HereToCreate pic.twitter.com/JqR0KKZhyQ— Marc ter Stegen (@mterstegen1) May 29, 2018″Ter Stegen’s last season has been terrific for Barcelona. There are four goalkeepers for the squad currently in case things don’t go the way the coaching staff would like but we have full confidence going forward.”From a Ter Stegen point of view, he has been terrific for Barcelona, he has garnered tremendous respect from the players. The players feel very comfortable with whoever is in goal. It won’t affect anything.”last_img read more

Mets claim second title, winning Men’s 20’s division

first_imgThe Sydney Mets have beaten Sun Coast in a thrilling game in the Men’s 20’s final at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League in Port Macquarie.The game was intense up until the final siren, with both teams desperately trying to take hold of the game, with the Mets eventually winning 8-7.Tim Good opened the scoring in the 5th minute, putting the Mets in front 1-0.The Mets nearly made it 2-0 two minutes later, but their touchdown attempt was disallowed. This came back to haunt them as Sean Baldwin from Sunshine Coast scored to level the game.Sun Coast was in again just two minutes later, when Kelvin Jones scored from a great ball from Jason Schmidt, to put them into the lead for the first time in the game.Tim Good scored his second try in the 11th minute, but soon after got sent from the field as a forced interchange, and Baldwin scored his double in the corresponding set of six, giving Sun Coast the lead again. Macquire Tatola and captain Matthew Yiangou both scored for the Mets in the last five minutes of the first half, sending the Sydney team to the half time break with a 4-3 lead, despite several disallowed touchdowns against the Mets in the first half.Dave Shaw extended the Mets lead soon after the break, giving them a two touchdown advantage.Back to back tries to Sun Coast put the teams on level terms, with tries to Luke Mendham and Zach Stasser, but it wasn’t long before Shaw scored his second touchdown of the game, capitalising on some slow defence on the line. The Mets’ Luke Eisenhuth broke through the line of defence in the 7th minute, fooling Sun Coast defenders on his way, giving the Mets some breathing space.This didn’t last long, however, with Nathan Sullivan the recipient of a great cut out pass to close the gap for Sun Coast six minutes out from full time. The Mets had many opportunities to run away with the game in the second half, but numerous penalties for forward passes and over the mark calls gave Sun Coast plenty of good field position.Another penalty in good field position gave Sun Coast a great opportunity to level the scores, and that’s what they did when captain Tyson Brough led by example, scoring in the 18th minute to level the scores.The scores weren’t level for long, as Ben Antonio dived through the Sun Coast defensive line in the next set of six, to put the Mets back in front with one minute to go.Sun Coast were disallowed a try due to a forward pass in the dying seconds, handing the Mets an 8-7 win.last_img read more

Australian Camp Diary – Peter Norman

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s training camp in Parkes, Australian Men’s Open player, Peter Norman tells us about how the camp went, what the team got up to in Parkes and how the team is feeling in the lead up to the 2013 Trans Tasman Series. For those who don’t know me, my name’s Peter Norman and I’m from the Gold Coast and play for SQBD Sharks. I made my Open’s debut for the Australian Mixed Open side in Auckland at the 2010 Trans Tasman, then in 2011 I had to withdraw from the Mixed Open World Cup side due to Rugby League commitments with the Titans under 20’s. At the start of this year I was again chosen in the Mixed Open squad however I wasn’t selected in the final side to play against New Zealand in Mudgee. Even though at the time it felt like a massive kick in the guts, in hindsight this was exactly what I needed to take my game to the next level. After speaking with various coaches and getting feedback, I worked hard on fixing the flaws in my game in order to try and reach my goal of representing my country at the Men’s Open level. When I found out that I had made the final side I was so stoked and I owe Trady and Sfeirsy big time for putting their faith in my abilities come game time in February.Over the weekend our Men’s Open team and the Mixed side had a training camp in Parkes. On Friday I was the last to fly into Sydney, arriving at 7.00pm before hopping straight on the bus where everyone was already waiting. The six hour bus trip to Parkes flew past thanks to Phil Dunphy’s (Dan Withers) bus driving skills as well as Ziade’s pranks and Stowey’s stories keeping everyone entertained on the way out. We arrived at Parkes at 1.00am and everyone was ready to go straight to sleep after hearing Trady and Sfeirsy’s golf story for the 100th time.  After breakfast on Saturday morning the boys headed out to the fields to conduct a coaching clinic for the Parkes juniors. It was a great turn up with teams from the under 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s Boys and under 14’s and 16’s Firls. The coaching clinic seemed like a great success and all of the kids had an awesome time and hopefully took something home from it. Highlights from the coaching clinic included crowd favourite, Georgie (Jonathon Palau) getting swamped by all of the kids in Parkes enough to make Justin Beiber jealous, Ziade teaching his under 16’s Girls how to cheat in offside Touch because they were getting carved by the immaculately drilled under 14’s Girls coached by Stuey Brierty and myself. Another highlight was thinking we had lost Goody for a couple of hours until we realised he was actually coaching the under 12’s and wasn’t a part of the team. Captain Steve Roberts even made a late appearance once the UV rays had settled down to an appropriate level only to find that Ranga (Ben Moylan) had used up all five litres of the sunscreen. After running the kids through various drills and games we escaped the heat and had a lunch break in the shade with the Parkes Touch club providing the food and Matt Tope’s nose providing the shade. After lunch we got down to business and went back to the hotel to have a video session. Once we finished the video session everyone came out on the same page and knew what direction we wanted to go in so it was time to put it to practice. We headed back out to the fields to have a run against the Mixed team to work on what we had just talked about and also to put on a show for the kids to see what Touch is like at the elite level. The game was fast paced and ensured both teams came out of it with things to work on over the rest of the weekend. After the game finished we trained for another hour or so then headed back to the hotel for some much needed R&R.At 7.00pm we had a private dinner, which we were privileged to have the mayor of Parkes attend and speak at. On Sunday we were up bright and early (except master splinter aka Dyl Thompson who missed breakfast because it takes him two hours to brush his teeth). After another awesome breakfast put on by Ace and Beryl, we were off to the fields to work on our line attack and line defence. The boys put in a massive effort in the 5000 degree heat leaving nothing in the tank. After a solid training session Trady was happy with where the team is at so we pulled up stumps and headed back to the hotel for showers. As Dylan Thompson and myself are the only two debutants in the side on arrival back at the hotel we received our official welcome into the team, which was an experience in itself to say the least. After everybody was showered up and ready to go we grabbed a quick feed and began the drive back to Sydney.Overall the camp was a great success and a lot of fun was had by all involved. As a team the boys are as pumped as ever to keep the winning tradition continuing and we are by no means taking the New Zealand side lightly as we’re more than aware of their capabilities, especially on home turf.  I’d also like to thank Wayne Grant and Cathy Gray as well as everyone at TFA for all their efforts in the elite program and in making this camp happen. On behalf of the Men’s Open side I would like to say a huge thanks to Ace from the Comfort Inn for putting up with us and always ensuring we had everything we needed. As well as a huge thanks to Al and his sideburns for helping organise and run the camp, we appreciate it mate!Related LinksCamp Diary – Pete Normanlast_img read more

Victorian Junior Elite Camp

first_imgVictoria’s under 15’s and 18’s Boys and Girls teams will come together this weekend to learn from some of Australia’s best coaches and players as part of the 2013 Touch Football Victoria Junior Elite camp. On Saturday, 20 July and Sunday, 21 July the teams will converge on Lake Dewar Lodge in Myrniong in the lead up to their respective national events later in the year – for the under 18’s teams, the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships and for the under 15’s teams, the School Sport Australia National Championships. Australian Mixed Open coach, Micheal Lovett, Australian 20’s Girls coach, Swain Rovelli, Australian Women’s Open squad member, Leah Percy and Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant will attend the camp to share their skills and knowledge with Victoria’s best up-and-coming talent. For more information about the weekend, please stay tuned to the Touch Football Victoria website – www.victouch.com.au. Related LinksTFV Jnr Elite Camplast_img read more

Trans Tasman Survey

first_imgIf you attended the recent 2014 Trans Tasman Series in Mudgee, we would love to hear your thoughts. We are committed to providing you with the most enjoyable experience at Touch Football events and participating in our surveys with greatly assist in this regard.There will are two surveys, one developed by Destination NSW and one developed by TFA. The different surveys will concentrate on different aspects of the event. If you would like to pass on some feedback of your experience you can do so through the Destination NSW survey which can be accessed from – http://ensw.customerdirect.com.au/ensw/start.aspx?meetingid=3877 The TFA survey goes further into some event logistics and is available from  – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-OTTTS Related LinksTrans Tasman Surveylast_img

10 months ago​OFF! Sevilla confident re-signing Arsenal target Banega

first_img​OFF! Sevilla confident re-signing Arsenal target Banegaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal could be about to miss out on a key transfer target.Reports in Spain and England had suggested the club wanted to sign Ever Banega to appease manager Unai Emery.The creative midfielder is seen as a key addition, especially with Aaron Ramsey on the way out of the club. Banega has played for Emery in the past.But Estadio Deportivo suggests that Sevilla are close to getting Banega to commit to a new contract.It would raise his release clause and commit the 30-year-old to the Spanish side for the next few years. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoMinotti warns Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella against Chelsea move

first_imgMinotti warns Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella against Chelsea moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Italy international Lorenzo Minotti has warned Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella against a move to Chelsea.Minotti, who used to play for Cagliari, has questioned whether Barella would get a game with the Blues.He told TMW: “Risk of a [Marco] Verratti-situation? The Premier [League] is a competitive championship.”Now the Italian teams are not ready to spend a similar amount, and those with chances [to] have [full squads].”If he goes to Chelsea he will struggle to find a starting shirt and be ready for the national team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoHector Bellerin enjoys full 90 for Arsenal U23 in Liverpool draw

first_imgHector Bellerin enjoys full 90 for Arsenal U23 in Liverpool drawby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin completed 90 minutes as they came from two goals down to draw with Liverpool at Meadow Park.The Spaniard came close to an opener when he drove through the visitors’ defence and fired a shot at goal but Ben Winterbottom saved well at his near post. Matt Macey then made a brilliant recovery save to keep out Rhian Brewster’s looping header from close range.Liverpool’s pressure paid off when Curtis Jones tapped in following Luis Longstaff’s low cross.The second then came when Jones met another Longstaff cross to head home. The Gunners were back in it on the stroke of half-time when Nathan Tormey beat the offside trap to slot the ball past Winterbottom.Early in the second half Folarin Balogun levelled the scores when he made no mistake from close range following Bellerin’s low cross. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoChelsea boss Lampard pleased with England U21 call for Hudson-Odoi

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard pleased with England U21 call for Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is happy with the England U21 call for Callum Hudson-Odoi.The winger made his England debut last season before injury struck. “That is a good shout,” says Lampard. “I spoke to Gareth (Southgate) and all I can do is say what I see from a Chelsea end and it is Gareth’s choice. Callum has probably not played enough games and the international games will do him good. “It is England Under-21s and he should be proud of that anyway.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

4 days agoFIGC president Gravina has message for Totti – and Juventus pair

first_imgFIGC president Gravina has message for Totti – and Juventus pairby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina has sent a message to Roma icon Francesco Totti.The Italian great is currently out of football since quitting a desk job with the Giallorossi at the end of last season.Gravina told Le Repubblica: “Totti? I spoke with him three times. My intention is to include him in the training of young people. “But he must study to be a director.”Gravina also stated two Juventus players were in his plans.He added: “I heard from (Gigi) Buffon, I see him as a great coach in the future. And then I think of (Giorgio) Chiellini.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Bovada Releases March Madness Odds For All 68 Teams

first_imgSunday night, the 2015 NCAA Tournament field was revealed, and unsurprisingly, Kentucky was named the overall No. 1 seed. The Wildcats are also the odds-on favorite to win this year’s national title, per Bovada. In fact, Kentucky is almost at even money to take home the trophy – they’re currently listed at 6:5 to win it all.Arizona, the 2-seed in the West Region, actually has the second-highest odds. Wisconsin checks in third, with Duke fourth. Villanova and Virginia come in at 10:1.Here’s a list of all 68 tournament teams, along with their odds to win the championship. You could make a lot of money betting on a 16-seed to win it all, but we wouldn’t advise it. No 16-seed has ever even won an NCAA Tournament game, much less a title.Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 12.23.19 PMScreen Shot 2015-03-16 at 12.24.09 PMScreen Shot 2015-03-16 at 12.24.38 PMWho are you betting on?last_img

Mata & Lukaku fire Man Utd past resolute Reading

first_imgManchester United made it five wins from five under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with an unconvincing 2-0 victory over Reading in the FA Cup third round.First-half goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku were enough for the home side at Old Trafford, although the nine changes made to the team that won at Newcastle United left them looking largely disjointed.Reading, who sit 23rd in the Championship, enjoyed 60 per cent of the possession and had 13 shots to United’s eight, although a comeback never truly looked likely. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The downside was the fact Alexis Sanchez had to go off 64 minutes in, having apparently hurt the hamstring that kept him sidelined throughout December.Mata dispatched a cool penalty – his first FA Cup goal since the victorious final of May 2016 – after referee Stuart Atwell penalised Omar Richards for a foul on the Spaniard following a VAR consultation, with Fred’s strike having been disallowed for offside in the same move.It was harsh on Reading, who had started better, and they should have been level when Danny Loader made a mess of a one-on-one with Sergio Romero after Lukaku was denied by Anssi Jaakkola at the other end.Andy Yiadom was denied by Romero at his near post as United continued to struggle, but a stray pass from John Swift proved costly in first-half injury time, with Lukaku rounding Jaakkola to make it 2-0 from Sanchez’s throughball.Solskjaer handed youngster Tahith Chong the chance to impress off the bench and was then forced to take off Sanchez, who indicated his troublesome right hamstring was again causing him discomfort.@Alexis_Sanchez #MUFC pic.twitter.com/bAH5rD6J8N— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 5, 2019Sone Aluko was denied by a good save from Romero, but United were mostly comfortable in the closing minutes as they secured their place in next Monday’s fourth-round draw. What does it mean? Solskjaer streak continues but Sanchez a worryA fifth victory from his first five games in charge will do no harm to Solskjaer’s chances of getting the job permanently, even if this was not a particularly strong performance from his much-changed side.However, while their hopes of a third FA Cup final in four seasons remain intact, the sight of Sanchez asking to come off in the second half of his first start since early November will not be a welcome sight.The Chilean did sit on the bench after going off, so Solskjaer will hope the forward was merely being cautious ahead of a training camp in Dubai.McTominay meticulousScott McTominay was one of United’s only consistently good players throughout the match, winning seven tackles and ending the game with the best pass completion rate of any of the home side’s starting XI (92.3 per cent).Pereira out of sortsAndreas Pereira was caught in possession one too many times in the first half, once on the edge of his own penalty area. He does not look all that comfortable in a deep midfield role, even if Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho have used him there.Key Opta Facts21 – Juan Mata has been directly involved in 21 goals in 24 starts in the FA Cup (10 goals, 11 assists). Specialist. pic.twitter.com/WB1kgGwrdv— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 5, 2019- United have lost just one of their last 52 FA Cup games against teams from a lower division (W44 D7), suffering defeat to Leeds United in January 2010.- Sanchez has been directly involved in 18 goals in 19 FA Cup games (nine goals, nine assists).- Lukaku has scored 13 goals in his last 14 FA Cup appearances, including six in seven for the Red Devils.What’s next?United head to Dubai for warm-weather training before facing Tottenham at Wembley in the Premier League on January 13, with Reading entertaining Nottingham Forest in the Championship a day prior. read morelast_img read more

What Tate Martell’s Decision Likely Means For Jalen Hurts

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Late Tuesday night, former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell officially announced that he’d be transferring to Miami ahead of the 2019 season. Obviously, his decision will factor into what Jalen Hurts chooses to do.Hurts, who played at Alabama for three years, entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal last week. In the time since, three schools have been rumored to be options – Oklahoma, Maryland and Miami.Tuesday, a number of betting sites listed Maryland as the new favorite. Martell’s decision to transfer to Miami doesn’t eliminate the Hurricanes as an option, but it makes them a much longer shot. Martell, according to a report, is going to apply to the NCAA for a hardship waiver to be able to play immediately.Feel like Hurts decision ultimately will come down to Oklahoma v Maryland, but we’ll see.— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) January 16, 2019Hurts would probably win the job at Miami over Martell anyway, but you can imagine he isn’t looking for a quarterback battle in his final year of eligibility.For that reason alone, Maryland and Oklahoma now make more sense.Hurts will probably announce his decision soon. Whichever team lands his services will be getting one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the nation.last_img read more

Alabama Star Dylan Moses Posts Message Following His Surgery

first_imgAn Alabama Crimson Tide HelmetATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the helmet of VanDarius Cowan #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm ups prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama received tough news this past week.Star linebacker Dylan Moses tore his ACL during practice. Moses will be out for the year.On Saturday morning, the junior linebacker posted on Instagram to announce he’s underwent successful surgery.“Thank you to everyone who reached out and wished me prayers,” Moses said in his caption, via Instagram. “I had a successful surgery and look forward to rehab so I can get back on the field. It’s been a tough couple days for me mentally but I’ve held myself together with the help of my family and the people who support me. God has a plan and my faith has not and will not shake from this. I know I will come back stronger than ever with the help of @alabamafbl training staff. Also, being that I won’t be able to see the field with my brothers, I will continue to lead from the side and push them to achieve greatness for them selves and help them strive to be the best version of themselves possible, for it is not all about being a great player, but a great person as well. Lastly, thanks to everyone for the support and ROLL TIDE TILL I DIE!”Moses is already ready to get back to work, this time in the form of rehab. It’s nice to see he’s surrounded by family during a difficult moment in his life.Fortunately for Moses and Alabama, he still has a redshirt year available. He’ll be able to return to the field in 2020 with two years of collegiate eligibility remaining, though he’s also considered a top NFL Draft prospect.last_img read more

India jump to 2nd spot in ICC Women’s Championship after 2nd ODI win vs New Zealand

first_img Rohan Sen Mount MaunganuiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 14:01 IST India have clinched all four of the ICC Women’s Championship points on offer so far (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia 166/2 (Mandhana 90*, Mithali 63*) beat New Zealand 161 (Goswami 3/23) by 8 wicketsThe result saw India leapfrog New Zealand to take the second place in the table with 12 pointsThis was India’s sixth win, the same as New Zealand, but Mithali’s team is ahead on net run rateThe Indian women’s team registered its second successive win in the three-match series against New Zealand on Tuesday to move into the second position in the ICC Women’s Championship.India rode on brilliant batting performances from Smriti Mandhana and captain Mithali Raj to beat New Zealand by 8 wickets in the second ODI at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.Chasing a modest 162 for victory, Mandhana (90 not out) and Mithali (63 not out) stitched an unbeaten 151-run partnership for the third wicket to steer India past the finish line in the 36th over.The batters backed up yet another phenomenal performance from the Indian bowlers who skittled out the White Ferns for 161 in 44.2 overs after electing to field first.Veteran Jhulan Goswami starred with the ball with 3 for 23 in 8.2 overs while Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav bagged two wickets each. Shikha Pandey also contributed with a wicket.The result saw India leapfrog New Zealand to take the second place in the table with 12 points from 11 ODIs. This was India’s sixth win, the same as New Zealand, but Mithali’s team is marginally ahead of the White Ferns on the net run rate (0.611).That is it! Mithali Raj finishes it off with a SIX. India win by 8 wickets and lead the three-match series 2-0. #NZvINDDetails – https://t.co/HpmPFBz0T2 pic.twitter.com/neLHj6FJzzBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) January 29, 2019″162 was a very easy total to chase. I will be giving this award to all the bowlers in the team. They deserve it for restricting New Zealand to 161 on such a good wicketadvertisement”I thought today was an Indian wicket more than the New Zealand conditions. We had a camp before the first one-day for 10 days. BCCI has done really good to give us 10 days camp at Napier and we could get acclimatised to the conditions.”I don’t know why I end up smiling. All the teammates make fun of me, they are always trying to mock me saying I always smile whenever I get a short ball. I think I’d love to figure out how to make a serious face.”The women’s team is following close on the heels of the Indian men’s side, who crushed New Zealand by 8 wickets in the third ODI to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series at the same venue just a day before,” player of the match Mandhana said at the post-match presentation.India captain Mithali Raj meanwhile, wants her team to finish the series with a clean sweep.”I am happy with the series win in New Zealand and I’m happy the way the team is shaping because even the bowlers are doing their job. There are batters like the first game, we had the openers doing the job for us and this time around, my partnership with Smriti. So overall, the team looks good.”Well, I have always enjoyed batting in challenging conditions. I knew that today’s wicket is on the slower side and will help the spinners and it’s not going to be easy. It’s not a wicket where the ball is coming on to the bat and it requires patience. Smriti is in good form, someone has to give her the support on the other end.”When you have a good run, you would want to continue it. We are definitely looking for 3-0,” Mithali said.The women’s team is following close on the heels of the Indian men’s side, who crushed New Zealand by 8 wickets in the third ODI to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series at the same venue just a day before.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow ICC Women’s ChampionshipFollow Women’s 2nd ODIFollow indw vs nzwFollow ind vs nz women India jump to 2nd spot in ICC Women’s Championship after 2nd ODI win vs New ZealandWomen’s 2nd ODI: India 166/2 (Smriti Mandhana 90*, Mithali Raj 63*) beat New Zealand 161 (Jhulan Goswami 3/23) by 8 wickets to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series. Mandhana and Mithali stitched an unbeaten 151-run partnership for the third wicket to steer India past the finish line in the 36th over.advertisementlast_img read more

Chris Gayle breaks Shahid Afridi’s record for most sixes in international cricket

first_img India Today Web Desk BridgetownFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 21, 2019 00:10 IST Chris Gayle is now the man with most sixes in international cricket (@windiescricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle hit a six off Moeen Ali to become the man with most international sixesGayle surpased Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi during the 1st ODI between West Indies and EnglandGayle has announced that he will retire at the end of 2019 ICC Cricket World CupChris Gayle toppled Shahid Afridi to top the list of most international sixes during the 1st ODI between West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on Wednesday.Gayle hit a six of the first ball in the 15th over of the West Indies innings off Moeen Ali to surpass Pakistan’s Afridi. Gayle now has 488 international sixes, one more than Afridi.Gayle went on to score his 24th ODI hundred, finally being dismissed by Ben Stokes in the 47th over. Gayle scored 135 from 129 balls, including three fours and 12 maximums.Third on that list is former New Zealand wicket-keeper-batsman Brendon McCullum, who has hit 398 international sixes. former Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya is fourth with international sixes 352.India’s Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni come in fifth and sixth on the list with 349 and 348 international sixes, followed by AB de Villiers, who has 328 international sixes.Gayle before the start of the three-match ODI series between West Indies and England had announced that he will retire at the end of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England & Wales.”I’m in good condition. The body is feeling good and I’m pleased with that. I’ve lost a bit of weight and I don’t want to get too big. I’m still working on my six pack. I’m trying to keep up with the youngsters in the field who are like cats the way they chase the ball. I still have it in me and I’m still enjoying it,” Gayle had said about his retirement.advertisement”I don’t know who is opening the bowling for England, but any bowler is going to beware of Chris Gayle. That doesn’t change because he is 39 now, they are going to be saying ‘yes, he’s got some grey hair in his beard, let’s get him now, this is the perfect time to get the ‘Universe Boss’ now he is 39′.”Gayle, aged 39-year-old, is the second most capped West Indies player with 284 matches and is also the second highest run-scorer with 9,727 runs, behind only West Indies legend Brian Lara – who has 10,405 runs from 299 matches.Gayle has the most centuries by a West Indian in ODI, with 23, as well as the highest score of 215 ( which he scored in the last edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup against Zimbabwe. Gayle is also handy with the ball, picking up 165 wickets.Also Read | West Indies need better batting: Ian BishopFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow Shahid AfridiFollow most international sixesFollow West Indies vs EnglandFollow 1st ODI Chris Gayle breaks Shahid Afridi’s record for most sixes in international cricketWest Indies star batsman Chris Gayle surpassed Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi to top the list of most international sixes. Gayle has announced that he will retire at the end of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England & Wales.advertisementlast_img read more

Need more fearless batters in domestic circuit for improved international show: Smriti Mandhana

first_imgNeed more fearless batters in domestic circuit for improved international show: Smriti MandhanaSmriti Mandhana, India’s youngest-ever T20I captain, feels there is huge in class between international cricket and domestic cricket.advertisement Press Trust of India GuwahatiMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 17:36 IST The India women’s cricket team are on a six-match winless streak in the T20 format (@BCCIWomen Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSmriti Mandhana recently became India’s youngest-ever captain in T20IsMandhana feels there is gulf in class between international and domestic cricketIndia are currently trailling 0-2 in the 3-match T20I series against EnglandThe Indian women’s cricket team’s stand-in T20 skipper Smriti Mandhana feels fearless batters have to step up in the domestic circuit for the side to improve at the international level and described the current gulf in quality as “huge”.The Indian women lost their sixth match on the trot in the T20 format after going down to England in the first two games of an ongoing series. The Women in Blue had lost an away series to New Zealand 0-3.In both the outings against England, whether chasing or batting first, India managed less than 120 runs.”There is a huge gap between international and domestic cricket. That gap needs to be lessened. The batters we get in domestic, they face very different bowling and fielding attack to international cricket,” Mandhana, the ICC’s Cricketer of the Year, said.”Our domestic circuit needs to step up. There should be a bit of fearlessness in domestic circuit because if you start playing fearless cricket in the domestic circuit, you are going to play the same way in international cricket,” she added.In the series against New Zealand last month, the Indian team struggled to breach the 140-run mark.”If you look at our domestic scores in T20s, it is generally around 110-120. I think we all need to go back, step up in our domestic circuit, and take those scores to 140-150.””That way, the batters will come with the mindset of playing a fearless brand of cricket. Fearless doesn’t mean careless. I think we need to play fearless,” Mandhana said.advertisementThe opener said Indian batters, including herself, fear getting out and need to select areas to hit the ball.”I think we need to leave that fear, including me. We need to select the areas where to hit. Our batters are not going out there and selecting the areas in terms of which balls to hit.””I think another major difference between other teams and our team is running between the wickets. We either play a dot ball or boundary. We will be looking to work on reducing the dot-ball percentage, taking more singles and rotating the strike.”Also Read | Danielle Wyatt, Katherine Brunt give England unbeatable lead in T20I series vs IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Smriti MandhanaFollow Indian women’s cricket teamFollow India vs Englandlast_img read more