Archive for: September, 2019

Strong bench key to South Africa’s World Cup campaign

Sep 08 2019 Published by under 深圳桑拿网

Rookie batsman Rilee Roussow scored 61 off 39 balls after replacing Duminy in the middle order, while Kyle Abbott, in for seamer Philander, took two wickets, including the prized scalp of West Indies talisman Chris Gayle for three runs.

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All-rounder Farhaan Behardien said building a strong bench had been an “emphasis” for South Africa for some six months leading into the World Cup.

“We played against the West Indies in South Africa, and… our bench was so strong,” Behardien told reporters at Canberra’s Manuka Oval, where they play Ireland on Tuesday.

“Rilee, what a wonderful player. He came in and scored two hundreds in South Africa against the West Indies when he was on the bench.

“(All-rounder Wayne) Parnell was on the bench against West Indies, picked up four wickets in the last ODI, and similarly (left-arm spinner) Aaron Phangiso is waiting in the wings, and when he steps up to the plate, he’ll be asked to do a job.

“The squad of 15 is vitally important to our cause, and going forward, you never know there might be an injury or somebody might pick up a stomach bug or whatever. The emphasis is on the 15 instead of 11.”

After playing West Indies in Sydney following the India loss in front of 87,000 at Melbourne, Behardien said the team were enjoying the relative quiet of the Australian capital.

Two players, paceman Dale Steyn and batsman Faf du Plessis, have been worried about events back home however, tweeting pictures of a bush-fire near family homes south of Cape Town.

Family members have travelled with the South Africa camp to Canberra and Behardien said a good support structure was in place to help Du Plessis and Steyn, who will play his 100th one-day international against Ireland.

“We all know what a wonderful performer he’s been over the years,” Behardien said of the 31-year-old fast bowler.

“We’ll try and celebrate his 100th game with a win and we’ll be fighting tooth and nail come tomorrow.”

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by John O’Brien)

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Netanyahu in US for Congress speech

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who’s arrived in Washington ahead of a controversial speech to Congress, claims the trip is a “fateful mission, and even historic”.

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Netanyahu arrived on Sunday evening at his downtown Washington hotel just one block from the White House under police escort.

He passed through a white marquis set up at the back entrance of the hotel while black-cloaked security agents kept watch from the building’s perches.

Netanyahu hopes his speech on Tuesday will convince politicians and the American public that an initial framework agreement being negotiated between Iran and Western powers is “dangerous”.

The prime minister was invited to speak to Congress by Republicans who didn’t consult the White House, which angered President Barack Obama.

Critics have slammed the speech as an intervention into US politics and inappropriate given that Netanyahu is in the midst of a re-election campaign. Parliamentary polls are set for March 17.

Netanyahu’s aides insist the speech can’t be put off because of the timetable of the Iranian nuclear negotiations.

“I feel a representative of all Israeli citizens, also those who don’t agree with me,” Netanyahu said before boarding his plane.

“I feel a deep and honest concern about the security of all the citizens of Israel, the fate of the state and the fate of our people. I will do all in my power to safeguard our future,” he said.

Obama will not meet Netanyahu during his stay in Washington.

Netanyahu said Saturday in Jerusalem during a visit to the Wailing Wall he respected Obama and believed in the strength of US-Israeli relations.

Republicans who control both chambers of Congress are seeking greater sanctions against Iran, but Obama has called on them to hold off while negotiations continue.

Iran is negotiating a deal with Britain, China, France, Russia, the US and Germany to curb Tehran’s uranium enrichment and other parts of its nuclear program in return for ending economic sanctions on Tehran.

They hope to reach a framework agreement by the end of March and a final deal by mid-year that would end longstanding concerns over Iran’s nuclear program and its military capabilities.

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Cummins an injury doubt, Faulkner nears Australia return

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Injury-prone Cummins reported a “slight side strain” after making his World Cup debut in the one-wicket loss to the Black Caps on Saturday but scans revealed “nothing serious”, a team spokeswoman told reporters in Perth on Monday.

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The 21-year-old, who took 2-38 against New Zealand, will be monitored by team medical staff ahead of Wednesday’s match against Afghanistan with Josh Hazlewood likely to replace him if he is not passed fit to play at the WACA.

Faulkner, meanwhile, told a news conference that he would be fit to face the Afghans if he got through Monday’s training session without further mishap.

The 24-year-old suffered a side strain in the one-day tri-series final against England in Perth in early February and has missed both of Australia’s matches so far.

“I’m going to bowl half a dozen overs today and if I get through that, I’ll be available for selection and hopefully I’ll get picked,” he told a news conference at the WACA.

“I’ve been batting since two or three days after the injury to be brutally honest. Being a right-handed batter and left-handed bowler, it’s not the same side.”

But for his injury the left-arm seamer would have been one of the first names on the team list after his form this season, not least the unbeaten 24-ball 50 he scored in his last outing to drive Australia to victory over England.

Australia need a victory over the Afghans to kickstart their campaign after their second match against Bangladesh was washed out and their batting line-up was skittled for 151 runs in 32.2 overs by New Zealand at Eden Park.

“We all know we didn’t perform as well as we could over in New Zealand and that’s probably just going to make the team hungrier,” Faulkner said.

“So far we’ve been very successful as a team and you’re going to come across these little setbacks from time-to-time. Hopefully we can get back on the winning path on Wednesday.”

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by John O’Brien)

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Injured Dawson re-signs with Dockers

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Fremantle defender Zac Dawson has set his sights on returning to full fitness within the next month, but his hopes of making the start of the AFL season don’t appear good.

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Dawson’s topsy-turvy career will extend for a few more years yet after he re-signed with Fremantle until the end of 2017.

The 29-year-old has battled a lingering groin issue throughout the summer, and he’s almost certain to miss the season opener against Port Adelaide on April 5 while he builds up match fitness.

“It’s coming along slow and steady,” Dawson said.

“We’re aiming for another four weeks.

“Hopefully, without any other hiccups, I’ll be good to go early in the season.”

Dawson was playing just the fourth match of his AFL career when Collingwood spearhead Anthony Rocca took him to the cleaners with an eight-goal haul.

After four maligned years at Hawthorn, Dawson was de-listed before earning a reprieve under Ross Lyon at St Kilda.

Despite his occasional contributions to the blooper reel, Dawson played an important role in St Kilda’s surge to the 2009 and 2010 grand finals.

Dawson followed Lyon to the Dockers at the end of 2011, and after a shaky start in Perth, he has become one of the club’s most important defenders.

“Having such a good group and a great environment to live and play footy in is something that’s really important to me,” Dawson said.

“Feeling that I’m worth something and belong here is something that I treasure and I feel like I get that from all the guys and the administration and the coaches.”

Dawson has now played 141 games since making his debut in 2005.

And with Luke McPharlin almost certain to retire at the end of this year, Dawson’s retention was important for Fremantle to shore up their defence.

Dawson’s spoiling ability and reading of the play remain his key strengths, but his kicking ability remains his Achilles heel.

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Wollongong NBL club in financial strife

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The Wollongong Hawks will fold next month unless they can come up with some new sponsors to keep the cash-strapped NBL club afloat.

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The club placed themselves into voluntary administration on Monday after experiencing a tough season on and off the court.

The foundation club collected only their second wooden spoon in their 36-year history this season with a 6-22 win-loss record.

Then they lost major sponsor Wollongong Coal, who have also experienced well-documented financial troubles.

The company withdrew their sponsorship 18 months into a five-year deal, leaving the club facing a $1.8m deficit over the next three years.

Hawks owner James Spenceley remains committed to the club and intends paying all staff, players and coaches during the month-long period of administration out of his own pocket.

Spenceley, who took over as owner last July, said he hoped the shock announcement would prompt local Wollongong businesses to invest in the team.

“We’ve approached every big business that we have a contact for but unfortunately no one has wanted to step up,” Spenceley told AAP.

“There are a lot of businesses that make money in Wollongong but they don’t seem to be keen on supporting the local team.

“We’d like to get a few in to split it.”

The Hawks were almost forced to withdraw from the competition in the middle of the 2007-08 season but a group called the “Friends of the Hawks” helped out.

The following season then Hawks captain Mat Campbell started the “Save the Hawks” campaign which kept the club in the NBL.

Spenceley said he didn’t think it was fair that the fans and community had to keep putting in.

“It really comes down to the businesses that make money, they should be the ones who also put up,” he said.

“It’s really in the hands of the business community in Wollongong now.”

The telecommunications entrepreneur said since he took over, sponsorship dollars dropped because businesses thought they no longer needed to contribute.

He is hopeful of additional investors becoming part-owners as an avenue to raise additional funds.

Spenceley said the lack of a lucrative television deal made it tough for all NBL clubs.

“It’s very difficult to survive as a regional team.

“We really need, like AFL, part of the TV deal and TV money.

“That what keeps sporting clubs alive.”

Hawks players such as captain Oscar Forman as well as coach Gordie McLeod are free to negotiate with other NBL clubs given the uncertainty at the Wollongong club.

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