Pakistan will begin three series of Tests against England at the Emirates Old Trafford on 5 August
By the ECB Reporter Network
Last Updated: 07/24/20 19:57
Leading Pakistani batsmen frustrated their dialogue on the opening day of their last inter-squad warm-up match before the first Test against England at the Emirates Old Trafford next month.
Experienced speed bowler Sohail Khan took 5-37, rejecting Abid Ali, Shan Masood and captain Azhar Ali cheaply as Team Green was pulled out for 113 at the Incora County Ground in Derby.
Only three batsmen reached double figures, especially Babar Azam, who scored 32 of 77 balls, and in return the White Team was 88-3 out of 34 overs at the close.
Test 1: 5-9 August, Emirates Old Trafford Test 2: August 13-17, The Ageas Bowl Test 3, Augus: 21-25, The Ageas Bowl
And, on a difficult day for the batsmen, there was further concern for tourists when the Imam-ul-Haq opener was hit in the left hand by a ball from Naseem Shah and forced to retire at 19.
Unless there is an injury to the bowler, the Pakistani attacks on Manchester are likely to be Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Khan and midfielder Yasir Shah, but Sohail has certainly given food voters a thought.
After Sarfraz Ahmed won the lottery for the White Team and chose for the first time on the same field as the one used for the first warm-up match, the 36-year-old flew the top with an opening spell of discipline from City End.
He was rewarded for maintaining the full length that allowed the ball to swing, but there were question marks over several shots that were displayed when three wickets fell in the first 11 overs.
Abid will find time in the middle after a blow to the head in a previous warm-up match to prevent him from hitting in the second half, but he only made one before he was hooked to uncover Sohail’s second position.
Masood survived the third round of Imran Khan but failed to take full advantage of his penalty, coming out of a long ball which was swung late and caught it in the fold.
Azhar played for a century in the previous game, but a swinging delivery from Sohail managed to beat the urge to the front, even though his reaction showed that he thought he was out of line.
An amazing catch on the second slip accounted for Asad Shafiq and although Azam looked ready for a substantial innings, he went in third after lunch when he set aside Imran behind.
Shadab Khan left a large gap between bats and notebooks and lost his middle stump and when Mohammad Rizwan missed an expansive drive to Faheem Ashraf, the opportunity to score respectable scores waned.
Sohail claimed the fifth goal when Shaheen played across the long ball, leaving Team Green to need a quick goal to fix some damage.
Naseem was obliged to trap Fakhar Zaman Ibn and he made Haider Ali drop the first ball on the second slip, even though he immediately fell to a loose drive at Masood.
When Ul Haq tapped his fingers with a long ball, he was unable to continue and headed to the dressing room for ice treatment, with initial reports indicating that the injury was not serious.
Yasir lured Iftikhar Ahmed down before the match ended with Team White only 25 behind in a match that had been given first class status and played according to Test-match rules.
The Australian Gymnastics Federation will form a “listening group” for athletes to talk and seek support amid allegations of physical and emotional abuse by coaches and staff.
The mistreatment of gymnasts has been in the spotlight since the release of the Netflix documentary last month Athlete A, which is based on a newspaper investigation about the abuse of American athletes which led to the imprisonment of the team of doctors Larry Nassar.
The former Australian gymnast has since shared stories of assaults carried out by coaches, humiliated and made to train and compete when injured.
Australia Gymnastics chief executive Kitty Chiller praised those who had come forward and said that the federation had a “zero tolerance” of harassment.
“We recognize that speaking is difficult. I want you to know that we are here to listen. And we are here to act,” he said in a statement.
“We really want to hear what our athlete community can share, including our alumni, so we can continue to improve.
“For this purpose we will prepare a ‘Listener Group’ so that we can hear from our community, individually or in groups, to discuss what support we have and how we can further improve.”
Five-time national champion Mary-Anne Monckton, who won two silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, said last week she suffered an injury that ended her career after being “forced” to do things that she was physically unprepared or unable to do.
“This negative experience has left me with a deep wound and it will take years to recover,” the 25-year-old coach, who is now a coach, said on social media.
Paige James, the first Australian native to compete for the country in gymnastics, wrote about being encouraged to spit out food on rest days and feeling “jealous of girls who are anorexic”.
“Still to this day I wake up every morning and the first thing I did was stand in my mirror and judge whether I was thin enough,” he wrote.
Sky Germany reports that all other clubs have left the race to sign Havertz; Watch Liverpool vs Chelsea, airing live on Sky Sports Premier League starting at 20:00 on Wednesday; 8.15pm kick-off
Last Updated: 07/21/20 6:42 morning
Chelsea are in talks with Bayer Leverkusen about a £ 70 million deal to sign Kai Havertz.
Liverpool vs Chelsea
July 22, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
German sky reports that all other applicants for the German attackers are now out of the race to sign the 21-year-old.
Chelsea technical advisor Petr Cech will fly to Germany after the end of the Premier League season on Sunday for face-to-face talks.
Bayer Leverkusen is understood to value Havertz at £ 90 million but, with only two years left on his contract, Chelsea are looking to approve an initial fee of around £ 70 million, with additional related performance also included.
Havertz is understood to be interested in moving to Stamford Bridge, with players who are impressed by the side that Frank Lampard built.
Chelsea have finished signing the German team-mate Timo Werner and Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech, who will join the squad which will close the gap on Premier League champions Liverpool next season.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also interested in Havertz, but are not in a position to meet the asking price, while Manchester United prioritizes their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
Chelsea are on the verge of securing Champions League football for next season, with victory in one of their two remaining Premier League matches – against Liverpool and Wolves – enough to secure their place in Europe’s top competition.
The London club were unable to sign players last summer because they served a FIFA transfer ban for violating rules about signing young players, but seemed interested in making up for lost time during the upcoming window.
Frank Lampard is overhauling the Chelsea front line, with Timo Werner the latest addition to an increasingly attractive attack force in west London, after securing Ajax’s signature, Judge Ziyech.
With Willian, 31, who looks set to leave the club with Pedro who is bound by Roma at the end of their contract this summer, Lampard and Chelsea have moved quickly and decisively in the transfer market to refresh their choice in various attacking roles.
Natalie Panagarry joined Off The Court to discuss being selected as part of the Vitality Roses full-time program for the 2020-2021 season and said the “fear” of Australia and New Zealand had disappeared.
Captain Loughborough Lightning was announced as part of Jess Thirlby’s 24-man squad for the coming international season and will once again become a full-time athlete.
He is a member of the Tracey Neville squad for the 2019 Netball World Cup and made his 2016 international debut against Australia.
Lately, Panagarry has been undergoing a process of rehabilitation of a broken leg he suffered during the opening match of the Lightning Superleague Vitality Netball season.
Having suffered such an injury, and with all the netball being held now, the central midfielder was very happy to hear him enter Thirlby’s latest squad.
“I’m very grateful and grateful to be re-elected [for the Roses], “he said the latest episode from Sky Sports’ Out of court.
“It’s always been a dream, every year, to be selected for a full-time program. With my injury and not being able to perform, I’m grateful to be able to enter.”
Above the excitement of being elected, Panagarry and his full-time international colleagues have now seen a path to return to training.
It began with individual-based training at two Elite Training Centers in Bisham and Manchester on July 21 before continuing to training in Loughborough in early August.
With the significant impact of the coronavirus in the UK, the country’s elite netballers must watch their counterparts on the other side of the world race ahead of them in terms of domestic match play.
ANZ Premiership has returned in just under one month and Suncorp Super Netball has an expected start date of August 1. Although he could only watch others move forward, Panagarry did not believe the forced absence of Britain would obstruct the outfit.
“That’s something we have to face now,” he said. “You can see the other side of the world playing again and watch it with very jealous and envious eyes at this time!
“We have to come back as soon as possible and when we can start training, get that intensity. I have no doubt that we will be ready when the international season hopefully starts again.”
International netball schedules for 2020 and 2021 are currently on the air. The Roses are scheduled to take part in the Quad Series at the end of September and October, however, it was canceled.
Recently reported by Newshub in New Zealand, Pakis Perak may be in talks with England because of the new uncertainty surrounding the Constellation Cup against Australia.
But nothing has been confirmed by the governing body, Roses head coach Jess Thirlby said he was “hoping” his players would be able to play for England before the year is over.
Historically Australia and New Zealand have had a strong influence on Britain.
“When I started playing [for England] “There is something along the 50-goal line between people like Australia and New Zealand and us,” said former England coach Neville Sky Sports.
“All the time we try to reduce the deficit, we try to create threats and I try to be better as an athlete.”
A few years later, with Neville as head coach, the players moved to play their domestic netball in Australia and New Zealand and important wins occurred, deficits were reduced, and a shift in mindset occurred.
“Many of us, who have been on [Roses] The program, for the time being, will say that ‘fear’ is definitely gone, “Panagarry said.
“We can put our performances out there and get the win [over Australia and New Zealand]. The girls proved that at the Commonwealth Games and unfortunately, we were just out of luck in the semifinals at the World Cup.
“There are so many talents and so many young players who come that I really like.
“I am fortunate to have that experience and a bit of an older head to maybe guide some of those players. I think the future, what we have at Superleague and in the Roses program, is really interesting.”
Sports and politics are mixed like never before in this country but in Brazil, that’s nothing new. Romario and Bebeto, the strike partnership that fired the Selecao for victory in the 1994 World Cup, have since pursued a political career.
But the man who captained Brazil for the first three matches of the tournament was arguably more politically active. Rai, a former playmaker for Sao Paulo and Paris Saint-Germain, recently made headlines at home for calling for the resignation of president Jair Bolsonaro.
Right-wing governments in Brazil have drawn heavy criticism over their handling of the coronavirus crisis. Even so, sticking one’s head over the wall can be a dangerous step.
Rai has heard all the old sentences about how he should stick to sports. But for Socrates’s great younger brother, a man who lit two World Cups for Brazil and who called Fidel Castro and Che Guevara his childhood heroes, that was never a choice.
“I grew up in one of the most socially unjust countries in the world and I grew up in a family that raised me to never consider it normal,” Rai said. Sky Sports.
“That’s what inspires me the most. I’m not worried about talking because my beliefs and ideas go in the same direction as the beliefs and ideas of a very important part of society.
“We should never be afraid to take a stand.
“However, we are in a democratic system and we must fight to stay that way too.”
That means using his voice.
“Sports is one of the most important and influential industries,” he added.
“This has a huge impact on society, economics and politics. Football, in particular, is the most popular sport in the world, and as a result, it reflects much of what society is.
“Freedom of expression and debate of ideas is a way to make us grow as a society, and sport can have and should have a very big role in that.
“That happens when we provide players with an education that triggers bigger questions about things that go beyond our activities or personal interests.”
Rai’s own platform in Brazil is very important thanks to his role as director of football in Sao Paulo, one of the biggest clubs in Brazil. He was a legend there after capturing the team for the back-to-back Copa Libertadores victory in the early 1990s, scoring goals in both finals.
“Sao Paulo is the best team in the world in the 90s,” Rai said.
If that sounds excessive, it shouldn’t.
The Sao Paulo team, including the great Cafu, are twice intercontinental champions, defeating Barcelona Johan Cruyff in 1992 and AC Milan Fabio Capello in 1993.
Rai scored both goals in Sao Paulo’s 2-1 victory over the so-called ‘Dream Team’ of Hristo Stoichkov from Barcelona, Michael Laudrup, Ronald Koeman, Pep Guardiola and others.
He still has fond memories of the line from Cruyff himself after the victory in Tokyo.
“There is a quote,” he recalls.
“He said:” If you are going to be hit, it’s better with Ferrari. “
“We have a young team but a mature team so it’s a good mix. The core is at the top, we have a lot of technical qualities and we have smart players who complement each other.
“We also have a great coach, a great leader, at Tele Santana, who knows how to maximize the team’s potential like no other. He is clearly among the three best coaches of all time.”
Rai’s success in Sao Paulo led to a move to Europe and lived for five years at Paris Saint-Germain. He won the title in his first season with George Weah and David Ginola before winning the European Cup Winners Cup in 1996 – still the only European PSG trophy.
Despite Neymar’s best efforts, he is still a favorite of Brazilian fans.
“It’s an honor,” he said. “That means a lot to me.”
But the house call brought him back to Sao Paulo and it was there Rai’s room – Rai Room – at Morumbi Stadium, where the World Cup medals are saved.
“My current role as director is very strong, but in a different way to become a coach,” he explained. “A coach has to go through that intensity every day. My routine as a director can be more intense and frenetic sometimes, but not necessarily every day.
“I believe the team has reached the best level at the beginning of this year. Unfortunately, we had to stop because of a pandemic but we have a great and great coach, so I am very confident for the future and I believe the fans feel that too.”
But Rai’s work with Sao Paulo is only part of the story. He has big plans outside of football and a desire to make a difference in the wider community that drives him.
Gol de Letra, the foundation he founded with fellow former Brazilian international Leonardo in 1998, is committed to providing opportunities and education for children.
This is a job that he thinks is more important than before now.
“Gol de Letra’s achievements are due to the hard work of many people who made what the institution looks like and my hope is that it far exceeds my own existence,” he said.
It is frustrating to see a world that is getting richer, but increasingly uneven and unfair every day.
“The biggest goal is to give everyone equal opportunities for education and development, regardless of their social status. I hope this continues to inspire people.
“It is frustrating to see a world that is getting richer, but increasingly uneven and unfair every day. I believe that I contribute as much as I can to very little change. But what really needs to be changed is that we need great global leaders .
“We need competent and charismatic leaders who can change the course of history.
“We need people who think about the world as a place that needs balance, harmony and sustainability. Leaders who know that, to make it happen, we need less inequality, more respect and love from our neighbors. Someone who cares about next generation.
“What we see now is very worrying, but my hope is that we are only taking a few steps back now so we can find a new way out, a new way.”
Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen urged New Zealand to be strong in their negotiations with Australia about the future of Super Rugby.
Super Rugby was stopped in March because the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of the southern hemisphere competition are being discussed.
Earlier this week, Australian Rugby (RA) chairman Hamish McLennan said their counterparts in New Zealand were trying to dictate possible trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition requirements, amid reports the NZR was trying to limit the number of Australian teams involved.
Hansen said he felt that New Zealand Rugby must do the best for their rugby players and insisted that they were indebted to Australia.
“Without controversy, we have been guarding Aussies for years,” Hansen told Stuff Media on Sunday.
“And every time we need something from them, especially at a high level, sometimes they disappear.
“Do we owe them something? No. But because we are our nation, and we care more about the game than ourselves, we bend and bend a little.
“I think NZ Rugby is in the mood to have a strong discussion because they only get one chance for that.”
Much of its impact centered on the composition of the Super Rugby of 2021, with both countries reportedly interested in exploring the trans-Tasman competition rather than returning to tournaments involving teams from South Africa and Argentina.
McLennan told Australian media this week that a leaked report stated that the preferred option by NZR was to have only two or three Australian parties in the trans-Tasman competition.
Hansen said what was most important was not to dilute the New Zealand team with more than five teams and to minimize travel for the welfare of the players.
“You have to start with what you want from him? Instead of, ‘OK, we will hold this competition,'” Hansen said.
“It must be truly competitive and produce world-class players. If you let it be facilitated, there is too big a gap between Super Rugby and the rugby test.”
Former All Blacks captain Kieran Read supports the call for an integrated international rugby season but fears money “coming out of the north” might thwart efforts to create a global calendar.
Read believes international rugby needs to move away from the current schedule which often forces players from both sides to play Test matches out of season, but fears of a richer northern hemisphere may continue to influence how the global calendar is organized.
At present, the Northern Hemisphere team is conducting tests in the Southern Hemisphere in June or July – at the end of their season – and the Southern Hemisphere toured in the North in November and December. The international windows, which fall in the middle of the Super Rugby season or European club season, substantially extend the season for top players.
Beaumont is a strong supporter of the world Test championship, although his efforts to build one year ago were stalled by a standoff over promotion-relegation.
Southern hemisphere countries oppose Beaumont’s re-election, supporting the nomination of Argentine Agustin Pichot’s reforms. In part, Beaumont is considered to represent the status quo and is too protective of the Six Nations tournament and the English and French club tournaments. He has made it clear that he will oppose any steps to reschedule the Six Nations, which feature Ireland, France, Italy, Wales, Scotland and England.
Read, who retired from the Rugby Test after last year’s World Cup in Japan and after leading the All Blacks in 52 of 127 tests, hopes an agreement can be reached that will better integrate the global season and give fans more interest.
“I want to see some sort of consistency around the season,” he told the Stuff news website on Tuesday.
“That would be better for everyone involved and especially for the players. So you don’t play outside the season, which shortens your season [and] which means you will not recover well and be ready for next year. “
Read also join many fans in the call for further tours by countries that are playing the test, a step away from the existing competition.
“I think the tour is important for international games,” he said. “The way I see it and the way the game makes money will determine and the money may come out of the north.
“The tour for me is more on the end of the year tour that we have to experience a little. It was the best time for a player and I think the fans might be able to feel it too. When you get a competitive series it certainly makes a pretty good display.”
Chisora and his manager David Haye have questioned whether unnecessary explorer-class kings can overcome punitive physical battles, but Usyk insists many have tried and failed to destroy a perfect record with the same game plan.
“Usually I face this kind of plan, every fight,” said Usyk Sky Sports. “If you want to hit the target, you have to look at the target, because he can throw as many hits as possible, but you have to land it on the target.”
But Usyk has admitted that Chisora has earned his respect, even before the Olympic gold medalist turned professional, when he witnessed the memorable British battle with Vitali Klitschko and Haye.
“When I was an amateur, I watched his fight as a heavyweight, with Klitschko, David Haye, and I thought ‘wow’, great people somewhere far away, and now I’m going to box one of these great people self.”
Chisora has revitalized his career since joining Haye, producing three consecutive wins, including the dominant stoppage of David Price last October.
The 36-year-old accepts that he cannot imitate Usyk’s unique left-handed style in a match match, even though he has hinted at tactical changes that could produce a surprising victory.
“I will focus on what I do. I will focus on getting in the ring, and start looking for my man, and that’s it.
“He will dance, but we have certain things that we have practiced and that we do every day. That will pay off.”
Chisora also revealed that he hopes to help Alexander Povetkin prepare for his old enemy Dillian Whyte.
“I have told Povetkin that, if he needs me, I will come and help him. I will fly to Russia,” Chisora said.
“The Russian has spoken to me and said: ‘When the time comes I will send a plane to pick you up and you can help me train’.”
Whyte, who had defeated Chisora twice, answered: “Derek is a stepping stone and I have stepped over him twice. If he wants to be brutally eliminated again I will take easy money! If he defeats Oleksandr Usyk and there is a belt on the line, I gladly let go of the belt. “
“Now that we have won it, we need to try and find out how we can be different when we have to be different, and not just stick to one game plan,” he said about his team.
“In the end, we want to have that gold again, it’s just about how we will get there because other people will start to know us and they have great talent in their ranks. We need to be smarter in what we do.”
Another goal for all players at ANZ Premiership is to develop themselves as individuals, and prove to Silver Ferns head coach Dame Noeline Taurua that they continue to have the qualities needed to wear a black dress.
Burger journey to Silver Fern # 171 does not take the traditional route. He was born and raised in South Africa and after arriving in New Zealand at the age of 18, he did not burden himself with pressure.
“It’s quite interesting because when I first moved, it didn’t always move with a strong thought that one day I would be at Silver Ferns,” he recalls.
“I think as a young person, everything that is interesting including moving to another country is extraordinary. I grew up wanting to do something extra in my life … I don’t want to do normal things all the time. Sport gives me that opportunity.
“When I got the chance to move to New Zealand, I took it. I think you should have it in your mind – to play for Silver Day one day – but it was a seven-year journey for me to get there.”
I never told myself that I was pretty good at Silver Ferns. I said I would give it all … and if that doesn’t work, then that’s what it is. That’s all I can control.
Burger began to build a life for himself in New Zealand and in front of netball, he found that he had some development that needed to be done to make the jump from the high school netball he left in South Africa.
“I’m very raw,” he admitted. “There are lots of little things that I need to do.
“I come from a very small city in South Africa and no big resources are put into netball training there, so you just have to stick with what you have. You rely on your talent.
“When I moved here [to New Zealand], I moved to the club that embraced me and helped me develop small things – like landing on the left and turning left – very basic things! “
I have to go back to basics and study all of that again to ensure that I can get a quality game out … It takes about two years to feel confident in what I say.
Burger remains dedicated, not only developing his skills in the field, but also learning and working. For him, 12 hours a day is the norm; the road to the top is a challenging and intense one.
“There are many times when it feels very difficult. The times when I have to study, work, and get up early to practice, and then return to training at night. Looking back now, I can’t imagine myself doing that again, “he said.
“I don’t want to go back there, but I’m grateful because it really built my character into what it is today.”
His character was further tested when he submitted his Silver Ferns debut against England in 2018. It was an impressive debut for the wrong reasons, when he was sent out of court.
“It’s not something I plan to have in my career, but I’ve done it, learned from it, and it won’t happen again.
“I have an amazing coach who pulled me afterward – we discussed why it happened, what I thought, how I proceeded, and how it ended.
“I think he understands my point that there is no evil in it, it is an honest mistake and there is only a lot of adrenaline that floods me.
“He believes that I know what I’m doing and I know I won’t do it again. He gave me that opportunity in the next game, which I am very grateful for.”
As Burger said, further hats were given to him including a place in the Taurua squad for last year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool.
Silver Ferns arrived in England after the worst Commonwealth Games results in their history – fourth on the Gold Coast – and with head coach Taurua taking over from Janine Southby, just 10 months earlier.
Despite acknowledging the brilliance of Taurua, many are not convinced that he has enough time to bring his side back to where they believe it should be; won gold on the world stage.
“Internally, there is no doubt,” Burger said. “It is understandable if they come from outside because they cannot see what is happening in our group.
“It is instilled in us, not to listen to such things and moreover, to use them as encouragement to do better and prove them wrong.
“I think the mentality of things, and how it develops, is more [important] in terms of that skill. We have skills, we just need to perfect them, but it’s really mental things that we build and work together as a team. That gives us an extra edge. “
With ‘fossils’ in their squad – Laura Langman, Casey Kopua, and Maria Folau – providing a great experience and the Silver Ferns trademark zone throws the team, the result is an extraordinary world title that is won with style.
The presence of Langman, Kopua and Folau added to the extraordinary in Liverpool but Ferns’ return to England for the Vitality Nations Cup in January showed that their system was running deep.
They are dominant, despite playing most of their games with only 10 players because of injuries, and with Jane Watson, Burger is a prominent player.
As a 27-year-old boy, but a person who only made his international debut in 2018, it is not surprising to find that Burger has its eyes on the main sports competitions in the coming months and years.
Because of the global pandemic, the schedule in the near future is uncertain but long term, the Commonwealth Games are scheduled for 2022 and beyond that, there is the 16th edition of the Netball World Cup in South Africa.
“When it was announced that it would be in South Africa, so many friends and family went to Mum to get tickets! This would be very unusual,” he said.
“I grew up in a family where there was always support on the sidelines for me, so moving to New Zealand has no major adjustments.
“It’s wonderful to know that I can play again where they will be so many personal supporters on the sidelines. Hopefully I hope to be in the team to play there.”