SPORTS DAY: Ngidi revs up to give Oz’s Aaron Finch the bird

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SPORTS DAY: Ngidi revs up to give Oz’s Aaron Finch the bird

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Ngidi relishes Aussie contest Lungi Ngidi has singled out Australia’s newly appointed 50-over captain Aaron Finch as a major threat to his side’s chances in the three-match one-day international series, which begins in Perth on Sunday. The 22-year-old has quickly adapted to the rigours of bowling on the international stage since making his SA debut in a Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka in January, 2017. “They come hard at the bowlers, they’re very confident players and that’s really exciting to see as a bowler,” Ngidi said.
Luminaries call for CA chairman to resign Pressure was building on Cricket Australia chairman David Peever to resign on Tuesday in the wake of the release of a scathing independent review into the culture of the game. Former prime minister Kevin Rudd and former ICC CEO Malcolm Speed were among those calling for him to be replaced after Monday’s release of the review commissioned in the wake of March’s ball-tampering scandal. Peever, in a subsequent interview, described the ball-tampering incident as a “hiccup”.
RUGBY
Halfbacks a concern for Rassie
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus can sleep easy when he ponders many positions in his team at night‚ but if his thoughts drift to scrumhalf‚ he might wake up in a cold sweat. With Faf de Klerk unavailable for Saturday’s clash against England at Twickenham – a match that could sink the entire tour if it goes wrong – Erasmus’s options at halfback are slim. De Klerk and others such as fullback Willie le Roux‚ wing Cheslin Kolbe and loose forward Francois Louw are restricted from playing because the Test falls outside World Rugby’s official Test window. Carling to join England management team Former England captain Will Carling is set to join the national team set-up as a leadership mentor, coach Eddie Jones said. Bismarck out for up to two months
Hooker Bismarck Du Plessis has joined Montpellier’s growing list of casualties after undergoing surgery on a neck injury that will sideline him for up to two months.
SOCCER
‘Mokwena will become like Ferguson’
Orlando Pirates coach MichoSredojevic says his outspoken assistant Rulani Mokwena will become the Alex Ferguson of the Soweto club. Sredojevic said, without mentioning his name‚ that his assistant was capable of becoming the Ferguson of Pirates. “There is a person [Mokwena] that I believe one day‚ when like in the relay in athletics‚ I will give the baton to and he will go all the way. He will last as long as Alex Ferguson [at Manchester United].”
Twist in Jali domestic violence case Police are looking for Andile Jali’s wife Nonhle Ndala after it emerged on Tuesday afternoon that the Sundowns midfielder had opened a case of assault against her. Jali spent Monday night at the Pretoria East police station and was released on bail on Tuesday morning after making a brief appearance in court on a charge of domestic violence. Police spokesperson Yeroboam Mbatsane said Jali alleged that his reality TV star and celebrity fitness trainer wife assaulted him during the altercation.
Nigeria name team to face Bafana
Former captain John Obi Mikel has again been left out of Nigeria’s squad‚ signaling the potential end of his international career, as coach Gernot Rohr unveiled 23 players to face SA in Johannesburg in just under three weeks. With Victor Moses and Wilfred Ndidi also missing, Nigeria are missing three key elements as they get ready to face SA in a match in which either side (if they win) will book their place at the African Nations’ Cup finals in Cameroon next June.
Martial has world at his feet, says teammate
Anthony Martial can become one of the Premier League’s top players if he believes in himself, according to Manchester United teammate Nemanja Matic. Martial’s delightful curling effort proved the difference in a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford, where he was crowned man-of-the-match after also winning the penalty that eventually led to Paul Pogba opening the scoring. “If he reaches his top level, he can be one of the best players in the league for sure. “Sometimes I don’t think he understands how good he is.”
Spanish FA vice-president arrested Spanish FA vice-president Andreu Subies was arrested on Tuesday morning as part of a police operation that also saw former president Angel Maria Villar resign on corruption charges.
HORSE RACING
Horse owner makes strip pledge Flamboyant British billionaire Marwan Koukash has promised to parade around in just his skimpy underwear if his horse Magic Circle wins the Melbourne Cup next week. Koukash told Australia’s racenet.com.au that winning the Melbourne Cup would be like “having sex for the first time” – and that his unusual celebration was no stunt. He also promised a show-all celebration before Magic Circle won the Chester Cup in May, but kept his clothes on after British racing authorities reportedly warned him of a lifetime ban. “I don’t care if they ban me afterwards, as long as I win the Melbourne Cup they can never take that away from me.” TENNIS
Sabalenka ‘sorry’ to ball boy for tantrum World No 12 Aryna Sabalenka has apologised for an on-court tantrum in which she shook an empty bottle in the direction of a ball boy before tossing it on the floor. The big-hitting Belarusian faced criticism after footage of the episode during her quarterfinal defeat to Wang Qiang at the China Open in early October, was shared widely on social media.
BASKETBALL
Thompson breaks three-point record Klay Thompson scored a record-breaking 14 three-pointers as the Golden State Warriors maintained their blistering start to the season with a 149-124 demolition of the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Thompson broke teammate Stephen Curry’s NBA record of 13. ​
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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