SPORTS DAY: Proteas got a buzz from smoking-hot Hash
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Gibson praises team effort
Proteas coach Ottis Gibson was reluctant to single out player of the series Duanne Olivier as the man who made the difference in the 3-0 whitewash over Pakistan and instead credited their success to team effort. The fast bowler ended the series as the leading wicket-taker with an impressive 24 scalps and he was a constant threat to the Pakistani batsmen who struggled to cope with his pace and bounce. “Olivier got a lot of wickets but our dressing room is not a one-man show. You can see by the performances that we had‚ Hash [Hashim Amla] in this game was as much the difference as Quinny [de Kock] because he scored the runs in both innings. In the second innings he allowed Quinny to play the way he did to get a hundred.” China skittled in record innings Cricket’s governing body has long dreamed of spreading the game to China, but the latest performance by its women’s team is unlikely to inspire many in the world’s most populous nation to take up the bat and ball. Chasing after the United Arab Emirates had posted 203/3, China were skittled for just 14 runs at a tournament in Bangkok on Sunday – the lowest ever score in a Twenty20 international match, for men or women.
Aussie umpires at sixes and sevens
Perth Scorchers opener Michael Klinger was bizarrely given out on the seventh ball of an over in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League with umpires failing to realise their mistake. The veteran’s controversial dismissal for two came in their game against the Sydney Sixers on Sunday evening when the umpires lost count of how many balls had been bowled. It overshadowed a quick-fire unbeaten 87 from Cameron Bancroft as he starts to find form again on his return from a nine-month ban for ball-tampering.
Pakistan seek cure for batting struggles Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said he was determined to find a solution to his team’s problems against fast, short-pitched bowling. “We play Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates in September then we play Australia in Australia straight after that,” he said. “We have to have our skill sets perfect to manage the bouncing ball. I want to get our batsmen into Australia three or four weeks early, to have camps there to get them ready.” TENNIS
Anderson into second round at Aussie Open
Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson fired 14 aces and 47 winners to blast past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1 and move into the second round at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The towering South African, who has never gone beyond the fourth round in Melbourne, next meets unseeded American Frances Tiafoe, who beat qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran 7-6(7) 6-3 6-3.
Murray keeps door open on Melbourne return
It was business as usual for ruthless Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who joined Caroline Wozniacki in round two, but a battling Andy Murray bowed out at the first hurdle. An emotional and drained Andy Murray left open the door to a return to Melbourne Park after falling to Roberto Bautista Agut in a gut-wrenching, five-set epic under the lights. “Maybe I’ll see you again, I’ll do everything possible to try.”
CYCLING Impey chases unique glory in extreme heat
SA’s Daryl Impey is bidding to become the first cyclist to win back-to-back titles at Australia’s Tour Down Under as the race gets under way in sweltering conditions around Adelaide on Tuesday. With extreme temperatures of 40C and above forecast for much of the event, race organisers along with team and rider representatives decided to modify the race route for Tuesday’s opening stage.
Top cop in court as Hillsborough trial opens
The police commander at the Hillsborough football stadium disaster appeared in court on Monday for the first day of his trial over the deaths of 95 Liverpool supporters, 30 years on from the tragedy. David Duckenfield, 74, the match-day commander at the FA Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground, has pleaded not guilty to 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter following the fatal crush in the Leppings Lane end.
Tovey pays tribute to Chippa
SA Football Association technical director Neil Tovey yearns for more Bafana Bafana strikers with the same steel and determination as Phil Masinga. “What Phil had in those early days was resilience and a fierce determination to succeed‚” said the former Bafana skipper. “If we had more Bafana strikers like him today we would be qualifying for more tournaments.”
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE