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The Ashes: England can bounce back from Gabba hiding, says Joe Root

first_imgEngland captain Joe Root lamented his team’s failure to exploit their “good positions” in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane but was confident they would bounce back from their stinging 10-wicket defeat on Monday.Root’s team matched Australia for three days at the Gabba but their batsmen crumbled on day four to be dismissed for 195 in the second innings.Australia openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft then mowed down the 170 required for victory before lunch on day five as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.”For three days, we probably, for the majority of the time, outplayed Australia…We played some excellent cricket,” Root told reporters.”Unfortunately, when we got into good positions, we didn’t quite capitalise on it.”If we had done that, it would have been a very different [email protected]: “I don’t think the score is a fair reflection on how the game went. We have a great opportunity in Adelaide” #Asheshttps://t.co/Z8hNjmXMxW pic.twitter.com/5QWelDARdI- England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 27, 2017″There are things we need to address and learn from this game.”I think the most important thing is we stay strong and tight as a group of players and that we continue to keep doing the hard work that we have done throughout the whole trip.”One thing that stands out as a team we have great character,” Root added.”We have come back from difficult situations, tough days like today and bounced back straight away. That’s the mentality we have to have next week. I have every confidence we can do so.”advertisementThe series heads to Adelaide for the first day-night Ashes Test starting Saturday, a quick turnaround for both teams.All-rounder Moeen Ali bowled with pain after tearing open the skin on his spinning finger, while there was speculation that England’s pace spearhead James Anderson had suffered a strain after he was used sparingly on day three.Anderson bowled a full complement of 11 overs in Australia’s second innings, however, and Root said both the paceman and Moeen would be fine for Adelaide.The sting of defeat was spiked with embarrassment after Bancroft revealed that Jonny Bairstow had headbutted him in a “weird” way of greeting when the England players mixed with Western Australia’s team in Perth at the start of the tour.Just wait for Steve Smith to absolutely lose it at the end of this video! ??? #Ashes pic.twitter.com/S3UMqBfEZj- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2017Smith revealed that the Australian players had sledged Bairstow about the incident on the field on day four and believed that the chatter had caused the England wicketkeeper to throw away his wicket with a poor shot selection on day four.England coach Trevor Bayliss was disappointed with his team for giving Australia “ammunition” with their off-field partying not long after all-rounder Ben Stokes’s arrest in Bristol for alleged assault during a night out.”We’ve just got to be smarter,” the Australian said.”Most people in the world like going out and having a few quiet ones, but we have to be careful that you don’t do anything stupid, we just have to smarter. And if that means bloody not having a drink, then so be it.”last_img read more

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MS Dhoni more popular than Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar in India

first_imgMS Dhoni might have recently been booed at Lord’s, several experts might be concerned about his form with the bat in limited-overs cricket and his striking abilities might well be on the wane but the World Cup winning captain remains as popular as ever in India.In a recent survey conducted by YouGov, which undertakes various polls and surveys in their online community of over 4 million people, Dhoni was the top-ranked sportsperson with an admiration score of 7.70 per cent.Overall, Dhoni was second in the list topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who got an admiration score of 11.90 per cent. Former US President Barrack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Ratan Tata, Virat Kohli and Akshay Kumar make up the top 10 of the most admired men in India.READ – Kohli receives Barmy Army’s International Cricketer of the Year awardsDhoni, Tendulkar (6.80 per cent) and Kohli (4.10 per cent) are the only three sports stars in the top-10. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 and stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in 2017. His form with the bat has since taken a dip but he continues to be a cult figure in Indian cricket circles. The Ranchi-born superstar is still an ace wicketkeeper and his handling of India’s young bowling attack, especially the spinners, has made life much easier for Kohli in the shorter formats.READ – Kohli’s mission is to make India the best: Sourav GangulyEarier in the year, Dhoni retured as Chennai Super Kings captain and led the team to their third IPL triumph. Besides, he was in outstanding form, scoring 455 runs off 16 matches at a strike rate of 150.66.advertisementInterestingly, Tendulkar, almost five years after retiring from international cricket, continues to be more popular than Kohli, the world’s best batsman across formats.READ – Virat Kohli’s men look for happy hunting groundsKohli is in the form of his life. In South Africa this year, he smashed 871 runs across formats including a record-shattering 558 from six ODIs.With a fan base of 23.2 million followers on Instagram, brands have to shell out USD 120,000 for each of Kohli’s sponsored posts which is more than what the world’s highest-paid sportsperson, Floyd Mayweather, gets through his posts on the social media website.READ – Kohli above Floyd Mayweather, Stephen Curry on Instagram rich listMeanwhile, badminton star PV Sindhu, with an admiration score of (6.90 per cent) is ranked third in the list for most popular women in India.Kiran Bedi tops the list followed by singer Lata Mangeshkar at second.Deepika Padukone ranks fourth below Sindhu followed by Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, Sushma Swaraj, Aishwarya Rai. Priyanka Chopra, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama.last_img read more

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Messi, Cruyff & the best Barcelona XI in history

first_imgPrimera División Messi, Cruyff and Ronaldinho – the best Barcelona players in history Goal 23:55 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Barca best ever XI Getty Primera División Barcelona Real Madrid v Barcelona Lionel Messi Ronaldinho Gaúcho Ahead of this weekend’s Clasico, Goal looks at the greatest XI to ever play for Barcelona. Find out who made the cut…last_img