Exercise crucial for good health in depression patients

first_imgNew York, June 28 (PTI) Exercise may be just as crucial to a depression patient’s good health as finding an effective antidepressant, say scientists who found that the high fitness level at middle-age can protect the heart from the negative effects of the mental disorder. Researchers University of Texas in the US has brought into focus multiple ways in which depression can affect health and mortality. It has also explored the most common dilemma among patients – How does one cope with hopelessness and still find motivation to exercise? “Maintaining a healthy dose of exercise is difficult, but it can be done. It just requires more effort and addressing unique barriers to regular exercise,” said Madhukar Trivedi, the study published in Journal of the American Medical Association.Depression has been linked to several other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and chronic kidney disease, in which anti-depressants are less likely to help. For patients with these conditions, the more appropriate treatment may be exercise.”The reasons behind this may partly be connected to the general health effects of physical activity, including the fact that exercise decreases inflammation that may cause depression. By reducing inflammation, the risk for depression and heart disease are lowered,” Trivedi said.”The findings are just as relevant to younger age groups, in particular college-age adults who are just entering the workforce. This is the age where we typically see physical activity drop off because they’re not involved in school activities and sports,” he said.”Being active and getting psychotherapy are sometimes the best prescription, especially in younger patients who don’t have severe depression,” researchers said.advertisementThey worked on a database of participants who had their cardio-respiratory fitness measured at an average age of 50 years. They used Medicare administrative data to establish correlations between the participants’ fitness at midlife to rates of depression and heart disease in older age.Among the findings, participants with high fitness were 56 per cent less likely to eventually die from heart disease following a depression diagnosis.Trivedi recommended the people diagnosed with depression to set aside a consistent time to exercise every day, keep a log to track progress, to exercise with a friend, or to assign someone to hold them accountable for maintaining the exercise regimen. PTI MHN MHNMHNlast_img read more

Donald Trump is using sports to divide USA: LeBron James

first_imgBasketball star LeBron James says USA President Donald Trump is using sports to divide the country.The Los Angeles Lakers player shared his thoughts on how he feels racial tension has become a more prominent issue in USA lately due to the actions of Trump.”What I’ve noticed over the past few months… He’s kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to,” the basketball star told CNN on Monday evening.James was referring to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose kneeling protests during the pre-game national anthem launched an NFL movement, and more recently, Stephen Curry, who honoured his promise of skipping a visit to the White House, James bemoaned a myriad of instances in which the President has twisted peaceful displays of dissent into an indictment of a decaying American value system.”I can’t sit back and say nothing,” said James.LeBron James strikes $154 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers”Sports was the first time I was ever around someone white. I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them, and they got the opportunity to learn about me … And I was like, ‘Oh wow, this is all because of sports’.”Asked on what he would say to Trump if he was positioned before him, James said: “I would never sit across from him.”James, who campaigned for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, has been an outspoken critic of Trump, reports The Hill magazine.When the President disinvited the NBA champion Golden State Warriors from a White House visit in 2017, James called Trump a “bum”.advertisementHe has since said Trump “doesn’t give a f—” about the American people, and that the President has enabled racism.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 India price revealed, available for pre-booking now

first_imgSamsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 in New York on Thursday and announced its starting price at $999, similar to the iPhone X. Naturally, there’s a lot of curiosity among fans in India regarding the Galaxy Note 9’s India pricing. The company has now revealed the price on its online store and let’s just say, you won’t have to pay as much as you do for an iPhone X in India. The base 128GB variant of the Galaxy Note 9 has been priced at Rs 67,900 while the top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage will cost you Rs 84,900.Samsung’s official online store has opened pre-bookings for the Galaxy Note 9 and customers who pre-order the device can also purchase a Gear Sport smartwatch worth Rs 22,900 at just Rs 4,999. The website lists three colour options for the device – Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Metallic Copper. Additionally, you can also get a cashback of Rs 6,000 on purchasing the device with an HDFC Bank Credit card. You can also avail an additional Rs 6,000 on exchange on select smartphones. The website also mentions that the Galaxy Note 9 will start shipping from August 20, although globally it is expected to go on sale starting August 24.The Galaxy Note 9 brings together the best of the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9+. In terms of design, the latest flagship looks similar to its predecessor. The difference is that the Galaxy Note 9 brings a slightly larger 6.4-inch screen with QHD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED Infinity display. The phone is covered in glass on both the front and back, allowing for wireless charging support. Additionally, the flagship brings a dual rear camera setup with the fingerprint sensor now placed just below.advertisementThe Galaxy Note 9 is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset, but the variant coming to India will get an Exynos 9810 chipset. This is coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB more via microSD card. Samsung has also fitted a large 4,000mAh battery, which is a major bump from the Galaxy Note 8 as well as the Galaxy S9+. The device runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung’s Experience UI on top.As for the cameras, the Galaxy Note 9 brings a configuration similar to the Galaxy S9+. You get a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup with dual OIS and the f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture feature that has won the Galaxy S9 phones a lot of praise. The Galaxy Note 9 gets some added AI help as well where the cameras will be able to recognise a scene and change the settings to make the subject look more attractive. The front camera is also similar at 8-megapixel and F/1.7 aperture.The S Pen that ships with the Galaxy Note 9 is perhaps the biggest highlight here and is also the only part of the Galaxy Note 9 that actually gets a major redesign. The S Pen now comes with Bluetooth connectivity, adding more functionalities than ever before. Now, you can use the new S Pen as a remote to capture pictures, control presentations and music all via the button on the stylus.last_img read more

McLaren to replace Stoffel Vandoorne with 18-year-old Lando Norris next season

first_imgBritish teenager Lando Norris will race for McLaren in Formula One next year, with Stoffel Vandoorne leaving at the end of the season, the team said on Monday.The move means McLaren will start next season with an all-new line-up. Double world champion Fernando Alonso has already announced his departure, with fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz coming in from Renault.The 18-year-old Norris has been McLaren’s reserve driver and took part in his first practice sessions in Belgium and Italy this season.”To be announced as a race driver for McLaren is a dream come true,” Norris, who is currently second in the Formula Two championship, said.”Although I’ve been part of the team for a while now, this is a special moment, one I could only hope would become reality.”I’m also extremely grateful for the commitment McLaren has already shown in my development, allowing me to build my experience in a Formula 1 car in both testing and on Fridays during the past two race weekends.”McLaren Racing Chief Executive Zak Brown hailed Norris as a driver “full of potential”, adding that the investment made on his development has been well deserved.”We believe Lando is an exciting talent, full of potential, who we’ve very deliberately kept within the McLaren fold for exactly that reason,” Brown said.”We already know he’s fast, he learns quickly, and has a mature head on his young shoulders. We see much potential for our future together.”In Lando and Carlos we have an impressive duo who, despite their relative youth, hold valuable experience in Formula 1 and with McLaren, and represent the next generation of McLaren drivers to lead the team forward.”advertisementBelgian driver Vandoorne has struggled during his two-year spell with McLaren with his best result coming in seventh-place finishes at Malaysia and Singapore last year.He is currently 16th in the drivers standings with eight points, five places and 36 points behind team mate Alonso.The tone of the statement suggested Vandoorne had secured a position elsewhere.”I’m very grateful to McLaren for investing their faith in me over the past five years,” he said. “I joined McLaren as a young driver and have since seen my career progress with the team,” he said.”Whilst we haven’t enjoyed the success we’d all hoped for, I’ve really enjoyed the past two seasons racing for McLaren and I have a great relationship with everyone in the team.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

OnePlus 6T will not come with IP-rating or wireless charging, price may go up

first_imgKeep your expectations low because price does matter — this seems to be the message from OnePlus CEO Pete Lau who has given an interview to a tech site in the US, giving some of the details of the upcoming OnePlus 6T. In his interview, Lau confirms that the OnePlus 6T will come with in-display fingerprint sensor, but it will not feature wireless charging or IP rating for water and dust-proof design. Although he said that for all practical purposes, the OnePlus 6T will be as good as water resistant against splashes, rain or a mug of water.The OnePlus 6T is likely to be launched in India on October 17 and it will probably go on sale from October 21.Lau also confirmed, yet again, that the 3.5mm headphone jack will no longer be there in the OnePlus 6T. He said that for the company to remove the 3.5mm jack was a tough decision to take. “This has been one of the most difficult decisions for us to make,” Lau told CNET. “The most difficult task in the day-to-day is finding a balance in what’s ultimately going to be part of the end product and what has to be said ‘No’ to.” Apparently, in the case of the OnePlus 6T, the “balance” brought in the in-display fingerprint sensor at the cost of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Lau said that people will fall in love with the in-display sensor because it apparently works like magic.It is tempting to seek all the features in a phone, and when that phone happens to be something like the OnePlus 6T there are indeed greater expectations from users. A number of users are arguing that OnePlus should include wireless charging and IP-certification for water and dust resistant design in its phones. But Lau said — echoing the statements he had given to Indian Today Tech ahead of the OnePlus 6 launch in May — that OnePlus wouldn’t do features for the sake of doing them.advertisementLau says that the wireless charging adds to the internal heat of the phone, and until OnePlus can find a satisfactory solution to the problem, its phones will not have wireless charging. Similarly, going for the IP rating will add to the thickness of the phone, and this too OnePlus doesn’t want for its next flagship.The OnePlus 6T is expected to sport a design similar to that of the OnePlus 6, complete with rounded edges, metal frame and glass body. But it will have the fingerprint sensor under the display, and is expected to come with a larger 6.4-inch screen that has water-drop notch. On the front, it will sport single camera while on the rear there will be two cameras. The OnePlus 6T is going to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and is going to come with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. It will use Oxygen OS software based on Android 9 Pie.In his interview, Lau also hinted that the price of the OnePlus 6T may go up compared to the OnePlus 6. Technologies like water-drop notch and in-display fingerprint scanner are expensive. While no specific pricing details have been mentioned so far, the figure that came up in the article is $550, which will be $21 more than the MRP of the OnePlus 6T.ALSO READ: OnePlus 6T fresh images leaked, and here is everything they reveal about next OnePlus flagshiplast_img read more

Goodbye Champions League? Leaks suggest breakaway European Super League is happening

first_imgPlans for a breakaway European Super League, involving top clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester United, are back on the agenda, German magazine Der Spiegel and European Investigative Collaborations, a network of international media, reported on Friday citing leaked documents.The magazine reported that talks between some of Europe’s leading clubs on a breakaway league were at an advanced stage before a compromise deal in 2016 with the continent’s governing soccer body UEFA over its elite Champions League competition.But Spiegel said a fresh plan had recently been drafted by Spanish company Key Capital Partners for Real Madrid which foresees 11 top European clubs creating a Super League in 2021 when the agreement on the Champions League format and revenue sharing ends.Key Capital Partners did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while European champions Real Madrid declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.The 11 ‘founders’ could not be relegated from the Super League, which would have five ‘guest teams’ to make up a 16-team competition, replacing the current 32-team Champions League, the report stated.The Spiegel report said that on Oct. 22, Madrid-based Key Capital Partners sent an email to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez including a document entitled ‘Draft of an Agreement of the Sixteen’ which included a 13-page ‘binding term sheet’ for the 11 clubs listed as “founders” .The founding clubs who would not face relegation for 20 years are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Chelsea, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan and Bayern Munich, the report said.advertisementThe five initial guests, according to the document, are Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Olympique de Marseille, Inter Milan and AS Roma.The document stated that the teams should sign up to the ‘term sheet’ in November, 2018. It was not clear how many, if any, clubs had signed up. UEFA is not mentioned in the draft.Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Atletico, as well as Real Madrid, declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. Barca, Juve, Manchester City, PSG, Arsenal, Milan, Inter Milan, Roma and Marseille were not immediately available to comment. BAYERN UNAWAREBayern Munich released a statement saying: “FC Bayern is… unaware of recent plans for a so-called Super League, also reported by “Der Spiegel”, nor has FC Bayern taken part in negotiations relating to such plans.”FC Bayern is also unaware of why it is listed in a document quoted in this context by “Der Spiegel”.Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “FC Bayern Munich stands by its membership of the Bundesliga and, as long as I am chairman of the board of FC Bayern, also by the club competitions organised jointly by UEFA and the ECA.”The European Club Association, which represents more than 200 European clubs, said in a statement to Reuters: “ECA is completely unaware of any discussions by clubs to develop a break-away league. At present, ECA is working in close collaboration with UEFA on the next cycle and post-2024.”Spiegel said Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke declined to comment on the draft document but said the fact that discussions about the Super League were ongoing “is clear, and I also believe that a few of Europe’s large clubs are clearly working on it.”Watzke added that such plans were apparently “not very concrete” yet and said Dortmund would not leave the Bundesliga for a new competition.”That is the firewall,” says Watzke. “For as long as I carry responsibility around here, BVB will not leave the Bundesliga.”But he told Spiegel the club would “keep all its options open” because if a Super League ever became a reality “that couldn’t happen without BVB”.last_img read more

Smriti Mandhana becomes second-fastest Indian woman to reach 1000 T20I

first_imgSmriti Mandhana reached 1000 T20I runs and became the second-fastest Indian after Mithali Raj in women’s cricket to get there.Mandhana smashed a career-best 83 to power India to a record 167/8 against Australia in their last ICC Women’s World T20 group B match in Guyana on Saturday.It was her first T20I fifty of the year, and reached the 50-run mark in just 31 balls. In the process, she became the fastest to reach the mark, beating her skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s record (who had got to fifty in 33 balls).Mandhana blasted 9 fours and 3 sixes in her 55-ball 83-run innings to anchor the Indian innings. She also became the second fastest India to compete 1000 runs in T20 internationals after Mithali Raj during her innings.Women’s World T20, India vs Australia: LiveHarmanpreet too produced a strokeful 27-ball 43 studded with three sixes and as many fours to share a 68-run partnership for the third wicket with Mandhana.After the end of the Indian innings, Mandhana said that she was disappointed in the way she was getting out.”First few matches I was disappointed with the way I was getting out,” said Mandhana.”This time I didn’t want to let the team struggle by getting out after being settled. I always enjoy batting with her [Harmanpreet]. Left-right is always a deadly combination as the bowlers lose their lines. Against a good side, we need to come out well. That’s not on our mind as we always come out with the intention of doing well,” she added.advertisementIndia, however, lost a bit of ground in the end following the quick wickets of Veda Krishnamurthy and Dayalan Hemalatha within a space of four balls.Mandhana gave India a good start after her fellow opening batsman Taniya Bhatia (2) was dismissed in the second over, being caught by Meg Lanning at midwicket off Ashleigh Gardner’s ball.Mandhana then stepped up and picked up a boundary each in the next two overs to keep the score ticking.She blasted a four and a six off Sophie Molineux in the 5th over before repeating the treatment to Megan Schutt in the next over to accumulate big runs.Australia India pegged back in the 7th over when Delissa Kimmince dismissed Jemimah Rodrigues (6), who had scored 59 against New Zealand in the opening match. It was an outside edge that was brilliantly caught by Elyse Villani at short third man.Skipper Harmanpreet then came out to bat at No. 4 even as Mandhana smashed another one straight down the ground for another boundary.Harmanpreet too joined in as she charged down the pitch and smashed Molineux over midwicket for her first six.A beautiful-looking sweep shot then helped Mandhana to complete her fifty in 31 balls.Harmanpreet then hoisted one over extra cover off Gardner to pick up her second six as India reached 83 for 2 in 10 overs.The Indian skipper continued to find boundaries, making life difficult for the Australian bowlers.In the 14th over, Harmanpreet slapped one over extra cover before depositing a full toss by Kimmince over short fine leg.However an attempt to go for another big shot proved fatal as she was caught by Haynes to leave India at 117 for 3 in 13.3 overs.In the next over, Mandhana too was on her way back to the hut when she was adjudged LBW by the on-field umpire but she survived after a video referral showed the ball pitched outside leg.However, India lost the wicket of Krishnamurthy (3) on the other end when debutant Vlaeminck pulled off a stunning catch at square leg off Gardner’s bowling.Hemalatha (1) too dragged one on to the stumps as India slumped to 136 for 5 in 16.2 overs.In the 18th over, Mandhana hit a six and a four off Kimmince as India amassed 17 runs but Schutt removed the opener in the next over.There was also an unfortunate collision between Megan Schutt and wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy as both went for a catch, following a miscued hit by Reddy. Healy then left the field as Beth Mooney took over her duties.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –last_img read more

Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: It’s all about looks, camera, pure Android and MIUI

first_imgXiaomi has just launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India. The price of the Redmi phone starts at Rs 13,999, but during its first day sale the phone was up for grabs at a lower price of Rs 12,999. Considering the busy smartphone market in India, the Redmi Note 6 Pro already has a lot of competition. Some of the competitors of the Redmi phone include the Realme 2 Pro, the Nokia 6.1 Plus among others. We at India Today Tech earlier explained how the Redmi Note 6 Pro compares against the Realme 2 Pro , so now it’s time to look at how well the Xiaomi phone compares to the Nokia 6.1 Plus, which is another fabulous phone under Rs 15,000.The way I see it: One is a gorgeous looking phone while the other one is best as far as camera performance is concerned. When the two phones are kept next to each other you’ll notice how beautiful the Nokia 6.1 Plus looks, while the Redmi Note 6 Pro is somewhat bland, sporting the same design that its predecessor Redmi Note 5 Pro had. Yes, the Xiaomi phone does come with a notch and thin bezels. But overall, the design is still the same that we saw in the Redmi Note 5 Pro.Both the Nokia and the Xiaomi phone come with dual rear camera setup followed by a fingerprint sensor next to it, which works fine. Both the phones also come with a notch, which looks pretty neat and well placed. Another similarity between the two phones is in the hardware inside. Both the phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. And then there are differences…advertisementDisplayThe display of both the phones is bright enough both indoors and outdoors. Among the two phones, the Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a bigger display. It comes with a 6.26-inch FullHD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. In comparison, the Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch FHD+ TFT display. The Nokia phone comes with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top and an aspect ratio of 19:9. I believe both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Redmi Note 6 Pro have top quality displays for their price.HardwareBoth the Xiaomi and Nokia phones are powered by the same Qualcomm chipset. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, paired with Adreno 509 GPU. The Nokia 6.1 Plus also packs the same hardware inside. The Redmi Note 6 Pro and the Nokia 6.1 Plus can handle the day-to-day task very easily, be it switching between apps, playing games or multi-tasking.The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes in two variants– 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/64GB storage, which is expandable by a microSD card of up to 256GB. In comparison, the Nokia 6.1 Plus 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable by up to 400GB via a microSD card. On performance too, I find the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Redmi Note 6 Pro evenly matched.CameraThis is one area where the Redmi Note 6 Pro is better than almost all phones in this price segment. With the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Xiaomi brings four cameras to the mainstream segment and both the front and the rear cameras manage to capture detailed pictures with spot on colours. The Redmi phone includes a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel auto-focus and f/1.9 aperture lens and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth sensing. This is for the rear camera setup. On the front, the Redmi phone comes packed with a primary sensor of 20-megapixel and a secondary camera with 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies. Besides clicking detailed pictures, the Redmi phone is also great with bokehs — aka portrait photos — on both front and back.In comparison, the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a dual camera setup on the rear panel, and single camera on the front. The Nokia 6.1 Plus uses a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture lens and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with a lens of similar aperture. While on the front, the Nokia phone packs a 16-megapixel sensor, which sits inside a notch. Unlike the Redmi phone, the Nokia 6.1 Plus supports bokeh via software. Both the Redmi and the Nokia phones also come with several unique camera features. The Redmi phone lets users play around with the background of the bokehs and edit portrait shots after they are clicked. Other camera features that the Redmi Note 6 Pro packs are Studio Lighting, Light Trails, among other things. The Nokia 6.1 Plus also comes with camera features like Live Bokeh, beauty, bothie, panorama, AR stickers and manual.advertisementTo sum it up, I believe that when it comes to camera performance, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is definitely better than the Nokia 6.1 Plus.SoftwareThis is the area where the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a clear winner. Like all other Nokia phones, this one also runs on Google’s Android One program, and that means the phone comes with no unnecessary applications or bloatware. The interface of the software in the Nokia 6.1 Plus is clean and it now runs Android 9 Pie, the latest Android. The Redmi Note 6 Pro, on the other hand, runs the latest MIUI 10 skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The MIUI 10 brings a whole lot of features like navigation gestures, recent apps tab, and other things. Unlike the Nokia phone, the Xiaomi Redmi phone comes with several third party applications pre-installed on it.BatteryThe Redmi Note 6 Pro offers a better battery backup compared to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The Xiaomi phone comes packed with a massive 4000mAh battery which will delivering around 1.5 days of battery backup for most people. Even for social media addicts or people who are on phone all day long, the Redmi Note 6 Pro can easily go on for one full day on single charge. The Nokia 6.1 Plus, in comparison, comes with a much smaller battery. It packs a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port.PriceIn India, the Redmi Note 6 Pro comes in two variants. The base model comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage for a price tag of Rs 13,999, while the top-end model of the phone packs 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage and comes with a price of Rs 15,999. The Redmi Note 6 Pro phone in four colour options including red, blue, black, and rose gold. The Nokia 6.1 Plus with 64GB storage has been priced at Rs 15,999 but often sells for Rs 14,999.Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Nokia 6.1 PlusALSO READ: Redmi Note 6 Pro review: Phone with best camera performance under Rs 20,000Just to summarise here is what I believe: Overall, I feel the Redmi Note 6 Pro is a better choice here. Between the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Nokia 6.1 Plus I would have said that the Nokia phone was a winner. But great camera performance and good battery life of the Redmi Note 6 Pro means that it is a better purchase, especially given the fact that it is also priced Rs 2,000 less than the Nokia 6.1 Plus. But this doesn’t mean you should not consider the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The Nokia 6.1 Plus too is wonderful phone, with all around good performance. It also looks much better than the Note 6 Pro, is more ergonomic and using it is easier with single hand, particularly if you have smaller hands. Most significantly though, the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with stock Android 9 Pie, which is something that a lot of people may prefer over the MIUI 10 software in the Redmi phone.last_img read more

Bowlers give India their greatest hope of beating Australia: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgIndia have never won a Test series in Australia but Virat Kohli’s side has a great chance of rewriting history books, batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar has said.India have played 11 Test series in Australia and have drawn three series Down Under in 1980-81, 1985-86 and 2003-04.India’s current coach Ravi Shastri was part of the Indian team that drew the three-match Test series 0-0 in 1985-86. Shastri had played a starring role, picking 14 wickets from three matches.India’s bowlers will once again be in the focus when India and Australia face-off in the four-match Test series starting in Adelaide from December 6.Gavaskar said India have a great bowling attack and that gives the visitors a real chance of winning their first-ever Test series Down Under.”India have a tremendous bowling attack and that gives us our greatest hope of beating Australia this time – England and South Africa, they took plenty of wickets. Our bowlers are going to be the ones who are going to win us the matches…350 runs is what I would want the Indian batsmen to do – that gives our bowlers the chance to wrap up things for us,” Gavaskar told India Today.Gavaskar has also backed Murali Vijay ahead of KL Rahul as India’s second opener alongside Prithvi Shaw. Vijay was in top form and also scored a century when India toured Australia in 2014-15.”I want India to go in with six batsmen. For the first couple of matches, India’s batting always needs some back-up. Whether it is Murali Vijay or KL Rahul, that is going to be a tricky thing. I will pick Vijay because of his greater experience and the way he played in Australia in 2014…he got a hundred at the Gabba – he may get in just ahead of KL Rahul.advertisement”I will go in with both spinners – Kuldeep and Ashwin…Pant at six. Ashwin at 7. Clearly Pant is in form – six batsmen.. Ashwin with his batting capabilities, Bhuvneshwar at 8. Kuldeep, Shami, Bumrah.”The former India captain said Rohit Sharma can be a good option at No.3 in the Test series.”He is certainly giving the selection committee some headache unless he replaces either Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane. If you are going to take a chance and say let’s have Rohit Sharma at 3…otherwise I don’t know where he fits in,” Gavaskar said.The legendary batsman also warned India to not take Australia lightly. The home team has been weakened by the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner as both are serving the ball-tampering bans. He also compared the 1977-78 Australia team to the Tim Paine-led side.”I think perhaps the 1977-78 team took a lot of beating because they lost a majority of their players. While in this team only three players are not available…Cameron Bancroft, Smith and Warner because of bans. The Australian batting has been affected for this series but back then, the Aussies suffered in every department but we still did not win,” he said.Also Read | Ashwin climbs to seventh, Kohli maintains top spot in ICC Test rankingsAlso Read | Ishant Sharma trolls Australian journalist: Not every year I come hereAlso Read | Virat Kohli opts for gym session as rain washes out Day 1 of India’s Test warm-up at SCGlast_img read more

Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium beat Netherlands in shootout to win maiden title

first_imgBelgium became the world champions for the first time when they edged past Netherlands in an high-octane final of the Hockey World Cup 2018 on Sunday.Belgium won a tense penalty shootout 3-2 against three-time champions Netherlands in the title showdown at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.It was a great day for Belgium hockey as the country registered its second biggest international title after the Olympics silver in Rio in 2016.In the last edition of the World Cup at The Hague in Netherlands, Belgium had finished fifth.And the Lions Roar! #BELvNED #IndiaKaGame #HWCFinal2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/SDnKLrejv0Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 16, 2018The Netherlands, on the other hand, failed to match Pakistan’s record of a fourth world title for the second consecutive edition. The Dutch had finished runners-up to Australia four years ago in front of their home crowd. They last won a World Cup title way back in 1998 in Utrecht.Incidentally, it was the Netherlands’ second consecutive match that went to shootout in the tournament after their victory over Australia in the semi-finals on Saturday.The art of victory is learned in defeat. @OranjeHockey displayed character, persistence & passion in their quest to be World Champions for the 4th time, and there is no fault in failing as they did.#BELvNED #IndiaKaGame #HWCFinal2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/0W2YmvOptJHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 16, 2018In Sunday’s shootout, Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch outmatched his Dutch counterpart Pirmin Blaak by making four saves to hand his side their maiden World Cup title.advertisementThere was hardly anything to separate the two sides in the shoot-out as they were levelled 2-2 after five tries. While Jeroen Hertzberger and Jonas de Geus scored for Netherlands, Florent van Aubel and Victor Wegnez were on target for Belgium.However, the shootout was not without drama as Belgium needed Arthur de Sloover to score from their fifth and last attempt to win the game and he did so, sending the Red Lions bench into wild celebrations.But the Dutch goalkeeper asked for a referral for a foot and the goal was later withdrawn after TV replays showed the ball indeed touch De Sloover’s feet while he was pushing it into the net past Blaak.The reversal meant that the match went into sudden death and Van Aubel was given the responsibility by Belgium to take the first opportunity and he duly converted it.It was then Netherlands’ turn to score and continue the sudden death but Hertzberger faltered this time as Belgium goalkeeper Vanasch came up with another brilliant save to hand his side the biggest win of their careers.Earlier in the day, Australia thrashed England 8-1 to claim the bronze medal.The title clash, which was witnessed by none other than cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, turned out to be a fierce contest between the two European sides.Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, President, @FIH_Hockey, posed with @sachin_rt at the Kalinga Stadium. The warm reception which the Master Blaster got was equally matched by his contagious enthusiasm.#NEDvBEL #IndiaKaGame #HWCFinal2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/Mgr8z8ak8KHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 16, 2018While the Netherlands took the early initiative and attacked continuously in the first two quarters, Belgium made a strong comeback after the change of ends.Belgium, though, had the first chance but Tom Boon’s deflection in the second minute went just wide. Minutes later, Hertzberger’s reverse struck the side-netting.It was a midfield slugfest between the two teams as both created chances but lacked the final touch inside the opposition circle.The Netherlands had two penalty corners in the match but the Red Lions defended stoutly to deny them any inroads..@Kookaburras end their campaign with the Bronze Medal at the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018.#IndiaKaGame #DilHockey #ENGvAUS #HWC2018 pic.twitter.com/GQbAP6VhsAHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 16, 2018Belgium, on the other hand, failed to secure a single penalty corner in the game.Two minutes after half time, Belgium skipper Thomas Briels’ shot was saved by Dutch goalie Blaak.Belgium pressed hard in the final 10 minutes of the game, putting relentless pressure on the Dutch defence but a breakthrough eluded them.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Was being a father and husband at home: David Warner on time away from cricket

first_imgFormer Australia vice-captain David Warner opened up on his time away from international cricket following his one-year ban on the sidelines of the Bangladesh Premier League, which begins from January 5.Warner is gearing up for his return to professional cricket and was named as captain of the Sylhet Sixers in the seven-team tournament.Warner was the only one left from the tainted trio to speak in front of the media in the last few weeks after Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft gave their respective interviews during the Boxing Day Test match between Australia and India which the hosts lost by 137 runs.The timing of those interviews was slammed by the Australian cricketing fraternity as the home side struggled to cope up with the superior Indian side during the Test match. Warner’s silence during this whole time was also met with mixed response.But the left-handed opener has finally opened up on what he was doing all this time and how this break from international cricket has allowed him to “grow as a human being” and spend more time with family.”Life has been good for me. I have been spending time with the family. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I wasn’t sitting in the sidelines. It is about getting the best out of myself and growing as a human being. My most important thing was being a father and husband at home.”Now it is down to playing cricket again and making sure I get Sylhet Sixers on top of the table,” Warner said after he was unveiled as captain of the BPL franchise Sylhet Sixers.advertisementWarner will be playing against his former captain and teammate Steve Smith, who is also serving a one-year ban from international cricket for the same offence.Smith will be plying his trade for the Comilla Victorians side after he was given the clearance to play in the league last week.Warner spoke about facing Smith but played down the hype by stating that he will treat it as just another game.”I will just treat it as another game. It is not just taking on one player but taking on a team of eleven players. It is about making sure that our bowlers know how to get Smith out, and then tackle the rest of the guys,” Warner said.The 32-year-old also spoke about his return to the Australian side and stated that he is looking forward to scoring runs in the BPL and the Indian Premier League.”It is up to the selectors whether or not they want to pick me. At the end of the day, all I can do is score runs in this tournament and the IPL, keep putting my hand up and making sure that I am the best person I can be,” Warner said.Also Read | Justin Langer slams Smith-Bancroft interviews: That was just another distractionAlso Read | Will IPL performances decide Steve Smith and David Warner’s World Cup berths?Also Read | Clarke on Smith, Bancroft interviews: Don’t talk unless you’re going to be 100 percent honestlast_img read more

Had tears in my eyes when Virat Kohli lifted Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgBatting great Sunil Gavaskar said his eyes welled up with tears when he watched India lift the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Sydney on Monday after beating Australia in Australia in a Test series for the first time.Gavaskar, who missed the trophy presentation earlier in the day due to administrative negligence from Cricket Australia (CA), said seeing the team emerge victorious Down Under was good enough.The fourth and final Test in Sydney ended in a draw despite India posting a mammoth first innings total of 622 for 7 declared as bad weather, it is safe to say, prevented India from winning the series 3-1. Virat Kohli’s men had taken an unassailable 2-1 lead after beating the hosts in Adelaide and Melbourne.”I was very proud [seeing India lift the trophy], I had tears in my eyes because this is a historic moment. It would have been wonderful have been there, to present it. Because it is the first time Australia were defeated in Australia [by India],” Gavaskar told India Today on Monday.”But seeing that presented was good enough because my sentiments were the team. To see them win, to see them lift the trophy was really really wonderful.”Gavaskar had been a constant presence during the trophy presentations of Border-Gavaskar series in the past but the former India captain missed the historic one in Sydney.Speaking to India Today last week, Gavaskar had said he was disappointed that he won’t be able to meet his good friend, Allan Border, Down Under.advertisement”Disappointed. It would have been wonderful to be there. Not only I would have had the opportunity to meet up with Allan Border, who was a good friend of mine but also with Ian Chappell and some of my friends there in Sydney, Australia. But that’s how it is,” Gavaskar had said.Pujara’s patience suited him in Australia: Gavaskar Cheteshwar Pujara finished the Australia series with 521 runs from four matches (Cheteshwar Pujara Twitter Photo)Meanwhile, Gavaskar pointed out that a small technical adjustment Pujara made in the lead up to the Australian tour, helped him bury the memories of a disappointing trip Down Under in 2014-15 and score aplenty.”I think it’s down to the little adjustment that he has made to stand a little bit upright to cater to the bounce on Australian pitches. When you come from the subcontinent, you play a little bit lower, because there isn’t that much bounce in those pitches. So when you sometimes to South Africa and Australia, you can be in trouble. About his patience everybody knows, he has got heaps of it. And that suited him exactly right,” Gavaskar added.While all the focus in the lead up to the series was on captain Virat Kohli, Pujara stole the show, scoring 521 runs in seven innings. The Man of the Series winner blunted out a world-class Australian bowling attack and helped the team create history in Australia.Pujara set the tone as early as the first Test in Adelaide as he batted brilliantly with the tail to score a century and take India from 41 for 4 to 250.Speaking exclusively to India Today earlier in the day, Pujara said: “Well, for me, I think the first hundred at Adelaide was special, because of the kind of situation we were in. And when you’re playing a four-Test series, it’s important to start off well. When you’re 1-0 up, you can be rest assured you have a very good chance to win the Test series. That hundred was very special.”The way I batted, we’re in a bit of trouble. I had a partnership with Ash and later on with the tail-enders. There was a stand with Rohit also. I think it is important to bat sessions, especially in Australia. I think it’s all about preparation, the way I prepared for the series was up to the mark. That’s why I did well.”Also Read | Jadeja and Kuldeep will put pressure on Ashwin, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly predicts bright cricket future for India wicketkeeper Rishabh PantAlso See:last_img read more

Hyundai Venue receives over 17,000 bookings

first_imgHyundai Venue is the talk of the town at the moment. The compact SUV was launched in India on May 21 at an ex-showroom price of Rs 6.50 lakh. The popularity of Venue can be measured from the fact that Hyundai has received bookings for more than 17,000 units of the new vehicle.Hyundai Venue bookings started on May 2 and on the very first day, over 2,000 units of the compact SUV were booked.”With over 17,000 bookings and over 80,000 interest to purchase, Hyundai Venue gets a clear and positive verdict from the Indian customers as the most desired SUV in its segment,” the company said in a statement on May 24.Hyundai Venue will compete against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV300. The company will also expect the new compact SUV to be as successful as Creta in a highly competitive segment.Hyundai Motor India has also claimed that it has witnessed highest ever footfall at many of its dealerships across India.Hyundai Venue is priced between Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and Rs 11.10 lakh (ex-showroom, India). It gets features like dark chrome front grille, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, projector fog lamps, LED tail lamps with a crystal effect, roof rails, shark finn antenna and diamond cut alloy wheels. Inside the cabin there are features like three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, 20.32-cm touchscreen AVNT with HD display, wireless phone charger, air purifier, cruise control and electric sunroof.With regard to the powertrain, there are three options. There is a new 1.0-litre Kappa T-GDI petrol engine that delivers 120 PS and 172 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, with an option for a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Then there is the 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine that makes 83 PS and 115 Nm of torque and offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Besides, there is a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine that produces 90 PS and 220 Nm of torque and comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox.advertisement”Hyundai Venue is the talk of the town as our dealerships are witnessing highest-ever traction and footfalls. We are overwhelmed with the response as customers are spending maximum time inside the cabin experiencing the new technology and connectivity features. Hyundai Venue is paving the path of future and connected mobility solutions in India and we further thank our customers for choosing a happy life with Venue,” Hyundai Motor India Nation Sales Head Vikas Jain said.ALSO READ | Top 5 bikes in India under Rs 50,000: Hero Splendor PRO, TVS Sport, Bajaj Platina 100 and moreALSO READ | Honda Activa 5G, CB Shine limited editions launched in IndiaALSO READ | 2019 TVS Apache RR 310 with RT Slipper Clutch launched at Rs 2.27 lakh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is first ownerlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: I am a fast bowler, not medium pacer, says annoyed Russell

first_img“I am a fast bowler,” thundered West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell Friday, reminding all who are only in awe of his incredible power-hitting.Russell returned with figures of 2/4 in West Indies’ seven-wicket thrashing of Pakistan at the Trent Bridge, starting their campaign in the World Cup on a high note.”A lot of people have been saying I’m in the team as a big-hitting batter but they don’t remember I’m a fast bowler,” said Russell after the match.”I think they underestimate me. I’ve been jealous in the past couple of years because people have me down as a medium-pacer. When I see ‘Andre Russell’ come up on the big screen and I see ‘medium-pacer’, I’m like, who are they talking to?’.”Actually, I’m annoyed. Who’s responsible for that stuff should change medium-pacer to fast.”Russell lit up the Indian Premier League with a flurry of of fours and sixes, the incredible hitting drowning the fact that he can also bowl fast.”At the end of the day I’ve showed them I can bowl 90mph. I think they should put some respect by my name. Today, when you turn up and see a (bouncy) pitch like that, it gives you a vibe to bowl fast, an energy to bowl fast.”Russell is confident he will be fit for the side’s second match against Australia on June 6, despite limping heavily after his match-turning spell in the thumping win.”I’ve been playing for years with these knee injuries,” Russell said after the match.advertisement”And sometimes it feels worse than some days but, at the end of the day, I’m a professional. I know what to do to get back. I think I have five days before the next game so that is more than enough time to get my knee back to normal and get it settled.”Let’s just see what happens. I have a good physio team, massage team, hereso they’re going to be working with me closely for the next couple of days,” Russell said.Also Read | World Cup 2019 organisers to refund fans stuck in queues during West Indies vs Pakistan gameAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed wants to forget Pakistan’s bad opening dayAlso Seelast_img read more

Mendy & Kompany to return to Manchester

first_imgManchester City Mendy & Kompany returning to Manchester to step up recoveries Sam Lee Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Benjamin Mendy Getty Manchester City Premier League Guardiola The left-back has been in Barcelona recovering from knee surgery for the last month while the Blues captain is struggling with a calf problem Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy will return to the United Kingdom next week as he steps up his recovery from a serious knee injury, Goal understands.And he will be joined by club captain Vincent Kompany, who could return to training following six weeks out with a calf problem.City 6/1 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mendy has been convalescing in Barcelona since undergoing surgery at the end of September to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligment in his right knee.The France international joined City in a £52 million move from Monaco in the summer but was ruled out for six to seven months after he collided with Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend on just his fifth appearance for his new side.City boss Pep Guardiola says the 23-year-old will be back towards the end of April, and sources have told Goal that he is currently on track with his recovery.Having undergone numerous physiotheraphy sessions at Dr Ramon Cugat’s Barcelona surgery, Mendy will report back to the City training ground next week. He will be assessed by the club’s medical staff and follow a programme designed to get him back to full fitness over the next few months.Mendy was pictured in Barcelona with Kompany and City youngster Brahim Diaz at the start of this week. Brahim suffered a knee injury for City’s Under-23 side last weekend and is expected to miss three weeks, while Kompany is understood to have had a check-up on his persistent calf injury.Sources have told Goal that Kompany could be back on the training pitch next week, having picked up his 15th calf problem in five years while playing for Belgium against Gibraltar in August.The 31-year-old had initially returned to training following that original injury, but suffered a set-back and has been out of action since.Mendy’s personality has ensured he has become a firm favourite among both City fans and his team-mates, with his humorous social media output and lively presence in the dressing room helping him settle into life at his new club.He has maintained that positive approach, both online and in private, despite his set-back, calling his team-mates and sending messages on a daily basis.Guardiola has also said recently that he wants the left-back to be as close to the squad as possible when he returns to Manchester.“He is a guy on the pitch who is so important but especially off the pitch, we were a good team last season and had good guys but we were quiet and I think he is a guy who can help us to make our lives happier,” Guardiola said at a recent fan event, hosted by Betsafe .”I’ve told him, he can come in the locker room every day, he should be with us and he is a special guy.”Mendy’s team-mate, Ilkay Gundogan, went through a similar recuperation period after suffering cruciate ligament damage last December.In a recent feature article in the New York Times , the midfielder spoke of how difficult it was to spend time recovering in Barcelona, and how he did not feel like a full member of the squad even when he returned to City’s training ground, owing to the hours of recovery work away from the first team.The Germany international returned to action in September, nine months after his injury, but has so far been used sparingly by Guardiola, though that is in part due to a minor ankle injury sustained on his first start since returning to full fitness. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Spalletti dismisses Mourinho comparison

first_imgInternazionale Spalletti dismisses ‘ridiculous’ Mourinho comparisons at Inter Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 03:17 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JoseMourinho - cropped Getty Images Internazionale Serie A Internazionale v Torino Torino José Mourinho The Special One won the treble with the Italian side and their current coach feels he has a way to go to match the Manchester United boss Luciano Spalletti has played down comparisons with former Inter coach Jose Mourinho despite his side’s fine start to the Serie A season.The Nerazzurri have not won the Scudetto since Mourinho’s men won the treble – including the Champions League – in 2009-10, but they appear to be in the title race this term as they trail leaders Napoli by just two points ahead of hosting Torino on Sunday.Sampdoria 2/1 to beat Genoa Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although this is Spalletti’s first season at San Siro, he is keen for the praise and attention for recent results to be directed towards the players and supporters, rather than himself, as he believes his Inter career is only just beginning.”These comparisons with Mourinho or even Giovanni Trapattoni are ridiculous, not just because of how much they won,” he told a pre-match news conference.”The memory of Mourinho is of a beautiful sculpture, whereas I just picked up the scalpel and need to start moulding.”The only thing that can be compared to that Inter now is the mood of these fantastic fans. They are our ‘special 73,000 rather than a ‘special one’.”Honestly, I know [the media] are trying to be nice, but it’s better if you stop with the comparisons and focus on praising the players. A coach can do nothing without great players.”And Spalletti remains wary of the threat of Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Torino and star forward Andrea Belotti this weekend.”We are similar characters, Mihajlovic and I,” he added. “He is really determined, even in press conferences, so the team reflects what he was like as a player.”They know him well here. He is very experienced and did great things at Inter as both a player and assistant coach.”We must be wary of Torino on the counter, especially when Andrea Belotti sells a dummy, because you won’t get him back after that. You have to read his movement well and anticipate.”last_img read more

Wallabies’ mediocre year exposes flaws in character and style of play

first_imgIt would be easy for the Wallabies to dismiss their record loss to Scotland as an aberration, having played under-manned for 41 minutes, but they would be foolish to do so.The Wallabies’ 53-24 loss exposed flaws in their character and style of play, which has arguably undone all the progress they made during the course of the Bledisloe Cup series and the Rugby Championship. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Besieged Wallabies coach Michael Cheika accepted French referee Pascal Gauzere’s decision to red-card prop Sekope Kepu for a dangerous shoulder charge and claimed they could still have won with 14 men.Sometimes the sending off of player galvanizes a team. The All Blacks played for 56 minutes with 14 men in the second Test against the British and Irish Lions in June after Sonny Bill Williams was red-carded for a shoulder charge, going down in a tight 24-21 contest.Conversely, the Wallabies were stimulated into action for all of two minutes, resulting in a try to fullback Kurtley Beale just after halftime. After five-eighth Bernard Foley’s shocking attempt at conversion the score was level at a respectable 17-all. But the Wallabies then capitulated, just as they did in the last 12 minutes of their record 30-6 loss to England the previous week.That was the biggest cause for concern to come out of the British tour, which began with the lofty ambition of going through undefeated, but ended in losing two of the three Tests – with just a win against Wales to their credit.The Wallabies are a talented but foolish team. On Sunday they made silly decisions and errors at crucial times, in a match which occasionally descended into chaos.For one, the decision to start retiring hooker Stephen Moore ahead of the in-form Tatafu Polota-Nau was an act of sentimental foolery. Sure, it was nice to try to give the 129-test veteran a fitting farewell, but there is no room for sentiment in the cut-throat world of Test rugby. To make matters worse, Moore stayed on the field for 60 minutes, taken off after the Wallabies’ front-row was penalized for standing up in a scrum, the game already beyond reach at 34-17. There was little Polota-Nau could do then to turn the tide. Australia rugby union team Support The Guardian Read more Reuse this content The Wallabies were ahead 12-10 when Kepu was sent off, coming back from a 10-0 deficit after centre Tevita Kuridrani scored two tries in the space of three minutes, but Scotland had the best of the play in the first half and deserved to be in front 17-12 at the break.Interestingly, the television camera panned to Cheika in the coach’s box when Kepu was red-carded, perhaps hoping to capture another blow-up from the volatile coach. But after Cheika was censured by World Rugby for his foul-mouthed rant during the England Test, he was virtually expressionless. It is questionable whether he was on his best behaviour or displaying some form of passive aggression. Then, when the Scots were penalized three times in a row for offside midway through the second-half, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper did not appear to ask the referee if a yellow card was warranted. Perhaps this is no surprise, given Hooper was sin-binned for repeated infringements against England.Taken together, however, these examples appear to speak to the perception that the world is against the Wallabies; what’s the point of complaining if no one listens?Yet, it was the Wallabies’ ill-discipline that was the issue once again, finishing the game with 13 men two weeks in a row after Beale deliberately knocked the ball dead in the 78th minute. It may not have made a difference to the result, but it is a bad habit to get into.In the absence of star fullback Stuart Hogg, who injured his groin in the warm-up, the Scots were determined to follow up their good performance against the All Blacks the previous week, putting eight tries on the Wallabies. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Australia sport TMO torture has rugby in state of angst but respect for referees is sacrosanct Share on Messenger Rugby union Topics Read more Since you’re here… comment Share on Facebook Share via Email Tactically, the Scottish forwards put the Wallabies under pressure with their step and drive move in general play, the kind of footwork injured Australian backrower Jack Dempsey had used so effectively in the win against All Blacks in Brisbane. The Scots also found space out wide with winger Byron McGuigan, called up to start after Hogg’s withdrawal, scoring two tries and winning the player of the match award.Ultimately, Scotland was able to adjust to adversity, while the Wallabies weren’t. That was the difference.The Wallabies have ended a roller-coaster year ranked third in the world after winning seven of their 14 Tests with two draws. This should barely earn a pass mark, and one they would certainly be foolish to ignore. 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Eddie Jones shows faith in old guard as England regulars toil for their clubs

first_img Since you’re here… Share via Email Jones has so far remained loyal to his players: of the side that started his first match, the 15-9 win at Murrayfield in February 2016, only George Kruis has been discarded, and that is likely to only be temporary following the second-row’s loss of form after the Lions tour to New Zealand. It is the undercard that has changed and, if few of England’s starters have impressed in recent weeks, those that have include Henry Slade and Sam Simmonds, along with the Exeter flanker Don Armand, who came on as a replacement in the first Test against Argentina last summer but has not featured since.Jones should have Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje by the start of England’s Six Nations campaign, in Rome on Sunday 4 February, players adept at providing the quick ball George Ford thrives on at fly‑half, but while the head coach talks about making history by winning the Six Nations for a third consecutive year, New Zealand will rarely be far from his thoughts. They have what he covets and everything is geared to overhauling them. Jones said last week he was not fixated by club form, a blessing for most of his regular starters who, apart from the Bath full-back Anthony Watson, have not excelled since the autumn series. The six from Northampton and Leicester went into this weekend’s round of league matches in search of their first victory since returning from England duty and the Saracens contingent had to wait a month.“I watch club rugby to assess how players are going to be at international level,” says Jones, making the point that some excelled at the one and not the other. He could have cited the former England batsman David Gower, whose bat flourished far more often in the Test arena than at sparsely attended county cricket grounds. “Dylan brings something we need at the moment, strong leadership.”That may be a factor behind the surprise recall of James Haskell who, at 32 and with the demands placed on his body catching up with him, looked to have played his last Test when he was left out of the squad in the autumn. The absence of Sam Underhill with concussion aided his return but no more than the self-belief and willpower of a player who has Japan 2019 in his sights rather than international retirement. Twitter Share on Facebook England, New Zealand and Ireland are the only nations to go into 2018 looking equipped to reach the World Cup final Share on Messenger Facebook Eddie Jones’s hunt for Test animals spells danger for Danny Cipriani and co Share on LinkedIn Dylan Hartley has struggled for Northampton recently but Eddie Jones values his leadership presence. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images for Harlequins Support The Guardian Read more Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Before Eddie Jones’s England players returned to their clubs after the final autumn international, against Samoa on 25 November, the head coach said he expected them in the following eight weeks to show their desire to be part of a World Cup-winning team in 2019 by producing world-class form. However, few of the 31 who gathered in Brighton at the start of last week for a training camp before the Six Nations have stood out in the seven rounds of league and European matches since then, not least his captain, Dylan Hartley, who has succumbed to the malaise afflicting his club, Northampton, notable only for his mistakes.Last weekend against Harlequins the Saints fielded six of Jones’s previous selections and conceded 50 points for the second time at Twickenham this season, making it just as well they are unlikely to return there for the Premiership final in May. Hartley missed five of the 10 tackles he attempted but the England head coach is not minded to drop the hooker who has led England to two Six Nations titles and through two unbeaten autumn campaigns.center_img Six Nations Share on Twitter Sportblog England rugby union team Read more England, New Zealand and Ireland are the only three tier-one nations to go into 2018 looking equipped to reach the World Cup final. Australia are rugby’s version of Arsenal, gung-ho to the point of regarding defence as an optional extra; Scotland are stirring but judgment on them will be suspended until after their opening Six Nations match in Cardiff, given their poor recent away form in the championship, with only three wins, two in Rome, this decade; Wales have stalled while South Africa and Argentina have regressed; France are weaker than they have been for more than 60 years and Italy are starting over under Conor O’Shea.It will be a testing year for Jones because of the potential José Mourinho effect. He is the most demanding of coaches, expecting excellence and pushing his players and management team to the limit and beyond. If he strikes gold, he immediately looks for more, never resting or content. While his players quickly responded to his methods, it is the point when a message and an approach become familiar that separates the best coaches from the rest. Mourinho’s way tends to work for three years before flames burn out; Jones needs an extra one. Topics Rugby union Beno Obano: ‘I didn’t want to be sitting in the City just telling stories about Maro’ Pinterest features Eddie Jones Jones has lamented the lack of leadership qualities in players who emerge from academies cosseted and cocooned, one reason for the retention of Hartley and the recall of Haskell when, to some, the hardened oaks have reached their fell-by date. England lost only one of their 10 Tests last year but they tended to play in patches, fortified by the winning habit.Jones wants his players to solve problems as they arise but from Italy’s ploy of not contesting rucks and so not drawing an offside line to Samoa winning turnovers and penalties at the breakdown because England were often outnumbered, that day is yet to come. Samoa was the first match in which Jones started with Jamie George, the Lions hooker, ahead of Hartley, but while the Saracen made an impact, England were not collectively stronger in the absence of the captain, who remains his master’s voice.Jones said last week that the year before a World Cup is “when you win or lose it”. He spent his first two years in charge assessing his options, still looking out for players he has just enough time to mould into contenders for Japan, such as the Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith and Bath’s loosehead prop Beno Obano, whose impact is equal in the tight and the loose, and lying in wait in November will be the World Cup holders and the one team ahead of England in the world rankings, New Zealand. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more