England should be taking names as Australia ease past Middlesex

first_imgCricket England’s Jos Buttler expects ‘hard-nosed’ ODI contests with Australia Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn The Australians won this match comfortably, by 101 runs, and throughout a dreamy afternoon we tried to distinguish who was who. There were two Richardsons bowling but they are not related. Kane is from Adelaide, Jhye, the quicker of the two, is from Perth. Billy Stanlake is the one who must be at least six-and-a-half feet tall, while the all-rounder Michael Neser began life in Pretoria before his family emigrated to Queensland when he was 10.It is not just the disgraced David Warner and Steve Smith who are missing. The entire bowling attack that haunted England in the Test matches during the winter – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood – are absent and so is Mitchell Marsh. Those mentioned above are their replacements.England have seldom started as stronger favourites in any sort of series against Australia, with the first ODI of the summer on home soil taking place at the Oval on Wednesday. Which is worrying. The opponents are Australian and they are dangerous, especially when expectations are so low and the side is so anonymous that we do not even know who the pantomime villain is going to be. Glenn Maxwell, perhaps?Lyon has many of the appropriate credentials but the chances are that he will not be a regular in the team.This is all a bit disconcerting. As is the fact that Justin Langer has been at the forefront of a charm offensive. This is the same Justin Langer who is the archetypal Aussie of our imagination. We assume that he sleeps in his baggy green and dreams about the wonders of mateship. He is familiar to us in England as the most nuggety of opening batsman, who did sterling work and set a wonderful example on the county circuit for Middlesex and Somerset. He is as tough as they come. Yet this week he has been quite mischievous when taking it upon himself to redefine the English language. He informed us that he “sledges” his daughter. So it seems we have been mistaken all these years. We have a fresh definition of sledging: a form of loving, light-hearted banter that often takes place around the dinner table of West Australian households. We need Frank Muir to help out.Clearly the Aussies are expecting some stick on this tour even though none was forthcoming here. Come Tuesday at the Oval their expectations may be fulfilled but in the absence of Smith and Warner this will surely be no more than a ritual, after which everyone can concentrate on the cricket. Aaron Finch, the vice-captain of the tour party, who has played for Yorkshire and Surrey, said: “It’s all in good jest – most of the time.”Beyond the diplomacy we can be sure Langer will be plotting victories rather than respectability; he knows no other way. Finch has spoken engagingly of the fierce commitment of his new coach. “You don’t want to be in his glare,” he said. “I’ve been there before, though not on this tour.”Langer has steely eyes that can penetrate like laser beams. He can be hard to please, yet he must be relatively content at the way his young side have performed in their two warm up-matches.Here, against a weakened Middlesex side, Travis Head hit a century, a relatively cagey one by modern standards, and there was a handy contribution from Shaun Marsh and a more belligerent one from Finch. In the end they might have been disappointed by their final total of 283 for six. In part, they were restricted to a sub-300 total by 30 overs of competent spin bowling overseen by Steve Finn, who led the side more effectively than he bowled.Australia were busy in the field with their unfamiliar quartet of pacemen bustling in earnestly, augmented by Ashton Agar and the left-hand wrist-spin of D’Arcy Short. The outcome was never in doubt, though Middlesex will take heart from the performance of Max Holden, 20 years of age and a former England U19 captain. He is primarily a batsman but his 10 overs of off-spin yielded 29 runs and one wicket and he was comfortably Middlesex’s best batsman while striking a run-a-ball 71.Langer may not need to warn his young charges that the opposition, both on and off the field, will not be so accommodating at the Oval on Tuesday. But he’ll probably tell them anyway. match reports Topics Read more The Observer Read more Middlesex Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Australia sport … we have a small favour to ask. 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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. Since you’re here… Australia cricket team This was as decorous an affair as one might expect. A good sprinkling of curious spectators gathered here to have a look at the visiting Australians, most of whom were unusually unfamiliar, and they did so politely.A brief foray into the stands on the Tavern side of the ground was unproductive: there were no clever-dick references to sandpaper in the pocket. Instead, a group of London-based Aussies ribbed Stevie Eskinazi about whether he was playing for the right side. Eskinazi learned his cricket in Perth before settling at Middlesex. Apparently, down at Hove in Australia’s first match, Nathan Lyon was asked whether he had any sandpaper in his pocket. “Just the Ashes in there, mate,” he said. 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Willian: Jose is my friend but I am at Chelsea

first_imgWillian Willian: Jose is my friend but I am at Chelsea Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Willian, Jose Mourinho Getty Images Willian Chelsea Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League Chelsea v Barcelona Manchester United Barcelona UEFA Champions League The Brazilian is ready for a reunion with his old manager and is hoping for another positive performance against Manchester United Willian is looking forward to a reunion with his “friend” Jose Mourinho when Chelsea head to Manchester United on Sunday.Mourinho signed Willian for Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala in August 2013 and the Brazilian attacker has repeatedly been linked with a move to Old Trafford to rejoin his old boss.AdChoices广告But, ahead of the weekend’s Premier League clash at United, Willian is only focusing on the game as the two clubs battle for Champions League qualification. 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 “He is my friend. I had a great time with him, but I am at Chelsea and he is now at Manchester United,” said Willian.Chelsea head into the game on the back of drawing 1-1 at home to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, which saw Antonio Conte’s side produce a disciplined tactical performance.With trips to Premier League leaders Manchester City and the return in Barcelona the next away fixtures after the United game, the attacker is looking for similar displays from Chelsea.He added: “They are difficult games. It is totally different to play in the Premier League to the Champions League. I think we can stay at this level and we can go to Old Trafford on Sunday and play another great game.”We have to play in a similar way. Against Manchester United, I think we can do a great job.“Against Manchester City, it will be like the game against Barcelona – they like to have the ball. We have to stay compact and use the same plan as we used against Barcelona. We can win these games. We will go there to try to win.”After firing Chelsea in front against Barcelona, having struck the post twice in the first half, Willian pointed to the sky in celebration, and he revealed that he had his family on his mind before his team-mates rushed over. Willian Chelsea BarcelonaThe 29-year-old took compassionate leave from Chelsea last season after losing his his mother, Dona Zeze, to cancer and he appeared emotional after scoring against Barca.”To score a goal in a match like that you feel a lot of emotion, it’s normal,” he said. “I was thinking about my family, the people that stay with me all of the time and support me. Of course, it was a good moment and I was really happy at this moment, but I have to continue.”I almost had three against Barcelona and I almost had three against Hull City.”Lionel Messi equalised after an Andreas Christensen mistake later in the match but Chelsea came away feeling that they put in a near perfect performance against the Spanish league leaders.For the return leg at Camp Nou, Willian hopes Chelsea can emulate the display they produced against Atletico Madrid in the group stage, when they became  the first away team to win at the newly built Wanda Metropolitano stadium in September.He continued: “Of course, it was a great game, we played very well, we had a plan to come into this game. We were unlucky because we made a mistake and then we suffered an away goal but I think the result is still open. “We can try to go there and win the game. It will be a completely different game, to play there is different. But if we go with the same mentality as we did against Atletico, we can go there with great spirit and win the game.”last_img read more

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DMSE in Talks to Delay Delivery of LNG Carrier Duo

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) said in a stock exchange filing that it was in discussions on changes to the delivery schedule for a liquified natural gas (LNG) carrier pair.The two ships were ordered by an unnamed European owner in October 2014 and were supposed to be delivered by the end of August this year.DSME said the owner asked for the delivery to be pushed, but specific details on the new delivery dates were not released as talks are yet to be finalized.The two LNG tankers were bought for KRW 428.6 billion (USD 379 million).Separately, on September 4, the shipbuilder inked a contract with compatriot shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) for the construction of five VLCCs.The contract for 300,000 DWT very large crude carriers, worth KRW 470 billion (USD 418 million) includes options for five more vessels.The ships are scheduled to join their owner’s fleet by 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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