Boult and Southee are New Zealand’s greatest pace bowling partners: Matt Henry

first_imgFast bowler Matt Henry believes that Tim Southee and Trent Boult are New Zealand’s greatest pace bowling partners.Henry, with 78 wickets in 43 ODIs, is part of Kiwi’s 15-man ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup squad. The 27-year-old has not featured in the team regularly despite his impressive statistics.”It is quite a unique situation to be involved in such a strong squad. You have arguably New Zealand’s greatest bowling partnership with Tim and Trent. I think it is really exciting to be involved in this group,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Henry, as saying.”I obviously haven’t played regularly but it is important to be focused. Keep trusting in your process and training, and when you get the opportunity, put your hand up. The strength of this unit is the bowling group. It is not about yourself but as a collective. The roles are clear. It breeds success,” he said.Talking about his strength, Henry said consistency helps him maintain focus.”I am not a raw pace bowler, like a 150kph bowler; more like late 130s, early 140s. Consistency is key for me, so I look to keep operating at the 140kph mark. I think my consistency in using my lengths and bumper has helped me get where I am right now,” the fast bowler said.New Zealand’s bowling has improved in the last few years, the high-scoring clashes cannot be ignored since the 2015 edition of the World Cup. Teams, including the host England, have deep batting now that makes it difficult for bowlers to contain them in the death overs.advertisementExplaining how the Kiwis handle such situations, Henry said, “Teams are batting deeper and deeper now, so you must have options. If they are one-pace hitters, change of pace is your option. It could be targeting them with the heavy length of your bouncers or yorkers.”It comes down to becoming a bit unpredictable. If the batsmen get a read on you, it shows the power that players have these days. You can go the distance, even if they are number 10 or number 5.”Henry further noted that England is a great place to play. The fast bowler, who made his Test debut at the Lord’s, is looking forward to performing in the forthcoming marquee event.”It is a dream for any cricketer to represent your country in a World Cup. It is an exciting time for New Zealand cricket and for this group of players. We have a lot of depth now. England is a great place for cricket as well,” he said.The much-anticipated World Cup is scheduled to run from May 30 to July 14.New Zealand will begin their campaign on June 1 against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.Also Read | India vs New Zealand Live Cricket Score, World Cup 2019 Warm-up match: New Zealand lose openers in 180 chaseAlso Read | England vs Australia, World Cup 2019 warm-up match: Live Cricket ScoreAlso Seelast_img read more

We Should Have Seen FedererNadal At The US Open By Now

The men’s semifinals of the U.S. Open are annually appointment television for tennis fans around the world. But in the case of Friday’s second semifinal, it’s the tennis match that no tennis fan on the planet wanted to see — except, perhaps, for those in Argentina. To be sure, all signs point to Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro having a highly competitive, entertaining semifinal — del Potro is actually a respectable 5-8 all-time against the No. 1-seeded Nadal. But this one was supposed to be Nadal versus his longtime rival Roger Federer, on the hard courts of Flushing for the first time ever.Federer-Nadal at the U.S. Open is tennis’s white whale — and once again, it slipped away.On Monday, Federer and Nadal appeared to be on a collision course; both reached the quarterfinals, and both were in the same side of the bracket. Nadal held up his end of the bargain, beating Andrey Rublev in straight sets to secure a semifinal berth. But late Wednesday, Federer was unceremoniously defeated by the Argentinean del Potro, ending his bid for a third Grand Slam championship of 2017 — and crushing the hopes of everyone who has followed the game in the past 15 years.Along with Novak Djokovic, Federer and Nadal are the two most successful players of their era.1If not any era. Between them, the pair have won 34 Grand Slam titles and appeared in the semifinals of 33 other major tournaments. They’ve gone head-to-head 12 times at the other three Slams — three times at Wimbledon, four at the Australian Open and five times at Roland Garros. So it’s astonishing that their paths have never crossed at the U.S. Open. Do the math, and the odds of the colossal clash never happening are minuscule.Let’s focus on Grand Slam semifinals, since all of the actual Rafa-Fed matchups have happened at that stage of a major or later. Federer first made the semifinals of a Grand Slam in 2003, and since then, he’s advanced at least that far in 74 percent of all non-U.S. Open majors. Nadal made his semifinal debut in 2005 and has made it that far in 53 percent of non-U.S. Open majors ever since. So, if we simply used the other three majors as a guide, we’d expect Federer and Nadal to have about a 39 percent chance of simultaneously making the semifinals of any given U.S. Open. And in non-U.S. Opens when both made the semis, they ended up facing each other 86 percent of the time, whether in that round or the final.Based on those numbers, then, we’d expect there to be a 34 percent chance that Federer and Nadal would end up facing each other at a given U.S. Open. (Indeed, they’ve faced each other 12 times in the 38 non-U.S. Open Slams since 2005, including their first head-to-head meeting at Roland Garros — good for a rate of 32 percent.) If we apply that 34 percent mark to each of the 13 U.S. Opens staged since 2005, we would expect there to be only a 1-in-204 chance (0.5 percent) that they wouldn’t end up facing each other at least once in that span. So the odds that we would never get this U.S. Open matchup are truly microscopic.Now, some of this can be attributed to both Federer and (especially) Nadal enjoying comparatively less semifinal success at the U.S. Open than at the other three majors. Since his first semifinal breakthrough at a Slam, Federer has only made the semis 67 percent of the time on the Flushing hardcourts, and Nadal has only made it that far 38 percent of the time. If you use those rates instead of the non-U.S. Open numbers as your baseline, the odds against ever seeing a Federer-Nadal clash rise to 4 percent.Still, even that is a fairly small probability. Any way you cut it, it’s positively shocking that American audiences have never been treated to seeing two of the greatest players ever play each other in person before. read more

North Caicos wins FortisTCI Museums History Quiz

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 14, 2017 – Providenciales – After over 100 questions, it was Raymond Gardiner High School of North Caicos which emerged as winners of this year’s FortisTCI History and Cultural Heritage Quiz which is led by the Turks and Caicos National Museum.   Second was Grand Turk’s, HJ Robinson High.Six schools: Clement Howell High, Maranatha Academy, Wesley Methodist, Raymond Gardiner, HJ Robinson and British West Indies Collegiate participated in the two round contest at Brayton Hall during Education Week.  One student gave her view of the cultural quiz showdown.  “We learned more about our history which is really good so we can pass it on to our future generation.”The Turks and Caicos Reef Fund, Caiku Naniki, Marco Travel and BWIC are also sponsors of the second year event.#MagneticMediaNews #FortisTCIandMuseamQuiz #TCIHighScoolcompetition #RaymondGardinerHigh Related Items:#FortisTCIandMuseamQuiz, #magneticmedianews, #RaymondGardinerHigh, #TCIHighScoolcompetition Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Jokanovic says miracles dont exist

first_imgFulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has warned the club’s supporters that miracles don’t exist as the club look to pull away from the relegation zone.Optimism was high in the summer after the newly promoted Premier League club heavily invested in their playing squad, investing in excess of £100m on new signings.But the Cottagers have struggled to have any positive impact in the top flight and travel to winless Huddersfield for a battle of the bottom two on Monday evening.Jokanovic admits the fans have every reason to feel let down by the club’s disappointing start to the season, although he acknowledges there is no quick solution.“I cannot complain about the supporters. I know many, many people are around us,” said the former Watford boss, according to Sky Sports.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“I know how they want us to be successful. I know our target is to do everything to win the game and make them satisfied.“Miracles don’t exist. We need some kind of time. Time doesn’t exist and we have to accept that we are going to make it immediately some kind of reaction.“From another side, always in our stadium and away from home games, we feel our people push us and support the team to do a good job.“At the moment, we didn’t give them enough back but we’re working in this area to make them satisfied.”last_img read more

Figo thinks Luka Modric deserved the Goal 50 award

first_imgPortuguese legend Luis Figo, confirmed that he believes Luka Modric completely deserves the Goal 50 Award for best player in the world.We recently reported that Goal.com, recently named Luka Modric as the best player in the world for the year 2018 and people like Luis Figo have supported the Croatian midfielder after receiving the honor.This may come as a surprise to a lot of people because the former Real Madrid player, is from Portugal and he isn’t supporting his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, who also had a fantastic year after winning the Champions League for Real Madrid and scoring over 50 goals last season.But Figo has been doing this for the last couple of months, recently he also stated that Ronaldo Nazario is the better player out of the two forwards who bear the same name.Now he is talking about Luka Modric deserving the award and practically stating that he is the top candidate to win the Ballon d’Or in December.We have no idea if Figo has something against Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Juventus forward has never liked it when someone diminishes his fork in such fashion and much less from a fellow Portuguese like Luis.🏅 Luka Modric being named the best player in the world👀 Which players have impressed him in 2018✍ Eden Hazard to Real MadridWe spoke to Luis Figo! #Goal50 pic.twitter.com/FkHTo8Zyj2— Goal (@goal) November 14, 2018Figo who also played for Real Madrid and even won the Ballon d’Or himself in the year 2000, has been making the rounds for Goal as a spokesperson for the website and made a stern defense of the Croatian midfielder who reached a historic World Cup final with his national team last summer.Unfortunately for Luka, he wasn’t able to win the trophy after losing against France but this didn’t matter to the 42 voters from all editions on the publication when they cast their vote. They all agree with what Figo said this week about Modric.“Modric is one of those who certainly deserved an individual prize,” former Madrid star Figo said to Goal.“These awards are always subjective but, without a doubt, Modric has had a wonderful season. “He made the difference with his national team and with Real Madrid.”“For this reason, his prize is well deserved. I live in Madrid and although we did not play together, we attended the same places, knew the same people, also shared family moments together.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“He is a great person and it makes me happy that this year he has won so many individual trophies.”🏆 Ballon d’Or 2018 prediction:🥇 Cristiano #Ronaldo 🥈 Luka #Modric 🥉 Kylian #MbappéRETWEET if you think Ronaldo deserves to win the 2018 #BallondOr !!! pic.twitter.com/dEuZE0kRWD— Cristiano Ronaldo (@CRonaldoV2) November 10, 2018But the Ballon d’Or trophy will be a whole other story, France Football has been known for having a little more common sense when they deliver their prestigious Ballon d’Or award and this year should be no different.Modric did win the Champions League this year alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, but the individual honor is one that may likely go to a French player after the World Cup success that Les Bleus had during the competition played in Russia.The top candidates for the trophy are Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, and Kylian Mbappé might give us all an unexpected surprise and might squeeze into the final three-men list f players who complete the podium for this year’s Ballon d’Or.Modric winning the trophy after getting so many accolades already, doesn’t seem like the obvious choice as all the voters favor the other players who are mentioned here.Even Raphael Varane seems like a player who could appear on the final list instead of Luka Modric.French journalist Eric Mamruth has “leaked” what the Ballon d’Or Top 3 Podium will be…Luka ModricRaphael VaraneKylian Mbappe pic.twitter.com/txqIsPPGEn— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) November 11, 2018What do you think about Luis Figo’s defense for Luka Modric? Please share your opinion about who will win the Ballon d’Or in the comment section down below.last_img read more

AC Milan are keen on Champions League return Scaroni

first_imgMilan President Paolo Scaroni wants the club to make a swift return to the Champions League suggesting this is where they belong.Milan is one of the most successful European clubs and Scaroni made it clear nothing had changed in that respect, despite the Rossoneri going four years without Champions League football.“It’s not easy to say what we’re missing because, in modern football, the sporting part must go hand in hand with the economic one,” he told Football Italia via Gazzetta dello Sport.“Of course, a team like ours should always be in the Champions League. To Agnelli, I say that I prefer three consecutive participations in the Champions League to one Scudetto.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Higuain’s always tense. He was even more so at Juve, but he apologised and didn’t insult anyone. At 30, however, he must learn to restrain himself.“Gattuso staying for a long time depends on his results, which so far have been positive. He’s doing better than those who preceded him.“The team have their own ‘grinta’. even if I was sad after Milan-Betis.”last_img read more