Paine plays down Archer fear factor backs Warner

first_imgSydney: Australia captain Tim Paine says the tourists will not be intimidated by England fast bowler Jofra Archer and has backed misfiring batsman David Warner to hit form in the third Ashes Test at Headingley. Paine was full of praise for Archer, whose raw pace electrified the drawn second Test as he took five wickets and peppered the Australians with bouncers, leaving Steve Smith with concussion that has ruled him out of the match in Leeds. But Paine said Australia’s batsmen were used to facing pace and had a few useful speedsters of their own. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It’s fantastic to see a young cricketer with so much talent come onto the scene and it was a bit of a buzz to face him at Lord’s,” Paine wrote in a column for the Australian newspaper. “He’s fast for sure, but in Australia we’ve been brought up facing guys of his pace. “Every time we have a net (session) we have Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson coming at us like we are the opposition.” Paine said Smith’s replacement Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 59 when he came on as Test cricket’s inaugural concussion substitute, showed the depth of Australia’s squad. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHe was unconcerned about Warner’s lack of form, which has seen the left-hander score only 18 runs in four innings. “David Warner hasn’t hit his straps yet and I notice people getting a bit trigger happy on that subject, but I am not worried,” he wrote. “We are 1-0 up in the series and he hasn’t got out of the blocks. He is a match winner… he is also the most mentally tough cricketer I know. He is due a score and that is a dividend I am looking forward to.” Meanwhile, former Australia paceman Andy Bichel has labelled England captain Joe Root a “blatant cheat” over a disputed catch on the final day of the second Test. Root took a low catch to end Labuschagne’s innings, with replays suggesting the ball may have bounced first, although the England skipper later insisted it had carried. “It didn’t carry. We can see that,” Bichel told Macquarie Sports Radio. “It’s ricocheted off the player as well so it’s bobbled a little bit to him, so therefore he’d know if he’s picked it up on the half volley — it’s blatant cheating.” The third Test begins on Thursday.last_img read more

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Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visits Lodhi Garden for NDMCs Yoga event

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday participated in New Delhi Municipal Council’s Yoga Protocol Programme at Lodhi Garden here along with delegates from the 72nd Conference of the World Health Organisation Regional Committee for South-East Asia. The entire group, led by Vardhan, undertook a fitness tour as part of the programme.NDMC Chairman Vijay Kumar Dev and Secretary Rashmi Singh participated in the event and welcomed all the delegates, who were from different parts of South-East Asia. The Council also launched an Educational Eco-Walk for school children at Lodhi Garden in a bid to inculcate awareness and bring the future generation closer to nature.The NDMC said this move will give an opportunity for the children to learn more about flora and fauna in the garden, recycling water, cultural heritage and historic monuments among other things. Health Minister Vardhan interacted with these students and motivated them to take the Fit India Movement seriously. He asked the students to ambassadors for the protection of the environment.last_img read more

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