ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Steve Smith called ‘cheat’ by fans, responds with ton as Australia beat England in warm-up

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Steve Smith and David Warner were expected to have a rough reception when they arrived in England. The duo was banned for one year by Cricket Australia following the ball-tampering scandal during the Newlands Test versus South Africa in March 2018. The ban ended during the Pakistan series which Australia won 0-5 and in that period, Smith and Warner were plying their trades in several Twenty20 franchise leagues around the world. Warner was the leading run-getter in the 2019 Indian Premier League while Smith showed his class in the three warm-up games against New Zealand in Brisbane and in the clash against West Indies.Smith, who had blasted 22, 89*, 91* in the three games against New Zealand and also smashed 76 against West Indies in Southampton, responded in grand style to the taunts of cheat by fans with a grand century as Australia defeated England by 12 runs in the warm-up game ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Rose Bowl. Warner, who was also booed during his stay at the crease, contributed with a solid 43 and some solid contributions helped Australia reach 297/9. highlights In response, England was plagued with injuries to Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan and Mark Wood and at one point, their fielding coach Paul Collingwood had to come onto the field and take up duties. James Vince and Jos Buttler smashed fifties but Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson took two wickets as England fell short.Monty Panesar ball-tamperingThe chants of ‘cheat’ on Smith and the booing of Warner comes at an interesting point in time for England and their cricket fans. Recently, Monty Panesar, the England left-arm spinner who was part of the 2009 Ashes triumph, has admitted in his autobiography Full Monty that England’s bowlers used mint, sunscreen and even the trouser zip to alter the condition of the ball.“We found that mints and sun cream had an effect on the saliva, and that helped the ball to reverse. I might also have ‘accidentally’ caught the ball on the zip of my trouser pocket to rough it up a little. That was probably a hairline fracture of the spirit of the game, even if the laws said you were allowed to ‘use your uniform’,” Panesar wrote in his autobiography.With the way how Smith and Warner were treated and with Panesar’s recent revelation, the ball-tampering conundrum will only deepen in the coming months, with Australia playing England in the Ashes immediately after the World Cup. Australia won by 12 runs against England in the World Cup warm-up clash.Monty Panesar has revealed he tampered with the ball in his autobiography.Australia will now play Sri Lanka in their final warm-up game.last_img read more

Mourinho vows to break Spurs’ trophy drought and prove he’s a serial winner

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has vowed to lead Tottenham to silverware and prove he is still a serial winner.Spurs need to overturn a 1-0 deficit against RB Leipzig tonight to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.1 Mourinho has vowed to break Spurs’ trophy drought and prove he’s a serial winnerBoss Mourinho is reeling from news £27million winger Steven Bergwijn is out for the season with an ankle issue.But despite his injury-hit side facing meltdown, Mourinho promised to end their 12-year trophy drought.He said: “I believe Spurs is not going to be my only club without silverware. I’ve won it at every club and I believe I am going to do it also with Tottenham.”Mourinho has Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies all sidelined for tonight’s trip to Germany.But he has won trophies with every club he has managed since taking over at Porto in 2002.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesAnd the bullish Portuguese said: “I’ve been here for three or four months. I got the team in a very difficult situation — and now it is even more difficult.“But I believe in me, in the players, in the club and I believe that during my three-and-a-half-year deal I will help the club to do it.“Against Leipzig the mental side is very important. Sometimes you win on quality, on options, on a phenomenal bench to turn a match around.“But at this moment, that’s not our case. We have a very small group of players giving everything they can.“If we make it, it will be more based on fantastic empathy within the group.“It’s easy to have a good group when the situation is amazing and more difficult when the situation is hard.“But I am with the boys — and hopefully can help them.”Leipzig are dreaming of reaching their first- ever Champions League quarter-final.[pod_component pod_component_config_id=”tbXo0vxhe” pod_component_config_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-component-config-prod/tbXo0vxhe.json” pod_component_config_loader_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-loaders-prod/1.66.5/componentLoader.js?116347″ src=”https%3A%2F%2Fiframe.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-widgets-prod%2Fiframe-pod.html%3Fid%3DtbXo0vxhe%26script%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-loaders-prod%2F1.66.5%2FcomponentLoader.js%3F116347%26config%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-component-config-prod%2FtbXo0vxhe.json”]MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearThe Germans outplayed last season’s beaten finalists in North London, but only had Timo Werner’s penalty to show for it.Boss Julian Nagelsmann warned: “Spurs is still a good team. They counter well and have a very clear game plan.“It is important we play the same way as in the first leg in London. Any player who doesn’t go to the limit is out of place.”RB Leipzig vs Tottenham FREE – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Champions League clashlast_img read more