Hales makes ‘debut again’
England opener Alex Hales on Tuesday said he felt like he was making his debut again after returning to the side for the first time in three years in their T20 win over Pakistan. Hales made 53 from 40 balls and Harry Brook scored an unbeaten 42 as England defeated Pakistan by six wickets in Karachi in the first of seven T20s. It was England’s first match in the Asian country for 17 years. Hales previously played for England in 2019, the same year he was withdrawn from their preliminary one-day World Cup squad after the Guardian newspaper reported he was serving a three-week ban for recreational drug use. “It was a very special feeling to be back on the park for England,” Hales said. “Three years felt like forever. To go out and score 50 on my return in a winning team is the stuff dreams are made of,” he said. “It is a nice feeling. Guys said in the past it was never down to cricket, missing the three years, that was never in doubt, but there was always nerves and pressure coming back after three years having not played. It felt like a debut again, so it was a very special night.”
Wade steers Australia
Matthew Wade on Tuesday steered Australia to a four-wicket victory over India after a blistering knock by Cameron Green in the opening game of their three-match T20 series in Mohali. Wade’s unbeaten 45 off 21 deliveries helped the visitors chase down India’s mammoth 209 runs with four balls remaining after Australia had stuttered briefly in the middle overs following quick losses. It was all-rounder Green, who replaced star batsman David Warner for the India tour, who laid the foundation for the run chase, smashing 61 off 30 balls. Green smashed eight fours and four sixes after the Aussies lost skipper Aaron Finch for 22 in the third over. The right-hand all-rounder stitched a 70-run partnership with Steve Smith before he was caught by Virat Kohli off Axar Patel. Smith (35) departed in the next over followed by Glenn Maxwell (1) in the same over. However Wade helped the visitors to chase down the target in the 19th over. India’s Hardik Pandya hit a rapid 71 to help the hosts to their challenging total.
Jamaica draft 54-year-old
Jamaica’s netball team called up a 54-year-old, a local nurse and a recent mum for yesterday’s clash against New Zealand, which the hosts won 70-45, after visa delays left the Sunshine Girls struggling for players. Five of an intended 12-strong selection failed to arrive in New Zealand because of immigration problems, prompting a week-long scramble to find eligible players. Seven players take to the court in netball, but squads of 10 are required for a Test match. Head coach Connie Francis, fearing an embarrassing forfeit, issued an SOS to former players, prompting two Australian-based veterans to come forward. Carla Borrego, 38, last played top netball in 2016 and will take a week’s leave from nursing. Romelda Aiken-George, 33, gave birth to her first child about six weeks ago. With one more place to fill, former Sunshine Girls star-turned-coach Francis said that she would wear her country’s bib again, the first time since her playing career appeared to have ended in 2003.
Floyd Mayweather Jr yesterday knocked out mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Mikuru Asakura in the second round in Japan in the latest of the boxing great’s post-retirement exhibitions. The 45-year-old Mayweather floored his opponent with a right hand as his former welterweight foe Manny Pacquiao watched ringside in Saitama. The American Mayweather, who retired in 2017 with an unbeaten 50-0 record, afterwards dismissed any prospect of a fight with the similarly retired Pacquiao. Mayweather arrived at Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo, just an hour before the fight. He was shown on TV relaxing in a dressing room full of takeaway fast food, prior
Fifteen female soccer players are expected to quit Spain’s national team after their demand for a change of coach was rejected by the Spanish federation on Thursday. The federation said it received identical e-mails from the 15 players saying they would renounce their places on the team if coach Jorge Vilda was not fired. The federation said that, according to the players, the situation “significantly” affected their “emotional state” and their health. The federation did not elaborate on the “situation” or name the players who made the demand. Spanish media reported that Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas was not among them. “The federation will
NO APOLOGIES: The American said he was not sorry for the victory, adding that it was Federer who should apologize for ‘beating everybody’ in the past 24 years Frances Tiafoe on Sunday returned to haunt Team Europe with a dazzling win over Stefanos Tsitsipas to give Team World their first Laver Cup title, ending Roger Federer’s hopes of finishing his career by lifting another trophy. Two days after he and Jack Sock beat Federer and Rafa Nadal in a tearful farewell for the Swiss great at the O2 Arena, American showman Tiafoe saved four match points against Tsitsipas before roaring to a 1-6,7-6 (13/11), 10/8 victory. Tiafoe’s win, worth three points for his team, gave John McEnroe’s Team World an unassailable 13-8 lead, having started the day trailing 8-4 and
Roger Federer is to bring down the curtain on his illustrious career this week, but the Swiss maestro has assured his millions of fans that he will not become a “tennis ghost.” In London, downriver from where he won a record eight Wimbledon titles, the 41-year-old said he had no intention of walking away from a sport he has graced for so long. Speaking to reporters at London’s O2 Arena, where Federer twice won the ATP Finals title, the Swiss was emotional at times as he explained the decision to hang up his racket. Asked what his plans were, Federer said he would