Sport Preserving the fitness of Mitchell Starc has been a national obsession since he bowled Australia to the World Cup title in 2015, but the left-arm paceman has no intention of putting his feet up in England. 16 Jun 2019 03:35PM Bookmark REUTERS: Preserving the fitness of Mitchell Starc has been a national obsession since he bowled Australia to the World Cup title in 2015, but the left-arm paceman has no intention of putting his feet up in England.Having not played a one-day match since November, Starc has returned from a pectoral muscle injury to the same devastating form that earned him the Player of the Tournament award in 2015 and now sees him leading the wickets in England with 13 scalps.With Australia top of the standings after their 87-run victory over Sri Lanka on Saturday, selectors may be inclined to ease Starc's workload and play it safe with a bowler who has a long record of stress injuries.But the pace spearhead said it would be wrong to break up a winning … [Read more...] about Starc keen to pitch up at every World Cup game
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FRANCE: In the four years since the last Women's World Cup in Canada, the competition and talent among female footballers has gotten stronger - and more global. The stage will be as big as ever when this year's tournament kicks off Jun 7 in Paris.In our latest ESPN FC Rank, we polled our experts to gauge which players will stand out in France.25. SHANICE VAN DE SANDENAnother from the Lyon dynasty, Shanice van de Sanden is best known for two things: her blazing speed and her trademark bright red lipstick. One of the fastest players in the women's game, Van de Sanden is an absolute handful to deal with on the right wing for opposing full-backs due to her pace and skill. A player who debuted for the Oranje at just 16, she was a key member of the Netherlands' victorious European Championship side in 2017 and will be appearing in her second World Cup this summer. Van de Sanden, now 26, has 15 goals in 63 caps for the Netherlands, but it is her ability to get in behind … [Read more...] about Who is the best player at the Women’s World Cup?
SYDNEY: Australia have sought permission to wear a special indigenous jersey in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Japan - should they make it that far.Michael Cheika's Wallabies will don the mainly green jersey designed by Aboriginal Australian artist Dennis Golding in their pool game against Uruguay in Oita on October 5 and hope to wear it again in the semi-final on the weekend of Oct. 26-27.The semi-final request has caveats, and could be scuppered by a potential clash with green-jerseyed Ireland or South Africa, not to mention that the Wallabies might well crash out earlier.Once a fixture in the top two of world rankings, the Wallabies have slumped to sixth after winning only four of 13 tests last year, their worst season in decades, and are rated long odds to claim a third World Cup trophy.Australia wore a gold jersey of the same design in a match against World Cup champions New Zealand in 2017 and also against England at Twickenham last year.Utility back Kurtley Beale, the only … [Read more...] about Hopeful Australia ask to wear indigenous strip at World Cup semi
Sport Wallabies flanker David Pocock has played his final Super Rugby match for the ACT Brumbies and will be focusing entirely on getting fit for the Rugby World Cup for the remainder of what looks like being his last season in Australian rugby. 28 May 2019 01:41PM Bookmark SYDNEY: Wallabies flanker David Pocock has played his final Super Rugby match for the ACT Brumbies and will be focusing entirely on getting fit for the Rugby World Cup for the remainder of what looks like being his last season in Australian rugby.The 31-year-old openside, who has been struggling with a calf injury and played only three matches for the Brumbies this season, has decided to concentrate solely on his bid to play in a third World Cup in Japan in September."It's been frustrating ... you're putting pressure on yourself because you want to contribute ... and I think now I need to take the pressure off and take time to get it right," he told a news conference in Canberra on Tuesday."It's just one … [Read more...] about Injured Pocock calls time on Brumbies, targets World Cup
DHAKA: Bangladesh has altered its World Cup cricket strip to add a touch of red following uproar over the initial design, which some had likened to rival Pakistan’s kit, the cricket board said Wednesday. The national flag of Bangladesh is red and green, but the Tigers’ jersey unveiled Monday for the tournament starting later this month in England and Wales was green and white. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesman Jalal Yunus said cricket’s world governing body had originally asked it to drop the red colour due to “commercial complications”, but relented following a subsequent request from the BCB. “It made the jersey green and white. But people wanted a touch of red in the jersey. So we requested the ICC (International Cricket Council) again and they accepted our request,“ he told AFP. The original design had featured the names of players and the word Bangladesh in red, Yunus noted. Social media was awash with complaints after the strip was … [Read more...] about Bangladesh change World Cup strip after uproar