England’s T20 woes continue as Australia win by 7 wickets in tri-series match

England's Jos Buttler, right, watches as Australia's Glenn Maxwell drives the ball during their Twenty20 match in Melbourne. (AP)
Updated 10 February 2018

England’s T20 woes continue as Australia win by 7 wickets in tri-series match

MELBOURNE: Glenn Maxwell scored 39 runs and man-of-the-match Kane Richardson took 3-33 as Australia beat England by seven wickets on Saturday in a tri-series Twenty20 match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
D’Arcy Short was 36 not out when Australia reached England’s total of 137-7 with more than five overs to spare. The hosts ended on 138-3 after Australia captain David Warner won the toss and elected to field.
It was Australia’s third consecutive win in the tri-series, which now shifts to New Zealand and a match Tuesday in Wellington between England and New Zealand.
England played without regular skipper Eoin Morgan, who strained his right groin during training and was replaced by James Vince. Jos Buttler captained England and top-scored with 46.
“It was another poor performance from us,” said Buttler. “We never really felt like we had enough (runs). We haven’t performed to our abilities as yet, and that’s disappointing.”
The unbeaten Australians are all but assured of a spot in the Feb. 21 final in Auckland after downing England by five wickets in Hobart and beating New Zealand in the series opener ahead of Saturday’s match.
Maxwell and Short combined for 39 off consecutive overs from Liam Dawson and Adil Rashid to end any hopes of an England comeback.
Warner left England in trouble at 34-3 in the fourth over when he ran out Dawid Malan with a direct hit.
Complementing Richardson’s three wickets for Australia were Billy Stanlake (2-28) and Andrew Tye (1-29).


Neymar donates $1m to fight coronavirus

Updated 03 April 2020

Neymar donates $1m to fight coronavirus

  • Neymar donated part of the money to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • The rest of the donation went to a charitable fund launched by his friend Luciano Huck, a Brazilian TV presenter

RIO DE JANEIRO: Neymar has donated $1 million to fight the impact of the new coronavirus in his native Brazil, according to TV network SBT.
The Paris Saint-Germain star, the world’s third-highest-paid footballer, donated part of the money to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the rest to a charitable fund launched by his friend Luciano Huck, a Brazilian TV presenter, the report said.
The striker’s press office declined to comment, saying: “We never talk about donations or amounts.”
Neymar, 28, followed the example of PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe, who last month made what was described as a major donation — amount undisclosed — to a French charity helping fight the impact of COVID-19.
Huck, who has been touted as a possible candidate in Brazil’s 2022 presidential election, launched his fund to help poor Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.
The donations come as high-paid footballers face pressure to forego some of their salaries amid the crisis, which has ground the sporting world to a halt and left some clubs struggling to pay their staff.
Neymar is riding out the pandemic at his luxury villa in Mangaratiba, a resort town outside Rio.
He faced criticism last week after he was photographed relaxing with a group of friends on a beach volleyball court, even as half the world’s population — including most of Brazil — is in confinement to slow the virus’ spread.
His press team said he was receiving no visitors and was in quarantine at a “completely isolated” residence with people who made the trip from France with him.