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).


NBA star Durant rules himself out for rest of season

Updated 06 June 2020

NBA star Durant rules himself out for rest of season

  • NBA star ruptured his right Achilles tendon in last June’s NBA Finals
  • Kevin Durant among a dozen NBA players who tested positive for coronavirus in the spring

LOS ANGELES: NBA superstar Kevin Durant, who has not played since he tore his Achilles tendon a year ago, said he would not make his debut with the Brooklyn Nets when the season resumes late July in Orlando.
“My season is over. I don’t plan on playing at all,” in the 2019-2020 season, Durant said in an interview Friday with The Undefeated.
“We decided last summer when it first happened that I was just going to wait until the following season. I had no plans of playing at all this season.”
The NBA suspended its season on March 11 as the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, leaving professional sport in North America at a standstill.
The league’s board of governors on Thursday gave the green light to a plan to restart the season at Disney World in Orlando, Florida on July 31, without spectators.
The news was followed by speculation over whether Durant would appear.
Durant, who was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the Golden State Warriors in their 2017 and 2018 championship runs, ruptured his right Achilles tendon in last June’s NBA Finals.
He then left California to join Brooklyn, where fans were hoping he would form a formidable duet with Kyrie Irving, who also arrived last summer.
“It’s just best for me to wait. I don’t think I’m ready to play that type of intensity right now in the next month,” said Durant.
He said however that his rehab was going well.
“I’m doing well. Working out every day. I’m moving. I’m feeling like a normal player again,” he told The Undefeated.
Plans to restart the league received the approval of the players’ union on Friday, although some details remain to be ironed out.
Durant, who is among a dozen NBA players who tested positive for coronavirus in the spring, has not said whether he will accompany his teammates to Florida.