Steve Smith continues absurdly prolific run to change the mood again

first_imgBefore this year’s Ashes the contest was expected to be two good bowling attacks against two brittle batting line-ups. In large part that has played out. One exception has been that across the first four Tests, Australia fielded three excellent fast bowlers to England’s two. The other exception, which creates rather a large skew, has been Steve Smith producing one of the most dominant sequences of batting ever recorded.Australia’s fast bowlers have mixed and matched around a core of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, giving England’s batsmen no break at all. England have had Stuart Broad in vintage form and Jofra Archer bringing a whole new energy but Chris Woakes has been marginalised and modestly effective, and his temporary replacement Craig Overton offered more with bat than ball. Since you’re here… Read more The Ashes Share on Twitter Australia sport Cricket … we have a small favour to ask. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. England cricket team The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Read more Jofra Archer says flu-ridden Steve Smith ‘didn’t look as nailed on as usual’ Reuse this content When a team takes an early wicket, spirits are high. You are up, they are down. Celebrations erupt. A second wicket should be even better. Yet since his hundred on the first day of the series, a sense of foreboding seems to spread through the ground when a second wicket falls. In comes Smith and out go hopes of taking a third.Most notable is the way that Smith has neutralised England’s best. Broad has moved the ball viciously from around the wicket to Australia’s left-handers, taking edges on one side of the bat, pads and stumps on the other. As soon as Smith has arrived, Broad suddenly appears to shrink back into being a modest right-arm trundler.With Smith’s movement outside his off stump, any lateral movement Broad can find is negated. Smith is happy to treat the bowler with respect much of the time, defending in between knocking a run or two to square-leg, but the boundaries he carved through cover at the Oval had more than a hint of dismissiveness.Archer was in with a chance early in the innings, drawing a couple of indiscreet pushes. But while England supporters seem to think the Archer bouncer is a secret weapon, Smith has calmly got underneath it ever since he was hit on an uneven pitch at Lord’s. No one in the world is less impressed by the delivery. Share on Facebookcenter_img Australia cricket team Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Topics features Both attacks have been refreshed with all-rounders in the final Test, with Mitchell Marsh taking his first Test five-for, mostly on the first day, before Sam Curran grabbed an important three wickets for England on the second.But still in Smith-free circumstances England’s line-leaders on their own might have been enough. Broad has so utterly toasted David Warner that the Australian opener came out at the Oval going wild against Archer, swinging and missing at balls so wide they barely landed on the cut strip. The last time Warner played like this he smoked 30 from 13 balls in Cape Town before losing his stumps, one day before he got busted sandpapering the match ball. Let us just say it does not betray a serene state of mind.Warner has been out in single figures eight times out of nine. Two other openers have failed apace. Usman Khawaja, who could have opened, had already been dropped from No 3. Travis Head at No 5 was punted while Matthew Wade bashed one declaration hundred but has not looked reliable at the crease. Tim Paine has produced one defiant innings from No 7 but needed more.Had No 4 been filled by a batsman of similar calibre, Australia might have come to the Oval trailing 4-0. Instead the visitors have had Smith, meaning the fifth Test panned out like the fourth, and the second, and the first. He came to the crease at two down for bugger-all, batted through the departures of his colleagues, then did what he could with the tail.His 80 was his lowest score for the series in six attempts. What has stood out most about this absurdly prolific run is how the atmosphere of an innings has changed every time he has walked in. Soon enough, runs came from Archer as easily. When wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow burst out laughing after fooling Smith into a dive while taking a run, Smith immediately played a leg-side flick from Archer so pure that no one moved before it hit the fence. Don’t mess with me, it seemed to say.In the end perhaps even Smith was tired after a long series, missing a ball from Woakes that hit his pad directly in front. England would have seen it as a victory to get him for only 80. Australia were rolled over 69 runs behind, Archer taking six wickets. But again the contributions around Smith were barely there. Without him that deficit alone would have been match-losing. For now Australia remain in the game. What a series England’s bowlers might have given their team had it not been for the batting of one man. Share via Email Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Ashes 2019last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For July 8 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, July 8, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is holding its Monthly Open House from 2pm to 4pm.  Come get a free tour of the historic Harnden Tavern.In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, August 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Sonys dumb HTS350 sound bar coming soon for 280

first_imgThe HT-S350 comes with a wireless subwoofer. Sony Sony has detailed pricing on one of the sound bars announced at CES 2019 —  the HT-S350 — while the Dolby Atmos X8500 is yet to receive a release date.The $280 HT-S350 sound bar lacks any smart features (such as a voice assistant) but includes a wireless subwoofer and a claimed 320 watts of power. Unlike competitors that now use DTS Virtual:X, the HT-S350 uses Sony’s proprietary S-Force Pro Front Surround technology. The sound bar also uses an HDMI ARC connection and carries Bluetooth.Meanwhile, the X8500 is a 2.1-channel single sound bar with dual built-in “subwoofers” and the ability to simulate Atmos effects with its Vertical Surround Engine. The sound bar also includes other sound options including Cinema Mode, Game Mode and vocal enhancement. Connectivity includes HDMI eARC support for compatible televisions such as the 2019 Sony range in addition to Bluetooth. ht-x8500-main-1-shadow-large Sony Sony didn’t announce any “smart” audio products at the show, unlike LG and Klipsch with their smart sound bars.The HT-S350 will be available at the end of April, but the company hasn’t announced pricing or availability for the X8500. Originally published on Jan 7 2019 8:15 PMUpdated, April 18: Added pricing and availability for the HT-S350 2:04 Post a comment 85 Photos Now playing: Watch this: All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES 2019center_img 0 Watch LG’s rollable OLED TV in action at CES 2019 Tags Share your voice Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers CES Productslast_img read more

Bogura boat capsize Two more bodies recovered

first_imgbograThe bodies of two more victims, who went missing after an engine-run boat with more than a hundred passengers capsized in the Jamuna river in Sariakandi upazila, were recovered on Thursday, according to UNB.One of the deceased was Kajoli Begum, 25.With this, a total of four bodies have so far been found while three others still remained missing.Locals said they had spotted the bodies floating in the river at Kutubpur around 10:00am and informed police.On Wednesday, the boat heading towards Kalitala Ghat from Manikdair Char capsized around 11:30am as its bottom was damaged.Although most of the passengers managed to swim ashore, seven went missing. Later, the floating bodies of the two women were retrieved from the river.last_img read more

After Los Cabos Newton on path for MexicoArizona border

first_img Posted by Share Wednesday, September 7, 2016 CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Newton swept onto the Gulf of California after slamming the resorts of southern Baja as a hurricane before making landfall Mexico’s mainland and weakening to a tropical storm.And the storm remained on a path Wednesday morning that was expected to take it to the U.S. border with potentially dangerous rains for Arizona and New Mexico.Newton first came ashore near the Los Cabos resorts Tuesday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph (150 kph), pelting the area with torrential rain as residents sheltered at home and tourists huddled in hotels. The storm broke windows, downed trees and knocked out power, but the area was spared the kind of extensive damage seen two years ago when they were walloped by a stronger storm.A shrimp boat capsized in rough seas in the Gulf of California, killing two people and leaving three others missing, authorities said. The boat had set out from the port of Ensenada and was bound for Mazatlan.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAfter passing over the resort area, Newton headed northward up the sparsely populated interior of the peninsula and then sput out over the gulf during the night. Early Wednesday, its centre was about 10 miles (15 kilometres) southeast of Bahia Kino and was moving north at around 17 mph (28 kph) with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph).After passing over relatively little populated areas in Sonora, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Newton could push into southeastern Arizona in the afternoon and drop 1 to 3 inches of rain there and over parts of New Mexico through Thursday.“Heavy rain could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in mountainous terrain,” the centre said.About 14,000 tourists were in Los Cabos during the storm, tourism officials said, and visitors began venturing out after Newton passed.“Just trying to make it through the day, with a little help,” Mark Hernandez, a visitor from California, said as he raised a can of beer at one of the few bars open in Cabo San Lucas. “We pray for the city of Cabo San Lucas. It was a rough one as you can see.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthPalm trees were toppled along the town’s coastal boulevard and some windows were broken. But there was calm in the city as firefighters cleaned refuse from the streets during the day.In 2014, Los Cabos suffered heavy damage to homes, shops and hotels when it was hammered by Hurricane Odile, which hit land as a Category 3 storm.“You know, it could have been a lot worse and I think we are very fortunate that it wasn’t as bad as Odile,” said Darlene Savord, another tourist from California. “I think that we are very fortunate and blessed.” The Canadian Press center_img Tags: Arizona, Mexico After Los Cabos, Newton on path for Mexico-Arizona border << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more