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REPORT – First Ashes Test, Day One: Aussies skittle England for 147 on first day and get off to the perfect start



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Pat Cummins got off to the perfect start as Australian captain with his side dismissing the tourists for just 147 on day one at the Gabba.

Cummins was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 5-38 as the fast-bowler got off to the perfect start in his new role. He is the first Australian captain since Richie Benaud in 1962.

Cameron Green picked up his first test wicket, dismissing Ollie Pope at deep fine-leg, courtesy of a fantastic catch from fellow quick Josh Hazlewood as England struggled to a low first innings total.

England found themselves 29-4 and got off to a nightmare start when Mitchell Starc dismissed opener Rory Burns first ball thanks to some late swing and a batsmen lacking in match practice.

Malan was dismissed soon after as Hazlewood got one to move across the left-hander and found the edge of the bat – Alex Carey claiming his first Test match catch as wicketkeeper.

Root was the next to go. Having been at the crease for a number of balls without scoring, the Aussies were in dream land as Hazlewood struck again, nicking the England captain off to Warner at first slip.

Haseeb Hameed battled hard at the other end and looked in decent touch while remaining solid in defence. Ben Stokes walked to the crease next and battled hard at the start of his innings, as the pair got through the rest of the first hour.

Having played a couple of decent attacking strokes, the exciting all-rounder got a decent back-of-a-length delivery from Cummins as England fell to a demoralising 29-4 just after drinks.

After getting to lunch without losing another wicket, England will have been hoping to continue the rebuild long into the afternoon. However, the Aussies got their next victim in the first over after the break as Hameed went after a full drivable ball from Cummins and edged to Smith at second slip.

Buttler joined Pope at the crease and got to his work quickly, expertly counter-attacking the Australian bowling attack who seemed to panic as the wicket-keeper batsman played a couple of lofted shots over the infield.

The field dispersed, as the pair put on a 50-run partnership at a decent rate to take the visitors to over 100. The home side lost a review after a shot ball brushed passed Butler’s pads down the leg side and seemed to flick off the batsmen’s thigh, off the bowling of Starc.

However, it wasn’t long before the Aussies were celebrating as Buttler got a good back-of-a-length ball from Mitchell Starc and edged to behind to Carey.

That was the beginning of the end for the tourists who lost Ollie Pope in the next over as he went after a short ball from Cameron Green, the first of his spell, and top edged to Hazlewood at deep fine leg.

Barring a swift 20-odd from Chris Woakes, England failed to add much more to their total and fell to 147 all out to end a disastrous first innings.

Perhaps luckily for England, the rain came before they got a chance to go back at the Aussies and put their batsmen under pressure.

The tourists will be hoping the extended delay between the end of day one and the start of day two will have given them chance to galvanise and be ready to go from ball one on Thursday.

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Its a huge task, especially without Broad and Anderson but if England can get to work early and get a few early wickets there might be a chance of getting back into the match, albeit a small chance.

Only time will tell…

One saving grace to many English supporters – the tour in 2010 started with the dismissal of Andrew Strauss third ball and ended in an extraordinary 3-1 victory.




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Meet the British Woman Hoping to End F1’s 46-year Wait For a Female Driver



The modern sports industry remains a very male dominated field. Historically motorsport especially being one of the most inaccessible to women.

In its entire 72-year history, only two women have ever driven in a Formula 1 grand prix. The last was the pioneer Lella Lombardi, the Italian who competed in 12 races between 1974 and 1976 for teams including Williams.

Now, Britain’s Jamie Chadwick is aiming to end the 46-year wait for a woman to sit behind the wheel of a car on the starting grid at the very top level of racing.

The 23-year-old from Bath, is the most prominent woman in world the world of motorsport thanks to the strong results she has earned in the early stages of her career across multiple categories.

Chadwick is about to embark on her third season in W Series, an all-female racing championship launched in 2019 which aims to ensure more women are able to make professional careers out of motor racing.

The aim means that, in conjunction with the heated rivalry that understandably comes with battling for the championship on track, the athletes competing in W Series feel they share a common goal to help one another improve and make overall progress for women in motorsport too. Chadwick has won the title in both of W Series’ first two campaigns.

Speaking to Metro she said:  ‘Everyone expects us not to get on [because we are rivals] but we really, genuinely do. The big reason in my opinion is that we’ve all been through such a similar experience in the sport individually. We can share those experiences with each other and push each other to bring one another on, and hopefully leave the sport in a better place for the next generation coming through.’

Do you think she stands a chance of making it?

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Newcastle co-owner says Chelsea’s Abramovich having to sell isn’t fair



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Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley “doesnt think its particularly fair” that Roman Abramovich is selling following the Russia-Ukraine war.

The businessman announced he had made the “incredibly difficult decision” in a statement on the Premier League club’s website.

There has been calls for Abramovich to be sanctioned, as Chris Bryant alleges leaked Home Office document from 2019 shows he had links to Russian state as well as to “corrupt activity and practices” – the Guardian reports.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit, Staveley said: “We’re always going to have geopolitical issues.

I’m really sad that someone is going to have a football club taken away because of a relationship he may have with someone.

“I don’t think that’s particularly fair to be honest. But I also think that we have to hold all of our relationships to account.”

In his statement, Abramovich said: “I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interest at heart.

“In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the club’s sponsors and partners.

“The sale of the club will not be fast-tracked but will follow due process.”

Abramovich has said that he won’t be asking for loans to be repaid.

He added: “I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine.”

The businessman bought Chelsea back in 2003 for £140m, and has since loaned the club over £1.5bn.

Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss has told Swiss newspaper Blick that he has the chance to buy Chelsea.

However he says that at the moment Abramovich is “asking far too much.”

What are your thoughts?




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Russia’s captain Aleksandr Golovin speaks out on Russian invasion



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Russia’s football captain Aleksandr Golovin has spoke out about the Russia-Ukraine war.

In a post uploaded to Instagram on Wednesday, the footballer said he hadn’t before now because he wasn’t an expert in politics.

However, he said he would now express his opinion, because he has been drawn to this topic from “all sides.”

It follows furious backlash from Ukrainian players Vitalii Mykolenko and Andriy Yarmolenko about Russian players staying quiet about the invasion of Ukraine.

The captain wrote: “War is a frightful thing. But I am shocked by human aggression and hatred, which every day acquires some sort of unprecedented scale.

“I am against discrimination based on nationality. I’m not ashamed that I’m Russian. I am proud to be Russian. And I don’t understand why athletes should suffer now.”

He continued he was “against double standards.”

Golovin added: “Why is it that one can do everything, but all the dogs are hanged on us. Why has everyone always shouted about sports outside of politics, but at the first opportunity, when it comes to Russia, this principle is completely forgotten?”

He expressed that “anger, dirt and bile” is being poured on Russian people, “regardless of their position and profession.”

The Zenit St Petersburg forward concluded: “P.S. And to some colleagues in the workshop who sit on their ass in mansions in England and say nasty things: it cannot offend us, we understand everything! Peace and goodness to everybody!”

On Tuesday in an Instagram post, Everton’s Mykolenko criticised Russia’s international players for remaining silent whilst “peaceful civilians are being killed in Ukraine.”

The 22-year-old wrote: “You will be locked in your dungeon for the rest of your life and most importantly the lives of your kids. And I’m glad.”

West Ham’s Yarmolenko also hit out at Russian players on Tuesday.

In a video uploaded to Instagram, he said: “Guys, why are you sitting like shitheads and not saying anything? In my country they’re killing people, killing wives, killing our children. But you’re saying nothing, you’ve given no comments.”

Russia has been suspended from all competition, Fifa and Uefa have ruled.



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