Cricket News Steve Smith Overcomes Flu In Oval Test, Heaps Praise On Jofra Archer

first_imgSteve Smith has smashed over 750 runs in the 2019 Ashes series.Steve Smith has hit three centuries and two fifties in the series.Jofra Archer took his second five-wicket haul in the series. New Delhi: Steve Smith’s consistency has been simply outstanding in the 2019 Ashes series. He has scored 751 runs at an average of 125 and his lowest score in the entire series has been 80. Smith, who was battling flu at the Oval Test, still batted brilliantly and combated the conditions well as he looked good for his fourth century in the series but he was trapped LBW by Chris Woakes. Jofra Archer was the star yet again and he went on to take 6/62, his second five-wicket haul in the series. Backed by Sam Curran’s 3/46, England managed to bowl Australia out for 225 and establish a 69-run lead after Jos Buttler’s aggressive fifty helped the hosts reach 294. Speaking after the end of the day’s play, Smith heaped praise on Archer. “He’s a quality performer. He’s got two five-fors in four Test matches (Archer has twice taken six wickets in an innings) and you don’t get guys bowling 90 miles an hour growing on trees and with the skillset he’s got. He’s a terrific bowler and there’s no doubt that he’ll gain a lot of confidence from his first Test series,” Smith responded.Archer and Smith’s duel has fascinated many cricket fans in the ongoing Ashes contest. Archer’s hostile spell at Lord’s, in which he bowled in excess of 90 mph to Smith, made for some wonderful vieweing. Archer’s bouncer hit Smith on the side of the neck and the batsman was substituted by Marnus Labuschagne and missed the Leeds Test. When asked about the rivalry which can develop in the near future, Smith offered a pragmatic view.Also Read | Steve Smith Says ‘Amazing’ Feeling To Retain Ashes”Who knows? When’s the next Ashes series? I don’t even know. Will I still be playing? I’m not sure. Who knows the answer to that? We’ll see,” Smith remarked. Also Read | Ashes 2019: Steve Smith Hits 26th Test Ton, Goes Past Sachin Tendulkar To Achieve THIS FeatSmith’s brilliance and Labuschagne’s consistency has been the only shining lights in Australia’s woeful batting in the series. David Warner and Marcus Harris have failed while barring one century, Matthew Wade has also struggled. Smith said he does not have a problem of shouldering the responsibility of scoring the bulk of the runs but admitted that the conditions were different. “We haven’t seen any huge totals really throughout the whole series so it’s not been easy. There’s always been something there, I felt. If you bowl in good areas for long enough then I think we’ve seen you’ll get rewards. Playing in England is completely different from playing back home and you’ve got to find ways to play away from home. Sometimes you need to change certain little things that can help you play in certain conditions and adapt accordingly but I think it will be a good learning curve for all of our batters,” Smith said. Australia would be hoping to make some early inroads on day three as they look to win a series in England for the first time since 2001. Tim Paine’s side have already retained the Ashes having won the fourth Test at Old Trafford. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Q&A with Alex Putterman, the Hartford Courant’s UConn beat writer

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 20, 2018 at 11:47 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham The D.O.: Who wins on Saturday and why?A.P.: Well, Syracuse wins, probably pretty handily, I was thinking something like — well you didn’t ask me for a score but I’ll give you one anyways — something like 48-24. I know Syracuse isn’t built around its offense, necessarily, but with how the UConn defense has been so far, I don’t think the Orange will have any trouble moving the ball. I think another thing to watch is that UConn’s only road game so far was at Boise State in a really loud atmosphere, and they committed six false starts. Which is not what you want, to say the least, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to playing in a fairly loud atmosphere at the Carrier Dome.Just today in practice, they were piping in extremely loud artificial crowd noise. It was really kind of a pain for me, so clearly they’re trying to mitigate against the impact the Carrier Dome will have, but I think that will play a role and it shouldn’t really be a tough game for Syracuse. Undefeated Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) hosts UConn (1-2, 0-1 American Athletic) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. SU is coming off a 30-7 blowout against Florida State while the Huskies are reeling from an 0-2 start and a close game against Rhode Island.To get some the lowdown on the Huskies, The Daily Orange talked with the Hartford Courant’s UConn beat writer, Alex Putterman.The Daily Orange: UConn enters this game 1-2 with a close win over FCS Rhode Island. What’s the deal with the Huskies?Alex Putterman: Where they are is they’re an extremely, extremely young team. Especially on defense where in any given game, somewhere between six to eight, nine, of the starters on defense will be freshmen, and some of them are true freshmen. As soon as someone gets hurt, it’s always a freshman coming in to replace them. It’s just really almost a preposterously young team. All these guys who have probably not taken their first college midterm are being asked to guard high-powered FBS offenses.So that has been tough. Luckily the offense has been pretty good at times, especially David Pindell, the quarterback, who has put up some pretty impressive numbers against UCF and then again against Rhode Island. Really agile, can run, but he’s also completing passes at a much, much higher rate than he did last year. What I like to say is that they have a competent offense and a pretty bad defense, at this point.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWe knew it was going to be a transitional year, because of how young the team was, but it has been pretty ugly at times.The D.O.: For Syracuse fans, who is a player to watch for the Huskies?A.P.: I would say the player to watch has to be David Pindell, the quarterback. Really UConn goes as he goes. He’s extremely athletic, really fast, really elusive, really good in open space, hard to bring down. And like I said, he can complete passes. UConn doesn’t try a lot of deep balls, you could say their offensive line doesn’t give them time to try deep balls, but it’s a lot of short passes, a lot of QB runs — some of them designed, some of them scrambles.He’s really the guy. If UConn is going to put up points against Syracuse, it’s going to be because he is converting on the ground and through the air.The D.O.: Outside of Pindell, has anyone else excelled for the Huskies, despite the poor record?A.P.: This is maybe a kind of cheat-y answer but I would say the offensive skill positions, offensive skill players as a group. I mentioned Pindell, Kevin Mensah is the starting running back, he’s had a really good season, just rushed for a career-high 144 yards against Rhode Island and has really looked great giving them another element to the offense.And the receivers are kind of a strength, led by Hergy Mayala, who is a senior. Tight ends are really good, Tyler Davis and Aaron McLean. So I would say the team’s strength is that on offense, it does have some playmakers.last_img read more