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Aussies name huge 26-player group with eye on UK tour

first_imgUNCAPPED trio Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith and Josh Philippe are among a preliminary list of 26 players named yesterday by national selectors as Australia’s men’s team looks towards a return to on-field action.Australia’s next assignment is yet to be confirmed, although Cricket Australia and the England & Wales Cricket Board are in discussions about a limited-overs series in the UK in September.With that in mind, selectors have identified 26 players of interest, a large group that will help cover a range of contingencies for a possible England tour, which will likely be played in a bio-secure ‘bubble’, meaning replacement players won’t be able to be drafted in.A final squad will be named if and when the tour is confirmed.Other notable names on the list of 26 are Glenn Maxwell, who hasn’t played for Australia since October, as well as batsmen Travis Head and Usman Khawaja, who have recently been out of favour in white-ball cricket.Paceman Andrew Tye has also been named despite not being offered a state contract by Western Australia for this season.Victoria’s Peter Handscomb and veterans Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who were all part of Australia’s World Cup campaign last year, were all overlooked while WA pace duo Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff were not considered due to injury.Other players of note to have not been named are Test quick James Pattinson, recent ODI and T20 squad member Ashton Turner and domestic stars like Cameron Green, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Ellis and Jono Wells.Ben Oliver, CA’s Executive General Manager of National Teams, said while officials are still working through the logistics of touring England, the announcement of a 26-man group of players gives everyone some much-needed clarity.“The ECB are a long-standing and valued international cricket partner and we are doing all we can to give the tour the best possible chance of taking place,” he said.“We continue to work with the ECB and government agencies and a decision on the tour will be made in due course.“In the meantime, the identification of a preliminary list will enable us to work with players and states more directly on the preparation for the tour in the hope it can proceed.“The health and wellbeing of players and staff, along with our commitment to public health within our communities, remain our utmost priority.”A short tour consisting of three ODIs and three T20s was originally scheduled for this month but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.If the tour goes ahead, it would likely require players and coaches to be quarantined in hubs during the series – like the England and West Indies players are currently – while members of the touring party may also need to quarantine when they return to Australia.“This preliminary list covers the contingencies of playing One-Day Internationals and T20 Internationals in bio-secure hubs with the likely prospect of not being able to bring in replacements should the tour proceed,” selector Trevor Hohns said.“The preliminary list includes several exciting young players who have recently excelled at state level and in the BBL. These emerging players are those we would like to develop further as we believe they have a bright future in Australian cricket.“The preliminary list also has a view towards the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup and in the longer term the 2023 ICC World Cup.”Australia’s preliminary squad: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Michael Neser, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, D’Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.(Cricket.comau)last_img read more

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Spruill sits out 1st half, Lynch takes over with dominant defensive performance

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 30, 2012 at 12:53 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 NEW YORK — Marquis Spruill sat out the first half of Saturday’s Pinstripe Bowl after head coach Doug Marrone said his starting outside linebacker would miss a “significant portion” of the game following his arrest in early December.Starting in his place was sophomore Cameron Lynch, as he joined Siriki Diabate and Dyshawn Davis in the starting lineup. Lynch, who was the team’s fourth linebacker this season, played beautifully in Syracuse’s 38-14 win over West Virginia, tallying six tackles, one sack and forcing two fumbles.His highlight play came in the second quarter with the Mountaineers backed up inside their own 5-yard line. Spruill and safety Durell Eskridge blitzed off the right side of the offensive line, forcing West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith deep into his end zone. And as the rest of the SU defensive front closed in, Lynch and Diabate smothered him for the first of two safeties.The safety gave Syracuse a 5-0 lead midway through the second quarter, an appropriate score for a game played inside Yankee Stadium. And it was part of a defensive effort that limited West Virginia, a team that averaged more than 41 points per game this season, to a measly 14.The Mountaineers managed only 285 yards of total offense, or 226 fewer than Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I couldn’t be prouder of a group of kids that really answered the bell three years in a row against a group of talented kids and a well-coached football team,” said SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer after the Orange beat West Virginia for a third straight time.Spruill took the field on the first defensive sequence for Syracuse in the second half, but he failed to make his presence felt like Lynch. (Lynch’s six tackles were tied for second most on the team).In two quarters of action, Spruill tallied a pair of tackles. Commentslast_img read more

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Cowboys’ Jason Witten still has ‘jitters’ entering 16th NFL season

first_img Antonio Brown’s new helmet fails test; receiver reacts with harsh tweet All the years of experience Jason Witten has in the NFL still couldn’t prepare him for his return to action for the first time in 20 months.The Cowboys tight end played his first game since Dec. 31, 2017, Saturday as Dallas defeated the Rams in their second preseason meeting, and while Witten may need some more warming up, his transition from the broadcast booth was smooth considering his break. Witten, who came out of retirement in February to return to the Cowboys after a tepid season as a “Monday Night Football” analyst, caught just one pass for 10 yards on the first team’s only drive of the Cowboys’ 14-10 win at Aloha Stadium. But that was all he needed to feel good and comfortable. Patriots players ‘pulling for’ reinstated receiver Josh Gordon Andrew Luck sighting: Colts quarterback warms up ahead of Week 2 preseason game “Doing what I love, no place I’d rather be,” Witten said. “Feel like I’m on schedule. This is the next step for us, and all through training camp, I felt good. We shall see as we move forward, but I wouldn’t bet against.”Witten played 15 seasons for the Cowboys from 2003-17, which included 11 Pro Bowls, the most in franchise history by any offensive player before he retired and started the TV gig at ESPN. He returns with 1,152 career receptions (fourth in NFL history) and 12,448 career receiving yards (21st in league history) to go with his 68 touchdowns in that span.The Cowboys went 10-6 in 2018, winning a wild-card game before falling to the Rams in the NFC’s divisional round. “A year away from the game, all the work to get back here since March, getting in shape, getting your body ready, having an opportunity, I know I’ve got a lot to prove,” Witten said, per ESPN.com.”It wasn’t perfect. I thought we’re on schedule with the things I want to work on. Able to get a third-down conversion. Dak showed he had the confidence on that. Some of the other things in the passing game, running game, I felt good with. It’s always tricky when you’re coming back out here … so the jitters were real. A lot of work to get back to here, but it felt good.” Related Newslast_img read more

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