Ponting’s warning: We haven’t seen the best of him

first_imgBRILLIANT BABAR POSTS UNBEATEN HUNDRED“If they can massage him and help him through a little bit, keep him away from the new ball a little bit here in Australia, then I think they’ll get the best out of him.”Babar dazzled against the pink ball in Perth as he posted just the fourth first-class century of his career, with his drives through the covers and down the ground catching the eye.Having been in Australia since late October for the recent T20 series against Aussies, Babar said he’s confident he can adjust local conditions in time for the first Test.Babar’s impressive knock was halted by a brilliant run-out“There is just a bit more bounce and pace here so it requires a wee bit of adjustment,” he said.“But the more you practise and play here, the more you get used to it.“My goal always is to perform in every single match. The way my form is right now, I want to continue that and carry it into Test matches.” (Cricket.au) OF all the international superstars who will be on display this Australian summer, there’s one man that Test legend Ricky Ponting is looking forward to seeing the most – Pakistan ace Babar Azam.Babar looms as one of the major batting threats in the Pakistan side for the Domain Test Series against the Aussies, starting tomorrow, despite averaging just 35.28 in his 21-Test career.The 25-year-old, the world’s third-ranked ODI batsman and No.1 in T20 cricket, blazed an eye-catching 157 against a strong Australia A bowling attack in Perth last week and Ponting believes it’s only a matter of time before the right-hander improves on his underwhelming Test record.“We haven’t seen the best of him yet,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.“Twenty-odd Tests for an average of 35 – he’s better than that. He averages 54 in one-day cricket at a strike-rate of about 90.“He’s a very, very classy player.“He’s a really exciting talent and probably the guy I’m looking forward to seeing the most this summer. I’ve seen the Aussies a lot and I’ve seen a lot of the Kiwis, but I’m really excited to see him. He could be anything.”Ponting hasn’t seen much of Babar in the flesh just yet, but he did get a first-hand account of his destructive talents during this year’s World Cup.The three-time Cup winner was an assistant coach for Australia’s campaign and during their group match against Pakistan in Taunton, he watched on in amazement as Babar slammed seven fours in just 28 balls against a potent pace attack before being caught on the boundary.“He looked like he was playing a different game,” Ponting remembers.“As soon as we over-pitched, he banged it through the covers or banged it down the ground. And when we dropped short, he got onto that pretty quickly as well.”Babar was just 22 and three matches into his Test career when he toured Australia three years ago and failed to pass 25 in six innings batting in the crucial No.3 position, with Josh Hazlewood dismissing him four times.Josh Hazlewood had the better of Babar Azam three years ago – what will happen this summer?He has since shifted down to No.6 and his unbeaten century in Perth last week, which featured 24 boundaries, came at No.5 in the order.Ponting believes keeping Babar away from the new ball as much as possible in Test cricket will help unlock his undeniable talent.“What they’ve tried with him before obviously hasn’t worked (because) when you watch him bat, he’s better than a 35 average,” he said.last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse football’s 1st training camp practice

first_imgCheck out the best photos from Syracuse’s first training camp practice on Saturday morning.Follow along for news and updates throughout August with The Daily Orange’s training camp blog.For more coverage from training camp, click here. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse football training camp blog: Devin Butler switches numbers, Kenneth Ruff catches passes again and moreDino Babers’ 1st training camp press conference (video)Syracuse football training camp: 3 things Dino Babers said at his opening press conferencecenter_img Published on August 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm Contact John: jwilli03@syr.edu last_img read more

Dani Alves: Most Decorated Active Footballer, Third On All-time List

first_imgDani Alves could easily pass for one of the most underrated footballers in the history of the game, but the Brazilian right back at the moment is the most decorated active footballer with 34 titles, and third on the all-time list only behind Maxwell-36 titles and Ryan Giggs-35 titles.It has taken a period of 16 years for the likeable, ever smiling defender to amass his laurels, starting from his first triumph at Brazilian club Bahia: Campeonnato Baiano 2001, to his latest conquest with new club PSG at the weekend: Trophee des Champions.Alves gained global attention at the 2003 FIFA U20 world cup, where he was selected as the third best player at the tournament. He completed a permanent move to Spanish La Liga club, Sevilla in the summer of 2003 going on to spend the next five trophy-laden years at the Seville-based club, recording some landmark achievements including winning successive UEFA Cup titles; 2005-06, 2006-07.A move to Barcelona in 2008 appeared to be deserved, as he was recruited by the Catalan giants in their revolution of the club under the new management of Pep Guardiola. Alves constantly delivered during his eight year career at Barcelona, where he played under four different coaches and was always an undisputed starter.Not surprising for a defender, he never actually got the deserved praises for his contribution to a Barcelona side, whose forwards always grabbed the headlines with each victory and trophy conquest. The 2016 departure of Alves from Barcelona to Juventus on a free transfer exposed numerous deficiencies at the club, thereby highlighting his value to the club.Barcelona to date have failed to find a replacement for the Brazilian at right back, struggled for consistency in both La Liga and UEFA Champions League last season, a competition they were coincidentally knocked out by Juventus in the quarter-final, with Alves playing a huge role in ensuring the famed MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) forward line failed to score a goal in 180 minutes of football over two-legs of the encounter.After spending a season with Juventus, where he earned his third successive league winners medal in two different countries, and also ended up on the losing side in the 2017 UEFA Champions League final, Alves appeared to be headed to Manchester City to reunite with Guardiola after personal wages had been agreed, only for him to make a U-turn at the last minute, rather favouring a move to PSG.Majority felt his switch to the French capital was motivated by money as the Qatari billionaires reportedly doubled the wages offered by Manchester City.The player in his defence insisted that he moved to France because he wanted to be a winner, and he has proven just that, less than a month into his PSG career when he netted his first goal and clinched his first trophy against Monaco at the weekend in Morocco.Considering the two-year deal he signed at PSG, and the quality of the squad on parade at the club, it shouldn’t be surprising if Alves becomes the most decorated footballer of all-time at the end of this season.Relatedlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Terry Fox Run Participants

first_imgThis selection was an easy one for the staff at Mallard’s Source for sports as more than 200 people took to the Nelson waterfront to participate in the 2017 Terry Fox Run.Not only did the participants walk, run or ride the one, two, five or 10 kilometre distances, but Nelsonites joined Canadians from coast to coast in raising $5300.30 right her in Nelson to ensure that cancer research continues to make a difference.Mallard’s Source for sports salutes the organizers and participants with Team of the Week honours. Mallard’s encourages everyone to make it a date for the 38th annual run in September 2018.last_img read more