‘Brilliant’ ECB share critical bio-security info with CA

first_imgENGLAND have put aside their historic on-field rivalry with Australia to share vital information with how they have handled the restart of international cricket amid the coronavirus pandemic.England and the West Indies ended international cricket’s 117-day hiatus last week when the first Test was played in a ‘bubble’ at Southampton’s Rose Bowl, where players and support staff stayed in the on-site hotel and followed strict bio-security measures. The second Test starts tonight (AEST) at Old Trafford.Those necessary steps ensured a successful and safe return of Test cricket and provided a blueprint for how future tours can be staged around the world.How the first Test played out was of particular interest to Cricket Australia (CA), whose men’s limited-overs tour of England is set for September following a reschedule due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Australia today named a preliminary group of 26 players for the proposed six-match tour, consisting of three one-day internationals and three T20s, which is set to be reduced should the tour be given the green light.CA Executive General Manager of National Teams Ben Oliver says he has been in constant dialogue with his counterparts at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about how they have managed the complex and evolving challenges of staging international cricket in the time of the coronavirus.“The ECB have been brilliant at engaging with us about their plans and what they’re experiencing currently in running the Test series with the West Indies, and they’re also scheduled to have Pakistan and Ireland before us,” Oliver said today. “There’s no doubt learnings will be taken from that and we’re in regular discussion with them and how that’s evolving.“They should be commended on getting international cricket up and running and I’ve got a degree of confidence in what they’re able to produce there.“They’re focused in on international cricket and a couple of venues in particular which is an interesting learning.“We’re hopeful, we’re optimistic but there are some complexities in (Australia’s potential) tour that we still need to work through and we’re doing that as quickly as we can to try and give everyone some certainty.”One of the major challenges with touring abroad is the quarantine process upon arrival and when returning home.As of July 3, travellers from Australia do not need to self-isolate for 14 days in England, which would allow the Australian cricketers to train and prepare as soon as they touch down albeit in compliance with strict bio-security measures.Pakistan were made to quarantine upon arrival in England for a fortnight before they could begin their preparation for their three-Test tour, to be played in Southampton and Manchester, the same venues as the West Indies series.While Australia’s players and support staff won’t need to quarantine in England they will have to self-isolate when they return to Australia, from either the UK or perhaps the Indian Premier League should it be rescheduled, which could have an impact on their preparations for the start of the home summer.“We obviously take the quarantine requirements very seriously and it’s important we understand that fully before a decision on the tour is made,” Oliver said.“For elite athletes generally the ability to train and stay fit and keep ticking over is an important factor but the health and safety of the players and staff  and the public health component is most critical.“Quarantine arrangements are not in place, they’re not confirmed but they do exist in terms of general international travel so that’s something that we’re working through but it is a consideration.”Oliver says the 26 players announced yesterday will continue to prepare with their respective state programs, including those based in Victoria, which has been hit by a second wave of the coronavirus.CA is monitoring the situation in Victoria, and the other states and territories, to make sure all players can adequately prepare for the England tour if selected.“As it currently stands they (state players) are able to continue to operate in a really strict environment and that’s enabling them to prepare,” Oliver said.“It’s a bit of a watch and see at the moment just to see how all that unfolds. “And obviously there’s a critical path there that we need to monitor to make sure that if the tour can proceed we give players across all states and territories the best chance to be part of that tour.”(Cricket.com.au)last_img read more

Syracuse ice hockey offensive improvement fuels late season push

first_img Published on January 23, 2017 at 10:59 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Junior forward Stephanie Grossi said it was only a matter of time before the results would come. By crashing the net and focusing on rebounds, Syracuse has won four straight to put itself two points away from first place in the conference.“If you’re getting shots on net, you’re doing something right,” Grossi said. “The goals should be coming with the shots. … It’s one of the most frustrating things ever (not scoring on chances) and I think that happens to us a lot. … The little details are going to make a difference in finishing those plays.”Since a 7-2 loss to Cornell on Jan. 10, Syracuse (9-10-5, 8-2-2 College Hockey America) has outscored opponents 15-2. Save the occasional penalty, SU has dominated possession for most of the games and found scoring from a more balanced attack. In the last four games, SU has outshot opponents 142-59, peppering goalies from the blue line in.After scoring only 41 goals in the 20 games before the streak, SU is executing and putting shots on net. It’s now capitalizing on chances that were once missed. The team now sits at 2.3 goals and 27.3 shots per game.Better body positioning has helped. Anticipation on picking shot location rather than just shooting blindly and taking accurate shots has helped Syracuse’s scoring opportunities, too. With a power play that has scored only 13 times in 109 tries, a 11.9 percent clip, SU is sharper on the ice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If you actually look and pick corners and shoot to score, … it can make a big difference,” Laurence Porlier said. “It means we were all over them during the whole game.“You can outshoot a team and still lose.”Future opponent and conference leader Robert Morris (16-2-6, 9-1-2 CHA) visits this weekend. The Colonials give up only 2.2 goals and 27.3 shots per game, so Syracuse will have to keep up its current pace to have a shot at claiming first place in the conference.“It’s psychological, and we’ve really been working on it,” head coach Paul Flanagan said of the team’s goal to stay consistent. “We might have a good first period, a bad second period, good third period … you got to put 120 minutes together (on back-to-backs). It might be 180 to win a championship.” Commentslast_img read more

Open continues without disruption

first_imgDespite two double bogeys and two bogeys, Graeme McDowell is still in the red for his round – He’s now on 2-under for the week, one behind Padraig Harrington who tees-off in about an hour.Amateur Paul Dunne on 6-under is still the best of the Irish and he’s underway at 20 past 2.He’s got a battle on his hands for the silver medal, though, as English amateur, Ashley Chesters has rocketed up the leaderboard to join him on minus-6. Overnight leader Dustin Johnson is off at 3 on a score of 10-under.The American is one shot clear of his nearest challenger and playing partner, Danny Willett, who’s on 9-under.Paul Lawrie is one further back at 8-under, with a pack of six on 7-under.last_img read more

Dodgers at Tigers: Ryu vs. Boyd, TV, time & more (Saturday)

first_imgDODGERS at TIGERSWhen: Saturday, 1:05 p.m.Where: Comerica Park Hates to face: Nick Castellanos, 2 for 2, 2BLoves to face: NoneTIGERS LHP MATT BOYD (5-6, 5.68)Vs. Dodgers: First gameAt Comerica Park: 6-6, 4.60 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img TV: SportsNet LATHE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP HYUN-JIN RYU (4-6, 3.63)Vs. Tigers: 0-1, 27.00At Comerica Park: 0-1, 27.00last_img