There was no counterattack there: Steyn was too hot to touch for that. It was good old-fashioned buckling down, doing your best and hoping that the good deliveries are too good for the edge. Then again, Tendulkar played five back-to-back Steyn overs for 10 runs - six of them unintentional - and in this modern world, that calls for an injudicious shot to release the incredible pressure. He reserved the releasing of pressure for Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who bowled well too, but in comparison to Steyn he was like Mother Teresa. Calculated risks were taken: the premeditated pull and the upper-cut in Tsotsobe's first over of the day. … [Read more...] about Tendulkar and Steyn sizzle in a battle for the ages
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No man chases by himself, of course, and Smith could lean on Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers at various stages. But even among them Smith was the predominant batsman in these chases. In the eight successful 200-plus chases he was involved in - and instinctively, we can appreciate that is a lot of successful chases - Smith scored a third of the runs. Repeat this to yourself: one batsman in your side, in a wide range of tricky-to-impossible chases, is a banker to get you as many as a third of the runs. How much easier does that make it? That proportion is the highest of all time, beating out Greg Chappell and - let's just casually drop this here - the Don. … [Read more...] about Don’t forget Graeme Smith, the batsman
Gleeson might have been lost to the game but for an impressive spell with Cumberland in the minor counties. He was subsequently signed on a match-by-match basis by Northants and made his first-class debut aged 27. Barely 18 months later, he was called up to the Lions squad. He is now 32 but, with blessed with sharp pace and a good yorker, that England cap remains tantalisingly close. … [Read more...] about Who are the new names in England frame?
Pittsburgh has several interesting options at receiver if they choose to go after one on the open market. Among those options are veterans Demaryius Thomas, Chris Hogan and Josh Gordon. Thomas, an imposing figure at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, recently said that that he is healthy again after dealing with Achilles and hamstring injuries over the past two years. Hogan, a former Patriot who had a big game against the Steelers in the 2016 AFC Championship Game, missed most of last season after suffering a knee injury. And while off-field issues have prevented him from staying on the field, Gordon, when he is on the field, has proven to be a productive NFL receiver. … [Read more...] about Three moves the Steelers can still make to be Super Bowl contenders, including signing one former MVP
What Cole stands to lose this season could make a serious dent in his Hall of Fame resume when the time comes. He's obviously at the top of his game. What if he was primed for a Cy Young season in which the Yankees won the World Series and he won World Series and ALCS MVP? It's possible. Now there's a chance we get no season, and that debut season in the Bronx is pushed back. Even if we get a half season and Cole wins hardware, many will consider it as having an asterisk next to it. … [Read more...] about Why Yankees’ Gerrit Cole could lose out on hardware and a strengthened Hall of Fame case in 2020