Cricket News Steve Smith joins Rajasthan Royals team for IPL 2019

first_img“It’s about making sure that we are aligned with the team values moving forward. I’ve obviously been out for 12 months and there’s been a big change, which is great, and it’s about us accepting that playing what our roles should be in the team moving forward,” said Warner. Smith seconded his views saying the focus of the meetings were about, “the values that are sort of instilled in the team at the moment and making sure we are on the right path looking forward to what’s coming up – a huge World Cup and an Ashes series in England. It’s pretty exciting times ahead for the team and just making sure everyone’s on the right path and heading in the same direction.”There’s been a lot of talk around Australian cricket over the last few months about how the dressing-room would welcome back the former leaders following their suspension. Coach Justin Langer elaborated on the bonhomie and camaraderie between the returning duo in dramatic fashion saying, “It is like two brothers coming back home. Brothers leave home for different reasons in families. So nice to have them back. They’ve been received really well. We had a good night together last night. It’s great to have them back in the team.”Langer also believed that the duo’s “hunger for playing well and to make a lot of runs” will bode well for the team going forward and also about how he hoped the team could continue building on the present culture and continue making “Australians proud”.” They’ve gone through a really tough time. A 12-month suspension is unprecedented really. As a coach, when you got two guys with their runs and experience coming back into a team that’s doing well, that’s pretty exciting,” he said.”I love going there and playing that tournament. It’s a great feel, great buzz, and good energy and India always put on a good show,” Warner added. Langer too felt that the IPL would allow his two key players to get back into the “rhythm of high-class cricket” and about being confident that they’ll both get plenty out of it and be prepared for their eventual comebacks to the team in England. Steve Smith missed IPL 2018 due to the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.Smith and David Warner were banned for one-year due to the controversy.Smith and Warner’s bans will end by the end of March. New Delhi: March is already proving to a glorious month in the life of Steve Smith. With his one-year ban for the ball-tampering scandal coming to an end by end of the month, Smith has reconnected with the Australian cricket team in Dubai and now, he is back in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals. Smith joined the Royals in Jaipur and he will attend the camp on Sunday. David Warner, also banned for one year due to the scandal, is also returning to the IPL and will join the Sunrisers Hyderabad training camp on Saturday. The duo spent some time in Dubai where both Australia and Pakistan will be playing a bilateral series. Steve Smith and David Warner have revealed to have felt like “they’d never left” after getting to spend some time with the Australian squad. With less than two weeks to go for their year-long bans to come to an end, both former captains insisted on the players have been very “welcoming” and “accepting”.”It’s been awesome. It’s like we didn’t really leave. The boys were very accepting of us coming in, with open arms and a lot of big hugs and cuddles and no it’s been great,” said Warner.Smith and Warner will be available for selection from March 29 and are expected to be brought back into the mix in England for the World Cup and the Ashes. Though the team struggled to find the rhythm post their suspension, a 3-2 victory in India would have surely given them a much-needed boost. “It seems like there’s really good energy around the group at the moment coming off the back of what was a really terrific win in India. The spirits are really high and the boys have had a few down days, and slowly getting ready obviously for the upcoming series against Pakistan. But, it’s been great to be back around the group,” he said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

How Ange Bradley finally got the national title she’s been chasing for 25 years

first_imgANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ange Bradley paced back and forth, rolling a ball across the top of Ocker Field before the start of the national championship game. After the University of Michigan received a record 10.7 inches of snow the day before, Bradley wanted to see how the ball played across the wet and cold blue surface — very much entrenched in the present.Her 2015 Orange sat little over an hour away from its biggest game and Bradley wanted nothing left to chance, not even the slightest bounce. The team preparing in the locker had been engineered the very same way, piece by piece and with little to no room for uncertainties.But after 70 minutes of play and amid the national championship celebration, Bradley was finally able to remove herself from the moment, look back on her achievements and realize exactly what she had accomplished.Lifted far above the rest of the festivities occurring at midfield by her backs Lies Lagerweij and Roos Weers, Ange Bradley looked at her team — the first women’s national championship team in Syracuse history — and simply smiled.“I’m numb. I’ve been chasing this dream for 25 years,” Bradley said. “… I have no feeling because it’s so unreal. I’m just so proud of these women.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow finished with her ninth season as Syracuse field hockey’s head coach, Bradley has led the Orange to eight straight NCAA tournaments, four final fours and now two national championship games. But until Syracuse (21-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated North Carolina (21-3, 4-2), 4-2, Sunday, the biggest achievement had always eluded her.When things looked bleakest in the title game after two North Carolina goals tied the game, Bradley helped turn the tide with a crucial timeout.“(A motivating time out) is all it is at this time,” Bradley said. “There’s tactics obviously, but great players make plays and it’s keeping the confidence high and keeping positive and keeping the belief and staying in the moment.”Following the timeout, Syracuse looked recharged and began to play more like the team that scored two goals in the game’s first 18 minutes. After earning a penalty corner, Syracuse netted its third goal of the game to break the tie and pull away from the Tar Heels.It all began after falling 1-0 to Connecticut in the 2014 national championship. Bradley set her sights on architecting a team that could once again reach field hockey’s biggest stage.SU returned 71 percent of its total scoring from last year, but retooled with the additions of Dutch graduate student Alma Fenne (47 points), Northeastern and second-team All American transfer Emma Lamison (22) and freshman starting backs Roos Weers (37) and Wilson (four).Bradley moved 2014 starting forwards Laura Hurff and Lies Lagerweij to midfielder and center back, respectively. Liz Sack left her reserve role and started the season’s final five games after Bradley saw promise in her forward play in the ACC tournament semifinal. As a result, Sack added nine points in the Orange’s four-game NCAA tournament run.For Bradley, the focus didn’t ever rest on one player. Making Syracuse the best team possible was the only thing that mattered.On Sunday, Bradley’s team wasn’t just the best it could be. Syracuse cemented itself as the best team in the country.“(Bradley’s) game plan every time has been incredible,” Emma Russell said. “I don’t think there’s a coaching staff that deserves it more than ours.” Comments Published on November 22, 2015 at 9:13 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edu Related Stories Syracuse field hockey becomes 1st women’s team in school history to win national championshipJess Jecko’s late saves help lead Syracuse to national championship winEmma Russell sets points record en route to national championship winGallery: Syracuse field hockey wins national titleStorify: Fans react to Syracuse field hockey’s first national titlecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more