ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith overtakes Kane Williamson, closes in on Virat Kohli

first_imgAustralia’s Steve Smith gained one place to reach the second position among batsmen while India skipper Virat Kohli retained his number one position in the latest ICC Test batsmen’s rankings.Steve Smith went on to score a valiant 92 in Lord’s Test after hitting successive centuries to steer Australia to a 251 run win over England in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.Despite being banned for a year, Smith replaced Kane Williamson and is only nine points behind table-topper Virat Kohli.Pat Cummins, meanwhile, has strengthened his hold on the ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers, reaching career-high ranking points.Several Australians have made noteworthy strides in the batting rankings owing to their performances in the ongoing Ashes series. Travis Head climbed two spots to No.18, while Marnus Labuschagne has jumped 16 spots on the table to be No.82.Their English rivals, notably Ben Stokes (six spots up to No.26), Jonny Bairstow (seven spots up to No.30) and Rory Burns (17 spots up to No.64) have made advances too.However, Australia’s top-order players David Warner (down four), Usman Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft (both down five) have lost out.Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, whose brilliant 122 in the first Test helped his team claim a six-wicket win over New Zealand, has broken into the top 10, climbing four spots to No.8, the highest he has been in his seven-year Test career.Among bowlers, Archer, who returned match figures of 5/91 in his debut Test at Lord’s, has broken through in the rankings to 83rd. Jack Leach, who was playing only his sixth Test, climbed eight spots to be No.40. The left-arm spinner, who made his Test debut against New Zealand last year, has already picked up 24 wickets at an average of 24.16.advertisementAlso Read | I want to be 100 percent fit: Steve Smith on availability for 3rd Ashes TestAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Australia PM blasts English fans for booing injured Steve SmithAlso See:last_img read more

Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev help Team Europe retain Laver Cup vs Team World

first_imgAfter Roger Federer secured a must-win victory for Team Europe, Alexander Zverev ensured the Laver Cup was retained Sunday in a title-deciding super-tiebreaker against Milos Raonic of Team World.Zverev fired a cross-court forehand winner to clinch a 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 victory in the decisive singles match and give the Europeans a 13-11 win in points.After Zverev fell to the ground in triumph, he disappeared from view under a pile of celebrating teammates including Federer, Rafael Nadal and their captain Bjorn Borg.Tennis great Rod Laver, for whom the event co-owned by Federer is named, presented the trophy to the Europeans, watched by the world team captained by John McEnroe.”I played an unbelievable tiebreaker,” Zverev said. “I’m super happy and super thankful to Roger and Rafa and the rest of the team. Without them on the bench today, I couldn’t have done it.”What happens in the champions’ locker room, stays on Twitter.#LaverCup | #TeamEurope pic.twitter.com/dD1oSuLY46Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 22, 2019Two hours earlier, Federer had delighted a sold-out crowd of 17,000 in his home country by beating John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (3) to set up the winner-take-all finale.The European team also won the first two Laver Cup editions, played in 2017 in Prague and last year in Chicago.Europe began Sunday leading 7-5 in a scoring system that gave one point for a win on Friday and two on Saturday. Victories in the doubles and each of three singles matches scored three points on Sunday.#TeamEurope #LaverCup pic.twitter.com/xe24KSe0JZadvertisementLaver Cup (@LaverCup) September 22, 2019Nadal scratched from Europe’s intended lineup in both the opening doubles with Federer and the first singles due to an inflamed hand.Isner and doubles specialist Jack Sock then beat Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas 5-7, 6-4, 10-8.Nadal’s replacement in singles, No. 5 ranked Dominic Thiem, was beaten 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-5 by Taylor Fritz in a second straight match decided by the super-tiebreaker.Fritz was a late replacement for Nick Kyrgios, who like Nadal scratched after both had played in singles and doubles on Saturday.Strong play by the Americans on Sunday gave the world team an overall lead for the first time in the three-day competition.Geneva, your #LaverCup 2019 champions: #TeamEurope!@AlexZverev @rogerfederer @ThiemDomi @StefTsitsipas @RafaelNadal @fabiofogna pic.twitter.com/tkjanbSmpFLaver Cup (@LaverCup) September 22, 2019Isner and Sock improved to 3-0 in Laver Cup doubles, and the 30th-ranked Fritz overcame Austria’s Thiem.”This has to be one of the biggest wins of my career,” Fritz said. “I’m the kind of person that really doesn’t want to let my team down.”With Europe needing to sweep the last two rubbers, Federer came through in a typically tight match against Isner with few break-point chances.”I’m thrilled that I was able to give something back to the team,” Federer said. “Obviously to see Rafa on the sidelines after having to pull out with an injury, it’s great camaraderie I feel.”Also Read | Wrist injury forces Nadal to withdraw from Laver Cup matches on final dayAlso Read | We need to be more clear with the fingers: Nadal tells Tsitsipas in hilarious videoAlso Read | Spin, slice… you know, like in the old days: Roger Federer advises Rafael Nadallast_img read more

William Shatner says a nice big donation can settle Hamilton condo

William Shatner is asking condo developer Brad Lamb to make a sizable donation to his charity after the Star Trek star’s name was used to advertise a condo unit in Hamilton.Last week, the Montreal-born actor called out Lamb on Twitter for using his name and caricature likeness in brochures to sell the million-dollar unit. Mr. @BradJLamb it has come to my attention you are using my name & caricature likeness in your brochures to sell real estate. You are also using the name & likeness of @hwinkler4real & others I do not recall giving you permission to use my name or likeness https://t.co/EBG2lbGBYr pic.twitter.com/moN5n351py— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 22, 2017Lamb later issued a statement saying his intention was to pay tribute to the stars and that his company was making every effort to remove references to Shatner and the other celebrities from promotional material.But Shatner tweeted late Monday, “Removing my name doesn’t exonerate you for damages for using my brand in a commercial venture. I understand you are a kind gentleman; let’s settle this like gentlemen.”He then proposed Lamb give “a nice big donation” to Shatner’s charity in lieu of having to talk to his laywers.Television City is a $360-million project by the Lamb Development Corporation which includes plans to build two connected towers at Jackson and Caroline streets. It’s set to take over the current home of CHCH TV studios, however, CHCH TV is not involved in the development. read more