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To coincide with the NRL Women’s Rugby League National Championship, female NRL Touch Football players who are interested in being part of the Women’s Rugby League are invited to apply to join one of two exclusive touch-player teams for an exhibition match in front of NRL Women’s Rugby League selectors on 1st June!Maddie Studdon will work in consultation with the NSW Touch Association, and Chelsea Baker with Queensland Touch Football, to select 12 Touch players for the ‘Studdon Stars’ team and 12 for the ‘Baker Breakers’ team.These Touch players will be given tackle coaching before they go up against each other in a game of 9-a-side rugby league.This Touch players initiative helps give NRL Touch Football a meaningful role separate from the open-to-the-public Talent ID, and elevates the position of Touch players over those from other sports. To support this, the NRL will be assisting the 24 selected Touch players with travel, accommodation, insurance, uniforms and other costs associated with this initiative. Touch women will also take part in the NRL Women’s Rugby League Talent ID the day before, 31st May.Details of the event include the following:Date: 31st May–1st June 2018Ground Location: Owen Park Southport, QueenslandAccommodation: Sea World ResortTo fill in the Expression of Interest form, click here.
Real Betis interested in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinezby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Betis are interested in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.Marca says Martinez has been placed on Real Betis’ radar for a potential January move.The Andalusians have made contact with the Nerazzurri to try to sign the player on loan with a purchase option.Martinez arrived in Italy from Racing Club last summer, for a fee of €25m and has since participated in 16 matches and has scored five goals.The Argentine is seen by Luciano Spalletti as the backup to Mauro Icardi and a move out of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza seems complicated. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Proposed Liverpool kit deal with Nike worth less than current sponsors New Balanceby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool’s proposed new kit deal with US sportswear giant Nike is only worth a guaranteed UK£30 million (US$37 million) per year, according to High Court papers seen by the Times, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure is in stark contrast to the previously reported UK£70 million (US$86 million) per year figure for the Nike deal. Instead, this reported base figure is less than Liverpool’s existing UK£45 million (US$55 million) annual deal with New Balance, which is taking the club to court claiming a contract clause means it can match Nike’s terms.It is also less than the minimum UK£50 million (US$61 million) per year deals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have with Nike, as well as the UK£71 million per year agreement the brand struck with French champions PSG in June.However, Liverpool apparently believe Nike can deliver far greater total revenue for the club than has been generated by their deal with New Balance. This is reflected by a commitment from Nike in the proposed deal to pay the club a 20 per cent royalty on net sales of Liverpool products. It would also promote the club through other influential athletes, such as Serena Williams and LeBron James, and popular musicians associated with the company, including rapper Drake.In addition, the report says Nike will distribute a new kit through ‘6,000 global doors’, compared to New Balance’s 3,000.In response, New Balance believes it can meet demand for Liverpool kit, having delivered tow of the biggest selling home kits for fans. A three-day trial to settle the legal dispute has been listed from 18th October. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde: Slavia Prague an important gameby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says meeting Slavia Prague is an important game for his team’s efforts to secure qualification to the next Champions League round.Barca meet Slavia Prague on Wednesday night.”We expect a great rival, as they have shown in these two Champions League games that they have already played, and remember they eliminated Sevilla last year,” said Valverde.”They attack with many players, show their face, run a lot and will force us to have a great match.”It’s a fundamental game for us and for them.”Things are starting to become clear and that’s why the three points are so important.”
Instagram/SteeleOver the past few weeks, we’ve all been seeing a lot more of ESPN bureau reporter Michele Steele. Why? Because she’s been given the honor of filling in for Chris McKendry with co-host Jay Crawford during the 11:00 AM ET SportsCenter show. Steele, who is usually based in Boston to cover the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics, has done a fantastic job in her new role, leading many to wonder if she’ll ever be given the full-time gig, like her coworker Cari Champion.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Michele SteelePages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
Diego Simeone has not given up hope of Atletico Madrid catching Barcelona in the title race despite suffering their second La Liga defeat of the season at Real Betis.After Barca came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday, Atletico had the chance to close the gap to three points with victory in Seville.However, they were unable to leave the Benito Villamarin with anything after Sergio Canales converted a second-half penalty to seal a 1-0 home win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The loss ends an 18-unbeaten run by the side from the Spanish capital and leaves Atletico six adrift of Barca with 16 games remaining. Yet, head coach Simeone is confident his side can still catch the leaders.”I’m always optimistic, I’m grateful that Barca drew and are not too far away,” he said.”Barca stays within a good range so we are going to continue to work.” | PHOTO GALLERYThe snaps of the #RealBetisAtleti match. https://t.co/BDB1GDPWpp#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/nXbuaAm8r0— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 3, 2019Sunday’s reverse saw Alvaro Morata make his Atletico debut after returning to Spain from Chelsea, but the striker only got one of his four chances on target across 90 minutes.Despite the disappointing display, Simeone was happy with his new addition and hopes the goals will come once he settles into life with the Rojiblancos.”Morata came in and worked well, he was very excited to play, we hope he can continue to grow within this team,” he added.It’s a big month for Atletico, who host local rivals Real Madrid next at the Wanda Metropolitano. Los Rojiblancos are five points clear of Real, yet that gap could be cut to just two if Santiago Solari’s men can overcome Deportivo Alaves on Sunday night.After that Simeone’s charges face Rayo Vallecano on February 16th, before a week later playing Villarreal. Sandwiched in between those league games is Atletico’s tasty Champions League clash against Juventus.The pairing is perhaps the tie of the round, with both sides making it to the final of Europe’s elite competition in the past three years.While Juve represent perhaps one of the toughest opponents in Europe, Atletico will be buoyed by the Old Lady’s recent slump in form, and they have failed to win in their last two matches.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 23: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Sun Life Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Miami is staging a comeback against Notre Dame in South Bend, and wide receiver Ahmmon Richards is doing his part, hurdling the heck out of a Fighting Irish defender.Notre Dame jumped out to a 20-0 lead mid-way through the second quarter, but it has been all Hurricanes since. With just under seven minutes left in the game, Miami leads Notre Dame 27-20, after Miami’s Michael Jackson returned a Notre Dame fumble for a touchdown on a ‘Canes punt.Wide receiver Ahmmon Richards has been very good for the Hurricanes thus far, and had one play that will be on every highlight reel tonight. Notre Dame’s Julian Love is going to want this one back, on the other hand.Ahhhhhhhmon. pic.twitter.com/IvY2bQf9hQ— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 29, 2016Richards has three catches for 51 yards, and two carries for eight yards for the ‘Canes tonight. The game is crucial for both teams. Miami is looking for its first win since the team’s devastating loss to rival Florida State, and Notre Dame is hanging on to the possibility of a bowl game, with a 2-5 record.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a first half pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Following the most embarrassing loss of Scott Frost’s tenure at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers will have to move on and prepare for their next opponent in Purdue.While the Boilermakers are coming off an impressive victory over Boston College, Nebraska’s offense should have their most important playmaker at full strength. Last weekend, it was obvious that Adrian Martinez wasn’t capable of leading the charge against Michigan.Moving over to this weekend, Frost believes a full week of reps will help his versatile quarterback on Saturday.Nebraska football reporter Parker Gabriel revealed Frosts’ comments about Martinez on Twitter.“Continuity there definitely helps, particularly when you’ve got young guys that haven’t played much there. They need those reps and those looks at what they’re going to see.”Frost said Adrian Martinez getting his full allotment of reps this week helps substantially: “Continuity there definitely helps, particularly when you’ve got young guys that haven’t played much there. They need those reps and those looks at what they’re going to see.” #Huskers— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) September 27, 2018Now that Martinez is receiving the majority of snaps at practice, he could be in line for a solid performance.In his first game of the season, Martinez had 187 passing yards and 117 rushing yards. However, last week the dual-threat quarterback only had 22 yards through the air and an interception before getting benched.Nebraska and Purdue will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET, as the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The First Responder Bowl has taken to Twitter to issue a message to the fans who attended today’s game.This afternoon’s contest between Boise State and Boston College was canceled due to weather. There will be no makeup game.Full refunds will be issued to fans who attended the game, at least.“Due to the cancellation of this year’s SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, ticket holders will have the option of a full game ticket refund OR tickets to next year’s game at no cost, with two additional tickets offered per order. Email email@example.com,” the bowl announced.Due to the cancellation of this year’s SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, ticketholders will have the option of a full game ticket refund OR tickets to next year’s game at no cost, with two additional tickets offered per order. Email firstname.lastname@example.org— First Responder Bowl (@FRBowl) December 27, 2018Boston College was leading Boise State, 7-0, at the time of the cancelation.There were a little more than 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter when the contest was called.An ESPN spokesman issued the following statement on the game:“In the interest of safety for our teams and fans, the 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl was unable to be continued. The decision was made after lengthy consultation with emergency personnel, both universities, ESPN and Cotton Bowl Stadium staff.”The game was officially ruled a “no contest.”
DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 21: Daniel Jones #17 of the Duke Blue Devils drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL draft sits just over 24 hours away. NFL teams are doing their final preparations on their respective draft boards before Round 1 of the draft kicks off on Thursday night.Several teams are in desperate need of a quarterback in this draft, but this year’s class isn’t as strong as in past years.Despite the “weak” class, reports suggest four quarterbacks could be selected in the first round. Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock are seen as potential first-round picks.However, another quarterback could be selected in the top-10.Duke’s Daniel Jones has been mocked to the New York Giants at No. 6, though we’ll have to wait and see where he actually ends up.Waiting to find out with him will be his family and girlfriend Ella Bonafede.Bonafede, like Jones, attended Duke. She played on the women’s lacrosse team.Jones will be sitting patiently – or maybe not – waiting for his name to be called in the draft this weekend.Scouts are split on his future in the NFL, some suggest he’s a top-10 pick, while others see him as a career backup.Stay tuned for the first round of the NFL draft, which kicks off on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide helmets lay on the ground with in confetti after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Alabama landed a big commitment on Wednesday afternoon in the form of offensive lineman Damieon George. It was significant in more ways than one.For starters, George, a three-star prospect, holds over two dozen scholarship offers and was highly-recruited by major programs. Secondly, he is a teammate of Houston (Tex.) North Shore five-star running back Zachary Evans, a top-10 national recruit.Evans recently included Alabama in his top five schools.As for George, he is the No. 35 offensive tackle and the 431st-overall recruit in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. “At this time I would like to announce that I am committing to the University of Alabama,” he wrote in his Twitter announcement.Roll Tide 🐘 #AGTG 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/GKXnQAtjSn— Damieongeorge (@damieongeorge) June 5, 2019George is the 18th commitment for the Crimson Tide in 2020. Alabama’s recruiting class is filling up quickly.Currently, the Tide has the top class in the SEC and the No. 2 class in the nation, trailing only Clemson.You can view the team composite recruiting rankings here.
Dhoni, Shaw and Bencic with Federer shine in #10YearChallengeThe sporting world was very much a part of internet’s latest activity, the #10YearChallenge, with photographs of MS Dhoni, Prithvi Shaw, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer taking over.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 11:58 IST #10YearChallenge: MS Dhoni playing the same shot in the same manner 10 years apart. (@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni pictures were posted by ICC and BCCI as part of #10YearChallengeBelinda Bencic posted two photographs showing her journey with Roger FedererRafael Nadal was holding on to his French Open trophies in the photos posted by Roland-GarrosThe #10YearChallenge is internet’s later obsession and it has completely gripped the social media space. The challenge requires one to put up a set of two pictures – one from 10 years ago and the other from the current lot. As the entire social media is buzzing with the challenge, how can the sporting arena be far behind?International Cricket Council (ICC), Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Delhi Capitals have all jumped right into it with the 10-year difference photographs of the star players. Both ICC and BCCI posted MS Dhoni’s pictures as a part of the #10YearChallenge.ICC chose two pictures showing Dhoni play exactly the same shot and captioned it, “@msdhoni still smashing sixes and finishing chases!”. BCCI just posted two pictures of Dhoni showing the 10-year difference.#2009vs2019@msdhoni still smashing sixes and finishing chases! pic.twitter.com/fv0wvz3rnSICC (@ICC) January 15, 2019#10yearchallenge @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/gHyXww1wwXBCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2019ICC also posted a 10-year challenge photo of Ross Taylor and Lasith Malinga, where the former is seen celebrating the milestone in exactly the same style while the latter managing his trademark hair.#2009vs2019Some things never change, @RossLTaylor #10YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/3ph5NM2BvWICC (@ICC) January 15, 2019Still rocking the same iconic hairstyle, Lasith Malinga! #2009vs2019 #10YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/Wcfmnc0Y7SICC (@ICC) January 16, 2019Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, posted an extremely adorable set of photographs of Prithvi Shaw celebrating a ton. One photo shows Shaw celebrating a hundred as a kid with a bright smile on his face while another shows him celebrate his first hundred for India.advertisement.@PrithviShaw’s #10YearChallenge is the only motivation you need.#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitalsPicture courtesy: Mumbai Mirror, NewsClick pic.twitter.com/fJ7T0AcZqoDelhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) January 16, 2019Delhi Capitals also did a #10YearChallenge of Hanuma Vihari captioning it as, “A lot has changed in the last 10 years. @HanumaVihari’s focus level hasn’t.”A lot has changed in the last 10 years. @HanumaVihari’s focus level hasn’t #10YearChallenge #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/MUS0bMVkkUDelhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) January 16, 2019Manchester United took their fans and their star player Paul Pogba back in time by completing the 10-year challenge showing the midfielder in United jersey from 10 years ago and today.Let’s take a #Pogback in time… #10YearChallenge @PaulPogba #MUFC pic.twitter.com/id8muMtYbYManchester United (@ManUtd) January 15, 2019Perhaps one of the brightest and most feel good #10YearChallenge came from Cricket World Cup handle, which posted photographs of Afghanistan’s growth as a cricketing nation in the last 10 years.Afghanistan:2009: Playing their first ODI2019: Playing at their second World Cup#10YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/tp4SJCJdcPCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 16, 2019#10YearChallenge, however, might have been won by Belinda Bencic, who recently won her second straight Hopman Cup title for Switzerland along with tennis legend Roger Federer.Bencic took to Twitter to post a couple of pictures with Federer, showing the 10-year journey she has had with one of the biggest sporting stars in the world.(Plus,minus)- 10 Year Challenge @rogerfederer #10yearchallenge pic.twitter.com/2lAvyKMNj6Belinda Bencic (@BelindaBencic) January 17, 2019Roland-Garros posted a photo of Rafael Nadal from 2008 and 2018 and of course, Nadal was doing just the one thing — holding the French Open trophy close to himself.Our #10yearschallenge 2008 vs 2018 @RafaelNadal#RG19 pic.twitter.com/i7Vy6U6zYXRoland-Garros (@rolandgarros) January 16, 2019Let’s take a trip down memory lane #10YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/REoegFhaXjBritish Tennis (@BritishTennis) January 16, 2019Safe to say that our home has aged well…#JamKeKhelo #10yearchallenge pic.twitter.com/AHWtCbRw1VJamshedpur FC (@JamshedpurFC) January 16, 2019Also See | MS Dhoni warms up for series decider against Australia at MCG. WatchAlso Read | Rishabh Pant posts photo with girlfriend Isha Negi. Fans can’t keep calmAlso Watch | England cricket team dressing room has a hungry, unique visitorFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow #10YearChallengeFollow MS DhoniFollow Prithvi ShawFollow Paul PogbaFollow Rafael NadalFollow Roger FedererFollow Hanuma Vihari
Vinesh Phogat bags bronze in new weight category in Asian Wrestling ChampionshipsVinesh Phogat claimed bronze after defeating Qianyu Pang of China 8-1 in the repechage round in the 53kg weight category at the Asian Wrestling Championships.advertisement Press Trust of India X’ianApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 17:54 IST Vinesh Phogat defeated Qianyu Pang of China to get bronze (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh Phogat bagged bronze in the Asian Wrestling ChampionshipsVinesh defeated Jo Cih Chiu of Taipei in the 53kg repechage roundVinesh beat Qianyu Pang of China 8-1 in the bronze medal play-offAsian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat clinched a bronze in her new 53kg weight category at the Asian Wrestling Championships in X’ian on Friday.Vinesh has moved up to a higher category from 50kg in which she had won a gold in the Jakarta Asian Games, after rejig of weight classes by the world governing body for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.She had competed in 53kg at the UWW Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tourney in Bulgaria last month and won a silver medal.Vinesh had a disappointing start as she lost to Mayu Mukaida of Japan, who came through the qualification round. The Japanese was declared a 10-0 winner in a victory by technical superiority verdict.But since her opponent reached the final, Vinesh featured in the repechage round where she beat Jo Cih Chiu of Taipei in a 6-0 victory by fall verdict.In the bronze medal play-off, Vinesh beat Qianyu Pang of China 8-1.In the women’s 72kg category, Kiran crashed out in the quarterfinals as she lost 4-7 on points at the hands of Zhamila Bakbergenova of Kazakhstan.Also Read | Asian Wrestling Championships: Divya Kakran and Manju Kumari bag bronze for IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Vinesh PhogatFollow Bronze medalFollow Asian Wrestling Championships Next
Associated Press LondonJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 23:38 IST Roger Federer advanced to 4th round of Wimbledon 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer advanced into 4th round of Wimbledon for 17th tieFederer defeated Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Centre Court on SaturdayRafael Nadal has also reached into the 4th round of the tournamentRoger Federer broke yet another Wimbledon record by reaching the fourth round for the 17th time.The eight-time Wimbledon champion beat Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Centre Court to eclipse Jimmy Connors’ mark of 16 fourth-round appearances at the All England Club.Federer also became the first player man or woman to reach 350 match wins in Grand Slam tournaments.Federer saved a break point at both 3-3 and 5-5 in the first set, then won six straight games to take a 4-0 lead in the second. Pouille managed to hold serve throughout the third set, saving a match point at 6-5. But in the tiebreaker, he netted a backhand on Federer’s third match point.Federer will next face 17th-seeded Matteo Berrettini, who defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3.Earlier in the day, Rafael Nadal drew level with Bjorn Borg with his 51st victory at Wimbledon, beating two-time semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the third round.Nadal beat Tsonga on Centre Court in a match that wasn’t nearly as taxing as his second-round victory over Nick Kyrgios. He never faced a break point, broke Tsonga five times, and served out the match with an ace.It was their first meeting at a Grand Slam tournament since the 2008 Australian Open, when Tsonga beat Nadal in the semifinals.Nadal is now tied for eighth with Borg on the men’s all-time list of most match wins at the All England Club, where he won the title in 2008 and 2010.Also See | Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova reach 4th roundAlso See | Wimbledon 2019: Kei Nishikori earns 400th career winAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Roger FedererFollow Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal sees off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Federer into 4th round for 17th timeEying his 21st Grand Slam, Roger Federer defeated Lucas Pouille to advance into 4th round of Wimbledon 2019 on Saturday.advertisement Next
India vs South Africa: India tour caused mental scars, saya Faf Du PlessisAfter losing the 3-match series 3-0 as India won the final Test by an inning and 202 runs, South Africa skipper Faf Du Plessis said a tour like this reveals that there’s a lot of mental scars.advertisement Press Trust of India RanchiOctober 22, 2019UPDATED: October 22, 2019 17:14 IST South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis ( AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFaf Du Plessis said they have to find the right people to build the sideSouth Africa could not pose a fight against formidable India, losing all the matches by heavy marginsBlaming Cricket South Africa, the visiting skipper further said the tour exposed the lack of planningHumiliated by a ruthless India, the South African team will go back with ‘mental scars’ as skipper Faf du Plessis rued a lack of vision that impeded phasing out of their great players.South Africa could not pose a fight against formidable India, losing all the matches by heavy margins.”A tour like this reveals that there’s a lot of mental scars that can happen and then obviously it’s difficult to come out of that hole,” Du Plessis said after they conceded their heaviest defeat to India in the third Test.”It’s just a relentless, ruthlessness the way they put big totals on the board every time. The effect it has on you mentally as a batting lineup, it takes a lot of energy and it takes a lot of toll and that’s why you could see towards the end our batting was mentally weak. You don’t want to be mentally weak.”Blaming Cricket South Africa, the visiting skipper further said the tour exposed the lack of planning as they did not think for future after greats like Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers retired.”It shows that our structures are not where they need to be. The gap between domestic cricket and International cricket. If you look back three or four years and if someone had the vision of saying, in three or four years’ time there will be a lot of inexperienced guys. A lot of 34, 35, 36 year olds could possible retire. So what do you do to make sure you get yourself ready for when that time comes?advertisement”And possibly we are guilty of not planning or when these guys going at the same time. And now you’ve got to replace not only one player but four or five of your best players. Perhaps we could’ve been a little bit smarter in our planning phase, and the phasing out of the great players,” he said.Barring their first innings in the opening Test in Vizag, the Proteas never really troubled India in the three-Test series as their batting slumped in every match.At Vizag, Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock’s century-plus partnership helped them post 431 in reply to India’s 502 for seven declared but in Pune and Ranchi they cut a sorry figure.”We played our best match in the first Test and the consistent pressure that was on us made us weaker every Test match that we played. That therefore tells me that we’re not mentally strong enough as a team and that some work is required on that department.”Having lost their last series in 2015 in spin-friendly conditions, South Africa also got a big jolt as it was the Indian pace battery which came up trumps despite the absence of spearhead Jasprit Bumrah.During the 2015 series, Indian fast bowlers only picked up a total of eight wickets across the four Tests but this time, Umesh Yadav finished the series with 11 wickets with an average of 12.18, while Mohammed Shami took 13 at 14.76 apiece.”They were spot-on. I thought the way the Indian seamers showed us how to bowl. The pace that they bowled, the consistency that they bowled, the skill that they showed, outclassed us as a fast bowling attack. There is learning for us in that when we playing the subcontinent that our style of bowling is not successful.”He further said they badly missed Dale Steyn.Du Plessis said it was a really a tough challenge for him to see through a smooth transition as the team lacks experience.”We’ve had a very mature Test team for a while. All guys who played 30-40 Test matches, and now you look in the dressing room and it’s 5, 6, 7, 8 or 10 Test matches.”Asked about the way forward, Du Plessis said they have to find the right people to build the side.”It’s a rebuilding phase. You have to start identifying characters that will drive the team forward. You look for personalities within a team that you see in 3-4-5-6 years to come. And then the process starts. It’s a tough place to start right at the beginning.”The process will probably take a little bit longer. So for me, our next journey now is trying to make sure that we get a lot stronger as a cricketing team mentally. So if there’s work that needs to be done in that department, then so be it.Also Read | Happy to make teams dance to our tunes: Mohammed Shami after Test heroics vs South AfricaAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Faf Du Plessis Next
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