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“Against the spin, I know I’ve got a few more shots” – Steve Smith on his technique on subcontinent pitches



Australian batter Steve Smith is one of the better players of spin in the squad at the moment.

The right-handed batter averages over 40 in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Smith will have a huge role to play when the visitors take on the Lankans in a two-match Test series. Australia were on the receiving end of a 3-0 scoreline the last time they played the longest format in the island nation.

Earlier this year, playing for the first time in Pakistan, Smith scored 226 runs in four innings with three fifties to his name. The largely flat surfaces ended up being in favor of Australia as they notched up a 1-0 series win in the subcontinent.

Steve Smith will look to shift his approach against the turning ball in the upcoming Test series, for which his normally obsessive preparation has been curbed #SLvAUS…

Feeling that he should have converted his fifties into big scores in Pakistan, Steve Smith said on the “Unplayable” podcast:

“I probably had three opportunities to get hundreds in Pakistan, I just didn’t quite convert them. I feel like my plans were in a pretty decent place, but I could’ve potentially been a bit more aggressive against the spin over there, and played a few more shots.”

The former captain also talked about switching gears with respect to the ball’s condition. He said:

“When the ball gets a bit softer, it’s reversing, you have to rein it back in until you get your moment to go a bit more aggressive. But against the spin, I know I’ve got a few more shots that I can potentially bring out and put a bit more pressure back on the bowler.”

The Test series against Sri Lanka will begin on June 29 at the Galle International Stadium. Smith will also have his eye on the challenging four-match series against India early next year.

“It’s probably the toughest thing to face a reversing ball” – Steve Smith

Australia marked their first trip to Pakistan in over 23 years with a slender 1-0 series win following a thrilling victory in the final Test. Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith starred with the bat for the visitors against a potent bowling unit led by Shaheen Afridi.

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Claiming that it was tricky to play aggressive shots against reverse swing, Smith said:

“I was also batting at stages where the ball was reversing quite big and I know as a batter coming in next, it’s probably the toughest thing to face a reversing ball on those kinds of wickets against some good bowlers in (Shaheen) Afridi and Hasan Ali.”

He added:

“So it’s playing the game and being patient and playing the tempo, which we spoke a lot about in Pakistan; against the new ball you can play a few more shots, like I did in the third Test when I got in a little bit earlier, and got some boundaries away early.”

Steve Smith is currently battling a quad injury and was not part of Australia’s recent ODI defeats against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

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Who won yesterday’s TNPL match 2022, SS vs NRK – Match 4?



Salem Spartans squared off against the Nellai Royal Kings in the fourth match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2022 at the Indian Cement Company Ground in Tirunelveli on Saturday (June 25). It was a comprehensive victory from the Royal Kings as they made it two in two.

Nellai Royal Kings skipper Baba Indrajith won the toss and opted to bowl first. The Spartans got off to a fantastic start as they scored 54 runs in the powerplay, losing two wickets. R Kavin and Daryl Ferrario joined hands and put up a solid partnership for the third wicket. The duo were cruising but the fall of Kavin’s wicket in the 15th over led to a collapse.

Kavin departed on 48 and the Spartans lost their way as they slipped from 121/2 to 149/7 at the end of their 20 overs. Ferrario remained unbeaten on 60 off 49 balls and helped his side get close to 150. Athisayaraj Davidson and NS Harish picked up two wickets each for the Royal Kings.

Royal Kings’ batters step up to make it two in two

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ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 – Semi Final: India v New Zealand

In response, the Royal Kings kept building solid partnerships. Contributions from Laxmesha Suryaprakash (35), Baba Aparajith (32) and a brilliant cameo from G Ajitesh (48* off 25 balls) helped them chase down the total in the 18th over. G Kishoor picked up two wickets for the Spartans but they failed to fire as a unit and were unsuccessful in defending the total.

The Nellai Royal Kings have played two games and won both. After beating the defending champions in their opening game, they carried forward their winning momentum as they beat the Salem Spartans in their following game.

The Spartans were outplayed in their opening game and need to be on their toes in their next game to bounce back in the competition. The Royal Kings go to the top of the table with this win.

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Astros throw combined no-hitter in win over Yankees



The Houston Astros threw a combined no-hitter as they defeated the New York Yankees 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Starter Cristian Javier lasted seven innings with Hector Neris pitching in relief for the eighth inning and Ryan Pressly closed it out at Yankees Stadium.

Javier threw a career-high 13 strikeouts. He issued a walk in the first inning to Josh Donaldson, who also reached base on an error in the seventh when third baseman Alex Bregman threw past first following a grounder.

The Astros (45-26) and Yankees (52-20) close out their four-game series on Sunday afternoon.

It’s the third no-hitter of the season already. Five New York Mets pitchers combined against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 29 and Reid Detmers of the Los Angeles Angels accomplished the feat solo against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 10.

Houston’s previous no-hitter was by Justin Verlander on Sept. 1, 2019, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

— With files from The Associated Press.

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Karriss Artingstall dominates Vaida Masiokaite to win professional debut



Karriss Artingstall, a bronze medallist at the Tokyo Olympic Games, made a seamless transition to the professional sport as she hammered out a six-round points win over Vaida Masiokaite.

At the Skydome Arena in Coventry, Artingstall took command of her bout with Masiokaite from the start, marching in close, drawing punches from her opponent to hammer in her own power shots.

She began to shake Masiokaite with right hooks that clipped the chin and upped her intensity in the fourth round, driving in combinations.

Fighting from the southpaw stance the Olympic featherweight bronze medallist lined up a heavy left cross, blasting it through the Lithuanian’s guard. Masiokaite was feeling the pressure and Artingstall hit with crisp, solid power.

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Karriss Artingstall admits she had nerves ahead of her pro-debut, but enjoyed her win over Vaida Masiokaite.

There were hints that Masiokaite could be about to unravel but she is resilient, she’s only been stopped inside the distance once and that was against Chantelle Cameron, now a unified world champion all the way up at super-lightweight.

Masiokaite hung tough but Artingstall took all six rounds to finish a 60-54 points winner.

“I enjoyed it,” Aringstall said afterwards.

“[I was] more nervous for the ring walk to be honest, but once that first bell goes it’s what I live for day in day out, so I’m used to it.”

Karriss Artingstall
Karriss Artingstall punishes Vaida Masiokaite with solid punch power (Photo: Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER)

Tyler Denny won a tremendous battle for the English middleweight title against local Coventry man River Wilson-Bent. Denny, a southpaw, piled forward, getting himself onto the front foot and working up close.

He shook Wilson-Bent with lead right hooks and dictated where the bout was fought, forcing his opponent to the ropes and attacking the body.

A point off for clinching put Wilson-Bent in an even worse position. But he showed tremendous heart, roaring back in the final round to tag Denny with hurtful shots in the corner.

The decision was split, with judge Steve Gray scoring 96-94 for Wilson-Bent. But Terry O’Connor and Kevin Parker both had it for Denny, 97-93 and 96-93 respectively.

After Spain’s Carlos Perez stung BOXXER Series tournament winner Cori Gibbs with right crosses in the early going, the Birmingham switch hitter took control and boxed his way to a 79-73 points win over eight rounds.

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