Steve Smith wins top position in official test battle ranking before returning Old Trafford Ashes
- Steve Smith from Australia has returned to the top of the world batting ranking
- The 30-year-old has replaced Indian Virat Kohli at the top of the list
- Smith has re-entered Australia & # 39; s team to play England in the fourth Ashes test
- The former captain made 378 runs in the first two tests of the series
Steve Smith has regained the world's top position batting ranking after his performances in the current Ashes series.
Former Australian Captain Smith, 30, has replaced India & # 39; s Virat Kohli as number one in the International Cricket Council batting list announced Tuesday.
Smith has a chance to strengthen his place at the top in the fourth Ashes Test, which starts in Old Trafford on Wednesday.
First test at Edgbaston: 144 & 142
Second test at Lord: 92 & retired
Third test in Headingley: Wounded
India-skipper Kohli dropped to number two in the rankings after his first-ball duck during his 257 run victory on his part against the West Indies in the second test in Jamaica.
Smith, who returns to Australia's spearhead in Old Trafford after missing the third test in Headingley because of the consequences of a concussion, made for centuries in the first test and 92 in the second.
He had completed the third defeat of the Ashes Test at Headingley after suffering a concussion when he was struck by a vicious bouncer from Jofra Archer at Lord & # 39; s.
Smith first climbed the top of the ICC batting rankings in December 2015 and stayed there until August 2018 when he was passed by Kohli during his 12-month cricket ban for his role in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.
On his return to Test cricket last month, the righthander made 144 in his first innings against England in the first Test in Edgbaston and 142 in his second.
Steve Bruce admits £ 40 million flop Joelinton is not like other strikers who are only interested in scoring & # 39; … after only one in 25 Premier League games
- Joelinton was a club record purchase for Newcastle van Hoffenheim in the summer
- But it The Brazilian Premier's only Premier League goal this season came in August
- He has entered 23 games without setoff and comes in for criticism from fans
Steve Bruce admits Newcastle United ] have paid £ 40 million for a striker who is not too interested in scoring goals.
Joelinton was a club record purchase from Hoffenheim in the summer, but his only Premier League came in August
The Brazilian has now played 23 games without netting and comes in fierce criticism of supporters and observers.
Bruce hinted that he can take Joelinton out of the team for Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace after revealing that he has a slight thigh problem.
The head coach still supports the 23-year-old to get well, but he admits that he is not a natural scorer.
Joelinton & # 39; s Premier League statistics this season
] Assists: 2
Yellow cards: 4
& # 39; The big attackers, the goal scorers , the only thing they are interested in is scoring a goal – Joe isn't like that, & Bruce said.
& # 39; He is more of a team player. He must be a little more selfish. He needs to think more about himself and score a goal. He is not getting himself into the positions, that is something we are working on.
& # 39; But you can do as many finishing exercises as you want, unfortunately Joe is measured by one thing: goals. & # 39;
However, Bruce is satisfied with his overall contribution.
& # 39; His team, his pace of work, he never shies away & he added. & # 39; With that attitude I am sure he will be fine. You must understand that he is only 23, a baby. Sometimes he found it difficult, but I am convinced that he will be fine.
& # 39; All we can do is continue to encourage the boy. He may not be a natural goal scorer, but we know there is talent there. & # 39;
Dwight Gayle is ready for a start in Selhurst Park, but Andy Carroll remains sidelined without a comeback date set.
Steve Palace, head of Crystal Palace, confirms that Roy Hodgson has been offered a new deal, but both parties are & # 39; relaxed & # 39; about the situation
- Roy Hodgson is without contract in the summer but looks forward to staying at Palace
- The 72-year-old has got the chance to extend his deal in Selhurst Park
- President Steve Parish confirmed that the Hodgson club has offered a new deal
Crystal Palace President Steve Parish has confirmed that Roy Hodgson has been given the opportunity to extend his stay at Selhurst Park.
Hodgson, who was appointed as club manager South [September1945] in September 2017, London is without contract in the summer.
Parish, however, is convinced that the 72-year-old will extend his stay in the club with both parties relaxed about the situation.
Parish in an interview with Palace TV said about Hodgson: "Yes, we have Roy made an offer and we talk to him about it.
"I think everyone is pretty focused on the games, but yes that is in discussions and for Roy he himself has said in the press that he is very relaxed about it.
& # 39; I think we are very relaxed about it, and we will do so in fullness of time. & # 39;
Palace, which is 14th in the Premier League, hosts Newcastle on Saturday after their winter break
An upcoming documentary about the Australian cricket team has captured the moment when the worst was feared for Steve Smith after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer in last year's Ashes series.
A new trailer for Amazon Prime Video & # 39; s & # 39; The Test: A New Era for Australia & # 39; s Team & # 39 ;, released on March 12, provides insight into how the Aussies continue went after the mess with the ball scandal in South Africa two years ago.
With behind-the-scenes access to the team, it records how they regrouped in the next 18 months on their way to retaining the Ashes urn with a 2-2 draw in England last summer.
A sneak peek video, released last month, shows the anxious mood in the visiting dressing room at Lord & # 39; s as star man Smith was hit on the field.
During a hostile period of fast bowler from England debutant Archer on the afternoon of the fourth day of the second test, the former captain was beaten in the neck as he tried to get a 91.3 mph short delivery out of the way clear up.
Smith was immediately struck by the ball, and remained lying about growing opponents on the field, and that was reflected in the Aussie dressing room.
While Jos Buttler rushes to check Smith's well-being, the camera turns back to the Australians watching from the Lord & # 39; s pavilion.
Former captain Steve Waugh, who worked with the team on an advisory basis last summer, mumbles & # 39; Let someone grow up & # 39; before turning around to watch the incident behind him on the TV screen see.
There are audible bites when they see the repetition, which shows that Smith is hit in the neck. One player hears & # 39; nasty & # 39; say.
Peter Siddle admits: Peter Siddle: & # 39; We were all in shock. The worst thing is that he was lying there, that was probably the scariest moment for all of us. & # 39;
Coach Justin Langer enters the dressing room, with Captain Tim Paine not far behind him, and concern is etched on his face as he says: & # 39; Still down & # 39; , while he extends his neck to get a picture of the action in the middle.
Nathan Lyon also looks worried, while batsman Travis Head states: & # 39; His neck is really red. Red there. Under the ear & # 39 ;, as he clings to a cricket ball in the area where Smith was hit.
Smith admits he wanted to continue, but there was no chance, according to the team doctor.
He said: & # 39; The doctor was there and asked me questions, and he said, "You're going to be taken off" and I said, "I want to continue, I feel okay" .
As he is escorted back to the dressing room, Paine urges his teammates to give him some space & # 39; and he enters a quiet room.
] Langer, who puts his arm around Smith while sharing a joke, admits that they were faced with a difficult decision and were not sure whether they sent their starbat man back, even though he passed the concussion protocols that had been introduced.
He said: & There is much discussion after being hit. The concussion protocols are now so strict, but he was adamant that he was ready.
& # 39; All protocols were met. But it's a good line, you want to win the test competition, but you also have to take care of your boys. & # 39;
Siddle followed nine and Smith returned. The anger of the crowd, who would follow him all summer for his role in the ball mess in Cape Town the year before, returned. Matthew Wade shakes his head on the balcony.
Smith's innings became furious when he returned to the fold, and he admits: I came out and hit my first ball over midwicket. Defending was just the hardest thing to do.
& # 39; My mind says to work hard and defend, but I couldn't. & # 39;
He eventually fell eight short for a third consecutive Ashes-ton, when he was stuck for 92 years for wicket by Chris Woakes.
The cameras capture his frustration, as if he were beaten by his teammates, he angrily threw his bat in his pocket and sank down, depressed, in his chair.
He took off his helmet and headband and lowered his pocket head into his hands.
Smith admitted last summer that the incident immediately brought back terrible memories of former teammate Phillip Hughes
Hughes received a bouncer in the same part of the neck in 2014, but was tragically killed as a result of a cracked artery that caused bleeding.
& # 39; I had a few things running through my mind, especially where I was hit, a bit of the past – if you know what I mean – from a few years ago, & # 39; said Smith referring to the day that Hughes was hit and died in a Sheffield Shield game between New South Wales and South Australia.
& # 39; That was probably the first thing I thought about, then I thought, "It goes well here" and it went well. & # 39;
Steve Bruce insists that he sent Jetro Willems as a central midfielder before changing his mind … which led to tactical confusion resulting in costly errors during the defeat of Arsenal
- Newcastle United lost its opening game of the season to Arsenal last Sunday
- The only goal of the game was an error by substitute Jetro Willems
- Magpies boss Steve Bruce said that he has sent Willems in the wrong position
Steve Bruce tried to clear the fallout from the introduction of Jetro Willems last weekend by insisting that he put him in midfield – but changed his mind 60 seconds later.
The Newcastle rookie faced Arsenal on Sunday in the 54th minute as a replacement for the injured Jonjo Shelvey and started shooting around midfield.
Bruce then spent the next minute trying to tell Willems to go left back, which led to speculation that the player did not know where he was intended.
The Holland international was replaced shortly after his position and Arsenal broke and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the only goal scored in 58 minutes.
Bruce said afterwards that there was a & # 39; lack of communication & # 39; had been with the Dutchman and that before his mistake & # 39; too high & # 39;
Now, however, he says that Willems knew where he was playing, even though the alternative version does not compensate for the confusion it caused.
& # 39; I put Jetro in midfield, where he played the whole season for Frankfurt, and then I quickly thought, "You know something? That's a bit unfair to him, & # 39; "Bruce said.
& # 39; Maybe I should have done it in advance. It's a bit unfair for him because he makes his debut and (I thought): "I'll put him in his favorite position," so I switched him very, very quickly.
& # 39; We have a mistake, but he was not the only one who made a mistake in the run-up to the goal.
& # 39; The confusion I was talking about was to get the message across. But look, people jumped all over it, sensationalized it.
"The reason I didn't have a midfield player was that I knew that Jetro could play there. I hope that will try to get the debate going. & # 39;
In the meantime, Bruce could sign for the trip from Saturday to Norwich without a new Allan Saint-Maximin.
& # 39; We have a slight doubt about Allan Saint-Maximin, & he said. & # 39; He has a bit of a hamstring (problem) and we'll see how it is today (Friday) & # 39 ;.
Newcastle didn't win in their first 10 under Rafa Benitez last season, but Bruce knows he can't afford it if & run with the pressure on.
& # 39; I don't think we won until November last year, so it is vital if we can get some results, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Always, every manager, no matter which league you're in, the only thing that takes a little bit of pressure away is to get some results, so let's hope we can leave tomorrow. & # 39;
& # 39; I'm desperate that he stays … but we can't get there right now & # 39 ;: Steve Bruce admits that Newcastle has a & # 39; impasse & # 39; has reached an attempt to resolve Matty Longstaff's contract situation
Steve Bruce has revealed that Matty Longstaff & # 39; s contract with Newcastle has a & # 39; deadlock & # 39; hit but says he won't intervene.
The 19-year-old's deal ends in the summer and he is now free to talk to foreign clubs. expected Longstaff to sign a new contract after his stunning winning goal on his debut against Manchester United in October.
The future of Matty Longstaff in Newcastle United would be a & # 39; impasse & # 39;
Bruce, however, has no good news in that area and there is a real danger that the midfielder could leave his home club.
& # 39; Of course he has advisors who will advise one thing, & # 39; Bruce said. & # 39; I am desperate that he stays, but ground must be given on both sides, I thought. But we can't get there right now.
& # 39; Both parties must be happy and at the moment there is a bit of an impasse, but I am convinced that we will still be able to do it. & # 39;
Steve Bruce is & # 39; desperate & # 39; for him to stay, but said he wasn't going to do it & # 39;
Asked if he could intervene to keep the distance, Bruce said: & # 39; I will keep abreast of the situation, but one thing I'm not going to deal with today is contracts, I used to have some rows on contracts and money … & # 39;
Meanwhile, the Longstaff's older brother, Sean, has also seen talks about a new deal breaking off in recent months and there has been no progress to report.
His deal expires in 2022 but was signed before making his senior debut in January last year and the player wants a new contract to reflect his status as the first team.
Steve Bruce regrets Andy Carroll & # 39; s latest injury setback while Newcastle striker struggles to overcome hip injury
- Andy Carroll failed to overcome a hip injury in the past two and a half months
- The Newcastle striker was expected to return quickly from the knock
- However, he was sidelined for some time. and will miss the Arsenal game
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce doesn't know when the big striker will be back
Steve Bruce regretted Andy Carroll & # 39 frustration ; s persistent rut. hip injury and says there is no time scale on his return.
Sportsmail revealed in November that the striker was suffering from the problem, which has not been resolved in the last two and a half months.
Carroll returned in seven games in December and early January, but has now been sidelined last month and misses Sunday's trip to Arsenal .
& # 39; The big problem for us is that Andy is still not right & # 39 ;, Bruce said. "That is a concern for the future. We expected that he would be fine (for Arsenal), but unfortunately he is not.
"Fortunately it is not his ankle, but with this hip he reaches a certain level in his rehabilitation and it is not quite right. It is a major frustration. & # 39;
Carroll told Sportsmail in December that he is determined to win a new deal at his home club. That happened during a series of starts and game-changing assists, and Bruce added: "There was a time before Christmas when he made a few assists and started a few, and that's exactly why we brought him in.
& # 39; Unfortunately, he sustained this injury and it has drifted within five or six weeks, when we expected it to be ten days.
& # 39; We don't set a time schedule on it, it's just the way it is. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Bruce could only have one fit striker on Sunday with Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto still tasting their condition despite their return to training this week.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce & # 39; insist on new Andy Carroll contract & # 39; despite the fact that striker only made four starts
- Steve Bruce allegedly wanted to extend the stay of striker Andy Carroll on Tyneside
- The 31- birthday boy came back in the summer after being released by West Ham
- Carroll's short deal means he will be a free agent again at the end of the season
- An injury-hit season led to the attacker starting only four games
Steve Bruce allegedly wants Andy Carroll's future on Tyneside and insists that the veteran striker gets a new deal.
Carroll rejoined his boys club Newcastle in the summer after being released by West Ham although an injury has hampered the emotional return very much.
Carroll has written a short-term one-year deal in the summer of 2019, which means that he will become a free agent again at the end of the season.
He still has to score since he made the switch to the northeast and found his chances limited when appropriate.
Bruce would be impressed by Carroll's behavior, both on the field and as a player and also behind the scenes around the club.
Carroll & # 39; s understanding of the club and deep-rooted ties with New Castle are said to be major factors behind Bruce & # 39; s determination to have another deal canceled.
This season, Carroll secured his return by agreeing to a pay-as-you-play deal so that Newcastle could manage his finances.
Any potential new deal would also follow this system and the encourage the player to show their fitness.
Only Virgil van Dijk of the current Liverpool team would have reached the Treble winning side of Manchester United since 1999, according to the then assistant manager Steve McClaren
- Steve McClaren was assistant to Alex Ferguson during the Treble Season of United
- United won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1998-1999
- Current Liverpool team draws comparisons with that United vintage
- But McClaren believes that only Virgil van Dijk would be in the Treble winning side
- Van Dijk Jaap Stam would become a partner in an & # 39; invincible & whole Dutch partnership
- Manchester United has been told not to use Anthony Martial as a striker
- Frenchman has scored 12 times this season, but has gone through the middle
- Steve McClaren believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should use it in large areas
The former manager of England was an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson when United won an unprecedented victory triple crown from Premier League FA Cup and Champions League that season.
That legendary side is now increasingly being compared to Jurgen Klopp current Liverpool team, who are all sweeping for them on their way to their first league title in 30 years.
United & # 39; s Treble team
G Neville, Stam, Johnsen, Irwin
Beckham, Keane (c ), Scholes, Giggs
But asked Sky Sports if any of the current Liverpool players could break into United & # 39; s Treble- team, McClaren started – and ended – with the Dutchman.
Van Dijk would be coupled with Jaap Stam in a formidable full-Dutch center-half combination for Peter Schmeichel in Goa l. Van Dijk would replace Ronny Johnsen or Wes Brown in the United team.
Gary Neville was left behind with Denis Irwin on the left. The four in midfield from left to right are Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and David Beckham.
And despite the temptation to include Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, or Roberto Firmino, McClaren has chosen to stay with the productive collaboration of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.
McClaren said: & # 39; Virgil van Dijk next to Jaap Stam, that would be inv ncible. Nobody would come by.
& # 39; But seriously, only Van Dijk would join that team.
& # 39; If you look at that Manchester United team, that leadership is the whole team and leadership was the key.
& # 39; Liverpool is now developing that. & # 39;
It seems difficult to improve on that vintage United party, which won the Champions League thanks to a break time goal from current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against Bayern Munich.
But they alone and grabbed the league title for Arsenal on the last day of the season, a contrast to Liverpool, whose coronation is only a matter of time given their 22-point lead.
& # 39; Martial is not number 9, he is not a striker & # 39 ;: Steve McClaren beats Frenchman and insists that Manchester United cannot use him as a lonely frontman
The Frenchman scored 12 times in a campaign disrupted by injuries, but made an effort to profile himself as a central striker.
And McClaren believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be best served if he gave up using him as number 9.
He told Sky Sports News : & # 39; Martial is not number 9, he is not a striker. All his goals, all his best moments are on that left.
& # 39; Whether that is left outside or that inside left, that is where he plays. He can't play the middle alone. & # 39;
United has struggled this season after the Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku departments last summer. At the moment, responsibility has fallen on Martial and teenage Mason Greenwood.
United was forced into action on the transfer deadline day, on which former Watford attacker Odion Ighalo was loaned.