PM Simpson Miller Lauds Election of Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to Chairmanship of the African Union

first_imgRelatedPM Simpson Miller Lauds Election of Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to Chairmanship of the African Union RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes PM Simpson Miller Lauds Election of Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to Chairmanship of the African Union Office of the Prime MinisterJuly 17, 2012 Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed admiration and pleasure at the election of South Africa’s Minster of Internal Affairs, Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as the Chairman of the African Union. The Prime Minister described Mrs Dlamini-Zuma as “an advocate for the people through peace, and an inspiration to women leaders the world over. She is an inspiration to me, as she refused to allow difficulties to halt her vision of progress.” Mrs Simpson Miller commended Mrs Dlamini-Zuma for remaining focussed on the task of uniting people to achieve advancement and common goals, adding: “I applaud the African Union for taking this very bold step of looking beyond gender and instead seeing a strong mediator and effective administrator in Mrs Dlamini-Zuma.” A medical doctor by profession, Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a former anti-apartheid activist who has been a minister of government in every government administration since democratic elections were first held in South Africa in 1994. She is credited with implementing free basic health care for all and legislation to stop tobacco smoking in public places. She was formerly married to the South African President Jacob Zuma, with whom they share four daughters. Contact:    Communications Unit-OPMTel:               876-926-0244Fax:              876-920-4684                                        Email:           [email protected] RelatedPM Simpson Miller Lauds Election of Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to Chairmanship of the African Unionlast_img read more

Jesus Navas’ move to Sevilla hits a bump

first_img Accoring to these sources Sevilla are not changing from the offer they have made the player to return to the club where he was formed, and from where he left to join Man City in 2013 for 20m euros. Navas, 31, leaves City on a free transfer, and Sevilla were hoping to include him in the squad that will play in the Emirates Cup this weekend. Upd. on 29/07/2017 at 04:01 CEST RELATED STORIES EFE/Sport EN IN SPORT.ES Sources have discovered this is what happened at the meeting between Sevilla president Jose Castro and his agent Margarita Garay at the meeting at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. center_img 28/07/2017 New offer for Jesús Navas Jesus Navas’ move to Sevilla still has not come to fruition and negotiations continue. He has been offered two million euros a year for three seasons but the player wants more. Frenazo al fichaje de Jesús Navas por el Sevillalast_img read more

A record to be proud of

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Close shave ends in Whiskers

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Baseball: March 20 Scoreboard

first_imgThe Huskies, after adding one run in the third, plated five more across the sixth (1), seventh (3) and eighth innings (1) to break the game open and give Wright plenty of cushion as he retired the side for his fourth time on the day in the ninth. Sam Houston State 2, Nicholls 1Sam Houston State 6, Nicholls 1HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A Miles Manning walk-off hit in game one and a dominant starting performance by Logan Boyd in game two led Sam Houston State to a doubleheader sweep of Nicholls. The final game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. There will be no game Saturday. Saturday’s game was moved from 2 o’clock to 1 o’clock, and Sunday’s finale remains at its slated time as of Friday night, although the option for a doubleheader will be discussed Saturday morning. Oller meanwhile kept the Lumberjacks under control until the ninth inning when SFA’s Eric DeJesus drilled a two-out, two-run triple to make things interesting. Oller then retired Matthew Dickey to finish NSU’s victory. All but one hitter in the starting lineup had a hit in the contest, and every starter reached base. Lamar used two pinch hitters, and one (Provost) reached base on a hit. Nicholls tied the game in the top of the seventh. With one out designated hitter Justin Smith doubled into the gap in left center and scored on a single by second baseman Tanner Vandevere. Boyd went eight innings and allowed the one run on six hits. He also struck out five batters in the game. Sophomore Sam Odom tossed a perfect ninth inning in relief. Oller’s second complete game of the year came after SFA (7-17, 2-6) edged the Demons (12-10, 6-2), 5-3, in the opener. Shortstop Miles Manning legged out an infield single to give Sam Houston a 4-0 lead going to the second inning. – Return to top – The Privateers scored their lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Ray Veit grounded out to second base and pushed across Matt Rykacze. Rykacze reached on a first-pitch double to center field and advanced to third on a ground out from Parker Jones. Cort Brinson cut the lead to 4-3 in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly, but the Demons were unable to draw any closer. GAME 2:The Kats started the ballgame with an offensive barrage. Center fielder Colt Atwood, Smith and Johnson each singled to start the game. Atwood came home for the first run on Johnson’s single to left field. Sam Houston added two more runs with two outs in the second inning. Lee singled to center field and designated hitter Dylan Ebbs worked a walk. Rahm singled to plate Lee and third baseman Hunter Courson drove in Ebbs with a single to center. The Huskies added three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, later scoring one more in the eighth for the 9-2 victory. In total, HBU was issued seven walks and had three batters hit by a pitch by the Bear pitching staff. Neither team would score the rest of the way. Manning then lined a 2-1 pitch into center field to score Powell and end the game. Angelle had been the “Saturday guy” for the Cardinals for most of this season. It was the first series he opened. Houston Baptist 10, Central Arkansas 1Houston Baptist 9, Central Arkansas 2HOUSTON, Texas – The HBU baseball team got strong showings from both their pitchers and hitters in taking two games from Central Arkansas by scores of 10-1 and 9-2 on Friday as part of a doubleheader at Husky Field. Abilene Christian 5, McNeese State 0Recap to follow. Junior Brandon Morones turned in two multi-hit games, going 5-for-7 in total with four runs scored. Senior Sam Wiggins followed Morones with a 5-for-9 day, with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. After a 1-for-4 showing in the first game, Wiggins closed the afternoon with a 4-for-5 performance. In total, five Huskies recorded hits in both games. It was Lamar’s second shutout this season, first was a 12-0 win over Manhattan. In the second game, junior Matthew McCollough (5-1) recorded a similar outing, holding UCA to two runs, both coming on a home run in the seventh, across eight innings. McCollough fanned eight and walked one across 31 batters faced before giving way to junior Dylan Zarosky, who pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the series win. Senior Taylor Wright (4-2) went the distance in the series opener to pick up the first complete game of his career. The native of Habersham, Georgia, also logged a career-high nine strikeouts in limiting the Bears to just one run. Wright scattered five hits, including a home run in the sixth inning, and two walks on 116 pitches and 33 batters faced. The dagger was in the seventh inning, which started with three-straight singles from Santana, Seeley and Markum. Markum’s hit scored Santana for his second run batted in of the game, tied a career high. Seeley scored when Brendan Satran reached on a throwing error from the third baseman on a sacrifice bunt, and Markum scored on Mason Salazar’s sacrifice fly to right field. Angelle (2-3) pitched a complete game for the Cards (9-12, 1-6 Southland Conference) and allowed only one run and scattered seven hits. He held a shutout through 7.1 frames. The Privateers fell to 8-13 on the season and 2-5 in league play. In the first game, SFA jumped to a 2-0 advantage against Adam Oller (3-2) and used a tiebreaking two-run seventh inning to grab the victory. – Return to top – – Return to top – Stephen F. Austin 5, Northwestern State 3Northwestern State 6, Stephen F. Austin 3NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Another weekend, another complete game for one of Northwestern State’s Oller brothers. The Huskies (11-11, 3-2 SLC) outscored UCA (11-6, 6-2 SLC) 19-3 and out hit the Bears 29-12 in pulling even on the season at 11-11. The victories also gave UCA, who entered the series 6-0 in Southland Conference action, its first losses in league play. HBU taxed Bear starter Brandon Hagerla (3-1) for four runs on five hits in the bottom of the second to take a 4-0 lead in the series opener. Morones, Andrew Alvarez, Thomas Clay, Zach Nehrir and Louie Payetta all singled in the frame. Josh Oller went the distance in Friday’s second game of a Southland Conference doubleheader at Stephen F. Austin, helping the Demons earn a split of the twinbill with a 6-3 victory. GAME 1:The Bearkats and Colonels were knotted 1-1 going to the bottom of the ninth before Manning’s heroics in the series opener. CJ Moore started off the game with a one-out triple to right center in the first inning, and scored on a fielder’s choice that allowed Kevin Santana to reach first base. His fielder’s choice got Jake Nash, who was plucked with a three-ball count, at second base. After Logan Boyd had been perfect for the first three frames, Nicholls got to him with some small ball. A bunt single started the inning. Then Boyd fielded a sacrifice bunt attempt and made a great play but the ball was dropped at first base putting two runners on with no outs. After another infield single the Colonels got on the board with a sacrifice fly. SHSU started the game well after left fielder Bryce Johnson led off the game with a single up the middle and Colt Atwood sacrificed him to second base. The freshman moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error at shortstop. Travis Lee picked up the RBI with the ground ball to shortstop. First baseman Spence Rahm, who had four hits over the two games, worked a walk with one out in the ninth and was pinch-run for by senior Wyatt Powell. After a fly out, second baseman Zach Smith singled to center field to extend the inning. Powell moved to third when the center fielder misplayed the ball. LU’s final run of the game and seventh inning was Satran on Justin Eckols’ sacrifice fly. Right fielder Travis Lee and Rahm each worked walks to plate a second run with just one out in the bottom of the first. Catcher Collin Yelich was hit by a pitch to drive in a third run. Sam Houston State 2, Nicholls 1Sam Houston State 6, Nicholls 1Houston Baptist 10, Central Arkansas 1Houston Baptist 9, Central Arkansas 2Lamar 8, New Orleans 1Abilene Christian 5, McNeese State 0Stephen F. Austin 5, Northwestern State 3Northwestern State 6, Stephen F. Austin 3 Seeley finished with three hits in five at-bats and had two runs scored and one knocked in. Moore was 2-for-6 with two runs scored- a season high, and Markum was 2-of-4 with two RBI and a run. Stijn van der Meer and Santana also contribute two hits to the cause. HBU again got on the board early in the second game, plating two in the bottom of the first off UCA’s Riley Echols (2-1). Nehrir walked and advanced to second on a sac bunt, before senior Curtis Jones delivered him on a single to right field. Jones, who advanced to second on the throw to the plate on the play, quickly moved up to second on a wild pitch in the next at bat, before Wiggins drove him home on a single through the left side. The Kats would then go until the seventh inning without another hit. Parker also led off the seventh inning with a triple and scored on Joel Atkinson’s RBI single. – Return to top – He scored when Seeley reached on a fielding error, and Seeley scored on Kyle Markum’s double to right center. Starter Andrew Godail tossed seven innings and allowed just the one run on five hits. He finished with five strikeouts and didn’t issue a walk in the game. Lamar 8, New Orleans 1NEW ORLEANS, La. – Chase Angelle pitched a sensational game and the Lamar baseball team backed him with eight runs on 15 hits to give the Cardinals its first Southland Conference win on an 8-1 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday at Maestri Field. The senior put together four three up, three down innings (second, fourth, sixth, ninth), and only allowed five runners to make it into scoring position. Angelle finished with 117 pitches and had two walks and 10 strikeouts, a career high. Lamar added another in the third inning when Reed Seeley singled to center field and scored Moore for the second time. Moore reached with a one-out infield single and advanced to second on when Nash flew out to left field. Santana pushed Moore up to third base with another infield single. C.J. Webster, Caleb Dugas and Miller Parker drove in runs in the fourth and Dugas scored on wild pitch. It was the first RBI of Parker’s career and came in his first career start. Alex Smith (2-4) took the loss on five innings pitched and allowed four runs, two earned, on nine hits and a strikeout. Jared Taylor relieved him for two innings and gave up four runs on three hits. Nick Halliday finished the game and gave up three hits. The series concludes Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Jaycees Field in Nacogdoches. With a forecast calling for a 90 percent chance of rain around Nacogdoches, the teams decided to move up their Saturday game and created Friday’s doubleheader.  Sam Houston took Game 1 by a score of 2-1 and in Game 2 the Bearkats won 6-2. – Return to top – In the nightcap, Northwestern State gave Oller (5-0) plenty of cushion with a four-run fourth inning that turned a one-run lead into a five-run advantage. The Huskies will go for the series sweep of UCA on Saturday in a 1 p.m. first pitch. The Cardinals took advantage of a couple of UNO errors in the fifth inning and pushed it to 4-0. Nash reached first to lead off the inning after he was plucked for the second time in the game. He reached second on a groundout from Santana and took third after a failed pickoff attempt rolled into center field.last_img read more

Hamilton delights at win No 4

first_img0Shares0000BARCELONA, May 11- A delighted, but dignified, Lewis Hamilton thanked his Mercedes engineers on Sunday after holding off team-mate Nico Rosberg to win a thrilling Spanish Grand Prix and take over as leader of the drivers’ world championship.After winning by just a few car lengths, or 0.6ec, at the Circuit de Catalunya, Hamilton said Rosberg had been the faster driver, but he had won thanks to advice from his race team in the closing stages of a dramatic race. “A big thank you for my team,” he said, as he sat on the podium afterwards.“They have done an incredible job this year and the support here (in Spain) is the best I have ever had and my first win in Spain means everything to me.”Asked about his frequent questions for his race team, he said: “I was not upset, but I was not fast enough today. Nico was quicker. I struggled with the balance and needed to rely on my engineers.“I was moving my settings up and down and fortunately I was able to keep Nico behind.”In a heart-stopping conclusion to an intriguing 66-laps race, Hamilton resisted the pressure from Rosberg to finish just 0.6sec ahead.His victory lifted him to 100 points for the season and into the lead of the title race ahead of Rosberg, on 97.Australian Daniel Ricciardo came home third for Red Bull ahead of his team-mate defending four time world champion German Sebastian Vettel, who had started from 15th on the grid.For Ricciardo it was a moment of special satisfaction to claim his first Formula One podium, having done so in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix before being disqualified for a fuel irregularity.– ‘A bit gutted’ –Rosberg, after finishing second behind Hamilton for the fourth consecutive time, said he felt he needed just one more lap to make a passing move on his team-mate.“I think one more lap and I could have given it a good go!” he said. “Unfortunately that was it and I am a bit gutted, but still, second place, second in the championship and many more races to go… I will go to Monaco to go one better and try and repeat the win from last year.”A beaming Ricciardo, who finished 49sec behind Hamilton, said: “We did not have the pace on Mercedes. We had a pretty comfortable third place and it is really nice to be on the podium and I am sure I will get to keep it this time!”It was Hamilton’s fourth win this year, his first in Spain and the 26th of his career while Mercedes one-two stamped their complete supremacy on the constructors’ championship which they now lead by more than 100 points.Finn Valtteri Bottas finished fifth for the resurgent Williams team ahead of local hero and two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari team-mate 2007 champion Finn Kimi Raikkonen.Frenchman Romain Grosjean was eighth for Lotus, signaling their return to some form after a dismal start to the year, ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez and his Force India team-mate German Nico Hulkenberg, who was 10th.Hamilton added that he had not dared dream of such a strong start to his second season with Mercedes after his unexpected decision to leave McLaren.“Sitting down with Ross (Brawn) in my mum’s house,” he recalled.“This is what the idea was, that I was given. I wasn’t sure we could actually be a second faster than Red Bull, but we’ve managed to do it. I’m really pleased and to have our fourth 1-2 finish together is unreal.”Hamilton now has a 55-point lead over fourth-placed Vettel, whose strong drive after two days blighted by setbacks signalled his threat.Vettel said: “That was more fun than the last race when I had to let people by. All in all it was the maximum we could do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New dwarf dinosaur species from SA

first_img4 October 2012 Fossils from South Africa continue to produce the goods for palaeontology. The latest to emerge from one of the country’s rocks is a bizarre, tiny new species of parrot-beaked, vampire-fanged, plant-eating dinosaur dating back some 200-million years. A specimen of the species – less than 60 centimetres long and no heavier than a house cat – was originally chipped out of rock in South Africa in the 1960s and discovered decades later in a collection of fossils at Harvard University in the United States by palaeontologist Paul Sereno from the University of Chicago. Sereno published his findings in online scientific journal ZooKeys on Wednesday. According to a statement from the University of Chicago, the new species is one of a number of small fanged plant-eaters called heterodontosaurs, or “different toothed reptiles,” thought to be among the first dinosaurs to spread across the planet. Named Pegomastax africanus or “thick jaw from Africa,” the new species had a short, parrot-shaped beak, a frontal pair of stabbing canines and tall teeth tucked behind for slicing plants. “The tall teeth in its upper and lower jaws operated like self-sharpening scissors, with shearing wear facets that slid past one another when the jaws closed,” the University of Chicago said. “The parrot-shaped skull, less than three inches [7.6 centimetres] long, may have been adapted to plucking fruit.” Sereno argues that it is very rare “that a plant-eater like Pegomastax would sport sharp-edged, enlarged canines” like that of a vampire. While some scientists argue that heterodontosaurs’ diet included meat, Sereno says a microscopic examination of the teeth of Pegomastax suggest they were more likely used in self-defense and competitive sparring for mates. Adding to the oddness of Pegomastax, Sereno believes they were probably mostly covered by porcupine-like bristles – basing his argument on the bristles found on a similar-sized heterodontosaur, Tianyulong, recently discovered in China. In life, Sereno says, Pegomastax and its kin – “the most advanced plant-eaters of their day” – would have been found scampering around in search of edible plants, looking like “nimble, two-legged porcupine[s]”. SAinfo reporter and UChicagoNewslast_img read more

Connecticut ~ Personal Income Tax: Commercial Tax Preparer Legislation Proposed

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportCConnecticut Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan has announced that legislation will be introduced to protect taxpayers by setting basic standards for paid commercial income tax preparers. Commissioner Sullivan notes that the proposed legislation would prohibit predatory practices and also require prior disclosure of a preparer’s qualifications, their services and fees, an estimated cost of services to be performed and encryption or other security measures provided to protect taxpayers’ personal identity, financial, and tax record information. To qualify for a renewable two-year permit, commercial tax preparers will be required to provide evidence of a high school diploma, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued preparer tax identification number and experience, education or training in income tax preparation. Starting in 2020, completing basic IRS training would also be required. Tax preparers who are already regulated – including accountants, attorneys, individual enrolled agents, and IRS qualified volunteers – would be exempt.The proposed legislation would prohibit the following practices:– knowingly giving false or misleading information;– refund anticipation loan fees in excess of the actual fee charged by the originating bank or other creditor;– actions violating the state or federal Taxpayer Bill of Rights;– refund anticipation loans conditioned upon taxpayers waiving legal rights or giving security interests other than the refund payment;– failure or refusal to return taxpayer documents or provide copies of documents requiring taxpayer signature;– requiring taxpayers to sign blank forms;– allowing a taxpayer to designate the preparer as the payee of a tax refund;– requiring taxpayers to use a specific depository institution or debit card and promoting any commercial affiliation; and–  failing to sign a prepared return and include the preparer’s federal identification number.Press Release , Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, April 10, 2017last_img read more

Tom Hoge stays steady, takes a 1-shot lead despite false missile alert

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lakers scrape past Mavericks in OT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Tom Hoge, center, hits his ball out of the rough back into play on the 16th fairway during the third round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Saturday Jan. 13, 2018, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU — A false missile alert didn’t bother Tom Hoge, and he was just as steady on the golf course Saturday in his round of 6-under 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Sony Open.Hoge got up-and-down from 40 yards away for birdie on the par-5 18th to take his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.ADVERTISEMENT If there was uncertainty about the push alert in Hawaii about an incoming ballistic missile, a different variety awaits on Sunday. No one can be sure what to expect in a final round with so many players in contention.Hoge was at 16-under 194 and was one shot ahead of Mayakoba winner Patton Kizzire (64) and Brain Harman (68).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingKyle Stanley shot 65 and was another shot back. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Virat Kohli can learn from mistakes Aussies made

first_imgThis is going to be one long celebration weekend for the Englishmen as Alastair Cook’s boys played fearless and entertaining cricket to grab back the Ashes urn at Trent Bridge on Saturday.As much as one saw the bubbly flow at the venue and elsewhere for the cheering hosts, there were quiet tears being shed by Australian captain Michael Clarke, whose decision to retire from Test cricket after the last match at The Oval was on expected lines.For someone who has served Australian cricket so durably and as recently as March won the ICC World Cup, this series in England turned out to be a disastrous one. He has worn the Baggy Green with pride but if the 34-year-old Clarke is going to reflect on his last away tour, memories can only be painful.To have scored close to 8,700 runs in 114 Tests with an average close to 50, Clarke didn’t once look the inspirational captain the world has known him to be. To compare Test cricket as hard as the Ashes with the World Cup would be wrong, yet the comparison has to be made as it was the same Clarke who turned the Aussie campaign around at home at the start of the year.A captain is known as much for his wins at home as for the way he marshals his resources abroad. And this Aussie side was not just brittle, it was devoid of ideas as to how cricket should be played in conditions where the ball seams so much.advertisementAgreed, Test cricket has become harder and run scoring more brisk but one stills need batsmen who can apply themselves and stay at the wicket. Cricketers like Steve Waugh and Ian Healy showed grit and gumption when Australia were in trouble. Sadly in this series, we could not see one Aussie batsman show application which reflected in their dismissal for 60 runs in the first innings at Trent Bridge.When one is going to score so low, even miracles by the bowlers cannot help, which is why Australia are going to be weighed down by tons of criticism back home. It is a cruel world these days when social media scans every inch of action and comments like ‘Australia A should be sent to play in the Ashes’ revealed the inner hurt of the Aussie fans.Clarke’s handling of Shane Watson was also not the best as this guy could have hung around boldly.Quite often, old timers who have played cricket at the highest level will engage in conversation over the behaviour of the red cherry and how technique is crucial for a batsman. The Aussies use the Kookabura ball at home and in England it’s the Duke, which assists seam movement.The Aussie batting line-up did not adjust to this movement and dismissals were cheap with Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood catching the eye. Anderson, however, did not play at Trent Bridge.When we criticise the Indian Test team for its inability to win matches overseas, the debate is about how a side looks champion stuff at home and then stutters abroad.The same today can be said about Australia as well since they won the Ashes so easily at home in 2013-14 and now look a rag-tag side.Moving on, there are lessons for Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli in The Ashes when they take on the Sri Lankans starting next week. Kohli and his supporters have spoken about playing aggressive cricket, looking to take 20 wickets and so on. Yet, the fact remains in Test cricket batsmen have to show willingness to stay in the middle and scoring runs is sometimes not as important as durability at the crease.This is Kohli’s first full series as Test captain and though he did not do badly in Australia, the big test is now. Very recently, the Pakistan side did the job in Lanka and Kohli knows there are people watching him closely.In the past, when MS Dhoni was the captain and the team did badly in away Test series, critics came down on him like a ton of bricks. ‘Sack Dhoni’ was a chant which would reach a crescendo now and then.Kohli has has had a bad run with the bat in recent times but conditions in Sri Lanka will be to his liking. On paper, the Lankan bowling looks mediocre but one cannot take them for granted and batsmen like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have their task cut out.advertisementThe duo has the technical wherewithal to bat like true Test pedigree where throwing the bat at the ball will be suicidal. Aussie batsmen floundered in technique and Kohli would do well to have a chat with his boys so that the puzzle of Test victories abroad can be [email protected]last_img read more