2nd Test: Smith leads Australia to series win and No 1 spot

first_imgAustralia returned to the top of the Test world rankings on Wednesday after Steve Smith and Adam Voges steered the tourists to victory in the second Test against New Zealand to seal a comprehensive 2-0 series win.After thrashing the hosts in the first Test by an innings and 52 runs in Wellington last week, Australia sealed the second match by seven wickets shortly after lunch on the fifth and final day at Hagley Oval. It was Australia’s seventh win in 11 games under Smith’s captaincy, while the match was also the 101st and final Test for New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who now heads into international retirement.Australia were last at the summit of Test cricket in July 2014 and Smith set course for a return when he assumed the captaincy from Michael Clarke full time after last year’s Ashes loss to England. Also read: Hazlewood pleads guilty after abusing umpire “We want to win every series we play. We want to win a lot more away from home and that was a good start for us,” Smith said. “We had a lot of patience in the way we played and …all the guys are really confident in their skills.”McCullum, who will still play on the lucrative Twenty20 circuit, praised his team mates for their achievements during his reign as captain.”We’ve had some fun over the last few years,” he said. “We’ve achieved some things and hey, we’ve lost some games as well, but we’ve got our soul back and you’re absolutely great men.advertisement”For the rest of my life I’ll remember playing for New Zealand. I firmly believe this team will go to a new level over the next couple of years.”Magnanimous McCullum also congratulated Australia on their return to the top of the rankings. Also read: Jackson Bird claims five-for “You guys have proved why you are the number one Test team in the world,” he added. “When you arrived here we felt we were a chance and you blew us off the park in both Tests and showed why you are such a quality team.”Smith ended the match on 53 not out, his 16th Test half-century and follows up his 138 in the first innings. Voges hit the winning runs, a boundary through the covers to move to 10 and take the visitors to 201 for 3.Australia had looked like achieving their victory target when they reached 169 for 2 at the scheduled lunch break before man of the match Joe Burns (65) was bowled by Trent Boult in the additional four overs offered by the umpires.Voges and Smith then opted to see out victory after the break. Usman Khawaja (45) was the only other wicket to fall in the first session on Wednesday when he was well held by McCullum at first slip off Tim Southee.Australia had only needed to draw the match at Hagley Oval to retake the top ranking in Test cricket from India.last_img read more

Pellegrini unsure of Arnautovics future at West Ham

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini says it’s ‘wait and see’ when asked about the future of striker Marko Arnautovic.Arnautovic was the subject of a £35m bid from an unnamed Chinese club last week.The Austrian forward appeared to wave fans goodbye when he was substituted in their 1-0 home victory against Arsenal, fuelling speculation that he’s close to leaving West Ham.Hammers boss Pellegrini is confident the club will resolve the situation in the next couple of days.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“We will see what will happen in the next days with Marko,” he told the club’s website.“It’s an issue that the club must see what’s best for the club, the player and everyone. I hope the best position for everyone will be taken.“I’ve been in the situation a lot of times, I’ve been a manager for 30 years, but we will be calm about it because there is nothing 100% sure. We will see how it develops in the next days.”last_img read more

All about XRay vision

first_imgSo what’s X-ray art?My X-ray works are the result of my own personal mysticism which is a journey fuelled by my often disjunctive curiosity. So while the X-ray in its everyday, medical sense is a revealer of our physical inner self through my work it becomes something more than its mere function. In a sense it becomes a mystical viewfinder that creates its own drama with the play of light, shadows and perspectives.Do you use mixed media in your work as well? How is it done? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Yes I have and they work in tandem with the X-rays by enveloping or containing them in order to give them another, totally different context. For example in my work titled Greening of Icarus I have created a pair of wings from an arched window panel that I found in an old furniture shop. The wings whose panes have different X-rays are covered in synthetic grass and together they stand for the Greek hero Icarus who was the first man to fly. What  subjects interest you? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnything that is below the belt or taboo (laughs) or constitutes a conceptual iceberg in the sense that it is more hidden than it is visible. But on a serious note you must understand that my medium is also not without its risks as it involves exposure to X-ray radiation so a lot of my actual work happens inside the head and only when I am absolutely certain of the result I go for the actual making of the work. But my themes are usually dark and mystical, or things that need to be seen in their skeletal form in order to be understood completely. What intrigued you about X-ray art and since when have you been painting?As an artist I am drawn most to the mysteries of the mind, especially the mind in its incapacitated state or what we colloquially call being ‘mental’ state… it’s like picking up the exception to prove the rule. Since I grew up very close to a mental institution because my mother was working there, my radar picked up these psychic signals from these very broken people or people who had an extremely distorted vision of reality. Why did you switch from journalism to art?There wasn’t really a switch, I just started telling my stories in a different medium, using a different skill set. Much of work is informed by my reading, by what I see happening around me and from generally being alive to my surroundings. In fact that’s what makes my work quite unique, if I may say so myself (smiles).What are the new works you are concentrating on?My last solo show was called Inner Eye and it was held at a gallery which is inside Amber Fort in Jaipur. This show allowed me to sort of discover a new dimension to my practice. How it can carry our extremely rich architectural heritage with what we today refer to as contemporary art. For this show I made a work called Trapped in Air where I morphed the traditional jaali work that is usually made of stone into plastic and I inserted my X-rays as a comment on the hidden-ness of space in context. The traditional jaali though beautiful was also used to segregate women from the public eye and so it also became a method of control both physical and mental. I use three different plastic jaalis oddly suspended in air with the help of nylon strings thereby freeing them from their usual connotation of separation and control.last_img read more