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Australia v England: Jason Roy hits record 180 in five-wicket victory

Jason Roy hit the highest one-day international score by an England player with a sublime 180 to help England beat Australia by five wickets in the first ODI at the MCG.

Roy surpassed Alex Hales' previous mark of 171 before the opener was caught late on as England eased to the highest successful run chase at Melbourne.

 Joe Root made 91 not out in a stand of 221 with Roy as England reached 308-5.

Aaron Finch's 107 saw the hosts post 304-8 after being put in to bat.

England started rapidly in reply, only to lose Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales in quick succession before Roy and Root rebuilt from 60-2 to dominate Australia's bowlers.

Despite the late dismissals of Roy, captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler, England calmly secured a 1-0 lead in the five-match series in an impressive start following the 4-0 defeat in the Ashes.

Source : BBC

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Dr. Jauncey conducts first session with Sri Lanka Cricket

Australian based performance psychologist, Dr. Phil Jauncey who was invited by Sri Lanka Cricket to help raise the performance levels of the national cricket team, started his stint with the Lankan team on Wednesday, 03rd January, 2018 at the SLC headquarters.

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Dr. Phil Jauncey conducting his first session with the players, while Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha looks on.

President of SLC Thilanga Sumathipala said that Dr. Phil Juancey was "invited to work with us at the request of our New Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who wanted us to bring him here to work with our players.”

Accordingly, the performance psychologist is currently working with the Sri Lankan national side, where he will focus on identifying the personality traits of each player, the best communication and learning method suited for each player and also of the coaching staff.
Jauncey, who holds a Masters and Doctorate in Counselling and Educational Psychology, has lectured at Mt Gravatt CAE (now Griffith University), QUT and the University of Queensland in areas such as educational psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, counselling, marketing and multicultural psychology.

He currently works as the psychologist of the Australian Baseball team among many of his other engagements. Jauncey has also worked with the Queensland Bulls Cricket team. He has been the mental skills coach with the Brisbane Lions AFL team from 1994 until 2008 and sports psychologist with the Brisbane Broncos NRL team.

Jauncy has authored a series of books such as ‘Understanding Ourselves and Others’, ‘Management Education’, and ‘The Power of Positive Doing’ among several other works.

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Uncapped Shehan Madushanka gets in, Chandimal and Mendis returns

Uncapped fast bowler Shehan Madushanka has been selected for the upcoming ODI Tri-series in Bangladesh. Test captain Dinesh Chandimal and attacking top order batsman Kusal Mendis also find a place in the ODI squad.

Angelo Mathews
Upul Tharanga
Danushka Gunathilaka
Kusal Mendis
Dinesh Chandimal
Kusal Janith Perera
Thisara Perera
Asela Gunaratne
Niroshan Dickwella
Suranga Lakmal
Nuwan Pradeep
Dushmantha Chameera
Shehan Madushanka
Akila Dananjaya
Lakshan Sandakan
Wanidu Hasaranga

The team is due to depart to Bangladesh on the 13th of January, 2018.

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Next SL Captain: Mathews or Chandimal

ESPN Cricinfo reports that Sri Lanka's ODI captaincy may pass back to Angelo Mathews, barely six months after he resigned from the position, or it may go to Dinesh Chandimal, who has not consistently held a place in the XI.

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SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said that the Chairman of selectors has informed him that they are considering appointing either Angelo Mathews or Dinesh Chandimal to be appointed as captain of the national side.

The final decision is set to be announced on January 9 - before the team departs for the ODI tri-series in Bangladesh.

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Mathews to lead Sri Lanka in ODI, T20

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Tuesday reappointed all-rounder Angelo Mathews as their limited-overs captain after Thisara Perera led the team during their disastrous tour of India late last year.

Mathews, who returned to the job from which he had resigned six months ago, was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo, “When I stepped down I never thought of taking over the captaincy again.

With Chandika Hathurusingha taking over as head coach, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) wanted the limited-overs teams to progress under a new direction. As a consequence, Perera was sacked from the white-ball captaincy.

Although Chandimal was also in contention for the leadership role in ODIs and T20Is, his inability to seal a place in the team in the two formats seems to have gone against him. Subsequently, the pathway has ostensibly been cleared for Mathews to return to limited-overs captaincy for his second stint.

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Sri Lankan cricketers will benefit with Dr. Jauncey’s appointment

On a recommendation by Sri Lanka’s new coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, Sri Lanka Cricket hired the services of Brisbane-based sports psychologist Dr. Phil Jauncey, who is due to arrive in Colombo today.

Australia’s most successful coach John Buchanan who himself hired Dr. Jauncy for Cricket Australia said that the Sri Lankan players will benefit greatly when they interact with their new psychologist.

“Dr Phil Jauncey or “Mozz” as he is affectionately kanown by many was very helpful for me as a coach as well as our support staff to have someone listening to what we were discussing about players and whether we were on the right track or could approach it differently”.

“As a head coach, it is very important to find one or two people whom you can trust and confide in away for the team as there will be issues, either personal, or that cannot be aired with others, that need resolution. When these circumstances arose, Dr. Jauncey was one of those persons to whom I could turn”, added Buchanan.

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Sri Lanka Cricket heading in the right direction: Thilanga Sumathipala

President of Sri Lanka Cricket Thilanga Sumathipala says Sri Lanka Cricket is in the right direction towards achieving the twin goals of sporting and financial success.

Addressing the employees of Sri Lanka Cricket, while commencing work for the year 2018 at the SLC, Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala said within two years of his election, he along with the SLC employees was able to turnaround Sri Lanka Cricket’s financial position from poor to strong.

“When we took over two years ago, SLC was indebted for a sum of Rs. 5 billion and we were in a quandary as to how we are going to turn around SLC, now, after two years, I am happy to say we are making profits”.

Mr. Sumathipala said, when he entered the fray, ICC has only allocated US$ 80 million for the members during its paying cycle, but with the efforts he made to strengthen the relationship with other members yielded a collaborative effort to increase it to US$ 120 million, thus raising the SLCs revenue drastically.

He says Sri Lanka Cricket is now financially stable with a steady flow of revenues coming from different sources, while the organization has ensured that financial accountability is maintained at every level, with prudent mechanisms put in place for monitoring.

Formation of an Asset Management Firm

Mr. Sumathipala said plans are underway to establish an asset management firm as a subsidiary of the Sri Lanka Cricket to better manage cash flows of SLC's major assets. He said, the money generated out of the SLC asset management operations will be utilized to finance the maintenance of SLC facilities across the country, which as of now incurs millions and is borne out by the revenues generated by the SLC.

 Development of the Game

According to Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala, SLC has taken several steps to ensure the development of the game. Among those steps are, decentralizing of powers to the District and Provincial Associations to run the game in their respective regions.

“When we took over, SLC was controlling 132 clubs, now we have brought them down to 24 and decentralized the power to provincial and district associations, thus giving them the decision making powers,” SLC President said.

He also said, steps were taken to bring in the age level cricket starting from under 15, 17, 19, 21 and 23, from both district and provincial level cricket under the direct supervision of the SLC to ensure that grassroots level cricket development stays in line with SLCs vision.

SLC President also said, steps were taken to enhance the knowledge level of local coaches by sending selected coaches for overseas training programs.

Player Focus

Mr. Sumathipala said, Sri Lanka Cricket has taken all the required steps to ensure that players of the national team are looked after well. He said, the introduction of a strong insurance cover for the national players, which is on par with any other international cricketer, introducing a performance based bonus system for players and providing contracts for 70 first class cricketers, apart from the contracts given for the national players are among the steps taken to ensure the sustainability of the players.


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Head Coach Hathurusinghe bans music at training sessions

New Sri Lanka cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha pledged to get tough with the under-performing national team — including banning music in training — while demanding “full control” over selection.

With the 1996 World Cup winners coming to the end of their worst year in international cricket, Hathurusingha said he would impose strict discipline to make sure they are ready for the 2019 World Cup.

Asked about reports that players were admonished for listening to music in practice, Hathurusingha said after his first training session with the team on Thursday: “If they are interested in music they will have to go home.”

Sri Lanka, who tour Bangladesh next month, have been severely criticised over whitewash defeats by India at home and in India in the past six months.

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said in June that many players were “too fat” and that none chosen to play a series against Zimbabwe had passed international fitness standards. A special diet was later imposed.

Hathurusingha, a former Sri Lanka batsman who quit as Bangladesh coach to help his home country, also signalled a tougher line with the government, which gets the final say in team affairs.

Jayasekera recently stopped the Sri Lankan T20 team from going to India because he did not agree with the selection.

The chief coach is not an automatic member of the selectors’ panel and Hathurusingha wants this changed — even if it means a new sports law.

“I need full control and responsibility to pick the playing eleven,” Hathurusingha said.

“According to the sports law the coach can’t get involved in selections. They are considering my request to be a selector while being the coach,” added the 49-year-old.

After giving up playing Hathurusingha has become a top coach, earning plaudits for pulling Bangladesh up the world rankings.

Hathurusingha has also been in charge of the New South Wales team in Australia, and he said he would bring in sports psychologist Phil Jauncey who worked with him in New South Wales and Bangladesh.

“I want to see him make visits from time to time to work with the players,” Hathurusingha said.

In 57 internationals across all three formats in 2017, Sri Lanka lost 40 and won just 14.


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Hathurusinghe named as selector on tour

Head coach of the national team Chandika Hathurusinghe has been assigned the role of selector on tour as part of a plan to give him more authority in team selections, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala said yesterday.

Sumathipala said that the SLC executive committee had adopted the move at the extraordinary general meeting.
Sri Lanka's sports law of 1973 however, does not permit the coach to be a national selector.

"He will be able to pick the final eleven while on tour with the manager of the team and the captain also acting as co-selectors," Sumathipala said.

However, the coach will not be able to serve in the national selection committee when the squads are picked.

With the new arrangements, Sumathipala said it would not be necessary for selectors to travel with the team.

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SLTA launches website

Sri Lanka Tennis Association launched its website on 27th December at its premises with the theme as ‘Digitization of National Sports Structure’ which is a concept initiated by President of SLTA Iqbal Bin Issack.

President Iqbal Bin Issack speaking to media said that this website will be of great importance to all tennis players and its fans to a greater level. The inauguration of this site also sets a new record for Sri Lanka Tennis as it will be of great value to all players all around the country. The website is also to help other countries and World governing bodies, Asian and South Asian countries to have a fair knowledge of the tennis in our country.

It will also give these bodies to rank our players according to their performances that will be forwarded to the site. The tournament organizers in other countries are sure to follow the website and get the opportunity to invite our players to tournaments organized by these organizations said the president.

In the local scene, it will help the players from outstations who had to face difficulties when forwarding their entries for tournaments as they are inconvenienced when travelling to SLTA. With the introduction of the site, all players can send in their entries sans any difficulties. The President also thanked the Vice President Suresh Subramaniam for taking steps to digitize every aspect of game and SLTA Administration.

Suresh Subramaniam the Vice President speaking said that all Tennis players irrespective of age categories are required to register themselves to gain access to the website. On getting registered their standards will be updated weekly which will be of great importance for them to find their skills from which they can clarify the standings.

Especially the young Players will get the opportunity of finding out their standings which will encourage them to raise their standards.

Subramaniam further added that Sri Lanka is the first South Asian country and the second Asian country to introduce the website specially meant for the improvement of Tennis in the region.

Source: Sunday Observer

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Indian Powerlifting world champion seriously injured in high-speed accident

Four powerlifting players from Delhi were killed when the car they were in hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway today morning. Two other players who were in the car, including a world champion who bagged the title for India in Moscow last year, were injured.

The six athletes were going from Delhi to Panipat in a Swift Dezire compact sedan, carrying their powerlifting kits, when they met with the accident at 4 am near Alipur village, close to the Singhu border between Delhi and Haryana.

The force of the impact was so high that the car rolled over several times and its roof got completely blown off before the car hit the pole, police said.

A senior police officer said the speed of the car was very high, adding there were some bottles around and the possibility of drink driving cannot be ruled out.

Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav and another player identified as Bali have been admitted to Max Hospital in north-west Delhi Shalimar Bagh.

Police said the players who died in the accident have been identified by their first names as Harish, Tikam Chand and Suraj, while the fourth person's identity is not known yet.

 Source: NDTV

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Top sports stars who turned to a career in politics

Football legend George Weah has fulfilled what has been known to be an ambition of his since calling time on his football career by winning the Liberian elections held on Tuesday.

Many a sports star have found themselves in a tough position of struggling with the next move after what is a relatively short career at the top has come to an end.

While some would prefer not to completely leave the sport they love by taking up a role in administration and in media, some have decided to lend their leadership abilities to more serious matters, turning to politics instead.

We have compiled a list of some of the more notable pro sportsmen who decided to move from inspiring in the sports arena to leading from the political office.

Manny Pacquiao – Boxer
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Boxer and congressman, Manny Pacquiao gives President Benigno Aquino III a shirt and memorabilia following his win of the WBC super welterweight crown against Mexican Antonio Margarito on November 20, 2010 in Manila, Philippine

Short in stature but arguably the Philippines’ most recognisable figure, Pacquiao is mostly known for his incredible achievements in the boxing ring but has dabbled in pretty much everything, including music, basketball, film and even politics.

His career in politics has run concurrently with his boxing career as he currently serves as a Senator in the Philippines.

Arjuna Ranatunga – Cricketer

The legendary Sri Lankan captain lead his side their historic triumph in the 1996 Cricket World Cup – a victory that came at a time where the islanders were considered rank underdogs.

Arjuna Ranatunga

He called time on his playing days in 1999 and decided to lend his sharp leadership skills to cricket administration before moving to politics where he has occupied several seats as a member of parliament.

Ranatunga currently serves as Sri Lanka’s Minister of Petroleum Resources Development.

Arnold Schwazzeneger – Bodybuilder
Arnold SchwazennegerMore famous for his numerous movie roles, the “Terminator” first cut his teeth as a young bodybuilder who dominated the sport before he got recognition from Hollywood and was the go-to muscle bound action guy throughout the 80s and the early 90s.

Imran Khan – Cricketer
The legendary all rounder led from the front as he captained Pakistan to World Cup glory in 1992.

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He turned his attention to politics, founding his own party in 1996 and assumed office as a member of the national assembly in 2013.

Vitali Klitschko – Boxer

One half of the terrifying Klitschko brothers, the Ukranian’s boxing career spanned over 20 years before he hung up his gloves in 2005 after pummeling 45 of his 47 opponents in the process with 41 of his wins ending in a triumph.

Shortly after he called time on his career, he immediately branched out into politics, running for the position of the Mayor of Kiev – albeit unsuccessfully – but would realise his dream nine years later when he was elected to the seat in which he still serves as the incumbent.

Seb Coe – track and field athlete

The British middle distance runner has, since retirement, occupied several seats in politics but returned to sport and is currently the president of the IAAF.

Jessie “The Body” Ventura – Wrestler
Jesse Ventura

Can wrestling even be considered a sport? Well, Jessie Ventura went from the world of spandex tights, long hair (without much of his own), and unathletic looking physiques to one of suits, ties and more kempt haircuts.

Ventura served as governor of Minnesota during George W. Bush’s first term in the oval office.

George Weah – footballer

Had a long illustrious career as a footballer with notable stints in France and Italy where he established himself as one of Africa’s greatest of all time, before short stints in England towards his retirement.

George WeahOn Wednesday he was confirmed as president-elect of Liberia after a resounding victory on the polls which saw him win the majority vote in 12 of the West African nation’s 15 counties.


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