Ashes 2017: Joe Root pleased with England’s show of ‘character’ after Melbourne draw

first_imgEngland captain Joe Root was all praise for his wards “character”, despite a resolute Steve Smith show compounded with an unresponsive pitch dashed England’s hopes of a first win of the series on Saturday.The fourth Ashes Test ended in a draw late on day five, with home captain Smith’s unbeaten 102 saving Australia and doling out another portion of frustration for England’s bowlers, who toiled fruitlessly on a flat Melbourne Cricket Ground strip.WATCH: SPORTS TODAYEngland will head to the fifth and final Test in Sydney still 3-0 behind in the series but in a far more positive frame of mind after dominating the hosts for most of the match.”In terms of our squad, the character is never something that I question, and the way that we apply ourselves and the attitude that we take is always there,” Root told reporters.�??� @root66: “We tried everything out there. I�??m proud of the way we went about it on such an unresponsive wicket” #AshesFull interview: https://t.co/MJayrx8cYF pic.twitter.com/lgwSqx20WV- England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 30, 2017″It proved this week after three tough games and tough results to come back and put in a performance like that was extremely pleasing for me as a captain.”They had a lot of disappointment coming away from Perth and you could see the way they went about training that they were desperate to prove a lot of people wrong and make sure we get something good out of this tour.”advertisementRoot will have been buoyed by the belated return to form of opener and former skipper Alastair Cook, who scored an unbeaten 244 in a Man-of-the-Match performance.With Smith dismissed for “only” 76 in the first innings, Root’s bowlers were also able to contain Australia to 327, a below-par score on such a lifeless deck.England still sniffed victory at lunch on day five, having reduced Australia to 178 for four, but the Australia skipper carried his team once more and remains the tourists’ most confounding problem.Root tried unconventional fields as his bowlers threw everything at Smith but his team finished the day no clearer about how to dismiss their nemesis without a moving ball.”It’s difficult on that surface,” said Root. “Fair play to him and he played extremely well.”And even when it is a bat-friendly pitch like that, under the pressure of knowing you have to bat all day to try and get a draw is quite difficult and he obviously played very well, and made it quite difficult for us.”Especially when the ball moves, we are more than capable of getting him out.”We just have to keep trying every option if he does get in and if it is a good surface, to bat on and keep trusting and believing in what we do.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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PawSox Moving To Providence

first_imgPAWTUCKET, R.I. — For 40 years, Pawtucket resident Mike Shloul has lived within walking distance of McCoy Stadium, where the PawSox have played home games since 1973.“I felt like somebody died,” Shloul said of hearing the news that the Pawtucket Red Sox are leaving and might be headed to the neighboring capital city of Providence. The team, he said, is “part of the culture in Pawtucket.”The expected departure of the Triple-A baseball club takes away one of few bright spots from an old mill town that has never fully recovered from the Great Depression, officials in the Rhode Island city said.“To take the economic activity out of the city’s income stream is a severe blow,” said Robert Billington, a local tourism official who said he was shocked to learn the team’s new owners want to leave.Boston Red Sox President Larry Lucchino and a group of Rhode Island businessmen announced they had purchased the franchise for an undisclosed amount from the widow of its longtime owner and are planning to move the team.Investor James Skeffington confirmed the new owners are eyeing a piece of land along the Providence River for a new ballpark but said nothing is final.The new owners said making improvements to McCoy Stadium would be too expensive. The stadium was built in 1942 and renovated in the late 90s.But Billington, President of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, said he thinks McCoy Stadium could be maintained the way Fenway Park in Boston has been.“If they can make it in Fenway, I think they can make it here,” he said. “I think there’s a desire not to.”Billington said he had hoped the new owners would want to reinvest in Pawtucket. The city was a major manufacturer during the American Industrial Revolution, but has struggled to improve its economy since the 1930s. It’s now one of the poorest cities in the state, with a median household income of $40,379.The team brought fame and fun to the city, he said, along with about 750,000 visitors a year.  “There are a lot of businesses that are supported by the PawSox,” Billington said.That includes the Right Spot Diner, which overlooks the stadium. Owner Julia Tsimikas said she is worried about how losing the team will affect the business she and her family opened in 1975.“It’s going to be a loss for the whole city,” Tsimikas said.Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebian said there is both an economic and psychological impact to the departure of the team. He said he tried to keep the team in Pawtucket but the city wasn’t “on the radar” of the new owners.The new owners said if they built a ballpark in Providence they would use their own funds but would ask the city and the state for support.Billington said any state help should focus on keeping the team in Pawtucket. “We’re not fighting against anyone,” Billington said. “It’s for Pawtucket. Let’s figure out how to do it here.”(AMY ANTHONY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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