Australia has picked four fast bowlers — Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins — in its 15-man Champions Trophy squad while dropping all-rounder James Faulkner, the man-of-the match from its triumph in the 2015 World Cup final against New Zealand.Australian selector Trevor Hohns referred to the four quicks as a “fast-bowling artillery” and “a very exciting proposition for Australian cricket.”Starc returned early from Australia’s tour of India with a stress fracture in his right foot, but Hohns said he was confident the left-arm opening bowler would be fit to play in the June 1-18 tournament in England.Big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn, sidelined for two months recently with a neck/shoulder injury, was also included in the squad.”Our medical staff will continue to monitor Mitchell and Chris’ recovery from their respective injuries, but we are hopeful they will be fit in time for the team’s departure on May 18,” Hohns said.All-rounders Marcus Stoinis, Moises Henriques and John Hastings were also included in the squad to be captained by Steve Smith.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the only specialist slow bowler selected, although Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell offer off-spinning options.Head and Aaron Finch are the likely contenders to open the batting with vice-captain David Warner.Australia joins England, Bangladesh and New Zealand in Group A, while defending champion India is pooled with South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Group B.Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.advertisement
Oklahoma State recruiting got a huge boost recently when DeQuinton Osborne, a former Baylor signee, verbally committed to OSU.Osborne, who was an All-American defensive tackle last year for Kilgore Junior College, is listed at 6-foot, 310-pounds and used his big frame to translate it into major production last season with 61 tackles and 17 tackles for loss.Because he was released from his LOI to Baylor, Osborne is eligible to play for the Cowboys in 2016 and will join the football program in the first week of July. With his experience and proven production, albeit against lesser competition, I think Osborne has a real shot to work into the rotation at defensive line that returns starters Vincent Taylor and Mote Maile from a year ago. The defensive tackle position is stacked with young up-and-coming talent, and I think given Osborne’s proven track record he could work his way into the rotation and see some meaningful playing time his first year in Stillwater.Here’s an early look at what the junior college all-american will look like in an OSU uniform, taken during his unofficial visit:DQ. [Twitter]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Southampton Pellegrino calls for patience with returning Van Dijk Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 01:02 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Southampton Stoke City v Southampton Premier League The defender is closing in on a Southampton return but manager Mauricio Pellegrino says it will take time for him to hit top gear Mauricio Pellegrino says he is happy with Virgil van Dijk’s attitude but has called for patience ahead of the Southampton defender’s return.Van Dijk was the subject of interest from Liverpool in the recent transfer window, although they gave up their attempts to sign him after being accused of making an illegal approach.Southampton 9/5 to keep Stoke clean sheet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Netherlands international handed in a transfer request but was not able to force through a move and made his Saints return as a late substitute against Crystal Palace.Van Dijk sat out the 1-0 loss to Manchester United last week, though, and Saints boss Pellegrino is wary of rushing him back.”The only thing that Virgil needs – and the most important thing – is to play games,” he told a pre-match news conference ahead of facing Stoke City. “But we are in the moment that, when we decide, Virgil has to be ready.”It will be difficult to see the best version of first game as he needs time. Little by little, he’s getting better.”Every week, his timing is much better, his mobility is much better, his understanding is much better, he is physically fit, he is fresher – obviously, every single week, he will improve.”We need to be patient. After this game we’ve got two weeks and we’ll play a friendly in the middle. I’m happy with his attitude and I’m sure he’ll be ready when he does come back.”Pellegrino confirmed that Van Dijk would reprise his role as captain if he shows his commitment to the side.”Virgil is still one of our captains,” he added. “I’m not thinking about [changing] this.”But, being captain, for me it’s not a position, it’s a decision. If you want to be captain, you have to deserve it.”