Sir Viv links low test totals to good bowling, poor batting

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards says a combination of outstanding bowling and short tempered batting are the reasons low totals are being produced in Test matches latelyRichards, considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, also says batsmen’s failure to adjust their style from Twenty20 cricket to Test has also been a contributing factor.The Ashes series in England has been identified as a prime example with all four Tests finishing inside four days, the last two inside three.The Australians have been shot out for scores of 60 and 136 while the Englishmen too have been dismissed for 103.”You can point your finger at both (good bowling and poor batting). You have T20 and that also plays a part in some of the shots batsmen play. You see guys playing the same shots in T20s and Tests and are sometimes lucky to get away with it,” Richards told Sport360.”Guys are playing a lot of limited overs cricket and not making that adjustment when it comes to the longer version and pay a price for that”.So far this year, eight totals below 150 have been recorded in 23 Tests.While 17 matches this year have produced results, Richards argues that poor batting has played its part in determining those results.”If you take the West Indies or recently Australia, some matches have been short. Techniques have played a part in some of the shots played, making the same mistakes over and over again,” Richards pointed out.”At some point, individuals have to play according to the situation. Recently in Birmingham, the ball was swinging in the air, moving around. For some reason, we see batsmen not having the same technique to cope.”last_img read more

Gasoline prices soon expected to increase

first_imgThat adds more credence to his argument that refinery closures, dating back to the previous century have left Canada far too dependent on those in the U.S.“It’s unfortunate that not a greater effort is being made on unconfusing a bit of the environment issue with what we need to do and that’s to get our product to market, get those pipelines built and where we can improve the ability to process our bitumen into high value gasoline,” McTeague said. “Instead we’re getting caught up other distractions and I think while we all want clean energy, we all want to head down the road of new technology surrounding environmental questions but those can be done hand in hand. We need to restore and reinvest and get the product to market. Not just the crude but also the pricemakers into the North American market on gasoline.”He also talked about retail profit margins, and some factors impacting them, which many consumers might find both interesting and informative, and we’ll get to that story on Monday. With the first day of fall this year now less than a week away, on the 23rd of the month, gasoline prices across the country have started to fall.An eight station monitor this morning in Fort St. John revealed the common local posted price at six of the outlets was a $1.23.9, with the two PetroCan outlets two cents less than that.However the most common post was still about 11 cents higher, than the new provincial average, of a $1.12.7, which according to the latest Gas Buddy-dot-com monitor, was down about four cents a litre in the past week, 16 cents in the past month, and 22 cents from where it was at this time last year.- Advertisement -Nation-wide that survey reported a similar year-over-year story, with the Canadian average now at $1.04.4, down 23 cents a litre.However, the consumer website’s senior analyst, Dan McTeague, says motorists from Thunder Bay to BC will soon be paying more, not less, at the pumps.He’s predicting an increase of five to seven cents a litre and cites as the main reason as a major production problem at a Husky refinery in Toledo, Ohio.Advertisementlast_img read more