Ashes 2019: The contrasting story of David Warner and Steve Smith

first_imgAshes 2019: The contrasting story of David Warner and Steve SmithSteve Smith has scored more number of boundaries than the total numbers of runs made by David Warner in the ongoing Ashes series.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 13, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 00:03 IST David Warner (L), Steve Smith (R). AP PhotoHIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner has managed to score just 84 runs in the ongoing Ashes seriesSteve Smith has scored two hundreds and a double hundred in the seriesBoth the batsmen returned to Test cricket after serving a year-banSteve Smith and David Warner returned to international cricket after serving one-year ban for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal. While Smith marked his return with piles of runs at Bradmanesque average, Warner failed big-time to translate his white-ball form into the longest format of the game. Smith’s heroic feats in England have marked him out as the next most effective tormenter of the nation’s bowlers after Sir Don Bradman whereas Warner has been tormented by the sheer pace and swing of Stuart Broad.The tale of the two batsmen on their return is very much self-explanatory with these numbers in the Ashes series.Steve Smith: 144, 142, 92, 211, 82, 80 in 6 inningsDavid Warner: 2, 8, 3, 5, 61, 0, 0, 0, 5 in 9 inningsDavid Warner’s poor run-of-form comes as a surprise as he enjoyed a brilliant World Cup campaign, smashing three centuries to finish as the second leading run-scorer in the tournament. But as they say, Test cricket is a different ball game together.While David Warner has been able to manage 84 runs overall in the series, Steve Smith’s lowest score in the ongoing Ashes is 80. The statistic is even more arresting because Warner has had three more innings than Smith.Smith has now scored 761 runs in six innings, almost twice as many as any other batsman on either side in the series that is after missing the third Ashes Test due to concussion. But more than the stats, it’s the circumstances that make this as good as it gets. The dismal performance of David Warner, one of the highest run getters in World Cup 2019, makes Smith’s feat stand out even more.advertisementIf we see the funny side of the story, Steve Smith has hit more boundaries than David Warner’s total score in the series. Credit to his poor from, Warner has also set an unwanted record to his name as he currently has the third-worst Test average of a batsman to play a minimum eight innings in a series. Warner’s 5 in the first innings of the final Test was also his eighth single-figure score of the series, the first time in Test history has had such a return in a series.Steve Smith meanwhile also stands a chance to break Don Bradman’s record of most runs in a series. If Smith manages to get another double hundred in the second innings of the final Test he will surpass Bradman since he scored an astonishing 974 runs during the 1930 Ashes in England.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

Rocket launcher found at Brighton recycling site

The Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Brighton Credit:Eddie Mitchell The Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Brighton “Officers sought advice from Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) experts, and it was confirmed there was no ammunition in the weapon.”The item was found within a compressed bale of rubbish and was therefore not in its original form (damaged). It was seized for forensic analysis and the road was reopened shortly before 2pm.”At no point was there any danger to any persons or any property in the area.”It is not clear when the waste in which the rocket launcher was found was brought to the site, nor where it came from. Brighton and Hove City Council declined to comment on the issue, with a spokesman saying it was “nothing to do with them”, despite the local authority subcontracting the site to Veolia.A Veolia spokesman said: “At approximately 12.20pm on Friday 18th May a suspicious item was found at Hollingdean Materials Recovery Facility.“The police were called, attended site and  safely  removed the item.  No one was injured during this incident and the site has now been reopened.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A spokesman said: “At 12.26pm on Friday, police were called after a rocket launcher was discovered at the Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Hollingdean Lane, Brighton.”The site was evacuated and police closed the road as a precaution. Police were forced to evacuate a recycling centre after a rocket launcher was found in amongst household waste.The weapon was discovered by a member of staff at the Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Brighton at lunchtime on Friday and the site was closed down while officers carried out their checks. It is understood Sussex Police called the bomb disposal team, but after it was established the rocket launcher was not loaded, it was left to the local force. The centre is owned by Brighton and Hove City Council, who had earlier wrongly told a local news outlet that it was a “fake device”, and recycles waste from Brighton and Hove and East Sussex. A witness told The Telegraph it is not believed the weapon was a historic rocket launcher, but rather a more modern model, which has now been sent to be forensically examined. Sussex Police insisted the rocket launcher posed no threat to the public as it was so badly damaged it could not have been discharged.  read more