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 indiatoday.in/sports. 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

Avengers dominate MTV Movie TV Awards 2019

first_imgLos Angeles: ‘Avengers’ ruled the MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019 as Marvel’s latest offering “Endgame” was named the Best Movie with Robert Downey Jr winning the title of Best Hero as IronMan at the ceremony. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Brolin’s reprisal as supervillain Thanos won him the Best Villain award. In a video message, Downey Jr said winning the award was “kinda unexpected”. “That said it’s been an absolute joy, honour and privilege, etc to play Tony Stark all these years. So I want to say thank you Marvel, Disney, MTV and mostly thank y’all. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Maybe it’s true that you love me 3,000 but I just checked. What are the new numbers? And oh, I love you 3,427,” he said. Brie Larson took home the golden popcorn for the Best Fight sequence between her “Captain Marvel” and Minn-Erva (played by Gemma Chan) in MCU’s first female stand-alone. She walked on stage arm-in-arm with her stunt doubles for the film, Jonna Bennett and Renae Moneymaker. “They’re the living embodiment of Captain Marvel,” Larson told the audience. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Despite receiving mixed reviews from both fans and critics for its season finale, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was adjudged the Best Show. Dwayne Johnson was honoured with the Generation Award, while Jada Pinkett Smith accepted the Trailblazer Award. Johnson entered the stage dancing to Queen anthem “We Will Rock You” to receive the award. He said throughout his career he was asked to conform to norms but he decided to maintain his identity. The half-black and half-Samoan actor told the audience he is a “walking example” of staying true to oneself and acting as a bridge between cultures. “I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood. Hollywood was going to conform to me,” Johnson said in his speech. It was Pinkett Smith’s “Girls Trip” co-star Tiffany Haddish who presented the actor, philanthropist and “Red Table Talk” host with the Trailblazer Award. Accompanied by her son actor-singer Jaden Smith, she said she was unsure if she deserved the trailblazing award “quite yet”. “Often we applaud the trails people blaze in the external world that we can see, but very rarely do we applaud the trails that are blazed in the hidden rooms of the mind that are full of uncertainty, false beliefs and pain. “It’s these internal obstacles that must be challenged in order to muster the courage to forge new paths that we can see in the world,” she said. Lady Gaga, who made her feature film debut with “A Star is Born”, won Best Performance in a Movie award. The film’s song “Shallow”, which Gaga sang with director-co-star Bradley Cooper for the movie, won the Best Musical Moment. For her role in the critically-acclaimed dystopian drama “The Handsmaid’s Tale”, Elisabeth Moss won Best Performance in a Show. Moss gave a shout-out to fellow nominees — Emilia Clarke, Gina Rodriguez and Kiernan Shipka — the “bada** women” ruling the small screen today. “To all my ladies out there, keep up the fight. I stand right alongside you,” she added. Sandra Bullock accepted the Most Frightened Performance award for her performance in Netflix’s acclaimed thriller “Bird Box” in a heartfelt and humorous message to her children. “Even though you can’t see it until you’re 21 because apparently a movie about being a mommy is a horror film, you will know when you see it that there isn’t anything I would do for you,” Bullock said. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo shared the Best Kiss award on behalf of their on-screen characters – Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean. Centineo took home award for Breakthrough Performance in the Netflix teenage rom-com. Daniel Levy from “Schitt’s Creek” won the Best Comedic Performance. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was named Best Real-Life Hero for “RBG’, a documentary on her life. “Surviving R Kelly”, a six-part Lifetime documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against American singer Robert “R” Kelly, was named Best Documentary. Several of the survivors interviewed in the docuseries came onto the stage as Brie Miranda Bryant, senior vp unscripted development and programming for Lifetime, accepted the award. “This team believes in the power of numbers. Fifty-four individuals sat to tell this story. Survivors walked through the fire and stood again to tell the story,” Bryant said. At the show, Melissa McCarthy, Moss, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Bautista, David Spade and Kumail Nanjiani served as presenters. The stage was set on fire with performances by rapper Lizzo, DJ-producer Martin Garrix, Macklemore, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy Singer, songwriter and producer Bazzi performed his hit song “Paradise.” “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi hosted the ceremony.last_img read more