Ashes 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 Next
The One Book Nova Scotia project wants to get Nova Scotians reading the same book and sharing the same story. Today, Sept. 21, that book was revealed to be Twenty-Six, by Nova Scotian author Leo McKay Jr. MLA Pam Birdsall, on behalf of Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, helped launch the new provincewide reading campaign for adults at the Keshen Goodman Public Library in Halifax. “It’s about community, bringing people together, providing a common subject for discussion,” said Ms. Birdsall. “The One Book Nova Scotia initiative will encourage a love of reading and life-long learning for people of all ages and foster a stronger community for years to come.” Published in 2003, Leo McKay Jr’s Twenty-Six is a work of fiction about a family living in small town Nova Scotia whose lives are changed forever after a mining accident claims the lives of twenty-six men. The One Book Nova Scotia project was organized by Libraries Nova Scotia, a group of library representatives from public, university and community college libraries, as well as the Nova Scotia Provincial Library division of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. “In selecting the book, the criteria included a living Canadian author with a conversation generating story that could appeal to a wide range of adults with varying literary levels and life experiences,” said Frances Newman, chair, One Book Nova Scotia steering committee. Other considerations included the book be in print, available in a variety of formats and not be a previous bestseller. The One Book movement began in 1998 at the Seattle Public Library and spread to other communities in North America. This is its first year in Nova Scotia. The program will run until Nov. 9; during this time Mr. McKay will hold readings at libraries across the province. Nova Scotians can also participate in bookclub discussions and get involved through Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the program visit 1bns.ca .