Russell headlines World Cup squad

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Dynamic all-rounder Andre Russell was yesterday named in West Indies’ 15-man World Cup squad but speculation over the anticipated return of several veteran T20 stars proved pointless, as they were overlooked for the ICC showpiece in England next month. The 30-year-old Russell has played 52 One-Day Internationals but has not suited up for West Indies in almost a year. He was recalled for the recent series against England but did not feature due to injury.Left-handed opener Evin Lewis, who has also been on the sidelines for nearly a year, has been recalled in the squad which retains the core of players who featured in the recent five-match home series against England which finished tied 2-2.Debate had raged over the last week about the possible inclusion of previously marginalised players but there was ultimately no recall for the likes of all-rounders Kieron Pollard and the retired Dwayne Bravo. Off-spinner Sunil Narine, currently campaigning in the Indian Premier League, was not considered for selection due to a finger injury and neither was fast bowler Alzarri Joseph who also pulled out of the cash-rich T20 league with a dislocated shoulder.(From left) Interim head coach, Floyd Reifer, interim chairman of selectors, Robert Haynes and Director of cricket, Jimmy Adams at yesterday’s announcement. (Photo courtesy CWI Media)“Based on the new selection policy approach which allowed us to consider a number of players that have not regularly appeared in the side over the last two years, we had a wide base of talent from which to choose,” said new interim chairman of selectors, Robert Haynes.“There were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15, including ensuring there was some continuity in the side, but we believe we have chosen a strong squad of players taking into consideration such factors as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions. “In keeping with tournament regulations, we submitted our squad prior to the deadline date of yesterday. All players named for the Tri-Nations Series could, however, stake a claim to be in the final 15-member squad that will be submitted after the Tri-Series and before the final deadline next month.”As expected, veteran left-hander Chris Gayle heads the batting group and is now set to play his fifth World Cup and his final, following his announcement earlier year that he intends to retire from ODIs after the tournament.If there were lingering doubts about the 39-year-old’s form, he quenched them with a Man-of-the-Series 424 runs against England recently and Haynes backed the talismanic former captain to produce at the May 30 to July 14 World Cup. “To have a player the calibre of Chris in the side to lead the batting with his vast experience and his ability to play match-winning or game-changing innings is a blessing for us and the motivation of becoming the leading scorer for West Indies in ODIs is something which I think he will relish,” said Haynes.“Looking at the condition of pitches in ODIs over the last few years in England and Wales, it appears that big totals will be the order of the day, so we believe we have a line-up that can put big totals on the board or chase them, as we have seen from recent matches.“With players like the captain, Jason Holder, as well as Andre Russell in the lower middle-order, we believe we have good depth to our batting which will allow us to play the brand of cricket that will give us the best of chance of winning the World Cup.” Gayle will be surrounded by the youth of Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, all in their first-ever World Cup.Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who will also play his first World Cup, will lead the pace attack which includes veteran Kemar Roach, left-armer Sheldon Cottrell and rookie Oshane Thomas.Holder, Russell and fellow all-rounder, Carlos Brathwaite, will all provide additional firepower in conditions expected to be seam-friendly.“We are excited about the pace attack led by Kemar and Shannon, and we are confident that any bowling combination we put on the park is capable of providing a serious challenge to the opposition in any conditions,” Haynes said “It will be a long tournament and it will be important for the bowling attack to stay fit and healthy for us to remain competitive and make a strong push to win the World Cup.”Following the upcoming Tri-Nations Series in Ireland, West Indies will stage a one-week camp in Southampton from May 18-24 before launching their World Cup campaign against Pakistan.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.last_img read more

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Cowboys vs. Giants: Score, results, highlights from Week 1

first_imgOnly in football does an imperfect number mean perfection, and on Sunday, that’s what Dak Prescott was: perfect.The Cowboys steamrolled the Giants 35-17 in Jerry World in the first game of the season, and what stood out more than anything was just how good the Dallas offense looked. Prescott threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns in a 25-for-32 passing performance. He spread the ball around, too: seven different ‘Boys caught passes from Prescott on Sunday, with all four — Amari Cooper, Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin and Randall Cobb — securing touchdown grabs in the effort. 4:29.: A few incompletions later and Dallas’ drive stalls. Punting away. 4:26:  And the first play of the Cowboys’ season is a 13-yard completion from Prescott to Cooper. Hope you won some cash.4:20 p.m.:  It’s America’s Game of the Week! Well, according to FOX. Kickoff just a few minutes away. On the other side of the field, the Giants need to do something about that defense — for however good Prescott was, the Giants’ secondary did not look good. The pass rush wasn’t there and they couldn’t stop Ezekiel Elliott on the ground. MORE: NFL scores, highlights and more from Week 1Eli Manning was replaced late by rookie Daniel Jones, but it was all for show: Jones finished 3-for-4 passing with a fumble to seal the game  in garbage time. It was not a passing-of-the-torch moment, by the way; just a rookie getting some snaps. But could this signify the beginning of the end of Manning in New York? Tune in next week to find out.SN provided live scoring updates and analysis for the Cowboys’ big win over the Giants in Week 1. Here’s how it went down.Cowboys vs. Giants: Results, highlights7:28 FINAL: Dallas gets the 35-17 victory at home over the Giants. The score wasn’t indicative of how much of a blowout this game was.7:24:  Daniel Jones scrambles for a first, and coughs up the ball. Not called a fumble on the field, but this one is going to the review, and will likely get overturned. That’s gonna be ballgame for these two squads: Dallas comes away with the W.7:20:  Dallas punts away and it’s Daniel Jones time in Dallas. A two-minute drill for the rookie.7:12 NEW YORK SCORING PLAY: A three-minute drive results in a Wayne Gallman TD. Giants trail 35-17 with 2:49 left in the game.7:09:  Giants get the ball back with 5:14 left in the fourth quarter. They’re down 25. I think this game is over.7:05:  Oh wow, Tony Pollard with a nice run but … guess what? Flags! 6:59:  This Giants offensive line hasn’t really looked great for it being “new-and-improved” and all. There’s been only one sack on Eli, but lots of pressure all day.6:55:  First punt for Dallas since the first quarter. And around we go.6:49:  Kick-catch interference called on the Giants. Nothing is really going right for Big Blue today.6:43 END OF THIRD QUARTER:  We head to the fourth quarter with the Giants down 25 to a new-look Cowboys offense. They are clicking. 6:34 DALLAS SCORING PLAY: Zeke with a 10-yard run to give the Dallas six more. Cowboys up 35-10 in the third.6:32:  Dak hits Gallup for a big play. Zeke with a run to bring the Cowboys inside of the Giants’ 20-yard line.6:26:  Giants go for it on fourth-and-1. It was tragic. Eli Manning scrambles outside of the pocket and fumbles the ball on a big hit. Cowboys’ ball inside their own 20.6:22:  This Giants offense seems to be a bit out of sync, but the defense looks pretty bad. They’re into Cowboys territory again, though, midway through the third quarter.6:17 DALLAS SCORING PLAY: That didn’t take long. Dak Prescott and the ‘Boys storm right back down the field and score a touchdown via Prescott to Cobb toss. Cowboys take a 28-10 lead in the third.6:12 NEW YORK SCORING PLAY: Giants drive amounts to three points, as Rosas puts a field goal through the uprights. Giants trail 21-10.6:08:  Well actually … the Giants go for it on fourth-and-8 and they convert. 6:07:  And the drive stalls. Giants bring out the punting unit. The Giants have yet to convert on a fourth down.6:05:  And the second half is underway in Dallas. Giants take over from their own 15. Cody Latimer made a really nice play down the sideline — good coverage but a better throw and catch.5:48 END OF FIRST HALF: Fourth down and a Hail Mary later aaaaannnnddd … the half is over. Dallas leads 21-7.5:44:  Giants driving, trying to score points at the end of the half. They get the ball back at the start of the second half. They just crossed the 50.5:41 DALLAS SCORING PLAY: Cowboys now have 21 unanswered points. Prescott drops a pass into Cooper for a 21-yard TD score. Dallas up 21-7 with a minute left in the half.5:37:  This Giants defense just doesn’t look great so far. Cowboys really eating up clock and putting together efficient drives. They’re a few yards from the red zone now.5:30:  Prescott has now completed passes to seven different guys in the first half. Not bad!5:26:  Cowboys are heavy pass early on, and it’s working.5:21:  Giants’ drive stalls out and Cowboys get the ball back in their own territory. 5:12 DALLAS SCORING PLAY: Welcome back Jason Witten. He grabs an easy touchdown to put the Cowboys up a score. 14-7 Dallas in the second quarter.5:09:  Cowboys driving and Prescott just dropped a beautiful pass in to Michael Gallup along the sideline. Went right after rookie cornerback Deandre Baker. 5:02: Manning has taken some shots today. Leighton Vander Esch just closed the distance. Giants punting. 5:00:  Eli Manning just got clobbered by DeMarcus Lawrence. Play results in an incomplete pass.4:58:  Giants have the ball on the 50 and driving. Saquon Barkley is still good.4:52 DALLAS SCORING PLAY: Dak Prescott hits Blake Jarwin down the middle of the field — he was wide open. Dallas ties the game at 7. 4:47:  Also in a Cowboys uniform, albeit for the first time this season, is wide receiver Randall Cobb.4:44:  We are reminded that Jason Witten is back in a Cowboys uniform and not in the “Monday Night Football” booth. This alone is wonderful news.4:42:  And the Cowboys will try again.4:39 NEW YORK SCORING PLAY: Eli Manning with a play action bootleg and a touchdown toss to Evan Engram for the touchdown. 7-0 Giants in the first quarter.4:38:  Giants are threatening from the Dallas 1-yard line.4:34:  On the very next play Barkley breaks a 50-yard run to get into Cowboy territory. Giants are moving now.4:33:  Giants take over at their own 9-yard line. First play is an underneath screen to Barkley. He fumbles! Ball is recovered by New York. Whew. Second and 1. last_img read more

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