Australia’s John Hastings ‘shocked’ by selectors snub

first_imgAustralia all-rounder John Hastings was “shocked” to miss out on selection for the one-day international series against New Zealand, having topped the world list of wicket-takers for the year. (Latest Cricket stories)The 31-year-old seamer leads the standings with 29 wickets from 15 ODI matches at an average of 24.13, level with England’s Adil Rashid, who has the same haul but from 17 games.Hastings missed the West Indies tour with an ankle injury in May but returned to the side for a strong series in Sri Lanka and was Australia’s joint top wicket-taker with Scott Boland for the ill-fated 5-0 whitewash in South Africa.”I was very disappointed. I was initially pretty shocked to be honest,” Hastings said of his omission.”I thought my performances over the last 12 months have stacked up and in my mind I’m 100 percent fit.”I know I haven’t played a lot of cricket but five-and-a-half months without playing cricket and going over to Sri Lanka without playing a game (and performing well), it didn’t really stack up for me.”I’ve taken the most one-day international wickets in the world this year so obviously I’m disappointed not to be there.”But if they think those guys can do a better job, that’s fair enough. I’ve just got to go back and try and prove people wrong again.”Selectors were criticised for sending an under-strength squad to South Africa, shorn of leading pacemen Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, but the bowlers have been reinstated for the three-match New Zealand series starting next week.advertisementHastings, who took a career best haul of 6-45 against Sri Lanka in Dambulla in August, may have reason to feel aggrieved, with four all-rounders selected in the squad of 14.Fast bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh did little with bat and ball in South Africa but has been retained, while mercurial talent Glenn Maxwell has been recalled, seemingly more on reputation than form.James Faulkner was included after a calf strain ruled him out of South Africa, while selectors sprung a surprise by picking uncapped Western Australia all-rounder Hilton Cartwright.Australia’s selectors have been under scrutiny for a number of gaffes this season and chairman Rod Marsh promptly resigned after the test side were thrashed in the second match in Hobart, which gave South Africa an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.Australia play New Zealand in Sydney on Dec. 4, with matches in Canberra (6th) and Melbourne (9th) to follow.last_img read more

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John McEnroe refuses to apologise to Serena Williams, ranks himself 1200th in the world

first_imgTennis legend John McEnroe has refused to aplologise to Serena Williams for his comments that tennis ace would be in the world’s top 700 if she was on the men’s circuit. However, his comments did not go down too well with Serena, who has won an Open Era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles.Following the controversy, McEnroe was asked whether he would apologise for his comments? He said, “No. I didn’t know it would create controversy. I’ve said this 1000 times. I don’t want anything to go wrong with Serena because she’s pregnant. I don’t want to upset her. I’ve got a solution. Solve the problem, and I’m sure the men would be all for this – the men and women play together. And then we don’t have to guess.”The seven-time Grand Slam champion further said he would be ranked 1200th currently in the world.”You asking me at 58 years of age where I would be ranked in the tour if I had played the best of five which is what the men have to do to win majors, I would be currently about 1200th in the world,” McEnroe said.WATCH: John McEnroe refuses to apologize for Serena Williams comments https://t.co/IqJnNVNhgc pic.twitter.com/5zySS1TuB5- CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) June 27, 2017Where would John McEnroe rank himself? “I would be, currently, about 1,200 in the world.” pic.twitter.com/KJSMBiuBlY- CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) June 27, 2017McEnroe, a former player and now TV commentator, had said Serena is the best women’s tennis player in history – “no question.” But when asked whether she was the sport’s best ever, regardless of gender, he made clear he didn’t think so.He said he thought Serena could beat some men, “but if she had to just play the circuit – the men’s circuit – that would be an entirely different story.” He said if she tried to be part of the men’s tour, “she’d be like 700 in the world.”advertisementSerena, who is taking a break from the tennis tour because she is pregnant, responded via Twitter to comments McEnroe made during a weekend interview with NPR to promote his latest book.Serena tweeted, “I adore and respect you,” but asks him to “please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.”Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.- Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017In one of her tweets, Williams wrote: “I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time.”She added: “Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”I’ve never played anyone ranked “there” nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir- Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017last_img read more

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