CRICKET: An Indian under-23s player has sent the cricketing world into a spin with an unusual* bowling run-up in a domestic competition.
Shiva Singh was playing for Uttar Pradesh against Bengal in the CK Nayudu Trophy when he turned 360 degrees* before delivering the ball. The umpire immediately called a dead ball* and the vision went viral.
Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, Singh said it was not the first time he had bowled the delivery, but it was the first time he had been called for a dead ball.
“I delivered this 360-degree ball against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine. Batsman always go for the reverse-sweep or the switch hit against bowlers. But when bowlers do something like this it’s deemed a dead ball.”
The law says it is a dead ball if the bowler is making a deliberate attempt to distract the batsman.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan said the ball was great and encouraged more bowling innovation*.
SOCCER: Four A-League players — Dimi Petratos, Craig Goodwin, Thomas DEng and Rhyan Grant — have been rewarded for their fine form with selection as train-on players* in the Socceroos squad.
None of them will feature in the upcoming friendly against Korea Republic, but will be firmly in the mix for the follow-up clash with Lebanon.
Coach Graham Arnold said Goodwin was an example of how players who performed strongly in the A-League would get their opportunity at Socceroos level.
“Craig is a great example of work hard, perform well, play well in the A-League and you’ll get recognised and you’ll get rewarded … so the message is clear I think for all the A-League players,” he said.
“I’ve been out and watched a lot of the A-League games since I’ve been back and I think the standard has been fantastic this year.”
Three players from Scottish club Hibernian FC have also been selected with Mark Milligan, Jamie Maclaren and Martin Boyle all called up.
BASKETBALL: Four-time Olympian David Andersen turned back the clock* with a vintage* shooting display to lead the Illawarra Hawks to Thursday night’s 87-81 upset of NBL titleholders Melbourne United at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Still playing at 39 after several seasons in Europe and two in the NBA, Andersen poured in a season-high 18 points, as the Hawks boosted their record to 3-4.
American import Brian Conklin added 15 points and Tim Coenraad finished with 14. Chris McCarron and Casper Ware led Melbourne with 18 points each, while Josh Boone had 17.
NRL: Australia’s Isabelle Kelly has been named the first ever female Golden Boot* winner.
Kelly’s scoring ability — she has produced double tries in her past three appearances for the Jillaroos, including the World Cup final and semi-final — made her a worthy winner.
“It’s really exciting. I was saying to my family that it’s something that I never thought I would achieve and it just goes to show when you put your mind to it and work really hard and strive* towards your goals that you really can achieve anything,” Kelly said.
“It’s an individual award but it’s a team effort and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my teammates and my coaching staff.”
In the men’s Golden Boot, English winger Tom Makinson was the shock winner beating out Australia’s James Tedesco for the honour.
unusual: not normal
360 degrees: a full circle
dead ball: cannot be played as ruled by the umpire
innovation: new methods or ideas
train-on players: players invited to train with the squad for possible later selection
turned back the clock: played like his younger days
vintage: best of its kind, usually from the past
Golden Boot: best international player
strive: make great efforts to achieve something
1. Why was Singh’s delivery ruled a dead ball by the umpire?
2. How many Socceroos squad members are playing for Scottish club Hibernian FC?
3. How old is Hawks star Dave Anderson?
4. Who won the first ever women’s Golden Boot?
After reading the article, with a partner, highlight all the openers you can find in blue. Discuss if they are powerful and varied openers or not. Why do you think the journalists has used a mix of simple and power openers? Would you change any, and why?
HAVE YOUR SAY: Should bowlers be allowed to spin 360 degrees before releasing the ball?
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