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WAGS power fuelling Australia’s charge at 2019 Ashes

Mahima Katariya

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Australian WAGS cheering up Aussies. Courtesy @FoxCricket

New Delhi: It is always said that behind every successful man there is a woman.

The Australian cricketers, who are playing against England in the ongoing 2019 Ashes series, are no different.

And as always, the wives and girlfriends (WAGS) of the Aussie stars are now in England, extending their unwavering support to their beloved from the stands. cricket news

These glamorous WAGS command attention as much for their fashion sense as for their professional  capabilities.

We have heard about the wags of these famous cricketers, now it’s time to know them. Sports Lounge brings here the glamorous WAGS of some Australian Cricketers: cricket news

Candice Warner (David Warner) cricket news

The model and wife of star Australian Cricketer David Warner. cricket news

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The 34-year-old got married Warner in 2015. Before getting hitched to Warner, she was linked to several high profile cricketers including Braith Anasta, Matt Henjak, Brent Staker, David Carney and Marcos Baghdatis.

Candice being a good singer, appeared in a singing show It Takes Two, a show which accomodates non-singing celebrities, and she was placed sixth.

She was also a participant in a cookery show where she ended up being the first one to be eliminated.

Dani Willis (Steve Smith)

Danielle Willis, a lawyer by profession, fashion lover, and an avid traveller started dating Steve Smith in 2011, when she was a law student.

In June 2017, the couple got engaged and got married in September 2018.

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Dani loves to travel the world with Smith. In April 2019, she also explored India and posted few pictures of Jaipur on Instagram.

Alyssa Healy (Mitchell Starc)

Australian cricketer, who plays for the Australian women’s national team and New South Wales in domestic cricket.

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In 2015, she engaged to the fast bowler Mitchell Starc, and got married in April 2016.

They are the only third married couple to play Test cricket in the world.

Alyssa loves travelling and trekking. Because of her profession and her travelling, she mostly wears comfortable clothes such as t-shirts, shorts etc. Playing golf is her hobby.

Emma McCarthy (Nathan Lyon)

Emma McCarthy is a real estate agent and sales executive in a company.

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She is the girlfriend of the off-spinner Nathan Lyon. The couple are believed to have started dating only a few months ago. sports news

Previously, Emma has dated Lyon’s fellow Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh in 2010. sports news

The 27-year-old has a keen sense of fashion. Her Instagram posts suggest she loves travelling and partying too. sports news

Bonnie Maggs (Tim Paine)

The 33-year-old is a singer by profession. She made her debut album in 2012 as The Changing Skies. sports news

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Maggs earlier dated Paine before getting married in 2016.

Now they are the proud parents of two kids. sports news

Also read: Lord’s wicket to be flat and dry, says Australia coach Langer

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Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja among 19 sportspersons nominated for Arjuna Award

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Jadeja has played 156 ODIs, 42 T20Is and 41 Tests for India

New Delhi: Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has been nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award by the award selection committee on Saturday. The list includes 19 other sportspersons like Poonam Yadav, track and field stars Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Mohammed Anas and Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, hockey player Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and shooter Anjum Moudgil.

Earlier, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had recommended fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and women’s team leg-spinner Poonam Yadav for the Arjuna Award. Ravindra Jadeja showcased a spectacular show with a 59-ball 79 innings against New Zealand in the semi-final during World Cup 2019.

The Arjuna Awards are given to honour excellence in sports by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India. In 2018, Indian woman cricketer Smriti Mandhana was the only cricketer to receive the prestigious award.

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Russel Domingo appointed Bangladesh cricket team head coach

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Russel Domingo has coached South Africa national team from 2013 to 2017.

New Delhi: Russell Domingo has been appointed Bangladesh cricket team head coach on Saturday.

The 44-year-old South African has agreed on a two-year term with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and is expected to arrive in Dhaka on 21 August to take charge of the national team.

Announcing the appointment  BCB president Nazmul Hassan, said, Domingo’s vision for Bangladesh made him the ideal candidate for the role, “He has a wealth of experience and we have been very impressed with his passion and coaching philosophy. He has a clear idea of what is required to take the team forward.”

Domingo said he was eagerly looking ahead to his new challenge, “It is a massive honour to be appointed the Head Coach of the Bangladesh National Cricket Team. I have followed Bangladesh’s progress with keen interest and I am extremely excited to assist the team in reaching the goals that they are capable of.

“I look forward to continuing the ongoing development of current players whilst also looking towards the future and developing some new bright stars from within the talent pool of Bangladesh cricket,” he added.

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Ashes: Rain truncates play as England reduce Australia to 80/4 on Day 3

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Play abandoned due to the weather, Australia will resume today on 80/4

New Delhi: Not a single ball could be bowled after lunch as England made the most of the seam-friendly conditions to dent Australia’s top-order and leave them stuttering at 80/4 before showers forced a break to be taken early on Day 3 of the rain-affected second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Friday.

It rained heavily post-lunch as played seemed unlikely as time progressed. It was called off after a final inspection at 5:20 p.m. local time with two days left for a result to the game.

The Aussies won the first rubber by a handsome margin. Steve Smith, whose twin tons helped the Aussies script the memorable 251-run victory in the first rubber at Edgbaston, remained at the crease on 13 off 40 balls (2×4) as other batsmen fell around him.

For England, pace spearhead Stuart Broad picked up two wickets with debutant Jofra Archer and in-form Chris Woakes scalping one each. England rode Rory Burns and Jonny Bairstow’s fifties on Day 2 to post 258 after the first day’s play was washed out.

Resuming from overnight score of 30/1, the tourists lost Cameron Bancroft (13) who was trapped in front by Archer. Bancroft reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball nipping back nicely off the seam and hitting the pads in line.

Archer celebrated his first Test wicket to rousing applause from the packed crowd as Smith walked in to bat.

Usman Khawaja looked good for his 36 from 56 deliveries, before Woakes found his outside edge with a good length delivery outside off stump. Khawaja pushed at the ball to give Bairstow a regulation catch behind the stumps.

Travis Head (7) could not dig in for long as he was out plumb in front to Broad who was first turned down by umpire Aleem Dar with a review showing the ball hitting the middle stump with no inside edge.

At 71/4, the Aussies were in all sorts of trouble but Smith looked in a league of his own, once again trying to save his side from a collapse. Matthew Wade joined him at the other end and defended 19 balls without scoring when lunch was taken as it started drizzling.

Brief scores: 1st innings: England 258 all out (Rory Burns 53, Jonny Bairstow 52; Josh Hazlewood 3/58, Pat Cummins 3/61, Nathan Lyon 3/68) Australia 80/4 (Usman Khawaja 36, Steve Smith 13 batting; Stuart Broad 2/26) at lunch.

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