21 Sep
2020

Crunch time approaching for Pardew

first_img But he acknowledged that irrespective of Cabaye’s situation it is essential for the club to bring in new faces to add to their solitary summer signing Loic Remy before the transfer window shuts early next month. Pardew said: “We know we’ve got some business to do and the next nine days are very important to this football club. I’m still fighting and I’m determined to make a success of this season for our fans.” Pardew would not elaborate on Cabaye’s absence but did hint at his imminent departure when he said: “We need to get ourselves in a situation where if he stays, great, and if he doesn’t we need to get someone equally as good.” Pardew watched his side fail to muster a single shot on target on a dreary afternoon at St James’ Park, but almost saw them snatch victory when substitute Sammy Ameobi hit a cross against the inside of the post in injury time. With Hammers keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen stranded, the ball bounced down to a surprised Yoan Gouffran who somehow conspired to scoop the rebound over the bar when it would have been easier to score. Other than Ameobi’s late effort Newcastle’s best chances were a couple of off-target free-kicks by Hatem Ben Arfa, who has impressed Pardew in the way he has bounced back from last season’s nagging injury issues. “One thing Hatem showed today and against Manchester City is his hamstring is fine and he’s still got that burst of pace,” said Pardew. “I was pleased with his commitment, and that bodes well for us.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew knows he is heading into one of the most crucial periods of his three years in charge of the Magpies after enduring more frustration in Saturday’s goalless Barclays Premier League draw with West Ham. Yohan Cabaye was once again left out of Pardew’s matchday squad and his future on Tyneside looks increasingly bleak with Pardew indicating the club must step up their search for a replacement. Pardew did not comment on reports Cabaye had refused to play since Arsenal lodged an initial £10million bid last Monday, with both the Gunners and Paris St Germain expected to table improved offers next week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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19 Sep
2020

Ashwin falls just short of 80-year-old record

first_imgINDIA’s Ravichandran Ashwin has become the second-fastest bowler in Test history to take 200 Test wickets, reaching the milestone on day four of the first Test against New Zealand.Ashwin claimed three wickets early in NZ’s second innings, moving to 200 Test wickets in just his 37th TestThe Indian spinner sits behind only Australia’s great legspinner Clarrie Grimmett, who still hold the record mark of 36 Tests, achieved in 1936.Australian paceman Dennis Lillee, Pakistan’s Waqar Younis (both with 200 wickets in 38 Tests) and South Africa’s Dale Steyn (39 Tests) are the only other players in history to reach 200 wickets in less than 40 Tests.Ashwin may well have joined Grimmett in reaching the milestone in 36 Tests had the fourth Test against the West Indies last month not been restricted to just 22 overs due to an unsatisfactory outfield in Trinidad and Tobago.Ashwin easily eclipsed the Indian record of the fastest to 200 wickets, beating the previous mark of 46 Tests held by fellow off-spinner Harbhajan SinghHaving claimed four wickets in New Zealand’s first innings, all members of the tourists’ top seven, Ashwin put the Black Caps on the back foot in their unlikely pursuit of 434 for victory in Kanpur.He had out-of-form opener Martin Guptill caught in close by Murali Vijay for a duck before trapping Tom Latham in front just four balls later.And after a long wait, including a close lbw shout and a dropped catch off his bowling, Ashwin trapped NZ skipper Kane Williamson in front for 25 to complete the record.Ashwin is the sixth-fastest to the 200-wicket milestone in terms of time taken, reaching the mark four years and 324 days since he made his debut on November 6, 2011.Australian Shane Warne remains the fastest to the 200-wicket mark from his debut, while legendary allrounder Kapil Dev remains the fastest Indian.It took Grimmett almost 11 years to reach the milestone.Of Ashwin’s 200 Test wickets to date, 133 have come from just 20 Tests on home soil, including 13 five-wicket hauls and three of ten for the match.FASTEST TO 200 TEST WICKETS (Tests played)36 Tests – Clarrie Grimmett (Australia)37 Tests – Ravichandran Ashwin (India)38 Tests – Dennis Lillee (Australia)38 Tests – Waqar Younis (Pakistan)39 Tests – Dale Steyn (South Africa)FASTEST TO 200 TEST WICKETS (Time from debut)Shane Warne (Australia) – 3y, 340d (42 Tests)Graeme Swann (England) – 3y, 348d (48 Tests)Ian Botham (England) – 4y, 30d (41 Tests)Kapil Dev (India) – 4y, 146d (50 Tests)Steve Harmison (England) – 4y, 303d (53 Tests)Ravichandran Ashwin (India) – 4y, 324d (37 Tests)last_img read more

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