England preparing for life without Ben Stokes, says coach Trevor Bayliss

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first_imgBen Stokes’ participation in the Ashes would be an “absolute bonus” but England are preparing contingency plans after writing off the all-rounder for the series, coach Trevor Bayliss said.Vice-captain Stokes was arrested in September after an incident on a night out in Bristol following a one-day international. He was released without charge, but remains under police investigation and is suspended by England.England, who arrived without Stokes for the series with Australia, had hoped the 26-year-old would join them later on in the tour but Bayliss suggested the team was now gearing up for life without him.Some middle practice for the boys today! �?�� pic.twitter.com/wAF0jLdtCm- England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 2, 2017″If he turns up it’s an absolute bonus,” Bayliss told a news conference on Wednesday. “If he did happen to turn up, I’m sure he would slip back in easily.”Stokes faces an ECB disciplinary investigation following the police probe and Bayliss had “no clue” when he would next be available for selection.”It’s totally out of our hands. We have just got on with preparing as best we can. I have (written Stokes off).”Stokes is a vital part of the team and key to England’s hopes of avoiding a repeat of a humiliating 5-0 whitewash on their last trip to Australia four years ago but Bayliss said England had the players to fill his shoes.”Having to replace Ben and the combination that we come up with requires doing a bit of both (batting and bowling),” he said.advertisement”Moeen Ali batting as low as eight for the last couple of years… that’s a waste. It’s a combination that we will get to as the team develop. We have had problems at the top of the order so having Mo at eight and (Chris) Woakes nine suited us.”The way Stokes has been playing, he’s developing into a world-class number five. Those three, in whatever combination, that’s a pretty good five, six, seven with Woakes at number eight. I think that’s what we were working towards anyway.”England’s preparations were hit on Thursday with pace bowler Steven Finn (knee) and Moeen (sore left side) sustaining injuries during training.Steven Finn (knee) and Moeen Ali (side) will undergo scans tomorrow (Friday) to determine the extent of their injuries. pic.twitter.com/Z5gQiY1aIq- England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 2, 2017Both players will undergo scans on Friday and could miss the two-day warm-up match against Western Australia in Perth this weekend. England then face Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide and Townsville before the first Test starts on Nov. 23 in Brisbane.last_img

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first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid There may be nothing better in sports than a Game 7 — and the second round of these NBA playoffs ends Sunday with a pair of deciders: third-seeded Philadelphia at second-seeded Toronto in an Eastern Conference semifinal; third-seeded Portland at second-seeded Denver in a Western Conference semifinal.The Portland-Denver winner will visit top-seeded Golden State in Game 1 of the West finals Tuesday. The Philadelphia-Toronto winner goes to top-seeded Milwaukee for Game 1 of the East finals Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’ve been fortunate to be in a few Game 7s and they’re very unique,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “They’re special. They are a life lesson, a life opportunity.”There have been 133 Game 7s in NBA history — home teams have won 105, or 79%. Roughly one of every four Game 7s has been decided by three points or less; 56% have been decided by a single-digit margin. Blowouts are rare, with only 14 Game 7s getting decided by more than 20 points. Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry reacts after getting up from the floor following a collision with Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Kyle Lowry was talking in Toronto on Saturday, discussing any number of topics, offering eloquent answers to every question that came his way. His last sentence was all that really needed to be said.“Nothing matters,” the Raptors guard said, “but Game 7.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PORTLAND VS. 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first_imgSometimes your job hunt needs a little magic, along with social media, a strong reputation and talent-building strategies.So, you’ll be glad to learn that the week between Christmas and New Year’s – this year, perhaps extending through January 4 – has been dubbed “magic week,” by author and former exec Nan Russell. It’s a marvelous time to connect or reconnect with key people and even to land a job for January.Russell first experienced this while working as an executive at QVC, the multi-billion dollar television shopping channel. “You were happy to connect with people,” Russell recalled, as the pace of work slowed and the holiday glow lingered on. So, she started reaching out to key clients and “found it to be extremely successful.”Then she started accepting a few invitations for coffee or a brief conversation with people looking to join QVC. “You have time – this one week only,” she said.These days, Russell works as a professional speaker, workplace consultant and writer of two columns. She’s published three books, including The Titleless Leader. She suggested her ‘magic week’ idea in the new ebook called New Year, New Job!  101 Top Tips from Job-Hunt Experts for Your Holiday Job Search: How to Use the Holidays to Advance Your Job Search, produced by Job-Hunt.org’s Susan Joyce and others. That’s where I spotted it, realized its value – and included it briefly in my blog post on holiday search tips.Yet I knew there was more to making the most of magic week than Russell could include in the New Year, New Job ebook, so I reached out to her. Here’s her excellent advice:1. Do your homework. Figure out whether the person you want to meet may respond best to being contacted via Twitter, email or phone. “Whatever it is you think the person will respond to, use that,” said Russell. Then also find out who the hiring manager’s lieutenant is and who else is on their team since they may be around even if the top decision-maker is basking on a beach in the Caribbean.2. Suggest a 10 minute meeting. Don’t ask for 30 minutes or a breakfast or lunch, unless you already know the person. And “don’t push too hard” for a meeting, said Russell. Many people will say no and ignore you if you are too aggressive. Sometimes they will say no anyway because they want to savor the magic of the week with people they already know or set up projects for the year ahead. In that case, consider making your pitch by phone or email.3. Know what you want. “Why are you doing it? What are you pitching? You need to know what you want to walk away with,” said Russell. “One thing is permission to stay in contact. You have a built-in relationship that other people don’t” that could be valuable to both. Think through your goal for the conversation or meeting because people who do not seem annoying, she said.4. Be memorable. This does not mean dressing up like an angel or a decked-out Christmas tree for your meeting. It could mean bringing in a dozen homemade cookies for the people you’re meeting. And it definitely means creating a positive association. Be seen as a resource to the person you’re meeting. Sometimes job seekers get that backwards; they think they’re there seeking help with their search. But it’s far better and more powerful, Russell said, to come in and “be really clear about how you may be able to help the other person” with an upcoming project or issue.5. Reconnect with old friends and colleagues. “Reach some people who may have been good coworkers and networkers to you in the past,” she said. “Those can be very powerful reconnections” and are the ones to invite out to lunch or for appetizers or small plates after work.Those magic week meetings at QVC were fruitful, at least for some. Russell recalls meeting some people with skills or attitudes that impressed her so she forwarded along their resume to others within the company. A few landed jobs or temporary assignments as a result of their magic week conversations.If you believe in magic and the joy of holiday connections, start planning your own magic week connections with dream employers and must-know managers.last_img

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