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We have to bat like Virat, Pujara in second innings: Pat Cummins

first_imgMelbourne: Australia pacer Pat Cummins asked his fellow teammates to bat like Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara after they were skittled out for a paltry 151 in the first innings of the third Test here.”It was obviously not ideal. We turned up thinking of a good first innings score and be right in the game. We wanted to take this result away from them. This is a young batting group and they are working hard. They are trying their best, but it is just one of those things. Today it didn’t come off,” Cummins told reporters.Pujara and Kohli had stitched together 170 runs to propel India to 443/7 declared.”What we saw from India’s first innings, we saw temperament of Pujara and Virat and how they pace their innings. They absorb pressure because on this kind of wicket, it is hard to score runs.”You have to face a lot of balls to get big scores and it is probably one of those wickets where you do the hard work early. Keep absorbing pressure and score later, but evidently it did not work for us today,” he added.Cummins bowled a fiery spell of 4/10 to help the hosts reduce India to 54/5 in the second essay but they still trail the visitors by 346 runs after conceding a massive first innings lead of 292 runs.”It’s always going to be hard missing two of your best players. We’ve known for nine months (that Steve Smith and David Warner won’t be available). Others have to stand up. It probably highlights the class they’ve had in previous years but we’ve got to find a way,” Cummins said.”Everyone here is good enough. They’ve done it at the level below, all of them are the best (Sheffield) Shield players and most of them have done it for Australia before. Wicket feels pretty good still, so everyone feels like in the second innings they can face more balls and get going,” he added.Cummins said they wanted to make things tough for India in the second dig. (IANS) Also Read: Australian Pacers Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins Ruled Out of Upcoming Test Tour Against Pakistanlast_img read more

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Frustrated Logie to consider future as Red Force form declines

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s dismal form in theRed Force Head Coach Gus Logieongoing Regional four-day championship has forced head coach Gus Logie to the brink of quitting of his post.The former West Indies player and head coach told the Express newspaper here he planned to review his position at the end of the season, hinting that maybe the time had come for a change.“You are going to see me but I don’t know where you are going to see me. You always have to consider your future,” Logie said.“As a coach, as much as you want to motivate people you have to be motivated as well. You can give as much as you can [but] if you are not getting anything back … at the end of the day you’ve got to look at your future [and ask] is it necessary. Is it worth it at the end of the day?”He added: “Of course I always consider my future in anything that I do. I think if it is not going well I’ll tell myself this is basically the last season for me and at the end of the day I hope that whoever comes on board, they do a better job.”Logie is an an experienced coach who oversaw West Indies’ capture of the 2004 Champions Trophy in England and also led Bermuda to their historic qualification for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean.He assumed his current post when the West Indies Cricket Board introduced the Professional Cricket League three seasons ago, and has been met by mixed success during his tenure.Red Force won just twice en route to finishing one from bottom of the six-team standings in the 2014/15 season and improved only marginally last season, picking up three victories as they finished fourth.Last weekend here, they lost for the fifth time in eight outings this season to crash to the bottom of the standings with two rounds remaining.Though not identifying names, Logie lamented the absence of players who he said would improve the side.“Maybe after this the players who sit in the pavilion will start playing for Trinidad and Tobago again instead of staying where they are,” he said.“Many times the national team is playing and some of the better players are playing elsewhere. As much as you can do, at the end of the day you can only work with what you have.”Very few Red Force players have enjoyed success this season with newly installed captain, Kyle Hope, perhaps the only stand-out with 649 runs at an average of nearly 50.Yannic Cariah has been the next best batsman with 456 runs while in the bowling, seasoned leg-spinning all-rounder Imran Khan has claimed 32 scalps. No other bowler has passed 20 wickets.In a frank assessment of his role, Logie conceded that maybe his methods were not being effective.“If the players are not able to respond the way you want them to respond, if the philosophy you have is not taking root as a coach you have to re-assess,” he pointed out.“At the end of the day everybody wants to see the players and if they are not performing, coaches are a dime a dozen and if you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.“So yes I will make a decision [on my future], there is no two ways about it, at the end of the day if you’ve got to move on, you’ve got to move on, that’s life.”Red Force travel to Bridgetown to face the powerful Barbados Pride in the ninth round beginning April 7.last_img read more

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DOHERTY SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER LOW TAXES FOR MEGA-RICH AMERICAN COMPANIES

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD said the Irish Government ostrich mentality was responsible for Ireland’s tax reputation being damaged. Deputy Doherty was responding to comments from US President Barack Obama concerning Ireland being a low tax jurisdiction in use by US companies trying to avoid. “It’s two years now since an investigation in the US heard sworn testimony from the heads of Apple that Ireland had allowed the company a special tax rate ensuring an incredibly low effective tax rate. But talk of Ireland being a channel for aggressive tax planners has been rumbling on for a while,” said the Donegal TD. “The response of the Irish Government, and of Fianna Fáil and establishment agencies has been to deny, deny, deny. They seem to see this as some sort of perverse patriotism, when in fact in it this ostrich approach that has left Ireland exposed and potentially under threat of job losses. Multinational companies have made an invaluable contribution to the Irish economy and it is vital that we keep their revenue and the jobs created – but also, that we are aware if any event or sequence of events has the potential to threaten investment in Ireland and that we cancel the threat, or plan for it. That’s good governance.“Already, at Sinn Féin’s request, an Oireachtas sub-committee was established to examine Ireland’s role in international tax laws. However the refusal of other party representatives on the committee to invite in business leaders for questioning severely undermined the committee’s ability to function.“Last year I also presented the Government with legislation to ensure Irish incorporated companies, non resident anywhere in the world, would be considered resident in Ireland for tax purposes. The Irish Government refused to accept the legislation, claiming there was no problem, but months later introduced a watered down clause in Finance Bill 2013. After intense pressure for our party and other responsible agencies, the Government is now looking at other measures to ensure Ireland is not seen as a tax haven – we can only hope it’s not too late.“Ireland should continue to offer a competitive, efficient and fair tax system to international business. We should be conscious of our global responsibilities and ensure that no company is able to use Ireland in a scheme that contributes to damaging the tax generating abilities of developing nations. “In addition, we believe strongly that the tax levied on MNCs should be no more and no less fair than the tax levied on indigenous companies, who generally pay the headline rate of corporation tax and cannot use international tax planning to reduce, proportionately, their tax bills. Sinn Féin will continue to work to that end.” DOHERTY SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER LOW TAXES FOR MEGA-RICH AMERICAN COMPANIES was last modified: July 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:american companiesDeputy Pearse DohertyloopholePresident Obamataxlast_img read more