Play with freedom, Williamson tellsoff-colour NZ batsmen

first_img…ahead of today’;s first World Cup semi-finalBy Amlan ChakrabortyMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Kane Williamson encouraged his frontline batsmen to play with freedom in Today’s semi-finals against India to overcome their struggle for rhythm in the Cricket World Cup.Not surprisingly, Williamson is New Zealand’s leading scorer after the group stage with 481 runs from eight matches at a 96-plus average.The next Kiwi batsman in that list is veteran Ross Taylor, way down with 261 runs and an average of 37.28.Williamson said his fellow batsmen had struggled to adjust to diverse English conditions where a winning total can vary greatly according to the state of the pitch on the day. “We were certainly expecting that it would be tough. But what we didn’t quite expect coming into the tournament was the large variety of conditions that we faced,” Williamson told a news conference at Old Trafford.“That definitely made perhaps batting with any rhythm a real challenge for everybody, so being able to adapt with the bat and just trying to contribute … is certainly the most important thing.”“It’s just a great occasion to be a part of. I know the guys are really excited by the opportunity to go out and try and try and play with that freedom that when we do gives us the best chance.” Addressing a news conference before him, India captain Virat Kohli said the “special” Williamson controlled the team’s tempo and would naturally be a key wicket for the Indian bowlers.Williamson denied New Zealand were too reliant on him to give their bowlers a decent, defendable total.“No, I think there’s also been a number of other contributions that have been really important for us to get to where we are right now,” he said. “You never sort of put a number on it. That is why we all practice as hard as we can to try and make those contributions bigger and better.” That, however, would not be easy against India’s varied pace attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah, currently the top-ranked ODI bowler.Bumrah’s skills with both the new and old ball have been complemented by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Mohammed Shami has struck rich form after his delayed introduction, claiming 14 wickets from four matches, including the tournament’s first hat-trick. Besides, India have two wily wrist-spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.“The Indian bowling attack is an outstanding bowling attack, with certainly a lot of world-class operators in there,” Williamson said. “As a side, they are very well-balanced with a lot of high-quality players.”New Zealand finished their group campaign with a hat-trick of defeats but still claimed the last semi-final berth.The 2015 finalists will hope to begin afresh on Tuesday, their captain said.“It all starts again where the day comes and anything can happen and all sides have beaten one another on a number of occasions throughout the last few years, so it is a really exciting opportunity for all teams.”last_img read more

What gun control?

first_imgArm the teachers If you want safe airplanes, arm the pilots. If you want safe schools, don’t just arm the teachers – give them incentive pay to become reserve police officers with their local law enforcement agency. If only 10 percent of teachers took advantage of a program like this, there would always be several armed police officers at every school. These killers are nothing but cowards, and it’s high time we stop making our schools Killer Safe Zones. – Scott Hewes Castaic Guns not the answer We want unrestricted access to firearms and no gun-control laws, so we have to expect the occasional massacre. It’s just the price we pay for the current interpretation of the Second Amendment. – Annie Caroline Schuler West Hollywood Typical liberals The knee-jerk reaction by liberals for stricter gun laws is so predictable. If their logic is so correct, then every time there is a drug bust or a tragic car accident, the Legislature should sponsor new controlling laws. Unfortunately, there are people in our society who will find a way to break the law, no matter what. – Richard Diradourian Montrose What do they expect? Re “American Muslims beginning to fear that `Islamophobia’ is gripping the U.S.” (April 12): Brad Greenberg’s article suggesting that Islamophobia is gripping the U.S. puts forward the idea that this is somehow a fault of the people of the United States. After several years of horrific killings of thousands of innocent lives around the world by extremist Muslims and a total lack of coherent condemnation or action from any real Islamic leadership, what is the proper reaction for any non-Muslim population? Until concrete actions are taken in the Muslim world to condemn and reverse the inhuman behavior of the Islamic extremists that attack and murder innocent people, it will be difficult for non-Muslims to accept the Islamic faith and people as sincerely wanting to live in peace anywhere in the world. – Russell Smith Northridge Park perils Re “Safety first” (Our opinions, April 16): As someone who called for an environmental impact report when the Baseball Academy was being considered for the site, I fully agree with the Daily News’ concern about the new park on top of a landfill in Sun Valley. There were significant reasons why the neighborhood council of North Hollywood Northeast took a position calling for an EIR and they had little to do with the methane-gas issue. It was the other toxins which have already been found to be in the soil and the danger to those who are very young and the elderly. There is a reason the baseball league decided against going forward at the site. – David Hernandez Valley Village Another idea Re “City Council boosts cash for tenants” (April 12): With all the talk about doling out money to tenants being evicted because landlords want to turn apartments into condos, did anyone think about the possibility of making this money available to tenants as down payments on those very condos? – Harriet Jones Northridge160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The horrible news Monday from Virginia will again raise the gun control argument. The gun wackos will again cite whatever amendment they cite and repeat their mantra that “when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” Yet they never seem to have an answer as to why, in those countries where there is gun control, there are so few gun-related crimes. There was a time when effective gun control had a shot at making the United States as free from gun-related crime as countries with gun control, but it is too late for that. It is also too late for the popes and the leaders of Islam to preach birth control to prevent overpopulation and poverty. – Joel Gossman Los Angeles last_img