No Test ton hurts born-again Vince in Brisbane battle

Updated 24 November 2017
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No Test ton hurts born-again Vince in Brisbane battle

LONDON: James Vince admitted he was disappointed not to get his first Test century after he was run out for 83 on day one of the Ashes in Brisbane.
England resumed their first innings earlier this morning on 196 for four having won the toss and elected to bat. Australia struck early, Alastair Cook caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for two to leave the tourists floundering on two for one. But in came Vince who with Mark Stoneman (53, pictured left) put on 125 for the second wicket — England’s highest stand in Australia for seven years —  to lift the tourists out of trouble and briefly into the ascendancy.
The elegant right hander’s knock came to an end when he ran for a quick single only to be run out by a piece of brilliance from Nathan Lyon.
Australia then took the vital wicket of England skipper Joe Root (15) as England closed out the day with honors even.
But the day belonged to Vince, who revealed he was gutted not to reach three figures.
“It was nice to get some runs early,” he said. “Not getting a ton was disappointing. No matter what score you get you always want more. It would have been nice to be there at the end of the day, but stuff like that happens in cricket.
“I’m sure lying in bed I’ll have a few thoughts about missing out, but if you’d offered me 80-odd I’d have taken it.
“Next time I probably won’t take that run. It was a good bit of fielding. He bowled pretty well and deserved something from the day.”
 


Mohamed Salah viewing Champions League final against Real Madrid as ‘just another match’

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Mohamed Salah viewing Champions League final against Real Madrid as ‘just another match’

  • The Egyptian ace has been the key man in Liverpool’s march to Saturday’s showdown in Kiev against Real Madrid
  • “Every match is different, this is my first Champions League final so I am very excited. It is of course a very important game”

He may be about to play in the biggest match of his life, but Mohamed Salah is going to approach the Champions League final as if it is just another game.
The Egyptian ace has been the key man in Liverpool’s march to Saturday’s showdown in Kiev against Real Madrid, scoring 11 goals and setting up a further four. Added to that has been his dynamic domestic form with the 25-year-old’s 32 LePremier ague strikes setting a new record and helping him land a host of awards, among them the coveted PFA Player of the Year gong.
All that has piled the pressure on Salah ahead of the final. But if you thought that would get to him then think again, with the Liverpool talisman claiming he is going into the clash as he would any other match.
“I cannot put more pressure on myself so I just play a normal game for me,” Salah said at a press conference announcing he is the new DHL brand ambassador for the MENA region.
“Of course, it is different, it’s the final of the Champions League, but you have to take it easy, relax and enjoy the game.
“Every match is different, this is my first Champions League final so I am very excited. It is of course a very important game.
“But I am trying not to take it too seriously and not put myself under too much pressure, both for me as an individual and the team as a whole.”
It should perhaps come as no surprise to hear the Liverpool and Egypt star talk about the biggest game in club football in such understated terms. Salah’s 44 goals have all come with the kind of smile on his face which suggests he is playing with a freedom normally associated with a kid having a kickabout with his mates in the park. Added to that, Liverpool’s progression to the final has come virtue of a devil-may-care attitude that hints that passion rather than pressure is what has been on their mind every time they walk onto the pitch.
That philosophy has been instilled to them by their coach Jurgen Klopp. The German is revered as much by the players as by Liverpool’s fans and Salah is in no doubt as to how important he has been to his form and the team’s remarkable Champions League run.
“From day one we are friends, he treats me like a friend,” Salah said of Klopp.
“We are very close to each other but still he’s the coach and I am a player. He is a great man and as a coach you can see everyone loves him.”
Standing in the way of Salah and Co. from lifting Liverpool’s sixth European Cup are Real Madrid. While the Spanish giants have not hit the heights of previous campaigns, they stand on the verge of a third Champions League crown in a row, and, with Cristiano Ronaldo in fine form, will provide the Reds’ toughest test yet.
Such has been the heights he has hit this season that Salah has often been compared to Lionel Messi and Ronaldo, and touted to become the first player since 2007 other than that duo to win the Ballon d’Or. It is a comparison he has sought to distance himself from and once again he downplayed any idea that the final was a case of him verses the Portuguese star.
“He is a top-level player, but as he said he plays with his right foot and I play with my left,” Salah said.
“We are both focused on playing well in the final and trying to win it for our teams. All I can do is try hard and focus on doing well for Liverpool.
“I want to get to a higher and higher level, I am hoping to do well in the final and we are going to go there to do well in the final and to try and claim the trophy.”