Jonny Bairstow defends teammate Moeen Ali’s England position after poor Ashes showing

Updated 31 December 2017

Jonny Bairstow defends teammate Moeen Ali’s England position after poor Ashes showing

LONDON: Moeen Ali’s place in the England starting XI has been defended by his teammate Jonny Bairstow.

The 30-year-old off-spinner has come in for criticism during the ongoing Ashes series for poor performances with both bat and ball — he has taken just three wickets and averages 19 runs in four games.

But Bairstow says Ali is “absolutely” part of the England team.

“There are not many finger spinners that come to Australia and bowl sides out. It’s important that we get behind Missouri His talent and capability are not in question,” the wicket-keeper said.

In the fourth Test at the MCG, Ali bowled 25.2 wicketless overs and hit 20 from 14 balls.

Speaking to the BBC, his coach Trevor Bayliss also defended his player. “It was only two months ago that we were talking about him as one of the best all-rounders in the world. He’s just like any other player — sometimes you don’t take the wickets or score the runs that you would like. I’ve got full confidence in him going forward,” he said.

England play Australia in the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney on Thursday.


Saudi team wins third spot in fencing contest GCC Women’s Games

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Saudi team wins third spot in fencing contest GCC Women’s Games

  • The team was represented by Lin Al-Fawzan, Sarah Al-Salmi, Aseel Halawani and Nada Abed

KUWAIT: The Saudi fencing team finished third in the foil contest at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Women’s Games in Kuwait on Tuesday.

The team was represented by Lin Al-Fawzan, Sarah Al-Salmi, Aseel Halawani and Nada Abed.

The team concludes its participation in the tournament on Wednesday with the participation of Fawzia Al-Dosari, Sheikha Al-Dosari, Hasna Al-Hammad and Ruba Al-Masri in the saber category.

The team will also participate in the epee competition, represented by Areej Abed, Nada Abed, Fawzia Al-Khibari and Mashael Al-Khayal.

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• The team was represented by Lin Al-Fawzan, Sarah Al-Salmi, Aseel Halawani and Nada Abed.

• The team concludes its participation in the tournament on Wednesday with the participation of Fawzia Al-Dosari, Sheikha Al-Dosari, Hasna Al-Hammad and Ruba Al-Masri in the saber category.

• The team will also participate in the epee competition, represented by Areej Abed, Nada Abed, Fawzia Al-Khibari and Mashael Al-Khayal.

The Saudi basketball team will play its third match of the tournament on Wednesday against Bahrain.

Two women’s bowling teams played in doubles competition, the first team being that of Mashael Al-Abdelwahed and Hadeel Tarmeen, and the second comprising Amani Al-Ghamdi and Ghada Nimir. 

In total, 10 teams representing five countries — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Oman and Kuwait — participated. The
two Saudi teams achieved
ninth and tenth positions respectively.

Points will continue to be accumulated on Wednesday during the team competitions, with the top eight qualifying for the Masters’ competition
on Thursday.