#1 3 to Notre Dame, 50-7 to TCU and 24-0 to lowly Iowa State. von mary123 10.09.2019 08:24

There is no doubt as to the severity of this beating. Australia came to Hobart believing they were the cricketing equal of South Africa, and have had that belief crushed. Steve Smith was quite beside himself at the television post-match interview; the blood drained from his face, the answers to questions coming in a gentle voice from a mind reeling in shock. The world had closed in on him and there was only darkness. In the dressing room, young men were silent while older sweats went about their efforts at consolation.Along the corridor, Faf du Plessis sat calm, satisfied but not yet sated: he wants 3-0 on Australian soil. He truly thought these results possible because the once mighty Australian aura has so clearly gone. The recent one-day series confirmed that in his mind. Momentum in sport is overrated, some say; Faf thinks it is the grail. On their own turf the South Africans won five 50-over matches in a row against the reigning world champions and most of them in style and with space to spare. But to win three consecutive Tests down under would be something else. If it happens, the selectors would be tempted to give the job to the stand-in captain job full time.The gulf between the sides is best represented by the fresher, brighter South African faces and their levels of technique and concentration. Each moment of the two matches in Perth and Hobart has appeared as an opportunity for - in no particular order - Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Stephen Cook and Kyle Abbott. Contrast these players with Joe Burns, Adam Voges, Callum Ferguson and Nathan Lyon, to name but four, who look down at heel. There can be no excuses and neither did Smith suggest any. The hosts have been completely out-thought and outgunned by the visitors. The fallout is spectacular. Nothing like it has been seen since West Indies caused all manner of chaos in the 1980s.Graeme Smith was in Sydney last week and got stuck in. The Aussies have lost a bit of ticker and are plagued by self-doubt, he said. The Sheffield Shield has lost its clout, he added, and the rotation of players does neither the team, nor the game at large, any good. Nothing like kicking a carcass. Smith was in town to be honoured by the Bradman Foundation, a recognition only afforded four other cricketers from overseas - Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sir Richard Hadlee. Set deep into the memory of all Australians is the sight of Smith, with a broken hand, gladiatorially emerging from the Sydney Cricket Ground pavilion in an attempt to deny Australia a last-gasp victory in a Test series his South African team had already won. It is that sort of ticker he refers to. He nearly pulled it off too.The self-doubt thing is a product of defeat, there is no avoiding it. Lose enough times and you begin to wonder about your place in the order of things. The surprise is that the Australian selectors have not invested in youth. Older blokes know too much and fear failure; younger blokes embrace it and have a go. The selectors might say that the youth out there has not justified a go, but the options are limited, so they may just as well take a look. The Sheffield Shield was an easy target for Graeme Smith because of the way in which it has been used as the gallops. Most strikingly, Mitchell Starc bowled 19 overs in the first innings of a Shield match against Queensland and was removed from proceedings thereafter. This sends a bad message across the land, diminishes the countrys long-established premier competition, and leads the player to think of himself as someone out of the ordinary. Doug Bollinger, fresh as a daisy, replaced Starc to take four wickets and bowl New South Wales to victory. The Australian Smith may have been glad of Starcs carefully managed workload; the South African Smith could not get his head around such a thing.As for the rotation of players, well, the Bradman honouree is very clear. The famed cap, romanticised by the modern Australian cricketer - dreamt of by the young and cosied by the old - is handed out too freely. Rotate players and you compromise the dream.The key for Australian cricket right now is to see an opportunity for itself. Young players ought to replace old and be backed for the summer. There is a return in the failure of the young but only shadows in the failure of the old. As an example, Mitchell Marsh is a terrific young bowler who bats powerfully on his day, but he is not a Test match allrounder - not yet anyway. Let him be free as a fast bowler without reference to his figures with the bat. Marsh M at No. 7 or 8 can be a bolter, ready to terrify any wilting attack.There is talent sprinkled all around Australian cricket. The trick is to identify desire. Its no good wanting to play sport for your country, you have to need to play sport for your country. It is an achievement born of desperation. The captain should be allowed to take ownership, to be both responsible and accountable. His view of the players around him must be acknowledged and acted upon. He has to be able to feel this need around him, for, more than anyone, he personifies it.These things are rarely as bad as they seem. In Test cricket diaries, it is only five days since South Africa had been bundled out for 242 in Perth and Australia were 158 for no wicket in response. The right collection of Australian players can win in Adelaide, but their own stars must be aligned. The decision-making around the team has lost its envied clarity. The questions must be: what have we long stood for, where are we now and what do we want to be going forward? Identify the answers and there will be a way out of the darkness soon enough.Meanwhile, South Africa are basking in the lights. Does the game have any more dazzling a young star than either de Kock or Rabada? Does anyone attract great respect than Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander or Kyle Abbott? In the wake of government-instructed quotas, a destabilised first-class competition and injuries to World XI players, the South Africans are the best possible motivation for the Australians. In essence, the message is this: if you think you can or you think you cant, you are probably right. Faf du Plessis fine men are proof of that. Dale Murphy Braves Jersey . Pedro scored from a pass by Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute and added two more goals in the 47th and 72nd after Valdes saved his second penalty in four days following his stop in Wednesdays 4-0 over Ajax in the Champions League. John Smoltz Jersey . He was followed closely by David Clarkson, donning red, seconds later. 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He enters the season with an 11-14 record at Texas and a roster of talented, unproven players facing a Sunday night season-opener against No. 10 Notre Dame.Behind it all is the issue of race: Strong is the first black head football coach at Texas and one of just a handful across the nation. To be the first at Texas, which is still grappling with a segregationist legacy, is something Strong addressed the day he was hired in 2014 with a nod to those who never got a chance.Strong said its his role as a pioneer among black coaches that props him up, not wears him down. It comforts him.He will win, Strong said, because he simply cant fail.It drives me every day, Strong said. It doesnt make it harder. So many people are counting on you. You cant let them down ... Thats why I have to be successful.That Texas hired Strong from Louisville in the first place was significant. The school resisted integration in the 1950s and 1960s and had college footballs last all-white national championship team in 1969. Race issues still reverberate on campus, although 52 years after the Civil Rights Act administrators are now fighting legal battles to expand opportunities for minorities and scrub the campus of remnants aligning it with the old South in the Civil War.Earlier this year, Texas won a significant legal victory for affirmative action in higher education when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the schools consideration of race in some student admissions. And the school recently removed a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its prominent perch on campus.Texas sociology professor Ben Carrington, whose work has focused on race and sports, praised former Texas athletic director Steve Patterson for hiring Strong barely two months into his tenure. Patterson was forced out in 2015 after alienating large numbers of fans, boosters and school administrators. Patterson also hired basketball coach Shaka Smart, the first black coach to lead that program as well.(Patterson) pushed back against the old-guard network, Carrington said. He deserves credit for that.Carrington, who sits on the schools athleticcs advisory council, has closely watched how Texas received Strong and says the coach has a groundswell of appreciation and good will toward him right now.dddddddddddd.But another losing season would likely leave Texas little choice but to make a change, Carrington said. It gets trickier for Strong and Texas if he wins, but doesnt win enough.This year is different. If Charlie Strong does not have a winning season, I dont see how he stays on, Carrington said. If they have a winning season, which they should do, how much is enough?If Strong has a winning season and still gets fired three years into a five-year contract, the element of race will jump front and center, Carrington said.The research shows that (black) coaches have longer to wait and less time to prove themselves, Carrington said. That becomes a judgment call ... and the cause will get loud.No one wants to pin down what would be enough for Strong. Last season, Texas beat Oklahoma and Baylor but still finished 5-7 with blowout losses of 38-3 to Notre Dame, 50-7 to TCU and 24-0 to lowly Iowa State.The program is still rebuilding. Strong is still unsettled when it comes to quarterback, he has a new offensive coordinator and his best talent remains young, sprinkled among freshmen and sophomores. That leaves Strong little margin for errors like missed extra points, dropped punts and other missteps that turned winnable games into heartbreaking losses the last two seasons.Texas hasnt had three consecutive losing seasons since the late 1930s.We know how critical this year is. If I start thinking negative, it will wear me down. I cant let that happen, Strong said.So he leans back on his strength: the idea that he cannot fail. Strong often tells the story of an elderly black woman who approached him at gas station and asked if he was the Texas coach. She grew up in segregated Austin and told him she was praying for him to succeed at Texas.Strong smiles at the story.I said, `As many prayers have been sent up for me, Im going to be able to walk to the pearly gates of heaven. She said, `Yes, you will, baby, Strong said. You see? They want success. When I have success, they are going to feel a part of it. ' ' '

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