Cricket News I will be fine in five days’ time, says Virat Kohli

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: India captain Virat Kohli batted with a lower back pain in the second Test against England but is confident of regaining full fitness ahead of the next game starting at Nottingham on August 18. India lost the second Test by an innings and 159 runs on day four at Lord’s.Kohli could score just 17 from 29 deliveries before becoming Stuart Board’s victim in the second innings which folded for 130 in 47 overs.“It is a lower back issue, coming up again and again, purely because of the workload and the number of matches I have been playing,” Kohli said when asked if he batted with an injury which affected his movement on the crease.“It’s five days to go. I am confident I will be fine in five days’ time with a bit of rehabilitation. I should be okay,” he said.Indian batsmen capitulated once again and they were all at sea against the moving ball. James Anderson (4-23) once again toyed with the Indian batsmen, taking his match tally to nine, and equally effective was Stuart Broad (4-44).“I am not very proud of the way we played to be honest. It is first time in the last five Test matches we’ve been outplayed. But credit to England, they were clinical. When a team plays like that they deserve to be on the winning side. And we deserved to lose,” he said.     Asked if the conditions had favoured the opposition, Kohli said, “We can’t really think about those things. You have to counter the conditions as and when they come to you. Sometimes the rub of the green will go your way too. “We will not sit around and say that we didn’t have the best of conditions. Their bowlers were relentless with the ball. Looking at things now, the weather was so unpredictable,” he added.Asked if inclusion of an extra seamer would have been better, he said, “Yeah looking back, I think we got the combination a bit off.”Winning team captain Joe Root praised his bowlers.“Less stressful, definitely. Fantastic from the very first ball. Bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game. We probably did have the conditions throughout, but you still have to perform, ask the right questions to the batsman,” Root said. Also Read | England vs India 1st Test: Virat Kohli and co suffer heartbreaking defeat in series opener“To get that far in front, it is testament to the partnership between Jonny and Woakes. I am really pleased for Woaksey (Chris). When you’ve got senior guys like Jimmy and Broad, the others are going to improve.”Asked about the remaining three matches, Root said, “We are in a really good position to be in at the moment. But we have got to make sure that we don’t take anything for granted. “Obviously, we have another day now to rest and recover, get our heads around what we’ve done this week. Still areas where we can improve, that’s the exciting part. Chuffed to bits. Pleased for the guys, it is a lot of hard work. Lot of fellas that weren’t getting headlines, but you’ve got to pull together as a team. It’s a great team performance,” he added. last_img read more

Westport Winery Wins Community Involvement Award

first_imgFacebook161Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery Garden Resort and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. Members of the winery team attended a gala dinner held on December 4, at Bell Harbor International Convention Center in Seattle. The judges selected Westport Winery because of the significant investment in local charities and in creating a public garden featuring collaborations with local artists to create sixty outdoor sculptures.Photo Credit: Seattle Business MagazineIn the acceptance speech for the award winery co-owner Kim Roberts said, “We have grown our business to include 30 employees in two states. That commitment to community means we take the responsibility of making sure our team earns enough to care for their families. We often say we are the ship of second chances. Everyone on our team has a story. Our job is to help them have a success story because of their contributions to our success story.”In her conclusion she said, “Grays Harbor is beautiful, if you haven’t visited, we invite you to take a day, a weekend, or a lifetime, and join us in this vibrant area. Ours is a humble community with great need and even greater opportunity. We feel fortunate to be part of its economic transformation.”In 2017 the Westport Winery was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside is open daily from 11am to 6pm. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

Getting Rosy At Riverside Gardens Park

first_imgVolunteers get busy with the spring cleanup at Riverside Gardens Park. Photo by John Burton RED BANK — The mild weather has people thinking about gardening. That’s true for Rumson residents Bob and Karen Hespe. But the garden on their minds, and those of a handful of other volunteers, isn’t their own, but the one in Riverside Gardens Park.As they have done for the past few years, the Hespes will be caring for more than 200 rose bushes planted in the park overlooking the Navesink River.They, some of their friends and members of Rumson Boy Scout Troop 201, were on hand at the park last Saturday morning, to begin this year’s work of clearing, prining and preparing for some additional plantingt.“I was taking a walk through here,” Hespe recalled, “and we saw how much work had to be done here.”The park, which the borough constructed about a dozen years ago, is used in the warmer months for concerts and community events. The community also uses the park for recreation, weddings, photo shoots and school graduations.The park has won awards for its design, but the Hespes long felt that the plantings in the park could use a little TLC.“We spend so much time here,” Karen said, “It’s a nice place to come for a walk and it should look beautiful.”Bob contacted Memone Crystian, the borough’s parks and recreation director requesting permission to care for the plantings and the director gave her permission.Last year the Hespes and their fellow volunteers visited the park to care for the plantings 12 times, he said.Last Saturday they arrived at the park around 9 a.m. to start th spring cleanup.“We just dug and dug and dug out vines and weeds,” Hespe said.The volunteers concentrated on the park’s 240 rose bushes, trimming them a little and cleaning the beds. Thankfully, Bob Hespe explained, rose bushes are pretty hardy. “They need that first hit,” with some pruning, he said, then, “they do their thing.”“We focused just on the roses,” Karen added, “but there are a lot of things growing here and need work.”They would know — the Hespes operate a modest gardening and landscaping business.Sickles Market, Little Silver, donated a few hundred daffodil bulbs for planting in the park, and Bob Hespehopes that after this initial work the garden area will be in good enough shape to need only a once-a-month cleanup. They are hoping to find some additional volunteers to assist their current crop of helpers. “I know it’s a lot of work,” Karen acknowledged, “but it’s so much fun here and so many enjoy it, that it is really satisfying. But we could use more people.”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016

first_imgGary Sherlock1552133%53%$138,510 Mike Puype2041120%30%$131,975 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jeff Mullins1440329%50%$125,945 Mark Glatt3066920%70%$236,356 MIKE SMITH REMEMBERS GREAT TURF MILER LUREMike Smith understandably has fond memories of Lure, aboard whom he won theBreeders’ Cup Mile twice, once from the inside post, and once from the outside, nearly a quarter century ago in 1992 at Gulfstream Park and a year later at Santa Anita, which has Sunday’s feature race named in honor of the bay Danzig colt trained by Shug McGaughey.“Lure was great,” Smith said, “especially when he won the Breeders’ Cup here for the second year in a row. It seems like yesterday I was standing here looking out towards the mountains and knowing how well he was doing, thinking if he gets the opportunity, he’s going to do something special on Breeders’ Cup day, and he did.“I had to come from way on the outside post, was able to get in on the first turn, and then for him to win the way he won was just incredible. I never even touched him with the whip.”The Lure: Perfectly Majestic, Gary Stevens, 4-1; A Red Tie Day, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 3-1; Express Himself, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Twentytwentyvision, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Drummer, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Patriots Rule, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Clever Royal, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Little Curlin, Martin Pedroza, 6-1; and also eligible Touching Rainbows, Tiago Pereira, 30-1. Rafael Bejarano9219201121%54%$1,203,430 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.8014121318%49%$592,853 In other Breeders’ Cup news:Masochistic, one of the favorites for the $1.5 million TwinSpires Sprint, worked five furlongs from the gate in a minute flat Saturday under Mike Smith. “It went great,” trainer Ron Ellis said of the breeze. “Mike got him to really relax well and has gotten to know him pretty good working him. He’s gotten a handle on him.”Under the cover of darkness at 5 a.m., Runhappy worked five furlongs in 58.40 from the half-mile pole to the seven-eighths marker. Exercise rider Marcus O’Donnell was on the 2015 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter for trainer Laura Wohlers, who will saddle the four-year-old son of Super Saver in the $1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile next Friday.“I thought she went well,” trainer Craig Dollase said after Del Mar Debutante winner Union Strike (Juvenile Fillies) worked a minute in 1:00.40 with Martin Garcia aboard. “I was happy with the time. It went real smooth, everything is good and Martin gave us a thumbs up.”Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Hoppertunity worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert in a sprightly 59.80 for the Classic. Rafael Bejarano was aboard Hoppertunity, who worked with First Degree Burn (59.80).Vyjack (Dirt Mile) worked five furlongs for Phil D’Amato in 1:00.40, while Ashleyluvssugar (Turf) went the same distance in the same time for Peter Eurton.Also, Coronoa Del Inca (Distaff) went four furlongs in 47.80 for Guillermo Frenkel and Daddys Lil Darling (Juvenile Fillies) four furlongs in 51.20 for Ken McPeek.The top 15 trainers in earnings through Oct. 26 have horses entered in Breeders’ Cup races, as do 16 of the top 18, totaling $155,036,085, led by Chad Brown’s $19,067,303. Jamie Theriot504248%20%$195,029 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Doug O’Neill689101513%50%$430,096 NYQUIST TO MISS CLASSIC, FUTURE PLANS ON HOLDKentucky Derby winner Nyquist has been declared out of next Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic due to a “puffy ankle,” trainer Doug O’Neill announced on his Facebook page just prior to 9 a.m. Saturday morning.“It’s with heavy hearts that we regrettably have to report that Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist came out of his most recent work (seven furlongs in 1:27.40 on Thursday) with a puffy ankle,” read O’Neill’s statement. “Though Nyquist is 100 percent sound and X-rays are clean, the timing unfortunately precludes us from the dream of having him run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in our own backyard.”O’Neill, who trains the three-year-old son of Uncle Mo for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam, reported that no plans have been made for Nyquist’s immediate future. The colt had been scheduled to retire to stud at Darley after the Classic. GORMLEY BREEZES FOR BC JUVENILEUndefeated FrontRunner winner Gormley worked six furlongs Saturday morning underChantal Sutherland in a pedestrian 1:16.40 for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile next Saturday.“His ears were up and John (Shirreffs) just wanted to keep him happy,” Sutherland said. “He wasn’t worried about the time at this point.”Gormley worked in company with Veneto who was clocked in 1:18. Victor Espinoza3658314%44%$745,490 Kent Desormeaux54145926%52%$540,820 Tiago Pereira5488115%31%$335,805 Joseph Talamo4176217%37%$303,365 Martin Pedroza5985214%25%$276,065 Fernando Perez4993918%43%$236,055 Bob Baffert30107333%67%$882,645 FINISH LINES: With six racing days left, and thanks to three wins Friday, perennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano has opened a 19-15 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze in the race for riding honors. Flavien Prat, Norberto Arroyo, Jr. and Kent Desormeaux are deadlocked with 14 wins each . . . Peter Miller is three up on Bob Baffert (13-10) in the trainers’ race. Stewart Elliott474449%26%$223,338 William Spawr1243133%67%$124,068 HUNGERFORD A WINNER FROM START TO FINISHSanta Anita wishes long-time assistant starter Junior Hungerford all the best when he retires on Nov. 6 after 42 years on the beat.“He began in 1973, and I started in 1978, but he’d been around a while,” said Santa Anita Starter Jay Slender. “When I was a kid up at the Fairs, he was working on the gate, so he was a little older than I was and a guy I always looked up to. He’s definitely been the go-to guy, the senior guy here. You could put him in any position and he’d get it done.”Hungerford, 65, who was raised in Pleasanton, California, in close proximity the iconic Alameda County Fair racetrack, has been an integral part of the Santa Anita starting gate crew since 1980.“I first came to Santa Anita in 1970,” said Hungerford. “I was galloping horses, freelance. In 1973, there was a job opening on the Los Alamitos starting gate and I got the job.  It was fun handling Quarter Horses. I like all the horses here. They’re all different . . . I feel I’ve done everything I’d ever want on the gate, but it’s all about the horses. The mornings are the best because you see them all and they all have to come by us.Hungerford listed champions Paseana, A.P. Indy, Cigar and Skip Away among the thousands of horses he’s personally handled in the afternoon.Although he’s sustained dozens of injuries over the years, including broken ribs and hands, a fractured elbow and broken feet, Hungerford considers himself to be in good health.“I’m pretty good right now, but this is a job for a young guy . . . I float (file) teeth and I can do that now closer to where I live, in Anza, which is about 125 miles from Santa Anita.”Hungerford, who considers retired Hall of Fame riders Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Eddie Delahoussaye as “pretty close friends,” is ready to call it a career.“There have been a lot of memories over 42 years, but it’s time to quit!” Gary Stevens2844714%54%$428,980 Peter Miller54138524%48%$458,990 Flavien Prat7514141219%53%$1,100,920 Philip D’Amato4270517%29%$442,685 Richard Baltas5489615%43%$440,340 (Current Through Friday, Oct. 28) ‘HAPPY’ GORMLEY IN LIESURELY JUVENILE WORKNYQUIST OUT OF CLASSIC WITH A ‘PUFFY ANKLE’CLASSIC CONTENDER MELATONIN FRESH AND FITMASOCHISTIC, RUNHAPPY IN SHARP BC BREEZESSMITH REMEMBERS TWO-TIME MILE WINNER LUREICONIC ASSISTANT STARTER HUNGERFORD TO RETIRE TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze791571119%42%$560,600 Jerry Hollendorfer4155612%39%$309,746 Mike Smith2344317%48%$262,205 MELATONIN FRESH, FIT, FORMIDABLENot only is Classic outsider Melatonin undefeated in four starts at Santa Anita, while trained by David Hofmans, the gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy has never been beaten after a layoff, to wit:Winning by 2 ¾ lengths on Aug. 15, 2015 after an absence of more than six months; winning by 3 ¾ lengths on Feb. 5, 2016 after not racing for three months; and winning the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 this year after being away nine weeks.The Classic will be Melatonin’s first race in more than four months.last_img read more

Diakite ready to begin QPR career

first_imgSamba Diakite will join his new QPR team-mates in Portugal on Wednesday.The Rangers squad flew out from Gatwick this morning for a break in the sun designed to recharge their batteries ahead of the all-important run-in to the season.Diakite, 23, has been representing Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations since the club agreed his signing from French side Nancy on an initial loan deal.With the tournament now over, he is ready to head back to Europe to begin his Premier League career.Manager Mark Hughes is hoping the defensive midfielder can help a team whose defeat against fellow strugglers Blackburn on Saturday increased their relegation worries.Related story: Diakite to join QPR squad on overseas trip (9 February)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Martians Might Be Troglodytes

first_imgAccording to an article on Space.Com, Spirit and Opportunity aren’t going to find critters on the surface.  Since the surface is harsh because of radiation, a safer environment might be found in caves.  The discovery of soluble rock and methane is leading some to imagine that extensive caves might exist on Mars, and maybe that is where the methane is coming from.  Could methane emissions be a signature of life?  “The fact that you find methane does not mean you have to have life,” said Tobias Owen (U of Hawaii), one of the discoverers of methane on Mars (and also a member of the Huygens team).  “You have to be very careful.”  John Rummel agrees.  He’s a NASA planetary protection advisor tasked with avoiding undue contamination of Mars (and, conversely, of Earth from Martian organisms).  Apparently smarting from the fallout of the over-hyped Martian Meteorite saga of 1996, he said, “It’s an art of managing uncertainty.  The public deserves an honest agency.”We deserve it, but we’re not getting it.  All the rhetoric about water indicating life and methane indicating life is giving NASA a bad name, at least among logically-minded people.  Water is to life what iron is to a city.  Cities need iron, but the element does not imply the other.  Life is characterized by functional information – specified complexity – not the basic elements of which it is composed.  Neither does finding earth-life in extreme environments imply it originated there by evolution, and astrobiologists know this.  The public deserves an honest agency.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Questions abound as Boks lose in Perth

first_imgAttacking approachIn Perth, the Boks’ only try began with a high-up-and-under, which was won by Kirchner, thanks really to the bounce of the ball. Springbok fans want to see more than that. Ball winnerAlso, with Bismarck du Plessis sidelined after being injured against Argentina in Cape Town, the Springboks lost a valuable ball winner in the loose, and the decision to go for a very big loose trio in Perth, without including a true ball winner, proved questionable. Australia’s Michael Hooper, the smallest loose forward on the field in Perth, effected four turnovers. It’s not often that a team manages to come back from 10 points down as the Australians did to beat South Africa, so hats off to them, but the fact that they did that is what makes it so disappointing from a South African perspective, along with the manner in which the Boks played the game. Game planBy sticking to a game plan that brought the Bulls three Super Rugby titles, Meyer’s Springboks have found it far harder to break down the opposition at international level. The tactical kicking game that was previously spearheaded by scrumhalf Fourie du Preez now looks old and tired, and it appears that the Bok backline has little to offer in the way of innovation and excitement. Playing within themselvesIt seems, in many ways, that a clash of styles, brought from the various franchises, is limiting the Boks. They’re playing within themselves and the result is that some established international players who shone in the Super Rugby tournament now appear to be mere shadows of themselves. Patrick LambieIf one is to criticise Meyer, Lambie is an ideal example to do so. He stood out at fullback on the biggest stage of all in 2011, the Rugby World Cup. However, he was played at flyhalf early in the year by the Sharks before being moved back to fullback. Meyer, though, has opted for the steady, but unspectacular Bulls’ number 15, Zane Kirchner, ahead of the undoubtedly more talented Lambie. A first defeat for the Springboks under Heynecke Meyer felt inevitable after three iffy performances in succession, but it was nonetheless disappointing as the Boks gave up a halftime lead before going down 26-19 to the Wallabies in a Castle Rugby Championship match in Perth on Saturday. A good all-round gameThe best rugby they have played in recent times came during the 2007 Rugby World Cup; they combined an uncompromising defence with razor-sharp counter-attacking. They did the basics well and the general at number 10 was not a kicking flyhalf, but Butch James, a man with a good all-round game. There must be a lesson to be learnt from that. In Meyer’s six tests in charge of the Springboks, it should be remembered that the South Africa team looked at its best in the first half of the team’s 36-27 victory over England in the second test in Johannesburg in June. In that first half, the basics were performed well. They played well with the ball in hand, aiming to get it wide, and were rewarded. So, the question is: why has the ambition of the Springboks’ play receded so much since then, or appeared to do so? Is it time to recall Heinrich Brussouw? In 2011, before being injured, he was lauded for his influence on the game. Now he is on the outside looking in. This much is true: he looked very good for the Cheetahs in their narrow loss to Western Province on the weekend. Granted, test rugby is a different animal, more tightly contested than any other games, but isn’t that where subtle skills make all the difference? Shouldn’t we believe the Springboks are capable of more than they’re showing? And another question about the Springboks’ loose forwards: was Keegan Daniel let go too soon? Yes, he is smaller than the South African ideal of what a flanker or eighthman should look like, but his skills are unmatched among loose forwards in the country. He is one of the reasons why the Sharks are able to play such a good and effective counter-attacking style of rugby.center_img Lots of questions, I know, but that’s where the Springboks’ performances leave us, the fans, at present – with more questions than answers. While Kirchner has not let the Boks down, his ceiling is much lower than that of Lambie, who came off the bench for the first time in three games on Saturday. To match up to teams like the world champion All Blacks, who are South Africa’s next opponents by the way, the Springboks need their most talented players on the park. It didn’t really work for the Bulls in this year’s Super Rugby competition; they finished sixth on the log and were beaten in their first playoff game. The Stormers topped the log with a defensive-minded approach, but they never once earned a bonus point for scoring four tries in a game and that defensive approach it was found wanting by the Sharks in the playoffs. One of the scapegoats for South Africa’s poor performances has been flyhalf Morne Steyn, especially as his goal kicking has been below his usually immaculate standard. He offers less than Patrick Lambie on the attack, with Lambie good at taking the ball flat, while rising star Johan Goosen is as talented a player as anyone in the game, but he has only recently returned from a long injury layoff. The most inventive and attacking of the South African franchises, the Sharks made it to the final. Their style of play, more integrated than that of the other South African franchises, matched up best to the challenge of Australian and New Zealand opposition when the chips were down. 10 September 2012 A man like Kirchner won’t let the team down, but he is not a potential difference maker and match winner like Lambie is. And that is what is needed against the best opposition. When Goosen is fit, let him loose at flyhalf. Where they stood out most was in their ability to offload in the tackle and keep attacking movements alive. It’s something that has been relatively scarce in the Springboks’ approach. They want to see the ball run, especially as South African conditions are so conducive to it. They want to see the physicality of the players used not only to try and run over the opposition, but also around them, or to slice through them. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mike Lutmer, Nov. 17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I was wanting to finish beans last week and then a few things came up, we got a shower and we switched over to corn for a few days. Then we bounced back to beans and it looks like everything should be done before Thanksgiving — knock on wood. The corn yields have been average, not great. The last field I planted was around 18.5% moisture and was yielding in the 150s or so. On that side of town we didn’t have a lot of water. I was really concerned about one field and it only ran 115, but it didn’t have the water. I thought corn yields would be a little higher than we have seen but the beans were above my expectations.We had a field of beans at my brother’s that was pushing an 80-bushel average. I thought bean yields would be lower and I have been pleasantly surprised. Is it going to make up for the corn yields being lower? More than likely not.The corn price in the mid $3-range is not a good situation no matter what the yields are. If you can put it in the bin and sit on it I think that may help. We did some more contracting with beans. We are just trying not to overextend ourselves, try to hedge a little bit and take it day by day.We talked about doing some fall spraying and we have some ripping to do. We have had beautiful weather, but it sounds like a drastic change is coming. We’ll have to get everything winterized.All the wheat that we planted looks good. I don’t think there is a lot of wheat planted in the state. There was a good amount last year and a lot of straw baled and it will be interesting this next year.We couldn’t have asked for any better weather this fall.last_img read more

Violence erupts in the Darjeeling hills

first_imgA crisis has been unfurling in Darjeeling following the GJM’s call last week for an indefinite shutdown from Monday. Even as a semblance of normality seemed to return on Wednesday, the situation took a turn for the worse on Thursday.last_img

IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals appoint Steffan Jones as fast bowling bowling coach

first_imgRajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday signed former England cricketer Steffan Jones as their fast bowling coach for the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year.Jones has coached at Derbyshire and Somerset and is currently director of Sports Performance and Wellbeing at Wellington School in Somerset. He was also a part-time scout for Surrey.Jones worked with the likes of Stuart Broad and Dan Christian during his short coaching stint with Big Bash League’s team Hobart Hurricanes last year.Jones was regarded highly as a fast bowler playing for several counties in a career spanning 14 years.Commenting on his appointment, Jones said: “It is a privilege for me to get this role and work with one of the best T20 teams in the world. Rajasthan Royals have a great culture of unearthing new talent and developing its cricketers which I am excited to be a part of.””I am really looking forward to this opportunity to work with an extremely talented group of fast bowlers,” the 44-year-old added.Meanwhile, Royals’ Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha said: “Jones thinks differently, and that is what we love at the Royals. His research into other sports is extremely interesting and his data and sports science focus meant he was a perfect fit for RR.””Steffan brings in a fresh perspective to the art of fast bowling and we are excited to have him at Rajasthan Royals,” Bharucha said.Jones represented English counties like Somerset, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Kent since making his first-class debut in 1997. He finished with 387 wickets in 148 matches at an average of 36.87. He has 10 five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul.advertisementlast_img read more