India have been billed as the favourites to win the Test series in Australia starting December 6 in Adelaide.Ishant Sharma, the senior most member of the team and the leader of India’s pace attack, has admitted that the team is only focused on “winning a series in Australia”.India have never won a Test series in Australia but have drawn three series Down Under in 1980-81, 1985-86 and 2003-04.”The biggest thing right now is to win the series and that’s what everybody is focusing on right now. We are not even thinking about personal performances. Just one aim that is to win a series in Australia,” Ishant told reporters ahead of the four-day practice match against Cricket Australia XI on Wednesday.Also Read – India will defeat Australia 3-1 in Test series, says VVS Laxman”Everyone is really passionate. We are pretty motivated to win the series. Not only in Australia, when we played in South Africa and England we were pretty motivated to win a series abroad and I think that is the biggest opportunity for us right now because we always have a good balance in the side which can do things for us which is very promising,” he added.Also Read – Virat Kohli will have another imperious outing in Australia Tests: Adam GilchristIshant said the warm-up match is important for the team as it will set the tone for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.”I think it’s pretty serious for us (the practice game), because we have to set the tone. You know the conditions, obviously playing here after a long time. You need to get into the groove, get used to the conditions and I think it’s a pretty important game for everyone,” he said.advertisementAlso Read – Less verbals but more bouncers from Australia: Ian Chappell warns Virat Kohli’s IndiaWith pacers like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar doing their job well, Ishant is taking this opportunity to make his mark.”If you’re representing the country the pressure is there, I think it’s a great opportunity as well because you have a healthy competition in the team as you can see there a lot of fast bowlers coming up and if you are not doing well then any time you can sit behind and watch the game,” he said.Also Read – Virat Kohli is still a work in progress as captain: VVS Laxman to India Today”I think it is a great opportunity for everyone to do well in any conditions as you can see we did well in the last two tours especially in South Africa and England as well,” he added.(With inputs from IANS)
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Tottenham “have to tie Christian Eriksen down with a new contract”, says Danny Murphy, with it imperative that the Dane is not allowed to head towards free agency if no transfer is made this summer.As things stand, the 27-year-old could be on the move before the current window closes, with reports of interest from Spain refusing to away.Spurs, though, are hoping to see a key creative influence – one who has entered the final year of his deal – stay put and commit to fresh terms. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Murphy told bwin of an unwelcome distraction for those in north London: “Tottenham have to tie Eriksen down with a new contract if he doesn’t leave this summer.“They may have to add a clause to the contract that allows him to leave if certain teams come in for him, but they can’t afford to let him leave on a free next season.“I don’t believe Eriksen will sulk if he doesn’t leave this summer, but he needs to make sure his head is 100% in the right place come the first game of the season.“If he does kick up a fuss then [Mauricio] Pochettino will have no issues dropping him and that will only make matters worse. I really don’t think Eriksen is that type of player though.“These situations are the exact reason why teams shouldn’t let players get down to one year on their contract.“Tottenham can’t afford Eriksen to leave on a free next season so will want him to sign a contract if they can’t sell him. Eriksen then has to put his faith in the board if he signs a contract, that they will let him leave if a big team comes in for him.”While hoping to see Eriksen remain at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Murphy is looking for more additions to be made.He feels Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos would a be shrewd signing, amid competition from Arsenal, while Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon is considered to be another long-standing target that should be snapped up.Ex-Spurs star Murphy added: “Tottenham need to sign Sessegnon regardless of whether [Danny] Rose stays or not.“Being young and English makes Sessegnon a typical Tottenham signing and one they should definitely make.“Pochettino’s track record with young talent means he will be confident that he can unlock Sessegnon’s full potential.“Rose had a fantastic end to the season and I don’t think Tottenham should let him go, but Sessegnon is the ideal replacement in the long term.“Rose was back to his best at the end of last season and I think he’ll have a great season. Keeping them rotating will keep them fit and there’s plenty of games to get minutes under their belt.”
zoom German shipping company Wessels Reederei has received a government grant to convert one of its container ships to liquefied natural gas (LNG).The company has chosen the 2011-built, 1,000 TEU Wes Amelie to undergo retrofitting, which will be performed in collaboration with the engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo and gas specialist TGW Marine Gas Engineering.The retroffiting of the Wes Amelie is expected to start in the third quarter of 2016, and the vessel is expected to return to service in early December 2016.A ”seven figure” funding was provided through the country’s federal program Mobility and Fuel Strategy, which promotes the maritime use of LNG as an environmentallyfriendly fuel.“For many years our shipping company has been committed to ‘Green Shipping’ – through the development and implementation of more efficient alternative propulsion systems. With the conversion to LNG we and our partners showcase our technical expertise and demonstrate practical environmental solutions for the merchant marine industry,” said Gerd Wessels, Managing Owner of Wessels Reederei GmbH.The Wes Amelie operates in the North and Baltic Seas. The vessel has 23 sister ships, 16 of them structurally identical, which allows follow-up projects to be easily implemented, the company says.The use of LNG as fuel requires the availability of liquefied natural gas on shipping and trade routes, and the existing LNG infrastructure in even high-traffic ports in Europe is not nearly sufficient enough for full coverage of ships under LNG operation, according to Wessels.This project contributes to the resolution of this “chicken or the egg problem” by promoting the demand for LNG as fuel for the maritime industry.“By converting one of our ships, we demonstrate together with the Federal Government and our partners: ‘German shipping can LNG’. With each rebuild we finish together, we are creating an increasing demand for LNG as a clean fuel. Only in this way – and not only through appeals – can the development of an LNG infrastructure continue to gain momentum,” said Christian P. Hoepfner, General Manager of Wessels Reederei.