Taylor’s revenge AUSTRALIA 1st innings J. Burns st Ramdin b K Brathwaite 128 D. Warner c Samuels b Taylor 23 U. Khawaja c wkp Ramdin b Taylor 144 *S. Smith not out 32 A. Voges not out 10 Extras (lb3, w3, nb2) 8 TOTAL (3 wkts, 90 overs) 345 To bat: M Marsh, +P Nevill, J Pattinson, P Siddle, J Hazlewood, N Lyon Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Warner), 2-287 (Burns, 3-328 (Khawaja) Bowling: Taylor 18-2-83-2, roach 10-1-53-0, Holder 17-6-33-0 (nb2), C Brathwaite 20-1-71-0 (w3), Warrican 16-1-71-0, K Brathwaite 9-1-31-1. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV – I Gould. Taylor got his revenge in his next over, the fifth of the morning, with the score on 29 when Warner tried to pull a short one from outside off, but only succeeded in lobbing a catch to cover where Marlon Samuels took the offering on the third attempt. Khawaja, who missed the opening Test through injury, then joined Burns to end any hope West Indies had of taking the advantage. Left-hander Khawaja faced 227 balls and struck six fours and a six while Burns, a right-hander, hit 16 fours and a six in an innings requiring 230 balls. They took the Aussies to lunch at 70 for one, and then controlled the second session to be in sight of triple figures by the time tea arrived at 193 without further loss. Burns, unbeaten on 27 at lunch, was the first to his half-century. He moved into the 30s with two boundaries off debutant fast bowler Carlos Brathwaite in the second over on resumption and was quickly into the 40s a couple of overs later when he steered Taylor the ropes at third man. In Taylor’s next over, Burn collected three runs to cover to complete his fourth half-century in his seventh Test. Khawaja, meanwhile, erred on the side of caution. On 18 at lunch, he was measured after the break and needed a further 43 deliveries before bringing up his half-century with a cut to the backward point boundary off Roach. Khawaja was 84 at tea and Burns, 83, and both batsmen sped to three figures on resumption. Burns cleared the ropes at extra cover with left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican in the first over and followed up with a flowing drive to the cover point boundary. Not to be left out, Khawaja’s retort was two back-to-back boundaries off Taylor in the next over, as he joined his partner in the 90s. Burns reached his second Test hundred in the fifth over after the break with three square on the off-side off Warrican, and Khawaja joined him two balls later when he took a single to square leg. For Khawaja, it was his third hundred in consecutive Tests. Part-time off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite eventually got the breakthrough when he had Burns stumped in his fifth over at 287 for two and Khawaja added 41 with Smith for the third wicket before he dismissed five overs before the close, brushing a leg-side catch behind off Taylor. MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Hundreds by Usman Khawaja and Jose Burns condemned under-fire West Indies to another torrid day in the field, as Australia dominated the opening day of the Boxing Day Test yesterday. Opting to field first at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the second Test of the three-match series, West Indies quickly came under the sword as Khawaja stroked 144 and opener Burns, 128, two innings which propelled the hosts to 345 for three. Fast bowler Jerome Taylor was the best of the bowlers with two for 83, but the remainder of the attack struggled to make an impression on an MCG surface good for batting. West Indies made a good start, claiming the dangerous David Warner for a cameo 23 off 12 balls inside the first half hour following a delayed start due to rain, but Khawaja and Burns added 258 for the second wicket – a partnership that killed off the tourists’ chance of making any immediate future inroads. Captain Steve Smith was unbeaten on 32 at the close. Needing a strong start following their disaster of the opening Test in Hobart, West Indies got exactly the opposite with the left-handed Warner collecting boundaries off the first three deliveries of the day’s second over sent down by seamer Kemar Roach. Warner followed up with another two fours off Taylor in the next over as Australia raced to 27 without loss after only three overs. SCOREBOARD
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Jamie Vardy’s stunning volley set Leicester on their way to a 2-0 victory over Liverpool yesterday, keeping the unlikely title challengers top of the Premier League on a night Manchester United rediscovered their scoring touch at Old Trafford.Manchester City and Tottenham also won to stay in touch with Leicester, but Arsenal were held 0-0 by Southampton and dropped to fourth place.Leicester preserved their three-point lead over City and their title charge shows no sign of slowing – nor does Vardy’s prolific form this season.The England striker volleyed in a looping shot from 25 metres before adding another goal in the second half to sink Liverpool at King Power Stadium and take his tally to 18 this campaign.”We are free of pressure,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “The players have a good feeling.”United beat Stoke 3-0, scoring in the first half at home for the first time since September. Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, and Wayne Rooney – with his seventh goal in his last seven games – scored for United, which trimmed the gap to the Champions League qualification places to five points.Criticised for much of the season for their risk-averse attacking approach, United have scored six goals in their last two games.Sergio Ag¸ero was the match winner for City in a 1-0 victory at Sunderland in the team’s first game since announcing the hiring of Pep Guardiola as coach starting next season. Ag¸ero looks back to his sharpest, having scored eight goals in as many games in 2016.DOUBLE FROM HARRY KANETottenham won 3-0 at Norwich thanks to a double from Harry Kane and another goal from young midfielder Dele Alli. The win lifted Spurs to third, above north London neighbour Arsenal on goal difference.Also, Aston Villa had forward Jordan Ayew sent off in the 17th minute for elbowing an opponent in a 2-0 loss at West Ham, which left the league’s last-place team 10 points adrift of safety. West Bromwich Albion scored two minutes into injury time to draw 1-1 against Swansea, and Bournemouth won 2-1 at Crystal Palace.With 14 games left this campaign, Leicester are closing in on a Champions League qualification place -the team is 10 points clear of United – and must now be seen as a definite title contender.
LONDON (AP):A week after letting in five goals, Willy Caballero made three saves in a penalty shoot-out against Liverpool to help Manchester City win the League Cup yesterday and claim their fifth major trophy since 2011.Though the Argentine goalkeeper is second-choice behind Joe Hart in the Premier League and the Champions League, he has been a regular in the cup teams fielded by coach Manuel Pellegrini. And Pellegrini’s faith in the 34-year-old keeper was duly rewarded with a memorable display in the penalty shoot-out after the two sides had ground out a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley Stadium.City started the second half brighter and took the lead in the 49th minute when Reds keeper Simon Mignolet failed to deal with a cross shot by Fernandinho. It should have been a routine save, but the ball went straight through Mignolet.Philippe Coutinho equalised for Liverpool in the 83rd minute from close range after an effort by Lallana hit the post and rebounded neatly into the path of the Brazilian midfielder.Caballero stood firm during the shoot-out, opting not to second-guess which way the Liverpool players would send their penalties. His decision paid dividends as the spot-kicks of Lucas Leiva, Coutinho, and Adam Lallana were all saved as City won the shoot-out 3-1.”I tried to see all the penalties last night, but my intuition got me through,” a tearful Caballero told Sky Sports on the Wembley turf. “It was a hard week for me, but we had a talk that we could do it.FIRST TROPHY”It’s important, emotional for me, my family, to be in this great team,” he added. “It is a first trophy for me and for my family in Argentina.”Pellegrini held firm to his decision to give Caballero a final berth despite calls by some City fans to catapult England’s number one, Hart, into the side to face Liverpool.”I prefer to lose the title than to lose my words,” Pellegrini said.Pellegrini, who is in his final months at City following the club’s announcement earlier in February that Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is to join in the summer, heaped praise on both his goalkeepers.He said Caballero “deserved this moment” and that Hart’s demeanour over the decision showed him to be “a very good person” in addition to his traits as a top goalkeeper.Next up for City is Liverpool again in a league fixture on Wednesday.