Hunt set up the opening try and scored a brilliant intercept in the 34-12 victory while Lodge – booed every time he touched the ball – produced a number of errors and penalties plus the pass that was intercepted for Hunt’s 50-metre try.He did produce some strong carries in his team-high 137 metres and should be better in the long run.The Broncos completed at just 50% in the first half and their forwards comfortably lost the battle in the middle against the likes of James Graham, Paul Vaughan, Jack De Belin, Tyson Frizell and Tariq Sims.The biggest difference between the two teams though was in the halves as Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima each struggled to find anything resembling a dangerous attacking kick while their opposites had the ball on a string for most of the contest.Though positives were few and far between for the away team, rookie Jamayne Isaako had a fine game on the right wing, creating one of James Roberts’ two tries, while Tevita Pangai Junior – promoted to the starting side – was strong and heavily involved.While the opening was scrappy from both teams, the Dragons improved while the visitors did not, giving up a 10-2 half time lead while completing just eight of their 16 first half possessions.After a mini penalty goal shoot-out put the home side up 4-2 after 17 minutes, a forward pass from Darius Boyd cost Corey Oates the first try of the season.Cold drops from Lodge and Oates inside their own territory gave the Dragons a heap of attacking ball and it was a beautiful grubber from Hunt that inflicted more pain on his old team as Tyson Frizell won the race to the ball against Anthony Milford just inside the half-hour mark.A stunning chip back inside to Widdop looked to have extended the Dragons’ lead on the stroke of half-time but the skipper was correctly ruled offside.The Broncos started repairing their horror completion rate in the second half and scored the next try through James Roberts after an uncharacteristic Jason Nightingale drop from a down-field kick.That was as good as it got for Brisbane with Hunt’s 51st-minute intercept followed by a penalty goal for a 12-point buffer, then a powerful Euan Aitken try to make it 24-6 with 20 minutes to play.Roberts bagged his double courtesy of some soft defence to close the gap to 12 points with just under 15 minutes left but the Broncos continued to produce untimely errors.When De Belin motored his way up the middle, shrugging through Pangai, Thaidayand Lodge to plant the ball next to the posts, the contest was officially sealed. Nightingale’s ungainly grounding off a beautiful Widdop cut-out ball sealed the 34-12 result.
India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday made it clear that he is not retiring from limited-overs international cricket anytime soon.The 34-year-old Dhoni had called time on his Test career in the middle of the away series against Australia in December 2014.Dhoni, who guided India to two world titles – inaugural World T20 in 2007 and World Cup in 2011 – besides overseeing the country’s rise to the pinnacle of Test ranking, is seeking to regain the trophy he won nine years ago in South Africa. Also read: Dhoni deserves respect, not flak: Ravi Shastri “After the Asia Cup T20 and World T20 there is the Indian Premier League. And then the team is mostly playing Test cricket and about five to six ODIs, which will be over quickly,” Dhoni said on the sidelines of a launch of a lifestyle apparel brand.The World T20 starts on March 8 and will conclude on April 3.Dhoni overcame his captaincy woes with back-to-back T20I series wins in Australia and at home against Sri Lanka recently, but his run with the bat remained dry and he is looking hard to regain the touch of old times.
Akram said Arthur carried a lot of coaching experience Akram said Arthur carried a lot of coaching experience behind him and he hoped he would turn around the Pakistan team. “But one should not expect him to bring about improvement immediately as our team is currently languishing at ninth position in ODI rankings. Even he will require time to turn things around,” he said. The former captain said it was shameful that Pakistan cricket had slipped to such a low. “It is shameful but this downslide has not happened overnight. It is a result of the fact that our domestic cricket structure has lost its competitive edge and is not producing quality players for a while now,” Akram said. Akram said Pakistan should expect a tough time when they tour England this summer. “Dont expect them (England) to prepare flat pitches for our batsmen. The Duke ball will seam and swing on grassy pitches and it will be a real test for our batsmen to negotiate the ball,” he said. Asked about the decision to drop opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad on disciplinary grounds from the list of probables for the national camp being set up ahead of the tour to England, Akram said he didnt agree with this approach of selectors or the Board. “If we drop players on purely disciplinary grounds than let me tell you many of our era would not have even played for Pakistan including myself. I think if a player has a problem it is the job of the team management and captain to deal with it and get him to perform,” he said. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisement