England hold crisis meeting after 2nd Test thrashing by West Indies

first_imgEngland have held a crisis meeting after a second humiliation by the West Indies in as many Tests left the team worried by their poor form in a year they host the World Cup and the Ashes series against Australia, coach Trevor Bayliss said.Following a 381-run defeat by the hosts in the first Test in Barbados last month, England suffered a 10-wicket thrashing in Antigua on Saturday to lose the three-match series 2-0 after only seven days of cricket.”We want to get to the root of why we haven’t played as well as we’d like. We posed some questions to them last night in the changing room and gave them 24 hours to think about it,” Bayliss told reporters.”Any defeat is not good. It’s how you come back. Obviously we didn’t come back too well in this game. It’s a big year ahead… I’d have to say it’s a concern.”Skipper Joe Root said after their latest loss that England’s batting was to blame after managing 187 and 132 in two innings.”We haven’t seemed to have the will to fight. There have been some loose shots and other guys have been tentative,” Bayliss added.”We have a lot of guys averaging in the low thirties. In years gone by, that wouldn’t have been good enough to stay in the team.”England host the 50-overs World Cup starting in May before welcoming arch-rivals Australia in August and September.Bayliss said some batsmen in the team were more confident in the one-day game than the longest format, suggesting that they needed to strike a balance.advertisement”Some are more suited to the one-day style and still trying to come to terms with what is the best rhythm of playing their Test cricket,” he added.”We’ve got to find a way to score. If that means batting time, or picking guys (who play) more in that vein, then so be it. Sometimes I feel the message between one-day cricket and Test cricket gets muddled.”Also Read | What a ridiculous decision: Shane Warne slams ICC for overrate ban on Jason HolderAlso Read | Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovationAlso Read | Trevor Bayliss wants England batsmen to show ‘guts’ against West Indieslast_img read more

City streets to see coolheaded bikers thanks to special helmet from HIDCO

first_imgKolkata: Motorcycle riders in the city now have reason to rejoice as Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) is introducing a special type of helmet which will keep the rider’s head cool, as part of the Safe Drive Save Life programme.The helmet, the first of its kind in the country, has been manufactured by a Bengaluru-based company. The fully covered lightweight helmet has a temperature control system which is run by a battery. The batteries will have to be charged for eight hours in order to operate for a week. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be recalled that another firm had previously installed fans inside helmets to keep them cool but the solution did not last long after the fans developed snag. The firm had approached HIDCO and the helmet was given a trial for three months. Welcoming the move, Subrata Boral, a long-distance biker, said it will be a very effective solution for those who cover long distances on motorcycles, particularly in the sweltering summer heat. “If it cools the rider’s head in summer then it will be used on a large scale,” he said. The firm will give some helmets to HIDCO which will be distributed among bikers to get a proper feedback. Bikers said very few riders use proper helmets, which are essential for safe riding. They feel that more awareness is required about the utility of proper helmets.last_img read more