Watson appointed Australian Cricketers’ Association president

first_imgSHANE Watson has been appointed president of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) at the body’s annual general meeting, and will now head the extended ten-member board, which includes three other new appointments: current players Pat Cummins and Kristen Beams and former player Lisa Sthalekar.“Through a period of immense change, the players have been, and will continue to be, a strong voice in protecting what’s made our game of cricket great, while embracing opportunities that change inevitably brings,” Watson said.The new structure also splits the role of president and chairman, with the latter continuing to be held by former Australia wicketkeeper Greg Dyer. A number of prominent cricketers are elected directors: apart from Beams and Cummins, they are Aaron Finch, Alyssa Healy and Moises Henriques.The appointed directors are Sthalekar, Neil Maxwell and Janet Torney, whose work has primarily been in the fields of economics, investment and corporate governance.One of the recent Cricket Australia initiatives Watson brought up for special praise was the parental policy for women cricketers.“This policy, amid a host of other changes, assures Australian women that cricket is a sport which can now support you and your family,” he said. “And for girls coming through who love sport, like my daughter, it says that cricket is a sport where you will be able to have a career.”last_img read more

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US Open 2015: How Novak Djokovic outfought Roger Federer in New York classic

first_imgNovak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 to win his second US Open title after a compelling battle in New York.The world number one had to contend not only with Federer but also with a highly partisan Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, who roared on the Swiss throughout a raucous final.He held off a stirring Federer comeback in the fourth set as the second seed came agonisingly close to levelling from two breaks down – but ultimately his failure to convert break points cost him dearly.”It’s been an incredible season. Next to 2011 probably the best season of my life,” said Djokovic, who won the same three grand slam titles in 2011.”But I’m enjoying this year more than any previous one because I’m a husband and I’m a father and that makes it even more sweeter. “I love this sport!”After splitting the first two sets, Djokovic made his move late in the third set, withstanding heavy pressure on his serve and eventually breaking Federer to move within striking distance of his 10th Grand Slam title. Federer faded in the fourth, losing his serve twice more – having been broken just twice in the entire tournament previously.The Swiss clawed one break back but Djokovic held his nerve to send Federer and the Flushing Meadows crowd away disappointed. The 34-year-old has now lost three finals since claiming his 18th and last Grand Slam title in 2012.The 28-year-old Serb had known more frustration than success on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts having previously reached the final five times and lifting the trophy just once in 2011.Sunday’s final changed that record into a much better-looking two out of six. Given the look of the current tennis landscape, and what seems to be a gulf in class between Djokovic and anyone else on the tour in Grand Slam tennis this year, it seems hard to believe that he won’t win at least one more title at Flushing Meadows.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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