Nathan Lyon described AB de Villiers as the hardest batsman he bowled to, not Virat KohliIANSIn his now highly-successful career, Nathan Lyon has bowled to all the great batsmen who have played in his era. From the likes of Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, the off-spinner has been tested against the best batters in the world. But when he was asked in an interview to name the batsman he found most difficult to bowl at, the Australian chose AB de Villiers.The reason cited by him for his choice presents the reason why the South African has earned the epithet of Mr 360. Lyon said on ‘The Back Page Live,’ an Australian television show, that while bowling to de Villiers, he felt that the former Proteas batsman could hit him anywhere at any time.Considering that Indian batsmen were traditionally regarded as the most skilful in playing spin, it comes as a big surprise that Lyon faced most difficulty not from an Indian, or for that matter any other Asian, but a South African.Lyon’s recordIn his career, the 31-year old Aussie has played 15 Tests against South Africa and 18 against India. Kohli and de Villiers have been present in almost all these matches of their respective teams. So, it says a lot about de Villiers’ ability to play spin that the offie rates him higher than any other batsman.If we were to look at the record of the off-spinner against the two teams, he has done considerably better vs the Indians. While he has 85 wickets against the Asian giants with an average of 32.60 and strike rate of 60.2, against South Africa, he has 46 wickets at an average of 42.28 and strike rate of 83.7. The disparity can partly be attributed to highly spin-friendly conditions that the bowler had on his two visits to India.But even when it comes to bowling in his own country, he has a clearly better record against the sub-continental side. Gary, as he is fondly called by his teammates, has taken 18 wickets in 6 Tests against the South Africans in Australia at an average of 46.22 and strike rate of over 91. Against India at home, he has 51 wickets in 11 Tests and with an average just under 34 and strike rate a shade under 66. Clearly, home or away, Lyon loves bowling at the Indian team. Nathan Lyon has enjoyed great success against IndiaReutersSouth Africa’s better record against LyonIt is noteworthy that India’s supposed dominance against spin bowling has considerably declined in recent years. Even somebody like Kohli has had difficulties facing good spinners in the past. De Villiers, on the other hand, seems highly adept at playing the slower bowlers. Having been a hockey player in his pre-cricket days, he seems to have wonderful wristwork that allows him to place the ball in whichever area he desires.Lyon has had the opportunity to bowl at both Kohli and AB when they were in prime form. When South Africa famously saved a Test at Adelaide in 2012 by batting out the entire fifth day, de Villiers played his part by stonewalling Lyon and co for 220 deliveries while scoring just 33 runs. In the very next match at Perth, he scored a magnificent 169 to help his team win the match and series. In the last series between the Aussies and South Africans, the infamous 2018 rubber, de Villiers again starred with a superb knock in the second Test which allowed the Proteas to level the series after losing the first match.Kohli too has enjoyed great success against Australia. He has seven Test hundreds against the kangaroos, six of them scored away from home. Of these, four came in the 2014/15 series alone. Yet, Lyon has picked up the wicket of Kohli seven times in Tests, the most for any bowler in the format.So clearly, Lyon has good reason to rate de Villiers higher. But while the South African has retired from international cricket, Kohli remains and will remain active for some time to come. Hopefully, we will some more riveting contests between the two.
00:00 /03:40 X Gail DelaughterHouston attorney Carrin Patman was recently appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner as Metro Chairman.News 88.7 Transportation Reporter Gail Delaughter recently sat down with Carrin Patman to talk about some of the issues facing Metro. And what better place to do it than the Red Line train headed northbound. We begin the conversation with a look at Metro’s new bus routes.Gail DelaughterHouston’s buses are already promoting Super Bowl 2017.Delaughter: One of your goals is to develop the new bus network. What do you think needs to be done, now that the new network is in place, to get people to warm up to the bus system and to use the weekday buses in particular?Patman: Well, obviously any innovation has unintended consequences. And one of the things we’re working on now is tweaking the new bus system to make sure that some folks who feel left behind, or who — some feel left behind and just aren’t familiar with alternatives they may have in the new bus network. So getting the word out and communication out is a key part. Second though, some people may have been left behind. There are some routes that were eliminated that we probably need to do something about, in terms of re-embracing those people into a bus network. So we’re now at that stage of the iterative process, as some people would call it, of looking at where unintended consequences arose, where gaps exist, and how to plug those gaps.Delaughter: For those who may not have any other transportation options, how important is the bus service or rail service to them?Patman: The bus service is critical. And those are the people for whom it’s most important that Metro provide quality service. That’s the reason for existence for transit, or one of the big ones. Delaughter: The disabled constitute a large portion of Metro’s ridership, either people who use the lift buses or people who use the fixed-route buses. Visually-impaired, people who use mobility devices, what are things that you would like to do to improve the customer service experience for disabled riders?Patman: Interestingly enough, METROLift operations are the most challenging aspect for transit agencies across the country. And there is nothing more important, again, than serving that population. Because disabled folks are very dependent on transit. One of the problems is, that when you have a METROLift driver and the first customer doesn’t show or is late, it delays everybody else along the line. And so we’ve made some improvements to try to mitigate that. We did have to increase fares, the prior board did. I’m told that actually we hadn’t had a fare increase in many years. And to continue to provide the service we provide, we did need an increase. But that’s something actually I’m going to take a second look at, and just make sure that that’s really warranted.Delaughter: So one of the big events coming up for Metro is Super Bowl. How much of an effort will this be to get ready for Super Bowl?Patman: My understanding is that the Super Bowl committee is planning events, or selecting locations, based on where the bus stops are and the rail stops are, to make it really convenient for people. I don’t know if every event will be like that but many of them will be. I feel very confident we’ll do a good job. We are fully focused on it. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share
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Coronal mass ejections at Mars © 2014 Phys.org Conrad notes that a lot of the press regarding the study of Mars by scientists with NASA and other groups, tends to focus on the search for water, or evidence that water was once there—with the implication that if it was, then surely evidence will be found that life was there too. But that is not really the case, she asserts—there are likely a whole host of factors that must all be there for life to have been possible.Some of those factors might include a global magnetic field (likely produced by an internal dynamo) which would shield the planet from ionizing radiation. Another would be temperature and its variations—too hot or too cold for only part of any given period would likely prevent life from taking hold. Wind might also play a factor—she notes that as life is first starting, it’s not likely very mobile, thus wind that would carry essential material such as iron deposits to replenish supplies exhausted by new life forms would be essential. There is also the matter of an atmosphere—having one offers a shield against ultraviolet radiation and also serves as a cloak, moderating temperatures.But such factors, she continues, are much more difficult to find than water. Scientists are reasonably sure that Mars once had an atmosphere and global magnetic field—it’s more difficult to pin down whether they were existent at the same time, and if so, if temperatures were in a range during that period that would have allowed life to come about.Conrad notes that missions to Mars are proving fruitful regardless of whether proof of life is found or not. Such missions, she maintains are allowing us humans to learn more about how life could come about, which could prove useful once we’re able to study more distant planets more carefully—and that includes a manned mission, which should allow researchers, she believes, to do the kind of impromptu research that most often leads to breakthroughs. Citation: NASA scientist offers perspective on the factors that may lead to life on a planet (2014, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-nasa-scientist-perspective-factors-life.html Explore further This artist’s concept depicts a planetary system. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech (Phys.org)—NASA space scientist Pamela Conrad has offered a Perspective piece in the journal Science, reminding readers that the search for life on planets such as Mars, isn’t limited to just looking for water. Instead, she notes, most researchers believe that a combination of events must occur, likely simultaneously for life to get a start and then to be maintained. Journal information: Science More information: Scratching the surface of martian habitability, Science 12 December 2014: Vol. 346 no. 6215 pp. 1288-1289, DOI: 10.1126/science.1259943 AbstractEarth and Mars, though formed at the same time from the same materials, look very different today. Early in their histories they evolved through some of the same processes, but at some point their evolutionary paths diverged, sending them in perhaps irrevocably different directions. Knowledge of the factors that contributed to such different outcomes will help to determine how planets become habitable and how common habitable planets may be. The Mars surface environment is harsh today, but in situ measurements of ancient sedimentary rock by Mars Science Laboratory reveal chemical and mineralogical evidence of past conditions that might have been more favorable for life to exist. But chemistry is only part of what is required to make an environment habitable. Physical conditions constrain the chemical reactions that underlie life processes; the chemical and physical characteristics that make planets habitable are thus entangled. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.