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October 20, 2019

We keep making same mistakes again and again du Plessis

first_imgLondon: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis feels the group stage exit from the ongoing World Cup is the lowest point of his career as captain. On Sunday, South Africa were handed a crushing 49-run defeat by Pakistan in their crucial World Cup tie at the Lord’s in London, thus ruling out their chances of making it to the semis. The Proteas have now lost their five out of the seven games they have played at the ongoing tournament and are only above Afghanistan – the only side they have beaten – in the points table. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev “Yes, definitely (it is the lowest point). I’m a very proud player and captain, and playing for South Africa means a lot for me, and the fact that the results we’re dishing out at the moment – you know, it’s really, really tough, and borderline. Today, it’s a little bit embarrassing. We’re trying but it’s just not good enough. Obviously I’m human as well, so it will keep chipping at me,” ESPNcricinfo quoted a dejected du Plessis as saying at the post-match press conference. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships “It’s important that the coach, myself, the senior players, are the guys that needs to front up to this challenge. That’s when your players need you the most. So right now, I need to be there for the other players as well.” It is for the first time since the disastrous 2003 World Cup campaign that South Africa have failed to go past the first round of the showpiece event. Against Pakistan, their pacers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi didn’t seem to be at their absolute best. It was only veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir who came out with all the energy and intensity in an otherwise lack-lustre performance from the Proteas bowlers and conceded a difficult total of 308. Chasing 309, the Proteas batter once again failed to come out with a good performance as none of the batsmen, barring du Plessis — who scored 63 off 79 balls — could muster the courage to stay long at the wicket. The South African team kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and was restricted to 259/9 in their allotted 50 overs. “You know, I feel we keep making the same mistakes over and over again,” said du Plessis. “Probably started off with the bowling. Our bowling has been the one thing that’s been working this tournament, and today, a well-below-par performance, probably bar Immy (Imran Tahir), who was exceptional once again. “But the rest of the guys, probably, you know, five-out-of-ten performance with the ball, 30 runs too many [given away] and the same thing with the bat once again. We’re starting our innings losing wickets again and then we build something nicely, get a partnership going, and then wicket and then wicket,” he added. During the presser, the 32-year-old also revealed that he and the team management had tried to stop Rabada from playing this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in order to keep him fresh for the showpiece event. “I don’t think we’ll ever have a perfect answer for that because he’s probably biting on too much,” du Plessis said when asked about Rabada’s workload. “But we did try and get him not to go to the IPL; to try and stay and get fresh. That wasn’t the case of — and then when he went there, we were like, let’s try and get him back halfway through the IPL because it’s important, not just for him, but a few other players. “I mean, I spoke about it before the IPL even started, that it’s important that we try and find space to rest our three-format players, because they play all the formats all the time, and then IPL. “So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t meant that they — you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG is — you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is,” he added. In 2019, Rabada has till now bowled 303 overs in all competitions, 47 of which came at the IPL. During the IPL, he scalped 25 wickets at 14.72 from 12 games for Delhi Capitals. However, the 24-year-old picked up a back injury at the back-end of the tournament and was eventually withdrawn by Cricket South Africa as a precautionary measure. Rabada, expected to lead the Proteas pace battery in absence of Dale Steyn, proved ineffective in the disastrous World Cup campaign of the Proteas. In six innings at the World Cup so far, he has returned only six wickets at an average of 50.83, which is way too higher than his ODI career average of 27.74. South Africa will now play against Sri Lanka on June 28, which will be followed by their last game of the tournament against Australia on July 6.last_img read more

October 6, 2019

Air Canada expands relationship with Sky Regional Airlines on US routes

Air Canada expands relationship with Sky Regional Airlines on U.S. routes MONTREAL – Air Canada gave assurances Monday that its expanded relationship with Sky Regional Airlines to include routes to the U.S. won’t result in pilot layoffs, citing its plan to hire hundreds of new employees.The Montreal-based airline said it will transfer 15 Embraer 175 jets in its mainline fleet to non-unionized Sky Regional, which will fly them under the Air Canada Express banner on short flights, mainly from Toronto and Montreal to cities in the northeastern U.S.The change flows out of an arbitrated pilots contract that allows the airline to outsource more of its large regional jet business to regional carriers such as Chorus Aviation (TSX:CHR) and Sky Regional.Sky Regional already operates flights using five Q400 turboprops between Montreal and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport under the Air Canada Express name.The transfer of the 15 regional jets is expected to be made between February and June 2013.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) announced the deal with Sky Regional as it also announced plans to add two new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to its fleet next year as part a move to grow its international business.The two new aircraft will bring Air Canada’s Boeing 777 fleet to 20 aircraft, including both the 300ER and 200LR models.“The arrival of these new Boeing 777s, along with the 787 Dreamliners in 2014, will allow us to introduce new routes at the mainline carrier and release aircraft from our existing fleet to our new low-cost leisure carrier,” Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said in a statement.“Air Canada’s mainline carrier will continue to grow internationally as we launch new routes, while the leisure carrier will pursue opportunities in markets where we are not adequately cost competitive under the mainline brand.”Air Canada said the two changes have been factored into its plans, announced last month, to hire more some 1,100 employees over the next 12 months, including 200 new jobs for flight attendants and pilots at the low-cost carrier it plans to launch next year.Spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said there won’t be any job losses because pilots that fly the ERJ 175 can also fly the larger ERJ190. She also noted the addition of the two Boeing 777 and attrition at the airline.The union representing Air Canada pilots said none of its members would be forced to work for Sky Regional.After the arbitration ruling was announced in July, the Air Canada Pilots Association said the imposed work rules will cost many pilots their jobs and demoralize the rest.“Customers will be surprised and disappointed to learn that in future, buying a ticket from Air Canada will not guarantee them a seat on an Air Canada flight operated by an Air Canada pilot,” union president Capt. Paul Strachan and chairman Capt. Jean-Marc Belanger said in a statement at the time.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said Monday that Air Canada’s regional service move is a big boost to a Chorus competitor and positions Sky Regional to compete for future flying with Air Canada.“We believe that Sky Regional has a lower cost structure than Chorus and will be well positioned to bid on any future opportunities with Air Canada,” he wrote in a report.Doerksen said some observers believed the new pilot agreement would provide additional growth avenues for Chorus from the Embraer planes. But he thinks Air Canada will primarily replace Chorus’ 50-seat CRJ planes with Q400s and maybe CRJ705s.He said the key risk for Halifax-based Chorus is the pending arbitration ruling on cost benchmarking. Air Canada wants the markup it pays to Chorus reduced to operate regional flights, while Chorus wants the current markup to remain in place until at least 2015.Chorus said Air Canada didn’t conduct a competitive bidding process for contract given to Sky Regional.The addition of 75-seat Bombardier 705 jets would improve its operating costs.“However, the addition of the Embraer 175s would make Jazz less efficient and raise our costs as a result of multiple fleet types,” said spokeswoman Manon Stuart.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Air Canada’s shares closed up four cents, or 3.15 per cent, to $1.31 in Monday trading. Chorus Aviation shares were unchanged at $3.80. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 1, 2012 5:55 pm MDT read more