England in control DURBAN, South Africa (AP): England had reduced South Africa 136-4 at stumps on the fourth day of the first Test at Kingsmead yesterday and need six more wickets on the final day to win. Scores: England 1st innings: 303 all out in 100.1 overs (Nick Compton 85, James Taylor 70; Dale Steyn 4-70, Morne Morkel 4-76). South Africa 1st innings: 214 all out in 81.4 overs (Dean Elgar 118 not out, AB de Villiers 49; Stuart Broad 4-25, Moeen Ali 4-69). England 2nd innings: 326 all out in 102.1 overs (Jonny Bairstow 79, Joe Root 73, Nick Compton 49; Dane Piedt 5-153). South Africa 2nd innings (target: 416): 136-4 after 47 overs (Dean Elgar 40, AB de Villiers 37 not out, Steven Finn 3-27). PCB chairman turns down Ali’s resignation ISLAMABAD (AP): Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has refused to accept Azhar Ali’s resignation as ODI captain over the inclusion of former spot-fixer Mohammad Amir in the training camp. Khan met with Ali in Lahore yesterday and after the meeting the PCB said in a statement that “the chairman didn’t accept” Ali’s resignation, who agreed to continue as captain. Last week, Ali and opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez stayed away from the camp after Amir was included, but after meeting with Khan both agreed to join the camp. Amir’s five-year ban for spot-fixing during a Test match in 2010 ended in September and the 23-year-old left-arm fast bowler is in contention for next month’s limited-overs tour of New Zealand. Former Newcastle goalkeeper dies at 47 PRAGUE (AP): Pavel Srnicek, a former Czech Republic goalkeeper who also played for Newcastle, died yesterday, nine days after collapsing while running. He was 47. Sparta Prague, where Srnicek had been goalkeeper coach since 2011, said the former Premier League player died at a university clinic in the eastern city of Ostrava. Srnicek made 150 appearances for the Magpies from 1991-98 and was part of the Newcastle squad that finished runner-up in the Premier League in 1996. He recently published a book, Pavel Is a Geordie, about his years with Newcastle. Srnicek played for his country 49 times between 1994 and 2001 and was a backup goalkeeper at the 1996 European Championship, where the Czechs reached the final. Srnicek also played for English clubs Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham. Gasquet withdraws from Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): World No. 9 Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a back injury. Tournament organisers tweeted news of Gasquet’s withdrawal late yesterday, adding “we wish him a speedy recovery”. France’s Gasquet is the third withdrawal from the Grand Slam tournament which starts on January 18 at Melbourne Park, after Juan Monaco and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Britain’s Kyle Edmund will take his place in the main draw. Gasquet aggravated the injury while playing in exhibitions this month, and he has also withdrawn from the Qatar Open, due to start on Monday.
Go back to the e-newsletterSeaDream Yacht Club will live up to its name in October of this year with two sailings that will embrace some of the Mediterranean’s most dreamed-of ports between Cannes on the French Riviera and Rome’s Civitavecchia.The brand is conscious that Australian holidaymakers fly a long way to get to the Mediterranean, so will sail the first week from Cannes to Civitavecchia, and then stay aboard for a second week of entirely different ports from Civitavecchia back to Cannes, with the enticement of a current US$500 per person saving on each week’s sailing or US$2000 for a couple doing the two weeks back-to-back.The first week will include an overnight in Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco, and the second an overnight in Bonifacio on the island of Corsica with its prehistoric caves, beaches, and an Old Town district dating back to 828AD.Each seven-day sailing on the mega motor-cruiser SeaDream I, that carries a maximum of just 112-guests served by 95 crew, can also be taken on its own, with prices beginning from US$4426pp twin-share for each week (including the current special US$500 per person discount off each sailing.)SeaDream Yacht Club’s prices include premium drinks from the open bars, wines with lunch and dinner, power and sail water sports where locally permitted, a 30-international course golf simulator, onboard gratuities, and Government charges and taxes.Go back to the e-newsletter