Australia unchanged for 2nd Test vs Sri Lanka: We are leaving nothing to chance, says Paine

first_imgAustralia unchanged for 2nd Test vs Sri Lanka: We are leaving nothing to chance, says PaineAustralia vs Sri Lanka: Since their 4-0 Ashes victory at home in 2017-18, Australia have been beaten away by South Africa and Pakistan and lost their first ever home series to India earlier this month.advertisement Reuters CanberraJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 14:23 IST Australia’s win against Sri Lanka in Brisbane was only their second Test victory of the summer (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia and Sri Lanka are set to play the first ever Test at the Manuka Oval in Canberra from February 1Tim Paine’s team had defeated the tourists by an innings and 40 runs in the day-night Test in BrisbaneAussies haven’t won a Test series since their 4-0 Ashes victory at home in 2017-18Australia have left no stones unturned in their preparation as they chase their first Test series win in over a year, captain Tim Paine said on Thursday confirming an unchanged playing XI for the second and final Test against Sri Lanka.Since their 4-0 Ashes victory at home in 2017-18, Australia have been beaten away by South Africa and Pakistan and lost their first ever home series to India earlier this month.Their comprehensive win against Sri Lanka in Brisbane was only their second Test victory of the summer and the hosts are determined not to take their foot off the pedal in the first ever Test at the Manuka Oval.”We have spoken a little bit just about our attitude and the way we turn up firstly for our two training sessions here and then tomorrow morning,” Paine told reporters.”We had a great win in Perth against India and we turned up pretty poorly and really flat in Melbourne and started that Test match pretty ordinarily.”It’s just been making sure our attitude to this Test is spot on and we are leaving nothing to chance.”The picturesque ground in Australia’s capital has hosted nine one-day internationals in the past and is known to be a high-scoring ground.Paine said that would mean a few more overs to bowl for his leg-spinning all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne.”I think it will be a good batting track. It looks like there’s bit of grass on it which hopefully means there will be a bit of pace,” Paine said.advertisement”Traditionally here it’s been a very, very good batting wicket. It will probably favour batting quite heavily.”Australian batsmen have gone without a Test hundred in the summer and the Canberra Test will be their last opportunity to tick that box off before they embark on their tour of England for the Ashes series later this year.”In every team, scoring hundreds becomes a mental challenge more than it is technical, a lot of the times,” Paine said. “The longer you go without it, the more you want it, the harder you try and sometimes the further away you can get from it.”We are working really hard on it from a mental and technical aspect. Sometimes you just need that one sort of breakthrough.”Another change in fortune Paine would be desperate to achieve is with the coin toss. The 34-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has won toss only once in his eight Tests in charge.Tim Paine suggests radical shake-up on the eve of the second #AUSvSL Test…. pic.twitter.com/0lfWrGQZgPcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 31, 2019″I can guarantee I will try something different tomorrow,” Paine said amid a roll of laughter at his news conference. “I might go left hand, I do need to try something.”Can’t keep doing the same thing and get the same result. Need to change.”Australia: Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson, Tim Paine (captain-wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Tim PaineFollow Australia vs Sri LankaFollow Canberra TestFollow AUS v SL 2nd Testlast_img read more

Annan embarks on 10day trip to Central America

According to a UN spokesperson, Mr. Annan was scheduled to arrive this afternoon in Managua, where he will receive the keys to the City of Managua from Mayor Herty Lewites. Afterward, the Secretary-General will go on to a private meeting with President Enrique Bolanos Geyer. Later today, Mr. Annan will receive the Grand Cross of the Jose Dolores Estrada and attend a dinner hosted by the President.

GRA rakes in 199Billion for 2018

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMore shake-ups loom at GRAFebruary 4, 2019In “Business”Over $5B collected during GRA’s tax amnestySeptember 27, 2018In “latest news”GRA going after businesses that cheat VAT systemAugust 10, 2016In “Business” Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Commissioner-General, Godfrey StatiaThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Friday announced that it collected $199Billion in revenues for 2018 as compared to the $171Billion the authority received the previous year (2017).This disclosure was made by GRA’s Commissioner-General, Godfrey Statia during a press briefing at the authority’s Camp Street office. Statia said that the GRA had only budgeted to collect $181M in revenues for that year.Of the total amount received in 2018; internal revenue was $88M; Custom and Trade Administration $23M; and Value Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Tax, $199M.According to a DPI release, the Commissioner-General also disclosed that the sum of $15Billion in arrears was collected of which $7Billion resulted from the tax amnesty. He added that the revenues earned from court cases won by GRA amount to just over $5Billion and for cases that are currently before the courts, in excess of $15Billion is owed.Regarding revenues owed to GRA, Statia added that the Guyana Stores Limited (GSL) had made a sizeable down payment and the two parties are currently in the process of negotiating how the remainder will be paid. The GRA had won a $4Billion case against Guyana Stores at Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in March 2018.He emphasised, “GRA is not in the business of driving people out of business, we try to work along with the taxpayer for them to pay their taxes. Taking away assets from the taxpayer is the last resort. It’s not Guyana Stores alone; they are many other taxpayers that have lost their cases. So, we have to work along with them so that we can collect rather than seize.”On the issue of tax evaders, the Commissioner-General said that GRA continues to work with those persons to pay up their taxes. The excess of debt for taxes which are in arrears and would also include taxes in objection is about $40Billion, he said.“Evaders are a continual process and would also include penalties because under Sections 10 and 11 (of the constitution) GRA could fine them as much as 100 per cent of what they have understated and, in some cases, we can take them to court, and they can go to prison for about six months.”Statia explained that Tax evasion could include VAT, customs and income tax.Asked whether there were any revenues from the oil and gas sector, the Commissioner-General said that there had been no revenues from this sector yet, however, revenues were garnered through withholding taxes and additional PAYE (pay as you earn) from employees within the industry. read more