LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 8 July 2009 37 Inbrief Bang goes tour to Caribbean WEST INDIES players will boycott their forthcoming series against Bangladesh due to a contractual dispute with the national cricket board. The month-long series starts tomorrow, with Bangladesh due to play two Tests, three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match in the Caribbean. But tomorrows first Test is now in serious doubt following news of the players decision last night. Jones hoping times a healer WORCESTERSHIRE are not anticipating making a quickfire decision on the future of England paceman Simon Jones. Jones, a hero of the 2005 Ashes side, has been ruled out for the entire season the last of his current deal with a knee problem. Chief executive Mark Newton said: I doubt if it will drag on all summer but it will not be resolved imminently. Robs joy over GB squad place ROBERT ARCHIBALD has become the first player confirmed as a member of the Great Britain squad taking part in EuroBasket in September. Although the 12-man GB squad is not due to be announced until nearer the end of the month, Archibalds team Unicaja Malaga posted a statement on their website confirming the 6ft 11in Scottish centre is one of coach Chris Finchs chosen men. Kellys heroes take on world KELLY HOLMES believes Rowena Cole and Louise Small will go into this weeks IAAF World Youth Championships better prepared than the majority of their rivals. The Coventry and Aldershot teenagers are set to compete over 800 and 1,500 metres at the event, which begins in Bressanone today, with bags of helpful advice ringing in their ears from their time as members of the On Camp With Kelly team. Tigers to tame the flying Bull SACKED Bradford Bulls winger Tame Tupou will resurrect his career back in Australia after being thrown a lifeline by Wests Tigers. The 26-year-old former Brisbane and New Zealand Kiwi international was dismissed by Bradford in January due to long- running injury problems. With 18 months remaining on his contract, he took the Bulls to an RFL tribunal in March but the clubs decision was upheld. JAMES HASKELL refuses to accept his England career is over after being dropped from Martin Johnsons 32-man Elite squad yesterday. The flanker quit Wasps at the end of last season to join Stade Francais. Johnson did call up Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon) and Riki Flutey (Brive) but writing on his Twitter page, Haskell said: I am out the England squad which is gutting on every level but another challenge which I accept and will dominate. The bottom line is I have to play better and work harder. Getting into the Stade team is task number one. I love a challenge. Johnson says Englands France-based contingent will be considered despite their omission from the 64 picked for the senior and Saxons squads. Haskell, Andy Goode, Tom May, Jamie Noon, Tom Palmer and Steve Thompson all featured for England last term and Johnson said: We will continue to monitor their form and fitness with a view to inviting them to training sessions. Wilkinson will be allowed to link up with England for their pre-season training camp in mid-August, Mourad Boudjellal, the Toulon president, said: We have signed a convention with the English federation. We will not oppose his presence in this training session, nor at any other. When we signed him, we knew that it could happen.Discussions: Martin Johnson BY HARRY LANE LANCE ARMSTRONG was in bullish mood about his chances of another Tour de France success followingAstanaswinintheteam time trial yesterday. TheAmerican,aseven-timeTour champion, wiped out a 40-second deficit on race leader Fabian Can- cellara thanks to Astanas victory in Stage Four. Cancellara, of Saxo Bank, remains in the yellow jersey head- ingintotodaysfifthstagebetween Le Cap dAgde and Perpignan but he now officially has an identical time to Armstrong, who has not lost any of his fighting spirit after three-and-a-half years out of the saddle. Armstrong, just 0.22secs off becoming the oldest man, at 37, to wear the yellow jersey yesterday, refused to play down his hopes of whatwouldbeasensationalcome- back Tour win. I am happy with where I am, he said. I dont know if Im the best in the race. (But) I came in this race thinkingthatIwouldbeoneof the best, based on the training and tests that Ive done. Today I am realistic. I have both feet on the ground. ArmstrongbelievesAstanadealt a serious blow to some title candi- dates with their team time trial success. The team from Kazakhstan have four riders -- Armstrong, Alberto Contador, Andreas Kloden and Levi Leipheimer -- in the top five of the general classification but the likes of Cadel Evans (Silence Lotto) and Carlos Sastre (Cervelo) appeared to struggle yesterday and l i e w ay d o w n t h e standings. The most important thing is that we won the stage and took time on the other rivals, Arm- strong (right) said. I said it earlier to Alberto as well that it is so important that we take time on Evans, Sastre and the others. We were fairly suc- cessful. I wouldnt like to be two minutes down right now. BY NEAL COLLINS Astana, the last team out for the time trial, finished in 46 minutes and 29 seconds to oust Garmin- Slipstream into second, 18 sec- onds back. Cancellaras Saxo Bank were third, a further 22 seconds behind, with Liq- uigasandColumbiafourth and fifth respectively. 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