LITESPORT 32 Tuesday, 11 August 2009 London Lite Inbrief Clijsters makes winning return KIM CLIJSTERS made a winning return to the professional circuit with a 6-4 6-3 success against Marion Bartoli of France at the Womens Open in Cincinnati. The 26-year-old Belgian is back after a lay-off of more than two years. The former world No 1 was on court for one hour and 22 minutes and now faces Patty Schnyder of Switzerland in the next round after she beat Argentinas Gisela Dulko 6-4 6-0. Carter cant do it all on his own DAN CARTER should not be seen as the cavalry riding over the hill to save the All Blacks, says assistant coach Wayne Smith. The 59-Test pivot was called into the All Blacks squad yesterday for the remainder of New Zealands Tri-Nations campaign, but Smith has moved to quell the expectation. He is not the cavalry riding over the hill to save us. He is a good player, but he has just come out of a rehab phase, Smith said. Aussies going Dutch with Dirk DIRK NANNES has been picked in Australias Twenty20 squad for the upcoming matches against England, despite representing Holland in the recent ICC World Twenty20. Nannes can still represent Australia as Holland are still an associate member of the ICC. We have selected Nannes after strong domestic performances to have a look at him in the our set- up, said chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch. Jamaica threat to top athletes JAMAICAN officials say five of the countrys top athletes will be barred from the upcoming World Championships if they fail to attend a training camp. Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser have yet to attend the mandatory camp which began last Thursday. Hurdling duo Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Melaine Walker, and sprinter Shericka Williams are also absent. Stoner will miss next three races CASEY STONER will not ride in the next three MotoGP races as the Australian continues his recovery from illness. The 23-year-old Ducati rider, currently third in the title race, was recently diagnosed with blood disorder anaemia and an inflamed stomach lining. It has been a very difficult decision that we took with the whole team, said Ducati team director Livio Suppo. THESERIES FIRST TEST Cardiff, match drawn SECOND TEST Lords, England win THIRD TEST Edgbaston, match drawn FOURTH TEST Headingley, Australia win FIFTH TEST The Brit Oval, 20-24 Aug Mitchhappy toditchthe Englandboos MITCHELL JOHNSON has admitted he struggled to cope with the pressure of being targeted by the Barmy Army during the current Ashes series. Australias premier fast bowler returned to form with six wickets in his teams series- levelling victory in the Fourth npower Test at Headingley, which left the tourists needing only a draw to retain the urn. But Johnsons display in Leeds was in stark contrast to his performances in the first two Test at Cardiff and Lords. The left-armers bowling was so wayward that he became a figure of fun for the home fans, and it left him fearing for his place. Johnson said: Bowling at Lords, I didnt know where the ball was going to go. I bowled a lot of wides and a lot of short balls, and copped it from the English crowd. It was probably the most I have copped it before, and I didnt really know how to deal with it, but I have definitely learned from it. Being dropped was definitely in the back of my mind. When you are not going well, you start thinking a lot of things. Hoggardwont rampuphisold buddyRamps FORMER England paceman Matthew Hoggard believes the selectors would be taking a massive backwards step by billing Mark Ramprakash as their Ashes saviour. The clamour to include the 39-year- old has intensified following last weeks Headingley mauling. He last represented his country seven years ago, and scarred by the memories of previous Ashes thrashings, Hoggard feels Ramprakash isnt mentally tough enough to cope with the intensity of the Oval decider. He said: Hed be a one-Test wonder Hes got a very bad track record mentally. Picking him is taking a backwards step in my view. KP likely to miss ODI series after a fresh setback ENGLANDbatsmanKevinPietersenhassuf- fered a setback in his recovery from Achilles surgery after developing an infection in the scar tissue. Pietersen,29,wasforcedtoundergoanopera- tionafterjusttwoTestsof thecurrentnpower Ashes series and the England and Wales Cricket Board estimated him to be out for around six weeks. But he was taken to hospital for treatment after the complication arose in the scar. TheinjuryfirstflaredduringEnglandstour of the Caribbean last winter and after hob- bling through matches at Cardiff and Lords thankstopainkillinginjections,Pietersenwas forced to see a specialist. Animmediatedecisiontooperatewastaken on 22 July in a bid to get the former England captainbackinactionforsomeof theone-day series against Australia in September. Theoperationinvolvedasmallincisionand trimming of the blood vessels and nerves around the inflamed tendon and appears, at this early stage, to have been routine, Nick Peirce,theEnglandandWalesCricketBoards chief medical officer said at the time. Kevin will look to undertake a comprehensive reha- bilitation programme to ensure there is no risk of recurrence. This is expected to be approximately six weeks but will be taken at an appropriate pace following constant review. Somehadquestionedthatoptimisticpredic- tion of absence, however, and todays news mayhavejeopardisedthelengthof recupera- tion time. England play two Twenty20 internationals and seven ODIs against Australia between 28 August and 20 September -- Pietersen is now highly unlikely to figure in any of those matches. Meanwhile, Robert Key, tipped to beef up Englandsbatting line-upinnextweeksAshes decider, reached an unbeaten 56 not out of a lunchtime 104 for three for the Division Two leaders Kent against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. GaryKeedy, chosentofaceAustraliaforthe Lions at Canterbury this weekend, took two quicktop-flightwicketstostallchampionship favourites Durhams momentum at Old Trafford. Lancashiresveteranslowleft-armersnared openers Michael Di Venuto and Mark Stone- man in successive overs as the table-toppers and defending champions stumbled from 87 for none to 107 for two. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Emotional crutch: Kevin Pietersen is unlikely to play for England again this summer WINTICKETSTOLADIESDAYATLORDSPLUSACHAMPAGNERECEPTION LADIESDAYmakesawelcomereturntoLordson Saturday,29August,andthankstoMiddlesexCCC, TENluckycompetitionwinnerswilleachreceiveapair ofticketstothematch,aswellasaninvitationforthem andaguesttoattendaFREElunchtimechampagne reception*ontheHarrisGardens. 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