LITESPORT London Lite Tuesday, 18 August 2009 31 Inbrief Murrays two good to ignore lANDY MURRAY is the bookies favourite for the first time in a tournament where Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal are both playing. Scot Murray, who split the worlds top two by being elevated to World No2 after winning the Canadian Masters, tomorrow starts the defence of the Cincinnati title he won last year. He could face a quarter-final rematch with Canadian final opponent Juan Martin Del Potro. All Blacks relief to get Carter lDANIEL CARTER has been named in the New Zealand starting XV for Saturdays must-win Tri-Nations/ Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia in Sydney. Since being recalled to the squad last week following good performances for his province Canterbury, the star fly-half had been expected to slot straight back into the number 10 position after Stephen Donald and Luke McAlister struggled in his absence. WP to meet our man in Habana lBULLS winger Bryan Habana is due to hold talks with Western Province, his agent and father Bernie has confirmed. The Springbok star, whose contract at the Pretoria franchise expires at the end of October, is reportedly being pursued by several overseas clubs as well as the Bulls provincial rivals from Cape Town. I will meet with WP managing director Rob Wagner, Bernie told www.supersport.co.za. Techies out to Wow Games lNEW technology is aiming to bring the wow factor to the London 2012 Games. Wireless handsets providing information and updates are due to be introduced after the Wireless Olympic Works (Wow) service was tested in Beijing. It will text information from Locog (the London Olympic organisers) and IOC so that you can use your computer as a walkie-talkie and use a mobile phone, a spokesman said. Galle to do for New Zealand lAN unbeaten century from Mahela Jayawardene put Sri Lanka in control at 293-3 at the end of the first day of the first Test against New Zealand in Galle. The hosts fought back from 16-2 after Chris Martins early double strike, but a stand of 118 between the former skipper and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who hit 92 from 72 balls, steadied the ship. Jayawardene finished the day on 108, with Thilan Samaraweera undefeated on 82. Freddie ready for his final fling at The Oval ENGLAND all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is confident hellpassafinalfitnesscheckbeforeThursdaysAshes showdownatTheOval--butknowshellhavetosatisfy captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower he is capable of surviving five days. Flintoff, who controversially missed the fourth Test drubbing at Headingley because of his long-standing knee injury, said today: I have worked in the gym since then, so I will have a bowl this afternoon and see how I rock up. The back-to-back Tests contributed to the knee going downhill. Ive been working with Lancashire physio Dave Roberts over the past week and doing things to get the knee right. Ill have a bowl today and tomorrow. Im confident Ill be okay, but Ill have to prove it. There will be an element of swelling on the knee after bowling, but that can be managed. I would have loved to have played at Headingley, and it was a tough decision all round. The coach and thecaptaindecidedmyfitnesswasnotatanacceptable level. Since then, I have been trying to get right for this Test. Im confident I will be OK. Flintoff doesnotthinktheinnings-and-80-rundefeat in Leeds will play too much on the players minds. With the series balanced at 1-1, England need to win to regain the tiny urn in what should be Flintoffs final Test. Flintoff, 31, said: The occasion -- 1-1 in an Ashes series, having a chance to win the Ashes at The Oval -- is huge. Its my last Test, but Im not too fussed about that. Its more the chance to win the Ashes again.ImnotthefirstpersontoannounceTestretire- ment during a series and Im sure I wont be the last but the occasion is bigger than that. Idontthinkanyof theladswillbeouttherebatting and thinking: Oh, this is Freddies last Test. I think the week off has been important for the lads. You talk about momentum -- it seems to be the buzzword of the minute -- but this is a one-off Test match. What do we have to do to win it? Score some runs and take some wickets! No, seriously, getting a big first innings score is vital. 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Usual rules apply. winners will be chosen at random. the editors decision is final. ArrogantTrottwill survivetheacidTest JONATHAN TROTTS first international coach has revealed the truth about the man being hailed as Englands Ashes saviour. Anton Ferreira, the former Warwickshire all-rounder who oversaw Trotts early career with South Africas Under 15s and Under 19s, believes the Cape Town-born 28- year-old can do the job at No4 in the make-or-break final Test which starts at The Oval on Thursday. Ferreira said: I remember an Under-19 tour of Pakistan in 1999, when Jonathan made a double century. Even in our Under- 15s, he always had that air of arrogance and ruthlessness that you need. He is someone who always looked to dominate the bowling when he got in. His personality and his character would suggest he would be able to step up and take this situation in his stride, and he will make his presence felt against Australia. There is no doubt that he has the ability. 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