LITESPORT London Lite Tuesday, 25 August 2009 33 Inbrief Aussies blunted by Sharpe blow AUSTRALIA have suffered another Tri-Nations setback after Nathan Sharpe and Berrick Barnes were ruled out of Saturday nights Test against South Africa in Perth. Sharpe has a shoulder injury from the game against New Zealand last Saturday, while Barnes is still suffering concussion after taking a heavy knock in the one-point loss. The Wallabies are currently rock bottom of the Tri-Nations table after three successive defeats. Crowe says the Vet needs care DANIEL VETTORI is in danger of suffering from burn-out, according to former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe. Black Caps skipper Vettori has been named as part of a new national selection panel, but Crowe believes his sole focus should be on batting and bowling and helping the team on the pitch. Its going to be a heavy workload for him and I worry about the burn- out factor, Crowe explained. Russian really feels Jies force TOP seed Svetlana Kuznetsova needed three sets to beat Chinas Zheng Jie in the first round of the Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven. The French Open champion was cruising at a set and a break up but Zheng rallied, taking the second set on a tie-break and then moving ahead in the third. However, Russian Kuznetsova dug deep and fought back to triumph 6-1, 6-7, 6-4. Astana savour a drop of Vino ALEXANDRE VINOKOUROV has rejoined his former cycling team Astana for the Tour of Spain, which begins this Saturday. The Kazakh rider, who won the race in 2006, only recently returned from a two-year ban for blood doping at the 2007 Tour de France. The 35-year-old still denies any wrongdoing but both he and Astana were removed from the event two years ago. Boks consider Botha appeals SOUTH AFRICA say they may appeal after being punished for their controversial protest during the British and Irish Lions tour. Players and management wore armbands that featured the word Justice before and during the third Test in support of suspended lock Bakkies Botha. But the SARU has now been fined 10,000, with players forced to pay 200, apart from skipper John Smit who was fined 1,000. ODITICKETS ATTHE OVAL UPFORGRABS LITESPORT and BOSS Fragrances, official partner of the England team, are offering a lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to the first One Day International against Australia on Friday, 4 September at The Brit Oval. The winner, courtesy of BOSS Fragrances, will have the chance to enjoy a fantastic day out. Following their fantastic Ashes victory expect Englands BOSS men, led by the captain Andrew Staruss, to shine. For the chance to win, simply answer the following question: Who was Englands leading run scorer in the Ashes series? Text LL SPORT with your answer, name and a number where you can be reached to 65400. (Texts cost 50p plus standard network charges). Or, e-mail us at sport.win@thelondonlite. co.uk and leave the same details (please specify Boss in the subject field). All entries to be received by 9am tomorrow. Entrants must be over 18 (only one entry per person). Usual rules apply. Winners will be chosen at random. The editors decision is final. Pietersen: Ill only be gone until November KEVIN PIETERSEN has vowed to return to the England team in time for their tour of South Africa in November. The big-hitting batsman missed the last three games of the victorious Ashes series after surgery on his right Achilles tendon. And complications in his recovery mean he has already been ruled out of the two Twenty20 and seven one-day internationals against Australia, as well as the ICC Champions Trophy, which begins in South Africa next month. But Pietersen (right) insisted: Im looking at the South Africa tour for my comeback, waiting for the wound to heal and seeing a surgeon every second day. I cant wait to get back into this team. We need to learn from the mistakes of 2005 and build on this and really start dominating. Meanwhile, Pietersen has backed Jonathan Trott, like him also born in South Africa, to build on his superb debut century for England at The Oval. Trott played beautifully. He has courage, guts and determination, and I knew he would do well, he said. Snubbing IPL turned out to be far from a Stu-pid move ASHES hero Stuart Broad believes turn- ing down the chance to be an IPL mil- lionaire was the key to winning back the historic urn. A clutch of England stars were unable toresistthelureof thelucrativeTwenty20 competition which took place in May -- and all paid a significant price. Ravi Bopara lost his place following the fourthTestmassacre,whilePaulColling- woodspositionlooksincreasinglyunten- able after failing to produce a telling contribution, other than a gutsy 50 in the Cardiff opener. And the two most expensive IPL recruits, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, both picked up injuries in the Subcontinent and were unable to play a full part against the old enemy. Broad, however, bucked the trend to concentrate on ensuring he was in the best possible shape for the main event of the summer. Asothersfellbythewayside,the23-year- old grew in stature as the series went on, culminating in his matchwinning per- formance at The Brit Oval, providing the talented all-rounder with vindication for concentrating on Test cricket. The reason I didnt go was to focus on the Ashes and that really worked out for me, said Broad, who set up Englands fifth Test victory by taking five quick fire wickets in Australias first innings. I managed to play in all five Tests and make useful contributions to us winning so that decision was certainly worthwhile. The IPL will sometime in my career help me develop as a Twenty20 cricketer, its a great competi- tion and a great spectacle. But it all depends on how I and my body are feeling, and if anyone wants me. To be honest I havent looked any further than packing my bags for Belfast, so I dont know what will happen in the next year. Reality hits home following the frenzied media attention which accompanied Sunday evenings success when half-a- dozen of Englands Oval victors fly from Manchester this afternoon ahead of Thursdaysone-dayinternationalagainst Ireland. If that is a sobering thought, so is the factthatmidwaythroughtheAshes,there were calls for Broad to make way given a lack of productivity with the ball. I never think about that sort of stuff too much, its out of my hands, Broad insisted. I wasnt happy with how I was bowling, I wasnt hitting the lengths I wanted consistently. Halfway through the Edgbaston Test I sat down with Ottis Gibson and talked about why I wasnt hitting lengths. Maybe I was trying to do too many things, searching for wickets too much. When you do that against world-class players they pick you off. I just got back into the mindset of hitting the top of off-stump. ANDREW FLINTOFF says new England hero Stuart Broad can eclipse his own achievements -- as long as hes not put under too much pressure to live up to the hype. Broad is set to take the mantle as star all-rounder after impressing with bat and ball in The Ashes. And Flintoff (left, with Broad) said: He is playing the most intense cricket against the best team in the world at the highest level at such a young age. But lets just let him progress. Hes better than me in a lot of ways. Hes not the finished article but he has huge potential. He could bat at number three in the future. 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