London Lite Friday, 2 October 2009 39 out to prove his point Hamilton blasts back in Massa Crashgate slur MITCHELL JOHNSON capped a roller coaster year by scooping the the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, after being named as the ICC World Player of the Year at crickets annual awards ceremony in Johannesburg. The Aussie paceman is fondly remembered in this part of the world as the man who fell to pieces during the second Ashes Test at Lords earlier this summer when he returned nightmare figures of 2-107 in 19 overs on the opening day. His alarming fall from grace was all the more surprising considering his exploits with bat and ball in South Africa just three months earlier during an historic series win. With 80 wickets in 17 matches, he was the most prolific strike bowler of the year, and he also recorded his maiden Test century and an unbeaten 96 against the Proteas. Im really blown away, said Johnson. I am just surprised to be up here. It has been a great 12 months for our side. We have lost some wonderful players in recent years and we have been rebuilding with some young guys in the team and we have played together well. Indias star opener, Gambhir, was named as Test Player of the Year, Mahendra Singh Dhoni retained his title of ODI Player of the Year. Mitchellsshocked towintopaward afterhisAsheshell BY JAMES GOLDMAN LEWIS HAMILTON today hit back at Felipe Massas claim that he was robbed of last years world champi- onship as a direct consequence of Renault fixing the result of the Singapore Grand Prix. Massa was leading when Nelson Piquet Jnrs deliberate crash allowedteam-mateFernandoAlonso towintherace,withMassafinishing well down the field in what became known as the Crashgate scandal. He eventually lost out by a single point to Hamilton in a dramatic finish in Brazil. The 28-year-old, who is still recov- ering from his accident in Hungary earlier this season, said: Every- thing that happened was robbery but nothing has happened to the race. The result didnt change. This is not right. I lost by one point. Hamiltonsaid:Imshocked to hear him say that. He knows that we had a fair bat- tle right to the end, at least thats how I saw it. It was a t o u g h s e a s o n , t h i n g s happened. Hamilton and the rest of the field endured a torried time in the rain during the first two practice sessions for Sundays Japanese BY JAMES GOLDMAN McIlroy set for US tour NORTHERN Irelands Rory McIlroy is contemplating playing most of his golf next season on the US PGA Tour. The 20-year-old, who is currently third on the European money-list, would have to compete in 15 events on the PGA Tour if he makes the move. The way the schedule is, it makes it a little bit easier for me to play in America next year, said McIlroy. Im in no great rush to join the PGA Tour but the opportunity might not be there forever. McIlroy could earn a card automatically through winnings earned in 2009 US Tour events. McIlroy added: Theres no rush all round because I have to make my decision before 1 December. Ill be making it before then. SECOND CHAMPIONS TROPHY SEMI-FINAL CHAMPIONS TROPHY NEW ZEALAND v PAKISTAN (WANDERERS) LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 2 TOMORROW FROM 1PM (STARTS 1.30PM) LAST MEETING 25OCTOBER2006 NZ WON BY 51 RUNS TAKINGintoconsiderationthe amountofmeaninglessone- dayinternationalsplayed aroundtheglobethesedays, itsaminormiraclethesetwo nationshaventmetina50 overgameforalmostthree years.NewZealandweredue totourPakistannextmonth, butcancelledthoseplansas farbackasMarchfollowingthe terroristattackontheSri LankateambusinLahore-- andthatcouldaddextraspice tothisone.Ironically,lasttime theymetwasinthe ChampionsTrophywhenthe BlackCapsstrolledtoa comfortable51-runvictoryin Mohali.Typicallyaccomplished halfcenturiesfromStephen FlemmingandScottStyris, alongwithsomeheftylate orderhittingfromJacobOram andBrendanMcCullumgot NewZealandupto274-7. ShaneBondandKyleMills thenproceededtorip throughPakistanstop orderandthatwasasgood asthat. KEY MEN KYLE MILLS NEWZEALAND THEICCWorldrankingsoften throwupsomesurprises,and Millspromotiontothirdinthe listofthebestone-daybolwers intheworldcertainlyraiseda feweyebrows.Withovera centuryofmatchesunderhis belt,the30-year-oldhas certainlybeenroundtheblock. Hisabilitywiththenewcherry washighlightedbyhisopening burstagainstEnglandon Thursday,wherefiguresof1-19 hardlydidjusticetothewayhe madetheballtalk. SHAHID AFRIDI PAKISTAN BOOMBOOMSreputationas oneofthemostdestructive batsmeninthegameis foundedonthefreak37-ball centuryhehitagainstSriLanka 13yearsago.Hesrarely deliveredwiththewillowin recenttimes,however,and hasntgonepast50sincehe hit85againstZimbabwein January2008.Hesworthhis placeintheside,however,on thestrengthofhisfastleg- spinnerswhichhaveredefined hisroleintheside. Boom Boom: Shahid Afridis form with the bat has tailed off in the last year LITESPORT Wet, wet, wet: Lewis Hamilton practices in the pouring rain at Suzuka this morning index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html