LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 30 October 2009 47 ENGLAND PARTY: THE WHOS WHO KEVINPIETERSEN TESTSAND20TWENTIES KPisadvisedtotakean extremelyhardhat,and notonlyforthepurposes ofnegatingtheshort- pitchedbowlinghe developedanAchilles heelforinthetwoAshes Testsheplayedin. MATTPRIOR TESTANDODISQUADS Kepttidilyenoughagainst Australia--butthen werecomparinghimwith ironglovesGeraintJones. Heplaysontheupagainst swingbowlingwhich makeshimlikelytobe DaleSteynsbunny. ADILRASHID TESTANDODISQUADS Spinsit,whacksitoutthe parkandcanfieldaball withouttrippingoverhis bootlaces.Rashid3 Panesar0...whyhasit takentheselectorsso longtocometothis realisationisbeyondus. GRAEMESWANN TESTANDODISQUADS Seeaboveintermsof spinningitandwhacking it.Swannieisalsothe kindofcharacterwhocan makeatoughtourseem likefun--aslongashes takingwicketsand gettingtheoddrun. JONATHANTROTT TESTANDODISQUADS IShecominghomeor goingaway.Reallydidnt needyesterdaysMichael Vaughancomments questioninghisloyaltyto England.Thelocalswont likeit,buthereallycanbe anotherKPinallways. LUKEWRIGHT TESTANDODISQUADS Whisperitsoftly.Hecould beasbigasBeefy.Ina niceway.Canbatlike Botham,oftenbowlslike Bothamandhesalot quickerinthefield.Just hastobelieveinhimself. LikeBotham. IANBELL TESTSQUADONLY HEmayhavebeentried anddiscardedatTest levelafewtimes,butthe Sherminatorremainsa go-tosortofguyashis50 againsttheAustraliansat TheOvallastsummer provedsoeloquently. STEVENDAVIES TESTSQUADONLY Interestingchoicethis, choosingSurreysformer EnglandU19captain aheadofyourMustards andFosters.Madehis debutinChampions TrophyinSouthAfrica, hasitalltodo. LIAMPLUNKETT TESTSQUADONLY Madehisdebutagainst Pakistanin2005buthas struggledtokeepthe selectorshappy.Then cameatitle-clinching49 wicketsandabatting averageof40forDurham lastsummer. RYANSIDEBOTTOM TESTSQUADONLY Hellbe32inJanuaryand bythenwellknowif Sidebottomhasstillgotit afterrepeatedproblems withhisAchillestendon. Ifhegetsachanceonthis tour,hehasthewitand experiencetograbit. LUKEWRIGHT TESTANDODISQUADS Whisperitsoftly.Hecould beasbigasBeefy.Ina niceway.Canbatlike Botham,oftenbowlslike Bothamandhesalot quickerinthefield.Just hastobelieveinhimself. LikeBotham. but he reckons he needed the injury, left, to restore his love for the game action is given the okay Abu Dhabi Doo! The Brits are in pole and No2 LEWIS HAMILTON and Jenson Button formed a British one-two in first practice for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today. Last years world champion and the driver who deposed him 12 days ago in Brazil were separated by just 0.096 seconds after the opening 90 minutes of track action at the stunning 800m Yas Marina circuit. If the current rumours eventually prove to be true, Hamilton and Button may even be team-mates at McLaren next season should the latter fail to agree a new deal with Brawn GP. For now they remain on opposing sides and both looked the part as they set about tackling a venue F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone feels will never be beaten. Naturally, there was a settling-in period for all the drivers, with Jaime Alguersuari in his Toro Rosso the first to post a timed lap of one minute 57 seconds. Come the conclusion of the session, Hamilton had just managed to dip under one minute 44 seconds, with the best of his 18 laps timed at 1:43.939, with Button in close attendance at 1:44.035. Button, admitting to feeling far more relaxed now with the title in his grasp, was the first to suffer a spin, although it was nothing major. The 29-year-old pushed too hard into one corner as he emerged out of the shadow of the hotel that straddles the 21-turn track. Sebastian Vettel, looking for a small degree of consolation by finishing second to Button was third quickest. In his sights: Jenson Button was just 0.096 seconds behind Lewis Hamilton in practice today James goes for a Gale-force win OLYMPIC gold medallist James DeGale is aiming for a quick finish against Ally Morrison in Liverpool tonight. DeGale (left) does not intend to hang about in his fourth fight since turning professional after his success in Beijing. He said: I know he is tough, ambitious and unbeaten. But I cant wait and intend to finish it inside three rounds. I have a round one plan, which I like. If he gets past that stage, he wont want to come out for the second round, I can tell you. DeGale is already looking to the big picture and stepping up a level. I am after either the British or Commonwealth title next year, he said. Thats my ambition. Live on Sky Sports 1, from 10pm DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP 1. JENSONBUTTON(GB)BRAWN(C) 89PTS 2. SEBASTIANVETTEL(GER)REDBULL 74 3. RUBENSBARRICHELLO(BRZ)BRAWN 72 4. MARKWEBBER(AUS)REDBULL 61.5 5. LEWISHAMILTON(GB)MCLAREN 49 6. KIMIRAIKKONEN(FIN)FERRARI 48 7. NICOROSBERG(GER)WILLIAMS 34.5 8. JARNOTRULLI(ITA)TOYOTA 30.5 9. FERNANDOALONSO(SP)RENAULT 26 10. TIMOGLOCK(GER)TOYOTA 24 CONSTRUCTORS TITLE 1.BRAWN-MERCEDES 161PTS 2.REDBULL-RENAULT 135.5 3.MCLAREN-MERCEDES 71 4.FERRARI 70 5.TOYOTA 54.5 FINAL GRAND PRIX ABU DHABI, YAS MARINA QUALIFYING: TOMORROW, BBC1, FROM 12.10PM RACE: SUNDAY, BBC1, FROM 12.10PM BY GEOFF TEATHER in Cape Town under the supervision of the national bowling coach, Vincent Barnes. It was the third time in his career that off-break bowler Botha had been reported, but he has again been given the go- ahead to continue playing. We are satisfied with the preliminary results of the tests carried out on their respective bowling actions, Gerald Majola, the chief executive officer of Cricket South Africa, said. And these actions fall within the prescribed laws governing fair bowling. The 27-year-old, who has played 48 one-day internationals and 15 Twenty20 internationals for the Proteas, was reported for a suspect quicker ball and doosra during the series against Australia earlier this year. He was then banned from using the doosra. Bothas action was first called into question on his Test debut against Australia in 2006. BY HARRY LANE 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.html48.html49.html50.html51.html