WI legends back Windies Women for T20 title

first_img Fighting spirit Lloyd, who moulded West Indies men into one of the great units of the 1970s and 80s, said he has been especially impressed with the spirit of the players. “I’m sure they will be able to defend the crown and I wish them the best and I hope they reach the zenith,” he added. “I like their professionalism … when they were down they defended well … we saw that against South Africa. They have brought back that spirit of the 70s and the 80s and have been a credit to the West Indies.” Two of the greatest players in the game’s history have thrown their full support behind West Indies women, in their bid to win the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup on home soil. Sir Viv Richards, who is listed among the top five greatest cricketers of all time and Clive Lloyd, regarded worldwide as one of the best captains of all time, have given their backing to Stafanie Taylor’s team as they go in search of their second global title. “Congrats to captain and members of the team for reaching the semis and wishing them all the best in pursuit of a second consecutive World T20 title. So far, they have shown great skill and professionalism. Even when they were in tight situations they fought well and battled back,” said Lloyd, who oversaw West Indies’ capture of the 1975 and 1978 50-overs World Cup in England. Sir Viv, who was on hand for the team’s training session at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Tuesday, backed the defending champs to repeat their 2016 performance, which saw them beat Australia in the final in India. West Indies will face three-time champions Australia in the first match at 3:00 pm at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, while England meet India at 7:00 pm in a repeat of last year’s 50-Over World Cup final, which was played at Lord’s.last_img read more

McTominay and Mitchell: Scouting the starlets predicted as Man United’s ‘future’

first_img Find all you need to know about Scott McTominay and Demi Mitchell below… Jose Mourinho has predicted Scott McTominay and Demi Mitchell are just some of Manchester United’s exciting home-grown players who could become the ‘future’ of the Old Trafford club.The pair, both 20, have travelled with Mourinho’s squad for United’s pre-season tour of the USA, and have both already made their full competitive debuts – playing against Crystal Palace on the final day of the last Premier League season.But, who are McTominay and Mitchell? talkSPORT reveal all you need to know about the Mourinho-praised pair…Scott McTominayA midfielder, McTominay has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence in the United academy system since the end of 2015. Possessing a slight frame, there were doubts he would be able to make it at the elite level of the game, before undergoing a growth spurt that has seen McTominay develop into a 6ft 4ins presence in the middle of the park.He broke into the Under-21 team during 2015/16, and started 17 Premier League 2 matches last season. At times McTominay was forced to play in attack, due to a striker shortage, though when starting for the seniors against Crystal Palace he was deployed in his natural central midfield role.An aggressive player in the middle of the park, McTominay has been touted for a big future as a typically English box-to-box player. The decision to use him upfront shows McTominay has the guile and eye for goal in the final third, while his excellent pass success (90 per cent v Crystal Palace) proves his composure when playing deeper.Doubts still remain about McTominay, however.He still struggles to use his physicality as an advantage over opponents, and it appears he is still getting used to playing following his growth spurt. For such a dominating-looking player, the youngster struggles in the defensive aspect of the game.Secondly, while composed with the ball at his feet, his lack of vision and bravery is startling. McTominay always chooses the safe option, which, while wise at times, often sees the midfielder end promising attacks by recycling possession rather than keeping his head up and looking to move play forward.Demi MitchellPart of the England squad that won the 2017 Toulon Tournament, left-sided player Mitchell also made his first-team United debut against Crystal Palace. Playing at left-back he was vastly impressive, winning five tackles and arguably putting in the best performance of the entire United back-line.Naturally a left winger, Mitchell was converted to a defender last season for the United reserve side.  His permanent change to left-back was in November 2016, and he made 11 Premier League 2 appearances in that position. Like any midfielder converted to defence, Mitchell has a natural desire to attack and dominate the entire flank. A superb penalty taker, Mitchell scored four goals after being converted to a left-back last term – all of them from the spot.The biggest plus for Mitchell at this moment in time is the lack of a quality left-sided defender in Mourinho’s senior squad. Luke Shaw has struggled with injuries since breaking his leg in 2015, and the likes of Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian have all failed to cement the position as their own.There are no indications Mourinho is tracking a left-back upgrade in the transfer market, and a strong pre-season could see Mitchell play himself into contention ahead of 2017/18 Premier League campaign. 1last_img read more