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If Alastair Cook was searching for inspiration over the last few days, while on his mid-tour sojourn to Dubai, he could have done no better than casting back to his debut series, in India a little over a decade ago. Botas Tipo Ugg Rojas . On that occasion too, an England side beset by injuries headed for Mumbai after a chastening defeat in Mohali, trailing in the series and seemingly without much hope of finding a way back.What followed was, quite simply, extraordinary. Englands Ring of Fire victory at the Wankhede was their first Test win in India in 21 years and the most memorable moment of Andrew Flintoffs brief (and turbulent) captaincy. It also provided Shaun Udal, a 37-year-old offspinner making what turned out to be his final international appearance, with the story to tell his grandchildren. Mumbai 2006 was unforgettable for a number of reasons, not least because, in Udals words, it was probably the only good Test match I had.So how did India end up getting bowled out by an Englishman called Shaggy in one crazy hour on the final afternoon to leave the series level? It is a tale that deserves retelling.Cook may recall the game less fondly on a personal level. While Englands captain is expected to walk out with a new opening partner this week, as a 21-year-old he did not make it down the dressing-room steps - an upset stomach removed him from action two Tests after a prodigious debut (still the only Test he has missed since) and handed Owais Shah a long-awaited cap. With Michael Vaughan and Marcus Trescothick having departed the tour before the series began, it meant Ian Bell opened the batting for the only time in his Test career.England also had to bring in a young James Anderson for his first Test in more than a year due to Steve Harmisons shin problem, and with the expectation that the pitch was going to turn square, Udal returned to partner Monty Panesar, another newbie who had debuted alongside Cook in Nagpur. Udal had himself missed the first two matches with illness but was told by Flintoff and the coach, Duncan Fletcher, the day before that he would be playing. Coincidentally, the match was scheduled to begin on Udals 37th birthday.A county stalwart who took more than 800 first-class wickets over two decades of service for Hampshire and Middlesex, Udal had been involved in ten ODIs between 1994 and 1995 but only made his Test bow in late 2005. After bowling on ridiculously flat, low, non-turning pieces of concrete in Pakistan - arduous enough to send Ashley Giles home needing hip surgery - Udal went into the Mumbai Test as Englands senior spinner, with three wickets from as many Tests and a bowling average of 92.33. Happy birthday, Shaun.When youre sitting in the last-chance saloon, as Udal knew he was, youd better hope someone buys you a drink - which is effectively what Indias captain, Rahul Dravid, did. It was a strange Test because they won the toss and bowled, which was a bit of a surprise, Udal remembers. India had gone with a five-man attack, including three quicks - Sreesanth returning alongside Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel - and wanted to see if there was anything in the surface. England, handed a slice of luck, scoffed it down: Andrew Strauss made 128, his first century in Asia, while Shah battled cramp to score 88 and Flintoff added a fifty.We got our way to 400 and we thought we were always in the game, Udal says. But the Indian line-up of that day and age was just amazing. Matthew Hoggard and Anderson made the job a little easier by removing Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar but Dravid looked secure in the company of Yuvraj Singh by the close of the second day. Whats more, Udal had seen four wicketless overs disappear for 27 - the ESPNcricinfo report described his bowling as a liability - and was in need of another metaphorical arm around the shoulder.Enter an unlikely England saviour: Shane Warne, who played alongside Udal for several seasons at Hampshire during the latter part of their careers. Warnes captaincy brought out the best in Udal, whom he encouraged to be a more confident, attacking spinner. If it wasnt for him, Im sure I wouldnt have played Test match cricket, Udal says now. Back in 2006, it was a well-timed telephone call from Australia that helped turned his fortunes around.I remember not bowling very well at all in the first four-five overs, going for six an over and thinking, What am I doing here? I was sweating, just in a bad place, really. Then I got a call that night from Warnie, who was playing somewhere in Australia, asking hows it going. I said its been a bit of a struggle, and he said, Youve got to believe in yourself, got to remember that youre there on merit, not just there to make up the numbers. It could be your last chance and you dont want to be remembered as someone who didnt give it your best shot on your last go - just relax, mate, and go and enjoy it. What have you got to lose?A beer with another former Hampshire team-mate, Robin Smith - who knew plenty about the highs and lows of life as an England cricketer - reinforced the message and Udal went into the third day finally feeling ready to grasp his opportunity. Anderson claimed four wickets as England whittled India out for 279, but the wicket of Pathan, who chipped Udal to mid-on, might have been the most significant. It felt like Id got a five-for. All of a sudden I felt like, it was only one wicket but I do belong in this company, I can do well for England.Udal was back on the field later in the day as nightwatchman and he began to sense that his luck had changed. First, Darrell Hair failed to spot an edge to the keeper, then he was dropped by Yuvraj at gully; the next morning Udal went on to score 14, adding 40 with Shah after England had wobbled batting second time around on a lead of 121.The real work was still to come, though. Flintoff made his second fifty of the match as England ground out 191 from 92.4 overs, setting India 313 in just over three sessions. Pathan, asked to open the batting after Sehwag had suffered a back spasm, fell before the close and Anil Kumble, in as nightwatchman, went early on the fifth day to Hoggard. Flintoff removed Wasim Jaffer, but with India three down at lunch and Dravid - who batted almost two hours for 9 - and Tendulkar at the crease, a draw seemed the most likely result. Panesar was battling nerves and Flintoff only turned to Udal in the 31st over, with the interval approaching.Then came another fateful intervention, via Flintoffs CD player. Johnny Cashs Ring of Fire captured the mood in the dressing room and England strolled back on to the field ready to rock n roll. It was very much spur of the moment, everyone was singing, clapping, cheering, even Duncan Fletcher was in a good mood, Udal says. It relaxed people and we walked out, still singing the song as we were taking our fielding positions. We werent thinking about what we supposed to be doing, and everything just happened…Everything, concisely put, was India losing their last seven wickets in the space of 92 balls. Flintoff was the catalyst, removing Dravid in the first over back, and then Udal, tossing up his offbreaks into the footmarks, delivered the coup de grace: Sachin managed to inside-edge one that spun a bit, Ian Bell took a very good catch and I went off on a silly dance about 100 yards away.It might as well have been a victory dance. The tourists were energised and a hobbling Sehwag did not last long but England then missed what seemed like a crucial chance when MS Dhoni hit Udal straight up in the air - only for Panesar to get nowhere near catching it. He blamed the sun, which was in the opposite direction. That was a bit of a moment like, Oh my god, what have you just done? You dont know what to say in that situation, youre just speechless. Panesar redeemed himself a few balls later, when Dhoni picked him out again - though Udal had already given up on it. I was walking back to my mark, didnt think hed catch it for a second - after the first effort, I didnt think hed get anywhere close. But he did, thankfully.The jig was up for India. Udal took two of the last three to fall, including the wicket that clinched victory, to finish with a scarcely believable 4 for 14 from 9.2 overs. Amazing how one hour of your life can just change everything, he says. All it took was nearly 250 first-class matches, a bit of luck at the toss and a phone call from Warne.The whole thing did [make it more satisfying], it was just right place, right time, to a degree. Ashley Giles was injured, they didnt want to risk a youngster going on a tour to Pakistan and India… It all sort of panned out that it was my day, because I had that experience.You know, going into day five, on a pitch that was very brown, a pitch that was turning, there were footmarks - this is when spinners are supposed to win games for your team. I knew that. I knew Monty was going to get the nod before me. He underperformed, which put a bit more pressure on me - but I knew this was my last chance, probably ever, and I just thought, all I can do is my best and thats what I did.After the game, Tendulkar signed the match ball and gave it to Udal (he has since given it to his parents). I generally say he was unlucky because he got the one ball that I spun in Test match cricket. Its a throwaway line but it is nice, when people ask What was your greatest moment?, to say, Well, I got Sachin Tendulkar out in India in his own backyard in the fourth innings of a five-day Test match and we went on to win the game - first England Test win in India for 21 years. It was nice to play a significant role in that.England won again in Mumbai six years later, with Panesar and Graeme Swann sharing 19 wickets, but Udal admits it is very much odds against them making it three in a row. Injuries have again taken their toll, and although Cook has a veteran offspinner at his disposal, Gareth Batty is not expected to keep his place for the fourth Test. Then there are the gaps in the top order. First-innings runs are crucial, Udal says. In the last Test match, we didnt get enough.Nevertheless, the link to 2006 is clear. England havent got much left to lose and, as Udal recalls, having your back against the wall can, paradoxically, be liberating: It was a bit more relaxed, because those things make you relaxed, you just walked in and thought What else can go wrong? After all, things might just be about to go right. Botas Australianas . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. Botas Tipo Ugg Chocolate . The players spoke Jan. 13 during a Major League Baseball Players Association conference call after Rodriguez sued the union and Major League Baseball to overturn an arbitrators decision suspending him for the 2014 season and post-season. . The Dutchmans tenure got off to a poor start when referee Guido Winkmann awarded a penalty within two minutes for Niklas Starks clumsy challenge on Alexandru Maxim. She had to figure the worst part was over, that youre all paid up with someone, somewhere after breaking your neck at 24. But then Jillion Potter woke up and found the swelling in her jaw.She had recovered enough from the frightening rugby injury to not just walk away, but play the sport at a high level again.It wasnt even a tackle, recalled Potter, now 30 and a member of the U.S. rugby team that will compete in Rio as the sport returns to the Olympics for the first time in 92 years. It was definitely a fluke accident. I kind of just got hit from behind, and ... it was absolutely terrifying. I remember saying to my teammate Jamie Burke, Im not going to move. My neck popped and Im scared.That was in 2010, when the fractured C5 vertebra, torn ligaments and ruptured disk that could have paralyzed her didnt. Instead, it made her stronger for a bigger challenge she could not have anticipated.At such a young age, you think youd lose everything, she said of the neck injury. Your whole world is coming down. And so when cancer came, I was just like, All right, here we go again.Potter had just returned from a vacation to Alaska with her wife, Carol Fabrizio, in April 2014 and said her first inclination was to assume the lump had something to do with camping or some other outdoor activity. We just thought it was a virus and kind of blew it off as a sickness, Potter said.When a tumor was detected by an ultrasound weeks later, the results were inconclusive. An MRI revealed that it was slow-growing, and Potter kept on training in France for the 2014 World Cup. But Potters phone calls to Fabrizio back home were alarming.She was talking about how it was getting bigger, Fabrizio said, and I could hear her voice changing, so I knew something was going on. I said, When you get back to the States, you have to go [back to the doctor]. We cant ignore this.After the World Cup, Potter had a 10-centimeter tumor removed. The diagnosis: stage III synovial sarcoma, one of the rarest forms of soft-tissue cancer.Some people say, Well, shes strong enough, shell beat it. But I dont like that because thats not how cancer works, right? Fabrizio said. But I did know she would have the best attitude possible and that shes the best patient. If the doctor tells her to drink 17 glasses of water every day, shell do it. So I knew she would give herself the best chance she could.The treatment plan was chemotherapy and then radiation. Four-day stints of chemo every 21 days. By the second cycle, Potter recalled, she would cry on the way to the hospital. But other than those few moments, Fabrizio said there wasnt a lot of uplifting she had to do.Instead, she remembered how Potter, in the hospital for chemo treatments, jumped up and offered her hospital bed when a visitor needed a seat, and pulled her IV pole, draped with a USA Rugby jersey, while delivering coloring books to the childrens hospital.Thats just her, Fabrizio said. She would always make sure when the nurses came in to ask, How is your day going? She could have been throwing up five seconds before and thats literally her next thing: How was your day? She genuinely cared how that nurses day was going.Your character is how you act when things are hard. Its easy to be a great person when youre on top of the world, but how you act when things are really crappy tells a different side of your story and your character.Potter called it a transition when she lost her hair and her eyelashes. But she admits the little things were tough, like once trying to go into a womens restroom and being told, The mens room is over there.I just ignored it and kept going, she said.It was rugby, Potter said, that taught her about resilience and persistence. A self-described skaateboard chick as a child, she didnt play organized sports until seventh grade, when she started playing basketball. Zapatillas De Casa Ugg Mujer. She wanted to continue playing basketball in college, until she was introduced to rugby as a club sport at the University of New Mexico.Immediately attracted to the physicality of rugby, Potter said she also loved its inclusiveness. In rugby 15s, in particular, if youre tall, if youre stout, whatever, theres a spot for you, she said.There was more than just a spot for Potter, who made the U.S. under-19 team six months after learning the sport, the U23 club six months later, and shortly after that the senior national team.U.S. womens coach Richie Walker said he remembers the first time he met Potter in 2007, when she was playing in her first camp for rugby sevens, a faster, higher-scoring version of the traditional 15-on-15, and the format that will be played in the Olympics.Walker was assisting Ric Suggitt, the head coach at the time, and all four coaches at the camp were asked to rank the 50 or so players by ability.I ranked her No. 1, and the other coaches who had been part of the program for a while started laughing, Walker said. They had other players ranked first for the morning session, but Ric flipped over his paper, and he had Jill Potter as well. The others had picked who they knew and who had been there a while, but Jill was the best player.Walker is still a fan.For me, its just her attitude and how she attempts everything she does, he said. Thats what I noticed in that first training camp. She wasnt scared or shy. It was an unknown situation, and she just played hard and had fun.You take how Jill has handled cancer, and its the same thing. Nothing fazes her. Shes not afraid of any challenge.Though she worried about whether she would be able to return to rugby at the level she had attained before her illness, Potter said she was more concerned about how her coaches and teammates would treat her.Just because Ive had this challenge doesnt make me special or mean I need special treatment, Potter said, who returned after she finished radiation, less than six months after finishing chemo, but would leave the team every three months for tests. The agreement [with Walker] was, Im going to treat you like any athlete, and I was like, I want you to push me even harder.Potter had the same request of her teammates.For the first couple training [sessions], Walker said, the other girls were a bit skeptical and hit Jill really nicely, and Jill would be like, Damn it, hit me, because Im going to hit you.Potter said she relied on her identity as an athlete during treatments -- battling the cancer cells -- and counted on that mindset in her recovery and training.Fabrizio, once an amateur rugby player, remembers Potter struggling on a hill at the end of a run they took together not long after chemo ended.When youre used to being as good an athlete as she is and have a hard time running a relatively short distance, she was having a hard time with it emotionally, Fabrizio said. And I said, Hey, Im not going to be beating you too much longer. She was getting better. ... We ran a half-marathon about eight weeks after she finished treatment, and she was definitely the one setting the pace, and I was dragging along behind her.Asked whether Potter is back to normal, both smile at the word.She doesnt want to be the cancer patient, Fabrizio said. She doesnt want to have that identity. But she does have this kind of resilience, and she cant shake that even if she wanted to. I think shes normal, yeah. I think shes better than normal. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '  
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