India stun Australia in historic fightback to clin
India stun Australia in historic fightback to clinch Test series - Daily Maverick
Bowled out for 36 in the first Test, without half-a-dozen frontline players, missing their talismanic skipper and leading batsman and competing away from home against a team with a formidable home record, India were supposed to roll over against Australia. Bu…
The Indian team celebrates victory after day five of the 4th Test Match in the series between Australia and India at The Gabba on January 19, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) It seems years ago now, but when a Josh Hazlewood-inspired Australia bowling attack ripped Indias batting apart in the third innings of the first Test in Adelaide in December, it appeared the four-Test series was already over. India were skittled for 36 in their second innings after being well-positioned for a win after holding a 53-run first-innings lead. But Hazlewoods five for eight in five overs, with Pat Cummins adding four for 21, not only won the day, but to almost everyone outside Indias camp, had inflicted irreparable mental damage on Indias batting unit. Not so fast. Despite the fact that Australia knocked off the 90 needed to win with eight wickets remaining, there was a sense of calm in the Indian camp. On Tuesday, after nearly three months down under, they completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in cricket history to win the fourth Test at the Gabba in Brisbane by three wickets and take a 2-1 series win. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant led the way with a brilliant 89 not out while Cheteshwar Pujara provided heroic support with 56 off 211 balls and 10 severe blows to the arms, head and body. Pujara was the embodiment of Indias fighting spirit from the second Test onwards. The contest at the Gabba went down to the last hour, of the last day, of the last Test. Australia ultimately lost, but great contests require two actors to elevate them to legendary status. And no doubt, this series will go down as legendary. This team has tremendous character and self-belief. Even after being bowled out for 36, the team had the belief that they could come back, India coach Ravi Shastri said after the match. Virat [Kohli] also left the team, but he will always be with us. Thats because this team wasnt built during this series. This team has been built over the past five or six years. And Virat Kohlis character has rubbed off on the team. Ajinkya Rahane led in Virat’s absence, and while hes a cool customer, hes a real fighter from inside. He handled the troops really well in Virats absence. Fittingly Pant hit the winning runs at 17:37 (local time), just 23 minutes from the scheduled end of play, as India scored 328 for seven a record run chase at the Gabba. It also ended Australias 31-match unbeaten run at the Gabba. India only needed a draw to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy, which they have held since 2017, after winning the second Test in Melbourne and stubbornly forcing a draw in Sydney. But this India team wanted to win to underline they were the better team over four compelling encounters. In a series that had everything, including sadly, an incident of some of the Sydney crowd hurling racial abuse at fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, fortunately, it was the compelling cricket that will be remembered. We were here to win the series, but we have just been outplayed by a disciplined and tough Indian side who fully deserve the series win. We have to look back over a lot of things, and well go through it as a group, and we have been outplayed by a better side this series, Australia captain Tim Paine said after the match. If Pujura embodied the physical courage to deny Australia, it was Pant who embodied the mental pluck to take the attack back to Australias much-vaunted bowling attack. Fortune favours the brave they say, and India were brave in every sense physically, mentally and tactically. I think this is one of the biggest things in my life right now, Pant said after his heroics at the Gabba. I wasnt playing in the starting matches, but it has been a dream series I can say that. After not playing the first match, I have been practising hard and everything paid off because we won the series. The team management always backs me and tells me that you are matchwinner and you always have to go and win the match for the team. That’s the only thing I keep on thinking every day that I want to win matches for India and I am happy that I did it today. It was a fifth-day pitch and the ball was turning a bit and I thought I had to be a bit disciplined with my shot selection. And it was all held together by the understated, but brilliant stand-in skipper Rahane, who steered his side to a first win in Brisbane and a first-ever back-to-back series win in Australia. India show mettle Not only did India fall apart in the first Test, they then had to deal with the loss of captain and leading batsman Virat Kohli, who returned home to be at the birth of his daughter. With 14-day quarantine periods required to come into Australia, it just wasnt feasible for the skipper to return for the fourth Test. With Kohli gone, India suffered injuries throughout the series. Opener Rohit Sharma missed the first two Tests through a hamstring injury while top order batter Mayank Agarwal missed the third Test. Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah (abdominal strain), Mohammed Shami (arm fracture) and Umesh Yadav (torn calf) all succumbed at various stages. Star spinner Ravi Ashwin (back strain) also missed the fourth Test. Spinner Ravindra Jadeja missed the first and the fourth Tests through concussion and a thumb injury. All-rounder Hanuma Vihari, who frustrated Australias bowling attack in the drawn third Test in Sydney, missed the Brisbane decider through a hamstring injury. Pant wasnt even the first choice wicketkeeper going into the series but took his chance when called into the side, as did all the others who had to step up in hostile conditions. Seamers Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini all contributed heavily at the Gabba. Saini took a five-for in the second innings, which Australia dismissed for 294. Shardul weighed-in with four wickets on a pitch that was supposed to favour Australias barrage of seamers. The comeback After the lows of Adelaide, India regrouped and immediately, and stunningly, put Australia on the backfoot at the MCG in Melbourne. The home team won the toss and batted, but were dismissed for 195. Bumrah took four of the wickets as no Australian batsman reached a half century. In reply, India turned the screw, scoring 326 with Rahane contributing 112 in a classic skippers innings that showed Australia the series was far from over. Australia again struggled with the bat and only managed 200 in their second innings, as no batsman reached a half century again. It left India needing a modest 70 to win, but after what happened in Adelaide, there were some butterflies. With India at 19 for two, Australia had their tails up so soon after dismissing the tourists for 36, but Rahane (27 not out) and opener Shubman Gill (35 not out) saw them home by eight wickets. The series was level halfway through, and in the context of the Adelaide collapse, it was perhaps the most remarkable comeback by a touring team in Australia. The third Test in Sydney ended in a draw but it was a moral victory for India, who stubbornly batted through a deteriorating fifth-day pitch to force the stalemate. Australia posted 338 after winning the toss and batting. Steve Smith finally found some form on his way to 131. India could only respond with 244, giving the Aussies a handy 94-run first innings advantage. The home side piled on 312 for six before declaring their second innings with Cameron Green (84) and Smith (81) setting the platform. From there Hazlewood, Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon were supposed to finish off India with more than a day to bowl at them. But Indias resilience was otherworldly with Ashwin and Vihari surviving for 42.1 overs while adding only 62 runs, it forced a draw and sent the series into the Gabba decider. And the rest is history. DM
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All eyes on Trump’s list of pardons as troops ready for Biden inauguration - Daily Maverick
On his last day in office on Tuesday US President Donald Trump is expected to issue about 100 pardons, while security at the Capitol is at an all-time high ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. It is not clear whether Trump will pardon himself, his …
US President Donald Trump, October 05, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) The US presidential inauguration promises to be the most constrained yet an all-virtual event with President-elect Joe Biden taking the oath of office in front of an empty DC Mall, without the crowds eagerly watching the swearing-in. Looking down from his podium, the only people the new American president will see besides those officiating and the band will be armed troops and high fences. The FBI reported earlier it would be closely vetting the 25,000 National Guard members on security duty for the inauguration. Some of the tips the FBI received, and evidence from the investigation into the riot at the Capitol on 6 January, point to potential insider involvement. Some members of Congress and some Capitol police officers may have been involved. On Monday, with the inauguration breathing down his neck, acting defence secretary Christopher Miller, in a statement issued by Army Public Affairs, said there was no intelligence indicating an insider threat but that they were leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital… The DC National Guard is also providing additional training to service members as they arrive in DC that if they see or hear something that is not appropriate, they should report it to their chain of command. Miller was appointed acting defence secretary by Trump in November 2020, after the president fired Secretary of Defence Mark Esper. After the Capitol riot, Miller, along with the Pentagon and top Capitol Police members, came under intense scrutiny for the lack of security on the day. He has said he cannot wait to leave his job, and seems to have a reputation for publicly putting his foot in his mouth. The DC district director of Homeland Security, however, told local media there are open investigations as some troops had apparently been found to have ties to the right wing. Waterways in the district are being patrolled by the Coast Guard, which is enforcing a security zone for activities associated with the 59th Presidential Inauguration. And Pennsylvania Avenue up which Trump famously encouraged his supporters to walk, to get to the Capitol buildings is off limits. This is also true for most of downtown DC and the Federal zone. Outside that area the heavy military security presence is almost non-existent and it is business as usual, although more road closures could be announced at any time. On Monday morning inauguration rehearsals were halted and the Capitol Complex briefly shut down when a fire broke out in a homeless encampment a few blocks away and a woman was injured. Once the threat had been identified it was back to business. The Capitol Complex has been flooded with National Guardsmen since Wednesday, 13 January, a week after the attempted coup. House staff, Senators and representatives arrived at the Capitol building, making their way through hallways filled with sleeping guardsmen, deployed the night before as heightened security following the riots and ahead of the inauguration. Lawmakers made their way through this field of security to impeach Trump. Again. The Biden administration plans to hit the ground running besides the now well-known plan to have 100 million vaccinations in 100 days there is a 10-day plan. This includes rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, extending the Federal student loan repayment break, and eviction and foreclosure protection for those unable to pay rent or mortgages. He also plans to reverse Trump travel bans on some Muslim countries and issue a mask mandate for Federal property and interstate travel. It is not clear how soon Trumps impeachment trial will go ahead since it seems to be taking a back seat to planning, logistics and security for the inauguration. Arrests of people involved in the Capitol riot are ongoing. The American public is not taking the attempted coup lightly, with family members turning in relatives and students turning in classmates. State Capitols are also beefing up security, as nationwide protests are expected. Professor Rusty Brooks, who has about 40 years experience in government and governance, told Daily Maverick he doubts the DC Capitol buildings will be attacked again: I think in Washington you would have to be a fool to think you could waltz in there and pull off a Wednesday (6 January) again. Plus I think that law enforcement, I think the Capitol Police, I think the military are embarrassed by what happened… they are not about to let that happen again in Washington DC. Brooks says violent protests at state Capitols are more likely this week. A Trump supporter said off the record that America should expect a wave of terrorism like this country has never seen. The wave on everybodys mind, however, is the Covid-19 one, which is still surging. On Monday, the US recorded 24.6 million cases and 408,630 deaths. The countrys vaccine rollout has hit some serious snags and is not going nearly as fast as planned, with problems in logistics and planning. While there was a lot of focus on getting the vaccine and then getting it out to states, there was not enough attention paid to the finer details of scheduling, administering and recording the vaccines, as well as setting up vaccination points. It would seem that if Biden can make his plan to have 100 million vaccinations in 100 days work, he will not only effect measurable and positive change in curbing the US Covid-19 surge, but also gain all the positive economic and other spin-offs. It might even be a first step to healing a very fractured America. Listen to the podcast detailing the riot, impeachment and issues with vaccine delivery: DM An Wentzel is Night Editor and specialist reporter for Daily Maverick. She went to the US to visit family as the pandemic struck and is currently marooned in the land of the free.
South Africa’s MeerKAT finds radio galaxies that dwarf our Milky Way - Daily Maverick
In a patch of sky long trawled across by countless telescopes, astronomers have discovered two gigantic radio galaxies – all thanks to MeerKAT, which spotted these distant objects from deep in the Karoo.
South Africa's MeerKAT telescope. (Image: South African Radio Astronomy Observatory / SARAO) The two galaxies that have been spotted are so huge that to travel across the biggest one would take a spacecraft moving at the speed of light almost 8 million years. Another indication of their sizes is that the Milky Way that splashes across our night sky is 62 times smaller than these galaxies. So, it is not surprising astronomers are now describing these as being among the largest objects in the universe. The reason these monster galaxies were only noticed now has to do with their distance from earth and the technologically advanced MeerKAT radio telescope that has been quietly scanning the skies from deep inside the Northern Cape. The galaxies are 3.8 billion light years from Earth. The two giant radio galaxies found with the MeerKAT telescope. In the background is the sky as seen in optical light. Overlaid in red is the radio light from the enormous radio galaxies, as seen by MeerKAT. Left: MGTC J095959.63+024608.6. Right: MGTC J100016.84+015133.0. (Images: Ian Heywood / Oxford / Rhodes / SARAO) Light left those galaxies roughly when the earth started to form, explains Dr Jacinta Delhaize, a research fellow at the University of Cape Town and lead author of the work. The discovery, which was announced on Monday in the monthly notice of the Royal Astronomical Society, has given scientists hope that similar distant galaxies will be found with the help of MeerKAT. With their discovery could come a better understanding of how the early universe formed shortly after the Big Bang. We suspect that many more galaxies like these should exist, because of the way we think galaxies should grow and change over their lifetimes, Dr Matthew Prescott, co-author and research fellow at the University of the Western Cape, said in a statement. Radio galaxies differ from normal galaxies in that they emit more radio waves. And because charged particles interact with the strong magnetic fields near the black hole at its centre, jets of radio light are released. These tell-tale jets can be many times larger than the galaxy itself, and help identify the presence of a radio galaxy. Part of the MIGHTEE radio map of the sky. A zoom of each giant radio galaxy is shown in greyscale. The purple line traces around the radio emission from the giants. (Image: Ian Heywood / Oxford / Rhodes / SARAO) We found it because MeerKAT is just so awesome, says Delhaize. We haven’t had a telescope that has been able to see this kind of light before. MeerKAT is incredibly sensitive and is very good at picking up light that is distributed over large patches of sky. This made it possible to detect features that havent been seen before. We found large-scale radio jets coming from the central galaxies, as well as fuzzy cloud-like lobes at the ends, Dr Ian Heywood, a co-author at the University of Oxford, said in a statement. MeerKAT is different to traditional telescopes where astronomers would eyeball the heavens and make their observations. Instead, MeerKAT uses radio waves to map the universe. This data is then collected and sent to astronomers who are often thousands of kilometres away, to begin the process of analysing it. It was in 2018 while looking at data that Delhaize and her colleague Ian Heywood realised they were on to something. Centaurus A is a famous example of a relatively nearby radio galaxy. Inside the galaxy is a supermassive black hole which is generating the large jets that can be seen emerging perpendicular to the disc of the galaxy. (Image: ESO / WFI (Optical); MPIfR / ESO / APEX / A.Weiss et al. (Submillimetre); NASA / CXC / CfA / R.Kraft et al. (X-ray)) They were working on the MIGHTEE survey, an acronym for the MeerKAT International Gigahertz Tiered Extragalactic Exploration survey. The aim of the survey is to create radio maps of the sky and involves teams of astronomers from around the world. Ian was sitting next to me and he said Look, I have just made a map of the sky and you can see this big streak… maybe this is a giant radio galaxy, recalls Delhaize. More data was crunched and different radio wave wavelengths analysed. I began working on this in earnest in 2020… this was my lockdown paper, laughs Delhaize. Now that Delhaize knows what to look for, she plans to sift through other data for those tell-tale signs of other distant radio galaxies. This has been a really good demonstration of what MeerKAT can do… it is such an amazing telescope, says Delhaize. It is really exciting times and I can’t wait to get hold of more data and see what is out there. DM
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South Africa is getting a Covid-19 vaccine ‘ID system’ – how it will work - BusinessTech
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