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Ashes 1st Test: England need to find a way to get ‘world class’ Steve Smith out, says Chris Woakes

first_img Reuters BirminghamAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 4, 2019 08:53 IST Ashes 1st Test: Steve Smith was hit on the helmet by a Ben Stokes bouncer on Day 3 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith followed up his 1st innings 144 with an unbeaten 45 on Day 3Smith steadied Australia after they lost Warner and Bancroft early in the 2nd inningsEngland will be hoping to see the back of Smith as early as possible on Day 4Steve Smith has scored almost half of Australia’s runs himself in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, with how he performs on day four likely to have a big say in who gains the early advantage in the series.Smith was stripped of the captaincy and handed a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia after teammate Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera attempting to change the condition of the ball with sandpaper during a March 2018 Test in South Africa.Bancroft and David Warner were also banned for their part in the incident and returned to Test action on Thursday. While Warner has endured his third-worst return in Tests in which he has batted twice, Smith has picked up where he left off.He rescued his side who were in big trouble at 122-8 in the first innings with his 23rd Test ton in just 64 matches and his unbeaten 45 in the second innings dragged his side, 27-2 when he came to the crease, out of the mire again.”If you could sort out a dodgy breakfast for him that would be great,” joked England bowler Chris Woakes, whose side trail Australia by 34 runs.”We’ll go back to the drawing board and figure out what works best on this wicket.”He is obviously a world class player, but we need to find a way to get him out.”That is easier said than done. Smith currently averages 145.71 in his last 10 Test innings against England.While Rory Burns’ century in England’s first innings was full of class and determination, he survived many near misses, two reviews, one leg before wicket appeal that was not given, with replays showing he was fortunate to escape.advertisementSmith is batting unbelievably: James PattinsonSmith, though, has looked unflappable throughout all three days at Edgbaston so far. Even a nasty blow on the head on the end of a bouncer from Ben Stokes late on Saturday did little to unnerve the former captain.”Smithy is batting unbelievably,” Australia bowler James Pattinson said. “I was talking about great players to the press before, and I said the best players stand up when it really matters, and he has done that here against England.”He lifts the group when he is out there.”It looks like it will be down to Smith to help steer his side to what could be an unlikely victory.Remove him early on Sunday, and England will fancy their chances of quickly wrapping up an opening win.Also Read | Raw talent Navdeep Saini can definitely build a name for himself: Virat KohliAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir blasts Bishen Bedi, Chetan Chauhan after Navdeep Saini’s dream India debutAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow AshesFollow England VS AustraliaFollow Chris WoakesFollow James Pattinson Ashes 1st Test: England need to find a way to get ‘world class’ Steve Smith out, says Chris WoakesSteve Smith once again stepped up and delivered for Australia as the former captain walked in at 27 for 2 and struck an unbeaten 45 to help Australia end Day 3 with a 34-run lead. advertisementlast_img read more

New Mexico joining effort to rehabilitate historic theatres

by Russell Contreras, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2016 9:16 am MDT Last Updated May 23, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Sunday, May 22, 2016 photo shows the newly refurbished Shuler Theater in downtown Raton, N.M. The theater is one of many theaters in rural New Mexico towns being revitalized thanks to a state initiative. A New Mexico economic development program, similar to efforts in Iowa and Illinois, seeks to save the often-forgotten theaters in small cities and towns with help on refurbishing buildings and grants for new digital projection and sound equipment. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras) New Mexico joining effort to rehabilitate historic theatres RATON, N.M. – For years, the Shuler Theater in this once-booming New Mexico mining town sat empty in a desolate downtown. It had long passed its heyday as a hot spot for Italian immigrants and Hispanic workers who visited to take in a travelling show or a newly released movie.But today the 101-year-old Raton venue again is attracting audiences from as far as Trinidad, Colorado just across the state line for variety shows and will soon be ready to screen any Star Wars movie. That change comes as New Mexico is joining other states in pushing an initiative to revitalize downtown districts in isolated, small towns by rehabilitating aging, historic theatres.An economic development program, similar to efforts in Iowa and Illinois, seeks save the often-forgotten facilities like the Shuler Theater with help on refurbishing buildings and grants for new digital projection and sound equipment. With state funding, cities can develop new business plans and retool theatres’ dusty interiors so they can become main attractions in rural areas, New Mexico Economic Development Department Secretary Jon Barela said.“These theatres are part of our history,” said Barela, who went to a small theatre in Las Cruces as a child. “They are beautiful architectural gems and they are anchors of the community.”Since January 2013, the state has set aside around $100,000 each for eight theatres, Barela said.Like refurbished small theatres in other states, New Mexico officials believe reviving theatres in ranching towns and small cities near American Indian reservations will help create jobs in struggling downtown districts and spark excitement in entertainment deserts. Some, such as El Morro Theatre in Gallup, New Mexico, are located along the iconic Route 66 next to the Navajo Nation while others, such as the Lyceum Theater in Clovis, sit just across the New Mexico-Texas state line.The theatres serve as places audiences can take in a newly released film or play.Barela said he came up with the idea about reviving theatres after visiting Raton’s Shuler Theater and learning about planned renovations. Hours later, he was in Clayton and hearing about the closing of its theatre. Residents in the northeastern New Mexico community would be forced to travel around 80 miles to see a movie, he discovered.Barela said he had no idea that similar publicly and privately funded programs were taking place in other states.For example, the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center announced last year a pilot program aimed at rescuing performance venues in historic buildings in seven rural communities. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency also has helped historic theatres like the 500-seat Phoenix Opera House in Rushville.Ken Stein, president of the League of Historic American Theaters, said a historic theatre in a small city has the potential to sustain 27 full-time-equivalent jobs and generate around $84,000 in revenue for state and local governments.Bill Fegan, who helps run the Shuler Theater in Raton, says the revamped venue is already helping the city’s downtown. This week, a new Italian restaurant opened. “We have people walking around downtown when we have shows,” Fegan said. “It feels alive.”Tabatha Lawson, executive director of Lovington Main Street in Lovington, New Mexico, said the newly refurbished Lea Theatre is keeping residents in town for entertainment. “Some residents are so excited because they remember coming here as kids,” Lawson said. “And they end up telling us about their first kiss.”___Follow Russell Contreras on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/russell-contreras. read more