Jimmy Anderson and Jonny Bairstow have been recalled for England’s tour of South Africa, after missing the recent Test series defeat to New Zealand. The pair are joined in the 17-man Test squad by Mark Wood, who last played Test cricket in February. The Durham paceman has recovered from injuries sustained during the World Cup final, but spinner Moeen Ali remains unavailable. “With James Anderson and Mark Wood returning to the squad, Saqib Mahmood is the unfortunate player to miss out,” Ed Smith, the England national selector, said. “It is not predicted that Mark [Wood] will be available for selection for the earliest matches. However, he will travel with the team and continue his rehab work with the medical staff on tour.” “There is no exact date given for his return, but the medical team is working towards him becoming fully available for selection during the tour,” Smith added. “With that in mind, and given the extended period that … [Read more...] about Bairstow and Anderson recalled for England Test series in South Africa
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A British wildlife park owner is recovering in a South African hospital after being mauled by one of his lions.Mike Hodge, 67, suffered neck and jaw injuries in the attack at the Marakele Animal Sanctuary in Thabazimbi.A video of Mr Hodge being attacked and dragged by the large male lion has been circulating on social media.The BBC understands the lion, reportedly called Shamba, has been put down.Mr Hodge, who set up the sanctuary with his wife Chrissy in 2010, had gone into the lion's enclosure to investigate a strange smell.The video shows the lion attacking Mr Hodge as he tries to leave the enclosure, and then drag him along the ground towards some bushes.A spokeswoman for the Hodge family, Bernadette Maguire, has reportedly said in a statement that the incident happened as tourists were being shown around the sanctuary.In the video, people can be heard screaming as Mr Hodge calls for help.The statement said Mr Hodge is "only too aware of the dangers of working with wildlife but … [Read more...] about Briton injured in South Africa park lion attack
Come to South Shields for happy seaside outings, invited the old railway posters. Sandy chip butties and a plastic beaker of warm, diluted orange squash in this gem of a resort were the long summer holidays of my salad days. We didn’t need to travel far – only a few miles on a bus – which was just as well when there was mam, dad and six kids, carrying bags galore stuffed with towels, rugs, flasks of tea and buttered bread, a windbreak, tent and football. I might not have fully appreciated it then, but we were fortunate to live in a friendly town on the glorious golden coast of North East England. And they’re still coming in their thousands from near and far to enjoy their happy seaside outings in sunny South Shields. Just like the charabanc up the A19 from Middlesbrough, 50 miles to the south on Teesside. Back on the beaches with a bucket and spade, I bumped into a couple of coachloads of Smoggies from Newport Primary. Kids, parents and … [Read more...] about Why aye do like to be beside the seaside: A love letter to South Shields, by Mirrorman Kevin Maguire
Candice Warner has been mocked online after sharing a heartfelt tweet about her Australian cricketer husband and their newborn baby. The 34-year-old took to social media to congratulate her husband, David Warner, for his 122 run knock against South Africa - and to reveal their new daughter, Isla Rose, had watched him play for the first time. 'Well done my love on another terrific century for your country. I know the result wasn't what the team was after but what a week you've had,' she tweeted. 'Isla got to watch her daddy for the first time today and you didn't disappoint. We love you.' Isla joined the couple's two other daughters Indi Rae and Ivy Mae just over a week ago, being born on June 30 at about 10.30pm Candice Warner has been ruthlessly mocked online after sharing a heartfelt tweet about her Australian cricketer husband and their newborn baby The Warners welcomed their third daughter, Isla Rose, into the world last Sunday Isla joined the … [Read more...] about ‘Did he cry again?’ Candice Warner is ruthlessly trolled after posting a heartfelt tweet about her cricketer husband and their newborn daughter
Apparently if you're attacked by a shark, it helps to have read the news.Fortunately for surfer Charlie Fry, when a 2m (6.5ft) long shark launched at him on a beach near Sydney, he remembered a famous survival story.The source - Australian pro surfer Mick Fanning, who punched a shark in the back live on TV during a competition in South Africa.Both men were lucky enough to escape with their lives. But is punching the predator really the best way out of that situation? We got some expert advice on how to survive a shark attack... Worst-case scenario: If the shark decides you're preyRyan Johnson is a shark researcher and documentary maker who studies great whites. He told the BBC it depends if the animal is checking you out, or has gone in for the kill. "From my experience free-diving with white sharks - if you're in that situation where you are getting attacked, you have to do everything in your power," he said. "Punching him in the face, going for his eyes, try to keep your hands out of … [Read more...] about Surviving a shark attack: Do you really have to punch it?