Lee may quit if not selected for World Cup

first_imgThe Australian pace veteran Brett Lee on Monday hinted that an end to his cricketing future could be anytime near if he was overlooked by the selectors for the upcoming cricket World Cup in the sub-continent.Brett Lee.Lee while expressing his desire to lead the Australian bowling attack during the mega event said, “I hope that I am in it, and want to lead the attack for Australia.”Lee, who has already announced retirement from the Test cricket, was last month named in the provisional 30-man squad which is supposed to be altered to a 15 member unit during this month.The fast bowler however remains positive of making a comeback in the ODI side after being overlooked by the selectors for the series against Sri Lanka earlier.”Hopefully I can bring some experience and different blood back in the team. I’m ready to play, and if I’m chosen, it will be great; if [not] I’ll work out plan B,” Lee told Sydney Morning Herald.The 34-year-old, who was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL 4, insisted that he has recovered from the injury that kept him out of Twenty-20 World Cup in West Indies earlier last year and said that he was feeling better than ever.”I’ve been bowling 12 overs each match in the 45-over competition, which is more overs than I could bowl in a 50-over match,” he said while elaborating on his stint with the New South Wales.”I’m really happy with the way the ball has been coming out … It’s easier on my body not bowling five days straight,” Lee said.advertisementThe speedster added, “My pace is back to 150km/h so I’m really happy with where it is at. I don’t look at [myself being] 34 and think I’m past it. I think there are a few good years ahead of me.”Lee, who is supposed to stage a comeback against a spirited English side during the Wednesday’s T20 international, has been an important component in shaping Australia’s fortunes in the 50-over game. The Aussies have won 11 of their 13 ODIs in late 2009 while Lee was at the peak of his form but could only manage to triumph in nine of 21 games while the speedster was sidelined.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Colorado theatre shooting suspect was brilliant science student

first_imgJames Eagan Holmes came from a well-tended San Diego enclave of two-story homes with red-tiled roofs, where neighbours recall him as a clean-cut, studious young man of sparing words.Tall and dark-haired, he stared clear-eyed at the camera in a 2004 high school yearbook snapshot, wearing a white junior varsity soccer uniform – No. 16. The son of a nurse, Arlene, and a software company manager, Robert, James Holmes was a brilliant science scholar in college.The biggest mystery surrounding the 24-year-old doctoral student was why he would have pulled on a gas mask and shot dozens of people early on Friday in a suburban Denver movie theatre, as police allege.In the age of widespread social media, no trace of Holmes could be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter or anywhere on the web. Either he never engaged or he scrubbed his trail.A longtime neighbour in San Diego, where Holmes grew up, remembers only a “shy guy … a loner” from a churchgoing family. In addition to playing soccer at Westview High School, he ran cross country.The bookish demeanor concealed an unspooling life. Holmes struggled to find work after graduating with highest honours in the spring of 2010 with a neuroscience degree from the University of California, Riverside, said the neighbour, retired electrical engineer Tom Mai.Holmes enrolled last year in a neuroscience Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver but was in the process of withdrawing, said school officials, who didn’t provide a reason.As part of the advanced program in Denver, a James Holmes had been listed as making a presentation in May about Micro DNA Biomarkers in a class named “Biological Basis of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders.”advertisementIn academic achievement “he was at the top of the top,” recalled Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White.Holmes concentrated his study on “how we all behave,” White added. “It’s ironic and sad.”From a distance, Holmes’ life appears unblemished, a young man with unlimited potential. There are no indications he had problems with police.Somehow, the acclaimed student and quiet neighbour reached a point where he painted his hair red, called himself “The Joker,” the green-haired villain from the Batman movies, according to New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who said he had been briefed on the matter.Holmes headed for the theatre in body armour, armed with an assault-style rifle, a shotgun and two Glock handguns, authorities said.Police said he started his attack by tossing a gas canister into the theatre, where he had bought a ticket for the midnight showing of “The Dark Night Rises,” the new Batman movie.A federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing probe into the rampage, said Holmes bought each of the four guns from retailers in the last two months.Holmes bought his first Glock pistol in Aurora, Colo., on May 22. Six days later, he picked up a Remington shotgun in Denver. About two weeks later, he bought a .223 caliber Smith & Wesson rifle in Thornton, Colo., and then a second Glock in Denver on July 6 – 13 days before the shooting, the official said.last_img read more