Ashes 2019: Mitchell Starc named in 12-man Australia squad for Lord’s Test

first_img Next Ashes 2019: Mitchell Starc named in 12-man Australia squad for Lord’s TestAshes 2019: Australia are likely to play Josh Hazlewood ahead of Mitchell Statc in the 2nd Test against England starting August 14 at Lord’s. Australia had won the 1st of a 5-Test series by 251 runs last week.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonAugust 13, 2019UPDATED: August 13, 2019 16:19 IST England (ENG) vs Australia (AUS), Ashes 2019: Mitchell Starc. (File Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSMitchell Starc has been included in the Australia’s 12-man squad for the Lord’s TestStarc did not play the 1st Ashes Test against England which Australia won by 251 runsAccording to reports, Josh Hazlewood will play at Lord’s ahead of StarcAustralia left out James Pattinson and replaced him with left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc for the 2nd Ashes Test against England starting at Lord’s on August 14.Mitchell Starc was the top wicket-taker in the 2019 Cricket World Cup but did not play the 1st Test at Edgbaston because he was recovering from a knee injury. Pattinson picked 2 wickets in the match but scored a crucial 47 not out in the second innings as Australia won by 251 runs.As part of coach Justin Langer’s rotation policy, Australia have brought in Mitchell Starc to the 12-member squad for the Lord’s Test but Fox Sports reported Josh Hazlewood would make it to the playing XI ahead of Mitchell Starc.BREAKING: Australia’s XII for the Lord’s Test:Tim Paine (c/wk), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood #Ashescricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 13, 2019That means Australia would make only 1 change to the XI which played in Edgbaston – Hazlewood in for Pattinson.There were no other changes to the team.Cameron Bancroft, who played his first Test since the ball-tampering scandal, will once again open with David Warner. Both men failed to make an impact and would be eager to get going at Lord’s.Steve Smith made a sensational return to the Test team with twin hundreds at Edgbaston and he would be eager to carry on from where he left off.Meanwhile, Justin Langer said he expects David Warner to get a big one at Lord’s while saying that he likes it when big players miss out and then step up and deliver.advertisement”I like it when great players miss out,” cricket.com.au quoted Langer as saying when asked about Warner’s output at Edgbaston.”It means statistically they’ll probably get some pretty soon, so hopefully it’s this Test.”They’re great players for a reason and he’s got that look in his eye,” Langer added.Australia’s 12-man squad for Lord’s Test: Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head (vice-captain), Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (captain and wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell StarcAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Don’t want England to rely just on Jofra Archer to beat Australia, says Paul CollingwoodAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Josh HazlewoodFollow James PattinsonFollow Eng vs AUSlast_img read more

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Southwest Airlines posts firstquarter profit on onetime gains from fuel hedging

by News Staff Posted Apr 19, 2012 5:44 pm MDT Southwest Airlines posts first-quarter profit on one-time gains from fuel hedging AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DALLAS – Southwest Airlines Co. is worried that the days of easy fare increases are over.The airline had a surprisingly good first quarter, helped by a 5 per cent increase in the average ticket — part of a three-year trend of higher prices at Southwest, which carries more U.S. passengers than any other airline.But Southwest’s planes were a bit less crowded than a year ago, and CEO Gary Kelly acknowledged Thursday he’s concerned that some passengers are resisting higher fares.Southwest reported net income of $98 million, helped by gains from hedging contracts designed to blunt the pain of higher jet fuel prices.Without those fuel-hedging gains, which are like insurance against spikes in fuel prices, and other one-time items, Southwest would have lost $18 million, or 2 cents per share. Still, that was better than analysts expected. They predicted a loss of 5 cents per share, according to FactSet.Quarterly revenue rose 29 per cent to $3.99 billion, reflecting the company’s bigger size since it bought AirTran Airways last year.The results buoyed Southwest shares, which haven’t enjoyed many good days in recent weeks. The stock rose 34 cents, or 4.3 per cent, to close at $8.23 on Thursday. The shares had fallen 21 per cent since breaking above $10 in early February, about the time that fear over rising fuel prices came to a head.Spot prices for jet fuel haven’t changed much since early February, but they jumped 10 per cent in the first part of the year. Fuel was Southwest’s biggest expense, at $1.5 billion — an increase of $472 million, or 45.5 per cent from a year ago. The size of the jump was partly due to the bigger fleet it has with AirTran under its wing.With fuel costs rising, airlines have been boosting fares for more than a year. At the same time, however, Southwest and others run frequent sales to fill seats.The result: The average one-way fare on Southwest and AirTran rose to $146.44 during the first quarter, up 5 per cent in one year and 30 per cent since the first quarter of 2008, when fuel prices were also hurting airlines.Southwest reported a gain in revenue for every mile flown by passengers, a closely watched statistic in the airline business, although it was less than at some other airlines. Southwest also said that April passenger traffic and ticket bookings were solid.But planes were a tick less full than during the first quarter of last year. Kelly said the 1 percentage point dip in occupancy wasn’t alarming — a 5-point drop would be, he added — but he confessed concern.“It does suggest that there is some resistance by some consumers to higher fares,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. Airlines need to cover their fuel costs, “which is putting pressure on us to raise fares more than we think is wise.”Southwest chief financial officer Laura Wright said last month that each successive fare hike raises less money. Southwest has so far declined to match fare increases imposed this week by Delta, United and American, another indication of the company’s unease about higher prices.Kelly declined to discuss specific pricing decisions, but he said if fuel prices just stay at current levels — even though very high by historical measures — the rest of the year should be more profitable than the first quarter.Airlines have been able to raise prices because they have strictly controlled the supply of seats by limiting flights. Airline CEOs say they have matched the supply with demand, which has been slow to recover from the recession that began in 2007.The hope at Southwest and other airlines is that passengers will keep paying, the peak summer travel season will be a hit, and most airlines will finish the year with a profit. Analysts expect Southwest to earn 42 cents per share this year.Also on Thursday, American Airlines parent AMR Corp. reported a first-quarter loss of $1.66 billion due largely to costs of its bankruptcy restructuring. Without those and other items, AMR said it would have lost $248 million. Revenue rose 9.1 per cent, and revenue per mile jumped 10.3 per cent, double the rate at Southwest.And Alaska Air Group Inc. reported a profit of $40.8 million, or 56 cents per share, down from $74.2 million, or $1.01 per share, a year ago.___Follow David Koenig at http://www.twitter.com/airlinewriter read more

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