(REUTERS)- Coach Darren Lehmann has voiced concern about Australia’s batting lineup after a catastrophic display in which the hosts were bowled out for 85 by South Africa on the first day of the second test in Hobart yesterday.Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott made the most of overcast skies and a moisture-laden pitch, picking up eight wickets between them to wrap up Australia’s innings in less than two-and-a-half hours.Lehmann, who indicated that radical changes to the team may be needed, was asked by reporters if he thought Australia were in a batting crisis.“When you get bowled out for 85, it probably is, isn’t it?” he said.Only two Australian batsmen reached double figures, pace bowler Joe Mennie making 10 and skipper Steve Smith a gritty 48 not out.Lehmann said it was time the selectors reassessed their options.“We believe this is the best squad we’ve got to play. On today’s performance you’d say we’ve got to change,” the former left-handed batsman added.“We had seen it all before, but that didn’t make it any easier to believe it was happening again, this time on home soil.”Lehmann said the performance brought back memories of the fourth Ashes Test of 2015, when tourists Australia were bowled out for 60 in their first innings by England in Nottingham.Saturday’s debacle represented Australia’s second-worst start in a home test when batting first since they lost six wickets for 31 against England in Brisbane in 1978.Australia’s last tour ended in a 3-0 series drubbing by Sri Lanka and they were beaten by 177 runs by South Africa in the first Test of the current three-match series.“Even four Tests ago (when) we were number one. Now, we’re way away from that,” Lehmann added.
Syracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) kicks off with No. 2 Clemson (6-0, 4-0) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Tigers beat the Orange 54-0 last year in Death Valley. Clemson has not won an ACC game by fewer than 14 points and won at then-hyped Louisville 47-21.Friday night’s SU-CU game will air on ESPN.Tomer Langer (5-1)Makes senseClemson 44, Syracuse 24Earlier this week, quarterback Eric Dungey said he liked the fact that nobody thought they’d be able to beat Clemson. And while it would be a good story for Syracuse to win this game, I need to throw my hat in with the group of people who don’t think the Orange will pull it off. Clemson’s defense is just too tough for SU to consistently crack, and if the Orange can’t move the ball it’ll give the Tigers short fields on offense. I think Syracuse manages to score by aggressively going for it on fourth downs, but Clemson should pull away.Matthew Gutierrez (4-2)Eye of the TigerClemson 45, Syracuse 17AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe defending national champs prove to be too much for Syracuse, which only narrowly beat a fledgling Pittsburgh team last week. As head coach Dino Babers said this week, Clemson’s front is “O-M-G.” So is the rest of the team. Clemson has its way in the primetime matchup.Joe Bloss (4-2)As it should beClemson 31, Syracuse 20Eric Dungey and this Syracuse offense can do some very nice things when they have the time. But that necessary time will not be granted against a Clemson defensive line that has accounted for 14.5 of the Tigers’ 22 sacks. It will occasionally get ugly. Feel free to look away when it does. A solid Syracuse defense won’t let up 54 points like it did a year ago, but it won’t be able to contain Kelly Bryant and his weapons to a score Dungey and Co. can match. As it has been in Syracuse’s losses thus far, the better team will win. Comments Published on October 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Stay on target It’s not quite Game of Thrones numbers, but Grand Tour a reboot of BBC’s immensely popular car and culture show Top Gear, is collecting a lot of viewers, just not through legal means.The show, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson on Amazon Prime, was picked up by the company for an astounding $160 million as a way to grow its British subscriber base. Amazon hasn’t released specific viewing data but suggested that the first episode was watched by “millions” of people.It broke the record previously held by Man in the High Castle for opening weekend viewers. “The Grand Tour has become the biggest show premiere ever on Amazon Prime Video, breaking records around the world,” a spokesperson for Amazon told the Guardian.However, according to data released by Muso, a British research firm and antipiracy solutions vendor, Grand Tour‘s first episode was downloaded 7.9 million times, with the second getting pirated 6.4 million, making it the most pirated show in British TV history.Muso gathered data from free-to-air broadcast data in the United Kingdom along with research on the most pirated Netflix content to draw its conclusions.If you’ve been following Top Gear or the controversy surrounding Clarkson in the past couple years, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The BBC dropped Clarkson after an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on a producer, along with a history of racist and sexist remarks. There was a large fan outpouring in support of Clarkson though, who wasn’t reinstated at the network, but had his show picked up by Amazon. The first episode premiered on Nov. 18 of this year.Former Top Gear presenters, Richard Hammond and James May, are also on the new show.Originally, reports said that Grand Tour was the “most illegally downloaded program ever,” although that’s not exactly true. A rep for Muso told Variety that the show had the highest number of piracy views for a British TV show in history and the highest level for a show in its first season through the first three episodes.Tecxipio, a Germany-based firm, released piracy numbers for other popular shows such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead and the Grand Tour numbers didn’t even come close. Clarkson’s show was shared 1.92 million times on peer-to-peer piracy networks, while The Walking Dead was shared 9.87 million over the same three-week period. The fifth episode in the fifth season of Game of Thrones was pirated more in 24 hours than the Grand Tour was in three weeks. Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them