Overcoming Natural Evil with Good

first_imgThings that bite and sting are not always 100% harmful.  Maybe some of our categories of natural evil are due to ignorance.We shy away from pain, but few would claim that pain has no purpose.  Victims of leprosy illustrated with stunted limbs what can happen when pain responses are deadened.  Botulin toxin is one of the most potent poisons known, yet it is now used in medical procedures and even for beautification in plastic surgery.  While this entry by no means exonerates animals and plants that damage and kill, it shows with recent findings that some of what we dub “natural evil” can have a beneficial side.“Why That Bee Sting Might Be Good for You” seems like a strange headline for a piece in Science Now; what person could not recall in horror the sight of a bee sting pumping its poison into the arm?  Yet the article describes how the toxin sets the immune system in motion, protecting the stingee from the next reaction.Allergy sufferers, rejoice. Two new studies suggest that your sneezing and wheezing may actually protect you. Researchers report that mice that develop an allergic response to the venom in honey bee stings are more likely to survive potentially lethal doses of the same venom later on. The findings show that allergy can be beneficial and reveal some of the molecular machinery at work, but experts say the implications for humans are still unclear.The allergic reaction to natural substances (called Type 2 response, as opposed to Type 1 that destroys viruses and bacteria) needs practice to kick into gear.  It’s possible that the body’s production of immunoglobulin-E antibodies by a bee sting is a response that provides future protection from similar or greater dangers (unless the allergic reaction is so strong it becomes life-threatening).  The author of the article cites studies that implicate immunoglobulin-E with protection from worm infections.  One commenter asked if a bee sting might have conferred resistance to black widow bite.The author speculates that allergic reactions “evolved to protect against parasites (as opposed to microbes) but that they have no modern-day protective purpose.”  That’s why, presumably, moderns get seemingly useless allergies.  Another possibility, though, is that some exposures to “nasty” beasties that bite or sting “boot up” our immune systems in a diverse world.  Since the bee needs its defenses, too, the result is a dynamic interplay between the bee’s needs and ours.  The pain response warns the person of invading the bee’s space; the bee toxin prepares the person’s immune system for future encounters with it and perhaps similar toxins.  If children today got more exposure to plants and animals outdoors (see 11/28/13), perhaps their allergic reactions would be less severe or less frequent.The word “toxin” conjures up natural evil, but pain responses are a matter of degree.  Live Science discussed a toxin that can actually reduce pain.  In “Stings So Good: Centipede Venom Could Fight Pain,” writer Tia Ghose discussed research on the Chinese red centipede, whose bite is “excruciatingly painful.”  A molecule extracted from the venom deactivates a specific sodium channel involved in pain.  As effective as morphine but non-addictive, this molecule shows promise to defeat the very pain that creates fear for the bite victims.  (Incidentally, some people with a mutation that deactivates that sodium channel are already not affected by the centipede’s bite.)A similar case was reported in Science Now.  There’s a rodent that appears impervious to scorpion stings.   Live Science says that humans bit by the Arizona bark scorpion feel like they’ve been hit by a hammer, but the grasshopper mouse munches the critters with no apparent reaction, because specific sodium channels involved in pain have become deactivated, rendering the toxin ineffective.  The full paper was published by Science Magazine.   Note: you are reading crev.info.Even inside our bodies, little living things we might recoil from could we see them actually help us.  For those who can stomach an article with a high Yuk! factor, Medical Xpress described a new “wonder cure” for certain bacterial infections in the digestive tract that have been difficult or impossible to treat with drugs, like Clostridium and agents that cause colitis, inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease.  Here it is – get ready: “fecal transplants.”  That’s right; a donor, like a family member, can contribute poo to the sufferer through the rectum (preferably under doctor-controlled processes), and symptoms disappear as if by magic.  Why?  The sufferer usually lost beneficial bacteria because of antibiotics.  Those beneficial microbes from another person quickly restore the protection, killing off the bad bugs, putting things back in balance.  Hopefully this new wonder cure will come in pill form some day, but it’s a very hot topic in health care, illustrating the new respect health experts are gaining for the 100 trillion microbes in our digestive tracts.So what are we to think of substances often considered prime examples of natural evil?  There don’t seem to be any redeeming virtues in some of them.  Live Science described attempts to thwart the toxin of the brown recluse spider with a drug that is normally used for a rare heart disease.  Live Science also generated some good Halloween screams with electron micrographs of the mouthparts of a tick that seem engineered to not only bite but anchor themselves securely in animal or human skin, masking their presence with molecules that turn off pain receptors, so that they can engorge their bodies with blood, using other molecules to turn off coagulation.  In the process ticks can also transmit disease bacteria.  And what’s “good” about a malaria mosquito?  Examples could be multiplied of animals and plants that kill or cause intense pain and suffering.These are questions science cannot answer.  Science describes; science explains processes, but does not provide reasons.  One thing that has changed with science, though, is the simplistic categorizing of animals or plants into black-and-white moral categories of good and evil.  Some things that infect or cause pain, as these stories show, actually benefit their victims in direct or roundabout ways.  There are complex interplays between needs of organisms.  If the vast majority of interactions were not beneficial, we could never dare set foot in the woods (cf. 10/28/13, “Boost Your Health Outdoors”).The origin of natural evil is a complex problem.  We need to avoid simplistic answers.  Some agents of pain could be due to mutations away from an original good function.  For instance, in a recent lecture at the Bible-Science Association, a scientist showed a beneficial purpose for the cholera microbe in its marine habitat.  He explained how mutations to the microbe allowed it to jump to infect humans, causing the tragic cholera epidemics that have so plagued human populations.  Even so, cholera is very rare with proper water sanitation.  The same scientist has other examples in ecology of “pushes and pulls” between organisms that create homeostasis, seasonal responses, or protection against novel agents when an animal wanders into a new habitat. Still, this kind of answer falls short being able to explain more severe examples of suffering and death, and doesn’t explain why suffering seems unequally applied.Theists struggle to explain natural evil, but evolutionists have a far worse problem.  They cannot call anything evil.  Whatever is, is!  Darwin sanctified Thomas Hobbes’ description of society as a “war of all against all,” or Tennyson’s description of “nature red in tooth and claw.”  Each organism is self-interested – but even that description is incoherent in Darwin’s world, because the concept of self is meaningless.  Stuff happens; that’s the only thing that can be said.  Obviously such thinking can harden the heart against compassion for the victims of suffering.  On what basis should an evolutionist interfere with the evolutionary process?  Even Richard Dawkins would not want to live in a society that is consistently Darwinian.Only the Bible has a coherent response to natural evil: the original perfect world was cursed due to sin (Genesis 3), but awaits redemption through the triumph of Christ (Romans 8).  Genesis 3 describes a few of the curses the Creator brought about: leaves modified to become thorns, serpents made to slither on the ground, woman’s reproductive system modified to be painful, and man’s work made to be filled with toil and sweat (implying a multitude of changes in the living world).  We might call this God’s “plan B” – a world to handle rebels (You want a world where selfishness rules?  Here, try this one).   The Biblical answer also must include the realities of the spirit world; when man chose disobedience, Satan was given some measure of dominion over the earth, albeit under the permissive will of God.God could have destroyed the sinners right then and there.  He did, after all, warn Adam and Eve that disobedience would result in death.  Instead (though their spiritual death was immediate), He graciously extended the physical death process, giving humans opportunity to taste both the suffering of judgment and the beauty of the earth.  Most of the creation was still beautiful; it showcases His wisdom and design, but now it presents a mixed message.  The beauty gives us a view of God’s glory and grace; the curse, a reminder of coming judgment. Men and women (still with the image of God intact yet tarnished) were set to walk a world with traps and snares, dreading the certainty of death but not knowing when; “man knows not his time.”  The common grace of God, though, allows many of us to live for decades, long enough to taste the blessings of light, food, seasons (Acts 14:8-18), and the beauty of “God’s green earth,” long enough to respond to the call of salvation.The Bible promises a new creation without pain and death for those who accept Christ’s free love gift.  Purchased with His blood – a sacrifice only God Himself could make – the gift will remove the curse and bring a new creation in which righteousness dwells.  This is the blessed hope of the Christian.  Sharing that hope with others, a hope that rests on the promises of God, a hope bolstered by the evidence of design in the universe, a surety attested to by the resurrection of Christ, is the greatest purpose in life for a redeemed soul (read the map).  Along the way, the redeemed have the opportunity to share God’s compassion by mitigating the proximal causes of physical suffering whenever they can.Suggested reading: Psalm 73, Ecclesiastes, Romans, I Thessalonians, I John.  DVDs: Lee Strobel series, The Case for a Creator, The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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BMX – the cool factor

first_imgSifiso Skizo Nhlapo wants to use his professional status to promote BMX racing in the country. Bringing back the cool factor – that also first got him interested in BMX – is what he wants to do. Injuries, breaks and bruises are all part of the game. If you don’t crash then you aren’t learning. Two weeks before the 2008 games no one knew that South Africa has a professional BMX racing champion, and since then the BMX Olympian has achieved superstar status.(Images: Kolesky/Nikon/Red Bull)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mark Squire+ 27 82 445 5551Wilma den HartighSouth African BMX racing champion Sifiso Nhlapo has secured his spot at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. But for Nhlapo his participation in the Olympics is about more than the adrenalin rush and winning medals, his dream is to get more kids onto bikes by developing the sport in South Africa.When Nhlapo, better known as Skizo (a childhood name used to distinguish him from another boy at school with the same name) was a youngster, he never had any aspirations to become a professional BMX rider. In fact, he wanted to be a policeman. He liked the action, the cars and racing around to catch the bad guys.Cycling around the neighbourhood on his BMX bike with his friends was just for fun. He remembers sticking up posters of his racing heroes on his bedroom walls, but he never thought BMX racing would one day be his profession.“I never thought I would become a successful racer,” he says. “My bike gave me freedom and it was just a mode of transport. I had friends at school who raced and it was a cool thing to do.”Fortunately his mom, who he names as his hero, quickly spotted her son’s talent. “She always supported me when I was young,” he says. “Where many parents would get nervous about child being involved in such a dangerous sport she could see it made me happy.”Another go at the OlympicsNhlapo started racing when he was 13 years old, which is considered a late entry into the sport. However, at 25, he has reached the top of his game and he has a huge fan base.This will be his second time at the Olympics – he first participated in the games in 2008 in Beijing when BMX racing made its debut to join the road, track and mountain bike events.Unfortunately he crashed in the finals, but he says that just qualifying and having an opportunity to compete in Beijing was a major achievement in itself.“My first experience of the Olympics was just awesome. It was a great honour to represent my country.”Two weeks before the 2008 games no one knew that South Africa has a professional BMX racing champion, and since then the BMX Olympian has achieved superstar status.Now, just weeks before competing against the world’s best BMX racers in London, Nhlapo is calm and focused. And he believes that this is the way it should be. His day at the Olympics is going to be just another day on the track.“I try to have fun on the day and I try not to think too much about the competition,” he says.Staying calm and focused in high pressure situations is an important skill for a BMX racer. It is one of the more difficult sports to master and requires a great deal of technical expertise and mental ability.‘You have to work hard and never give up,” he says.Nerves of steelPerhaps even more remarkable than Nhlapo’s talent and skill on the bike is his determination to continue racing despite numerous setbacks, some that could have ended his career.“Challenges taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of achieving,” he says.His career has been filled with many ups and downs, and one of his most serious injuries occurred in 2009 when he broke his neck after a big crash while training in Norway. He underwent surgery and although some people thought that he should stay off the bike, he wasn’t about to give up so easily.“I always knew that I would come back. The only thing that would have stopped me was being in a wheelchair,” he says. “Crashing is part of the game and if you don’t crash then you aren’t learning.”After 10 months of intensive rehab, he was back on the track, doing what he loves most.“BMX is all I know. It is my life,” he says.Nhlapo says he is thankful to get another chance. “You respect all the chances you are given,” he says. “I can use my arms and legs and I’m grateful for the gift. It made me the person I am today.”Sport development in SAOne of Nhlapo’s biggest dreams is to use his professional status to promote BMX racing in South Africa. BMX was very popular in the 1980s, but since then the sport has declined. Bringing back the cool factor – that also first got him interested in BMX – is what he wants to do.“With television games and TV kids are no longer getting out there and getting dirty,” he says.He’s involved in BMX development initiatives, and has hosted the Red Bull Under My Wings workshop, aimed at educating young BMX hopefuls on what it takes to build a successful career.The aim of the Red Bull program is to provide young athletes with valuable tools such as one-on-one guidance and expert mentoring to develop their skills in the sport they love.He believes that getting the sport into schools can increase the popularity of BMX again, and even encourage some children to pursue it more seriously.“My dream is to campaign for BMX to be part of the school curriculum,” he says.He says that good old-fashioned playing outdoors is just what children need. “It would give kids something to do after school. It is a constructive activity to keep them busy and off the streets.”The lack of proper training facilities is preventing the sport from taking off in South Africa, but one day Nhlapo would like to develop and manage more BMX facilities in the country.“The sport has great potential and I would like to build something sustainable,” he says.And his advice to anyone who wants to accomplish something great? “Never give up on your dreams.”last_img read more

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Press release: Brand South Africa, Nelson Mandela Foundation to launch poverty campaign

first_imgBrand South Africa will join hands with the Nelson Mandela Foundation at Constitution Hill on Wednesday 10 May 2017 to launch a new theme for the Nelson Mandela International Day ‘Action Against Poverty’.More than 63 percent of South African children live in poverty and it is the reason why Brand South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation are joining to take action against it. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)Johannesburg, Friday 5 May 2017 – Nelson Mandela Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world and it calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place.“More than 63% of South African children live in poverty; one in five – 12-million – South Africans live in extreme poverty. Our intention is to eradicate poverty from the face of the earth. We have to be that bold,” said the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Director of Communication and Outreach, Mr Luzuko Koti, on 11 April 2017 at the first announcement of the theme ‘Action Against Poverty’Brand South Africa has had a long-standing relationship with the Nelson Mandela Foundation over the years. This has resulted in a partnership that focuses on primary flagship projects that contribute towards improving the lives all citizens and communities.Speaking about the partnership, Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager: Civil Society, Ms Thoko Modise says, “Brand South Africa is pleased to continue its relationship with the foundation. We strive to continuously reiterate the words of Nelson Mandela to create a better world for all who live in it, to encourage everyone to play their part. As the custodian of the Nation Brand, we have a responsibility to drive pride and patriotism amongst South Africans to take care of one another whilst contributing to the National Development Plan.”The launch will take the form of an exhibition showcasing “Footsteps of Madiba”, as well as promote his lifelong vision of freedom and equality for all. This will be an all-day event, open to civil society, business and government with some influential citizens such as Unathi Msengane and Randall Abrahams sharing messages of support.“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson MandelaMedia is invited to participate in an engaging programme as follows:Date : Wednesday, 10 May 2017Time : 06h00 – 15h00Venue : Constitution Hill11 Kotze Street in Braamfontein, JohannesburgContact/RSVP : Ntombi [email protected] 704 1488last_img read more

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Tighter Houses with Less Effort

first_imgCutting leakage by 50%To treat an entire house, researchers place a nozzle at the center of each room and connect each one to a supply of liquid sealant. As the house is pressurized with a blower door fan, sealant is pumped out of the nozzle in the form of a fine mist, and air pressure carries it into wall and ceiling cavities to seal leaks. Lots of potential for the technologyOnce fine-tuned, the process should substantially reduce the amount of time and effort builders spend on air-sealing a house with conventional tools and materials, says project manager Curtis Harrington, and potentially eliminate it completely. “In theory, we can seal any size hole,” he says. “It just takes longer.”While the sealing is taking place, the blower door is providing “continuous feedback” on how tight the house is getting, Harrington says, and researchers now typically stop when they’ve run out of sealant. The process takes about two hours.Researchers are currently experimenting with a modified version of a water-based acrylic sealant made by Tremco. Other sealants also will be tested.How tight can the process make a house? Harrington says it should be possible to get blower-door results of 1 air change per hour at 50 pascals of pressure. That’s not a Passivhaus result, but it’s a very tight house. GBA Product Guide: AerosealHow to Track Down Leaks in Forced-Air DuctworkAir Sealing With Sprayable Caulk RELATED ARTICLES center_img The procedure has been tested on three Habitat for Humanity houses in California. “In these ‘already-sealed’ houses, it reduced leakage by about 50%,” Mathews said.No one is inside the building during the procedure, so they won’t have to breathe in any of the sealing compound. Once the material has solidified, it’s considered non-toxic.But Modera says the process is best suited for new houses or houses that are empty.“We tried it in an existing home,” Modera told a reporter for The Record in Stockton, Calif. “I don’t feel comfortable thinking about doing it when there’s all the furniture in the house, but when someone moves out and you have an empty house, I think it will help.”Treating occupied houses may be possible in the future, he told the paper, but it may be a year or two before the process is ready for commercial use even in new houses. Builders who specialize in high-performance houses spend a lot of time tracking down and correcting air leaks. The process can involve a number of materials and sealants, such as special gaskets, tape, and caulk, plus a lot of time and attention to install them correctly.Researchers at the Western Cooling Efficiency Center at the University of California-Davis think they’ve found a way to make the process much faster and easier.According to an account by Daniel Mathews, this story started 16 years ago when Mark Modera, director of the university’s Western Cooling Efficiency Center, developed a duct-sealing procedure that was later marketed by a company called Aeroseal.A fine mist of sealant forced under pressure into ducts gravitates toward leaks as it tries to escape and eventually plugs them up. Now Modera and other researchers are adapting the technology so it can be used to seal whole houses.last_img read more

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Horizon: Awesome Post-Production Breakdown Video

first_imgDiscover the step-by-step process for creating a 3D futuristic world in this amazing breakdown video!It’s easy to take for granted all the work that goes into creating high quality renderings – the matteing, compositing, projection mapping, lighting.  After watching this amazing breakdown video by digitral designer Mickaël Forrett you’ll likely gain a whole new appreciation.Forrett recently completed a :30 second video called Horizon, where he gives the viewer a look into a unique futurisitc world. First, take a look at the completed project (try full screen for best viewing):The detail that went into creating the digital environment is incredible and the corresponding breakdown video sheds some light into the post-production process.Starting with sketches, Forrett outlined the structure of the environment.  Then using photos and matte painting, he composited organic textures and environmental features over his rough layout.  The detail builds from there, adding more and more specific elements to the shot…waterfalls, buildings, 3-D models.  The project is then given a through color correction pass to further sell the look.Forrett appears to be a post guru, as he used a variety of industry leading post-production applications to create the shot:Adobe PhotoshopAdobe After EffectsAutodesk MayaAutodesk MudboxThe Foundry NukeNow, take a look at the shot breakdown.  Prepare to be awed.last_img read more

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A Rather Incomplete List of My Beliefs on Sales

first_imgBoth businesses and salespeople have to make a choice as to whether to be transactional or whether to create some higher level of value.An individual salesperson has the power to create a higher level of value for their clients. But doing so requires that the salesperson knows and understands their role, as well as developing their ability to create value.The nature of the relationships between sales organizations and their salespeople with their clients has changed. It is no longer enough to have a relationship based solely on a personal relationship. Lasting business relationships require an economic benefit as well.All things being equal, relationships win. All things being unequal, relationships still win. It is the salesperson’s role to ensure that all things are unequal and, by doing so, tilt the playing field in their direction.It is better to do battle for mind share than it is to do battle on a spreadsheet. It is better to have a relationship that enables value creation, value conversations, and collaboration than it is to compete on measures that ignore subjective decision criteria and over weight allegedly objective criteria.A process that enables opportunity creation is more powerful than a process that favors responding to existing client needs. Effective salespeople sell from in front of the buyer’s process, not from behind.Business acumen and situational knowledge are more important than sales acumen.Effective salespeople can explain the process of change to their clients. They share the value proposition for every sales interaction, deliver that value, and gain the commitments necessary to moving the process of change forward.The foundation of every relationship is trust. The foundation of trust is caring. Effective salespeople create trust by being other-focused as opposed to self-oriented.It is no longer enough to react to your client’s needs once they have recognized some form of dissatisfaction. Salespeople must now be proactive and lead their clients to the new outcomes they need, guiding their thinking and managing change.The best opportunities are future-oriented, helping the client with their current challenge or opportunity as well as building a platform for future initiatives and future results. The best salespeople generate new ideas and present new initiatives quarter after quarter.Sales organizations and salespeople own the outcomes they sell. They are now accountable for the outcomes, regardless of the product, service, or solution they sell.Decisions that are expensive, complex, and risky require consensus. Salespeople need to enter into opportunities with the goal of identifying stakeholders and helping them build consensus.If you create value, you are entitled to capture a fair portion of the value that you create.last_img read more

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Asian Games Boxing: Dinesh assured of medal, Vikas also wins

first_imgCommonwealth champion Dinesh Kumar became the second Indian boxer to assure himself of a medal at the Asian Games by advancing to the light heavyweight 81kg semifinals after out-punching Korean Jinho Heo hereon Friday.The 23-year-old beat his rival 10-6 in a lopsided bout during which Heo went off-balance several times due to the sheer power of the blows thrown by the Indian.Paramjeet Samota was the first Indian to assure himself of a bronze by reaching the semifinals of 91+ weight category.Although Heo opened the scoring, it was Dinesh, an Arjuna awardee, who dominated with a power-packed performance that left the Korean dazed.Heo had the footwork and speed to dodge Dinesh initially but once the Haryana-lad began connecting his trademark jabs and hooks, his rival could only scurry for cover.Leading 5-2 in the opening round, Dinesh never really allowed Heo to claw back despite the Korean’s several valiant efforts at countering the Indian’s power.Dinesh will take on Nepalese Deepak Maharjan who stunned Thailand’s Kriangkai Sukkhum 4-0.In the other Indian bout, 18-year-old Vikas Krishan (60kg) too inched closer to the medal round, advancing to the quarter-finals with an 8-1 triumph over Amangeldi Hudaybergenov of Turkmenistan.Vikas will now take on North Korea’s Kim Chol Song who defeated Abdulla Mohammed 7-5 in his pre-quarterfinal bout.V Santhosh Kumar (64kg) then made it an all-win day for Indian boxers when he beat Malaysia’s Azmi Khir Akyazlan 6-1 to enter the quarterfinals.Santhosh will be up against Mongolia’s Byamba Tuvshinbat, who got the better of Filipino Boholst Delfin 8-1 in his pre-quarterfinal bout.advertisementlast_img read more

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Clarke leads Aus to record run-chase

first_imgCaptain Michael Clarke smashed 82 runs off 70 balls as Australia chased down England’s highest score against them to win a thrilling sixth one-day international by two wickets on Wednesday.Australia’s Michael Clarke raises his bat after scoring 50 against England in Sydney on Wednesday. APClarke was run out in the second-to-last over to leave Australia requiring 8 runs from 8 balls. Entering the final over needing 6 from 6, a wide and single were followed by John Hastings guiding a Chris Woakes delivery to the boundary to bring up the winning score of 334-8 with four balls to spare.The total was Australia’s best in a chase, eclipsing the 327 against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 2002.”We’re winning, first and foremost, and it’s nice to be contributing with the bat,” Clarke said.”A few things didn’t go to plan with the ball for us, but we’re stoked to have chased those runs down.”Australia leads the seven-match series 5-1 heading into the final game at Perth on Sunday.Earlier, England made an imposing 333-6 at Sydney Cricket Ground after Jonathan Trott ignored leg cramps to make 137 off 126 deliveries, his second century in three games.”Nice to get a hundred,” Trott said. “It’s more memorable when you win the game.”Trott finished his innings with a runner after pulling up with cramps in the 42nd over. He was caught-and-bowled by Shaun Tait (2-60) off the penultimate ball of England’s highest ODI innings against Australia, surpassing the 320-8 in 1980 at Birmingham. It’s England third record total against the hosts on this tour.advertisement”It was great to see Trott play so well, all the same,” England captain Andrew Strauss said. “And 333 is a good score on any ground.”Strauss and Trott shared an 80-run partnership until the captain was caught by David Hussey at short midwicket off a Steve Smith ball for 63. Trott then partnered Ian Bell in a 104-run stand before Bell was dismissed for 45.The Australians started their chase confidently, with opener Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson making half centuries, and Callum Ferguson adding 46 off 44 balls.A belligerent Watson, after eight boundaries in 33 balls, skied a Michael Yardy delivery to Strauss at short midwicket on 51 with Australia at 87-2 in the 13th over.Ferguson, brought into the side to replace the injured Shaun Marsh, shared a 79-run, third-wicket stand with Johnson until he needlessly ran himself out.Johnson batted fourth in place of Clarke and made his 57 from 59 balls before being stumped off a Kevin Pietersen delivery.”We had to take a few risks, I punted a bit on sending Mitch up the order and he played really well,” Clarke said. “He strikes the ball as clean as anyone.”Cameron White survived a video appeal for caught behind while on 15 but soon after was caught by Eoin Morgan off a rising Steven Finn delivery for 20.Despite that, Clarke brought up his second consecutive half century off 51 balls – including a six and a boundary in a 17-run, 44th over off James Anderson – as he and Hussey shared a 90-run partnership for the sixth wicket.The pair played shots at will until Hussey was caught behind off Finn (2-51) for 38, with Australia needing 17 off the final 16 balls.Pietersen, who made 29 in England’s innings, limped off the ground in the 19th over of the Australia innings after he appeared to twist his ankle while fielding a Ferguson shot. He returned four overs later and rejoined the bowling attack.last_img read more

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