Ashes: James Anderson picks up four wickets as England draw first warm-up game

first_imgPaceman James Anderson picked up four wickets as England’s opening warm-up game of their Ashes tour against a young Western Australia XI ended in a draw in Perth on Sunday.England’s most prolific wicket-taker was the standout bowler for the touring side after they declared on 349/6 before the start of play on the second day of the two-day match.Anderson finished with figures of 4/27 from 13 overs but his opening partner Stuart Broad struggled for rhythm ahead of the five-test series against Australia starting later this month.Broad picked up one for 64 from 13 overs while Chris Woakes, who last season struggled with injuries, went wicketless in 15 overs.”You could probably see from the first session that we were pretty rusty as bowlers,” Anderson told reporters. “We didn’t get it right. The point (of the warm-up match) is to try to get into the tour.”We’ve got two first-class games coming up that we want to be fit for and get the cobwebs out.”Western Australia were bowled out for 338 but kept batting to allow England a full day on the field.Leg-spinner Mason Crane and pace bowler Craig Overton picked up two wickets each, boosting their hopes of making their debuts during the series. Jake Ball returned figures of 1/31.England’s bowlers initially struggled to make an impact as Western Australia openers Josh Philippe and Jake Carder put on 80 runs for the first wicket. Overton dismissed Carder for 22 to break the stand.The 20-year-old Philippe, who is yet to play a first-class match was impressive in his knock of 88, studded with 16 fours.advertisementEngland play their second warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide starting on Wednesday. Brisbane will host the first match of the five-Test Ashes series from November 23.last_img read more

You need to know when to unplug

first_imgHi, I live alone in Delhi. I work in a BPO and my long hours ensure that my house is in complete mess! I hate the look of it now. What to do?Pratap, New DelhiIf you don’t put regular work into organising and maintaining cleanliness in your home, you can expect disaster. First things first, pick a few hours a week to dedicate to cleaning up your home. Hire help if you need it and can afford it, or find a way to actually enjoy the cleaning time, like watching TV or listening to music. Some people are naturally blessed with the ability to organize and stay organized but if you are not one of them, ensure you are a good manager who will be able to manage the domestic helps to put things in order. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’My husband works in IT firm. He’s completely addicted to technology! He is obsessed these days. It’s affecting our lives badly. What should be done?Ruby, NoidaTechnology can have a large presence in our lives without causing problems, but we need to know when to unplug. We definitely want to unplug before bed, as keeping technology in the bedroom tends to make us use it and glowing screens in the dark will help us sleep better. It will also serve as an early morning distraction and potentially make us late to work. One of the major problems technology addiction has caused is a lack of awareness. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI can’t sleep for more than 4 hours each day. I wake up and sometimes feel tired all day long! I’m 17 and feel bad about this!Niharika, PunjabSleep is really important. It may actually be more important than food. It may even help you lose weight. If you’re not sleeping well, there are so many things you can try to fix the problem. First of all, stop reading your backlit screens before going to bed! In fact, just keep technology out of the bedroom all together. You also should limit your caffeine and other stimulants. Eating heavier in the morning and less at night can aid in better sleep.. You have to experiment a little to find what works, but when you take care of yourself physically, in general, you’ll likely find that sleeping works just the way it should. I am working for last 6 years. I haven’t been able to save any money. I always am broke! How can I improve my life?Tejas, HaryanaIn reality, most of us feel broke all the time. Salaries, income never feel enough! But you surely can try earning through other sources. The web offers plenty of ways to make some extra cash. If more work isn’t quite what you were hoping for, just make the most of being poor (or poor-ish). Live smaller, do what it takes to be happy in the limits. If over-spending is a problem, you need to immediately STOP. Get rid of credit cards. Don’t worry, most of us are on the same boat brother! Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – [email protected]last_img read more

Survive the festive season with easy loans from peer to peer lending

first_imgNew Delhi: With the onset of the festival season, we not only have to open our hearts but also need to loosen our purse strings. With almost every festival being celebrated, most consumers are gearing up to spend big money over the next weeks on things like home renovation, gifts for family and friends, electronics, cars and so on. Retail demand continues to exhibit strong growth throughout the year and is expected to further spike during the festive season. But volatile market conditions and rising banking rates have given rise to doubts in the minds of non- bank lenders who are already facing tight finance circumstances. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDoes that mean that consumers looking to fund their festive season shopping will find it difficult to do so? While banks and NBFCs are unequipped to offer loans in a very short time, peer to peer lending on the other hand, is fast emerging as one of the major alternative options for borrowing festive loans. There has been an uptrend in the number of festive loan enquiries in peer to peer lending platform over the last three years. The sector has been witnessing a surge in demand for loans from September to December every year. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile banks look for good credit history for disbursing festive loans, a borrower can raise urgent loan during the festive season even if he/ she does not have any collateral. The use of CIBIL data has been the backbone of instant loans in case of peer to peer lending. The technology driven lending model in peer to peer industry enables a faster loan processing. Risk assessment algorithms evaluate the credit profiles of lenders and borrowers in a quick time frame and give almost instant approvals. Thus, a loan which takes six to seven days to reach beneficiary accounts in case of other financial platforms usually just take two to three days in case of peer to peer lending. The process is more seamless, efficient and convenient for customers. Another reason for the rise in demand for festival loans in the P2P segment is that there are no penalties for repayment, no hidden charges and the loan can be availed for festive purchase starting from family gift items to expensive consumer durables like electronics, cars and any and every kind of festive related purchase. To add on to these, the repayment terms are also flexible and one can repay the loan at any point of time which is convenient to the borrower. It is however important to keep in mind that consumers do not go overboard with borrowing due to easy access of loans. Since access to loans has become easy, there is risk of excessive borrowing. Borrowers rather should first plan for repayment of loan even before taking the loan so that the finances do not get stretched. It is thus advisable to make a budget and also to have some liquid funds in case the spending exceeds the estimated budget. (Mr. Raghavendra Pratap Singh, Co-Founder of i2ifunding. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more