Report on drugs ban led to Alex Hales’ removal from England squad: Ashley Giles

first_img Reuters LondonMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 10:27 IST ECB has apparently assured Alex Hales that his suspension would not affect his World Cup hopes (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlex Hales was likely to be a back-up batsman in England’s squad for the World CupAlex Hales was handed a 21-day ban for recreational drug useEngland and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have not stated reasons for Hales’ removal.Batsman Alex Hales would still be part of England’s World Cup squad if a news report had not revealed he had been suspended for recreational drug use, director of cricket Ashley Giles has said.Hales was withdrawn from England’s preliminary squad on Monday to avoid “unnecessary distractions” ahead of the tournament after the Guardian newspaper reported he was serving a three-week ban for drug use.”The effect of that breaking has led us to where we are. If anyone thinks that is right or wrong, it is the way it had to be,” Giles told the BBC.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have not stated reasons for Hales’ removal.Days after his selection for the World Cup, Nottinghamshire batsman Hales took an indefinite break from the game due to “personal reasons”.”When the team was selected, myself and chief executive Tom Harrison were aware of a situation, but were bound by a duty of confidentiality,” former left-arm spinner Giles added.”We were unable to share that with any of the key people in that environment.”Following his omission, Hales’ management company said the ECB had assured their client that his suspension would not affect his World Cup hopes.”There weren’t assurances given on World Cup selection,” Giles said. “To think myself and Tom have misled, hidden, U-turned or tried to sweep under the carpet is ridiculous.”We were bound by a duty of confidentiality and maintained that. Unfortunately, someone else didn’t and a story has broken about an off-the-field incident.”advertisementEngland captain Eoin Morgan said on Thursday that Hales’ actions showed a “complete disregard” for the values his team had built in recent years.He confirmed it was the senior players who wanted Hales to play no part in their World Cup preparations.”Eoin was clear on what he wanted. The selectors were unanimous on the decision and fully supported by myself and Tom,” Giles said.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Alex HalesFollow England cricket teamFollow ECBFollow 2019 Cricket World Cup Report on drugs ban led to Alex Hales’ removal from England squad: Ashley GilesDays after his England selection for the World Cup, Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales took an indefinite break from the game due to “personal reasons”.advertisementlast_img read more

Komatsu launches new D375A8 dozer

first_imgKomatsu Australia has released the D375A-8 dozer for mining and large earthmoving applications, delivering increased production, reduced operating costs, new operator assist and comfort features, along with improved maintainability and service life. With an operating weight of 72.9 t, the D375A-8 is powered by a US EPA Tier 4 Final emission certified Komatsu SAA6D170E-7 diesel rated at 455 kW in forward gears, and 558 kW in reverse.The new low-emission engine provides more reversing power for higher productivity. According to Michael Hall, Komatsu Australia’s Mining Product Manager, the new D375A-8’s combination of a fuel-efficient low-emission engine, increased reversing power and enhanced chassis and track frame durability result in significantly lower operating costs per metre of material moved.“Our new SAA6D170E-7 Tier 4-compliant diesel engine not only incorporates features to substantially reduce particulate matter and other emissions compared with previous generation engines, it also reduces fuel consumption through a heavy duty EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system, a hydraulically driven radiator cooling fan and Komatsu auto idle stop,” he said.“At the same time, Komatsu has increased engine power by 20% when in reverse, reducing cycle time in downhill dozing applications – the most efficient method of bulk dozing. Compared with our previous generation D375A-6, production in downhill dozing is increased by 18%.”And as with earlier generations of the D375A and other large Komatsu dozers, the D375A-8 incorporates Komatsu’s exclusive automatic transmission with lockup torque converter. “This transmission system reduces fuel consumption by up to 10%, along with greater power train efficiency, compared with manual gearshift modes,” said Hall. “Komatsu’s automatic gearshift transmission selects the optimal gear range depending on working conditions and the load on the machine, so it’s always operating at maximum efficiency.”Operator comfort has been significantly improved compared with previous models of the D375A, through a number of upgrades and design changes. Significant ride improvements, based on proven design enhancements to other models, result from further changes to the undercarriage, cabin mounts and operator’s seat. “As a result, this generation of Komatsu mining dozers are the most comfortable on the market,” Hall said. Other improvements for operators include better visibility of the blade and ripper, new platforms and handrails and a Komatsu boarding ladder. Operator assist features such as auto blade pitch, auto ripper return and fixed steering lever are standard on this model.A number of improvements to increase machine reliability and ease of maintenance have also been made to the D375A-8. These include long life mainframe and track frames, the use of a Mesabi® radiator as standard, with a hinge-type front mask and cooling fan support.“Komatsu dozers have long been recognised for their high performance pushing and ripping capability, with Dash 1 generation dozers still in service, in Australia, New Zealand and around the world,” said Hall. “With this latest Dash 8 model, key frame improvements offer superior levels of durability and reliability for many years of service in challenging working environments. “And as standard, this dozer comes with Komatsu’s KOMTRAX Plus monitoring and equipment management system, for remote monitoring of machine health, site operating conditions and operator techniques. Komatsu also offers an energy-saving support report, based on a machine’s operating data, allowing us to work with mine management and machine operators to achieve lower fuel consumption and higher productivity,” he said.Brief specs of the D375A-8 are: Operating weight, 72.9 t; powered by Komatsu SAA6D170E-7 engine rated at 455 kW (net) in forward gears, 558 kW (net) in reverse; blade capacity, 18.5 m3 (semi-U), 22 m3 (Full U).last_img read more