South Africa, at last, exhibited colours of confidence as they resgitered a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Friday. The Proteas defeated the Islanders by 9-wicket but the winning captain admitted that the victory did not feel like it meant much.South Africa are already out of the World Cup semi-finals race, as before facing Sri Lanka, they had a solitary win in the tournament. After losing to Pakistan on Sunday, they joined Afghanistan to become the second team to get eliminated from the contention for the last four.However, against Sri Lanka, South Africa had no baggage of pressure and had nothing to lose as they dished out a clinical performance from both bat and the ball to win the game with 11.4 overs to spare. But, as Faf du Plessis said, it was loo late for it.”It feels bitter-sweet, it doesn’t feel like it means that much. It’s a little bit too late,” Faf du Plessis said in a post match interview.South Africa suffered their first World Cup 2019 defeat to hot favourites England and later slumped to Bangladesh, who were termed a weaker side to the Proteas on the paper. Faf confessed that the defeat to Bangladesh actually hampered their confidence.”The basics of batting were shown today. We’ve batted well all through the tournament, but we just didn’t have guys batting through. Hashim gave us a good foundation, one big partnership makes it look so much easier. We hadn’t done that consistently in the tournament. I think Bangladesh was the one that really took the wind out of our sails.”advertisement”England are a very good team and they were too good for us on that day. Bangladesh played an unbelievably good game and that sucker punched us and we almost took the hangover of that game into the next game. The first week really put us back, but we knew that was the case and we can’t hide from that.”Chasing down 204, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla discovered their lost touch as the two stictched 175-run stand for the second wicket and also got their personal best scorers. Faf du Plessis scored 96*, whereas Hashim Amla amassed 80 to guide their side home.On the bowling part, Dwaine Pretorius, who came in for Lungi Ngidi, chipped in with 3 wickets while Chris Morris too picked 3 to all-out Sri Lanka for 203.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Swarm of bees invades pitch during SL vs SA matchAlso Read | Myth buster: India’s bowling, not batting, their main strengthAlso See
Wouter Koolmees, the Netherlands’ minister for social affairs, has again rejected the idea of a flexible retirement age for the country’s state pension (AOW).Answering questions posed by Corrie van Brenk, MP for the party for the elderly (50Plus), Koolmees argued that it would be bad for the state’s finances, while implementation would be “very complicated”.Van Brenk referred to a study by researcher Sander Muns, which concluded that a flexible AOW age could help workers in physically demanding jobs with a small occupational pension to retire early. His findings ran contrary to a survey, carried out by economic research institute SEO – affiliated with Amsterdam University – and commissioned by the government in 2017. However, Muns based his survey on the assumption of a lower benefits discount for early retirement, as well as a lower social minimum income level. This would ensure that the income of workers taking early retirement would not drop below the social minimum.However, in Koolmees’ opinion, this would put people off taking early retirement, as the SEO study had suggested that they didn’t want to end up at the social minimum level.He added that most employees had sufficient occupational pension rights to cease working early without ending up below the social minimum.“Therefore, the added value of a flexible AOW remains very limited,” he argued. An additional disadvantage of a flexible retirement age, Koolmees said, was that it would place a duty of care on the government “to prevent elderly [people] falling into poverty for the long term”.A flexible retirement age for the AOW is one of the conditions that Dutch unions have set in order to persuade them to return to the negotiating table for wider pensions reform.
Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Facebook Reuse this content Twitter Twitter ALMOST THEREIf somebody hasn’t already bulk-ordered a few thousand “VINNY DON’T SHOOT” t-shirts for Sunday, or whenever Manchester City arrange their open-top bus parade, then consider this a helpful reminder and The Fiver awaits its 15%. Great goals are worth celebrating simply for what they are, your neutral tea-timely newsletter learned on Monday night – especially when they are glorious, out-of-the-blue fireballs roaring from the mouth of a team, drilled to the finest detail, that usually breathes clean ice.Yes, goals that might just decide a nail-biting, knife-edge occasion are worth celebrating! Aren’t they? Apparently not if you’re Luis Suárez. After sticking one in at the Camp Nou last week against his old friends from Liverpool, he ran off in jubilation at putting Barcelona ahead in a Big Cup semi-final. So morally reprehensible was Suárez that even José Mourinho was quoted as saying he loved it; the cries of #disrespect and #traitor tumbled out on assorted social media disgraces, if not among the fans in the actual away end, and expressing pleasure is not a mistake he will make on this European Night At Anfield. The Fiver Topics Share on Pinterest Read more “Obviously it is clear that, if I score a goal against Liverpool, I won’t celebrate it in the same way I didn’t celebrate in Holland when I scored [for Ajax against Groningen],” slurped Suárez. Well, obviously. Perhaps it would be worth eliminating the risk of online backlash. Suárez probably doesn’t need to score at Anfield, not with a three-goal cushion and two-thirds of Liverpool’s attack sidelined. He can roll back the years by exchanging glares with Daniel Sturridge, safe in the knowledge that neither the hosts’ fourth-choice forward nor their fifth – even if the latter is Newcastle slayer Divock Origi – have too much chance of clawing things back, barring a miracle of Istanbul-esque proportions.Jürgen Klopp hopes that at least one of them will score and that Liverpool can, if nothing else, “fail beautifully” – in which case there presumably wouldn’t be any over-celebrations of their goals, either. Kompany’s rip-roarer means Liverpool’s entire season could yet end up the most beautiful failure of all, although the very use of that word invites the idea that they actually did fail at something, which doesn’t really feel true. It’s a very niche kind of ‘bottling’ when your rivals’ veteran centre-back pings one into the top bin from over 25 yards with his first long-range shot on target since 1993. “I think people know all the work I did here and that I am thankful for Liverpool,” Suárez chirped. He had his own beautiful failure at Liverpool. The Fiver can only pray Tuesday’s probably quite routine success passes off as demurely as the goal festivity police might wish.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Barry Glendenning from 8pm BST for Big Cup MBM coverage of Liverpool 2-1 Barcelona (agg: 2-4).QUOTE OF THE DAY“I’m a little nervous, much more than I am before a game, but I have called everyone here to inform you that these are my final days at the club. It feels painful to say goodbye, but I leave with my head held high after giving everything every day” – Diego Godín confirms that his days at Atlético Madrid are numbered. RECOMMENDED LISTENINGHere’s the latest Football Weekly podcast. 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And INSTACHAT, TOO!MOOD Twitter Share on WhatsApp Bah, and indeed, gawd. Photograph: Capital Football features Share on Facebook A slice of the XI. Composite: Getty Images; Action Images via Reuters; BPI/Rex/Shutterstock; AFP/Getty Images Share via Email Facebook Share on LinkedIn About to belt out his greatest hits, no doubt. Photograph: Sergio Pérez/Reuters Share on Messenger In a bid to avoid honking calamities like allowing Aaron Ramsey to walk for nothing and being tied to Mesut Özil like a student being drunkenly handcuffed to a railing, Arsenal are bringing in former midfielder Edu as their new technical director.Before their play-off semi-final against Nasty Leeds, Frank Lampard, of Frank Lampard’s Derby County, insists he isn’t fussed about that time Marcelo Bielsa sent a bloke with a false moustache wearing a mac and a trilby to spy on training.Neil Warnock is welcome to stick around as Cardiff manager despite relegation, according to owner Vincent Tan. “I am happy for Neil to stay and achieve his ninth promotion,” Tan roared.And Franck Ribéry, 76, may be climbing aboard the Do One Express from Bayern Munich, but he will keep playing. “There are several options, but it is still a bit early to say what will happen next season,” he tooted.STILL WANT MORE?Sachin Nakrani picks his Premier League under the radar XI for the season.