More than 500 pieces of sandpaper banned at Australia-England cricket match

More than 5000 pieces of sandpaper were banned from the Oval as the ODI series between England and Australia got off to a predictable start in the wake of the ball tampering scandal.

English fans handed out the pieces of sandpaper, which were branded "4" and "6", to spectators at several spots around the London ground.

Organiser and local entrepreneur Mark Skred had hoped it would be taken in good fun but didn't realise security were banning them before spectators entered the Oval, reports. 

"I had one Aussie give me a bit of stick, but it was all in good fun," he said.

Australia went on to lose the match, the first since captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft had been banned for ball tampering, by three wickets. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13:  Cricket fans wave sandpaper four cards at Ashton Agar of Australia during the 1st Royal London ODI match between England and Australia at The Kia Oval on June 13, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Some fans managed to get sandpaper cards into the Oval. Source: Getty

British Airways pilot jailed after being found drunk in cockpit before take-off

An airline pilot who went to work drunk has been jailed for eight months in the UK.

Julian Monaghan, a former pilot for British Airways, was arrested on January 18 of this year after a technician smelled alcohol on his breath as he prepared a Boeing 777 for take off on a flight that was scheduled to travel from London to Mauritius.

The former pilot was was removed from the cockpit in handcuffs past passengers that had already boarded.

Monaghan was sentenced to eight months in prison at Lewes Crown Court yesterday.

During sentencing Judge Janet Waddicor said airline passengers are "entitled to feel that they are safe" on flights the BBC reports.

British Airways planes (File picture).
British Airways planes (File picture). Source:


New Zealand cricket great Sir Richard Hadlee diagnosed with bowel cancer

Sir Richard Hadlee has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

New Zealand Cricket revealed the news in a statement this morning.

"Last month, Richard had a routine, 3-year colonoscopy, and we discovered that he has bowel cancer," New Zealand Cricket said.

"He has since had an operation to remove the tumour. This operation went extremely well and he has made an excellent recovery from surgery.

"As a safeguard, further treatment in the form of chemotherapy will commence shortly and last for a few months.

"It is expected that, in time, he will have a full recovery.

"Our reasons for making this statement are a desire to be transparent, and to prevent the inevitable speculation and incorrect rumours.

"I would also request people's understanding and acceptance of our request for privacy while we go through the next few months, both for ourselves and for the extended Hadlee family."

Sir Richard took 431 Test wickets in 86 tests, and at one stage held the world record for most test wickets.

He remains eighth on the all-time list.

The Black Caps great talks to ONE News reporter Kimberlee Downs ahead of the opening Test against Australia in Brisbane.
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