To hell with nets? Not really. Team India sweats it out in Perth

first_img“To hell with nets”, boomed Ravi Shastri after India went on to win to win the first of the ongoing four-Test series in Adelaide on Monday. In his imposing self, the head coach of the visiting team stressed the need for rest in the lead up to the second Test in Perth, starting Friday.With only a three-day turnaround available between the first and the second Tests of the series, Shastri said he would be offering his men the licence to “just come there, mark your attendance and get away to the hotel”.Shastri’s comments came after both the teams pushed themselves to the limits over five days in Adelaide wherein the temperatures were on the higher side.The fast bowlers from both the sides worked hard. Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami bowled a total of 123.4 overs as the trio lived up to its reputation and troubled the Australian batsmen.India reached Perth on Tuesday and were expected to prefer rest over intense training sessions over the next few days. However, quite a few from the visiting camp turned up for an optional practice session on Wednesday.As it turns out, India trained at the iconic WACA Stadium, which has produced some of the fastest wickets in the past. Even as the second Test will be hosted at the new Perth Stadium and not at the WACA, the visiting team made use of the centre-wicket of what had been a graveyard for visiting teams in the past.Captain Kohli, who will be keen on making up for the not-so-impressive outings in Adelaide, was spotted at the nets at the WACA along with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and opener Murali Vijay.advertisementSo were the trio of Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv Patel and Umesh Yadav which was benched for the first Test in Adelaide.Vijay, who failed in both the innings in Adelaide, was focussed on digging out a few yorkers bowled by bowling coach Bharat Arun at the nets.Like India, Australia players also made use of their training session as the focus was around Mitchell Starc, who has received the backing of his captain and teammates to hit peak form after an ordinary outing in Adelaide.Earlier in the week, Australian skipper Tim Paine had warned India of a “really fast” track at the Perth Stadium, which is gearing for its maiden Test.Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting even pointed out that a pace-rich wicket might just tilt the balance in favour of the hosts and that the Perth Test would be a good chance for the hosts to make a strong comeback.Also Read | KL Rahul trying to hit his way out of form: Sunil Gavaskar to India TodayAlso Read | India a formidable opposition in tough conditions. Australia beware in Perth!Also Read | Mohinder Amarnath says advantage India in tight Test series vs AustraliaAlso see:last_img read more

Googles SelfDriving Car Unit Is Hiring

first_img Alphabet’s self-driving project is advertising dozens of jobs on its website with a special focus on manufacturing expertise.Thirty-six jobs related to the Google X car project were listed including engineers working on motion control, displays, robotics and sensors as well as managers charged with operations, materials and marketing.Google, which declined to comment, has denied in the past that it had any interest in making cars. Many industry experts believe the tech giant will partner with an established carmaker, supplying the software that will pioneer the fully autonomous vehicle.But the jobs listed provide a window into how much hardware Google may build to contribute to the cars of the future. Developing self-driving cars has been a key priority of traditional carmakers, technology companies like Apple Inc, Uber Technologies Inc and auto suppliers.A manufacturing process engineer job listing says the post is responsible for “designing factory assembly stations, optimizing production floor layout, automating critical manufacturing processes and approving fixture designs used in the assembly of electronic modules for the self-driving car.”A manufacturing supplier quality engineer will create and approve “manufacturing inspection processes, equipment, tools gauges and fixtures for raw material, mechanical components and mechanical assemblies.”A mechanical global supply chain manager, meanwhile, is responsible for manufacturing development execution, among other tasks.In January, president of the Google self-driving car project, John Krafcik, said he wanted to form partnerships with established carmakers and suppliers in 2016 to accelerate work.When he was hired in September, Krafcik’s prior experience at Hyundai and Ford fueled speculation that Google planned to build its own cars.Google posted other jobs outside of manufacturing that provided clues as to the scope of the growing project.A marketing manager position posted nine days ago requires someone to “shape go-to-market strategy and storytelling to win hearts and minds of community members, influencers and governments.”The company is even searching for a head of real estate and workplace services, suggesting that hiring may continue to rise.Google currently tests its prototype cars in its home base of Mountain View, California and Austin, Texas. It announced last week it would expand testing to Kirkland, Washington later in February.(Reporting By Alexandria Sage, David Shepardson and Deborah Todd. Writing by Alexandria Sage. Editing by Stephen R. Trousdale and Cynthia Osterman) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Reuters February 12, 2016 Register Now » 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more