Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 6th 2015 Contents SCG on the day Hughes, their former New
South Wales state teammate, was fatally
injured while batting for South Australia.
"Coming back to the place where it hap-
pened, I thought it was going to be extreme-
ly tough for the boys," Smith said. "Par-
ticularly the ones that were out there on
"It s going to be a tough Test match ...
hopefully we can hold our emotions together
well and end this series well."
India, meanwhile, is promising not to
shrink from confrontation at the end of a
series riddled with acrimony.
India lost the first two Tests at Adelaide
and Brisbane and conceded the Border-
Gavaskar Trophy after a draw in the third
test at Melbourne.
New captain Virat Kohli has been near
the epicentre of several of the confrontations
that have enlivened the series and has
promised his players will not be intimidated,
but will meet aggression with aggression.
The absence of Mitchell Johnson from
the Australia line-up may cool tempers a
little. Johnson will miss the match with a
hamstring strain---his place in the pace
attack will be taken by Mitchell Starc---
alleviating the possibility of a continuation
of his personal feud with Kohli.
Following the recent lowering of the sovereign rating on Barbados to "B" from
"BB-", Standard and Poor's (S&P) on December 30, 2014 lowered the rating on
Sagicor Life to "BB-", from "BB+". The rating action on Sagicor is as a direct
result of the rating action on Barbados, and the rating on Sagicor remains the
maximum two notches above its Sovereign Barbados. At the same time, S&P
lowered the rating on Sagicor Finance Ltd.'s US $150 million, 10 year senior
unsecured note to "B". Sagicor passed stress tests for both Barbados and
Jamaica; and therefore S&P assigned a rating of "BB-", which is above the
current rating of these two countries.
In explaining its rationale for the rating action, S&P indicated that on a stand-
a-lone basis Sagicor has a potential rating of "BB+", which is supported by the
company's moderately strong capitalization, improving operating performance
and adequate competitive position. However, the current rating action is as a
result of the rating action on Barbados.
While Sagicor passes the default stress scenario for Barbados, a life insurer's
rating is capped by its country of domicile due to its high sensitivity to country
risk, the critical role of regulations and access to funding. The rating action
also considers Sagicor's exposure to Jamaica, which is rated "B-".
The Sagicor Group recorded net income of US $39.0 million for the nine
months ended September 30th 2014, compared to a loss of US $1.9 million
for the same period of 2013. The Group's continuing operations recorded net
income of US $39.6 million for the nine months in 2014, compared to US $39.3
million for the corresponding period in 2013.
The rating outlook is negative, reflecting the outlook on the Barbados rating,
and remains susceptible to any further rating action on Barbados. According
to S&P, the Sagicor rating could be upgraded if the company maintains the
positive trend in its operating performance, adequate capitalization levels
commensurate with the "BBB" benchmark, completion of its plans to relocate
its country of domicile to a country with at least investment grade ratings,
strong regulations and adequate access to funding.
Sagicor Life Inc.
SYDNEY---Emotions will be high when Australia
meets India in the fourth Test, despite the series
already being decided in the home team s favour.
The Australian team will be returning for the first
time in a competitive setting to the Sydney Cricket
Ground where Test batsman Phillip Hughes was hit
by a short-pitch delivery during a domestic match
last November, leading to his death in hospital two
Several members of the Australian team were on
the field when Hughes was felled, and may have to
deal with vivid flashbacks as the fourth Test proceeds.
A plaque dedicated to Hughes will be unveiled outside
the Australian team dressing room before play begins
Australia captain Steve Smith said memories of
Hughes would be close to the surface as Australia
took the field.
"Particularly this week, it s going to be great to
be able to walk past (the plaque) and see the little
fella there and give us a bit of inspiration as we re
going out on the field," Smith said. "Hughesy was
one of us, he was one of our good mates. We ve just
got to take care of each other this week.
"It s going to be another emotional Test match
and hopefully we can do the Hughes family proud
by playing well this week."
Shane Watson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Brad
Haddin and David Warner were all fielding at the
WELLINGTON---Kane Williamson made 80 and
BJ Watling 48 in an unbroken 94-run partnership
that rallied New Zealand to a 118-run lead over Sri
Lanka on the third day of the second Test yester-
New Zealand was 253-5 at stumps, after trailing
Sri Lanka by 135 runs on the first innings.
Nuwan Pradeep captured 3-57 to bowl the tourists
into a winning position, but then dropped Williamson
when he was on 60, giving New Zealand a break
that could save its match.
Pradeep dismissed openers Hamish Rutherford
(40) and Tom Latham (35) before lunch, then returned
in the afternoon to remove Jimmy Neesham (19)
when New Zealand was leading by only 24 runs and
facing the prospect of a loss that would level the
Dhammika Prasad also claimed the vital scalp of
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who led
the hosts to victory in the first Test in Christchurch
with a sparkling first-innings total of 195 and had
the potential to bat New Zealand back into a position
of strength in the second Test.
But McCullum was dismissed lbw to Prasad in
the 47th over, leaving Williamson as New Zealand s
last hope of achieving a substantial lead.
Williamson and Watling stayed together for the
remaining 41 overs before stumps, negotiating the
arrival of the second new ball to guide New Zealand
toward a defensible total with two days of the match
New Zealand was 205-5, leading by 70, when
Williamson pulled a ball from Prasana to Pradeep
at backward square-leg and the fieldsman juggled
the ball twice before dropping the catch.
A wicket at that point would have exposed New
Zealand s lower order, if not its tail, shortly before
the second new ball, tipping the match in Sri Lanka s
But Williamson survived and continued to occupy
the crease until stumps, supported by Watling, who
is trying to bat himself out of a lean patch. He made
26 in the first test at Christchurch and 11 in the first
innings of the current Test.
Emotions high ahead of fourth Test
Kiwis to take
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