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HOUSTON---Through the first half of
the men's and women's Houston
Marathon, it looked like the Ethiopians'
grip on the race could be coming to an
Gebo Burka and Biruktayit Degefa
made sure that didn't happen. Both
came from behind to win yesterday.
This was the eighth straight year an
Ethiopian man won in Houston and the
10th straight year an Ethiopian woman
Burka, along with countrymen
Girmay Gebru and Yitayal Atanfu,
trailed Poland's Artur Kozlowski by 1
minute, 1 second through 18.6 miles (30
kilometers) but rallied to overtake
Kozlowski by 24.8 miles (40
Burka, who finished in second place in
Houston last year, pulled away from
Gebru with less than a mile to go to win
in 2:10:54. Gebru was second, behind
Burka by 11 seconds. Kozlowski finished
fifth.The win was Burka's fifth career
marathon victory, with the last one
coming in Sydney in 2014.
Degefa trailed Australia's Lisa
Weightman by 44 seconds through 15.5
miles (25 kilometers) before claiming
the lead at 18.6 miles (30 kilometers).
Ethiopia's Degefa, Burka rally in Houston Marathon
JOHANNESBURG---One of South Africa s
great eras in test cricket is over.
The signs were there in a 3-0 series loss in
India late last year, only for South Africa s issues
to be disguised by a debate over the crumbling
pitches that caused both teams batsmen to
Then South Africa lost by 241 runs to England
at home in Durban, and the "ghosts" of the
India tour were blamed.
A draw against England in Cape Town
papered over the cracks in the team.
Then it was finally confirmed by the seven-
wicket loss to England at the Wanderers on
Saturday, when the Proteas were bowled out
for 83 in their second innings to lose the series
and their No. 1 ranking.
South Africa is coming to terms with ---
belatedly --- the retirements of Mark Boucher,
Jacques Kallis, and Graeme Smith. And the
realisation that AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn
can t go on forever. And it s hard.
Asked how much his team missed injured
fast bowler Dale Steyn, new South Africa captain
De Villiers said, "I can name quite a few guys."
It was partly a joke.
Then the current reality: "But this is the
team we have," he said.
Australia went through it when Steve Waugh s
team broke up. Although South Africa wasn t
as dominant as that Aussie generation, the
time of Boucher, Kallis, and Smith saw the
Proteas regularly at or near the top of test crick-
et. When Kallis and Smith retired, South Africa
had lost two out of 26 series. Now they ve lost
two in a row.
South Africa is rebuilding all through its
team: A new opening pair, a young middle
order, and three quick bowlers that boasted
five test appearances between them coming
into this week s game in Johannesburg.
"We ve got to find a way now, with what
we have, to be the best," De Villiers said.
The glimmers of hope for South Africa
include two young black players: Fast bowler
Kagiso Rabada took 5-78 on Saturday before
the team collapsed to it lowest total at
home in nearly 60 years. Temba Bavu-
ma s century in Cape Town showed prom-
ise.South Africa s youngsters can also
build character from this period, De
"They ll learn a lot. Not long ago,
I was that youngster in the team
going through ups and downs at test
level. You learn a lot from that. It s
important to survive at the moment
... and to not give up.
"That s the way those past players
did it. Like a Kallis and a Smith. They
had some tough times and they found
a way to come back and get to the
After rumours that his retirement
may be imminent, De Villiers also
plans to stick around, he said. South
Africa desperately needs him.
"It s a big responsibility," he said.
London---Trevor Bayliss believes his Eng-
land side are on the way to becoming
"something special" following their series
victory in South Africa.
The Australian is just six months into
his tenure as head coach, but has already
overseen two memorable triumphs -
regaining the Ashes in his first attempt
last summer and now overturning the Pro-
teas on their home patch with a game to
The England dressing room is led by a
vastly-experienced trio of Alastair Cook,
James Anderson and Johannesburg match-
winner Stuart Broad, not to mention prize
batsman Joe Root, but there are plenty of
others closer to the start of their interna-
The other seven players on duty at the
Wanderers have each played less than 30
Tests and, if managed well, could reasonably
be expected to continue growing as per-
Bayliss is avowedly not a man to focus
on the minutiae of the International Cricket
Council s rankings, he clearly believes the
team s current number five spot is a modest
reflection of the talent at his disposal.
"It s hard to look into the future but you
look at some of those players...the potential
is there," he said.
"But potential never won anything. You
have got to go out and do the hard work
and not take everything for granted.
"You have got to go out and keep having
that attitude on the field, keep striving to
"We prepare to go out and play good
cricket. If we play good cricket we ll be in
with a chance of winning. If we win a few
Test matches there ll be a chance of going
up the rankings and becoming the best
team in the world.
"The future of this team could turn into
Bayliss runs a calmer ship than his
immediate predecessors, has empowered
Cook as a leader and helped bring career-
best performances from the likes of Ben
Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.
But he also has the ability to deliver a
rocket when it is required, with Cook cred-
iting him for rallying the team with a "kick
up the a***" at lunch on day three in Johan-
"It s always a decent attitude but I think
to field well and pick up those half-chances
the energy and the attitude has got to be
more full on.
"So it was just a bit of a reminder that
if we want to win this Test match, now is
the time to hunt in a pack, get in the batters
faces and try to make them feel where s
our next run coming from? . Help the
bowlers, put the pressure on that way.
"Hopefully it is a lesson learned and
hopefully as time goes by they won t need
a gentle reminder."
While Broad woke up to the news that
his best overseas bowling performance
had made him the new number one
bowler in the world - the first English-
man to do so since Steve Harmison in
2004, and an honour that has eluded
James Anderson --- fellow seamer
Steven Finn had a worse morn-
Bayliss was pessimistic about
his prospects of featuring in the
fourth Test at Centurion.
"Steven is getting scans but to
be honest I doubt very much
whether he ll be available for the next
Test," he said.
"We ll have to wait and see how
bad it is and make a decision on
the one-day and Twenty20 series.
"But at this stage it looks like
we will have to make a
replacement heading into
the last Test.
"That s unfortunate
because I thought he
was probably our most
dangerous bowler in
the first two Tests."
End of an era
...Proteas find it hard to come to terms
Coach Bayliss says England team special
South Africa's captain AB de Villiers reacts in pain
after catching a ball to attempt a run out on the
third day of the third Test match against England, at
Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa,
Saturday. AP PHOTO
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