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Travel bugs can be enigmatic things. Sometimes an illness seemingly stubborn and debilitating can clear up fairly soon on return to familiar climes, home-cooked meals and friendlier time zones. Others hang around, necessitating visits to the doctor, medication and extra rest - even if the trip away was meant to be a holiday in the first place.Over two days at home, Australias cricketers have found themselves with a strong dose of the second variety. The early passages of this Test had suggested that the teams struggles on the road were largely related to foreign conditions and home-ground priorities. But the batting decline that took place at the WACA bore an uncanny resemblance to the way the team went to pieces in Sri Lanka, even though conditions could not possibly have been more different.More specifically, the way Australia slid from 0 for 158 to 244 all out - after allowing South Africa to wriggle out of an ordinary start on day one - looked more or less a carbon copy of the way things panned out in the teams previous Test, in Colombo. Having been 5 for 26, Sri Lanka made it to 355. In response, Australia slid from 1 for 267 to 379 all out, surrendering their best chance of winning the match in the process.So much about all this felt familiar. Through Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, the South Africa batsmen were pushed into early trouble, before a resilient lower order and tail pulled them out of it. Through David Warner and Shaun Marsh, the Australians seemed on course to fly past South Africas tally, before one wicket begat two, three, four and then a rush through the tail.What has become apparent is this: Australia are not consistent enough right now to follow through on early good work, nor are they strong enough in middle-order batting to recover from a poor start. On the contrary, not even strong ones seem to be enough. When South Africa pushed back, as the captain Faf du Plessis had pledged they would, Steven Smiths team fell in an unsightly heap.There is no starker illustration of the worrying lack of depth in the batting line-up than the fact Mitchell Marsh (one Sheffield Shield century in his life) is walking in to bat at No. 6, while a wicketkeeper/batsman of Quinton de Kocks undoubted class must bide his time at No. 7. The Marsh and Peter Nevill duo at six and seven looks the weakest middle-order pairing in an Australian Test side since 1988, in the days before Ian Healy began to redefine the wicketkeepers batting value for Australia, then Adam Gilchrist and Brad Haddin accelerated it.Now it isnt as though the Australians are unaware of all this. The selection chairman Rod Marsh had emphasised the need for lower-order runs by pointing out that Jackson Bird had missed out on the squad by dint of his batting rather than bowling, as the former junior batsman and now seamer Joe Mennie was preferred. Equally he singled out Marsh and Nevill as needing to make more runs at the pivot point between batsmen and bowlers. Before the match, Smith had spoken of the pair: Those guys have been working really hard, the selectors have said they want Mitch Marsh to come out and score more runs, but I have watched him pretty closely over the last six months and I think hes made a lot of improvement to his game, weve been working on him playing the ball a bit softer in defence, I know if he spends a lot of time in the middle he can score incredibly quickly, he hits the ball as hard as anyone so it is about making sure he is out there long enough to score big runs.There seems something slightly contradictory about Marshs commission. On one level he is meant to make the most of his innate power at the crease, yet on the other build his defence in order to play the long innings expected of a No. 6. The result appears now to be a batsman confused, trying to bat properly without the technical tools to do so, while at the same time removing the danger to opposition sides that may be created by his potential for rapid scoring.Nevill, meanwhile, is repeatedly finding himself batting with an increasingly jittery tail, unable to change the momentum of the game with brazen attacks on the bowlers because it simply isnt his style. Alongside Adam Voges, Nevill played decently enough this day, until he was harshly ruled to have been caught off bat and pad at slip - little evidence for contact with the former could be found on replays.So it was that South Africa found themselves in control of the match despite losing the services of Dale Steyn on the very same day. Painful as that shoulder injury looked, the wider malady in Perth is clearly with the hosts. Like a stubborn travel bug, Australias batting malady is overstaying its welcome. White Jets Jerseys . 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AMMAN, Jordan -- After 16 hours without food or water, Moath al-Khawaldeh laces up pink training shoes and begins working up a sweat sprinting across a track in the Jordanian capital of Amman.Running slower than his 4:19 mile best, al-Khawaldeh grimaces on the final lap and looks to the golden sky of sunset.The 27-year-old is on a multiyear quest to run in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.With guidance from nutritionists and coaches in Jordan and the U.S., the runner follows a training program that has lowered his body fat, cut his marathon time by 15 minutes and has enabled him to train while fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.I forget that Im fasting and I just do it, he said. I feel that Ramadan is a one-month marathon.Believers abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk in one of Islams central tenets. Fasting aims to remind Muslims of the hunger pains of the poor.Al-Khawaldeh said fasting also builds mental strength.God will never change a person who hasnt changed themselves, he said, quoting the Muslim holy book, or Quran. For him training, or making the best of ones ability, is a form of faith just like fasting.Fasting for a month changes sleep cycles, body temperature, hormone and blood sugar levels -- all of which can reduce athletic performance if not properly handled, said Asma Aloui, an associate professor at Gafsa University in Tunisia.Her research on fasting athletes playing soccer and judo suggests that those who drink enough water, eat, sleep and train properly can maintain their speeds and strength.A starving body absorbs food differently as it adapts to a lack of minerals, nutrients and water, said al-Khawaldehs nutrition coach Aseel al-Saleh.After a few days of fasting, an athletes body switches quickly into deficiency mode to build up fat reserves, al-Saleh said in her office at DNA, a fitness center in Amman.The funny thing about human physiology is that it cant differentiate between dietary restriction and starvation. It just cant, it shuts down, she said.On the road to Tokyo, Al-Khawaldeh cant afford catabolism, or muscle loss, so he and al-Saleh crafted an athletes Ramadan diet.Instead of five small meals a day, he switched to eating the holy months traditional two meals loaded with vegetables, lean protein and nutritional supplements like omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, fish oil and branch-chain amino acids.During the day, he works as a program officer for the Jordanian peace-building nonprofit Generations for Peace. He naps after work, then rises for the first training session, which ends with the sundown call to prayer -- the signal that its time to eat.Al-Khawaldeh eats a few dates and drinks water at the track, then heads home to a sufra, or Ramadan table laden with foods selected to recover nutrients and hydrationn lost during the days fast.ddddddddddddAt the post-sundown meal, or iftar, he typically eats chicken on brown rice and steamed vegetables and washes it down with a smoothie of skim milk, dates, bananas, almonds and protein powder.The meal contains easily digested nutrients and proteins, while the second meal, suhour, eaten before sunrise contains slow-burning proteins.People often gain weight during Ramadan because the days hunger drives many to gorge on fatty foods and sugary drinks, said al-Saleh, the nutrition coach. Many also cut sleep to enjoy social gatherings often surrounded by calorie-heavy snacks.But Al-Khawaldeh interprets Ramadans tradition to his advantage with a support network of people helping him eat, sleep, hydrate and train safely.Two years ago, al-Khawaldeh began working with Lee Troop, a high performance coach at the Boulder Track Club in Colorado, a nonprofit running club and training center. At the time, he could run a marathons 42 kilometers or 26.2 miles in 2 hours and 40 minutes, but he needed to lower that to 2:18:59 to qualify for the Olympics.With Troops regimen and guidance, al-Khawaldeh got faster -- 2:33:36 in Vienna, 2:30:57 in Berlin and 2:27:35 in Hamburg. He still faces thousands of training miles over the next three years to try to shave nearly 10 more minutes off his time to get to Tokyo.Troop said the key to long-term success in long-distance running is determination and steady work. Al-Khawaldehs program during Ramadan left the runner leaner, but not faster, yet the mental exercise of fasting is preparing him well for Tokyo, the coach said.His work ethic is second to none, Troop said. Hes been very resilient and the key for success is that long-term development of every day, week, month and year.If al-Khawaldeh qualifies for Tokyo, he will be only the second Jordanian to ever run in the event, according to the Jordan Olympic Committees website.Jordan has competed in the Summer Olympics since 1980, mainly in skeet shooting and taekwondo. Five Jordanians will compete in martial arts, boxing and the triathlon in this years games in Brazil.The centerpiece of al-Khawaldehs Ramadan training is a midnight run, monitored and timed by Osama al-Qattan, 52, a Jordanian ultra-marathon runner.After a recent night session, al-Qattan drives while al-Khawaldeh relaxes in the backseat, sipping water and a protein shake. Running is 30 percent physical and 70 percent mental, the older runner said. And Moath has a strong will.Al-Khawaldeh said Ramadan is a welcome test of strength.Its a great feeling, the sense that you have that power in your body that you didnt know was there but comes out during Ramadan, he said. Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys China Womens NFL Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Discount Jerseys ' ' '
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