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When John Hampshire was appointed coach of Zimbabwe in the lead-up to their first Test match in 1992, the Yorkshireman was quick to lay out the extent of their ambitions. The batsmen were taught how to leave, and the bowlers instructed to bowl a foot outside off stump. When Zimbabwe crossed 400 in their first innings against India, taking nearly two days to do so, a player had the temerity to suggest that they might declare. Hampshires spiky response made it clear that they would be doing nothing of the sort. Zimbabwe drew the match, and viewed it like a victory.Forever the underdog (aside from the years of Bangladeshs Test infancy), Zimbabwes ambitions have rarely risen since. The countrys pitches are the very definition of nondescript, boasting little pace, average bounce, no real turn to speak of. Little wonder then that, asked how difficult it had been to take 10 wickets on the final day to beat Zimbabwe in their 100th Test, Rangana Heraths eyes became wide as the air escaped from his mouth.In truth it shouldnt have even been close. With Tino Mawoyo and Brian Chari seeing off the first hour of the day, Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza taking care of the second, and lots of batting to come, Zimbabwe should have notched up the 27th draw in their history, leaving everyone to debate Heraths decision not to declare earlier. You cannot plan for whether its raining or not, was how he saw it. We had a plan with the coaches to declare before the end of the [fourth] day but we couldnt do that because of the rain. You cant rely on the weather, so you have to keep on playing as it is.When Mawoyo got a rough decision from umpire Simon Fry, given out lbw to a delivery from Dilruwan Perera that was comfortably missing his leg stump, Zimbabwe embarked on their standard collapse and questions around Heraths decision-making receded. We were really happy with the start we had, but then when we started to lose a few wickets we panicked, said Graeme Cremer.Yet over the next 45 minutes, the air of inevitability around Zimbabwes defeat dissipated. Sean Williams and Peter Moor dug in, and Herath found himself being tested in his first Test as captain. Unlike fifth-day pitches back home, he could not wheel away from one end all day knowing that he could do the job all on his own. Nor could he post three slips and a gully and back his quicks to wrap it up. Field placements were changed, bowlers were rotated.Eventually it was Lahiru Kumara who showed why he had been picked at the age of 19, with just two first-class matches under his belt. Kumara endured a tough introduction to Test cricket on day two, when he registered a first-ball duck with the bat, started his bowling with five wides down the leg side and was taken off after two overs.Over the next three days, on a slow pitch with no lateral movement, his pace proved its worth. In the first innings he had separated a 132-run stand when, bowling in the heat of the day, he sent down a bouncer that Moor could only fend to slip. Now, with the sun at its hottest once again, he rattled Moor with a series of short deliveries before trapping him lbw, jumping on the crease.For me hes an interesting character, Herath said of Kumara. Hes quick and Im sure hes a good prospect for Sri Lankan cricket. I tell you a lot of credit goes to the fast bowlers. There was not much assistance for the spinners and the Zimbabweans batted well. But the fast bowlers played their heart out and gave 100%, which is the main thing.That was the back of Zimbabwes innings broken, but Sri Lanka still had to contend with Cremer. And Williams was in belligerent mood, blocking out delivery after delivery, then reverse-sweeping the spinners for four when he wanted to silence the fielders around the bat. Asela Gunaratnes inclusion at the expense of another spinner began to look questionable, given the friendly nature of his medium-pace.Before tea, Herath changed ends. During the interval, clouds welled up in the south, as they had prior to the fourth evening being lost to rain. The light faded. But fourth ball after the break, Williams edged to slip. When Herath trapped Donald Tiripano lbw soon after, it looked like Herath was just doing what Herath does on the final day of Test matches: bowl his side to victory. Sri Lanka didnt care that Tiripano had edged it, giving them a sixth dubious decision - and 10 lbws in a game where not one had gone against them. Its just one of those things that happens in cricket, Herath said.The clouds moved off, and the sun came out. Carl Mumba started blocking. At the other end Cremer looked immovable. Herath switched ends. He then took the second new ball and switched ends again. The overs ticked down. 15, 14, 13, 12. Zimbabwe, through their captain Cremer, were on their way to their objective. Herath switched ends. Then something unbelievable happened. For the first time in over seven hours at the crease, Cremer lost his head.Out of nowhere, with Zimbabwe less than 10 overs from drawing, he leaped down the pitch, missed one from Herath, and was stumped. Having cheered every dot ball wildly, the small crowd went quiet. I blame myself for losing this game, said the Man of the Match. If I was there then at least if Carl [Mumba] or Chris [Mpofu] had got out then I would have felt a lot better about myself, but I think my wicket was the turning point in us losing this game.It wasnt quite over yet. Mpofu, one of Test crickets worst No. 11s, saw off the over from Herath. Then Mumba took care of two more. Seven overs to go. On the balcony, Heath Streak was in the same seat hed occupied all day. Even with No. 10 and 11 out there we still thought, Shee, weve still got a chance here, reflected Cremer.Dilruwan returned. Mpofu fended one to midwicket, then dabbed another square on the leg side. The crowd cheered. 7.4 overs left. But Dilruwan flighted the next one, Mpofu pushed forward, and the ball took off stump. A young Sri Lankan side had passed their first test. Zimbabwe had lost their 100th, but rediscovered some of their moral fibre. Test cricket felt alive in Zimbabwe once again, and so did the spirit of Hampshire. Wholesale Air Max For Sale . 1 position. 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Wholesale Air Max Shoes . According to a report from the Vancouver Province, the Lions are expected to replace former DC Rich Stubler with defensive backs coach Mark Washington.Andy Murray has achieved one of his biggest successes by reaching the world No 1 ranking. Here, we look back at the most significant moments in his career. From the courts of Dunblane to the best player on planet tennis, Murray marked his remarkable rise with an eighth title of the season at the ATP Paris Masters, extending his winning run to 19 matches with victory over John Isner. Murray wins Paris Masters Andy Murray beats John Isner to win ATP Paris Masters As recently as June, when Novak Djokovic became the first man in 47 years to hold all four major titles at the same time, the Serbians lead appeared unassailable. But Murray has been imperious in the months since, winning Wimbledon, Olympic gold and five other titles and losing just three matches. Murrays magnificent year Andy Murray adds world no 1 ranking to 2016 achievements He is reaping richly-deserved rewards for an outstanding end to 2016 and there may yet be plenty more to come.It all started at the age of five for Murray when his magic with the racquet was spotted and seven years later he won the under-14 National Championships at the age of 12. Murray won the US Open juniors at Flushing Meadows In September 2004, Murray won the US Open juniors at Flushing Meadows by beating Sergiy Stakhovsky, cementing his position as the nations brightest hope.By March 2005, he became the youngest Briton to ever play in the Davis Cup. He helped GB beat Israel with a crucial doubles victory. Murray v Djokovic: Is the race won? Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic: Their previous meetings Following an impressive Queens performance, Murray received a wildcard for Wimbledon where he put on an impressive run before losing out to the experienced David Nalbandian in a thriller. Later that year he reached his first ATP Tour final in Thailand, but was stopped in his tracks by the great Roger Federer. Murray sealed his first ATP title early in 2006, beating Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt to win in San Jose After teaming up with his nemesis Djokovic in mens doubles action at the 2006 Australian Open, victory over Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt gave him a first career title in San Jose and a place in the top 50.A year later he broke into the top 10 for the first time and then reached the semi-finals of Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami. Most weeks at No 1 - 10 longest-serving incumbents: Roger Federer 302 weeks Pete Sampras 282 Ivan Lendl 270 Jimmy Connors 268 Novak Djokovic 223 John McEnroe 170 Rafa Nadal 141 Bjorn Borg 109 Andre Agassi 101 Lleyton Hewitt 80 Ahead of the 2008 US Open, Murray beat Djokovic in Cincinnati to win his first ever Masters title. That helped him gain enough confidence to go on a run at Flushing Meadows where he upset Nadal for the first time when they met in the semi-finals. Federer was a class act in the final, though, winning 6-2 7-5 6-2. Murray and Federer pose with their trophies after the 2008 US Open final at Flushing Meadows When Murray beat James Blake to win Queens in 2009, he became the first Briton to do so since 1938 and in his second major final in Australia in 2010, that man Federer once again shattered his dreams. I can cry like Roger, its just a shame I cant play like him, said an emotional Murray. Watch NOW TV! Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. The following year brought about a stellar season. In the first major of the year, he made the final of the Australian Open, losing out Djokovic before he ended the 74-year wait for a British mens singles Wimbledon finalist, but again was unable to make the next step, losing in four sets to Federer.He bounced back with a stunning 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory against Federer at Wimbledon in the Olympic final and partnered Laura Robson to silver in the mixed doubles. Murray finally claimed the first major of his caareer in a thrilling US Open final Buoyed by Olympic success, Murray reached the final of the US Open.ddddddddddddFrom two sets up against Djokovic, he was pegged back, but he found something extra to triumph in five sets. A couple of months later though, at the 2013 Australian Open, the Serb exacted his revenge with a four-set win. Murray milestones Andy Murrays greatest moments revisited ahead of the ATP World Tour Finals A week before Wimbledon, Murray claimed his third Aegon Championships trophy at Queens Club by beating Marin Cilic. And it was glory at the All England Club as he survived a nerve-shredding last game to clinch a famous 6-4 7-5 6-4 win against world No 1 Djokovic to finally end Fred Perrys 77-year reign as the last home mens singles champion. Murrays Wimbledon dream finally became a reality on July 7 2013 After a disappointing 2014, Murray returned to a Grand Slam final in January 2015 but lost to Djokovic in Melbourne. Then in May, he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber to claim his first-ever clay-court title in Munich and quickly followed that up with a stunning 6-3 6-2 victory over King of Clay Nadal to win the Madrid Masters.Murray Kevin Anderson to land his fourth Aegon Championships title before finally ending an eight-match losing streak against Djokovic to land the Montreal Masters crown. Jamie Murray, Dom Inglot, James Ward, Leon Smith, Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans pose with the Davis Cup Of all Murrays successes, guiding Britain to the Davis Cup title was the most unlikely. The Scot won 11 of Britains 12 points, including three in doubles with brother Jamie to end the year in glorious fashion. WATCH: Murray is world No 1 Sky Sports pays tribute to Britains finest tennis player... In January this year, his search for an elusive Australian Open title continued after his fourth final loss to Djokovic.Having turned himself into one of the worlds best clay-courters, Murray completed his set of major finals by reaching the decider at the French Open, but the result was familiar - defeat by Djokovic. Murray beat Raonic to secure his second Wimbledon title Just a couple of months later, Murray stamped his class on proceedings against first-time Slam finalist Milos Raonic to triumph at Wimbledon and claim his third major crown.And as part of a career-best run of 22 straight victories, he became the first tennis player to retain an Olympic singles title with a gruelling victory over Juan Martin del Potro in Rio. Murray dislodges Newk Andy Murray has become the oldest first-time No 1 since John Newcombe Murray became the 26th man to be ranked world No 1 since the system began in 1973 after reaching the final of the Paris Masters when his semi-final opponent Raonic withdrew due to injury. He went on to beat Isner in Sundays final, and will now prepare for an assault on the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, where he will look to end his greatest ever season on an ultimate high. Murrays 2016 in numbers: 8 Number of titles won 12 Finals contested 3 Murray won his third Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2 Success in Rio brought him a second Olympic gold medal 74 Matches won 9 Matches lost 22 The longest unbeaten stretch of Murrays career came between the French Open in June and Cincinnati in August 5 Murray became the first player to win five titles at Queens Club 527 Aces 10,948,552 Prize money in US dollars (£8.75million at current exchange rate) Well be back in 2017, but in the meantime you can follow us skysports.com/tennis, or our app for mobile devices and iPad and our Twitter account @skysportstennis.By purchasing a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, you can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels and watch on a TV with a NOW TV Box or on a range of devices. 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