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His family dreamed up James Bond, he lives close to Blofeld, served with the Royal Green Jackets and played first-class cricket in an appropriately pugnacious manner. His first two scoring shots were sixes. His suitably entertaining friends include Boris Johnson, who will be high up on the list of invitees to Lords next summer. In appointing Matthew Fleming as its youngest president since Peter May several decades ago, MCC has opted for a colourful individual, for sure.It is also a practical selection. Fleming, who takes office at the start of this month, is already MCCs representative on the ECBs board at a time when the club is concerned about retaining two Tests a year at Lords, the effect this might have on its redevelopment, and its role in any future city-based T20 tournament. Gone are the days when the president was a man such as Flemings fellow Green Jacket Lord Bramall, whose position was a titular one. As the likes of Christopher Martin-Jenkins have found in recent years, there is politics around every cleft of the great ground.Fleming is now 51 but is little changed in looks since his ruddy-faced exertions for Kent and, in one-day cricket, for England, although his resemblance to Ian Fleming, his great uncle, whose literary estate he helps direct, is increasingly noticeable. His background in the army, outwitting bomb attacks in Northern Ireland, gave him, he said at Lords this week, the maturity to play sport under pressure. If I get something wrong in cricket, we lose the match. If I get something wrong in the army, someone could die.Flemings father wanted him to join the army after he left Eton, where Johnson, a preciously intelligent and enthusiastic man was a contemporary and friend. Fleming wanted to go straight into cricket, but initially was turned down by Kent and then by Worcestershire. They preferred Kapil Dev - one of the easier decisions, he said. Colin Cowdrey, however, was supportive and Fleming eventually made his debut for Kent at the age of 24. His maturity and independence - If I had your money Id play shots like you, David Bairstow once told him from behind the stumps, or at any rate claimed to have done - proved a boon.Even so, the nickname of Jazzer, as in jazz-hat cricketer, was misjudged. Fleming was no amateur. He gave his all for Kent as a middle-order biffer and medium-pacer, finishing with 9206 runs and 290 wickets in first-class cricket, as well as the fastest century of the season in his final year, 2002. T20 would have been a perfect fit for him.He was good enough to play for England 11 times in one-day cricket and, on one memorable televised occasion in Canterbury, to run out four batsmen from point with direct hits. Never could a home address - he grew up at Stonewall Park in Kent - have been more inappropriate.Not that Fleming did not admire the hard-nosed professional who ground out runs. He favoured signing Steve Waugh for Kent towards the end of Waughs career, even though the club was running out of money and the emerging Alex Loudon was kept out of the side as a consequence. Flemings countenance was ruddier than ever when he stormed up to the press box and, bizarrely given his own background, accused his critics of supporting Loudon only because he went to Eton.So how does Fleming view Waugh and his advocacy of sledging given that one of his prime roles as MCC president will be to promote the clubs spirit of cricket? In many ways Steve embodies that, but in his quieter moments he might think, as captain of one of the most successful of sides, that he could have done one or two things differently and set a slightly different tone on the pitch. Indeed, Fleming is turning his attention to this rather woolly pronouncement. Russell Cake, the chairman of MCCs Laws committee, is looking into the wording as part of a complete review. The language may need tweaking to be relevant to a new generation of cricket lovers, said Fleming.The new generation is at the forefront of his ambitions as president. And, when he comes to appoint his own successor, to take office next October, he will be after someone who reflects his energy and enthusiasm. The evolution of cricket is essential. There is a huge amount of social and intellectual capital in the club and I want to engage with more younger cricket fans. If there is to be more day-night cricket at Lords, [in terms of city-based matches] then we will have discussions with Westminster City Council about more use of the floodlights. It would be good if double the number of schools used the indoor school.Fleming wants to create a form of membership to enable London-based young people to join MCC. We are going to have to be imaginative for younger generations without alienating the 6107 candidates on the waiting list. The options the club is considering for redevelopment at the Nursery End include a hospitality area near the east gate, which would provide a meeting point for a form of membership for the U-18s. MCC is conscious that the average age of the members is 61 - and rising.This could be called Lords Cricket Club but the idea has not gone before the main committee yet. It is not a conscious effort to get away from the stereotypical image. The members love cricket. If they sit in the pavilion wearing MCC blazers, putting on weight and falling asleep, that is fair enough, but they are not reflective of the core body of the club, said Fleming.All in all, youth will be the prevailing theme on his watch. Andrew Strauss, on behalf of the ECB, and John Stephenson, MCCs cricket secretary, will be conducting what Fleming calls a root and branch review of player pathway in terms of whether it is more beneficial for prospective first-class cricketers to go to university or straight to the counties to which they will already be attached. Whereas Strauss benefited from having been coached by Graeme Fowler at Durham, Fleming did not go on to higher education.MCCs funding of six leading university centres will be cut by half from next year. Fowler believes in nurturing elite players, but MCCs take is that universities should also create opportunities in their local communities. Some counties embrace having players at university more than others, said Fleming. Maybe there could be more coaching at universities. We feel they could be finding partners. There has to be a degree of recognition for the investment the club has put into the game, and perhaps the ECB could top this up, for over the last ten years the ECB has not taken this into account in terms of allocating major matches. Andrew Strauss is not one to hang around.Fleming is also chairman of MCCs cricket committee. The original Vision for Lords, which was believed to have been approved by Johnson in his capacity as mayor of London, incorporated a subterranean indoor academy at the Nursery End, yet Fleming was on the main committee when the scheme, unanimously backed by the development committee, broke down amid considerable rancour in 2011. Fleming sided with the then chairman, Oliver Stocken, and the treasurer, Justin Dowley, who stymied it. The academy looked astonishing, he said, but I feel the membership need more information about development at the Nursery End. Development or no development - and doing nothing at the Nursery End will not be one of the options put before the 18,000 full members at the turn of the year - Fleming believes Lords still has a compelling case for staging two Tests each year.If the likes of Cake and Mike Brearley, who has the extraordinary ability to listen to a conversation and sum it up in three words, not a quality always in abundance in MCC committees, provide the intellectual capital Fleming can draw on, Johnson will provide both that and required social impetus. Although he is a thoughtful man, I couldnt sense Boris was going places when we were 18. We thought we were all useless and didnt think about the future in those terms. He was more suited to rowing, but he did once bowl me with some screwed up A4 paper.When Roger Knight, a former headmaster, rang Fleming to ask him to be his successor as president, Flemings first thought was that he had done something wrong - as if he was still at school. Those were less exacting days, however, than when he was on a tour of Northern Ireland (army, not cricket). I went back there when I played for Kent and afterwards took a taxi around the areas I used to go to with a gun. There were plenty of moments - bombs were more of a concern than shootings - that Im glad I dont have to go through again.Marlins Jerseys 2019 . And follow right through Deadline Day for all the updates. From Pierre LeBrun While Anaheim GM Bob Murray said earlier this season he was not going to trade Jonas Hiller despite the fact hes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, some sources have told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that Murray might be willing to move another goalie. Miami Marlins Shirts . A big centre with all the tools to be an elite player, Johansen paced the Blue Jackets with a standout game Saturday night. 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In the response filed Wednesday to the complaint by 30-year-old Alexander Bradley, attorneys say the former University of Florida player is invoking his Fifth Amendment right that protects people from incriminating themselves.PITTSBURGH -- Ramon Foster knows the drill, even if its one the Pittsburgh Steelers have been largely able to avoid most of the last four-plus decades.When a team that began September with realistic Super Bowl expectations finds itself listing as Thanksgiving nears like the Steelers (4-5) are following a late defensive meltdown cost them against Dallas on Sunday, drama -- either real or imagined -- is sure to follow.Its why Foster found himself at his locker on Monday answering questions about everything from the teams confidence in coach Mike Tomlin to quarterback Ben Roethlisbergers grousing about accountability.When you have that type of hype and you dont live up to it in the middle of the season, you kind of lose a lot people, Foster said. Im OK with that. Well be fine.Eventually perhaps, but not at the moment. While Foster remains resolute that theres time for Pittsburgh to get it together -- starting with a trip on Sunday to winless Cleveland (0-10) -- he understands the angst. The Steelers were supposed to challenge Denver and New England for AFC supremacy. Instead theyre under .500 and behind underwhelming Baltimore in the blah AFC North.The thing we cant do is bury ourselves, Foster said. At this point it seems everybody is against us.Yet Foster stressed the Steelers are not against themselves. Asked if hes aware of a sense of growing dissatisfaction from the outside about Tomlin, Foster just shrugged his shoulders.Its easy to do that, Foster said. You go for the head. If (anything) goes wrong, it rolls from the top down.Foster thinks the blame is better resting elsewhere, namely on the 53 men who are in the middle of a four-game slide thats removed all of the good vibes surrounding a 4-1 start. He has little issue with Tomlins decision to attempt four 2-point conversions, even if all of them failed.Id do it again though, Foster said. We practice it. Whos to say, maybe itll work for us in the Super Bowl?Foster punctuated the response with a smile. Considering the state of the division, the Steelers are hardly out of it. Yet they hardly look like a team capable of making any sort of postseason noise should they even manage to make it.They did at times aagainst the Cowboys, taking an early nine-point lead and twice scoring touchdowns to go in front in the fourth quarter.dddddddddddd If either of those touchdowns hold up -- LeVeon Bells lunging 1-yard dive or Roethlisbergers fake spike that turned into a 15-yard lob to Antonio Brown -- Pittsburgh is back above .500 after knocking off the hottest team in the NFL.Its a razor thin margin between narratives and it doesnt take someone whos been around like Foster to figure it out. Its why rookie safety Sean Davis couldnt stop replaying the 15-yard facemask penalty on Cowboys tight end Jason Witten that set the stage for Ezekiel Elliotts clinching 32-yard sprint with 9 seconds to go.Yeah, it ate me up a little bit last night, Davis said. But its over. Cant do anything about it right now. You shouldnt see any more facemask penalties for me for a very long time.Thats Davis trying to hold himself accountable, an issue Roethlisberger hinted at in frustration in the middle of a quiet Pittsburgh locker room Sunday afternoon. Roethlisberger called his team undisciplined and not accountable but declined to get into specifics, simply calling it a feeling.Foster described Roethlisbergers message as simply take on your own battles first, meaning handle your business before worrying about someone elses. Of course the tenor changes completely if Dallas doesnt score last.Thats the NFL, linebacker Arthur Moats said. Theres no moral victories. Its pass/fail. We understand that coming in ... we know the type of team that we have. We know the potential we have.Theyre running out of time to show it. Four of Pittsburghs next five games are on the road and even the luckless Browns hardly seem like a pushover for a team that hasnt won away from Heinz Field since Week 1.At this point wed be very idiotic to think Cleveland is not going to play us as hard as they can, Foster said. Theyre 0-8 or 0-9 and were freaking 0-4 in our last four games. Theyre going to be chomping at the bit.---For more NFL coverage: and ' ' '

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