first_imgMark Waugh calls Brendon McCullum a lucky c**t on live TV. Here’s what happenedBig Bash League 2018-19: Mark Waugh used an expletive on live television on Sunday while referring to Brendon McCullum’s love for horse racing.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 14:31 IST Brendon McCullum, who retired from international cricket, is plying his trade for Brisbane Heat in the ongoing BBL season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMark Waugh used the expletive while talking about Brendon McCullum’s hobby outside cricket – horse racingBrendon McCullum, who retired from international cricket in 2016, began his own bloodstock company in 2014 Brendon McCullum is plying his trade for Brisbane Heat in the ongoing Big Bash League season Former Australia cricketer Mark Waugh called ex-New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum with an expletive on live television on Sunday ahead of Big Bash League (BBL) match in Australia.Appearing on Fox Cricket in the buildup to the tie between Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat in Melbourne, Mark Waugh said Brendon McCullum is a lucky “c**nt”. Waugh quickly realised his blooper on live television and tried to correct himself.Referring to McCullum’s love for horse racing, Waugh said: “Actually he’s got a share in a horse with my wife that [she] trains for him. So yeah he loves his horses. Good punter. He’s a lucky c***, he’s a lucky punter, too.”McCullum, who has been showing a keen interest in horse racing, came up with his own bloodstock company – Vermair Racing Ltd in 2014 in a bid to “build a stable of horses that compete and succeed on the world’s biggest racing stage”.McCullum, who retired from international cricket in 2016, has been plying his trade in franchise-based T20 leagues across the globe. McCullum is currently representing the Brisbane Heat in the ongoing season of BBL.McCullum made 13 off 14 balls as the Brisbane Heat lost to Melbourne Stars by five runs in Sunday’s encounter at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Marcus Stoinis’s all-round effort (29-ball 43 and 4/21) sealed the deal for the home side.Brisbane Heat are struggling in the ongoing season, languishing at the seventh spot in the eight-team table with three wins from 10 matches. McCullum has been in decent form, scoring 245 runs in 10 matches.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya wants to forget what happened, was terrific in 3rd ODI: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Come on yaar: Hardik Pandya furious with Shikhar Dhawan’s fielding effortAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow brendon mccullumFollow Mark WaughFollow McCullum horse racingFollow Big Bash LeagueFollow New Zealand Cricketlast_img read more


“This species has enough significant differences to separate it from the other species,” said Peter Kirk, editor of the British Tarantula Society’s journal, which published a study describing the spider in December. But, Kirk notes, taxonomic determinations based on physical descriptions can provoke disagreement. “I absolutely would love to see DNA sampling done – on all the species ofPoecilotheria,” he said. A new type of tarantula about the size of your face has been found in northern Sri Lanka. Scientists found the spiders — with a leg span up to 8 inches (20cm) across — living in trees and the old doctor’s quarters of a hospital in Mankulam.Covered in beautiful, ornate markings, the spiders belong to the genus Poecilotheria, known as “Pokies” for short. These are the tiger spiders, an arboreal group indigenous to India and Sri Lanka that are known for being colourful, fast, and venomous. As a group, the spiders are related to a class of South American tarantula that includes the Goliath bird-eater, the world’s largest. The spider’s unique leg markings include geometric patterns with daffodil-yellow and grey inlays on the first and fourth legs. It was first seen during a Sri Lankan arachnid survey led by Ranil Nanayakkara, co-founder of Sri Lanka’s Biodiversity Education and Research. In October 2009, a local villager presented Nanayakkara and his team with a dead male specimen that didn’t resemble knownPoecilotheria in the area. Before the team could begin describing the presumptive new species, they needed more individuals. Scouring the semi-evergreen, forested area for females and juveniles required the help of police inspector Michael Rajakumar Purajah, who accompanied the team through areas just beginning to recover from a civil war. Eventually, the team found enough spiders – including the ones hiding in a hospital – to assemble a detailed description of the new arachnids.“They are quite rare,” Nanayakkara said. “They prefer well-established old trees, but due to deforestation the number have dwindled and due to lack of suitable habitat they enter old buildings.” “When it comes down to taxonomy, it’s not a hard and fast science,” Kirk said. “Until we get to things like DNA sampling.” (Courtesy Wired.com) Arachnologist Robert Raven, curator at the Queensland Museum in Australia, says the team has done a thorough job describing the spider, but isn’t entirely convinced the team has found a new species – yet.“The description and figures are excellent and will provide a good basis for establishing whether it is a good species,” he said, noting the possibility that the spiders are a local variant of a related species. Raven says not enough is known about the Poecilotheria genus in general, and that more detailed studies of each known species are needed before new ones can be reliably added. “The genusPoecilotheria has not been taxonomically revised,” he said. “Popping new species out in that situation is always going to be fraught with doubt and difficulty.”So far, about 15 species have been described within Poecilotheria. Several are endangered, due mostly to loss of habitat. P. metallica, a bright blue beauty, is considered critically endangered. So is P. hanumavilasumica — named after a temple on Rameshwaram Island –which lives among the trees in the island’s disappearing plantations. The spider which most closely resembles P. rajaei is called P. regalis, and so far has only been found on the Indian mainland. Nanayakkara hints that he’s got several more potential new tarantulas up his sleeve, awaiting review. The new spider, named Poecilotheria rajaei after a local police inspector who helped the team navigate post-civil war northern Sri Lanka, differs from similar species primarily in the markings on its legs and underside, which bears a pink abdominal band. read more