HOT OR NOT: Kane Williamson leads New Zealand cricket into history and Karl Darlow for England?

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HOT OR NOT: Kane Williamson leads New Zealand cricket into landmark week, while Karl Darlow is playing his way to an England call-up… but Leeds’ humiliation of Karen Carney should be condemned

  • New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is now Test cricket’s top-ranked batsman 
  • Exeter Chiefs’ director of rugby Rob Baxter was given at OBE after a great 2020
  • Leeds United defended a club tweet aimed at football pundit Karen Carney

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s Daniel Matthews reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week.  

HOT

KANE WILLIAMSON

It has been a landmark week for New Zealand cricket. 

With a thrilling victory over Pakistan they became the world’s No 1 Test team for the first time and their brilliant captain is now Test cricket’s top-ranked batsman, after returning from paternity leave with a superb ton.

Kane Williamson is now Test cricket’s top-ranked batsman, with New Zealand the top team

KARL DARLOW

No wonder Darlow is allowing himself to dream about an England call-up. 

The goalkeeper made a series of stunning saves against Liverpool to ensure Newcastle ended the year with a vital point.

ROB BAXTER

Exeter’s director of rugby needn’t have been so suspicious — his OBE was no prank. 

Rather, it was richly deserved after masterminding an incredible rise to the summit of European rugby.

Exeter's director of rugby Rob Baxter (above) was given an OBE in the New Year's Honours list

Exeter’s director of rugby Rob Baxter (above) was given an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list

NOT

LEEDS UNITED

What was the nadir of Karen Carney-gate? 

Was it when Leeds tried to humiliate a pundit for voicing an opinion? Or when owner Andrea Radrizzani doubled down? 

Leeds chief Andrea Radrizzani (above) defended a tweet aimed at pundit Karen Carney

Leeds chief Andrea Radrizzani (above) defended a tweet aimed at pundit Karen Carney

Or when the club were apparently ‘taken aback’ by the sexist abuse Carney received?

GLENN McCRORY

It was a rather depressing sight — former world cruiserweight champion McCrory, 56, running in near darkness before sending a message to Roy Jones Jnr, 51, down the camera. 

Hang them up, boys. You’ve nothing to prove.

PREMIER LEAGUE

Why bother writing a rule that stipulates games should go ahead if clubs have 14 players available, only to then ignore it?





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