she'll now meet greek player valentini grammatikopoulou. meanwhile, katie swan was impressive in advancing as she beat second seed jil teichmann. the brit won 6—4, 6—2 on her french open debut. she faces xiyu wang tomorrow. caleb ewan won stage 11 of cycling's giro d'italia. the italian valerio conti, riding for uae emirates, kept the overall leader's pink jersey before the race heads for the first day in the alps on thursday. former england captain andrew strauss says england have the best chance to win the world cup this summer. strauss stepped away from his role as director of cricket at the ecb when his wife ruth was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. ruth passed away in december last year and strauss has set up a foundation in her name.
the first aim of the foundation is to fund research into these rare forms of lung cancer, to understand why people get them, to hopefully find a way of it being diagnosed earlier, because too often, it is diagnosed at stage when it is too late, and to find new treatment options. —— at a stage format. the second element is providing support for people as they go through that journey, emotional well—being, psychological support for both the patients and families, including bereavement. unfortunately, so often with lung cancer, the outlook is poor and people have to get their heads round the fact that they are going to lose a loved one, and as a family, they will have to make a huge transition. i would argue, well, i know for a fact, huge transition. i would argue, well, i know fora fact, it huge transition. i would argue, well, i know for a fact, it helps hugely if you have some professional help to help navigate your way through that. you stepped away from your role to spend time with ruth
and it take care of her. did you think cricket didn't mean that much and things are put into perspective as everyone says? 100%. i and things are put into perspective as everyone says? 10096. i think in some ways, it made me love the game more, because i focused on the important bits of the game in cricket, rather than the silly and insignificant things that any given day or week seem important. something that has happened in the media, or we have lost a match or something like that. i think i have certainly come out of the whole experience less affected by the small things, i don't sweat the small stuff nearly as much. you must be proud, one of yourjobs was to prepare indian for 2019 and they are number one in the world. we have come a huge way in cricket, that has taken a lot of hard work from lots of people, particularly trevor bayliss and eoin morgan. they have done an outstanding job to get us to this stage. the plan was always to get to the world cup, as one of, if
not the best team in the world. then you believe you can win it. and now, it is about the guy doing it under pressure, but they are doing it with a huge amount of confidence as well. we will never have a better chance, i really believe that, an exceptional group of players, they get on well, they know exactly how they are looking to play the game. i think they will deliver for us, i really do. team selection was announced yesterday, did you watch with interest? yes, i think they got it right. very hard on david william in particular, who has been an important cog in the wheel over the last four years, but offering something different, coming in at the last minute, he has such a point of difference that it is very hard to replicate. what has changed from four years ago? there is so much more confidence about the squad, eoin morgan was in place as captain back then, but they were not as on fire as they are now. my gut response is that we didn't care
enough about 50 over cricket, we we re enough about 50 over cricket, we were all about test cricket. we have turned it on its head and said, if we wa nt turned it on its head and said, if we want to win a world cup, we have to focus on it. these guys are playing more and more 2020, they have gone to the ipl and have experienced that. innovations have been shared completely, so anything is possible and that is what makes it such a watchable format. any world event is great, isn't it? those knock out stages where it is do ordie, it those knock out stages where it is do or die, it isjust incredible to watch, and hopefully england can go the whole way. former manchester united and arsenal striker robin van persie says that ole gunnar solskjaer is the right man to lead manchester united and must be given a fair chance to reverse their decline. van persie was speaking exclusively to the bbc‘s david ornstein a few days afterfinishing his playing days at dutch side feyenoord, the club where he started his senior career back in 2001.
few players in the modern era have had an impact like robin van persie. fewer still made this spectacular look quite so easy. commentator: thrush is a time, not many players could do that. it's no similar picture perfect moments during an" year similar picture perfect moments during an 11 year career in england. doing keep the apps, and passing back and forward, i ended up on a fantastic road trip. but it is a real feeling now, to fantastic road trip. but it is a realfeeling now, to stop fantastic road trip. but it is a real feeling now, to stop that part of my life. i have learnt so many mistakes, but i did big things as well, and i am proud of that. robin van persie left rotterdam for london at 20 years old to join arsenal. in the eight years that followed, he
won only one fa cup, before can co ntroversially won only one fa cup, before can controversially signing for manchester united as rivals. at crucial moments, you have to make tough decisions. there were a lot of tough decisions. there were a lot of tough decisions. there were a lot of tough decisions. i get that the fans we re tough decisions. i get that the fans were angry with me, i was the captain and top scorer, sometimes you need a challenge and new adventure. if i hurt people, i'm sorry, but that is me, i made that decision, and i stand by it. the dutchman was guarded by two other english football's longest serving and successful managers, arson vendor and alex ferguson. he cannot separate them. we never had an argument or fight, me and arsen, separate them. we never had an argument orfight, me and arsen, we just had different ideas. he was one of the biggest reasons i signed. alex pushed the guys to pass the ball to me, and if it went in on the crucial moments, after a few months, i think everyone at the club had a
feeling, this is going to be our year. having played for the best, robin van persie now believes ole gunnar solskjaer is the right man to return manchester united to former glory. everyone should look at the bigger picture, the way he presents the club is the proper way, in my opinion. he is positive, he wants to achieve big things with the club. i think it is a perfect match, they arejust think it is a perfect match, they are just having a bad spell. time for robin van persie is up, he retired last week in rotterdam, back where it began. format clubs, one country under world cup finalist. in english football and on the global stage, the flying dutchman left his mark. commentator: what a fantastic goal! such an impressive career. that is all from us. we are going to return to the latest
developments in brexit, and as has been told to the bbc, julian smith has told backbench conservative mps that the prime minister is not resigning, theresa may will meet the chairman of the 1922 committee on friday. let's go straight to our chief political correspondent who is in westminster. a day of high confusion, vicki. lots of different people saying it is the end of the line for theresa may, it is time for her to go. it doesn't seem to be happening tonight, she might have bought another couple of days, it is the european elections tomorrow of course, where the party does expect to get a kick in, particularly from the brexit party, nigel farage's party. of course, the prospect of her getting her deal through in any form are looking slim at the moment. lots of calls for her to now admit that that will not happen. let's speak to steve baker, you have backed her deal at all, what do you think of what has happened today? cabinet ministers are trying to see
theresa may and she has refused. the chief whip telling mps that she will not resign. where does this leave us? you have to see the lens of this being the night before the european elections, the prime minister will be campaigning tomorrow for conservative candidates. i will vote conservative candidates. i will vote conservative and i will encourage others to do so. if we must have these elections, i want our meps to return. what is happening tonight has to be in the context of knowing we are just before going to the polls. sir graham brady will see the prime minister on friday, we will not have the results, but some indication, sir graham brady was been to the executive and they will have the opportunity to discuss a real change. a real change so that she could be a challenge for the leadership, because she is now safe until december, correct? yes, because there was a failed challenge, she has until december. but judging challenge, she has until december. butjudging by the mood upstairs, the centre of the conservative party
thatis the centre of the conservative party that is relatively agnostic about the eu has moved now. ithink the prime minister will know that. someone said to me it isn't about brexit anymore, it isn't about her as the leader, whatever deal came forward , as the leader, whatever deal came forward, lots of people feel that people are not listening to she is saying. when david davis, boris johnson and i resigned after chequers last year, it was about the policy are not the person. it is now about both and there is no getting away from it. it is also about the policy, the reason why we are here is the policy. where are we to get a caretaker prime minister trying to push the same policy, we would have the same problems. it is all highly undesirable, but people shouldn't be underany undesirable, but people shouldn't be under any illusions, this isn't personal, it is about the future of the country, a deal we have rejected three times and would reject again, it cannot go on, it is not in the national interest. how would a new leader change that dynamic? it is a different person with a different message, but the numbers in parliament and house of commons would be the same. i am clear what
needs to be done and why, who we would bring in, and as i can work it out, i'm sure a leader of the conservative party can. the crucial thing everybody needs to understand here in parliament, every single memberof here in parliament, every single member of parliament here in parliament, every single memberof parliament in here in parliament, every single member of parliament in the conservative party and in the dup will matter in an historic way, like i'io will matter in an historic way, like no one has ever appreciated before. unless we reassemble a governing coalition, one willing to stand resolutely farm, to take us out of the eu, the government in the end will fall and the conservative party will fall and the conservative party will be obliterated. we can safely say as a governing force, if we do not take this country out of the eu. every single mp will matter, they will have to look at the results of this european elections, and they will need to decide, are they obeying a manifesto, referendum result, the pledges they made to get elected? and are they willing to make sure that jeremy corbyn doesn't come to power? if the answer to thoseis come to power? if the answer to those is correct, then we will stand firm and take the country out. you would be willing to take the country
out without a deal, but it isn't necessarily the case that all the leadership contenders which do that. they may not be able to achieve that. leaving with no withdrawal agreement doesn't mean there will be nothing done, there are plenty of contingencies... that relies on the eu talking to us. it is the same with all countries. they wouldn't do that until certain issues are sorted. we agreed the motown compromise —— malthouse compromise, but we would need to leave with no withdrawal agreement, while tabling treaties to deliver a relationship of the kind that the eu offered us, a temporary free trade agreement to allow us to continue trading with no tariffs. i am confident that could be agreed. embassy staff have told me there is no such thing as no—deal, and they have even told me that we would all have to move quickly to put arrangements in place. the eu will not, in the end, act thoroughly against... wood commons allow that? in the event of
i'io commons allow that? in the event of no withdrawal agreement, the european nation states will need to move quickly to put deals in place, because they have told me that. thank you forjoining us. all about the challenges for a new leader of the challenges for a new leader of the conservative party and prime minister whenever that may happen. thank you, vicki. next on bbc news it is the weather. still some sunshine over the next few days and most will be dry. some showers coming from this cloud, but most of the rain has been affecting northern areas of scotland, where we still have a bit of a breeze through this evening and overnight. some of the cloud is heading further south as well. also some cloud in northern ireland and over the irish sea, but some clear skies for england and wales, typical temperatures 6—7, not as cold as last night in a southern scotland. some sunshine to start the day for many of us, dry weather as well, we will see cloud coming in from the west into northern ireland
and into wales and eventually, the southwest. not a great deal of drier, some breeze in northern scotla nd drier, some breeze in northern scotland where it will be cooler. eastern part of the uk have the best of the sunshine and the highest temperatures, turning a bit cooler on friday as we start to see some more cloud.
you're watching beyond 100 days. theresa may is tonight holed up at downing street, but how much longer can she call it home? all day, the house of commons has been filled with rumours and suggestions that the time for her to step down is now. she's put off meetings with cabinet members, and it looks like she's trying to stay. but even she acknowledges it won't be for much longer. while i am here, i have a duty to this house, i have a duty to be clear with the house about the facts. if we are going to deliver brexit, we are going to have to pass the withdrawal agreement bill. it was a pretty wild day in american politics, too, with president trump marching out of a meeting with top democrats,