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The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Feb 2019



The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Feb 2019

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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5 2019 SPORT 29 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Crocs coach Shannon Rusca Premiers want hard test before finals SHANNON Rusca can see a lot of benefits in his Southern Districts side playing premiership rivals Waratah and Nightcliff in the last two home and away games. The reigning premier is second on the ladder after 16 games, one behind Nightcliff, who they meet in the last round of the season at the Tigers home ground. Its good for us to be playing sides around us, you always want that type of pressure in the finals and well get it from Tahs and Nightcliff, Rusca said. You dont want to be playing below-par clubs, you need that intensity because finals footy means you have to rise to another level. Rusca is pleased with his sides defence of last seasons crown despite a frustrating run of injuries that has robbed him of his best side for most of the 2018-19 campaign. Were travelling along OK, last year we put a mountain of game into our fly-ins, when this year were being a bit tighter in that regard, he said. Were watching our pen nies to make sure those we do spend are done in a smart way. So were on par with last season, weve just had a lot of injuries and thats been hard to fill. Fortunately the boys that have come in have played their roles very well, meaning those that want to come back are going to have to fight for their spot to push these guys out. Prolific goalkicker Will Farrer, Richard Tambling and first-year Crocodile Shane Thorne are all expected back in the next few weeks. Dylan McLachlan and Darren Abbott are also set to resume, but former Essendon footballer and now Peel Thunder premiership player Leroy Jetta must play against Tahs this week to qualify for the finals. GREY MORRIS wicket of Dinesh Chandimal for four when he had him edging to third slip. It capped off a horror tour for the Sri Lankan captain, who should have been the teams rock but scored just 24 runs at an average of six. Starc was then on a hattrick before lunch, bowling Niroshan Dickwella before Kusal Perera inside edged to wicketkeeper Tim Paine first ball. He later came back to wrap up the match, bowling Vishwa Fernando for a duck for the second best match figures of his career and his first 10-wicket haul at home. Pat Cummins claimed three scalps yesterday to highlight his hot run, finishing the summer with 28 wickets and an average of 7.78 for the Sri Lankan series. His caught-and-bowled to take opener Lahiru Thirimanne for 30 was the snare of the day, while he also mopped up Dilruwan Perera and Chamika Karunaratne late. Rookie Jhye Richardson and spinner Marnus Labuschagne got the other wickets as Australia completed a clinical display with the ball. I thought they worked beautifully together as a team and built up pressure and allowed Starcy to attack, Paine said. Starc back to best in thrashing MITCHELL Starc has roared back to life with a 10-wicket haul for the match as Australia rediscovered their best to beat Sri Lanka by 366 runs and wrap up a 2-0 Test series victory. In their last Test before David Warner and Steve Smiths likely Test returns for the Ashes, Australia claimed their first multi-game series victory in any format since the ball-tampering saga last March. Sri Lanka were as disappointing as any touring team to Australia, all out for just 149 yesterday chasing an unlikely 516 for victory. But its the manner in which Australia annihilated them to win the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy that will be most pleasing. After winning by an innings and 40 runs in Brisbane, Joe Burns, Kurtis Patterson, Travis Head and Usman Khawaja all made centuries before Starc claimed 5-46 to finish with 10-100 for the match at Manuka Oval. Its nice to get some reward, captain Tim Paine said. Weve said this whole summer this group is working hard and its building towards something. Beaten from pillar to post for most of the summer, Starc produced the quickest Test bowling spell in his career according to Fox Sports regularly sending down 150km/h thunderbolts. After taking 5-54 in the first innings, Starc knocked over Dimuth Karunaratne with his seventh ball of the fourth morning with one that nipped back and clipped the openers leg bail. He was in the action again in his next over, taking the big SCOTT BAILEY Australia's Mitchell Starc was near unplayable against Sri Lanka, claiming 10 wickets for the match as the home team demolished the tourists Picture: PHIL HILLYARD Ashes jigsaw taking shape for Australia TIM Paine has been dreaming about the Ashes for six months and now his squad is starting to turn into a reality. And one certainty in his eyes is this: Steve Smith and David Warner are part of his best team. Australia have now played their last Test before the Ashes opener on August 1 at Edgbaston, with between 16 and 20 players in the mix by Paines reckoning. For so much of the summer the question surrounding Australian cricket was who can they pick. Now its almost a case of who will miss out after four centuries in Canberra and Mitchell Starcs return to form against Sri Lanka. Australias selection of openers present the biggest questions. Assuming Warner re turns, Canberra centurion Joe Burns, pictured, and perhaps the best find of the summer in Marcus Harris will battle it out to open alongside him. Usman Khawaja likely saved his spot at first drop with a Canberra century, Smith should return at No.4 and Travis Head is a lock at No.5 with a Test average now above 50. That realistically leaves Canberras other centurion Kurtis Patterson in a battle with Marnus Labuschagne and Marcus Stoinis to play at No.6 at Edgbaston.

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