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36 SPORT THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 F O R M E R T E S T S T A R A N D R E W S Y M O N D S SOUTH Africas cricketers insist theres no need to panic despite being beaten by four wickets by a Prime Ministers XI side that had just three players with international experience. Just five days out from the one-day opener against Aus Usman Qadir of Australia in action for the Prime Ministers XI in their win over South Africa in Canberra yesterday Picture: AAP Proteas wont panic despite boilover loss tralia and in their only warmup game, the Proteas were all out for just 173 and beaten inside 37 overs in Canberra. Most concerning for South Africa will be the fact they played close to whats expected to be the side they field against Australia in Sundays first one-day international of the three-game series. The visitors lost two wickets in the first over of the day to Jason Behrendorff (3-35), and never really recovered. Behrendorffs first scalp, Quinton de Kock, fell for a first-ball duck as did Farhaan Behardien, while first drop Reeze Hendricks lasted just one ball longer for his zero. Opener Aiden Markram fought hard for 47, allrounder David Miller hit 45 and quick bowler Kagiso Rabada finished 28 not out, but they were the only members of the visitors side to go past 20. PMs XI legspinner Usman Qadir claimed 3-28, the son of former Pakistani spinner Abdul Qadir bagging two of them with wronguns as he wrapped up the innings in the 42nd over. The score was the lowest in a completed innings in a 50-over match against a PMs XI in 12 years, while South Africa became the first visiting team to lose the fixture since 2013. Its a good gauge for guys to see how much work needs to be done going into the first ODI, Markram said. Tigers keen on Townsend RICHMOND hopes to redraft Jacob Townsend but have left the door open for a rival to swoop. The Tigers delisted Townsend, as well as Mabior Chol and Nathan Drummond, yesterday to finalise their list heading to Novembers drafts. Townsend was a key part of the clubs breakthrough premiership in 2017 but struggled with injury this year, playing 10 games and missing the finals campaign. As a delisted free agent, Townsend is now free to explore his options and sign for a rival club but Richmond football manager Neil Balme said the Tigers were keen to retain the tackling machine. We would love for Jacob to remain at Richmond and he knows there is a spot for him at the club, he told the club website. He is well within his rights as a delisted free agent to look for new opportunities. Lynn wants Test chance BIG Bash weapon Chris Lynn has thrown his hat in the ring for a shock baggy green initiation, but says Australia must first put its egos aside against South Africa. Lynn will return to the oneday international arena in Sundays 50-over series opener against South Africa in Perth. It will be the Brisbane Heat stars second ODI appearance for Australia after debuting against Pakistan at the Gabba in January last year. Lynn, 28, is back after shoulder and neck injuries that threatened his career. And he still harbours ambitions to play Test cricket despite ruling himself out of the Sheffield Shield. The body is getting better and getting through the JLT Cup was massive for my confidence, Lynn said. Youve got to walk before you can run and Im at that stage. Draw a boon for Bombers JOHN Worsfold believes Essendon can explode from the blocks next year after a deep dive into why they limped to a 2-6 start to the season. The Dons have been handed a more favourable draw around Anzac Day after last years horror fixture. Last season the Dons played three games in 11 days from Anzac Day on, losing against Collingwood and the next three contests. This year Essendon plays on Good Friday, plays Anzac Day after a six-day break, then has at least seven days until the next contest. The Bombers could never really recover from a tardy start. Last year we had (Cale) Hooker, (Joe) Daniher, (Dyson) Heppell, Devon Smith, (Jake) Stringer in rehab up until Christmas and some of them well into January, Worsfold said. ANDREW Symonds has lashed out at the pampered culture of modern cricket and claims it has eroded the treasured status of the baggy green cap. The straight-shooting former all-rounder says Australian players are given too many soft landings and believes a feeling of contentment has led to an alarming loss of hunger to reach the pinnacle of Test cricket. Symonds declared wellness tests, sleep charts and playing God with the integrity of the Sheffield Shield has not only ruined the culture but also im dent review is 145 pages long and contains 42 recommendations, but in one sentence Symonds sums the cultural crisis up as the depreciation of what the once-sacred baggy green means to Australian cricketers. It has to be. It has to be Symonds tells Aussie players to harden up pacted on the patchy performances of the national team. According to Symonds, Cricket Australias claims of transparency in the wake of the damning cultural review is the biggest load of horseshit youve ever heard in your life and called on administrators to urgently restore trust across the game, or fall on their swords. Symonds knows first-hand what its like to lose faith in administrators, having been stitched up by CA over Monkeygate, something he opens up about in the latest Howie Games Podcast with fellow Fox Sports commentator Mark Howard. Cricket Australias indepen that. As a kid growing up, you wanted to play Test cricket. That hunger, I believe is gone, Symonds told the NT News. Not from all players, but from some. Theyre happy to go around the world and just play white ball cricket and that to me, is extraordinary. Why wouldnt you want to try and play Test cricket for your country? I suppose the answer to that is they dont have any drive to do it. They dont need to. Financially they can go and earn a very good living and not even have to worry about that. Symonds spotlights the breakdown in trust between players and administrators as the long-term trend of Cricket Australia pulling players in and out of Shield matches. Cricket Australia argue that this is only done when its in the interests of the national team, but Symonds is adamant the way to truly serve the Test side is to stop making the once hard-nosed state competition a Mickey Mouse training field. Soft landings, Symonds argues, is the biggest blight on the game. Yes, youre going to get tired. Yes, youre going to get sore. And yes, thats all got to be managed. But have we really got to pamper and pander to these blokes that badly that this is where were at? BEN HORNE Why wouldnt you want to try and play Test cricket? SCOTT BAILEY
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