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34 SPORT FRIDAY JUNE 22 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 STEVE LARKIN SOUTH AFRICA is set to controversially approach Steve Smith and David Warner to return to the land of their crimes. The duo are about to be prime targets for a new domestic T20 competition to be run in South Africa in November and December. They are expected to be understandably reluctant to return to South Africa after the trauma of the ball-tampering Smith, Warner in vogue Banned Australian pair could play T20 in South Africa affair in Cape Town, which saw both players banned from playing for Australia for a year. But the provocative approaches are still certain to come their way. Television broadcaster Supersport has partnered with CSA in the new league and believes Australias fractious relationship with South Africas fans can be put to good use. Its a love-hate relationship and that always makes for compulsory viewing, one official said yesterday. It will not help South Africas chances of signing the duo that Supersport were responsible for exposing Australias ball-tampering antics after being tipped off about them early in the series and assigning a camera to monitor the treatment of the ball. The competition, confirmed earlier this month to replace a Global T20 which failed to get off the ground last summer, will feature six teams who, it is understood, will be allowed to recruit six overseas players. South African batting superstar AB de Villiers, who is likely to be the most keenly chased signing of the new league, is unlikely to play in the Big Bash next season. At least four Big Bash teams, including the Brisbane Heat, made overtures to de Villiers when he recently announced his retirement from international cricket, but his manager has told them he is planning to stay in South Africa next summer. Meanwhile, Townsville will be the host venue for the open ing matches of next summers domestic schedule, with Queensland to play 50-over games at Riverway Stadium against Victoria and Tasmania on September 16 and 22, respectively. There is nothing in the schedule for the JLT One Day Cup which suggests Australia is addressing its alarming slide in the international oneday game. The competition has been reduced in size and will end with a bizarre finals series to feature all six teams. ROBERT CRADDOCK Suarez helps Uruguay, and Russia WITH a single goal, Luis Suarez settled the fate of four teams in the group stage of the World Cup. The controversial striker, who was making his 100th appearance in his national teams light blue, scored yesterday to give Uruguay a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov and a spot in the round of 16. The result, though, had a domino effect in Group A. It also put host Russia into the next round, while eliminating both Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time. Suarez, who was kicked out of the last World Cup for biting an opponent in a match, knocked in a corner kick from Carlos Sanchez in the 23rd minute for his 52nd goal for his country. We are more than proud because weve reached the knockout stage at three suc cessive World Cups. Its a beautiful moment and we want to enjoy it, Suarez said. We still havent hit our stride so we need to tweak some things. Uruguay and Russia both have six points from their opening two matches, putting them into the round of 16 with a match to go. They will face each other on Monday in Samara with first place in Group A on the line. Brazil reminds the world Neymar is fit BRAZIL is making sure everyone knows Neymar is perfectly fit at the World Cup. A day after he limped out of training and raised further doubts about his physical condition in Russia, the Brazilian soccer federation was quick to tell the world the teams biggest star was just fine. Brazil had a closed practice session on Wednesday, two days before tonights game against Costa Rica in St Petersburg, but the federation posted photos and a video of Neymar in action in training with the rest of the squad. Brazil practicing and Neymar participating normally in the teams activity, the federation said in a Twitter post. One of the photos showed the playmaker touching the ball with his injured right ankle. Take a look at Neymar practicing in Sochi! read the post linking to the video which showed the playmaker training without any sign of a limp. The images showed him exchanging passes and making challenges. In a longer version of the video sent to journalists, Neymar took free kicks. Neymar practiced the whole time, the federation later said on its website. Despite his brief tenure since taking over as Socceroos coach, Dutchman Bert van Marwijk has already made an impression with the Australian squad Picture: DEAN LEWINS Bert falls for Roos in short affair LIKE many short-term affairs, Bert van Marwijks began with excitement but uncertainty. Would they fall for him? How willing would they be? How far could he take it? Van Marwijk now knows some of the answers about his brief tenure as Socceroos coach. His players love him. And the feeling is mutual, despite the looming break-up. But he admits to growing increasingly fond of his Socceroos players. Yeah, thats true, van Marwijk said. Because when you work every day, youre getting closer. The team has improved much. From the first day in, when I compare it to now that is a big difference. Van Marwijk was appointed as Australias coach in January, with the affair to end after the World Cup in Russia. When the Dutchman first came in, the Socceroos were a team that qualified for soccers showpiece at the very last opportunity. Now, van Marwijks team is earning plaudits for its gallantry in a 2-1 loss to world superpower France in its World Cup opener. We all were very disappointed about the result, van Marwijk said, But I think everybody, the whole world, thought we would lose three, four, five, six (to) zero. And then suddenly every body saw a completely different Australia. That makes us proud especially for me (but) the players are most important, not so myself. Was he surprised at how readily Socceroos players took the plunge with him? The willingness they do everything you tell them, maybe a little bit too much, he said. Van Marwijk said players were so tuned into following his instructions precisely, they sometimes forgot to improvise. You also have to take your own decisions and initiative, he said. We try to find a balance. They are more open. I see it all day that they are behaving different as the first few days. Its also the balance. You (players) have to listen to what I tell them. And on the other side, when something changes, you have to take your own decisions only listening, that is not good. Falcons on song after slow start A SECOND-quarter blitz from Tracy Village set up a 27-goal Darwin premier league netball victory against Waratahs last night at Marrara. Tahs went with Falcons in the opening term, and were only behind by two at the first change. But they couldnt restrict the 2017 runners-up in the second stanza as 23 quickfire goals blew the contest open, and from that point Falcons controlled proceedings. They got a four-goal start on us before we scored, and we discussed what we were doing well and what we werent at quarter time, Tracy Village player/coach Tina Way said. The girls began to release the ball quicker and we got that flow. It was peppering down, I could see the attack line heaving a bit because it was coming quick. Stacey Cooper led Falcons charge at wing attack alongside centre Gemma Coburn. Stefanie Greve was typically solid in the attacking third, as was Kristen Smits, who shot accurately inside the circle. Way said the 6.15pm start was a factor behind her sides slow start. It is a difficult time to get here from work. We get here at 6pm for a 15 minute warm up which is sometimes not enough to get in the zone, Way said. But the girls have to work to pay the rent and pay the bills, so we cant do much about it. Tahs competed until the final whistle, with Melanie Kastelein and Alex Cannon producing strong games. But ultimately, Falcons proved too classy winning 61-34. JACK HISLOP For all the latest news, scores and highlights, visit Find out how the Socceroos went last night versus Denmark