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The Northern Territory news Mon 1 Jan 2018



The Northern Territory news Mon 1 Jan 2018

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MONDAY JANUARY 1 2018 SPORT 27 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Monday, January 1, 2018 27 Beaumont (17 off 21) were steady, but could not lift the run rate above five an over. The Kiwi finally hit the first boundary of the match in the fifth over, but lost Beaumont when she was run out the following over. Tahlia McGrath (1) fell cheaply, before Bates was dismissed by Haidee Birkett (3/15 off three overs). Bridget matches starts at Newlands on Friday. But Kohli baulked when it was suggested his team had a chance to make history. For us it is about winning sessions, being in the present, executing our skills well not looking at the history of a particular country we are playing in, he said. With 13 of his 17-man squad veterans of Indias 2013-14 tour, Kohli said there was plenty of experience. A lot of our players have played here before, he said. But its about the number of games we had played then and the number we have played now. We all understand our own games so much better. MONDAY ntnews.com.au/sport CRICKET Bird still a chance to play in Test BEN HORNE JACKSON Bird remains strongly in the frame for a second chance in Sydney after the Boxing Day horror show amid expectations of a green and lively SCG pitch. Australia wont be making any determinations on the final make-up of its bowling attack until Mitchell Starc has had a chance to prove his fitness and Steve Smith has performed a thorough inspection of a mystery wicket that hasnt hosted a Sheffield Shield match all summer. Bird experienced any fast bowlers nightmare when he went 0-108 from 30 overs at the MCG, however, it would be a shame if a pitch widely agreed upon as a disgrace by both teams was to end the career of an otherwise consistent Test match performer. Starc will be desperate to play on his home deck and after running in Melbourne on Saturday he will aim to bowl in Australias main session tomorrow. Selectors will be worried about pushing Starc before his bruised heel has fully settled down, and they may be equally anxious to have another look at Bird and find out on a decent pitch whether he deserves to remain the back-up bowler in South Africa, or whether they need to now look elsewhere before picking their squad in mid-January. In spicy conditions like will be anticipated in South Africa, Bird is renowned for being able to nibble the ball around like Proteas swing star Vernon Philander but if selectors dont feel as though hes up to it, then theyd have to look to Chadd Sayers or Nathan Coulter-Nile . If the pitch in Sydney turns out to be drier than expected, Ashton Agar is in the squad and hopeful of being picked for his first Test match in Australia as a spin partner for Nathan Lyon. Agar yesterday made the frank admission that he didnt feel right with his bowling when he made his famed Test debut against England at Trent Bridge in 2013. However, rather than looking back upon it as a scarring experience, the 24-year-old believes his baptism of fire has helped mature him into a young left-arm spinner ready to take his opportunity. I can honestly say now I felt things starting to go wrong, probably just before I got picked before the (Australia) A series (that preceded the 2013 Ashes), Agar said. Not go wrong, but they just didnt feel right and I was a kid. I was 19, and Id started really well in my Shield career before I got picked so I completely understand and Im certainly better for that experience. I dont know if Im going to play yet and I guess thats probably dependent on the pitch. Id love to play a game in front of my home crowd. Agar has only the one firstclass match under his belt this summer but he has been on fire in the Big Bash League. Jonny Bairstow of England celebrates after dismissing Shaun Marsh of Australia with Joe Root, Moeen Ali and his teammates during day one of the Fourth Test in Melbourne Picture: GETTY IMAGES Bairstow goes to bat for Moeen JONNY Bairstow has declared it will be impossible for England to leave Moeen Ali out of the Sydney Test, after claiming the battling spinners abilities are beyond question. Moeens confidence appears to have plummeted to the point he is simply making up the numbers in an England team down 3-0, and several greats led by Michael Vaughan say leg-spinner Mason Crane ought to be an automatic selection at the SCG. The England side was last night out enjoying the Sydney New Years Eve fireworks, although as Bairstow of Cameron Bancroft headbutt fame was quick to lightheartedly point out, they would be the 9pm ones, in honour of their midnight curfew. Crane starred in one match for NSW at the SCG last season the first Englishman to pull on a baggy blue in over 100 years and although he may not be the finished article either, Vaughan and others believe it would be crazy to bring him to Australia and not give him a game with nothing left to lose. However, if Bairstows impassioned backing of Moeen is anything to go by, England will be unchanged. Moeen didnt take a wicket in Melbourne and in a telling blow, captain Joe Root pre ferred to bowl himself and part-time leggie Dawid Malan on the final day at the MCG when England was sniffing victory. Dropping him would leave a thinner batting line-up, although Moeens meek firstinnings surrender in the Boxing Day Test would suggest England wouldnt lose a whole lot promoting Chris Woakes to No.7. Bairstow says England will pick its best XI and in his opinion, Moeen is in that side any day of the week predicting he will also play a key role on the upcoming Test tour of New Zealand. Absolutely, yeah. The guy is second fastest ever to 2000 runs and 100 Test wickets so I think thats unquestionable to even think hes not in that best XI, said Bairstow. He wouldnt have played the first four Test matches if hes not in that first XI and I think theres not many finger spinners that have come to Australia and bowled teams out. So its very important we get behind Moeen. He can take a game away from you. And whether it be this next game or the first Test match in New Zealand, the talent and the capabilities of Moeen Ali is unquestionable. Privately, England figures worry about the impact dropping Moeen could have on his already deflated confidence. BEN HORNE Lackadaisical Strikers overcome by Heat ADELAIDE Strikers have fallen to their second Womens Big Bash League defeat in three days to Brisbane Heat after again failing with bat and ball. A sluggish start left the Strikers struggling to post 7/119 from their 20 overs at Adelaide Oval yesterday. Strikers captain Suzie Bates and fellow opener Tammy Patterson lifted the pace with an entertaining 37 off 29 balls, including three fours and a six. She combined with the NTs Tabatha Saville (12 off 20) for a 52-run partnership. In reply, Beth Mooneys brilliant 81 not out helped the Heat easily chase down its target with eight wickets and 22 balls to spare. Kohli says India players ready for South Africa INDIAN Indian captain Virat Kohli said yesterday his team had the ability to score a first series win in South Africa. We have the right kind of bowling attack and the right kind of balance to win Test matches in any conditions we play in, he said after India arrived in Cape Town. The first of the three Test THE ASHES - FIFTH TEST AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND THURSDAY, 9AM, SCG WATCH LIVE ON