Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015
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SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 SPORT 55 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Black Caps look the goods WITH the fourth instalment of the Twenty20 Big Bash League nearing its completion and the potential expansion of the tournament in future years, JORDAN GERRANS looks into graduates from the Imparja Cup in Alice Springs having their own side. The Imparja Black Caps would play out of the Red Centre with TIO Traeger Park as their home base Ben Abbatangelo (Northcote): The National Indigenous Development Squad captain is a must in this side. He is also the Victorian captain for the Imparja Cup and was the Melbourne Stars Community Rookie last season. Michael Bailey (Perth Scorchers): Bailey was a member of Western Australias triumphant Imparja Cup squad last year and is the Perth Scorchers Community Rookie for the fourth edition of the BBL. At just 22 years of age, Bailey could bat anywhere and provide some part-time bowling, too. He has scores of 58 and 55 so far this year in Perths First Grade competition playing at Gosnells and would relish the opportunity in the Imparja team. Bailey was also named the 2013-14 Lords Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the Year and has previously been a member of the Australian Indigenous cricket squad. Dan Christian (Brisbane Heat/Victoria Bushrangers): Although Dan Christian never actually played in the Imparja Cup, the former Australian allrounder has attended the cup in past seasons and is a proud indigenous cricketer. Christian grew up in the Wiradjuri tribe in south central NSW. Im an Aboriginal man from the Wiradjuri tribe in NSW, thats all through my dads side of the family, and theyre all born and bred from down there, Christian said in 2010. Ive grown up in that environment, and Im an Aboriginal man it is what it is. Christian has played 15 T20s for Australia and 19 One Day Internationals including a hat-trick at the MCG in 2012. The 31-year-old would be the Imparja teams marquee signing and captain. Josh Lalor (Sydney Thunder/ NSW Blues): Like Christian, Josh Lalor hasnt run around on grounds such as Traeger Park but he has been at past cups. Lalor captained the Australian National Indigenous Team for a tour of India in 2012 and is a current member of the BBL team the Sydney Thunder and has played for the Sydney Sixes in past seasons. He has played first-class and List A cricket for NSW and could easily fill a spot as an allrounder in an Imparja BBL team. Brett Russell (Sydney Sixers): With a lot of bowlers already in this Imparja BBL team, we need some batsmen and New South Welshman Brett Russell will provide some runs. Russell averaged 54 with the bat last season playing for United All Blacks in the Macleay Valley Cricket Association in Sydney as well as representing Parramatta in Grade cricket. The 19year-old is the Sydney Sixers community rookie this season and Russell is expected to be at next years Imparja Cup. Hayden Collard (Western Australia): Like Abbatangelo, Hayden Collard is a past BBL Community Rookie after he was on the Perth Scorchers list last season. Collard could bowl first change for the Imparja team with his dangerous rightarm pace. Collard, still just 21 year old, hails from Dowerin in Western Australia and was selected in the team of the tournament at last seasons Imparja Cup. Ayden McGregor-Baptista (Adelaide Strikers/ South Australia): At 16, McGregorBaptista will be the baby of the Imparja BBL team. He is the Adelaide Strikers Community Rookie for the fourth edition of the competition but will be happy to switch allegiance to the Imparja team. An effective off-spin bowler from East Torrens Cricket Club in Adelaide, the tyro would provide some handy bowling and some late order batting. McGregor-Baptista was awarded with as SAs State Indigenous Player of the Year last season and also represented the U23 National Indigenous cricket team earlier this year. Brendan Doggett (Brisbane Heat): Every side needs a young firebrand quick and the Imparja BBL side will have Toowoomba product Brendan Doggett with the new ball. He has signed on to be the Brisbane Heat Community Rookie this season and has made his first grade debut in the Brisbane grade cricket competition earlier this year. Doggett is looking to make his first appearance for the Queensland Imparja Cup side early next year. Josh Eaton (Melbourne Stars): A member of Victorias Imparja Cup squad last season and was announced in the squad for this seasons Cup, Josh Eaton would fit nicely into an Imparja BBL side. The Essendon Cricket Club product has taken 12 wickets in the Victorian grade competition this season and is also the Melbourne Stars Community Rookie. Eaton was also selected in the preliminary 2014-15 National Indigenous Development Squad which toured Darwin for the Top End Cricket Carnival earlier this year. Jonte Pattison (Sydney Thunder): We have an off-spinner in the squad but a quality legspinner is worth their weight in gold so Jonte Pattison is straight into the team. The 18year-old from the Central Coast of NSW is the Sydney Thunders development rookie this season and claimed the prized wicket of South African legend Jacques Kallis in a recent practice match. Pattison was picked to play in the Cricket Australia XI against India in a tour match in Adelaide earlier this month and would fit well into the Imparja BBL side. Ryan Lees (Hobart Hurricanes/Tasmanian Tigers): Tasmanian Ryan Lees will step out for the Apple Isle at the 2015 Imparja Cup after breaking into the Tigers Futures League team last season. The 20-year-old fast bowler will likely share the new ball with Brendan Doggett in the Imparja BBL team. From Flinders Island in Tasmania, Lees competed at last seasons Imparja Cup and was selected in the Australian Indigenous Development Squad. Former Australian one-day international representative Dan Christian celebrates taking a wicket for Victoria against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield competition. Inset: Josh Lalor Lehmanns already decided who his best World Cup XI will be AUSTRALIA might be chopping and changing their way through the one-day tri-series, but coach Darren Lehmann confirmed he already knows what his strongest XI for the World Cup will be. David Warner and George Bailey will return on Australia Day against India, with Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh also likely to get their first hit outs for the series. The only player other than Michael Clarke who may be unavailable for selection is all rounder Shane Watson, who looks set to miss the dead-rubber match as he continues to recover from hamstring tightness. With Australia already assured of their berth in the triangular decider, Lehmann hinted he will use the clash against India at the SCG to experiment with different options and combinations. However, that doesnt mean places are still up for grabs heading into the World Cup. Lehmann says he and selectors are already more than comfortable with what their best side looks like. Once the World Cup gets started, Lehmann says he will try to stick with the same XI as much as possible. Well be pretty rigid in terms of what we do once we get going in the tournament, he said. Because weve qualified for the (tri-series) final, this game gives us a chance to do something a bit different. Warner will be fine, hell come back in. Watson, well just see how he goes at training tomorrow. We want to get everyone 100 per cent fit for obviously the final and then the World Cup. Guys could bat in different positions this game. Its a big game, its Australia Day, so weve got to make sure were up for it again. Johnson is back with the Australian camp after an extended break. Provided he gets through a net session today, hell be right to go at India tomorrow. Johnson has been bowling in the nets in Perth and Lehmann is expecting his spearhead to return at optimum pace. I would think hed be fine now with that sort of break. Im excited to see how hes bowling, he said. Lehmann was happy with his sides effort in chasing down 304 for victory against England in Hobart, but still wants more from his top order batsmen with the exception of a red-hot Steven Smith. That includes all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who looked all class in getting to 37 at Bellerive before throwing his innings away. Lehmann said Maxwell needs to take a leaf out of the book of the likes of Warner and Smith, who have turned a corner in one-day cricket. Maxwell would appear to be in Australias best XI, with his spin bowling another string to his bow, but his coach still wants to see more. Hes just got to get that done and finish a game off for us. Once hes done that then I think well have a developed player, he said. By BEN HORNE LIKELY LINE UP Australia - World Cup: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Xavier Doherty
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