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The Northern Territory news Tue 4 Feb 2014



The Northern Territory news Tue 4 Feb 2014

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38 NT NEWS. Tuesday, February 4, 2014. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 4 -F E B -2 0 1 4 P A G E : 3 8 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au FOOTROT FLATS Youth carries NT hopes CRICKET ByDOUGBOOTH THE Northern Territory Imparja Cup mens team fly to Alice Springs on Friday with a realistic approach to their task. Coach Greg Aldam admits his 13-man squad face a tough assignment in next weeks Twenty20 competition against the State representative sides. A number of our squad, perhaps half, have not played because they are out of season, Aldam said. Aldam has gone for a mixture of youth and experience, with veteran Darrell Lowe captaining the side. He said it was a good chance for emerging players such as Lachlan Saunders, vice-captain Ayden Allan and Tracy Villages former Black Caps member, Dylan Fuller, to shine. This year we have a strong emphasis on youth, with four players under the age of 18 in the squad as well as younger members Ayden Allan and Dylan Fuller, who have previously competed. This is pleasing for the future of Indigenous cricket in the NT as we expect these young players to be the backbone of our team into the future. Palmerston all-rounder Brandon King, who played for the NT under-17s at the recent National Championships in Adelaide, is one to watch. Adrian McAdam, who turns 43 in March, and Blair Dalton will add valuable experience to the squad, which opens its campaign against South Australia on Monday. Before that, however, the side will have a practice match at Albrecht Oval against the Alice Springs Development squad on Friday. The players will link up with Alice Springs club teams on Saturday with a squad training session on Sunday. The squad suffered a late setback when Paul Scafone withdrew due to work commitments. We know it is going to be tough but we fully expect to learn from the experience and be extremely competitive. Northern Territory Imparja Cup squad at Alice Springs: Darrell Lowe (c), Ayden Allan (v/c), Adrian McAdam, Blair Dalton, Dylan Fuller, Brandon King, Jordaan Ludwig, Hayden Page, Lachlan Saunders, Curtis Marriott, Mitchell Taylor-Briscoe, Stefan Ludwig, DougMcClure. Game of words for hopeful Hurricanes Hobart Hurricanes batting ace Ben Dunk (above) is primed to upset the Melbourne Stars in tonights BBL semi-final Picture: GETTY IMAGES TWENTY20 THE Hobart Hurricanes have gone quiet on their accusation the Melbourne Stars are rorting the BBLs salary cap. However the Hurricanes were happy to have another dig at the unbeaten Stars on the eve of their semi-final at the MCG. Hurricanes batsman Ben Dunk, named yesterday as the player of the tournament, said everyone expects the Stars to win tonights clash. Theyre certainly under a lot of pressure, Dunk said. You dont want to go through a whole season undefeated and lose a semi. So thats something well try to play on. The Stars had six players in Sundays T20 International between Australia and England, with Luke Wright playing for the visitors and Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hodge, Matthew Wade and James Muirhead in the Australia team. Theyre all available for tonights clash, while the Hurricanes will be hoping their skipper and Australia T20 captain George Bailey can carry on his form from the England series which yielded 123 runs off 62 balls in three matches. Bailey was the secondhighest runscorer in the international series behind Whites 174 at 87. They are international players but theyll feel the pressure as well tomorrow night, said Dunk, whose 348 runs at 49.71 placed him on top of the BBL runscoring list this summer. The Stars have been the glamour side of the BBL for all three years of the leagues existence but have fallen at the semi-final stage in the past two years. Whenever a team goes through undefeated youd want to knock them off. Absolutely everyone wants to beat them, Dunk said. As a cricket community, everyones expecting them to win. The Stars have an added boost this time of hosting their semi-final, unlike previous seasons. And the MCG fans will be sure to give the Hurricanes wicketkeeper Tim Paine a special welcome after Paine last weekend accused the Stars of operating under a different salary cap to their rival teams. Asked about Paines comments, Dunk said he wasnt fully aware of the issue as a team official interrupted and said the Hurricanes wouldnt be commenting on salary caps. The Stars also regain Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga who had been called home by his national board to work on his fitness, but has been released for this one match. A semi-final victory also guarantees a place in the lucrative Champions League tournament. Warne rejects England bid AUSTRALIAS leading Test wicket-taker Shane Warne says hes not interested in becoming the next England cricket coach. Re Eng job, I know its created a bit of interest hahaha Im flattered to be considered, but my priorities, as always, are with the Aussies, Warne wrote on Twitter yesterday. This was following a tweet from Warne a few hours earlier: To my English followers, Im flattered that you would like me to consider the England job, all I can say Is I will think about it !!! However, one-time Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody would look seriously at any offer to replace Andy Flower as Englands team director. Englands one-day team coach Ashley Giles is the favourite to replace Flower. Torrent drowns tune-up AUSTRALIA face the prospect of taking on South Africa next week with no red-ball match practice since the Ashes, after the squad fled rain-swept Potchefstroom yesterday. Australia were scheduled to play against a South African Invitational XI in a four-day match starting tomorrow in the rural town, which has been lashed with rain since Michael Clarkes men arrived last week. But team management consulted Cricket South Africa and the game was cancelled yesterday morning due to the forecast of more heavy rain at the water-logged Senwes Park. The scrapped fixture was to be the tourists only tune-up on foreign soil before the three-Test series against the world No.1 side starts in Centurion tomorrowweek. The tour match was to be crucial in determining the final make-up of Australias team for the opening Test, with selectors yet to make a call on who will replace dumped batsman George Bailey in Australias middle order. Bailey endured a lacklustre summer, compiling 183 runs at an average of 26 and was not selected in Australias 15-man squad. Uncapped Tasmanian Alex Doolan is understood to be the front-runner for his spot, with Phil Hughes his only rival. Hughes, dropped four times in a stop-start Test career, is back where he dazzled on debut in 2009. The then 20-year-old became the youngest player to score centuries in both innings of a Test.

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