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The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013

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54 NT NEWS. Friday, July 12, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -J U L -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 5 4 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 To find out howAustraliawasplaced at stumps and for scores and reports, just head to foxsports.com.au/cricket Watson limping again as fitness doubts return MYSTERY surrounds the fitness of Shane Watson, with the injury-prone allrounder unable to warm up with teammates before play on Day 2 of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. Bowling his mediumpacers on Day 1, Watson pulled up short in his fourth over with a twinge in his lower left leg. He didnt return to the attack. While teammates ran and stretched as a group ahead of the second days play, Watson spent the time walking slowly around the ground with Australian team physio Alex Kountouris, and was clearly favouring his injured leg. Incredibly, Watson has mis sed 51 Test matches since his debut in 2005. He was sidelined for half of last summer with a calf injury and it seems highly likely thats whats flared up again in Nottingham. Australian coach Darren Lehmann said after stumps on Day 1 that it was just a niggle and he expected Watson could bowl again in the second innings. However, Watsons long history of fitness dramas suggests thats a long shot. When it comes to Watsons body, whenever theres been smoke theres been fire. The Australian camp says theres no update on Watsons situation, casting doubt over what hes capable of for the rest of the match. The opener was free enough to continue fielding and to come out and bat on Day 1, but bowling again at Trent Bridge seems a bridge too far. With David Warner headed to Africa later this week to find form with Australia A, the tourists will be light-on in terms of back-up in the event Watson was ruled out of the second Test at Lords. Lehmann was adamant thered be no backflip on sending Warner away. Usman Khawaja would be next as a top-order batsman, while James Faulkner could play as an allrounder. Agar astonishes with bat Australian debutant Ashton Agar belts one against England at Trent Bridge last night Picture: GETTY IMAGES CRICKET SCORECARD England vAustralia First Ashes Test at Trent Bridge Scoreboard at Lunch, Day 2 England 1st innings A COOK c Haddin b Pattinson 13 J ROOT b Siddle . . . . . . 30 J TROTT b Siddle . . . . . . 48 KPIETERSEN c Clarke b Siddle 14 I BELL cWatson b Siddle . . 25 J BAIRSTOW b Starc . . . . 37 MPRIOR c Hughes b Siddle . . 1 SBROAD c&b Pattinson . . 24 GSWANN c Hughes b Pattinson 1 S FINN c Haddin b Starc . . 0 J ANDERSON not out . . . . 1 Sundries (6b 5lb 8w 2nb) . . 21 TOTAL . . . . . . . . 215 Fall: 27 (Cook), 78 (Root), 102 (Pietersen), 124 (Trott), 178 (Bell), 180 (Prior), 213 (Broad), 213 (Bairstow), 213 (Finn), 215 (Swann). Bowling: J Pattinson 17-2-69-3 (2w 1nb), M Starc 17-5-54-2, P Siddle 14-4-50-5 (1w/5 1nb), A Agar 7-1-24-0, SWatson 4-2-7-0 (1w). Batting time: 284mins.Overs: 59. Australia 1st Innings SWATSON c Root b Finn . . 13 CROGERS lbw Anderson . . 16 E COWAN c Swann b Finn . . 0 MCLARKE b Anderson . . . . 0 S SMITH c Prior b Anderson 53 PHUGHES not out . . . . 63 BHADDIN b Swann . . . . 1 PSIDDLE c Prior b Anderson 1 MSTARC c Prior b Anderson 0 J PATTINSON lbw Swann . . 2 AAGAR not out . . . . . . 69 Sundries (11lb) . . . . . . 11 NINEwickets for . . . . 229 Fall: 19 (Watson), 19 (Cowan), 22 (Clarke), 53 (Rogers), 108 (Smith), 113 (Haddin), 114 (Siddle), 114 (Starc), 117 (Pattinson). Bowling: J Anderson 21-2-70-5, S Finn 15-0-80-2, G Swann 17-4-55-2, S Broad 2-0-13-0. Batting time: 251minsOvers: 55 Umpires:ADar (PAK), K Dharmasena (SRL).Match Referee: RMadugalle (SRI). Third Umpire:MErasmus (RSA). DEBUTANT Ashton Agar posted the highest score by a No. 11 on Test debut to take Australia from humiliation to a first-innings lead on day two of the first Ashes Test. Agar came to the rescue along with Phil Hughes to deliver Australia an incredible 14-run lead by lunch at Trent Bridge despite another devastating batting collapse. Australia were reeling at 9-117, but an unbeaten 112-run final wicket stand from Agar (69 not out from 68 balls) and Hughes (63no) lifted the tourists to 9-229 at the break. The 19-year-old Agar shattered the record books, overtaking Warwick Armstrong (45no for Australia in 1902) for the highest score by a No. 11 on Test debut and surpassing Glenn McGrath (61) for the highest score by an Australian No. 11. Agar went wicketless in the first innings of his stunning Test call-up, but more than justified his selection with an inspired knock where he cracked nine fours and two sixes at better than a run a ball. He came to the crease after a 32-ball blitz had claimed five Australian wickets for just nine runs and he got a lucky break early in his innings when he was given the benefit of the doubt on a stumping chance. The Western Australian averages 33.60 at first-class level, with three 50s, to show his work at Trent Bridge was no fluke. He was in line to become the first No. 11 to top-score in an Ashes match in 117 years. Hughes (eight fours) was also involved in a 50-run fifth wicket stand with Steve Smith (53) as the pair resumed with Australia 4-75 and looked to steady the ship. But then a tornado hit, and Hughes showed great maturity to survive a ferocious 27-minute period where five wickets fell around him, with James Anderson (5-70) and Graeme Swann (2-55) the destroyers for England. It followed Australias alarming top-order slide on Day 1, where they lost their first three wickets for three runs in the space of 18 balls, undoing the good work of bowling England out for 215. Smith set off the carnage by edging Anderson behind attempting a drive through cover. In the very next over Swann got one to rip back a long way from outside off and crash through Brad Haddins defence. Seven balls later, spear head Anderson delivered perfect line and length again to suck Peter Siddle into his shot, and keeper Matt Prior did the rest with a brilliant diving catch to his right. Mitchell Starc should have been sent packing two balls later, dropped at second slip by Swann. But, in Andersons next over he had his man, once again caught behind. No. 10 James Pattinson was then trapped plumb lbw by Swann to bring debutant Agar to the crease at the dire situation of 9-117. Compounding Australias predicament is the mystery surrounding Shane Watsons fitness. The allrounder suffered a strain in his lower left leg while bowling and failed to warm-up with the team. Ed Cowan was still battling a stomach bug and was unlikely to field.

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