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The Northern Territory news Fri 4 Jan 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 4 Jan 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, January 4, 2013. NT NEWS. 45 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:4-JAGE:45 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Strike ready for run-chase NORTHERN Territory need 282 runs today to get their Australian Country Cricket Championship campaign off to a winning start. The Strike will resume at 1-4 this morning, chasing Victoria Countrys firstinnings total of 285. Udara Weerasinghe spun a web over the Victorian middle and lower order to claim three wickets, while medium-pacer Jack Flynn also chipped in with three. Territory coach David King paid tribute to the bowling attack for their efforts on a wicket offering little assistance. To bowl them out for 285 after they were 5-250 was a magnificent effort, because we thought a score somewhere between 300-320 was par, King said. Udara produced an outstanding spell of off-spin bowling and Jack played an important role as did the rest of our attack. The Territorys run chase got off to a tough start when opener Grant Bell was trapped lbw for a duck, but King is optimistic his side can shine on a flat West Bundaberg deck. It looks a good batting wicket and weve got good depth in the order, so hopefully well be able to run that target down, he said. Weerasinghe and Steve Taylor will be at the crease when the run-chase begins this morning. GREGORMACTAGGART Left the right way forward LEFT is the new black in whites. Welcome to the world where left-handers rule the Australian cricket team. No longer are the lefties the ones making the slip cordon change sides every time a single is scored. Now its the righthanders turn to feel a little bit different. Seven out of Australias top eight batsmen to face Sri Lanka in the third Test are brandishing their blades southpaw. Openers David Warner and Ed Cowan, first-drop Phil Hughes, retiring great Mike Hussey and then Matt Wade, Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc can all share batting gloves and thigh pads among each other. Its the most lefties Australia has ever seen in a Test cricket team, but incredibly its not quite enough for a world record. The West Indies hold claim to this highly unusual honour after taking on Pakistan in Georgetown in 2000 with eight of their first nine batting southpaw. Captain Michael Clarke at No.4 is the only man breaking up the party for Australia in Sydney. Obviously theres a lot of left handers around the country and at the moment, Warner said. When I was a youngster, when I was batting righthanded, I found it more of a challenge with the righthand bowlers. Batting lefthanded is amazing. Jackson Bird celebrates dismissing Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan Pictures: PHIL HILLYARD Bird feathers nest for Ashes CRICKET SCORECARD Australia v Sri Lanka Third Test at the SCG Sri Lanka 1st Innings DKARUNARATNE c Hussey b Bird 5 TDILSHAN cWade b Bird . . . . 34 M JAYAWARDENE c Clarke b Starc 72 L THIRIMANNE cWarner b Lyon 91 T SAMARAWEERA lbw b Siddle 12 AMATHEWS c Hussey b Starc . . 15 DCHANDIMAL b Starc . . . . . . 24 DPRASAD c Starc b Siddle . . . . 2 RHERATH c Siddle b Bird . . . . 5 S LAKMAL c Hussey b Bird . . . . 5 NPRADEEP not out . . . . . . 17 Sundries (8lb, 3w, 1nb) . . . . 12 TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . 294 Fall: 26 (Karunaratne), 72 (Dilshan), 134 (Jayawardene), 167 (Samaraweera), 222 (Mathews), 250 (Thirimanne), 256 (Prasad), 271 (Chandimal), 273 (Herath), 294 (Lakmal). Bowling:MStarc 19-0-71-3 (3w), J Bird 19.4-10-41-4, P Siddle 15-3-46-2 (1nb), M Johnson 13-1-58-0, N Lyon 19-2-69-1, MHussey 2-1-1-0. Batting time: 388mins.Overs: 87.4 Umpires: AleemDar (PAK), Tony Hill (NZ).MatchReferee: Chris Broad (ENG).Third Umpire:Nigel Llong (ENG). Stumps, Day 1 David Warner takes a stunning catch to dismiss top scorer Lahiru Thirimanne, who made 91 THE wisdom behind Australias decision to bowl first against Sri Lanka at the SCG was called into question, but at least playing four quicks in Sydney allowed future stars Jackson Bird and Mitchell Starc to shine on their hometown wicket. Bird, born in Sydney but playing for Tasmania, improved on an impressive debut in Melbourne to bag 4-41 in front of family and friends and spearhead an attack that dismissed Sri Lanka for 294 just before stumps. And after Starc (3-71) last week voiced his disappointment at being controversially omitted from the Boxing Day team, the NSW quick let his actions do the talking on day one of the third Test. This was the Test supposed to be over inside three days. But injury-riddled Sri Lanka was courageous in the face of extreme adversity and has let the Australians know theyre in a contest. Ultimately, however, they were all out for a below-par total as they attempt to avoid a 3-0 series whitewash. Birds display has almost certainly booked him a ticket to India next month, with his Ashes chances also boosted. The 26-year-old, who has drawn comparisons to Glenn McGrath, couldnt get a lookin with NSW but said there was nothing to prove in his triumphant homecoming. Its nice to get a few wickets out of the way early. It was tough work out there but I thought we stuck at it pretty well towards the end of the day, said Bird. I grew up in Sydney and lived here for 24 years. Its good to have friends and family here, and do well in front of them. After picking the first fourpronged fast-bowling arsenal Australia has seen at the SCG in more than half a century, Michael Clarke had little choice but to back his pacemen and send in Sri Lanka. But as Sri Lanka bravely toiled to 2-80 at lunch and 4-169 at tea, it became clear the green tinge on the pitch looked too good to be true and, as curator Tom Parker predicted, the SCG was a batfirst pitch. A combination of good work from Bird, Starc and Peter Siddle (2-46) and some poor batting by Sri Lanka ensured Australia still held the upper hand in its bid to send Michael Hussey out in winning style. Bird, however, conceded Australia didnt show the killer punch it was hoping for until late in the day when it cleaned up the tail, with the last five Sri Lankan wickets falling for 79 runs. We probably werent good enough to stand that seam up and utilise the conditions as well as we should have, Bird said. Typifying the Sri Lankans gutsy display was young batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, who made 91, and Mahela Jayawardene, who returned to form with 72 in his final match as Test skipper. Brisbane reigns as players square off at the Gabba SCORES BRISBANEHEAT5-171 (J Hopes 49, D Christian 27; L Malinga 3-26) d MELBOURNESTARS9-147 (LWright 34, J Hastings 22; J Hopes 3-28, T Perera 3-18) by 24 runs in Brisbane. CRICKET became a contact sport at the Gabba last night as a chesting war between rival players made the Big Bash feel like a hostile State of Origin match. Brisbane Heat allrounder Dan Christian and Melbourne Stars quick Clint McKay came together on the pitch after a collision when Christian was trying to scamper through for a run. They got in each others faces and went toe to toe with fury and for a brief second the 24,570 fans at the Gabba would not have been surprised if things turned uglier. The hot-blooded scenes sparked a fierce contest as Heat (5-171) kept their season alive by keeping the Stars (9-147) at bay. Heat now has a chance of making the finals, but probably only if they win their remaining two games. We were pretty disappointing tonight in all three departments, I think our last four overs went for 52, Stars skipper Shane Warne said. Captain James Hopes (49 off 40) anchored the Heat innings, although Stars superslinger Lasith Malinga had 3-0 before Heat managed to score from his bowling. The Stars run-chase never really lifted off with Rob Quiney (10), Brad Hodge (21), Glenn Maxwell (13) and Dave Hussey (17) failing to fire. Heats Sri Lankan allrounder Thisara Perera removed Hussey and Cameron White in his first over.