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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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54 NT NEWS. Saturday, December 22, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 2 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 4 C O L O R : C M Y K MURPHY TAKES A STEP BACK Page 53 Wanderers enjoymassive victory over Reds P51 STARC REALITY By MALCOLM CONN Rotation policy may see young quick miss TestJACKSON Bird is on course to make a shock debut in the Boxing Day Test as Cricket Australia prepares to step up its rotation policy. Mitchell Starcs heavy workload will see him rested for one of the next two Tests, with the tall left armer expected to miss Melbourne and play his first home Test in Sydney. This means Bird, a Sydney boy who moved to Tasmania, will become the seventh fast bowler used by Australia this summer. Only attack leader Peter Siddle is expected to survive from the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart, which Australia won. This is despite Starc taking 14 wickets in the past two Tests. Mitchell Johnson, who was 12th man in Hobart, will be recalled for the second Test at the MCG but Bird, 26, a rightarm swing bowler, is expected to take the new ball with Siddle. Starc was 12th man for the first two Tests against South Africa before playing the last Test in Perth and then in Hobart, where opening bow ler Ben Hilfehaus broke down during the first innings. This left Starc, just 22 and a veteran of only six Tests, with extra responsibility. He bowled 44.5 overs in Perth and then 52.2 overs in Hobart, pushing him into dangerous territory, particularly for such a young and inexperienced bowler. Bird is the leading wickettaker in the Sheffield Shield with 27 wickets at 21. He received the call-up as a replacement for Hilfenhaus. This followed James Pattinson and John Hastings breaking down in the previous series against South Africa. Also out with injuries are Pat Cummins, Ryan Harris, Josh Hazlewood and Trent Copeland. Formerly from NSW, Bird moved to Tasmania at the beginning of last season and instantly made an impact. He claimed 53 wickets at 16 in just eight matches to be named the Sheffield Shield Player of the Year. Batsman Usman Khawaja is on standby for captain Michael Clarke, who believes he will overcome a minor hamstring strain in time to play on Boxing Day.