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Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012



Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012


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62 Sunday Territorian. Sunday, December 23, 2012. www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 6 2 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT sundayterritorian.com.au Strikers drag Young out of retirement for BBL ALMOST a decade after retiring from first-class cricket, spinner Brad Young is in the frame to make his Big Bash League debut with the Adelaide Strikers. Young, who played six oneday internationals for Australia in 1998-99, has been named in the Strikers 13-man squad to host the Sydney Sixers in Adelaide today. Just two months shy of his 40th birthday, Young has replaced paceman Gary Putland in a bowling line-up that includes in-form Territorian Kane Richardson. Youngs first-class career finished in 2003 and the left arm tweaker wasnt even playing in Adelaides grade ranks when signed by Strikers coach Darren Berry. Young was playing in the Adelaide Turf competition when given the final spot on the Strikers roster, with Berry encouraged by the spinners training form. Better than we expected, to be perfectly honest, Berry said. Throughout the trials we were undecided between he and Mark Higgs, and Young took the prize. If we play three spinners, I have got no hesitation that he will do a job. He is still fit, he can still whack it a little bit too with the bat in the lower order. And he is one of those leftarm orthodox spinners not dissimilar to an Aaron OBrien that bowls at the base of the stumps and uses his pace quite well. He will play in this tournament. Young was summoned at the expense of Putland, rested with what Berry termed general soreness. He (Putland) has had a fairly big bowling workload leading into the Big Bash, Berry added. He has got a few niggles, nothing that will keep him out for too long. Pace changes no problem CRICKET AUSTRALIAS fast-bowling spearhead Peter Siddle says an ever-changing Test pace attack wont hurt the teams ability to bowl as a unit. After changing the entire three-man pace attack from the second to third Tests against South Africa, then making two more changes for the first Test against Sri Lanka, Australia is set for another reshuffle for Boxing Day at the MCG. Ben Hilfenhaus is ruled out and left-armer Mitchell Starc, who took five second-innings wickets in Hobart, is reportedly set for a spell. That would open the way for Mitchell Johnson to return and Jackson Bird to make his Test debut against Sri Lanka and become the seventh quick used in four Tests. Siddle, the only paceman locked in, scoffed at reports Starc had already been earmarked for a rest before the team even trains together for the first time at the MCG today. But he said constant changes wouldnt hurt the attacks teamwork. Not at all, Siddle said. Thats probably been the big thing that weve done well in especially the past 18 months. Whoevers come into the squad, theyve known what they had to do. The guys that have come in have shown that they can execute their skills and work with the rest of the players to maintain that pressure. Thats what the success that weve had in that time has come down to. The squad has changed a lot with the bowlers but weve . . . worked well as a team. Siddle backed the rotation policy, saying although every player would love to play every Test, it was not always possible as when he sat out the series-deciding Perth loss to South Africa after a big bowling effort in Adelaide. I made the right decision, he said. I knew that if I had have been selfish and gone out there and got injured, I would have put a lot of pressure on the rest of the side. After what we had in Adelaide (with James Pattinson getting injured), I didnt want to do that so I made the right decision. Siddle said Bird was beautifully suited to the MCG, where he has taken 14 wickets at 12.07 in two Shield games. Lankan spinner likes his chances SRI Lankan spin star Rangana Herath says the Australian batsmens liking for pace can play into his hands in the Boxing Day Test. Herath, the worlds leading Test wicket-taker this year with 60 scalps from nine matches, gave a glimpse of the damage he can cause by taking 5-95 in the second innings of his sides defeat in the first Test in Hobart. That included the wickets of top-order batsmen David Warner and Shane Watson. The wily left-armer suspects there might be more rewards for him at the MCG on a pitch he expects to lend assistance as the second Test wears on. He said the rarity with which Australias batsmen faced quality spin would help. Definitely. I know that the Australians, playing even in domestic cricket, they are 80-90 per cent playing against fast bowlers, Herath said. So with that, I have chances to get wickets bowling spin. Herath said Sri Lankas first Boxing Day Test in Melbourne in 17 years was a remarkable occasion for the tourists. But it is unlikely to overwhelm them. They handled a comparable situation well a year ago when they beat South Africa in a Boxing Day Test in Durban. Herath took combined figures of 9-128 on that occasion to be man of the match. In South Africa, (it was) the same scenario, he said. The victory was Sri Lankas first on South African soil. A win in Melbourne would be the visitors first Test triumph in Australia.Melbourne Renegade Muthiah Muralidaran appeals for a wicket against the Heat last night Picture: MICHAEL KLEIN Renegades stay unbeaten SCORE BRISBANEHEAT 7-133 (T Perera 38, B Cutting 33no); MELBOURNERENEGADES 4-134 (A Finch 33, T Cooper 29). EXPENSIVE late overs from Brisbane Heats import pacemen Kemar Roach and Thisara Perera allowed the unbeaten Melbourne Renegades to surge to another Big Bash win at Etihad Stadium last night. Set a modest victory target of 134, the Renegades were struggling badly at 3-88 from 16 overs, needing 46 from their final four overs. They notched their fourth win from as many games with five balls to spare and six wickets in hand, after some big hitting from South Australias Tom Cooper (29 from 15 balls) and NSWs Ben Rohrer (30 not out off 25) steered them home. The home side were struggling to find boundaries until Cooper swung the game by helping them take 14 off the 17th over, bowled by Perera. He opened the next over, bowled by Roach, with a huge swipe for six over square leg. While Cooper was out lbw next ball, Rohrer took up the slack, smashing another six later in the over as Roach gave up 18 runs for the over. Rohrer and new batsman Will Sheridan took 13 more runs off the next Perera over before Rohrer smacked Roach for four to win the game off the first ball of the last, making it 49 runs off the last 19 balls of the match. Earlier, Heat allrounder Ben Cutting, who missed all of the first BBL season through injury, staged a fine rescue effort with bat and ball to put his side in the game. Coming in with his side 6-80 in the 13th over after losing three wickets in five balls he belted an unbeaten 33 from 24 balls to help them to a semirespectable score.

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