The Northern Territory news Sat 14 Dec 2019
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52 SPORT SATURDAY DECEMBER 14 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 ROBERT CRADDOCK ANALYSIS Classy allrounder the missing link THERES just one piece of the puzzle left to make Australia a world-class, all-condition cricket side and it was spotlighted when Josh Hazlewood walked off Optus Stadium in pain last night. Australia have a suddenly strong top order, a wonderful pace attack and an exceptional spin bowler but until it finds a pace bowling all-rounder it wont be quite at peace with itself. Matthew Wade stepped into the breach last night but for all his zest and occasional dangerous outswing, a more permanent option is needed. As far ahead as Australia was of New Zealand in the game, the exit of Hazlewood after he grabbed his left hamstring opened a door for New Zealand to try and scramble back in to the game in a very New Zealand sort of way over the next few days. They may not be the prettiest side in cricket but the thought of trying to wear down an attack short of a bowler under an unforgiving sun is in keeping with their scrap-tillwe-drop mentality. With Australia having no pace bowling all-rounder the pressure on the rampaging Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon was suddenly significant. Australia is monitoring the former of young Cameron Green, the recently injured Mitchell Marsh and the inform Moises Henriques but the search for the right allrounder seems eternal. Come back Watto all is forgiven! The Kiwis have been under heavy pressure since losing the toss. Say what you like about world rankings, batting averages, clever planning and underrated players. The bottom line is that New Zealand have beaten Australia once in their last 28 Tests. Aussies dominate but Hazlewood a casualty BEN HORNE JOSH Hazlewoods series could be over after breaking down in the first Test, but a spectacular Steve Smith catch has Australia eyeing pink ball glory in Perth. On a night of high drama under lights, New Zealand were 2-2 (Australia 416 all out, Marnus Labuschagne top-scoring with 143) when Hazlewood was forced off the field with a left hamstring injury, before another potentially game-turning moment came when Australia failed to review a nick behind from batting colossus Kane Williamson. Smith heard the faintest of noises come off Williamsons edge, but his teammates didnt listen and his pleas fell literally on deaf ears in a missed chance that could have proven costly against one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era who was 13 at the time. However, just as it looked like Williamson was about to make Australia pay Smith struck again, this time with a stunning diving grab to his right at slip to send the Kiwi danger-man (34) packing off the bowling of Mitchell Starc. Hazlewood went for scans last night but his Test and likely series is over, opening up the prospect that Victorian menace James Pattinson and debutant Michael Neser could be shooting for a Boxing Day Test call-up. However, Australias im mediate concern is fighting their way through the Test at hand with an undermanned bowling attack a struggle laid bare by the fact former wicketkeeper Matthew Wade was thrown the ball to bowl at first change. Despite this, New Zealands top order collapsed to have the team reeling at 5-109 at stumps. Australias Josh Hazlewood (left) covers his face as he is consoled by teammate Joe Burns after the paceman broke down in Perth last night Picture: AP RUN 2ND OR 3RD BONUS BACK UP T O $50 RACES 1-4 | SATURDAY FLEMINGTON & RANDWICK EXCL SA. PROMOTIONAL T&CS APPLY & AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE. GAMBLE RESPONSIBLY.
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