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The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019



The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019

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34 SPORT THURSDAY MAY 30 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 It was actually Maxi who said, Good on you for getting wickets, but youre probably not at your best what have you changed from Big Bash where you were bowling really well?, Zampa said. It was just preparation. I was over complicating it, and simplifying it is what Im really focusing on at the moment. The last time I went to India was actually the start of where it went a little bit downhill. I wasnt bowling my best, I didnt know the best way to prepare or bowl in India, and I was still thinking about that at the top of my mark. Maxwells frank discussion gives an insight into how happy and tight the Australian dressing room is in its quest to win a sixth World Cup. Steve Smith strummed a guitar and sang softly on Australias team bus from Southampton to Bristol yesterday while Usman Khawaja said morale was sky-high. Im just having a lot of fun. Im going to keep trying to have fun, Khawaja said. Zampa took 2-49, 2-62 and 3-70 in India before the talk with Maxwell. He has since recorded figures of 3-46 (against India), 4-43 (Pakistan) and 2-39 (Sri Lanka). Zampa missed the ODI tour of England 12 months ago and was constantly pushed to the fringes under former Australian coach Darren Lehmann. I was the leading wickettaker in the world in the first year of my career, Zampa P A T C U M M I N S GLENN Maxwells blossoming leadership helped Adam Zampa rekindle his devastating best when the leg-spinners form started to dip just weeks before selectors picked the World Cup squad. While Zampas figures masked his lapse during the recent ODI series in India, Maxwell noticed the attacking tweaker had fallen away since taking 14 wickets under him at Melbourne Stars. SAM LANDSBERGER Australia's Adam Zampa bowls against England during a World Cup warm-up clash at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Inset, Glenn Maxwell Picture: AFP Maxwell fires up Zampa said. I think as a young guy you can probably take it for granted a bit and think the way youre doing things is the way to go and if you keep doing it this way itll turn around. But Ive found thats not the way it works unfortunately. The attacking leggie has been given a licence to ignore his economy and keep looking for wickets. Zampa definitely has a big role to play trying to take middle-over wickets, quick Pat Cummins said. Windies belt 421 against NZ THE West Indies have posted an incredible total of 421 as their batsmen put on a superb display of power-hitting in a 91-run victory over New Zealand in a World Cup warm-up game. Shai Hope continued his fine run of form as he finished with an 86-ball 101 with nine fours and four sixes, while Andre Russell lived up to his big-hitting reputation with a breezy 25-ball 54 as they sent a warning to Pakistan ahead of their World Cup opener tomorrow. Were building towards something special in the World Cup so to get this momentum going into the first game against Pakistan is key, Windies captain Jason Holder said. After the Kiwis put West Indies into bat at Bristol, Chris Gayle began with two fours and two sixes but failed to convert his start, falling for 36. Dhoni drives Indias big win INDIA thrashed Bangladesh by 95 runs in its last Cricket World Cup warm-up. The tournament starts tonight, when England and South Africa meet at The Oval. India put up 7-359 and bowled out Bangladesh for 264 in Cardiff. A patchy start from India was compensated by No.4 Lokesh Rahul hitting 108 off 99 balls, including a dozen boundaries and four sixes. Rahul and Mahendra Singh Dhoni combined for 164 for the fifth wicket. Dhoni was out in the last over after slogging 113 off 78 balls, including eight boundaries and seven sixes. Bangladesh tried nine bowlers to stem the onslaught to no avail. In Bangladeshs chase, Liton Das hit 73 off 90 balls, and Mushfiqur Rahim, 90 off 94, but the run rate kept rising. English face critical test ENGLAND will put four years of planning to the test when it faces South Africa in the opening match of the 2019 World Cup at The Oval tonight. So embarrassing was Englands first-round exit at the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand it prompted a major rethink of Englands attitude to the white-ball game. The transformation has been remarkable, with Eoin Morgans men climbing to the top of the one-day international rankings and twice setting a new record for the highest one-day international total, which now stands at 481 for six. Batting has been the basis of Englands ODI rejuvenation, with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Morgan and the dynamic Jos Buttler among a top seven who can all change the course of an innings. Its an exciting feeling, said Englands Adil Rashid. JUSTIN Langer says World Cup pitches will not offer fast bowlers any swing as strike weapon Pat Cummins fears he will have just 18 deliveries to cash in on the new ball. The Aussies data shows that England has produced the least swing out of all ODI countries in the past 20 years. No, I dont expect any swing, Langer said. Certainly not in the World Cup, maybe in the Ashes thats a different discussion. If you look at the (one-day) scores here, both domestically and internationally, that suggests the balls not doing much. knock over top orders in a tournament set to heavily favour batsmen. When the ball is hard you still feel like there might be a little bit of nip, but its pretty flat, he said. With the brandnew ball you still get a little bit of extra bounce or maybe a Langer forgets swing as Pat eyes bouncers They tend to be battingorientated games. Weve seen it in the recent England-Pakistan series and thats a reflection on the wickets being very flat. Cummins declared he wants to partner left-armer Mitchell Starc as Australias opening bowlers against Afghanistan on Saturday night. The ball literally after three or four overs is starting to get a little bit softer, the seam isnt as hard, Cummins said. If theres any swing, youre not going to get it. I feel like those first three overs is the time to strike. Cummins plans on unleashing his fiery bouncer to help tiny bit of nip. Bouncers were going to have to use well, thats a real wicket-taking ball. Other than that, its just trying to bowl good balls. Starc hit 150km/h with just his eighth delivery against Sri Lanka and express pace shapes as the key without any seam movement. West Indies (421) and India (7-359) pounded big scores in the final warm-up games. The tournament begins in London when England hosts South Africa tonight. The Windies 91run win against New Zealand was at Bristol, where Australia meets Afghanistan. Langer said the lack of seam movement was an unfortu nate by-product of white-ball cricket. Its always nicer to see a balance between bat and ball, but what it does mean is if all our quicks are up and running the bowling in the World Cup is going to be very, very important, Langer said. Whilst the scores are high, the effectiveness of the bowling teams is going to be critical. Indian captain Virat Kohli said most teams would prefer to bat second. The seam and swing in the first 15 overs of the first innings will be the most crucial phase of matches at this World Cup, Kohli said. SAM LANDSBERGER Bouncers were going to have to use well

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