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The Northern Territory news Fri 21 Feb 2020



The Northern Territory news Fri 21 Feb 2020

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44 SPORT FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Marsh puts hand up to clinch Aussie spot BEN HORNE MITCHELL Marsh is set to return to Australian colours early tomorrow morning (NT time) as selectors ponder his international future. Australia is poised to bring Marsh and Matthew Wade into a new-look middle order for the first Twenty20 against South Africa in Johannesburg, following Glenn Maxwells injury-forced withdrawal. Marsh missed the entire home summer after breaking his hand punching a dressing room wall as he attempted to put runs on the board in the Sheffield Shield for Western Australia. It was a moment of madness that cost him Test matches, but showed how much securing a baggy green cap meant to him. But after watching the team play without him over the summer, Marsh is back and expected to bat at No.5 for the first T20, with Wade at No.4 as selectors look to the pair to prove themselves as finishers just months out from the home World Cup. During his recovery, Marsh could barely hold a knife and fork to eat, but now he has a genuine opportunity to win his place back in all three formats. He is picked for the three match ODI series to follow in South Africa, and for the next Test series in Bangladesh this winter, Australia may need a pace-bowling allrounder to slot in at No.6. Marsh made his T20 international debut at this very ground, The Wanderers, way back in 2011, and that day hit four sixes in an innings of 36 off 21 balls. Australian captain Aaron Finch wont confirm his side until the toss early tomorrow (NT time) in Johannesburg, but selectors are tipped to stick with a winning combination in the bowling attack and back in two spinners Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar, and paceman Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. Kane Richardson would appear likely to edge out namesake Jhye Richardson and Sean Abbott for the final bowling spot, although Abbott was excellent during the BBL and his debut T20 back in November. DArcy Short is the other batsman in the party, but Wade and Marsh are set to get first crack. Steve Smith talked up all three candidates. But he said Wade was the most in-form cricketer in Australia. I think weve got pretty much all bases covered here at the moment. Its a really good squad, said Smith. Mitch played well in the Big Bash, and scored some runs at the back end. We know how strong he is and hes done it at this ground before, many years before, smacking a few big balls. Matty Wade is obviously coming off the back of hes been in terrific form. And his game is in as good a place as anyone in Australia at the moment. And obviously DArcy Short who is there at the moment as well. Hes been incredibly consistent in T20 cricket for some time now. Mitchell Marsh is set to return to the Australian team for the first Twenty20 against South Africa in Johannesburg Picture: GETTY IMAGES Sheeran jibe nothing on what awaits BEN HORNE Men In Black to help protect Warner CRICKETS most notorious venue, The Bullring, is set to double its usual security presence for David Warner (pictured) and Steve Smiths return to South Africa. Following the vile events of 2018, the Australian duo have been urged to report any personal abuse from the crowd to umpires in Fridays T20, with stadium management declaring a range of hi-tech cameras and a beefed-up security team dubbed The Men In Black are ready to zero in on fans who cross the line. If its of a personal nature, we will deal with it. We have eight LED cameras around the stadium which can zoom in 30 times. We can zoom into that mole on your face, stadium manager Cyril Martin said. We then have the action guys, The Men In Black, we call them. They will move in quietly and position themselves (around the offending fan). If he persists, we have a zero tolerance rule. We will evict him. TIM Paine says Ben Stokes recent meltdown at being labelled Ed Sheeran in South Africa is about to look like crying over spilt milk now that Australia is back in town. Having witnessed the systematic abuse of David Warner and Steve Smith from English crowds during the Ashes, the return of Australia to Johannesburg for another torrid reception has prompted Paine to express his frustration at the hypocrisy of Stokes and England. Lookalike sledges will be the least of Warner and Smiths concerns early tomorrow morning (NT time) as the duo prepare to face the music for the first time since sandpapergate in front of crickets notoriously ruthless South African fans. Just last month, the colosseum that is The Wanderers in Johannesburg got the better of England enforcer Stokes, who threatened to take a fan outside who had the gall to liken him to Ed Sheeran. According to Paine, the Stokes dummy spit showed England can dish it out, but cant take it as he predicted Warner and Smith to be well prepared to weather abuse far worse than a barb about a redheaded British pop star. This is one of the things thats always irked me, particularly with the English. You cannot react to the crowd (and play the victim, like Stokes in Johannesburg), but then always encourage the Barmy Army to do exactly the same, and worse abuse players. Then a little thing like that (Stokes being called Sheeran), they react and all of a sudden, were getting abused from the crowd, were getting this, were getting that. Thats international cricket, just get on with it. It frustrates me, it really does. Paine said Stokes indiscretion, where the England allrounder also called the fan a four-eyed f*** during a Test against South Africa last month, was a reminder to the Aussies to keep their guards up. Gilchrists advice for Healy ahead of Cup YOURE going to be fine Midge. That was Adam Gilchrists message to Alyssa Healy ahead of Australias Womens T20 World Cup opener against India tonight. Gilchrist delivered handwritten letters to each player and offered his advice at a team dinner in Sydney on Wednesday night. Heading into the tournament, Healy has struggled with the bat, averaging just four runs over her last six innings. Her recent form has looked a world away from when she bashed a record 148 off 61 balls against Sri Lanka last October. So Gilchrist took Healy aside for a chat from one wicketkeeper to another. Healy said Gilchrist offered rare insight into the pressure and expectation that comes with being both a keeper and top-order batter for Australia. Some of Gillys stories were really relevant to me, Healy admitted. He was going through a couple of rough trots with the bat and how he just really simplified everything back to watching the ball and playing his natural game.

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