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The Northern Territory news Wed 13 Jan 2021



The Northern Territory news Wed 13 Jan 2021

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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13 2021 SPORT 61 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Darwins Michael Coombes was sent off the field for striking against Nightcliff. DARWIN Buffaloes could find themselves without the big presence of Michael Coombes for up to four weeks, with the strong man charged for striking. Coombes was charged with striking Nightcliff captain Phillip Wills in the second quarter of the Round 13 Premier League match on Saturday night, which ended 20.7 (127) to 5.10 (40) in the Tigers favour. The strike was classified as intentional conduct, with high impact and high contact resulting in a four-match penalty, down to three with an early guilty plea. Coombes was also sent off the field following the incident. Also charged from Buffaloes was Bradley Stokes, who was also pinged for striking Wills in the second quarter. The Stokes incident was classified as intentional conduct with low impact and high contact, resulting in a two-match penalty, down to one with an early guilty plea. Meanwhile, Palmerstons Russell Davey was charged with making forceful contact on Saints Nathaniel Paredes in the first quarter of the match at Cazalys Arena. The incident was classified as intentional conduct, with high impact and high contact resulting in a four-match penalty, down to three with an early guilty plea. NATHANIEL CHAMBERS BAN LOOMS FOR COOMBES THE fact that only two wicketkeepers have captained more Tests than Tim Paine tells its own story about the day he felt the lid pop off his baggy green saucepan. Indias MS Dhoni (60 Tests) and Bangladeshs Mushfiqur Rahim (28) are the only names ahead of Paine (23) on the list of keeper-captains. When it comes to Australians, the numbers are equally revealing. Paine comfortably leads the local list from gloveman Jack Blackham (eight Tests as captain), who played his last Test 127 years ago. The moral of the story is simple. For 143 years of Test cricket Australian selectors and most of their worldwide counterparts have generally tried not to burden their keepers with the captaincy amid fears the stresses of the combined jobs will reach a point where their minds or their glovework will go pop. Paine felt them both go in the one day. And he lost his renowned cool with them. Paine did well yesterday to bound on to the front foot and apologise for his cheap sledging of Ravi Ashwin, whom he called a dickhead. Given the Indians had been racially sledged by the crowd over the past two days, it was a bad word at a bad time. Paines apology was sincere and went some way to ensuring the wonderful work he has done as a leader since being thrown into the job mid-Test during the ball-tampering scandal will remain his legacy. There was no pressure from above for him to call an unscheduled press conference but after an anguished night of soul-searching, he decided to lance the boil. In the short term at least, it worked. The air seemed much lighter when his 23-minute conference ended. But the challenges go on. Fridays Gabba Test, against a brave Indian side down to their Bare Bones XI, will define Australias summer. Strain for Paine is doubled COMMENT ROBERT CRADDOCK Tim Paine. COACH Justin Langer says the Tim Paine era is nowhere near finished as Australias Test captain yesterday owned up to the worst day he has endured in the job. Earlier in the series, Langer declared there were many more chapters to be written in the book of Paine, which he said would go down in history as a bestseller. All the great Australian captains have a story, Langer said. Whether its Allan Border, Richie Benaud, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting or Ian Chappell. They all have a story and Tim Paine what a story hell have to tell one day. I dont think the story is over, either. Hes so fit and healthy, his energy I literally love working with him. Paine, 36, lost his cool and dropped three catches on Monday as he opened his mouth and snatched his hands. It was the first time Paine had put down more than one catch in an innings since returning to Test cricket in 2017. But as fresh doubts were cast over Paines longevity, he quickly attributed the fumbles to his tense mood rather than a technical flaw. Paine is at the peak of his powers and has not considered retirement. I was distracted by the other stuff and a little bit agitated and grumpy at times, Paine said yesterday. The best version of Tim Paine wicketkeeping and captaining is someone whos got a smile on his face, someone who is enjoying the game and when Im like that, Im a very good wicketkeeper. If you pretend (Monday) was OK and my behaviour was OK and my wicketkeeping was OK then youve got a problem. But I feel like Im actually getting better as a cricketer. Ive played my best cricket in the past six months. Paine has repeatedly said he will reassess his career after every series, although he is also openly targeting leading Australia at this years inaugural World Test championship at Lords, should it qualify. The next assignment after that would be to again retain the urn when England tours for next summers Ashes series At 36 I wouldnt say Id be in it for the long haul but I feel like Ive got a bit of cricket left, Paine said. The Tasmanian was named man-of-the-match for the first time in his career in the first Test against India at Adelaide Oval, after a brilliant 73 not out helped turn the match. Plenty of Tests to come for Tim SAM LANDSBERGER Tim Paine and Ravi Ashwin. I was a fool admits contrite skipper after copping spray TIM Paine has drawn praise for admitting I was a fool, and is now focused on nailing a crucial step in his bid to captain Australia in their Ashes defence. In a dramatic press conference yesterday, Paine apologised unreservedly for his behaviour throughout the Sydney Test which, for the first time since Cape Town in 2018, opened his team up to criticism about ugly Aussies. Paines legacy as an Australian captain will be how he reset the teams attitude after Sandpapergate and set new standards for on-field conduct. The Tasmanian was distressed at how he failed in his leadership at the SCG and conceded his mood was off for the entire Test match and impacted his teams performance. All the pressure is on Australia heading into the decider at the Gabba, given they face the ignominy of losing a second straight Border-Gavaskar series on home soil to a patched-up Indian side that has no Virat Kohli and so many injuries they are almost struggling to field an XI. Im bitterly disappointed with the way I went about it, Paine said. I felt my mood throughout the whole Test match was probably a little bit off. The way I spoke to the umpires early on day two was also unacceptable. Ive got to cop that on the chin. Its not the way I want to lead this Australian team. Its certainly not a reflection of how I want to do it going forward. I always talk to our players about playing this game on skill and not on emotion and yesterday I fell short of my own standards and expectations. Im bitterly disappointed with that. But at the same time I did a bit of self-reflection and being able to learn from it and being able to move on to the Gabba Test was really important for me. BEN HORNE