Sunday Territorian 7 Nov 2021
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46 SPORT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 ENGLANDS COVID CAVE A WEAPON England captain Joe Root arrives at Brisbane International Airport for his teams tour of Australia. Picture: Patrick Hamilton/AFP JOE Roots England cricket team touched down in Brisbane on Saturday, motivated to turn their Covid cave into a weapon against an underprepared Australia at the Gabba. The vivid silver lining behind the early arrival of the first wave of tourists to be followed soon by their T20 World Cup stars is that they will be as acclimatised to Queensland conditions by the first Test as any England touring side has ever been. England will base themselves at a luxurious five-star resort on the Gold Coast and after three days of hard quarantine will be able to train at Metricon Stadium in preparation for the first Test at the Gabba from December 8. Root and gifted allrounder Ben Stokes were among the first batch of arrivals to walk through the silence of a near empty Brisbane Airport on Saturday morning. One of the reasons Australia held a 33-year unbeaten run at the Gabba against all-comers before India ended it last summer was that sides would snatch at glory there, arriving late for the first Test of the summer and sometimes not even playing a warmup game in Queensland. Visiting players would often say they were still getting used to Brisbanes humidity and early sunrises never mind the bouncy deck when the Test was being played. That wont happen with England who, for all of the challenges of the Covid world, have a full month to prepare. England have brought two squad including the English Lions back-up squad who will play a three-day warm up match against the English Test team at Redlands from November 23-25 and a four-day game at Ian Healy Oval from November 30 to December 3. The last English team to score a major upset Ashes series win in Australia Mike Gattings 1986-87 outfit put down some of their success to arriving early. They went to Bundaberg, and played a one-day game at Lawes (population 328) in the Lockyer Valley as well as taking on South Australia and Western Australia before meeting Australia in the first Test. Australia, by contrast, are challenged by the fact that their entire pace attack Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc and their two most experienced batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner are in World T20 squad and have been starved of red ball cricket since the last Test against India at the Gabba in January. England know they must strike early. Because Tim Paines side retained the Ashes on the last tour of England, Australia starts the series with its nose in front. If Australia won the first Test at the Gabba England would have to win at least two of the last four to take the urn home, a gargantuan achievement for a side which has won just six of its past 42 Tests in Australia. The English arrived with a message from their undercover X-factor that hes ready to be unleashed on Australia. Young express fast bowler Saqib Mahmood was a controversial omission from the original touring party, but will be planted in Australia for the entire summer anyway as a secret weapon England can call upon at any time. ROBERT CRADDOCK Poms arrive in Australia ahead of quarantine stint leading up to Ashes series FORMER Australian selector Greg Chappell has revealed his private fury over the day gloveman Matthew Wade was recalled to add mongrel to an ailing Test team. Chappell was overruled by his fellow selectors when Wade was one of five players called into the Test team after a sorrowful loss to South Africa in Hobart in 2016 which was one of the lowest points in recent Australian cricket history. In his new book Not Out (Hardie Grant), Chappell talks about how Australia lost its moral compass in the count down to the South Africa ball tampering affair in 2018 where a win-at-all-costs attitude triggered a lapse in behavioural standards. Wades recall for the daynight Test in Adelaide meant the capable but less combative Peter Nevill would not play Test cricket again. Chappell said Wade was recalled because the teams leadership reckoned he was the loudest gloveman with the most mongrel whatever that means. I stated thats never been a criteria for picking a Test team that I have ever heard of, and we shouldnt be starting now, Chappell wrote. Wicketkeepers are very important parts of a team. But not for their yapping, rather for their ability and commitment. One of the best teams that played the game, the West Indies, never said a word. They didnt have to. Chappell was so angry with the decision to recall Wade that, the instant the selection meeting was over, he walked into the office of Cricket Australia High Performance boss Pat Howard and warned of dark days ahead. Wade was dropped for his old backyard rival, fellow Tasmanian Tim Paine, but later returned to Test cricket as a specialist batsman. Chappell was left fuming at Wades Test recall Greg Chappell. ROBERT CRADDOCK AND BEN HORNE PLAY LIKE THIS, NOBODY BEATS US, SAYS JADEJA INDIA stayed alive at the T20 World Cup with a quickfire eightwicket rout of Scotland as star spinner Ravindra Jadeja claimed: If we play like this, nobody can beat us. KL Rahul smashed 50 off 19 balls as India raced to a target of 86 in 6.3 overs to drastically improve its run-rate in the Super 12 contest in Dubai and keep its semi-final push on track. Jadeja and Mohammed Shami took three wickets each to set up the crushing win after Scotland was all out for 85 in 17.4 overs following the teams decision to bowl first. If we play like this, nobody can beat us. In T20s we have to play like this, Jadeja said after being named man of the match for his figures of 3-15 from four overs. Virat Kohlis Indians have bounced back from their opening two losses to Pakistan and New Zealand to hammer Afghanistan and Scotland. However, they still need to win their last group game against Namibia on Monday and depend on the result of Sundays New Zealand-Afghanistan match to have a chance of making the semi-finals. Jadeja.
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