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The Centralian Advocate Tue 29 Mar 2022



The Centralian Advocate Tue 29 Mar 2022


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Tuesday March 29 2022 SPORT 27 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA awards before the sudden onset of spasms, said a call would be made in the next 24 hours on whether she could take the field against the West Indies in Wellington. I havent done anything cricket-wise in the last week, Perry said on Monday morning before her return to training in the afternoon. I need to do some cricket batting especially, moving around in the field over the next couple of days, potentially bowling if that all goes well. We deliberately held off doing anything just to give it a chance to settle as best as it possibly can. Its been one of those things where each day we have assessed it and it has been improving. Well keep playing that by ear, but bearing in mind well need to make a decision in the next day or so. I dont think its anything hugely serious. Theres a pretty high percentage Ill be able to play at some point. Perry missed Australias T20 World Cup triumph in 2020 after suffering a serious hamstring injury during the tournament and is desperate not to miss the finals this time. But thats not unique to me. The whole team is really excited, she said. This tournament has been coming for a little while, with the delay last year and weve been here for quite a while with the quarantine we had to do when we arrived. This is the reason we play, to compete in big events and big moments. Perry said she would be happy to play as a batter only and she is averaging 48 in the tournament. Thats very much up to the coaching staff and selectors, she said. If I can contribute in a positive way and add to the team by being in it, absolutely, Id just love to be a part of it. Perry said she wasnt even considering skipping the semifinal to ensure she was 100 per cent for the final should Australia secure passage to the decider. CALL me by my name, mother-----rs. With that statement, Tim Tszyu (pictured) made it clear to bitter rival Jermell Charlo and any critics who believe he is living in the shadow of his legendary father Kostya that a new era has dawned. After a stunning American debut on Sunday when he beat the tough Terrell Gausha over 12 rounds, Tszyu betrayed his usual cool demeanour in deflecting MY SWORN ENEMIES Tszyu gives gobful to critics who claim hes riding dads coat-tails comparisons to his dad. Charlos snipe that he is Tim Kostya Tszyu is still a sore point. Im coming, Tszyu said. Charlo cant call me Tim Kostya Tszyu. Call me Tim Tszyu. Call me by my name, mother-----rs. Call me by my name, f---wits. The 27-year-old undefeated world title contender has been carrying the burden of his surname since turning professional in 2016. Kostya Tszyu was a unified world champion and one of the greatest fighters in Australian history. Tim Tszyu has at times embraced his lineage, and at others looked to remove himself from comparison to Kostya. It will be an ongoing struggle for the son of a legend, but after his breakout American performance, he is drawing a line in the sand to say this is his time, and he will define his boxing story. Charlo, the WBC, IBF and WBA super-welterweight champion, had dismissed Tszyu as a future opponent last year on the Ringside With Lions podcast. Tim Kostya Tszyu is not on a level to even fight for a world title, Charlo said. He aint even on the level to fight some of the guys that Ive knocked the f--- out of and he aint even going to get no chance to fight me, probably throughout my career. Now, there is little chance of avoiding Tszyu if he remains champion. Tszyu (21-0, 15KO) is the No.1 mandatory challenger for the WBO super-welterweight title held by Brian Castano. Last year, Castano and Charlo fought for all four major belts, but drew. They have a rematch on May 14, which Tszyu will attend, and the unified winner will have to fight him or relinquish a belt. If you look at Terrell after the fight, and the trouble I gave him, I dont think they want a piece of this, Tszyu said. They want an easy fight where you can box and tip-tap, but that will never be happening with me. It has to be (the world title fight next). Jamie Pandaram JOE Root may be passionate about remaining as Englands Test captain, but should he stay in the post after the West Indies inflicted the latest damaging defeat of his tenure? In January, the 31-year-old batsman insisted he wanted to help rebuild Englands red-ball fortunes by continuing to lead the team in the Caribbean following a humiliating 4-0 Ashes series loss in Australia. But a 10-wicket defeat in the third and final Test against the West Indies in Grenada on Monday condemned England to a 1-0 series loss. Root has overseen just one win in 17 Tests. I feel like the group are very much behind me. I am very passionate about taking this team forward, Root said. I know this is a resultsbased business but it does not feel like we are far away from turning results. After five years and a record 64 games in charge, a decision on Roots future as skipper is required. Following the Ashes debacle, the England and Wales Cricket Board sacked both its managing director Ashley Giles and coach Chris Silverwood, with fellow former Test players Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood taking over on an interim basis. Until the leadership vacuum at the top of the ECB is filled, Root will probably stay on, barring his own resignation. Pressure on Root of problem Perry likes her chances to avoid more cup misery ELLYSE Perry says theres a high percentage she will overcome a first bout of back spasms to play in Australias World Cup semi-final on Wednesday but she has to train first. The star all-rounder hasnt done anything cricket-wise since bowling just three overs against South Africa on March 22. Perry, who won back-toback player-of-the-match Russell Gould Australia's Aaron Finch hammers a drive at a practice session at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on Monday. Picture: AFP AUSTRALIA has lost T20 World Cup hero Mitch Marsh for the ODI series against Pakistan after the all-rounder suffered a hip injury at training, with Cameron Green set to take his place. The loss of Marsh for the three-match series will add to the pressure already on an inexperienced bowling outfit including rookie Nathan Ellis as well as Jason Behrendorff and Sean Abbott after Kane Richardson was a late withdrawal due to a hamstring injury. Test fast bowling trio Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood will all be rested from the series along with veteran opener David Warner while Steve Smith was forced out with injury and allrounder Glenn Maxwell misses after getting married. The Aussies have reinjected Test batters Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne to bolster the teams experience. But the loss of Marsh, who hasnt played for Australia since his player-of-the-match performance in the World Cup final last November, is an early setback. Hes injured his hip-flexor, we think, at training. We are going to have to wait and see what that looks like but I dont think hell be available for the series based on how he was feeling yesterday, Finch said from Lahore on Monday. He sustained that in a fielding drill, it was a high intensity, lateral movement drill and he bent down to pick it up one handed and went to throw and felt a twinge. Marshs absence opens the door for Green, who played all three Test matches against Pakistan, to add to his single ODI as a like-for-like allround replacement. Finch said Green was a super talented cricketer and was excited to see him get an other opportunity as Australia prepares for back-to-back T20 and 50-over World Cups in 2022 and 2023. Cam will play and prob ably bat in that m i d d l e - o r d e r role ... weve seen hes a super talented cricketer, his impact with the bat and ball cant be understated, Finch said. Finch said that opportunity existed for all the players in the squad who arent regulars to press their claims. Weve still got a really solid idea of what our squad and our 11 would look like if the World Cup was tomorrow. Its about making sure we are building that depth. Russell Gould ODI GAME 1 PAKISTAN v AUST Lahore, Tuesday 9pm Live on LIKELY AUSTRALIAN XI Aaron Finch (c), Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Inglis, Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa and Jason Behrendorff Marsh hit paves way for Green