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Tigers complete emphatic victory - cricket.com.au

Tasmania have wrapped up a dominant Sheffield Shield victory with their Jackson Bird-led pace battery bowling out NSW twice inside five sessions at Bellerive Oval.

The ladder-leading Blues were dismissed for 184 in their second innings after lunch on day four as the Tigers claimed an upset ten-wicket win.

Fringe Test quick Bird took seven wickets for the match to keep his name in the minds of national selectors.

Resuming at 2-50 on Wednesday morning, NSW lost six wickets in an extended opening session.

Bird (4-34) found edges from Nic Maddinson and Ed Cowan to start the collapse.

He was ably assisted by young quicks Tom Rogers (3-32) and Sam Rainbird (2-30) as NSW crumbled to 8-124 at lunch.

Former Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill (70) offered the only resistance in a 90-minute stand with tailender Doug Bollinger as the pair soaked up time with rain approaching.

Nevill's...


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Enjoy the moment as England keeps a grandstand finish alive

Joe Root defied Australia under lights on day four of the Adelaide Ashes Test

There is quite an appeal in writing something that will be completely redundant in a few hours' time.

When you write on cricket, you might be capturing a moment forever.

Mitchell Johnson's cloudburst here four years ago springs to mind. Steve Smith's second century at the WACA.

Moments that will grow in significance as the years roll on, highpoints of careers or the start of a legacy. You can catch them like insects in amber; to be returned to, mulled over, ever part of the record.

And then something like this … it's about the transience between. Those other moments were completed, set in their fixative, viewed entire.

Right now, we're caught in a nowhere place, where England might record one of the great Test match wins, or where England more probably will not.

Four days down, one...


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Enjoy the moment as England keeps a grandstand finish alive

Joe Root defied Australia under lights on day four of the Adelaide Ashes Test

There is quite an appeal in writing something that will be completely redundant in a few hours' time.

When you write on cricket, you might be capturing a moment forever.

Mitchell Johnson's cloudburst here four years ago springs to mind. Steve Smith's second century at the WACA.

Moments that will grow in significance as the years roll on, highpoints of careers or the start of a legacy. You can catch them like insects in amber; to be returned to, mulled over, ever part of the record.

And then something like this … it's about the transience between. Those other moments were completed, set in their fixative, viewed entire.

Right now, we're caught in a nowhere place, where England might record one of the great Test match wins, or where England more probably will not.

Four days down, one...


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Handscomb must make change: Ponting - cricket.com.au

Test great Ricky Ponting says struggling middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb must address his "unusual" technique or continue to be vulnerable against England's potent seam attack.

Handscomb has posted scores 14, 36 and 12 in his first three innings of the Magellan Ashes series but has looked out of sorts to master swing bowler James Anderson and when the ball has moved off the straight.

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The right-hander's technique, which sees him stand deep in his crease and play primarily off the back foot, has been put under the microscope by the plethora of pundits involved in the series and Ponting, arguably the most qualified to pass comment, says a change needs to be made if Handscomb is to flourish in Test match cricket.

"It's very unusual," Ponting told cricket.com.au when asked about Handscomb's technique. "I've never seen it before.

"You see a lot of...


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Australia to review Smith's follow-on decision amid gloom for skipper

Steve Smith looks frustrated

It's less than a fortnight since Steve Smith carried his bat through Australia's first innings to set up a 10-wicket victory in the opening Gabba Test, but memories can be short when there is a scent of trouble in an Ashes series.

The accolades that came with the skipper's unbeaten 141 in Brisbane have lost some sheen as England presses for an audacious victory in an Adelaide Test, marked by a contentious decision not to put the visitors to the knife by enforcing the follow-on under lights on day three.

The squandering of two reviews in England's run chase and the visitors crediting their sledging for Smith's quiet match with the bat (by his lofty standards) have added to the gloom for the skipper.

And that was before Australian bowling coach David Saker conceded Smith...


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Renegades close to clicking, says White

CAMERON White says fixing the little things could be the difference between Melbourne Renegades finishing the Big Bash season as also-rans or champions.

The Gades host the disappointing Hobart Hurricanes on Thursday night and have lost seven of their past eight games at Etihad Stadium.

Emerging star Chris Tremain was dropped on Wednesday, paying the price after captain Aaron Finch smashed his side’s powerplay bowling against Sydney Sixers as “poor”.

The 2-3 Renegades have twice been defeated in the final over, and White said they weren’t far away from clicking.

They have not lost to Hobart since 2011-12.


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Holder banned for second Test - cricket.com.au

Serial offender Jason Holder has been banned by the International Cricket Council for yet another slow-over rate offence.

The West Indies captain has been suspended for the second Test against New Zealand this week and fined 60 per cent of his match fee for maintaining a slow over rate in the first Test in Wellington last week.

It's Holder's second over-rate offence in the past 12 months and the fifth of his captaincy career.

The 26-year-old was found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the Jamaica Test against Pakistan in April and his second offence in less than a year has led to a suspension for the match in Hamilton, starting on Saturday.

The Windies were ruled to be three overs short of their target in Wellington and in accordance with the ICC's Code of Conduct, the Windies players have been fined 30 per cent of their match fees (10 per cent for each over...


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Warriors fight back against dominant Vics - cricket.com.au

Western Australia trail Victoria by 121 runs at stumps on day three of their JLT Sheffield Shield clash after openers Jonathan Wells and Will Bosisto led a late fightback.

The Bushrangers enjoyed a good day with the bat at the MCG, posting a first-innings total of 450 in reply to the visitors' 243 to lead by an imposing 207 runs.

The Warriors opened their second innings after tea with Wells (46 not out) and Bosisto (38 not out) progressing the score to 0-86 at the close of play.

Pocket-rocket Gotch falls two short of maiden ton

Earlier, a gutsy knock from Victoria wicketkeeper Seb Gotch helped the home side to a commanding position after they had resumed at 4-247.

Gotch was closing on a maiden first-class century when he spooned a leading edge to Marcus Stoinis off the bowling of Ashton Agar on 98.

Veteran White's 82 boosts Bushrangers

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Cricket coach: I'm sure they will do CQ proud - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

READY TO GO: The Central Queensland team (back row, from left) manager Kim Williams, scorer Jack Ramsden and coach Adrian Reck; (middle row, from left) Will Raffin, Lachie Reck, Ben Joyce, Kori Ramsden, Griff Thomson, Lachlan Ware and Lachlan Wembridge; and (front row, from left) Luke Sanderson, Liam Welsh, Jack Heelan, Griff Williams and Jack Shepherd.

READY TO GO: The Central Queensland team (back row, from left) manager Kim Williams, scorer Jack Ramsden and coach Adrian Reck; (middle row, from left) Will Raffin, Lachie Reck, Ben Joyce, Kori Ramsden, Griff Thomson, Lachlan Ware and Lachlan Wembridge; and (front row, from left) Luke Sanderson, Liam Welsh, Jack Heelan, Griff Williams and Jack Shepherd. CONTRIBUTED

CRICKET: Coach Adrian Reck is confident the Central Queensland team will do the region proud at next week's state under-12 championships.

Twelve regional teams will descend on Rock- hampton for the five-day titles, which start Monday.

They will be divided into two pools and play a series of 50-over games at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground and Kalka Shades.

The CQ side is made up of players from the host city, Central Highlands, Biloela and Gladstone, and Reck expected a strong showing against the state's best.

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Rule change burns wasteful Australia - cricket.com.au

Australia will not have the services of the Decision Review System for the remainder of the second Magellan Ashes Test after they burnt both their reviews in the space of three balls late on day four in Adelaide.

Having set England a record 354 runs to win, Australia had the tourists 3-108 in the 42nd over when Pat Cummins cut skipper Joe Root in half with a searing inswinger.

After Australia’s appeal for a catch behind was turned down by New Zealand umpire Chris Gaffaney, captain Steve Smith opted for a review, but third umpire Marais Erasmus found no evidence of an inside edge.

The on-field decision was upheld and Australia lost one of their two reviews.

Dinner wrap: Aussies strike double blow

Two balls later, Smith signaled for a review again when paceman Josh Hazlewood pinned left-hander Dawid Malan from around the wicket but was ruled not out by Pakistan’s Aleem Dar. Ball...


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The Ashes: Cricket in the twilight zone - The Sydney Morning Herald

Australian skipper Steve Smith’s frustration is clear after a catch off England’s Dawid Malan was droppedon Tuesday night. Australian skipper Steve Smith’s frustration is clear after a catch off England’s Dawid Malan was droppedon Tuesday night. Photo: AAP

Twilight Test cricket is not going to go away, the way rain doesn't. The effect of twilight on the way the game is played won't easily be mitigated, the way the effect of rain on pitches could not be helped, until some bright spark decided to put covers on them.

So it is best that cricketers learn to work creatively with the vagaries of this new element the way cricketers of yore schemed to exploit so-called sticky wickets.

All the talk as the second Test began to wobble out of its described orbit at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday was about 1902, the last and only time a team have made 300-plus to win there. There was a precedent of another kind that year, in Melbourne.

On a wet pitch, both first innings were done well before stumps on day one. For...


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Defiant Root has England on verge of history in Adelaide

Joe Root evades Cameron Bancroft
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Joe Root's sensational rear-guard innings has given England the opportunity to complete a remarkable win in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

The night session of day four may have been the best of the series to date, with Root standing firm and seeing England to 4-176 as Australia threw everything at the visitors with the Test on the line.

If England does manage to score the remaining 178 runs required for victory, it would be the greatest successful run chase in the history of Test cricket at Adelaide Oval.

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Australian recall on the cards for hat-trick man

PERTH paceman Andrew Tye should be considered for a recall to the Australian Twenty20 side, according to Scorchers skipper Michael Klinger.

Tye completed just the second BBL hat-trick on Wednesday night to round out a 27-run demolition of Brisbane.

And while Tye or none of his teammates realised it was a split-overs hat-trick when it happened, Klinger is all too aware of his death-bowler’s ability throughout a T20 innings.

“He’s not so much your new-ball bowler,” Klinger said.

“But he can take pace off in the middle, bowl a good power play over and his depth bowling is excellent.”


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Swepson’s take on Warne’s big Test call

BRISBANE leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson admits he was chuffed by Shane Warne’s calls for him to be added to the Australian Test squad, but says he is a long way off selection.

Swepson has been one of the sensations of this summer’s Big Bash League, claiming nine scalps in six games to be the equal-second leading wicket-taker of the competition.

His performances also led to Warne saying he would “love to see” the 23-year-old playing in the dead-rubber Sydney Test last month, even if he wasn’t quite ready for international cricket yet.

They were words that were hard for the Queenslander to ignore.

“Obviously stoked with those comments,” Swepson said.


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How your team can make the BBL finals

EVERY team in the BBL still has a chance to play in the finals. We highlight the matches that remain and the results that will matter in the end.

PERTH SCORCHERS — 8 POINTS (1ST) AFTER 6 MATCHES

Jhye Richardson celebrates a wicket during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers.
Jhye Richardson celebrates a wicket during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers.Source: AAP

Look the form team of the competition after their demolition of Brisbane on Wednesday night. A win against either of the Melbourne Stars or Hobart will wrap up a finals spot, but they’ll be pushing to win both in a bid to secure a home final.

BRISBANE HEAT — 8 POINTS (2ND) AFTER 6 MATCHES


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Live: Day Four of the Second Ashes Test in Adelaide - NEWS.com.au

NEVER has a Test match result meant so much to two captains.

Steve Smith and Joe Root have put their reputations squarely on the line in Adelaide — and one will be left with egg on his face when all is said and done.

Root’s surprise call to send Australia into bat generated just as much discussion as Smith’s decision not to enforce the follow-on after Australia led by 215 runs after the first innings.

Today we get a clearer view of who made a mistake. Play is scheduled to begin at 2pm AEDT.

Australia 8/442 declared and 6/88 from 40 overs. Marsh 4, Paine 10

England 227.

Lyon, Handscomb the early victims

Nathan Lyon skied a ball off James Anderson in the 33rd over after a solid start to get to 14. The catch was taken by Stuart Broad at mid-off to send the Aussie nightwatchman on his way.

Peter Handscomb fell soon after with an edge off Anderson going firmly into the hands of Dawid...


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Cricket fan tracks down Bairstow to gift him gloves signed by dead father

Photo of the Jonny Bairstow's dad's gloves
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Thirty-nine years ago, a young boy called Andrew Johns won a pair of kids' wicketkeeping gloves signed by England's David Bairstow.

On day three at Adelaide Oval, Mr Johns was lucky enough to catch up with Bairstow's son, Jonny, and gifted him his precious keepsake in a moment that lit up the England man's Test.

Speaking to Grandstand, Mr Johns told of the lucky circumstances that led to their meeting.

"I've had them for 39 years … my mum and dad took me to West Lakes shopping centre [in Adelaide] and the English cricket team were there to meet," he said.

"They had a little quiz — they asked who the reserve wicketkeeper was for England and I shot my hand up, and said...


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Cricket fan tracks down Bairstow to gift him gloves signed by dead father

Photo of the Jonny Bairstow's dad's gloves
Related Story: Alleged clash with Bancroft just players 'having a laugh', Bairstow says

Thirty-nine years ago, a young boy called Andrew Johns won a pair of kids' wicketkeeping gloves signed by England's David Bairstow.

On day three at Adelaide Oval, Mr Johns was lucky enough to catch up with Bairstow's son, Jonny, and gifted him his precious keepsake in a moment that lit up the England man's Test.

Speaking to Grandstand, Mr Johns told of the lucky circumstances that led to their meeting.

"I've had them for 39 years … my mum and dad took me to West Lakes shopping centre [in Adelaide] and the English cricket team were there to meet," he said.

"They had a little quiz — they asked who the reserve wicketkeeper was for England and I shot my hand up, and said...


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Read more: Cricket fan tracks down Bairstow to gift him gloves signed by dead father

Cricket fan tracks down Bairstow to gift him gloves signed by dead father

Photo of the Jonny Bairstow's dad's gloves
Related Story: Alleged clash with Bancroft just players 'having a laugh', Bairstow says

Thirty-nine years ago, a young boy called Andrew Johns won a pair of kids' wicketkeeping gloves signed by England's David Bairstow.

On day three at Adelaide Oval, Mr Johns was lucky enough to catch up with Bairstow's son, Jonny, and gifted him his precious keepsake in a moment that lit up the England man's Test.

Speaking to Grandstand, Mr Johns told of the lucky circumstances that led to their meeting.

"I've had them for 39 years … my mum and dad took me to West Lakes shopping centre [in Adelaide] and the English cricket team were there to meet," he said.

"They had a little quiz — they asked who the reserve wicketkeeper was for England and I shot my hand up, and said...


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Flyin' Lyon, the man whose feet don't touch the ground

Nathan Lyon dives in the air to his left to take a one-handed catch off his own bowling to dismiss Moeen Ali.

When Nathan Lyon left the Adelaide earth, I already knew he was going to catch it.

That might sound silly. Manifest destiny. Hindsight genius. It's probably wrong for every reason you can point to.

But sometimes you feel like you know. You watch a fieldsman circle under a high ball, and can tell when confidence has leached from their limbs.

Like Steve O'Keefe on the Revolver dancefloor, you're just waiting for the drop.

This time around, Moeen Ali checked a drive towards mid-on. He hit it solidly enough. The ball was going well wide of the bowler. A streaky single for sure.

Except at the same time the bowler was in movement, a streak of white like an albatross hitting the South Atlantic. Not a downward dive though, horizontal.

While he was diving and the ball was flying, still so...


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