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Australian captain Michael Clarke
heaped praise on New Zealand’s
performance at the World Cup as the
teams prepare for the trans-Tasman final
in Melbourne on Sunday.
Having seen off defending champions
India by 95 runs in last night ’s second
semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground,
Clarke turned his mind to the final.
He singled out New Zealand’s new ball
bowling, through left armer Trent Boult
and Tim Southee, as the most impressive
aspect of their game.
“Their new ball bowling has been
exceptional,” Clarke said.
“ We experienced that in the game we
played against them, and we’ve seen it
throughout the tournament. They’ve
been able to swing the ball in New
Zealand, and even if it hasn’t swung,
they ’ve bowled good areas.
“ We are going to have to make sure we
New Zealand won a thriller in group
play by one wicket at Eden Park on
February 28. Boult, the leading wicket
taker in the cup, ripped out five for one in
his second spell to slice through Australia
and dismiss them for 151.
Clarke knows New Zealand will have
taken confidence from that result, but
also pinpointed it as a turning point in
the cup for Australia.
“It gave us a kick up the backside, and
gave us a look at a team playing at the top
of their game. Certainly from that day
our attitude has been exceptional.
“ We’ve grabbed momentum and tried
to run with it and I think that’ll hold us
in pretty good stead on Sunday.”
New Zealand have not played a game
on the Melbourne Cricket Ground
since and Clarke reckons that, plus
the ground’s dimensions, are factors in
“The fact conditions are different will
certainly help us and we’ve played a fair
bit of cricket throughout the summer at
the MCG. Conditions are a lot different
to what New Zealand have been playing
in in New Zealand.
“But in saying that we are going to have
to play our best cricket, no doubt about
that. New Zealand have been the form
team of the competition, and certainly
deserve to be in the final.”
India’s loss last night means New
Zealand are the only team in the cup to
be unbeaten, with eight wins from eight
Indian skipper MS Dhoni laid off
picking a favourite, pointing out limited-
overs cricket is all about who plays better
on one given day. He did make the point
Australia’s knowledge of the distinctive
qualities of the MCG, with its huge
outfield, is to their advantage.
“In New Zealand you can get away with
mistimed shots. In general you get very
good wickets. Hamilton is one where
it holds a bit, but other than that the
wickets are fantastic.
“But when you come to Australia you
get a bit of reverse swing and it can get
slightly two-paced, and especially when
you are talking about the MCG.
“How New Zealand take risks will be
crucial and Australia have the advantage
of knowing the wicket well and have
three left arm fast bowlers in their
armoury. That will certainly help them.”
Australia rattled up 328 for seven last
night, on the back of a splendid century
by Steven Smith, his fourth in the last 17
They had a wobble late in the innings
but fast bowler Mitchell Johnson’s
unbeaten 27 off only nine balls, gave
them a final push.
India began well but lost several wickets
in quick succession which left them
needing 133 off their final 10 overs with
only five wickets standing.
Dhoni concede the better team won last
night. When quizzed about his legacy
in ODI cricket — remembering he led
India to victory in the 2011 final —
Dhoni gave them a flick.
“ You should do some nice research
on that, take a few days and my advice
would be whatever you decide, write the
complete opposite and that will be the
His legacy “and what people think of
me as a player, frankly for me it doesn’t
really matter”, he added.
“I play for the enjoyment of the game
and I don’t really have to do anything
with the amount of runs I’ve scored.”
Dhoni’s dismissal last night for 65 —
run out by a direct throw from mid wicket
by Glenn Maxwell — was the last hope
gone for India. Dhoni didn’t appear to
run hard and made no attempt to stretch
out for his crease.
The Indian tail was quickly swept aside,
with left armers James Faulkner (three
wickets), Mitchell Starc and Mitchell
Johnson (two each) taking the honours.
Friday, March 27, 2015
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Rally cars scrutinised
Westland Rally organiser Jim Hewlett takes a close look at Greymouth driver Graham Ferguson’s car,
one of only two West Coast cars to feature in the 41st rally which will roar into action from the start line
at Repco, in Tainui Street, tomorrow morning. Hewlett said all cars in the rally were scrutinised before
being driven. “Our safety regulations are more stringent than what is required for a car to get a warrant of
fitness,” he said.
Registrations close on Monday
for the annual Ahaura Hunting and
Fishing Competition to be held
over Easter weekend.
Hunters and gatherers of all ages
from all around the South Island
will head to the Grey Valley over
This year the organisers have
added two new categories, a new
youth section for children aged
9-15yrs, and the most Canada
geese, which is open to all ages and
has a cash prize of $200.
No late entries will be accepted.
The contest starts next Thursday,
April 2, at 5pm and finishes on
Easter Sunday at 3.30pm. The
weigh-in will be held between
1.30pm and 3.30pm at the Ahaura
domain, with prizegiving to follow.
All competitors must be present
to claim spot prizes and the major
spot prize draw will be made at the
end of the prizegiving.
Young hunters (aged up to 8yrs)
can fish for trout and eels, hunt for
goats, possums, hares and magpies,
while in the youth section there
are prizes for the heaviest trout, eel
and goat and for the most possums,
hares and magpies. Every live eel
caught over 4kg will see entrants
In the adult sections for hunters
over-16s, the sections include the
heaviest deer, fallow deer, chamois,
boar, goat and trout.
There is also a prize for the best
hunting/fishing photograph from
the weekend action.
The major adult prize is a gold
nugget and the major spot prize,
open to all competitors, is a
weekend for two on Pohuenui
resort island in the Marlborough
Sounds, and includes two nights’
accommodation and meals, plus a
boat transfer and a day ’s fishing.
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Australia’s Mitchell Johnson celebrates after taking the wicket of India’s Rohit Sharma in last night ’s World Cup
semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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