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Where was this at Trent
Bridge? Australia’s batsmen
continued a belated show of steel
before their English counterparts
bottled it on a dramatic second
day of the fifth Ashes test.
Steve Smith added 65 runs to
his overnight score at The O val,
a mature captain-elect ’s knock
of 143 powering Australia to a
commendable total of 481 after
being sent in.
England was 107 for eight in
response at stumps early today,
having suffered a collapse of
seven for 46.
It needs a further 175 runs to
avoid the follow-on mark.
Peter Siddle, returning after
almost nine months in the test
wilderness, grabbed two wickets
while Joe Root was out for six on
Mitch Marsh ran through the
middle order, snaring three for
four in 14 balls including the
prized scalp of Root.
The all-rounder should have
had a fourth wicket and England
should have been 96 for nine,
with Mark Wood edging straight
to first slip Adam Voges.
However, Mark Wood was
recalled after replays revealed it
was a no-ball.
Michael Clarke and Chris
Rogers are nonetheless perfectly
placed to retire on a high note,
provided rain does not ruin the
However, there will be a sense
of what-if for the tourists if they
end up losing the five-test series
3-2 as expected.
Clarke’s men ceded the urn
by losing the fourth test in
Nottingham, where they were
rolled for 60 after being asked to
bat first on a green deck.
If they had exercised the same
patience with bat and ball that
was on display in London, it may
well have been Australia’s first
Ashes win in Britain since 2001.
“That ’s the best we’ve bowled
all series,” Smith said, deflecting
“They created a lot of pressure.
“ We didn’t give them runs, we
made them earn their runs.”
Smith put the game on
conser vatively for the majority of
his 394 minutes at the crease.
He shared a partnership of
146 runs with Adam Voges then
a 91-run stand with Mitchell
Smith became the leading run-
scorer of the series plus the first
Australian since Matthew Elliott
in 1997 to score 500 runs in an
The 26-year-old remained
obstinate as the hosts bowled
well wide of his off stump to dry
up the runs.
The glaring exception was in
the 94th over, when the 26-year-
wide ball from Steve Finn.
gleefully accepted the edge, but
replays showed Finn clearly
Marsh was guilty of the same
sin, but the punishment is
unlikely to be as severe.
Nathan Lyon started the rot
when he ended the second
session with a magnificent
delivery that turned sharply and
kissed the top of Alastair Cook’s
Siddle created the next two
breakthroughs, Adam Lyth
mistiming a pull shot and Ian
Bell clean bowled by a beautiful
delivery. — AAP
England’s Jos Butler is bowled by Australia’s Nathan Lyon on day two of the fifth Ashes test.
Neesham upbeat on
prospects for series
It might not be the optimal way to attack
a series but Jimmy Neesham reckons New
Zealand’s ability to get one-day series back
on track after losing the first game should fill
them with confidence.
New Zealand meet South Africa tomorrow
at Potchefstroom, smarting from a 20-run
loss in the first one-day international.
“ We’ve put ourselves in this position a few
times in the last year or so, losing the first
game of the series,” Neesham said.
“ We’re well versed in what it takes to make
those 1% improvements and come back
stronger. We’ve shown once we do get a look
at teams we’ve found ways to improve and get
Unfortunately, Neesham’s memory might
not be as good as his ability with bat and ball.
Since the start of 2013, New Zealand has
been involved in 13 bilateral one-day series,
winning seven. Of those seven series wins,
only two have been achieved after dropping
the first game — the recent 2-1 victory over
minnow Zimbabwe, and the 3-2 victory over
Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last
Still, if the Black Caps believe that they are
the masters of coming from behind, then all
power to them.
It will not be easy, however, with a weakened
line-up and a sense (albeit without televisual
proof ) that South Africa also left plenty on
the park during the first-up win at Pretoria.
“The kind of intensity and the Protea
fire that we always talk about was lacking,”
captain A B de Villiers said.
“If we had that kind of energy (in game
one), it would have been a walkover and it
wasn’t. New Zealand were in the game and
if you let quality sides in the game, they tend
De Villiers was bemoaning a sloppy end.
Neesham said the New Zealanders were
disappointed with their slow start, taking just
one wicket in the first 30 overs.
“ We’ve always talked about getting wickets
at the top and that sets you up for the rest of
the game,” he said.
“Having a below-average start and pulling
it back and not letting it get away on us was
“Three hundred was probably a par score
and we put ourselves in position to get it but
lost a few too many wickets towards the end
“ We didn’t play our best game but in the
end we weren’t too far off beating a very good
South African side.”
Neesham took one for 47 from seven overs,
then stroked 41 from as many balls batting
“It was nice to make a contribution. On the
tour so far I’ve come in at the end of games
and had to start hitting from ball one. It was
nice to have a couple of overs to get my eye
in,” he said. — N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Aust batsmen, bowlers in total control
Tasman forced to
battle for second win
In a game of frayed tempers
Tasman had to overcome
more frustration than it might
normally expect, but superior
class both at the scrum and in
building concerted phase play
spelled the difference.
However, it was not until a try
to centre Kieron Fonotia was
scored with just over 10 minutes
left that Tasman made the game
secure. Typically, it came after
some powerful go-for wards with
the advantage of two head-high
tackles extending the phase
before first five-eighths Marty
Banks took the ball to the goal-
line and in the tackle the ball
appeared for Fonotia to dive over
beside the posts.
In landing the conversion,
Banks brought up his 500th
point in domestic rugby.
Fonotia, who had some
handling issues in the second
half, provided the perfect finish
to the night when delaying his
pass perfectly to allow flanker
Peter Samu to race 50m to score
the bonus try for his side.
Home team Tasman appeared
to be rattled by the feistiness
that Bay of Plenty brought to
the game, but the over-reaction
of prop Ross Geldenhuys, who
lashed out by stomping on Bay
halfback John Kitto in the 11th
minute, proved costly. He was
yellow-carded and when his time
was up he was replaced.
The mood of the first half was
summed up by referee Nick
Briant, who was controlling his
100th game, when he awarded a
penalty in the first minute of the
second half and told the players,
“ We’ve already had 40 minutes
of rubbish, let ’s not have 40
minutes more. ”
Banks added the penalty goal
which took Tasman out to a 17-3
When the Tasman players had
achieved continuity in the first
half, they were too controlled for
Bay of Plenty. When they scored
their first try they put together 13
phases before No 8 Liam Squire
crossed in the seventh minute.
Bay of Plenty got deep into
Tasman’s half after a fine run by
first five-eighths Nick Evemy,
but the only points came from a
penalty goal that he landed after
Tasman had shown superior
scrum power and in the 39th
minute it produced a fine try for
wing Mitchell Scott who was
able to run on to a perfectly-
placed long pass by one of the
best performers in the spell,
Kitto’s India rubber man
qualities saw him bounce up
early in the second half after
centre Lalakai Foketi set up a
chance. Kitto found prop Pingi
Talaapitaga and his pass put
flanker Zak Hohneck in at the
Bay of Plenty had two chances
midway through the second spell
to pull back the margin. Evemy
missed a close penalty goal
chance, albeit off a lucky penalty
call, while a break by wing Chase
Tiatia split the defence open
and his pass to replacement prop
Siegfried Fisiihoi went astray
and the opportunity was lost.
Scorers: Tasman 34 (Liam
Squire, Mitchell Scott, Kieron
Fonotia, Peter Samu tries;
Marty Banks 4 con, 2 pen) Bay
of Plenty 13 (Zak Hohneck
try; Nick Evemy con, pen; Dan
Hollinshead pen). Half-time:
14-3. — NZN
Cheika gambles with
two RWC hookers
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika admits
he is rolling the dice by taking only two
specialist halves and hookers to Britain for
next month’s Rugby World Cup.
Lock James Hor will, Australia’s captain at
the 2011 World Cup, was the highest-profile
omission from the 31-man squad unveiled
But the big gamble, more so than halfback
Nic White also being overlooked, was the
selection of the ever-vulnerable Tatafu
Polota-Nau as the only back-up to first-
choice hooker and captain Stephen Moore.
With a long history of head knocks, Polota-
Nau earlier this year said he would hang up
his boots if he was concussed again.
Perhaps Cheika considered such a scenario
because, under World Cup rules, the
Wallabies can draft in a replacement only if
a player suffers a tournament-ending injury.
But that does not cover the possibility
of history repeating itself after an ailing
Moore was a late game-day scratching from
Australia’s opening match against Ireland
at the last World Cup, a pool game the
Wallabies lost, derailing Robbie Deans’s side.
Should Moore or Polota-Nau be forced out
of a match this time around, the Wallabies
would have to play with only one hooker.
“ I suppose you could always say there is a
bit of a risk,” Cheika said.
“ We feel we’ve got enough back-up that can
cover in the short-team situation, and we feel
we’ve got excellent cover outside of the squad
with both (hooker) James Hanson and Nic
White in case we do get an injury.” Cheika
said Hor will was desperately unlucky to miss
out as selectors preferred Kane Douglas and
Dean Mumm, who both recently returned
from stints in Europe, along with lineout
chief Rob Simmons and giant Will Skelton
as Australia’s four locks.
“ What it (Hor will’s omission) allowed me
to do was have two teams that we can train
accordingly and turn around according to the
draw for the first part of the tournament,”
“ I felt that was the right balance for what
we are going to do.
“There’s some happy people and some very
White was the match-winning reser ve
in the Wallabies’ Bledisloe Cup Test win
in Sydney this month before starting in
the return 41-13 loss to the All Blacks in
But the coach could find room for only two
specialist halfbacks in Nick Phipps and Will
Genia, with utility Matt Giteau to ser ve as an
emergency No 9.
Giteau’s selection for a third World Cup
caps off his “surreal” return to the Wallabies’
ranks following the veteran midfielder’s move
to France after being controversially omitted
from Deans’s squad four years ago.
Cheika will take 14 backs — including
five wing options — and 17 for wards, to
the World Cup, where Australia opens
its campaign against Fiji in Cardiff on
Hor will, White, Hanson, Sam Carter,
David Dennis, Tetera Faulkner, Scott
Higginbotham, Samu Kerevi, Christian
Lealiifano and Taqele Naiyaravoro have
all been named in extended squad that will
travel to Chicago for the lead-up test against
the United States on September 5.
The bolter in the squad is uncapped
Melbourne Rebels prop Toby Smith, who is
among 13 World Cup rookies.
The squad features a total of 1236 test caps,
led by first-time World Cup skipper Moore
and vice-captains Michael Hooper and 108-
test stalwart Adam Ashley-Cooper.
Wallabies’ World Cup squad.
Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper (vice-
captain), Rob Horne, Drew Mitchell, Henry
Speight, Joe Tomane, Tevita Kuridrani,
Kurtley Beale, Matt Giteau, Matt Toomua,
Quade Cooper, Bernard Foley, Will Genia,
Nick Phipps. For wards:- Wycliff Palu, David
Pocock, Michael Hooper (vice-captain), Ben
McCalman, Sean McMahon, Scott Fardy,
Kane Douglas, Dean Mumm, Rob Simmons,
Will Skelton, Stephen Moore (captain),
Tatafu Polota-Nau, Greg Holmes, Sekope
Kepu, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Toby Smith.
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