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Sometimes the best way to
judge the mood of a team comes
at the end of a day s play.
So it was with the West Indies
last night as they kicked a football
about. Where over the last three
days it has been a largely muted
exercise, last night there was piles
It is not hard to work out
why, after a day in which they
acquitted themselves with plenty
of grit and took what was shaping
as an embarrassing four-day first
test defeat into the fifth day.
New Zealand are still warmest
of favourites, considering the
West Indies are effectively 47
for six. But, inspired by Darren
Bravo s terrific double century,
they will feel far more confident
going into the second and third
Who knows, if Bravo and
captain Darren Sammy can
get through the first session
yesterday, the concluding stages
may yet be intriguing.
e West Indies will start at
443 for six, with Bravo on 210
and Sammy 44, their seventh
wicket stand worth 80 so far.
"We re still on top but there s
still a lot of hard work to do,"
spinner Ish Sodhi said last night.
"If we can knock a couple over
early in the morning hopefully
we (won t) have too many more
Sodhi in his third test had
a long day, wheeling away
exclusively from the northern
end of University Oval for 28
overs, but it was a tiring day for
the bowlers as the pitch steadily
New Zealand would have
fancied their chances at the start
of the day, but test wins are not
supposed to be easy and the most
satisfying are those that are hard-
New Zealand got two wickets
in the first session, including
the key man, Shiv Chanderpaul.
Travel adjustments were briefly
contemplated until Bravo, with
help from Narsingh Deonarine
(122 runs for the fifth wicket),
Denesh Ramdin (a 56-run
partnership for the sixth) and
Sammy, changed all that.
Bravo was magnificent. He had
slices of luck along the way, a run
out threatened to derail him at
76 and Neil Wagner spilling a
return catch on 82 and there was
the odd error outside off stump.
But he unfurled a stream of
glorious shots, primarily through
the offside and reminiscent of his
cousin, the great Brian Lara.
" at s very BCL," said a
wise and experienced voice in
the press box as he lashed one
through the covers.
His 200 came with an edge past
slip shortly before stumps. By the
end he had batted for 9 hours 18
minutes, faced 404 balls and hit
"Just keep going," came the
tweet from Lara at one point. He
Comparisons with his cousin
are unfair, but Bravo, talented
but yet to write his name in
capital letters on the West Indian
landscape, stood tall in his own
New Zealand would have made
their job far easier had three
catches not been spilled. Tim
Southee, off a difficult return
catch, and Brendon McCullum
at short mid off put chances
down off Deonarine.
Sodhi did well, sticking to the
one end, believing the direction
of the small bit of breeze helped
Still, a handful of overs from
the pavilion end, just to try it out,
might have helped.
e seamers toiled hard but
found Bravo in the mood to
punish anything loose. In time
this may come to be seen as a
career-changer for the 24-year-
Near the end, Sammy speared
a shot just wide of Southee at
cover. at was soon after he
had banged Sodhi for two sixes
in an over. He cannot run, with a
gluteal strain but he hits the ball
is was a day on which the
West Indies grew in self-belief.
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After the best season of his career, Liam
Messam plans to wind down by fighting
the rather compact and handy Paul
Gallen in a boxing match.
Some wind-down. But this is Messam
all over --- he is distinctly uncomfortable
in his comfort zone.
He has driven to an extent few realise.
He needs to be --- he has endured more
disappointment than most and it is
memories of his past that have fuelled
him in the past 18 months.
He worries that if he does not keep
pushing, asking more of himself, he will
slip off the cliff as he did many times in
his earlier career.
First capped in 2008, he became the
yo-yo All Black: dropped and publicly
criticised in early 2009, he had two
years as a bit part, before being axed
from the World Cup squad on the eve
of the tournament and then not initially
selected last year.
Fate threw him what was most likely
his last chance when injury struck and he
was hauled in to start against Ireland in
Hamilton last June.
He nailed it, won a reprieve and
Messam has reached the end of 2013 as
the undisputed best blindside flanker in
He has made the No 6 All Black
shirt his own with a consistency of
performance many felt was beyond him.
In South Africa this year he was world
class. Tough, resilient, intimidating.
Against England he was better again. On
the same ground a year earlier, he looked
jaded --- a little lost in the face of such
is time white jerseys came and white
jerseys fell. ere was not an inch of give
in Messam, which is why he was named
Maori player of the year and also selected,
by his peers, in the International Rugby
Players Association World XV of the
"I believe my game grew. I put that
down to the way the Chiefs wanted me to
play and that folded into the All Blacks.
What drives me to keep performing for
the All Blacks is the disappointments I
have suffered: missing out on teams and
that sort of stuff. at pain motivates me
and drives me to keep grinding and stay
there. At the start of last year, I wasn t
even in the frame to be in the All Blacks.
"I got the opportunity in Hamilton
and I had that stuff it attitude ... and got
ripped into things and from there ... I
probably thought that was it --- having
missed out on the World Cup team and
then initial selection that year. I thought
that was my All Black thing over."
It was, as it turned out, his All Black
career just beginning. at performance
against Ireland last year became his
benchmark and he surpassed it in
Johannesburg and London.
It hasn t been easy for him to gain
the recognition he deserves: for his
contribution to be fully appreciated.
ere is potential for Messam to be the
neglected third child --- the forgotten
man of a superb loose trio. Big brother
Richie McCaw can do no wrong. Now
middle brother Kieran Read is the man of
the hour. But Messam s not in this game
for external accolades. What mattered to
him is that he felt he earned the respect
of Read and McCaw.
"Just to be around those guys is
awesome. You know those two are going
to do their jobs --- they are the two best
players in the world --- and I know that I
have to go out there, perform, back them
up and do my job.
"I want to earn respect by the way I
play, week in, week out. Each week, I am
not trying to prove anything but I am
trying to gain the respect of all my team-
at respect will grow as a result of
Messam being willing to get back in the
Most of his peers will have a sun hat on
the head, a beer in the hand and nothing
more troublesome to worry about in the
next few weeks than when to turn the
Messam will have protective head gear,
boxing gloves and a volatile Australian
looking to inflict some damage. Strangely,
though, Messam would not want it any
"Boxing takes me out of my comfort
zone. It s a good mental shift away from
rugby and takes me out of the team
"(I m fighting) Big bad Paul Gallen.
He s quite tough. He gave one of our
Chiefs boys a bit of a towel up last year.
I m really looking forward to it. I know
he s a pretty keen boxer as well. I don t
know about that ... I keep getting hit
in the head. I have always loved it. I
remember watching Fight Night with
my old man. e passion came from
there." --- APNZ
A fired-up Mitchell
Johnson dismissed England
captain Alastair Cook
cheaply in a hammer blow
for the tourists after Australia
declared for a mammoth first
innings of 570 to be firmly in
control after day two of the
second Ashes test yesterday.
A day that began with
promise for England quickly
unravelled in the field as
Australia captain Michael
Clarke and his deputy Brad
Haddin scored centuries
in a record sixth-wicket
partnership at Adelaide Oval.
Adding insult to injury,
Clarke, who struck 148 for
his second ton in successive
tests, waited until 34-year-
old paceman Ryan Harris
had compiled his second
test fifty before declaring on
570-9 after tea in glorious
Johnson then captured the
key wicket of Cook for three,
beating the England skipper
for pace with a searing
delivery that knocked over
his off-stump and sent a
raucous crowd of over 35,000
into paroxysms of delight.
Opener Michael Carberry
(20 not out), and Joe Root
(nine not out), promoted to
number three in place of the
departed Joanathan Trott,
dug in grimly in the final
hour to carry England to
35-1 at the close, still 535 shy of
Australia s total.
Despite losing the toss,
England battled hard to earn a
share the spoils on ursday s
opening day, but squandered
their opportunity on an overcast
morning when play resumed at
Having dropped three catches
on ursday, the tourists
committed a number of howlers
in the field to allow Clarke
and Haddin to notch a 200-
run partnership and take the
Haddin, dropped on five by
Carberry late on ursday s
opening day, rode his luck to
blast his way to 118 with five
sixes before departing when
he swiped at a Stuart Broad
delivery to nick a catch to fellow
wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
Paceman Harris notched his
half-century with a delightful
square cut to the fence and
finished unbeaten on 55 after
caning the England attack with
six fours and two sixes.
Number 11 batsman Nathan
Lyon also helped himself to a
six and finished unbeaten on 17
at the declaration.
Clarke earlier set the tone by
attacking England s bowlers
from the first ball, but eventually
fell to test debutant Ben Stokes
when he spooned a miscued
drive in close to be caught by a
diving James Anderson.
e 32-year-old Clarke s love
affair with Adelaide Oval was
consummated once more, his
last nine tests at the ground
yielding a peerless record of two
double-centuries, four tons and
three 50s, with a high score of
230 against South Africa a year
Paceman Johnson was unable
to repeat his heroics with the
bat in Brisbane, where he scored
64 and an unbeaten 39, and gave
up a catch off Swann to Stuart
Broad at mid-on for five.
Having moved to 86, Haddin
stood and delivered, roaring to
his ton with four boundaries
and embracing partner Peter
Siddle after moving to 102 off
Earlier, Haddin could well
have been run out for 18 after
being called through for a
cheeky single by Clarke but was
let off by a poor throw back to
the stumps by Carberry.
He was granted another life
on 30 by Monty Panesar, who
held up rather than attempt a
dive to catch a miscued pull shot
off seamer James Anderson just
before the drinks break.
Ian Bell also put down a tough
chance at short leg when Clarke,
on 91, charged down the wicket
in a bid to despatch spinner
Swann but succeeded only to
nick it behind.
e most glaring howler,
though, was from debutant
Stokes who had Haddin caught
behind on 51 only to have his
maiden test wicket in his debut
match taken away on review
when it was shown he had
overstepped the mark.
Stokes later recovered to
take Clarke s wicket along
with Siddle s to finish with
2-70 from his 18 overs. Broad
finished with 3-98 but recalled
spinner Panesar was hammered
Both teams wore black
armbands and the crowd stood
for a minute s silence before the
start of play to honour South
Africa s anti-apartheid hero
Nelson Mandela, who died
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Chris Cairns legal team has
struck back at revelations he is
one of three former New Zealand
players being investigated by the
International Cricket Council s
Anti-Corruption and Security
Unit over allegations of match-
fixing. Daryl Tuffey and Lou
Vincent are the others.
Andrew Fitch-Holland of
Britain s Argent Chambers was
the barrister who helped Cairns
clear his name last year in the
London High Court. e case
came about after former Indian
Premier League chief Lalit
Modi tweeted allegations the
former New Zealand cricketer
was a match-fixer in January
2010. Fitch-Holland says
Cairns legal team met yesterday.
He says he is "sickened" that
more than 20 months on from
the original victory, Cairns life is
dominated by "unsubstantiated
After the Cairns-Modi libel
case --- where the onus was on
Modi to prove his tweet was
justified, rather than Cairns
proving his innocence --- Justice
David Bean said Modi had
"singularly failed to provide any
reliable evidence" and awarded
Cairns damages of £90,000
Fitch-Holland says nothing
"Nobody from the ICC has
contacted Chris but they will
be hearing from him via a letter
from his legal firm Collyer
Bristow. (Britain s) Daily
Mail will be receiving similar
correspondence as the media
organisation who released the
names first, as will Lalit Modi
as a reminder of his injunction
to not speak about the matter.
e trouble is people read
the newspaper headlines but
also need to read what really
happened (in the case) which is
"I just don t understand how
these allegations can be bandied
about when they haven t had the
decency to communicate the
news to him.
"If there s an investigation
Chris will co-operate fully.
Chris Cairns is not a cheat and
the High Court recognised this.
I can t believe this nonsense has
come around again, especially
if the claims are true about this
investigation going on four
"What more does the guy need
to do? When will this madness
end? At the moment there is no
need to deny anything because
nothing has been put to him.
When he knows what he s
facing, he ll give a full account."
Fitch-Holland called on the
New Zealand public s "innate
sense of fairness" to ensure there
was no "where there s smoke
there s fire" perception.
"Chris reputation is clean and
he walked away from that court
room with his head held high.
Some self-confessed liars took
the stand against him in the
Modi trial and he emerged with
his credibility intact. Suddenly
this nonsense comes back and
reduces Chris and his family
into a state of high distress.
"Match fixing is a major
problem in cricket and it is right
that it is properly investigated.
But what s the agenda here with
all this rumour, innuendo and
"He shouldn t be tried by
media. At this stage we re only
operating under the assumption
Chris is even involved."
e Breakers have
pushed the league-
leading Wildcats to the
limit, before falling to a
95-91 Australian NBL
loss in Perth.
twice closed the gap from
an 18 point deficit in the
second quarter and again
16 points in the third,
without taking the lead.
James Ennis, finished
with 31 points for the
hosts, as he scored the
last seven points of
the game including a
three-pointer with six
seconds remaining with
the Breakers trailing by
Breakers coach Dean
Vickerman says they
can take heart from the
"Obviously we didn t
come out totally with
the right mindset, but
pleasing the way that
we turned it around and
fought back in the second
quarter. ere was some
quality basketball played
throughout that game.
Gary Wilkinson led
the Breakers in scoring
e Breakers meet the
Tigers in Melbourne
--- Newstalk ZB
Perth Glory winger Sidnei scored a
brace to lift his side to a 4-2 win over
A-League strugglers Wellington Phoenix
at nib Stadium overnight.
Perth were facing their third loss on
the trot when goals to Stein Huysegems
and Paul Ifill put Wellington 2-1 up after
Sidnei s early thunderbolt.
Glory defender Michael waite put
the home side back on even terms in the
60th minute and Perth were back in front
when substitute Adrian Zahra scored in
the 82nd minute.
e win was complete in stoppage time
when Wellington goalkeeper Glenn Moss
made a howler of a mistake, fumbling a
long-range drive from Sidnei that should
have been easily saved.
Referee Matthew Gillett was also
left red faced when he gave Phoenix
midfielder Albert Riera his marching
orders in the 72nd minute after showing
him what he thought was a second yellow
However, Phoenix players were quick to
inform Gillett that he had confused Riera
with Louis Fenton, who had received
a yellow earlier in the match. Riera was
recalled but substituted a short time later.
Perth s win lifted them to equal on
points with fourth-placed Melbourne
Victory. Wellington remain in ninth spot
with just four draws from eight games.
Glory entered the match missing
six first-choice players, as well as
defender Steve Pantelidis, who signed
with Malaysian outfit Selangor FC on
Tuesday. Former French international
William Gallas (calf ), striker Shane
Smeltz (ankle), Josh Risdon (knee), Scott
Jamieson (Achilles) and Ryo Nagai (calf )
were all injured, while Jacob Burns was
missing through suspension. --- AP
Cairns legal team strikes back
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Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson bowls to England s batsman Joe Root in yesterday s second
Ashes test in Adelaide.
Fired up Johnson bowls England captain
Breakers fall to Perth
Sidnei brace sinks Phoenix
Messam fighting to keep in the zone
Double ton for
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West Indies Darren Bravo punches the air in delight after
scoring 200 runs yesterday in front of Black Cap wicketkeeper B J
Watling at University Oval, in Dunedin.
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