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Australia s Mitchell Johnson, left, Nathan Lyon, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin celebrate as they win the match as
England s last man out Monty Panesar walks yesterday at the Adelaide Oval.
A ruthless Australia rattled
through England s final four
wickets yesterday to complete an
emphatic 218-run victory in the
second Ashes test and push the
tourists to the brink of a humiliating
e crushing win at Adelaide
Oval puts Australia 2-0 ahead
in the five-test series, a stunning
turnaround from the 3-0 Ashes
defeat they suffered in England in
e hosts will fancy their chances
of securing the famous urn in Perth,
where England have not won since
1978 and where man-of-the-match
Mitchell Johnson looms as an even
greater threat on the WACA s
"It s not a fluke that we have
won the first two test matches,"
Australia captain Michael Clarke
told reporters after his team tore
through England s tail in less than
"We re finally getting the results
for the hard work and commitment
over a long period of time.
(Realistically) that s our second test
win in the past 12 months. ere s a
lot of work for us to get back to the
No 1 position."
e win proved Australia s victory
in Brisbane was no flash in the pan,
while confirming a seismic shift in
the balance of power between the
Any hopes England had that
rain might save them were quickly
dispelled when a shower cleared to
allow play to start only 10 minutes
Pacemen Peter Siddle (4-57) and
Ryan Harris (3-54) combined with
aplomb to seal the win in less than
an hour on a gloomy morning at
the re-developing ground.
In reality, however, England lost
the test on Saturday when their
batsmen failed to stand up to
another withering spell of extreme
pace bowling from the resurgent
e red-hot Queenslander took
7-40 in England s first innings
of 172 and twice dismissed their
talismanic captain Alastair Cook
cheaply to win his second successive
man-of-the-match award after
his nine-wicket performance in
Cook s second innings dismissal,
hooking Johnson to a man in the
deep, was emblematic of his team s
poor shot selection throughout.
He has little time to restore his
team s battered self-belief before
the third test gets under way on
" e only guys who can change it
are the guys in the dressing room,"
a shell-shocked Cook said, who has
gone from Australia s tormentor
in the 2010-11 series to becoming
"No one else can change it for us.
We can t sit there moping around
about it. It s hurting us like hell but
we re the only guys who can change
Having restored some pride on
Sunday after managing to bat
through a day under extreme
duress, England resumed on 247-
6, still 284 runs shy of their victory
Any sense of self-satisfaction
would surely have been quashed,
though, when Stuart Broad pulled
the fifth ball of the day from Siddle
straight to Nathan Lyon at deep
square leg to be out for 29.
Matt Prior notched his first half-
century to end a wretched run of
scores, but appeared determined
to get himself out by hooking at
almost every short ball.
In the end he did just that,
succumbing to Siddle for 69, with
Harris taking a simple catch in the
In between, Clarke threw the ball
to Harris who dismissed Graeme
Swann for six runs with his third
delivery, the spinner driving at a
short one moving away that he
nicked straight to the Australian
skipper in the slips.
Harris returned to seal the match
by having Monty Panesar caught at
short extra cover by Chris Rogers
for a duck, and Australia embraced
to a noisy ovation from the sparse
Outplayed with bat and ball,
England were also largely dismal
in the field, with a rash of dropped
catches during Australia s first
innings costing hundreds of runs
and allowing the hosts to declare
a mammoth first innings total of
As holders of the urn, England
need only level the series 2-2 to
retain it, but Cook was under few
illusions about the scale of the task.
"A lot of people who ll be sitting in
this room and outside will probably
give us no chance," he said. "But if
we don t believe that in our dressing
room that the urn s gone, then it
might as well have gone."
Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson
and England all-rounder Ben Stokes
have been found not guilty of breaching
the code of conduct despite clashing
during the second Ashes test, the
International Cricket Council (ICC)
e pair collided after a heated
exchange on Sunday during the fourth
day s play and were charged by the on-
Both players had pleaded not guilty
and match referee Jeff Crowe cleared
them of the charges following separate
"I am satisfied in respect of both players
that their physical contact was not
deliberate," Crowe said in a statement.
"Both players, however, could have
done more to avoid each other and they
have been so counselled. We do not
condone physical contact, but recognise
that on occasions such contact could be
Australia won the second test by 218
runs yesterday to take a 2-0 lead in the
five-match Ashes series. --- Reuters
of the New Zealand Herald
Sam Tomkins, the most anticipated and
exciting Warriors signing for years, will
comfortably handle the high expectations
according to one of the men who helped
seal the deal with the Auckland NRL
Tomkins --- signed from Wigan after
a reportedly massive $1.38 million
release fee was paid --- and manager
Andy Clarke are in Auckland for a week.
Tomkins returns fulltime in the New Year.
e Wigan and England wonder got the
royal treatment in downtown Auckland
yesterday via a powhiri.
"I wondered what the welcome would
be like and to experience that was pretty
humbling," he said.
e 24-year-old has a three-year
contract worth about $750,000 per
season and will be expected to exert a
Steve Price-class influence, but his arrival
has brought criticism. Former Kiwi
coach Graham Lowe lamented the likely
ousting of homegrown No1 Kevin Locke,
and former Kiwi captain Matthew Ridge,
a fullback himself, said it was a mistake to
make a marquee signing in the position.
e pressure will be on Tomkins, who
also plays in the halves, to lead a Warriors
Clarke described Tomkins as a
"freewheeling" character well equipped to
do the job.
"He is a one-in-20-years player," Clarke
said, whose brother Phil was a superb
Wigan, Sydney Roosters and England
"Sam is the best player out of England
since Ellery Hanley. When I say best,
some might say Andy Farrell or Paul
Sculthorpe. But Sam has that X-factor,
like Hanley. His performances in the last
three or four years, the ability to make
something out of nothing, are fabulous.
"He s stood up to anything thrown
at him. He copped physical and verbal
attacks --- opponents really target him
and he used to get a lot of abuse from
away fans trying to put him off. None of
it fazed him."
Warriors recruitment boss Dean Bell
and chief executive Wayne Scurrah
made the crucial visit to England when
Tomkins was persuaded to sign. Tomkins
told the Herald the Junior Warriors
regular success was a major attraction,
indicating the club was positioned for an
upward climb. He also liked the family
Four Australian clubs showed interest
although one was in a location Tomkins
did not fancy, and another quickly faded
from the chase. e Titans are believed to
have been in the final hunt. Clarke said
the Warriors built a case whereas the
others struggled to back up promises.
"Obviously money was an important
part," Clarke said.
To put a final stamp on the deal,
Tomkins mother Alison and a friend
checked out Auckland and gave it the
thumbs up. "I m a bit of a mummy s boy
... her opinion was never going to make or
break the deal but it did help," Tomkins
said. "Wigan is quite small and I really
like going to London and Manchester
... I m looking for ward to living in a
bigger place. I want to be part of creating
something big at the Warriors. I will put
One of Tomkins oldest school friends
will also shift to Auckland, and the
opening 2014 NRL clash will be against
the Eels, who have recruited Lee Mossop,
the Wigan prop.
e Warriors welcoming committee
includes Tomkins old Wigan buddy
omas Leuluai, whose unreserved
recommendation to coach Matthew
Elliott fired the Warriors pursuit of
Tomkins. --- APNZ
Lydia Ko has moved
rankings following her
first win as a professional
golfer in the weekend,
capturing the Swinging
Skirts World Ladies
($NZ966,270) event in
Ko jumped from sixth
to fourth in the rankings,
So Yeon Ryu. Ko won
the event at the Linkou
Miramar Golf Club in
Taipei after surging past
Ryu on the final nine
holes to win by three
Ko took away
($NZ181,000) for the
victory, along with
$US8000 she won in the
tournament s skins event
Korean Inbee Park will
finish the year as world
No 1 with Norway s
Suzann Pettersen in
second spot. American
Stacy Lewis is world No
3. e 16-year-old will
begin her 2014 campaign
at the Bahamas Classic
from January 23-26,
where she must attend
a mandatory rookie s
session, before she will
return home to defend
her title at the ISPS
Handa New Zealand
Women s Open in
January 31-February 2.
Foran has been
League s Kiwis
'player of the
recipient of the
first awarded to
Jeremy Smith last
e Manly Sea
captained the Kiwis for
the first time this year,
in Simon Mannering s
absence in the test
against Australia in April
and has now clocked up
15 tests for New Zealand.
Centre Dean Whare
has been named Kiwis
`rookie of the year .
e judging period did
not include the recently-
completed Rugby League
World Cup in the UK.
--- Newstalk ZB
of the New Zealand Herald
Chris Cairns cricket commentary
career is in limbo since he severed
ties with Sky TV after revelations
he is one of three former Black
Caps being investigated by the
International Cricket Council s
anti-corruption and security unit.
Last ursday, it emerged that
Cairns and former team-mates
Daryl Tuffey and Lou Vincent were
at the centre of an ICC probe into
alleged match- and spot-fixing.
Cairns was part of Sky s
commentary team for the first test
match of the summer against the
West Indies. He performed the
pitch report on the second day and
commentated during the morning
session but did not return to the
commentary box in the afternoon.
Last night, Sky confirmed it
had no plans to use Cairns as a
"He is not doing any
commentating for Sky going
for ward," Sky s head of corporate
communications, Kirsty Way said.
"He is going to focus on these
claims, or supposed claims."
Cairns had made the decision to
step down himself and Sky would
consider using him again if he
was cleared of any wrongdoing,
Ms Way said. "If he is cleared
eventually then absolutely. It was
Chris decision to step down. He is
innocent until proven guilty."
disappointment at the effect of the
accusations on his media career in
his Sunday newspaper column.
"Can you begin to imagine how
sickening it feels to be the subject
of yet more rumour and press
speculation now as I am embarking
on a media career that is potentially
in ruins?" he wrote.
Cairns will tomorrow make his
first public appearance since news
of the investigation became public.
He is due to appear at a press
conference to promote his charity
boxing match against former
commentary box colleague Simon
Doull on Saturday night s Fight For
Promoter Dean Lonergan said
Cairns had assured him he would
fight and he expected him to attend
the press conference.
"He is 100% going to be fighting,"
Mr Lonergan said.
"At the end of the day all that is
happening is he has an investigation
going on. People are jumping to
conclusions. I thought we lived
in a democracy where a man was
innocent until proven guilty."
two up in Ashes
Match referee finds contact 'not deliberate
Cairns media career on hold
Tomkins up to Warriors task
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New Zealand Warriors NRL signing Sam Tomkins speaks to the media at
Vodafone HQ yesterday in Auckland.
Foran named Kiwis
player of the year
Celtic have banned
over 100 of their fans
in response to another
outbreak of crowd trouble
during last week s win at
A reported £10,000
($NZ19,833) worth of
damage was caused to
seats in the lower section
of the South Stand
housing Celtic fans at Fir
Park on Friday.
same area before the game
while two green smoke
bombs were thrown into
the goalmouth, one of
them landing metres from
Celtic goalkeeper Fraser
Today the club
suspensions" to 128
them from attending
home and away matches,
while 250 season-ticket
holders housed in section
111 --- the infamous
Green Brigade s corner
of Celtic Park --- will be
moved to other parts of
Celtic have already
given the ultras group one
reprieve this year after
reversing a decision to
shut down Section 111
about safety breaches back
has opened disciplinary
proceedings against the
club after the Green
Brigade unfurled a banner
depicting IRA hunger
striker Bobby Sands
and Scottish warrior
William Wallace during
last month s Champions
League clash with AC
A Celtic spokesman
said: "Events such as
those on Friday night
do not represent the
Celtic support or the
club. ese events were
an embarrassment to our
great football club and are
of the New Zealand Herald
Not so long ago all seemed set fair for
West Indies cricket.
ey learned hard lessons, notably on
their tour of Australia in 1975-76 when
they were thumped 5-1 in a fractious
series in which they felt the impact of
brutal fast bowling, and the rough edge
of Australian tongues. eir captain,
Clive Lloyd, saw possibilities.
e islands were scoured for tall, fast
bowling talent and the tables were
turned. A combination of dominating
batsmen and a production line of
outstanding fast bowlers made them the
undisputed world best team for 20 years.
Consider that in 36 series, beginning
with India in 1976, the West Indies won
25 rubbers, lost only to India in 1979
and New Zealand in 1980, and drew the
e problem was that a large group of
those heroes grew old together.
Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge,
Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson
and Lloyd departed, with Andy Roberts,
Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Colin
Croft and, shortly after, Courtney Walsh,
Ian Bishop and Curtly Ambrose.
It was too good to last. e modern
West Indies are nothing like the
over whelming force of old.
Several elements have led to the current
state of affairs, which have turned them
into a mid-table test nation, not the
worst by any stretch but not the team
feared by the rest.
It is a multi-layered problem. Cricket is
no longer the all-consuming passion in
the islands. ere is regular small screen
access to the NBA and English premier
league. Shirts of Kobe Bryant, LeBron
James and Cristiano Ronaldo are big
As the standard of the leading players
has declined, they also do not have the
figures to aspire to become.
"Contemporary youth are not
committed to technical skill in general,"
wrote Sir Hilary Beckles, principal of
the University of the West Indies and
cricket fan, three years ago.
" at has affected their approach to the
game, which is a very technical game."
e end of cricket s monopoly on
youth and what he called "the nationalist
paradigm" were also relevant.
"Our players rose to excellence on
the back of a nationalist upsurge. at
upsurge has now come to an end and
thus the nationalism in cricket has as
Only Barbados and Trinidad and
Tobago have players contracted. e
other territories have match payments.
Players are part time. Structures need to
improve so there is a clear pathway for
Fractious relations between the West
Indies Cricket Board and the leading
players has not helped. Former champion
bowler Ambrose threw another couple
of aspects into the debate.
" e pitches in the Caribbean have
really slowed down and there is no great
experience being passed around in the
dressing room," he said.
Where once English county cricket
was dominated by those kings of a couple
of decades ago, only Chanderpaul of this
touring team has a county contract.
" ese bowlers are having to do a lot
of work without having the benefit of
a great bowler or two at the other end,"
said Bishop, here as part of the television
"Talent needs to develop in the right
environment." --- APNZ
Windies star fades
as islanders lose
passion for cricket FOOTBALL
Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot has put
his season on hold due to a neck injury
which left him struggling to walk.
Elliot s neck issue, which he has
been playing with for several seasons,
worsened in the New Zealand Maori
match against Canada in Toronto at the
start of last month.
Now recovering in Hawke s Bay after
surgery a week ago in which a disc was
removed and a bone graft taken from his
hip, Elliot told Live Sport this morning
that he had to give his rugby future some
serious thought. He said the surgery had
gone well and he would see a specialist
in a couple of weeks.
"It s something that really I ve been
playing with for a couple of years," he
said of the disc bulge.
"Against Canada a couple of weeks back
it got progressively worse throughout the
game... by the time I came off I couldn t
He added: " e boys thought I had
been concussed my legs were so wobbly."
Elliot, 27, said he felt fortunate he still
had the use of his legs.
"I m looking at sitting out most of
Super Rugby if not all of Super Rugby
and the ITM Cup," he said.
"I have to weigh up my options. It s
been a bit scary over the last couple of
weeks. I feel I m incredibly lucky to still
Elliot and Mahonri Schwalger have
been sharing the hooking duties at the
Chiefs for the past couple of seasons,
with Rhys Marshall a back-up.
Elliot puts season on
hold after neck surgery
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