On one of the most grueling road trips in world sport, against the world’s best, and most fanatical, cricketing nation, the oft criticized Glenn Maxwell has over the past two days – undoubtedly – come of age.
On a warm summer’s morning, the last day of July 1977, American musician Meat Loaf released one of his signature songs, power ballad Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad. From that day on, the song, penned by brilliant lyricist Jim Steinman, would forever be recalled when two-thirds of any given situation came to fruition. As Steinman simply, yet precisely put, “Now don’t be sad, ’cause two out of three ain’t bad.”
Almost 40 years later, as stumps were drawn in Sydney to complete the opening day of the third Test Match against Pakistan, Australian cricket fans watched Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb triumphantly walk off a sun-drenched Sydney Cricket Ground, and for many, immediately recalled that phrase, knowing full-well that Australian cricket selectors had made two very good decisions just six weeks ago.
Following a humiliating loss to South Africa at Hobart, the opportunity had arrived to swing the axe. The Australian Test team hadn’t won since February, losing five consecutive matches against Sri Lanka (three) and South Africa (two), and the One-Day team had just been swept in a five-match South African series. The cricketing public demanded changes and the selectors agreed, dropping Joe Burns, Adam Voges, Callum Ferguson, Peter Nevill, and Joe Mennie. Replacing the quintet were the recalled Matthew Wade and Jackson Bird, as well as three young debutantes – 20-year-old Matt Renshaw, then 24-year-old Nic Maddinson, and 25-year-old Peter Handscomb. The batting trio represented a new era for Australian cricket, and it was hoped they would perform well enough to reverse the continuing, and alarming trend of embarrassing losses.
In the six weeks which have since passed, Nic Maddinson has failed in his bid to secure the number six batting position. Scores of 0, 1, and 4 during his first two Tests, were only bettered by a shaky 22 in his last. Lucky to receive as many chances as he did, he was dumped last week in favour of another youngster, 24-year-old Hilton Cartwright. While Maddinson’s continued failures were, at times, horrific to watch, the other two young debutantes have returned the faith shown by selectors and fall asleep tonight knowing their future, at least in the foreseeable future, is secure.
Handscomb’s 54 on debut against South Africa in Adelaide was an assured knock and one which didn’t fit that of a nervous young man representing his country for the first time. Almost immediately he looked settled, possessing the temperament of a man who knows his game inside out. His approach, which often sees him resting back in the crease and cutting late behind point, was unusual and unorthodox, however it worked. His innings’ since have included a maiden century against Pakistan in Brisbane, and another score of 54 against the same opposition in Melbourne. Today he added an unbeaten 40, boosting his tally to 289 runs at an average of 96.33. Importantly, each of his big scores have come in the first innings of a match, ensuring he is capable of performing when the match is there to be won.
While Handscomb showed his ability to succeed at the highest level from the moment he first walked out to bat, Renshaw took a little longer to have us convinced. A slower, more watchful batsman, he ground out an unbeaten 34 in the second innings on debut against South Africa to see Australia home, before making a patient 71 against Pakistan in Brisbane as the home side’s 429 first inning runs ultimately proved crucial to winning the match. Successive scores of 6 and 10 followed, with both innings being ended by poor shot selection, and in the harsh reality of professional cricket, some critics were already watching with a closer eye. However, while David Warner’s 95-ball 113 stole the show early on the opening day in Sydney, it was Renshaw who finished the day as the main talking point. In just his fourth match, the young Queenslander had batted through the day, ending it unbeaten on 167. His innings https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/viagra-cialis/ was one straight from the opening batsman’s textbook; making a steady start before capitalising after Tea, where he feasted on a weary Pakistani attack and helped himself to 84 runs. His tally now exceeds Handscomb’s, with 298 runs at an average of 74.50.
The success of the duo has contributed, significantly, to the resurgence being seen in Australian cricket. Three consecutive wins, and a fourth now looking likely, has given fans hope of a competitive showing in India next month, where the tourists commence their four-match series in Pune on 23 February. Following that, three further grueling challenges await in Bangalore, Ranchi, and Dharmasala, as the revamped Australian side battles to overcome extreme heat and crumbling wickets. For Handscomb and Renshaw, they’ll head to India full of confidence after strong showings at home, and hopeful of helping their team to a series win which just over a month ago seemed almost impossible.
A big summer of cricket has started in Australian and TBL Daily is pleased to keep you updated with the best performances of the domestic competitions.
12 Dec – Adam Voges made scores of 101 and 139no in Western Australia’s 117 run loss to Victoria.
12 Dec – Ed Cowan made scores of 147 and 158 in Tasmamia’s big 313 run win over South Australia. South Australia made just 45 in their second innings.
10 Nov – Western Australian Jason Behrendorff took a wonderful 7/70 in the second innings against Queensland, as his side won the Sheffield Shield match easily by eight wickets. He finished with 10/114 for the match.
31 Oct – South Australian Chadd Sayers took a hattrick against Queensland in the Sheffield Shield match played at the Adelaide Oval. In the eleventh over, Sayers bowled Joe Burns, trapped debutant Ben McDermott LBW and had Peter Forrest caught by Tim Ludeman in consecutive deliveries as Queensland fell to 3/27 very quickly.
26 Oct – Western Australia defeated New South Wales in the Matador BBQ’s One-Day Cup final. Set 256 to win after a controlled 96 from veteran Michael Klinger, the Blues struggled with the bat and could only manage 191. Jason Behrendorff was the chief destroyer, taking 5/27. Shane Watson made 83 in the losing cause.
18 Oct – Ben Dunk smashed 229no for Tasmania in his side’s dramatic loss to Queensland in the Matador BBQ’s One-Day Cup. The incredible game saw just four wickets fall for 800 runs in 97.2 over. There’s so much to talk about that we’ve provided a full report – http://tbldaily.com/records-smashed-one-dayer/
4 Oct – New South Welshman Josh Hazelwood took an impressive 7/36 against South Australia in the second Matador BBQ’s One-Day Cup match of the summer. The young quick clean bowled five Redbacks’ batsmen on his way to career best figures.
The death of young Australian cricketer Phil Hughes this week has challenged emotions, united the global cricket community and moved a nation.
In sport, the word tragedy is thrown around a lot – at times, somewhat carelessly. The events of this week however, where someone so young, so talented, so modest and so innocent passed away playing the game he loved so dearly, are truly tragic in every sense of the word.
On Tuesday afternoon, upon hearing of the incident unfolding at the SCG, I posted this on Facebook – still clinging to hope that one of Australia’s most respected young sporting icons would pull through the ordeal, with the courage shown countless times on the field of play…
Sadly, less than 48 hours later, the injury sustained by Hughes had claimed his life – a life lived to the fullest and one filled with incredible highs which most people could only dream of achieving.
Hughes played 52 games for his country, scoring 2,367 runs. On five occasions he passed 100, raising his bat each time to an adoring public. Hughes, just 25 years of age, was never given the opportunity to continue this impressive career and fulfil his seemingly endless potential.
His memory however will live on and Phil Hughes’ name will never, ever, be forgotten. Never has a single moment on a sporting field ever moved a nation like this has and the outpouring of grief is enormous.
The nation is proud of you young man and your courage will never be forgotten. We miss you and feel for your family, friends and team-mates. We also feel for, and promise to provide endless support for your former New South Wales and Australian team-mate Sean Abbott.
Rest in peace Hughesy, and may you make many more runs beyond those pearly gates. #PutOutYourBats
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has this evening became the first cricketer to score more than 200 in an ODI innings twice, after blasting an absolutely absurd score of 264 against Sri Lanka at Kolkata.
The incredible innings – which included 33 x 4’s and 9 x 6’s – was the highest ever individual ODI score and may well never be beaten.
Sharma’s mammoth feat came off 173 balls and is just the fourth time the once elusive 200 barrier has been reached – all of which by Indians.
• 200* – Sachin Tendulkar v South Africa, 2010
• 219 – Virender Sehwag v West Indies, 2011
• 209 – Rohit Sharma v Australia, 2013
• 264 – Rohit Sharma v Sri Lanka, 2014
India finished their 50 overs at a commanding 5/404.
With Brad Haddin nursing an injured shoulder and having performed poorly with the bat in the recently concluded Test series against Pakistan (75 runs at 18.75), questions have surfaced regarding his potential replacement for the upcoming Tests against India, which starts in Brisbane on December 4.
Ben Dunk, Tim Paine and Matthew Wade are three names which come to mind and each have represented Australia at international level before. However if the position was given to the most worthy and in-form keeper, surely Queensland keeper Chris Hartley is being closely considered?
Hartley has been red-hot wit the bat over the last five weeks, having had the following start to the season…
95, 46no, 8, 50, 0, 90, 142, 64, 3, 142no, 48.
Combined, that’s already 688 runs in all formats, at an average of 76.44.
32-year-old Hartley is certainly no spring chicken, having already played 105 First Class, 90 One-Day and 38 Twenty20 games of domestic cricket, however despite his age, his brilliant glove-work and hot bat could be just what the Aussies need to improve on their recent poor performances.
For Hartley, who has almost 7,000 domestic runs and well over 600 dismissals, perhaps now is finally the time when the stars align.
Plenty happening in over the weekend in the world of sport, we’ll do our best to bring you up to speed on what went on!
The Japanese Grand Prix was marred by the severe injury to French driver Jules Bianchi. Up to date information on how Bianchi is progressing can be found here – http://tbldaily.com/jules-bianchi-crash/
Lewis Hamilton won the shortened race, ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg in second and Sebastian Vettel in third. Daniel Ricciardo finished in fourth.
FIBA Women’s World Cup of Basketball:
The Jayco Australian Opals have defeated the home team of Turkey to win bronze in the FIBA Women’s World Cup of Basketball. The Opals won 77-47 and this bronze medal marks the 9th medal from the last 10 major international tournaments for the Opals.
The Opals got out of the gates quickly, scoring the first 17pts of the game and keeping Turkey off the scoreboard for the first eight minutes. Penny Taylor, Erin Phillips and Marianna Tolo playing amazing games for the Opals. Skipper Penny Taylor was named to the tournament All-Star starting five.
The USA overcame Spain to win the gold medal with a 77-64 victory.
Argentina got their first win in the Rugby Championship against the Wallabies on Saturday with a 21-17 victory. It started poorly for the Aussies when Marcelo Zelada absolutely destroyed (not in a good way) Advance Australia Fair –
The Argentinians completely overpowered the Aussie side, making them play a full-on, tough 80 minutes of rugby after their lengthy travel before the game. The Wallabies seemed to have no answers as the Pumas ran them into the ground to get their maiden win of the tournament.
The NZ All Blacks unbeaten run of 22 matches was brought to an end by the Springboks, as the team from South Africa got a hard fought 27-25 victory. Going into the final 10mins of play, the All Blacks hit the lead by one point – the score 25-24. The Springbok win came from a somewhat controversial penalty call that Pat Lambie put through the posts from 55m to give the Springboks the win.
NRL Grand Final:
After 43 years, the South Sydney Rabbitohs have won the NRL Grand Final – defeating the Canterbury Bulldogs 30-6.
Sam Burgess busted his cheekbone on the very first tackle of the game and then went on to not only play the full 80mins but also to win the Clive Churchill Medal.
It was a great night for the Burgess brothers, as George Burgess run across the game winning try with just over 20mins remaining. He broke through four would-be Bulldogs tacklers to run home the 20m try in an unstoppable display.
Co-captain for the Bulldogs last night James Graham played his heart out and did everything he could for his team. Graham also has to have the hardest head in the NRL, twice he had head clashes with South players and twice he was the one standing over the fallen man.
It was South Sydney’s night though as Russell Crowe looked on from the stands and then had a long embrace with Sam Burgess after the game, the man he brought over from England.
In front of a ripper crowd of 83,833 the atmosphere throughout the game was electric and this game showed that the NRL is still alive and well in Australia.
English Premier League:
West Ham d QPR 2-0
Chelsea d Arsenal 2-0
Tottenham d Southampton 1-0
Manchester United d Everton 2-1
Manchester City d Aston Villa 2-0
Hull d Crystal Palace 2-0
Leicester drew Burnley 2-2
Liverpool d West Brom 2-1
Sutherland d Stoke 3-1
Swansea drew Newcastle 2-2
In the first T20 between Australia and Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan could only manage 96 in their 20 overs as Australia cruised to an easy victory. Glenn Maxwell doing the damage with the ball, finishing with figures of 3/13 off his three overs, debutant Cam Boyce also chipping in with figures of 2/10 from his four overs.
David Warner then destroyed the Pakistan bowling attack to finish 53* off 39 balls, hitting four four’s and three sixes (more than the entire Pakistan batting innings).
Pakistan 9/96 (20 overs) – Saad Nasim 25(32), Glenn Maxwell 3/13 (3ov)
Australia 4/97 (14 overs) – David Warner 53*(39), Raza Hasan 2/17 (4ov)
Surfing World Tour:
Steph Gilmore has claimed the number one ranking in the world of surfing, dislodging fellow Aussie Sally Fitzgibbons.
Gilmore defeated Fitzgibbons in the Cascais Women’s Pro in Portugal to reclaim the top ranking with one event left to go on the World Tour which takes place in Maui next month.
As the Tour heads to Maui it is a race between three Aussies for the overall victory with Tyler Wright hot on the heels of Fitzgibbons and Gilmore.
The win is Gilmore’s third of the Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.
Novak Djokovic seemed to stroll through the final of the China Open against Tomas Berdych to maintain an unbeaten record at the event.
Djokovic won in straight sets 6-0, 6-2 and was 5-0 up in the second set at one point before Berdych avoided complete annihilation and won a couple of games.
Djokovic stunned Berdych with some great serving throughout the match as he won his fifth title at this event (he has only entered this event five times!).
In the women’s side of the draw Maria Sharapova had a harder time overcoming Petra Kvitova needing three sets to get the win, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
Sharapova was forced back in the court during the second set as Kvitova stepped up the aggression but in a match that lasted 2hrs 28mins, Sharapova was able to get her sixth win in eight meetings against Kvitova.