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Starc tipped to fire back in Perth Test

Starc tipped to fire back in Perth Test

Tim Paine has backed Mitchell Starc to bounce back from a wayward performance against India.A wounded Mitchell Starc has been backed to answer his critics in Perth, where have entrusted an unchanged XI to level the Test series against India.
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Skipper Tim Paine has declared Starc primed to capitalise on a fast and bouncy Perth Stadium pitch that looks set to be a huge factor in the second Test starting on Friday.

Starc's wayward bowling in Adelaide has been heavily dissected since India claimed a 31-run victory in the series-opener.

The left-armer struggled to find his radar at times but could benefit from the new Perth stadium's tendency to trap humidity and help produce conventional swing.

Paine rubbished suggestions might have considered dropping Starc, who has taken 24 wickets at 33.79 this year.

"I don't think there was any (consideration)," Paine said on Thursday.

"I think the criticism he's come under this week has been pretty unfair to be honest ... his best and his worst are getting closer together and I think we're getting really close to his best again.

"He swung the ball in Adelaide which he didn't do in the UAE. I think he'll swing it out there (in Perth) - I think the conditions are going to suit him down to the ground.

"One thing I know about Starcy is when he cops a bit of criticism, normally he takes it pretty personally and that sometimes gets the best out of him."

Paine confirmed Aaron Finch will again open the batting in Perth, where must avoid defeat if they are to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

The sight of a green deck on the eve of the Test suggests there will be plenty on offer for the fast bowlers but Paine said the 38C forecast would temper any excitement.

"It's going to be hard to put a team in when it's going to be almost 40 degrees - I'm not sure the bowlers would speak to me," Paine said.

"Having said that, if you're bowling first I think the conditions will be quite favourable.

"With the heat that's around in the next few days it's probably going to break up and you'll see some cracks in it late in the game."

Paine said would be well-prepared for any Indian XI with the tourists yet to reveal who will replace injured duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma.

Ashwin's abdominal strain could open the door for India to play four quicks, having named Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in their 13-man squad.

Spin-bowling allrounder Hanuma Vihari is tipped to replace Rohit, who jarred his back while fielding in Adelaide.

AUSTRALIA XI: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (capt), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

NRL player charged over alleged assault

NRL player charged over alleged assault

NSW and St George Illawarra player Jack de Belin has been charged over an alleged sexual assault.NSW State of Origin player Jack de Belin has been charged over an alleged sexual assault after he handed himself into Wollongong Police Station.
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The 27-year-old St George Illawarra Dragon forward voluntarily attended the station on Thursday afternoon after the alleged incident with a 19-year-old woman at Wollongong unit on the weekend.

De Belin has been charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault in company and has been granted conditional bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court on February 12.

The NRL said the integrity unit has been advised and the league will allow the "legal process" to take its course.

The incident allegedly happened in the early hours of Sunday morning during a night out after the woman left a Wollongong establishment with a large group including de Belin, the Nine Network reported.

She reportedly hopped into a taxi with de Belin and a lower grade player and was under the impression they were headed to another club, but instead ended up at the apartment, Nine said.

The 19-year-old reportedly went to the bathroom, and when she came out she said the players were naked and sexually assaulted her.

De Belin made his debut for NSW this year in the State of Origin and has played 153 NRL games.

The St George Illawarra Dragons said in a statement the club is taking the matter "very seriously".

"Jack has been provided with welfare support to enable him the time and opportunity to deal with the matter," the club said in a statement on Thursday.

It comes as NRL stars Jarryd Hayne and Dylan Walker both faced court earlier this week over separate assault charges.

Hayne, 30, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and inflicting actual bodily harm after he allegedly had sex with a 26-year-old woman without her consent in Newcastle on September 30.

His barrister told the court on Monday Hayne intends to plead not guilty.

Meanwhile, Walker, 24, was charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm - both domestic violence-related - after his partner suffered cuts to her shoulder, leg and feet in Dee Why on December 6.

Walker has pleaded not guilty.

Aaron Finch to open after Ponting pep talk

Aaron Finch to open after Ponting pep talk

Former skipper Ricky Ponting (right) was an interested spectator during Aaron Finch's net session.Aaron Finch has been given a Ricky Ponting masterclass on the eve of the second Test as he seeks to nail down his spot at the top of 's batting order.
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Ponting was a guest of honour at Perth's Optus Stadium on Thursday, when Tim Paine confirmed Finch would open alongside Marcus Harris in 's second Test against India.

Ponting, national coach Justin Langer and Finch had a quick discussion out in the middle as Paine's side warmed up and inspected the pitch.

When Finch hit the nets, Ponting kept a watchful eye on his footwork and stoke play before wandering down to have an extended chat.

"I know he's always in and around our group, he has been for probably the last six or eight months," Paine said of Ponting.

"One of the things we're trying to do is get a lot of our ex-players back. Him in particular, he makes our batting group walk a bit taller."

Ponting and Finch aren't strangers. They linked up at Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai in 2015.

Finch missed the latter stages of Mumbai's charge to that year's IPL title because of a hamstring injury but Ponting's mentoring left a big impression.

"It's his first coaching job and he was absolutely outstanding," Finch told AAP at the time.

"Being one of the best players in the world for a long time, he commanded that respect to start with and straight away he had the boys' attention.

"But what impressed me was his energy and drive for the players to get better, plus his attention to detail."

Debate continues to rage about whether Finch should open for , be deployed in the middle order or dropped.

Finch scored zero and 11 in his first home Test, with only an Ishant Sharma no-ball saving him from the ignominy of a pair.

Mike Hussey initially thought Finch should open against India but has since changed his mind.

"No.5 might be a better option," Hussey said at a Fox Cricket event.

"Finch coming in against hopefully a tiring attack, when the ball's a bit older, can be pretty damaging.

"He plays spin pretty well too, maybe that could be a better option for the team."

First sod turned for Inland Rail project

First sod turned for Inland Rail project

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack leads a host of dignitaries in the first sod turn of the Inland Rail project.While circumstances contrived to keep Prime Minister Scott Morrison away, a number of dignitaries were on hand for the symbolic sod turning ceremony just outside Parkes as the start of the Inland Rail works between Parkes and Narromine are set to begin.
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Part of the $9.3 Billion, 1700 kilometre works from Melbourne to Brisbane, the Parkes-Narromine section saw the first sod turned by DeputyPrime Minister and member for the Riverina, Michael McCormack, using a historic shovel made in 1912.

The shovel, which arrived via special delivery on a train, has only been used six times previously, all by Prime Ministers, with McCormack the first deputy to turn soil with the antique.

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While there has been some conjecture over how the project will affect farmers along the inland rail corridor, Mr McCormack believes there will be substantial long-term benefits.

“While there are 50 to 60 farmers impacted by this project, we are doing everything to minimise the inconvenience on them and make sure theyare properly compensated,” he said.

“This project will see significant boosts to regional and rural communities.

“For every dollar of the $9.3 Billion spent on this project, there will be a return of $2.62.

“Growers will be able to have their produce in port or at markets within 24 hours.

“This 1700km ‘corridor of commerce’ will make such a difference for small businesses and farmers.

“It will get their products, the best in the world, from paddock onto the inland rail to our ports and our markets very, very quickly.”

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Mark Coulton, said the project, which is due for completion in 2024-25, will open up more domestic markets for NSW farmers.

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“Already I have farmers that are seeking markets out in malt factories in Victoria from northern NSW.

“They are seeing the advantageof cheaper freight rates.

“That is starting now and will only escalate when this line is completed.”

ARTC CEO, John Fullerton heralded the ceremony as the beginning of a historic project for n rail.

“The sod-turn for Inland Rail is a significant, momentous occasion and it’s fitting to celebrate it at the site where the first greenfields section of Inland Rail will be built,” Mr Fullerton said.

“When Inland Rail is operational, Parkes will be an important hub with double stacked, 1800 metre trains connecting west to Perth and Adelaide and along the east coast between Melbourne and Brisbane.

“’s rail system has always been essential to the freight supply chain and once built, Inland Rail will enhance the national freight rail network – creating jobs, reducing supply chain costs and making more competitive by linking-in with other major infrastructure to connect cities and farms to markets; faster, safer and more efficiently.”

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Pitch will backfire on Aussies: Vaughan

Pitch will backfire on Aussies: Vaughan

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan says a green wicket for the second Test could hurt .English cricket great Michael Vaughan predicts a fast and bouncy Perth Stadium wicket will backfire on when the second Test against India gets underway on Friday.
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A green-tinged pitch will be unveiled for the first ever Test at Perth Stadium, with fast bowlers from both sides licking their lips at the prospect of weaving their magic.

's pace attack was rated better than India's heading into the four-Test series.

But after Mitchell Starc's struggles in 's 31-run loss in Adelaide, it seems India now have the edge in that department.

Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami all performed strongly in Adelaide, and loom as key figures in the second Test.

are pinning their hopes on Starc regaining his mojo, with assistance from Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood.

Vaughan thinks the pace-friendly pitch will backfire on .

"I do think it's a pretty big risk that are taking," said Vaughan, who is part of the Fox Cricket commentary team.

"They clearly need a pitch they feel they can get at the Indian batsmen.

"But from seeing the Indian attack at Adelaide Oval, I would think Bumrah, Shami and Sharma will be going to bed tonight thinking, 'Thank you, we'll out bowl them on this one'."

India suffered a huge blow on Thursday when spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was ruled out with a side strain.

Spinner Ravindra Jadeja is set to come into the XI if India decide against going in with an all-out pace attack.

"(Ashwin) is quality, but I think Jadeja is a wonderful cricketer as well," Vaughan said.

"He's someone I would want in my team. He bats well and is an incredible fielder.

"He will create something in the field. And with his bowling ... he's not going to bowl what we'd describe as mystery. But he will be very consistent."

Warning issued over animal smuggling

Warning issued over animal smuggling

Live squirrels are among the thousands of items intercepted by customs officers this year.It's been a strange year for 's biosecurity officers, with two live squirrels the latest items to be intercepted at airports and seaports.
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A man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly tried to smuggle the rodents into Brisbane on his way back from Bali two weeks ago.

Biosecurity and n Border Force officers approached him at the airport and located the squirrels following a tip-off from a member of the public.

They then had to be euthanised because of the risk they posed.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' Nico Padovan said the man's alleged actions were unbelievable.

"Squirrels can carry rabies - which is present in Bali - and if this disease was to arrive here the toll on human and animal health would be huge," he said.

"Every year more than 60,000 people worldwide die from rabies."

The latest biosecurity breach comes just one month after American basketballer Lamar Patterson brought his French bulldog Kobe into in his carry-on luggage.

Biosecurity officers and sniffer dogs intercepted 346,000 banned items from checkpoints across the country during the 2017-18 financial year.

Ten per cent, or 37,000, came through the Queensland capital.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said people needed to wake up to themselves and realise the damage they could cause if they flouted the rules.

"The frightening thing around that case around the two squirrels is that half of his Instagram followers thought it was a great idea to do that," he said.

"These animals bring pests and diseases that could actually hurt many ns so it's important that we aren't ignorant to biosecurity."

Mr Littleproud urged everyone to be more vigilant about protecting the country, particularly as more people travelled over Christmas.

"I ask every n as they leave the country or come into the country to think about our biosecurity," he said.

"Help these officers out, don't be afraid to declare, tell these officers and ask them is it ok."

He also warned that people would be prosecuted if they maliciously tried to smuggle banned items into the country.

Everybody should be happy with DRS: Kohli

Everybody should be happy with DRS: Kohli

Unlike his predecessor, Indian captain Virat Kohli says he is a fan of the Decision Review System.India captain Virat Kohli believes every Test cricketer should be happy with the Decision Review System (DRS), while Tim Paine concedes his recent criticism of ball-tracking technology was too emotional.
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The DRS, designed to remove umpiring howlers by allowing batsmen and the fielding captain to refer some decisions, was first trialled in a Test between India and Sri Lanka in 2008.

It made such a terrible impression that India, concerned about the accuracy of technology, refused to use it again for eight years.

But whereas former skipper MS Dhoni was a staunch - and vocal - critic of the system, Kohli is happy to accept any imperfections and inconsistencies because the good outweighs the bad.

India's first Test against was a prime example.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane both overturned their dismissals in India's second innings to swing momentum in the low-scoring match at Adelaide Oval.

But the third umpire's day-five reprieve for Pat Cummins, which surprised many commentators, could have proven costly given the tailender was on zero at the time and threatened to drag to the most unlikely of victories.

"We had a word with the umpires," Kohli said, when asked about Cummins' dismissal being overturned.

"You have to take all the pros and cons with it. Sometimes the inconclusive decisions go your way and sometimes they don't.

"I'm OK with it.

"There are significant decisions that the DRS has been able to overrule and the game has gone to a different dimension altogether, it's something I think all cricketers should be happy with."

Kohli accepted it's unlikely DRS would ever be "totally error-free" and that was fine.

"I'm sure they'll look at the technological blips that are happening right now and try to correct them," he said.

Paine flagged concerns about ball-tracking technology after the first Test, suggesting "a lot of balls seem to be going over the top ... that live don't look like they are".

"It's just frustrating, I'd imagine it's frustrating for everyone," Paine said in Adelaide.

Paine admitted on Thursday he was "probably a little bit emotional or upset" while making those comments.

"I certainly understand how it works and understand the technology," he said before the second Test.

""It was more probably a little bit of frustration coming out, that we got a few wrong and we thought a couple might have been hitting the stumps that weren't.

"It's an ongoing challenge for the players and something we need to get better at."

D-Day looms for Sharks coach Flanagan

D-Day looms for Sharks coach Flanagan

Cronulla NRL coach Shane Flanagan will soon learn if he will be punished for a suspension breach.Tuesday is shaping as D-Day for Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan.
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Flanagan is expected to learn his fate when the ARL Commission meets at Rugby League Central early next week.

The Sharks mentor is under investigation after evidence was unearthed that he had ignored terms of his suspension from the game in 2014.

It's believed that messages between Flanagan and Sharks staff were uncovered during the course of the integrity unit's investigation into the club's salary cap.

Flanagan was rubbed out of the game for 12 months in 2014 as punishment for the club's supplements scandal and he was barred from contacting players or staff.

Greenberg insisted on Thursday he had not received the integrity unit's brief of evidence so no decision had been made.

However, it is expected to be handed to the commission on Tuesday with a call to be made on any possible punishment.

"As the CEO of the game, I always take very material matters like sanctions on clubs and people to the commission," Greenberg said.

"That's how the governance structure of the game works and that's what the chairman would expect of his chief executive."

The saga unfolded after Sharks chief executive Barry Russell, shortly after taking over the job, uncovered salary cap irregularities and self-reported to Rugby League Central.

Asked if Flanagan could expect to receive leniency given the club self-reported the initial salary cap matter, Greenberg suggested it would not.

"The question's not about self-reporting," Greenberg said.

"The question's is why would you be cheating?

"In saying that, you're making a presumption that the information only came through self-reporting. I would caution against making those sorts of assumptions."

India lose Ashwin for second Test in Perth

India lose Ashwin for second Test in Perth

Injury has forced India to rule Ravichandran Ashwin out of the second Test against .India could be set to unleash four quicks for the second Test against in Perth after losing offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin to injury.
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The tourists, whose victory in Adelaide handed them a 1-0 series lead, have announced a 13-man squad for the Test starting on Friday at Optus Stadium.

Ashwin, who sent down 52 overs in the second innings in Adelaide, has been ruled out with a left abdominal strain.

Rohit Sharma has been sidelined after he jarred his back while fielding and batting prodigy Prithvi Shaw remains unavailable with an ankle injury.

Spin-bowling allrounder Hanuma Vihari is tipped to replace Rohit, who had already been on shaky ground after twin batting failures in Adelaide.

The inclusion of Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar adds intrigue given predictions of a fast and bouncy Perth Stadium pitch.

India lined up with four pacemen at the WACA Test in 2012 which won by an innings and 37 runs.

The spicy Perth Stadium deck will hold no fear for an Indian pace unit widely considered to be the best the nation has produced.

Skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday made reference to India's victory over South Africa this year on a green Johannesburg deck he rated as the toughest he had played on.

"We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now," Kohli said.

"We understand that we do have a bowling attack which can bowl the opposition out as much as they are convinced about their attack."

Umesh is capable of hitting 150km/h and could add firepower to the Adelaide attack of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.

But the tendency at Perth Stadium to trap humidity could benefit swing specialist Bhuvneshwar, who was man of the match in Johannesburg.

Former England opener Michael Vaughan said India's attack had performed exceptionally well in Adelaide and would only be stronger for having a fifth bowling option.

"When you've got four in your attack it's very difficult to put the opposing team under pressure if one of them has a bad game," Vaughan said at Fox Cricket promotional event.

"That's why you always try and get five bowlers. That fifth bowling option would be ideal for both teams."

The Indian team management said no decision had been made on player availability for the third Test in Melbourne.

India squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

Startup incubator for people with intellectual disabilities begins in Mayfield

Startup incubator for people with intellectual disabilities begins in Mayfield

STARTUP CULTURE: Participants of Challenge Community Services' Start Up course Hamish Korbi, Jonathan Bridge, and Amparo Morgan with program co-ordinator Katie Butler. Picture: Max Mason-HubersMeet Newcastle’s next cohort of entrepreneurs.
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Young, innovative and passionate about what they canoffer the city’s residents, thestudents participating in a new18-month startup program are challengingthe idea that people with intellectual disabilitiescannot create, and sustain, their own businesses.

Michael Peard, 19, of Maitland, already runs his own startup. He says his goalisn’t just self-employment.

“I am going to employ someone one day, it’s going to come to a head,” he said.

BUILDING CLIENT BASE: Michael Peard, 19, is already running his own mobile car detailing business. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

After completing an internship in car detailing,Mr Peard swapped his shifts atMcDonald’s for creatinghis own mobileservice called ‘Sparkles with Shine’.

“Vacuuming, polishing, hand-washing the car, doing the wheels and tires and dressing them… Ilove working with cars because cars are my favourite,” he said.

Mr Peardsaid he hoped the course, held in Mayfield,wouldteachhim more marketing strategies.

“It’s a great journey, it takes time to get where you want to go,” he said.

Jonathan Bridgeof Raymond Terrace, 21, says he has struggled to find joband training opportunities that suit his skills and interests, but has an idea that would allow him to work in his dream field.

“I’m a wannabe game developer. I’ve tried, but me and courses don’t get along nicely,” he said.

After playing a board game with friends ofdifferingintellectual abilities, he came up with aplan torun an accessible board games group.

“There wasvalue to the connection and community it provides,” he said.

Mr Bridgewould modify and select games to suit the players. Participants wouldinclude the activity as an expense intheir NDIS plans.

“I found that people like working together. If I could potentially rig up some kind of team mode for these games then people can come along and have a full competitive experience,” he said.

Challenge Community Services’ Beth Innes, who designed and secured government funding for the“completely new” program, which is in its second week,said it would cover “pretty much every aspect of starting a business”.

“I guess the reason the idea came about is because people with disabilities, more so physical disabilities, are actually over-represented as business owners,” she said.

IDENTIFYING STRENGTHS: Amparo Morgan, 33, would like to start her own business in animal care. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

“Some of them because they can’t get mainstream employment. A lived experience of having a disability also gives you ideas that other people don’t see.

“I thoughtthen why not people with intellectual disabilities? Because they have faced similar barriers.”

Amparo Morgan, 33, of The Hill, who is currently working as a cleaner said she did not have a specific businessidea yet but would like to look after other people’s pets.

“I’m a big believer in animal care,” she said.

The incubator’s participants will pitch their businesses to interested community members at the end of the course.

For more information about the Start Up program [email protected]苏州模特佳丽招聘.au.

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