CRICKET: A shocking collapse* has left Australia’s with little hope of victory in the first Test against Pakistan, with the tourists losing 10 wickets for 60 runs on day three in Dubai.
Despite playing well at the lunch break, Australia slid from 0-142 to 202 all-out with more than an hour left in the day’s play in reply to Pakistan’s first innings total of 482. Pakistan went to stumps at 3-45.
Openers Usman Khawaja (85) and Aaron Finch (62) were the only Australians to pass 20 on the day. Debutant* Finch was caught centimetres off the ground at short mid-on off the bowling of Mohammad Abbas, and from there Bilal Asif (6-36) went to work. On debut, the off-spinner took six wickets, including Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, who registered ducks (zero) in their maiden Test innings.
Asif also took the wickets of Khawaja, Shaun Marsh (7), Tim Paine (7) and Nathan Lyon (6), with Abbas taking the remainder of the wickets. Australia took three late wickets to keep the Test alive, with Jon Holland accounting for first-innings century maker Mohammad Hafeez (17) and Azhar Ali (4), while Nathan Lyon dismissed Bilal Asif (0).
TENNIS: Aussie Matthew Ebden has recorded the biggest win of his 13-year professional career, downing world No. 7 Dominic Thiem from the second round of the Shanghai Masters.
Journeyman Ebden, who has had a breakout season at 30 years of age, beat the French Open finalist 6-4 6-7 (10-8) 7-6 (7-4).
He’ll now take on German Peter Gojowczyk for a spot in the quarter-finals, another win likely to send him into the world’s top 40 for the first time in his career.
Meanwhile Alex de Minaur’s late season charge has continued with the Australian winning through to the second round. De Minaur held his nerve to beat big-serving Canadian Vasek Pospisil, 6-4 7-6 (7-4).
RUGBY LEAGUE: St George Illawarra star Ben Hunt has won the battle for the bench utility spot for Australia’s clash with New Zealand at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.
Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga revealed his new look line-up for the game yesterday, with Luke Keary to partner vice-captain Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves.
Damien Cook and James Tedesco take over the hooking and fullback duties respectively*.
Many expected Dane Gagai to slot straight in at centre for the suspended Greg Inglis, but he’ll take his place on the wing with Tom Trbojevic to play in the No. 3 jersey.
Kangaroos: 1 James Tedesco 2 Dane Gagai 3 Latrell Mitchell 4 Tom Trbojevic 5 Valentine Holmes 6 Luke Keary 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (vc) 8 David Klemmer 9 Damien Cook 10 Jordan McLean 11 Boyd Cordner (c) 12 Felise Kaufusi 13 Josh McGuire
Interchange: 14 Ben Hunt 15 Jake Trbojevic 16 Tyson Frizell 17 Aaron Woods 18 Tyrone Peachey 19 Reagan Campbell-Gillard.
SOCCER: Australia’s Clare Polkinghorne headed a late equaliser* to force a 1-1 draw against England in their international friendly at Craven Cottage this morning.
Defender Polkinghorne scored a free header from a corner in the 85th minute in a match England had largely dominated.
The hosts had two strong penalty appeals turned down, a goal disallowed and another effort deemed not to have crossed the line after taking an early lead through Fran Kirby.
collapse: quick loss of multiple wickets
debutant: first-time player
respectively: individually in the order mentioned
equaliser: something that makes the scores equal
1. How many total runs did Australia score in its first innings?
2. How long has Matt Ebden been playing professional tennis?
3. Which players will play halves for the Kangaroos?
4. Which Matildas player scored against England?
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