CRICKET: Australia’s batting line-up has collapsed yet again, this time losing 6-22 in its Twenty20 defeat against Pakistan overnight.
Pakistan was sent in to bat first in Abu Dhabi, ending its 20 overs at 8-155.
In reply, Australia lost its top six batsmen inside six overs before being dismissed for 89 — its third-lowest T20I score in history.
First to go were star openers Aaron Finch (0) and D’Arcy Short (4) who were bowled in the opening over by skidding deliveries from Imad Wasim.
Glenn Maxwell (2) failed to steady the ship and was bowled by Faheem Ashraf. Debutant Ben McDermott (0) only lasted two balls before being caught centimetres short of his crease by Fakhar Zaman.
Australia then dropped to 5-22 inside the powerplay and Imad had his third wicket when he found the edge of Alex Carey (1) the following over.
Hopes rested on big-hitter Chris Lynn (14) but he was bowled by Faheem, leaving Australia at 6-22. Only a rearguard action from tailenders* Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) and Ashton Agar (19) saved Australia from what had threatened to be a record T20 loss.
Captain Finch was honest in his post-match assessment, labelling the Australian run chase as “embarrassing”.
He added: “Obviously we were just outplayed.”
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Rugby League International Federation has released its initial* list of nominees* for the Golden Boot award, with plenty of NRL stars named.
Sydney Roosters, NSW and Australia pair Boyd Cordner and James Tedesco both earned nominations*, as did fellow Kangaroo Valentime Holmes.
Tongan pair Jason Taumalolo and Sio Siua Taukeiaho both were named on the shortlist.
More nominations will follow England’s Test this weekend against New Zealand, before the award is announced on November 7.
AFL: Geelong legend Jimmy Bartel has backed dumped Cat Daniel Menzel to find a new home, believing his reputation* as a non-tackler unfairly forced his axing.
The unrestricted free agent was given his marching orders* yesterday after four knee reconstructions and 73 games for Geelong.
Menzel, 27, was one of only 21 players in the competition to kick 100 goals across the past three seasons and was fifth in the Coleman Medal this year before a failed groin injection cut short his year.
For all Menzel’s gifts he was ranked as the worst pressure player in the competition of all general forwards and the worst tackler of the mid-sized forwards in the past two years.
“You have got guys in the forward line who don’t kick goals and don’t tackle either. At least he does one aspect* well. I hope a side does pick him up,” Bartel said.
tailenders: someone positioned at the end
initial: beginning or early
nominees: person nominated for position, award or honour
nominations: entries for an honour or award
reputation: beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something
marching orders: told to leave
aspect: a particular part or feature of something
1. Australia lost six wickets for how many runs?
2. Who was the highest T20 scorer for Australia?
3. How many NRL players are nominated for the Golden Boot so far?
4. Before his groin injury this year, where was Menzel in the Coleman Medal?
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