CRICKET: Australia’s best hopes of winning the first Test against India rest with embattled* batsman Shaun Marsh.
Australia, set a tough target of 323 at Adelaide Oval, reached 4-104 at stumps on day four. Marsh is unbeaten* on 31 from 92 balls, having occupied the crease for more time than any other batsman in Australia’s second innings, while Travis Head is 11 not out.
They need 219 runs today to win.
Marsh has history when it comes to battling India, having batted out 62 overs on day five to help secure a draw last year in Ranchi.
“We definitely believe we can win this,” spin bowler Nathan Lyon said last night after he grabbed 6-122 to help bowl India out for 307.
“It’s just about winning the first ball, first over, first hour. Breaking it down and making it simple. I can guarantee you he (Marsh) is very confident and has that belief that he will be that hero, who stands up … and wins this game.”
BASKETBALL: The Perth Wildcats returned to full strength and the winners’ list in their NBL clash against the Cairns Taipans at Perth Arena last night.
The Cats shrugged off Friday night’s loss to the Sydney Kings to record a convincing* 94-72 win over the Taipans. They took control early, shooting at better than 60 per cent and opened up a 31-17 lead at the first break.
Bryce Cotton returned after two games on the sidelines with a thumb injury. Cotton had four points on the board by half-time and the Cats led 52-38. He then added 10 in the third term and finished with a game-high 21 points. Perth coach Trevor Gleeson said he was happy to get his full squad back on the court.
RUGBY: After a perfect day one, Australia have produced a sloppy* performance in the Cup quarterfinals to lose 26-17 to New Zealand at the Cape Town Sevens.
John Porch’s botched* opening kickoff set the tone* for an untidy Australian effort, as the Kiwis punished them.
Australia had performed strongly on the opening day, beating Wales 21-14, Scotland 26-14 and Canada 29-15.
- embattled: a person having lots of difficulties
- unbeaten: not out
- convincing: impressive
- sloppy: careless
- botched: make a mess of
- set the tone: establish the mood or performance
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- How many runs does Australia need to score today to win the first Test?
- Which Wildcats player returned from injury for a game-high score?
- Who did Australia lose the rugby sevens quarter-final to?
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