Ashes a Test proving ground for Wade

The 31-year-old has kept up that form at the start of this domestic summer, warming up for the Test series against Pakistan with three half-centuries in his past four innings for Tasmania. “I brought home that what I’ve been doing for the 18 months to two years before I got picked again will work at Test level,” Wade said of his Ashes experience. “That’s what I bring back. I’m not going to change too much at all. “I’ve had a good lead-in, in Shield cricket, so it’s just about going…

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BHP and Woodside edge closer to Scarborough decision

Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman said the agreement was a another step toward the realisation of its proposed Burrup Hub, an interconnected LNG network bringing together all of Woodside’s major assets. “This agreement on tolling price, together with the increase in Scarborough gas resources announced earlier this month, provides a compelling and aligned basis for BHP and Woodside to finalise the required conditional binding agreements by the end of the first quarter of 2020,” he said. “It is a key milestone as we target a go-ahead for the development of…

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Phoenix fall to second-straight loss as Sixers, Randle fire

What set the Sixers apart was their 1-2-2 zone defence, ability to score quickly in transition and their variety of contributors as Anthony Drmic (21 points, eight rebounds), Daniel Dillon (14 points) and Griffin (17 points, seven rebounds, five assists) all produced season-best performances along with Randle. The questions asked of the Phoenix were ones they were incapable of answering as their outside shooting failed them (nine of 29 from the three-point line and 42 per cent overall), their defensive transition waned and some inexplicable turnovers appeared at the worst…

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Tony Abbott warns Australia ‘has put too many eggs into the China basket’

“The often-glossed-over reality is that it’s hard for Australia to be a meaningful strategic partner to a country that thinks it can bully its neighbours on the basis of confected territorial claims that it refuses to submit to arbitration and tries to resolve unilaterally in its favour,” Mr Abbott said. “It’s hard for any country to be [anything] other than a client, or a strategic competitor, with a country that still regards itself as the ‘middle kingdom’ and that has now dropped the mask of hiding its strength and biding…

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Cricket 2019: Australia v Pakistan

“I haven’t given it a lot of thought. It might be,” said Paine, who turns 35 next month. “I’m not too sure. I haven’t looked at it that way at the moment. But I’m enjoying doing it. I feel good physically. I feel good mentally, so while that continues and I’m scoring enough runs and keeping well enough then I’d like to continue. “But I know when you get to my age that can change really quickly. I’m not going to look too far ahead. I’m really looking forward to…

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Illicit drugs shouldn’t end careers: AFL

Players with illicit drugs in their system on match day deserve some sanction but not to have their careers ended, the AFL has said in welcoming WADA changes that will see bans cut from four years to as little as four weeks. The AFL said the changes to the WADA code, approved at the recent world conference and to come into effect from 2021, are in line with the AFL’s approach that illicit drugs are a health problem to be treated, not a drug problem to be punished. The changes…

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Western United won’t rule out home ground switch

A total of 7042 fans attended the Victorian derby loss in Geelong against Melbourne City, while the A-League website records the crowd against Glory, their inaugural home game, as 6088. Insiders believe that if it would help them develop a following and attract more fans there might be the option to move, if a good alternative venue could be found. CEO Chris Pehlivanis was guarded when asked about the likelihood of a short term move to see if things might improve at a smaller venue, but he did say: “We…

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‘Begged to kill me’: Horror gang rape

Bilal Skaf was the leader of the group of about 14 men who targeted young girls and brutally raped them in 2000. At least six schoolgirls were raped in a rampage that lasted several weeks, but it has long been suspected there were more victims who didn’t come forward. Now another victim, 36-year-old Jessica, has come forward with allegations she was attacked six months before the original assaults were reported to police. Speaking to Nine’s A Current Affair, Jessica said she left home when she was just 16 and started…

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Breakers say they will part ways with NBL import Rice jnr

He said new information about the incident had come to his attention on Monday that left Rice’s future in an untenable position as far as the Breakers were concerned. “I respect our legal process in New Zealand and firmly believe that you are innocent until proven guilty,” Walsh said. “However, regardless of the outcome of Glen’s court appearance, there is no denying he has let down the club, our fans and the New Zealand public after we gave him this lifeline. “I feel it is my duty to assist Glen…

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Bono stands with Aussie journos

U2 frontman Bono was shocked to discover the attacks on media freedom in Australia in the wake of Australian Federal Police raids on journalists. The singer and activist, who advocates for the eradication of poverty and preventable disease through the One Campaign, said the witch hunt for whistleblowers and intimidation of journalists reporting on controversial matters of national security was “dangerous”. “Truth is the bedrock … and journalists are its guardian angels,” he said last week after their opening Australian concert in Brisbane. U2 are making their way around Australia…

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