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Injury rules Herrick out of BBL

Written By Unknown on Sabtu, 08 Desember 2012 | 16.41

Injury ... Fast bowler Jayde Herrick is hopeful of lining up for the Melbourne Renegades. Source: Colleen Petch / News Limited

Melbourne Renegades will be without key paceman Jayde Herrick after scans showed his foot injury was worse than expected.

Herrick wore a moon boot to Monday's team launch and was hopeful scans would show only minor damage but he conceded his campaign was over on Saturday.

He will be replaced by 26-year-old Jake Haberfield, a right-arm quick from South Australia.

Melbourne Renegades coach Simon Helmot said on Saturday the team had explored all avenues before ruling Herrick out of the competition based on medical advice.

While Helmot said it was a blow to lose Herrick, he was confident in the ability of Haberfield to make an impact for the Renegades.

"He had scans after (Wednesday's one-day cup game against South Australia at the MCG) and there was some serious swelling at the top of his foot and maybe some bone bruising,'' Helmot said.

Helmot said he would look to Victorian quick and ex-England Test player Darren Pattinson to spearhead the pace attack, with Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan leading the spin-bowling stocks.

"Darren is an accomplished new-ball bowler in this format. He has really shown his stuff in England in the last few seasons in T20 cricket,'' Helmot said.

"Now that he has become an Australian local player, we grabbed him straight away.

"Last season we had a strong pace attack. It's still important to have pace but we just need more versatility.

"We have some good spinning options with Murali and Aaron O'Brien.''

The Renegades opened their BBL|02 campaign with a convincing win over cross-town rivals Melbourne Stars on Friday night.

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Senden sizzles to lead Aussie Open

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Aus Open ... Australia's John Senden fires a 70 to take a two-shot lead into the final round. Source: Rob Griffith / AFP

Once bitten but not twice shy, John Senden is relishing the prospect of a final-round Australian Open duel with English star Justin Rose.

www.foxsports.com.au/golfSenden is the Open's third-round leader for the second year running after a brilliant eagle three on the par 5 11th helped the Queenslander to a two-stroke buffer at seven under par for the championship.

His workmanlike round of 70 at the windswept Lakes layout on Saturday was a far cry from his spectacular course record-equalling 63 on moving day 12 months ago at the same Sydney golf venue - but still enough to set up a Sunday showdown with Rose (70), the world No.4 and top-ranked player in the field.

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"Look, Justin Rose has had a fantastic year this year and is a proven player," Senden said.

"He's a tough competitor so I feel like I'm going to enjoy that moment tomorrow.

"That's why we're here. That's what we practise hard for. We want to be in this position to get the experience to know if you're going to be able to handle it and tomorrow's going to be a test - it's a test for every golfer out there.

"But sitting on the lead, to be honest with you, I'll be anxious teeing off, but then it's about doing the job."

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Last year, Senden was unable to convert his third-round lead, narrowly missing a snaking, 35-foot birdie putt on the last to fall by a shot to Greg Chalmers.

This year, Senden - after enjoying his most consistent season on the US Tour - is aiming higher and considers his last-group shootout with Rose the ultimate rehearsal for a genuine shot at the majors in 2013.

"This is what we want to get into position for so that leading even into the major championships next year, this is good experience for me," he said.

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Along with Rose, Senden - the 2006 champion - has a swag of players on his tail.

On a high after his success at Qualifying School in the United States last week, Matt Jones (70) also eagled the 11th in an impressive round of 69 to share third place at four under with rookie Kieren Pratt (70) and veteran Peter Senior (69).

Rejuvenated 2001 champion Stuart Appleby (70), Cameron Percy (72) and American Kyle Stanley (70) share sixth spot at three under.

Appleby briefly seized the lead before a back-nine stumble, but was nevertheless chuffed to be in the mix after a dreadful season in America.

"I feel like I'm coming back," Appleby said. "My game is definitely on the uptake."

Most of the field went backwards on Saturday, including halfway leader Marcus Fraser, whose 76 left him in a tie for ninth at two under with pre-tournament favourite Adam Scott and seven others.

Scott is five shots adrift of the lead after eking out his second successive 71 and the Australian Masters champion figured he probably needed to fire a 65 on Sunday to lift the Stonehaven Cup for a second time.

Scott Gardiner (68) and teenage amateur Cameron Smith (69) both reeled off four consecutive birdies coming home to be at one under alongside defending champion Chalmers (69).

But American great Tom Watson crashed out of contention after leaking shots everyw

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Golgol strikes late to stun Glory

Heart-stopper ... Golgol Mebrahtu's late goal stuns Perth Glory at AAMI Park. Source: Salpigtidis George / News Limited

Sudanese-born refugee Golgol Mebrahtu has come off the bench to score a late winner in his Melbourne Heart debut and deliver his A-League club a much-needed win over Perth Glory.

Saturday night's victory lifted the Heart, who started the round in ninth spot, above the sixth-placed Glory, who are on a five-match winless streak and yet to win away this season.

Mebrahtu, 22, had played 26 A-League games with Gold Coast without scoring.

But it took just 12 minutes with the Heart to break his duck, the youngster replacing his captain Fred in the 77th minute and scoring in the 89th.

While Mebrahtu did the finishing, it was Josip Tadic who deserved much of the credit, making a penetrating run through the Perth defence down the left flank then easing the ball in front of Mebrahtu, who had only to tap it past advancing keeper Danny Vukovic.

P W D L GD Pts
1 Adelaide 10 7 1 2 8 22
2 Central Coast 9 6 2 1 9 20
3 Victory 10 5 1 4 -3 16
4 Newcastle 9 4 1 4 -3 13
5 Wellington 9 3 3 3 2 12
6 Heart 10 3 3 4 0 12
7 Perth 10 3 2 5 -1 11
8 Brisbane 9 3 1 5 1 10
9 Western Sydney 9 3 1 5 -3 10
10 Sydney 9 2 1 6 -10 7

It was sweet relief for the Heart, who had earlier squandered some good chances in an at-times heated contest.

Tadic wasted the best of them in just the third minute, after a delicate touch from teammate Nick Kalmar gave him ample time and space to beat Vukovic, but his initial touch was poor and his shot off-target.

Perth's best early chances came in the air, with star striker Shane Smeltz just off-range with two first-half headers.

Tempers flared at halftime when Heart coach John Aloisi, who had said pre-game his side had allowed themselves to be bullied by Perth in the past, exchanged angry words with Glory skipper Jacob Burns on the sidelines then in the players' tunnel.

It was sparked by an incident just before the interval which ended with Tadic lying on the turf after a tangle with Perth's Dean Heffernan.

Re-live all the highlights from the Glory's clash with the Heart at our A-League Match Centre, with video highlights and key stats.

The spice continued after the break when Burns, who was on return from a suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards, picked up another for bringing down Tadic off the ball.

Perth's best scoring opportunities came soon after, a Chris Harold shot blocked by a Heart defender before Travis Dodd forced a brilliant save from Heart keeper Clint Bolton.

Fred then wasted two good chances for the Heart, before being pulled to the bench for Mebrahtu's decisive introduction.

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Sri Lanka hit back after Henry's 207

Written By Unknown on Jumat, 07 Desember 2012 | 16.41

Good knock ... Tillakaratne Dilshan notched a hundred against the Chairman's XI. Source: Eranga Jayawardena / AAP

Sri Lanka restored some pride in their Australian tour on Friday as they churned through the Chairman's XI attack to post 4-276 on a placid day-two Manuka Oval wicket.

On Inside Cricket this week, the most talked about player in the game right now, Ricky Ponting, joins the show.

Ricky sits down with host Brendon Julian, Allan Border & Damien Fleming as they discuss and revel in one of the most storied & celebrated careers the game has seen.

Also on the programme News Limited writer, Robert 'Crash' Craddock, helps us preview the Hobart Test against Sri Lanka, plus we take a look at the start of the Big Bash and all the action from the opening games of the competition.

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Sri Lanka's batsmen have done what their bowlers couldn't - get the better of an Australian outfit boasting almost as many teenagers as Test caps.

Unheralded NSW batsman Scott Henry completed his double century on the morning of day two, bringing the Chairman's XI innings to a close at 6(dec)-439 from 100 overs and highlighting a disastrous bowling display from the tourists.

But by stumps on Friday, led by a composed 101 from veteran opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, the tourists had fought back and restored some pride after Sri Lanka's batsmen made themselves comfortable in the middle of Canberra's Manuka Oval.

Dilshan was ably supported by star batsman Kumar Sangakkara (55) as the Lions reached 4-276 by stumps, still 163 in arrears after 78 overs.

Dilshan retired at the tea break, deciding his 152-ball knock, which included 15 boundaries, had been sufficient batting practice for the 36-year-old ahead of the three-Test series with Australia, which starts at Bellerive next Friday.

Dilshan said it had been important to not only regain some ascendancy in the match, but simply to spend some time on Australian wickets before the first Test in Hobart.

"We only have one practice game, I needed to spend some time in the middle," he said.

"... The thing is the wicket is really slow. There's nothing for the bowlers.

"I spent some time trying to bat as long as possible, to have as long a period in the middle.

"I'm really enjoying the start of the tournament like this. I'm hoping to finish as strong as well this tournament."

Teenage off-spinner Ashton Turner (1-54) made the first breakthrough, ending the 105-run opening partnership between Dilshan and Dimuth Karunaratne when he had the young left-hander caught at mid-on by Marcus Harris for 40.

Fellow spinners Glenn Maxwell (1-73) and, surprisingly, captain Usman Khawaja (1-22), claimed the big scalps of Mahela Jayawardene (36) and Sangakkara respectively.

Maxwell (1-73) came in for some punishment from Dilshan and in particular Jayawardene, whose first scoring shot was a booming six over long-on, before exacting some revenge with a simple caught and bowled.

Chairman's XI coach Troy Cooley said it was to be expected that the Sri Lankans would fight back in their three-day practice match, such was the strength of their batting line-up.

"History's shown they are a good batting line-up,'' he said.

"We held them quite well I thought, and I look forward to taking a couple more wickets in the line-up."

Earlier, the Chairman's XI added 49 runs to their overnight score as Henry belted six more boundaries to finish unbeaten on 207.

"When you come to Manuka we all know it's a good place to bat and you need to bowl well to get results," Cooley added.

"I thought we batted really well and Scotty batted extremely well and was well supported by the other boys.
"... (It was) a good opportunity from Scott. He took advantage there and batted superbly."

Dhammika Prasad, who endured a terrible time in the middle on Thursday, picked up the wickets of Travis Head (35) and Sam Whiteman (4) to finish as the only multiple wicket-taker for Sri Lanka with 2-128.

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A-League still needs help: Gallop

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Gallop's warning ... Scott Chipperfield , David Gallop (CEO) and Allan Vessy. Source: Annette Dew / News Limited

David Gallop has warned the A-League is far from ready to become independent from Football Federation Australia despite calls from clubs for a self-governed national competition.

The FFA's ongoing running of the A-League contributed to Australian representation being reduced in next year's AFC Champions League.

Concerned club owners will meet on Thursday, with reportedly the first item on the agenda being A-League independence, a long-standing AFC requirement that FFA is yet to meet.

But FFA chief executive Gallop yesterday said it was not financially viable for the A-League to be a separate entity from the sport's national governing body.

"It's sustainable for (Australian) football to be able to share some costs between the various pieces of the games - the national teams, the A-League and the grassroots," Gallop said at yesterday's FFA Hall of Fame lunch in Brisbane.

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"To completely create new organisations around those three pillars of the business would be expensive and not easily achievable with the game's current financial picture."

Gallop honoured Hall of Fame inductees Scott Chipperfield, Alison Forman and Alan Vessey.

"Their stories are part of the game's rich history in Australia," the former National Rugby League CEO said in his address to the audience at Gambaro Restaurant.

"In my role in rugby league, we used to say those who drink now must remember who dug the well.

"We need to share the history of Australian football. I am on a crash course on that myself."

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Wollongong product Chipperfield made 68 appearances for the Socceroos, played in two World Cup finals tournaments and won seven Swiss first division titles and six Swiss Cups with FC Basel.

"I set out to play football because I enjoyed it, not to get accolades but to be recognised for this, and to see the names on the list, I feel really proud," said Chipperfield, who was presented with his medal by former Socceroos teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Craig Moore.

Forman - who was unable to be at yesterday's presentation - is a former Matildas star who represented Australia 95 times in a stellar career that included a club stint in Denmark.

Vessey enjoyed a decorated 34-year stint in football administration.

Vessey's roles have included Soccer Australia chief executive, Brisbane Strikers general manager and chairman of the Brisbane segment of the 2000 Olympic Games football tournament.

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Fraser rides form to lead Open

In front ... Fraser holds a clubhouse lead during the second round of the Australian Open. Source: Greg Wood / AFP

An ace one day, Australian Open leader the next - such is life for globe-trotting golfer Marcus Fraser.

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Yet two years ago, golf was such a pain in the neck for Fraser that he almost gave the game away.

"I picked up my son over my head and felt something go in my neck," Fraser recalled on Friday after posting successive 69s to advance to six under par for the championship and a one-stroke lead at The Lakes Club in Sydney.

Remarkably, it was at The Lakes during the 2010 Open that Fraser's kidding around led to the 34-year-old requiring career-saving surgery.

"It was a pretty basic operation," he said, tongue in cheek.

"The surgeon replaced a disk in my neck, put an artificial disk in there, a carbon fibre cage around the disk and also a metal plate."

Fraser, who leads John Senden (73) and Brendan Jones (71) by one and Nic Cullen (70) by two, said the pain was unbearable at times.

"The amount of pain I was in leading up to that operation is something that I never want to experience again. I nearly blacked out from the pain every time I stood up.

"If I had not had the operation, there is no way I would have played again - no chance at all."

The major setback also proved a wake-up call for Fraser, who has recovered to be on the cusp of the world's top 50 after enjoying a career-best year in Europe.

"I realised how much I loved the game and how much I enjoyed being out here," he said.

"Sometimes you take it for granted. You need something like that to give you a kick in the butt."

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Apart from getting his hands on the Stonehaven Cup, Fraser is all too aware of the bonuses involved in winning the Open and edging closer to the top 50.

For one, a coveted first-time ticket to next year's Masters at Augusta is at stake.

"That top-50 world ranking by the end of this year is pretty important," he said.

"I am already in the British Open for next year after finishing top 30 in Europe this year.

"Hopefully I can sneak a few more WGC events and the US Open. If I play well this week and next week (at the Australian PGA), the Masters is a chance."

Fraser, after playing on three continents in the past three weeks, on Friday rode the momentum of his magical first-day hole-in-one all the way to the halfway lead.

While he was unable to repeat his first-round ace on the 184-metre par-3 15th, Fraser's five birdies were enough as his heavyweight rivals stumbled.

Senden had a rollercoaster round, while English world No.4 Justin Rose is three shots off the pace with a bunch of players at three under after leaking four shots on the back nine.

Their pedestrian performances left a host of players in the mix.

Marc Leishman, Australia's only winner on the 2012 US PGA Tour, is two under after a 72, while pre-tournament favourite Adam Scott is one under after a scratchy round of 71.

After feeling embarrassed by his first-day 78, American drawcard Tom Watson thrilled fans with a brilliant bounce-back 68, the day's equal best, to survive the halfway chop.

Defending champion Greg Chalmers (75) is also at two over with Watson.

But fellow two-times champion Robert Allenby (+6) missed the cut after racking up a 77.

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Tomic denies David Cup dumping

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 06 Desember 2012 | 16.41

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Hitting back ... Bernard Tomic denies being dropped for the upcoming David Cup tie. Source: Cameron Spencer / AFP

Bernard Tomic hits back at reports he was left out of Australia's Davis Cup team due to attitude issues.

Tennis Australia director of tennis Craig Tiley was quoted as saying Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter won't consider Tomic for the tie against Taiwan while questioning the 20-year-old's commitment to representing his country.

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But Tomic refutes the claims, insisting he told Rafter he was never available for the February clash and would instead be focusing on ATP events in the United States.

"I was never meant to play that Davis Cup tie,'' Tomic said.

"I spoke to Pat (about that).

"I'm going to use that time for training and to prepare for tournaments in America.''

Australia's most recent grand slam winner, Sam Stosur, believes it's time for Tomic to "knuckle down'' if he's going to have any chance of fulfilling his enormous potential.

When asked what advice she would give the under-fire Tomic, Stosur said he must ask himself some tough questions if he's going to bounce back from a dismal end to the year when his ranking slid from No.27 in June to No.52.

"What are you doing? Are you wanting to play tennis?,'' Stosur queried in Sydney.

"If you are, then give it 100 per cent because you only get one crack at it.

"He's going to have to decide what he wants to do and how he's going to approach his career.

"Until that improves in a lot of people's eyes, he's going to have to deal with things like being dropped out of the Davis Cup team.''

Stosur added it would be unfortunate to witness Tomic's undoubted talent go to waste.

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"That's probably the most disappointing thing for a lot of people on the outside - that he's got this unbelievable tennis ability and he's not really using it at the moment,'' said the 28-year-old world No.9.

"So I think everyone would like to see him knuckle down and do his best and see where that gets him.''

Tomic responded positively to the words of wisdom from the 2011 US Open champion, who is about to head into her 14th year on the WTA tour.

"I'm young and I'm learning. You get to a point where you need to stop and I think it's a good bit of advice,'' said Tomic.

"I'm working really hard and trying to push myself to become the best tennis player I can be.

"I've had a slippery slope the last year. It's changing me and I'll prove I'm going to be the best-ever player one day to play this game.''

Tomic will get the chance to start proving the doubters wrong when he represents Australia at the Hopman Cup in Perth later this month.

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Doolan, Khawaja miss golden chance

Missed chance ... Doolan was dismissed for just six on what looks to be a perfect wicket. Source: News Limited

A whirlwind 91 from Glenn Maxwell and a terrific unbeaten 172 to Scott Henry helped the Chairman's XI turn the opening day of Sri Lanka's Australian tour into a nightmare.

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The hosts piled on 390 for the loss of just four wickets by stumps on Thursday at Canberra's Manuka Oval, as Sri Lanka's toothless attack spent most of the day chasing balls to the boundary in the hot sun - with little reward.

There will be very little to smile about for the tourists, with this match their only preparation for a three-Test series against Australia starting in Bellerive on Friday week.

With star spinner Rangana Herath, No.1 pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara and vice-captain Angelo Mathews rested, Sri Lanka's bowlers faced a tough initiation on Australian soil.

Henry started the rout early, reaching his 100 off 154 balls with a mix of classical cover drives, powerful straight drives and two calculated hook shots into the stands.

At times, the 23-year-old, who scored a pair of half-centuries for NSW in a Sheffield Shield game against Victoria a fortnight ago, treated the visiting attack with contempt.

He offered only one chance - a difficult one on the boundary which slipped through the fielder's fingers, and tumbled over the rope for one of his 22 fours.

Maxwell came in at the tea break and threatened to "do a Dougie" - emulating champion Australia batsman Doug Walters's feat of scoring 100 in a session - but fell nine runs short after an explosive knock.

Maxwell smacked 11 fours and two enormous sixes in his 77-ball innings while putting on 125 with Henry. But he threw a century away when he was bowled while charging fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep.

The brilliant batting from Henry and Maxwell masked the twin disappointments of Usman Khawaja (56) and Alex Doolan (6).

Not only did the pair miss out on selection for Australia's 12-man Bellerive squad, they also threw away golden opportunities to remind selectors of their talents.

Khawaja had a century beckoning and looked in tremendous touch before he found Mahela Jayawardene at short midwicket while trying to whip Chanaka Welagedara (1-72) through the leg side.

Doolan managed just six runs before becoming off-spinner Suraj Randiv's only victim of the day.

Sri Lanka's No.2 spinner had a day to forget, with Khawaja and Maxwell both taking the long handle to the 27-year-old who finished with figures of 1-121.

The only bright spot for the visitors was opening bowler Shaminda Eranga, who had the economical figures of 1-22 off 13 overs.

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Chipperfield shocked by honour

Honoured ... Scott Chipperfield is inducted into the FFA Hall of Fame. Source: Craig Greenhill / News Limited

Having a bar named in his honour at Swiss football powerhouse FC Basel used to blow Scott Chipperfield's mind.

Now the retired Socceroo has something else to get his head around after being inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame.

Chipperfield, 36, looked shocked when he was honoured in Brisbane on Thursday along with fellow inductees, Matildas legend Alison Forman and long time administrator Alan Vessey.

It seems Chipperfield's head has not stopped spinning since leaving hometown Bellambi near Wollongong.

Working fulltime as a bus driver, Chipperfield still emerged as the key to Wollongong's back-to-back National Soccer League titles from 2000-01.

"As a joke I drove the team bus the last 500m to the Wollongong clubhouse for the fans," Chipperfield laughed when reflecting on their initial 2000 triumph over Perth after trailing 3-0.

Then the left winger's eyes were truly opened when he took up a left field offer from FC Basel.

"As a Bellambi boy I never thought I would leave the area let alone go to Basel probably because I had never heard of it before," Chipperfield.

"I am very happy I did."

No wonder - he helped spark a golden era for the Swiss heavyweights.

In his first season there they won the championship for the first time in 22 years.

Next season they qualified for the elite Champions League.

And on Champions League debut, Chipperfield scored in the first 45 seconds against Manchester United.

It couldn't get any better than this - or so he thought.

When his 11-year stint ended featuring six Champions League campaigns he emerged as FC Basel's most successful player, winning a remarkable seven league titles and six Swiss Cups.

His reward? "They named their bar after me, which was appropriate," Chipperfield laughed.

But of course Australians know him more for his Socceroos heroics in two World Cup campaigns.

In all, he earned 68 international caps over 12 years including the 2005 qualifying triumph over Uruguay that ended Australia's 32-year World Cup drought.

His only regret was not playing in the A-League although he kept his fingers crossed he would one day return as a coach - for a revamped Wollongong.

"But at the moment I have a life in Switzerland," said Chipperfield, who is a trainer for a fifth-tier club.

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Siddle should be furious: Lee

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 05 Desember 2012 | 16.41

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Rotated ... Brett Lee says Peter Siddle should have played in Perth. Source: Sarah Reed / News Limited

Brett Lee believes the Australian selectors' decision to rest bowlers has put them in an awkward situation ahead of Thursday's squad announcement for the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

Peter Siddle, who was Australia's best bowler in the second Test at Adelaide, and Ben Hilfenhaus were left out of the side that lost to South Africa in the final Test in Perth.

The decision was taken following their heavy workloads on the final day in Adelaide on the preceding Monday due to James Pattinson's side strain in the draw with the Proteas.

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Mitchell Johnson, Mitch Starc and debutant John Hastings were selected at the WACA ground and enjoyed mixed fortunes as Australia were defeated by 309 runs to go down 1-0 in the series.

Victorian Hastings is almost certain to miss out on a second call-up, but Starc and Johnson performed respectably, taking 14 wickets between them in the match, with the NSW bowler taking 6-154 in the tourists' second innings and then clubbing an unbeaten 68 off 64 balls.

However, with Tasmanian Hilfenhaus available to play at his home ground, the selectors might opt to leave Starc or Johnson out in Hobart, and former Test quick Lee said resting bowlers is not something he's comfortable with, despite Siddle saying he agreed with the decision.

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"If I was Sidds, I would have been blowing up," said 76-Test veteran Lee, who'll play for Sydney Sixers in Saturday's Big Bash League opener against Sydney Thunder.

"He bowled so well in Adelaide. They say it's because of back-to-back matches, but that's Test cricket.

"It's nothing to do with the planning. That's what Test cricket's about - a test of character, a test of courage and backing up within a couple of days.

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"If you're Peter Siddle and you see Mitchell Starc come in and take a five-for, it makes for an awkward situation."

Josh Hazlewood, who was also called up for the squad in Perth but did not play, was ruled out for up to six weeks on Wednesday due to a foot problem.

The promising NSW paceman has endured a litany of injuries over the past two years and joins fellow speedsters Pattinson and Pat Cummings on the sidelines.

Dennis Lillee was critical of how fast bowlers are trained last week and Lee urged Cricket Australia to take heed of the man who took 355 wickets in 70 Tests at an average of 23.92.

"I reckon there's too much cotton wool .. with all the preparation they do going into Tests," Lee said.

"Dennis has 355 Test wickets and they should listen to what he is saying. He's a class act and been my mentor for 20 years.

"To be a fast bowler, you have to be a good athlete and a good runner - less time in the gym, more time out training and working on a guy's fitness.

"Injuries can happen and you have to be so careful ... but there is a huge emphasis on guys doing their rehab as opposed to doing the actual hard work.

"As Dennis has said, running is such a big aspect for a fast bowler and I would like to see a lot of young guys doing that."

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No in-fighting at Roar: Paartalu

Not sorry ... Paartalu says Roar need to stick together. Source: Jono Searle / News Limited

A week after sparking rumours of in-fighting, Brisbane midfielder Erik Paartalu hoped his "misconstrued" comments helped the Roar come out swinging in their A-League title defence.

And Paartalu believed he had set the tone with his involvement in a last-round melee that earned him a yellow card.

Last week, he appeared to criticise coach Rado Vidosic after the Brisbane mentor described their play against Central Coast in round eight as silly, naive and of a kindergarten standard.

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But Paartalu said on Wednesday: "I definitely don't apologise for my comments (but) I definitely think they were misconstrued.

"Between our four walls in the dressing room, there are no problems and never been problems between players and coaching staff - we are a close bunch.

"I wasn't referring to just Rado's comments. I was referring to everyone's comments during that time of our bad couple of results.

"What I was saying was that everyone needed to try and be positive.

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"We need to get out of this. There is no point holding back - we need to fight for everything now."

Paartalu admitted he breathed a little easier when told he had no further case to answer after a melee erupted following teammate Thomas Broich's send-off in last round's 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets.

Paartalu ran in from a distance to assist after Broich's altercation with Jets' defender Josh Mitchell.

Broich's red card was later rescinded.

"You never know which way that is going to go," Paartalu said.

"My intention was not to push him (Mitchell) over but to hold him away from Thomas.

"But I got a push from another player and I fell onto Josh.

"It looked nasty at real speed but I was always confident that I had nothing to answer for, once they looked at the footage."

Paartalu hoped his actions sent a message to teammates as they tried to turn their season around.

After nine rounds, Brisbane (3-1-5 win-draw-loss) are seventh in the 10-team league.

"We all need to stick together and stand up for each other," Paartalu said.

"There was no way I was going to let one of our players get bullied by someone else."

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Scorchers vow to make amends

New season ... Perth Scorchers looking to put the Champions League disaster behind them. Source: Schalk van Zuydam / AP

New Perth Scorchers captain Simon Katich says the fallout from the squad's boozy Champions League campaign will spur the team on to greater heights during the KFC T20 Big Bash League season.

The Scorchers hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in October after a team dinner to celebrate Mitch Marsh's 21st birthday in South Africa turned into an alcohol-fuelled big night out.

Perth crashed out of the group stage after managing just one win, with captain Marcus North and coach Lachlan Stevens standing down from their roles shortly after the tournament.

Former Test great Justin Langer has since been appointed coach, while Katich, who was the first to express his displeasure at the Scorchers' misbehaviour in South Africa, has been named captain.

Katich said the team were desperate to make amends for their antics in South Africa, starting with Sunday's match against the Adelaide Strikers at the WACA Ground.

"Hopefully, the guys have learnt from the mistakes we made as a group in South Africa," Katich said on Wednesday.

"We have to earn some respect back.

"A lot is expected, and I guess the rules have been laid out now for everyone to know and abide by.

"That will hopefully spur us on for a good season.

"Sometimes those bad times, you learn a lot from it.

"As a group, there's been a lot of people taking shots at the team - that's warranted.

"Our performances weren't great in South Africa. We let ourselves down. We get a chance now to atone for that."

Star allrounder Mitch Marsh (hamstring) and ace paceman Pat Cummins (back) will miss the tournament for the Scorchers through injury.

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Aussie pacemen set for bowl-off

Written By Unknown on Selasa, 04 Desember 2012 | 16.41

Bowl-off ... Mitchell Starc (R), Ben Hilfenhaus (L) and Mitchell Johnson vying for two spots. Source: Adam Head / News Limited

John Hastings faces the prospect of becoming a one-Test wonder, with Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Ben Hilfenhaus set for a selection showdown for the series opener against Sri Lanka next week.

Peter Siddle and Hilfenhaus are both fit to return for the first Test starting on December 14.

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However, Australia coach Mickey Arthur suggested Hilfenhaus isn't assured of a recall on his home deck in Hobart, saying he needs to continue working on his bowling action.

Selectors face a welcome selection headache over the attack, after Johnson and Starc performed well with the ball against South Africa in Perth, albeit in a resounding loss.

Attack leader Siddle is a certainty for Hobart, but Johnson, Starc and Hilfenhaus are all vying for two positions.

Johnson bowled with authority in his first Test in more than 12 months, while Starc overcame an expensive start to bag a career-first six-wicket haul, as well as smashing 68 not out with the bat.

"I thought Starc and Johnson were very good in this game," Arthur said of the left-arm duo.

"Obviously, Peter Siddle comes back in the mix.

"We've got to really discuss our attack as an attack and not in terms of individual bowlers.

"We've got to look at what the best attack is for us to get 20 wickets and we need to sit down again and make those decisions."

Captain Michael Clarke insists Siddle and Hilfenhaus were not fit to be selected in Perth so soon after completing a heavy workload in Adelaide.

Australia struggled with a brand new attack to what had been seen in the first two Tests, with debutant Hastings (0-102) in particular lagging in the second innings.

Arthur said Hilfenhaus was working with bowling coach Ali de Winter to iron out technical flaws in his action.

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Your team's BBL signings

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Kieron Pollard ... West Indies star is returning to Adelaide. Source: Aijaz Rahi / AP

Which players have your KFC T20 Big Bash League team signed for the 2012-2013 season?


Adelaide Strikers
Johan Botha, Theo Doropoulos, Callum Ferguson, Jon Holland, Phillip Hughes, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Andrew McDonald, Michael Neser, Kieron Pollard, Gary Putland, Nathan Reardon, Kane Richardson, Saeed Ajmal, James Smith, Shaun Tait

Brisbane Heat
Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Daniel Christian, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Ryan Harris, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, Luke Pomersbach, Kemar Roach, Dale Steyn, Shane Watson, Daniel Vettori

Hobart Hurricanes
George Bailey, Travis Birt, Aiden Blizzard, Doug Bollinger, Xavier Doherty, Ben Dunk, Michael Hogan, Jason Krejza, Ben Laughlin, Tim Paine, Ricky Ponting, Owais Shah, Timm van der Gugten, Jonathan Wells

Melbourne Renegades
Meyrick Buchanan, Tom Cooper, Brendan Drew, Aaron Finch, Daniel Harris, Jayde Herrick, Michael Hill, James Muirhead, Muttiah Muralitharan, Peter Nevill, Aaron O'Brien, Darren Pattinson, Nathan Rimmington, Ben Rohrer, Will Sheridan, Marlon Samuels

Melbourne Stars
Shane Warne, Jackson Bird, James Faulkner, Pete Handscomb, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Alex Keath, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Matthew Wade, Cameron White, Luke Wright, Lasith Malinga

Perth Scorchers
Ashton Agar, Tim Armstrong, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright*, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Edmondson, Herschelle Gibbs, Brad Hogg, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Shaun Marsh, Joe Mennie, Albie Morkel, Marcus North, Marcus Stoinis*, Tom Triffitt, Adam Voges

Sydney Sixers
Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Josh Lalor, Brett Lee, Michael Lumb, Nic Maddinson, Jeevan Mendis, Ian Moran, Sunil Narine, Stephen O'Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Daniel Smith, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Dominic Thornely, David Warner

Sydney Thunder
Sean Abbott, Cameron Borgas, Ryan Carters, Michael Clarke, Mark Cosgrove, Adam Coyte, Scott Coyte, Luke Doran, Jason Floros, Chris Gayle, Rhett Lockyear, Azhar Mahmood, Dirk Nannes, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain, Usman Khawaja, Chris Rogers, Martin Guptill, Matt Prior, Adam Zampa

* Hilton Cartwright and Marcus Stoinis were late injury replacements for Patrick Cummins and Mitchell Marsh. 

** Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal were originally signed by Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers respectively but have since been withdrawn from the tournament. **

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Ogle's Australian Open picks

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Winner ... Graeme McDowell snapped a two-year winless drought to take out the World Challenge. Source:AFP

It was great to see Graeme McDowell end a two-year winless drought on the weekend, taking out the 18-man field World Challenge by three shots from Keegan Bradley.

The 32-year-old from Northern Ireland has built an affinity with California since winning the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach. His record at the Sherwood Country Club now reads two victories and a runner up in three starts.

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Boy, what a record!

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Over in South Africa Martin Kaymer claimed the lucrative Nedbank Challenge by two shots from home town favourite Charl Schwartzel. It was the German's first victory since taking out the WGC-HSBC Champions event last year and like McDowell's victory, the win will give him a boat load of confidence heading into next season.

Peter Fowler took down the best seniors going around with an impressive six-shot win at the Australian Senior Open at Royal Perth Golf Club. His year was plagued with near misses too, including two runner-ups over on the European Senior Tour.

He's like a fine bottle of red Chooky, he's getting better as he's ageing!

21-year-old Matt Steiger from Narrabri took out the NSWPGA Championship at the magnificent Mt Broughton Golf Club which is located in the picturesque Southern Highlands (just near Bowral) on the weekend. Steiger fired an impressive four under-par 68 on the final day to win by three shots from another promising young gun in Queensland's Daniel Nisbett.

It's been an unbelievable past couple of months on our home Tour with a raft of young talent putting their hands up. Also joining Steiger in the winner's circle were amateurs Jake Higginbottom and Oliver Goss.

Gotta love the nerve of the young guys!

Congratulations to Daniel Gaunt and Cronulla Golf Club's Scott Arnold who were successful in gaining their Tour cards for the 2013 European Tour season, while on the US Tour Steven Bowditch and Matt Jones will be heading back for another crack next year.

The Australian Open hits the Lakes Golf Club in Sydney again this week with Greg Chalmers returning to defend his title. It's a crack-hot field led by eight-time Major winner Tom Watson. The veteran, now 63, has proven in recent times he can still mix it with the youngsters, almost winning the British Open.

I like two players this week. The first is Justin Rose; the Englishman has been in irresistible form the past couple of months posting five top-six finishes, including a win at the World Turkish Final.

And I think John Senden can go one better this year after his runner-up performance behind Chalmers twelve months ago. The Lakes Golf Club suits his game to a tee and I expect another bold run.

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As it happened: AUS v SA, T3, D4

Written By Unknown on Senin, 03 Desember 2012 | 16.41

Fired up ... Dale Steyn and co. ripped through Australia's fragile batting order on day four. Source: Daniel Wilkins / News Limited

South Africa have retained their world No.1 ranking after bowling Australia out on day four of the third Test to win by 309 runs and take out the series between the top two ranked sides in the world 1-0.

Australia never looked like pulling off what would have been a world record run chase in Ricky Ponting's final match in Test cricket, eventually being dismissed for 322.

Mitchell Starc provided some stern lower order resistance with that bat, belting the second fastest Test half-century in history, but he only delayed the inevitable as Graeme Smith's men marched to victory.

Relive all the action from our live and interactive blog below!

You can also review all the stats, pitch maps and wagon wheels at our Cricket Match Centre.

3rd Test - WACA Ground

30 November 2012 - Day 4, Session 3

Australia 2nd Innings

M. Starc 68 43 9 2 158.14
N. Lyon 31 43 6 0 72.09
D. Steyn 22.5 6 72 3 3.15

Latest comments (all times EDT):

1948: SB says: Thanks for you company over the series, folks. Be sure to stay in touch with us here for all the squad news ahead of the Sri Lanka series. Don't forget to join Trent Hile, Antony Pinshaw and perhaps myself again, for a little cameo anyway, when it all begins again in Hobart!

1944: FOUR! Lyon plays a glorious cut shot off Steyn wide of gully and out to the boundary! WICKET! It's all over at the WACA Ground! Dale Steyn grabs the final wicket of the series as Lyon guides one straight to Graeme Smith at slip. The Proteas win the third and final Test, retaining the world No.1 ranking in the process, by 309 runs.

1941: Vernon Philander takes the new ball from the other end and he comes in for similar punishment, Starc picking the ball up off a length and lifting it over mid-on for FOUR! Two balls later and it's carbon copy! Starc is playing a brilliant innings here, the Aussie left-hander is now on 68 while his half-century was the second fastest Test 50 by an Australian! The partnership is now worth 83 and Australia are 9-318!

1938: FOUR! Lyon flicks Steyn off his hip for another boundary out through square leg. EDGE! The Aussie spinner picks up four runs as the new ball flies between Smith and Kallis at second and third slip. Lyon is now 27 and Australia are 9-310.

1933: FOUR! Starc shows he isn't just an on-side player with a glorious straight drive wide of mid-off from the bowling of du Plessis. Lyon is then very nearly cleaned up as he attempts a sweep, the ball just bouncing over the top of middle stump. FOUR! Starc moves to 60 with a cracking cut shot behind point. Australia are now 9-302, with the 10th-wicket partnership at 67.

1930: FOUR! Lyon turns Steyn around the corner to fine leg with the ease of a top-order batsman. These two Aussie tail-enders are really showing their friends at the top of the order a thing or two. That being said, the new ball is due shortly so it could all come to an end very soon. Australia 9-292.

1928: Stephen of west pennant hills says: Australia were unlucky not to at least have a 1-1 draw with South Africa. Then again if it had of been a 5 test series they would have whipped us in the next 2 tests.

Clark Kitchen of Suva says: It is really set in stone now for Australia to give their batting lineup up a thorough retooling before the next contest of the urn with the old enemy or the Aussies will be spanked by the pommies come 2013.

1927: Barryhall says: for real et al comment 21, your desperation is showing POM

1926: Mark says: @Umm no, he was telling the truth. Australia were beaten by the superior team or is that false?

1925: Smith throws the ball to Faf du Plessis for a trundle. FOUR! Starc takes an immediate liking to du Plessis, the Aussie speedster thumping him over mid-on for a boundary and then out to deep backward point for three, bringing up a fine half-century in the process.

1922: Dale Steyn is back into the attack as the Proteas look to wrap things up. He immediately draws a false shot from Starc, who spoons one just short of Dean Elgar at short cover. The Aussie quick answers back quickly though, picking up two runs with a nice straight drive off the back foot for two. He's moved to 43 and Australia are now 9-279.

1917: FOUR! Starc jumps onto a short one from Peterson and cracks the Proteas left-armer out to cow corner for a boundary. FOUR! Not to be outdone, Lyon plays a glorious sweep shot in front of square to show his fellow tail-ender - and some of the other Aussie batsmen - that it's not too difficult out there. Australia 9-275.

1914: FOUR! Starc moves to 34 with a cracking pull shot out to the deep square-leg boundary. The Aussie quick took the ball from right in front of his nose, rolled the wrists on it perfectly and picked up four runs for his efforts. He attempts a similar shot next ball but doesn't quite time this one and only picks up a single. Australia 9-264.

1913: Umm NO says: TIMO of PINETOWN >>keep shouting, I am sure there is some one that believes you.LoL.

1910: FOUR! Lyon gets off the mark by sweeping Peterson from outside off-stump. The Aussie spinner gets one over his fellow tweaker by finding the boundary at deep square-leg. He then picks up another two runs with another sweep shot, this time in front of square. Australia 9-257.

1909: What THE says: Pathetic, how are these clowns 3rd in the rankings!!

SB says: It certainly has been a disappointing day, What The!

1907: Nathan Lyon, Australia's No.11, plays and misses at a couple of Morkel's deliveries but manages to avoid edging one behind. Australia 9-250.

1905: c3vzn says: @Gus I agree with that team, except I fear Johnson could have a shocker next match. I say try Hazlewood or just go with Hilf.

1904: Playsiddlenextime of Melbourne says: Look at the way Australia bat compared to South Africa in Adelaide. We threw the towel in midway through our first innings, mentally fragile and no guts. Steyn and Morkel are quality bowlers in fairness. Philander's good with the new ball but Robin Peterson is at best an average first class cricketer. To watch him cleaning up supposedly good batsmen on a good batting track makes you wonder if there were any strange bets that went on at the start of this test match. Too many players threw their wickets away on bad deliveries for it to be a coincidence.

1902: SIX! Peterson throws another tempting delivery up to Starc and the Aussie bowler takes full advantage by cracking the ball back over his head. SIX! Starc punishes Peterson yet again, the ball this time just clearing Alviro Petersen at long-on. Starc is now 26 and Australia are 9-248.

1901: Protea Boy of South Africa says: Cricket guy of SA - Never kick anyone when they are down. Australia have a proud history in Cricket. Something I have respected for many years. A team can never stay on top forever. We will need to prove much more in the future to get anywhere near the might Ozzies of the past.

1900: The gunt says: I'm happy with this test not ending in a draw, would have been a boring end to an inevitable result, by that I mean SA retaining number one status... Lose or draw, that's the end result. The second we lost punter, it was clear that Clarke was either gonna make an aggressive charge and see what happened... Lucked out, big deal, extra days rest for the same result.... Atleast he is a positive captain, and we may lose a few, but we will win alot more...

1859: Parko of Queanbeyan says: South Africa are going to win by nearly FOUR HUNDRED runs and all you SHEEP were fooled by the media again.

1857: WICKET! Hastings is headed back to the sheds after edging Morne Morkel to Graeme Smith at first slip. Truth be told, it was probably de Villiers's catch but Smith moved nicely to his left to swallow up another one. Australia are now 9-235.

1855: SB says: Hastings is playing a nice little cameo here. He's taking the long blade to Peterson and moves to 20 with another booming lofted drive down the ground.

1852: Parko of Queanbeyan says: Sam Bruce is okay.

Mark of Melbourne says: Our first loss in almost a year and you clowns carry on like we got hammered by England in the Ashes again. There won't be wholesale changes to our side like so much of you are praying for, because our selectors aren't stupid and know that making wholesale changes after one test loss would be detrimental to our side. Fix up the health of our bowlers first and make sure our young talent in Pattinson and Cummins don't waste their careers dealing with injury. As for our batsmen, it's all in the head. Let them gel together and they will be formidable come the Ashes, instead of making wholesale changes and unsettling the team. What a shame most Australians can't accept the fact we got belted by a better team, show some respect to South Africa please. I'm pretty sure they never carried on like this when we belted them on a consistent basis, let alone after one test!


Protea Boy of South Africa says: I personally thought the Ozzies would show more fight, considering the fight put up by South Africa in the last test. There was no way that Australia were ever going to win the test, thus closing shop would have been the logical approach and fighting for a draw. I find the way they played strange. Australia could easily have won the second test but great batting by SA saved the day. There are still three wickets standing and it will take a monumental effort for Australia to stave off defeat. A pity it was a three match series... Bye Punter - I have always enjoyed your fight and determination.

1848: Parko of Queanbeyan says: Where is Ripper now? Again - EASIEST $540 you'd make in a day. Thanks very much. People, sorry SHEEP, get swayed by the media/comentators who HAVE to try and sell the game to the public -it's not OPTIMISM it's DELUSIONAL as indeed, Pessimism is quite often proven to be REALISM.

Mark says: SB, what's your 11 for Tassie? Should Clarke move to 3? Should Khawaja or Hughes come in? How about Bird, Cutting?

SB says: G'day Mark. It's a tough one. I haven't seen a lot of Khawaja this summer but have caught a couple of Hughes's knocks in the Ryobi Cup. He looks to be in pretty good form to me but I'm just not sure whether he's buried the demons of last year's Martin-Guptill debacle. So, I'm going to go with Khawaja. I didn't see it but everyone was raving about Alex Doolan's knock in Sydney, too. For the bowlers, I'd like to see Jackson Bird get the nod. I was on the other end of a few of his bouncers at junior level so it'd be nice to see him don the baggy green. He obviously loves the wicket down there in Hobart, too.

1843: SIX! John Hastings gives the Aussies fans at the WACA Ground something to smile about with a huge six up into the stand over mid-on from the bowling of Peterson. FOUR! Following the lead of Hastings, Mitchell Starc then gets off the mark with a boundary out to mid-wicket. SIX! Hastings hits his second maximum with another shot beyond the pickets over mid-on. Australia are now 8-222.

1841: WICKET! Philander continues the rot for Australia by drawing the edge from Mitchell Johnson. AB de Villiers takes another regulation catch to add to his list of dismissals for the match. Johnson departs for two and Australia are now 8-204.

1838: Peterson has settled right in out there, he's flighting the ball nicely and bowling a few yards slower than what Nathan Lyon was for Australia. He bowls a maiden and Australia remain 7-204.

1833: SB says: Welcome back, folks. Vernon Philander takes the first over after tea and begins around the wicket to Mitchell Johnson. Interestingly, all of Channel Nine's commentators were calling for the return of Khawaja for Hobart and, Parko, Phil Hughes is on the radar. Michael Slater said he just wanted to see one or two more big scores from the left-hander before he returns to the side. Philander begins with a maiden after tea, Australia 7-204.

Gus of Sydney has a squad for Hobart: 1.Cowan 2.Warner 3.Clarke 4.Hussey 5.Usman k 6.Watson 7. Wade. 8. Johnson 9.Siddle 10. Lyon 11. Starc. We shoud have tied this Test. What was with the fall of wickets? They were all stupid.

1818: The Usual Suspect of State of Despair says: I hope the selectors at the end of this tour put their collectives hands up and accept responsibility for losing us the series. The old boys club has never been stronger in Australia and never been more embarrassing. I don't think the long term future for Australian cricket is looking all that wonderful under the current administration. Maybe its already time for the next inquiry.

1815: ZSM of Brisbane says: Way too aggressive. 5 of the 7 wickets to fall have been the batsman trying to force the pace. Only Warner and Watson can say they got genuinely good balls. Really disappointing. I'd have thought a much better strategy would have been to try and wear them down. Oh well, expecting them to bat 2 plus days and/or make 600 plus runs was always going to be an impossible task.

1810: SB says: That's tea, folks. Australia are 7-204. It's looking very much like the Proteas are going to wrap this one up tonight. The Australia batsman have played some pretty ordinary shots it must be said. What changes would you be making for the first Test against Sri Lanka in Adelaide? let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

1806: Hastings picks up his first runs of the second innings with a drive off the back foot wide of mid-off. It won't worry the Proteas too much as it was on the up and, just as I write that, he pops one up just wide of the silly mid-off. Australia 7-203.

Ben Crase had some thoughts on Shane Watson from earlier this afternoon: How many times can we say "Shane Watson Looked good for 30 – 40 odd"? Isn't it time to find another answer at 3? Can we not ask the same question of the erratic Dave Warner, is a century every 20 innings a decent return on investment?

1804: Cricket boys of SA says: Lol boys against men!!!!! Oh dear Aussies batsmen getting a schoolboy lesson.

1800: WICKET! South Africa are cruising towards victory after Matthew Wade becomes Robin Peterson's third victim. The Aussie keeper went for the big early drive, as his natural game, and hit the ball straight to Graeme Smith at cover - the Proteas captain of course made no mistake. Wade returns to the pavilion having made 10; Mitchell Johnson is now at the wicket alongside Hastings. Australia are now 7-200.

1756: John Hastings is now at the wicket with Wade, the debutant defending his first three balls from Steyn away on the off-side.

1754: Dale Steyn returns to the attack at the expense of Morne Morkel who was struggling with his line. WICKET! Steyn makes an immediate breakthrough as he removes Hussey caught behind. Steyn drew Hussey into a drive with a ball the left-hander had previously been leaving and it was just the slightest of movement away that saw the ball catch the edge. De Villiers can't keep himself out of the action at the moment, although it was a regulation catch. Hussey goes for 26 and Australia are now 6-198.

1751: FOUR! Matthew Wade take up where he left off in the first innings as he pulls Elgar out to the square-leg boundary for two boundaries. Australia 5-198.

Brenton of Queensland is back: The standard line to trot out after seeing Dean Elgar bowl would be: 'as a bowler he makes a great bastman', but that'd be a flat out lie. Still, he can tell his grandkids he played in Ponting's last test and won, so good on him.

SB says: Once again the selection of shots from our top order has been horrible. Clarke is usually such a great player of spin but on this occasion his head was skyward and it was nothing more than a wild swipe. Fair play to Peterson though, he gave the ball a little extra flight and it just caught the edge of the rough for a little extra bounce. Well bowled - bad shot.

1742: Matthew Wade joins Hussey at the wicket, the keeper defending his first two balls away on the off-side.

1740: Peterson draws an edge from Hussey but the ball flies wide of Jacques Kallis at slip and the Aussie left-hander picks up three runs. WICKET! Clarke is deceived by Peterson who gets one to turn a little out of the rough, the Aussie captain stumped in a sharp piece of work from AB de Villiers. Clarke goes for 44 and Australia are now battling at 5-188.

1536: FOUR! Elgar serves up two full tosses to start his over before Clarke eventually smacks the third one out to the mid-wicket boundary for four. Clarke has raced to 44 and Australia are now 4-185.

1532: FOUR! Hussey blasts Peterson through cover-point with a thunderous cut shot off the back foot. The left-hander exacting revenge after Peterson hurled the ball back at him after fielding the ball from his own bowling. Hussey has now moved to 23. What's this @brenton of Queensland! We have Dean Elgar into the attack!

Another Punter Fan says: I know exactly what you mean, Leo Press of Newcastle....I too idolise the great Punter, and had to wipe away the tears when he got out. Do you have an autographed poster of the great man on your bedroom wall too? I bet you do.

1728: Clarke picks up another three runs and moves to 38 as Morkel again strays onto his pads, the Aussie skipper working him down to the square-leg boundary where the ball is just cut off just inside the rope. Clarke and Hussey aren't having too much trouble out there at the moment and with 40 minutes left before tea they're edging towards 200. Hussey picks up three runs from the final ball of the over with a lovely cover-drive. Australia 4-176.

1724: Brenton of Queensland is back with another dig at Elgar: Dare I say it... Dean Elgar: picked as a specialist fielder?

1722: FOUR!
Clarke follows up three runs from Hussey with a lovely on-drive from Peterson through mid-wicket. As usual, the Aussie skipper's footwork is exemplary and he again makes it back-to-back boundaries with a lofty shot in the same direction. Clarke then gets a little lucky when he advances down the pitch again, but this time hits one just short of mid-off. Australia 4-164.

1717: Morkel continues from the other end and immediately tests Hussey's reflexes after drinks with a short one. There's no movement for Morkel at the moment and the bounce still looks to be pretty true, too. There might be just a hint of late swing away from the left-hander. Hussey drops one wide of cover and picks up a single for the only runs of the over. Australia 4-153.

1713: SB says: The players return to action after a well-deserved drinks break. I'm going to throw it out there and ask for responses as to when this game will end. Will it be this session, today's final session or in one of tomorrow's final three sessions? Clarke sees of Peterson but gives up a maiden to the spinner in the process. Australia 4-152.

1710: Clarke is denied another boundary thanks to a brilliant save from Dean Elgar at cover-point. It was probably good enough to call it his second genuine contribution of the match @Brenton of Queensland! The Aussie skipper picks up a single for the only runs of the over. Australia 4-152.

1706: Hussey and Clarke have little trouble negotiating another Robin Peterson over. The left-hander uses his feet nicely to get down the pitch and work the spinner wide of mid-on for three.

1704: Arpit of India says: thanx punter we love u. u r such a great player. we nerver forget u.for ur game ,ur captaincy,ur style........ every thing we r miss u so much..............

1702: FOUR! Morkel strays on leg stump and Clarke is awake to the opportunity as he picks up a boundary down to fine leg. FOUR! The Aussie skipper picks up back-to-back boundaries with an on-drive wide of the mid-on fieldsman to move to 25 at a run a ball. Has he got another century or, dare we say it, another double century in him? Australia 4-147.

1657: Spinner Robin Peterson is back into the attack. There's still no real spin out there, so he's relying on flight and perhaps a bit of variable bounce, which was the undoing of Ponting. Hussey picks up a single for the only runs of the over. Australia 4-138.

1652: Graeme Smith introduces Morne Morkel into the attack and the lanky quick immediately draws an edge from the bat of Michael Hussey's bat. It goes straight to ground but he'll no doubt be bouyed by the delivery. Morkel starts his spell with a maiden as Hussey plays the rest of the over out watchfully.

Parko of Queanbeyan has some thoughts on Ponting's replacement: Well, considering Crappock has had a VENDETTA against Hughes for a few years - much like his dislike of Johnson - I'm sure he's not pushing a case for the former opener. For example, on Nov. 13 Crappock writes "Cowan bolts the door shut on Hughes... Hughes hasn't made a Sheild century yet" -even though the day before he scored 92 and then next game makes 158! I still think Hughesy has something to offer and if we are going to pick bowlers on their Shield form (ie, Hastings) then he does deserve another go.

1648: Philander beats Clarke with back-to-back balls outside the off-stump. The Aussie captain just seems to be shuffling around the crease a bit at the moment, though it must be said Philander is bowling a fantastic line. FOUR! The Aussie skipper picks up a boundary from the final ball of the over to break the shackles. He's moved to 16 and Australia are now 4-136.

1644: SB says: Steyn stays around the wicket to another left-hander, Michael Hussey, testing the veteran Aussie out with a couple of early short balls. It's going to take something pretty special from these two if Australia are to get even halfway to the Proteas' target. I tend to agree with RMB from Brisbane and bemoan the shot selection of out openers. Should they hold their spots for Hobart? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment. Australia 4-132.

Brenton of Queensland takes a dig at dean Elgar: Congrats to Dean Elgar for finally contributing something in this game!

1637: OUCH! Clarke cops one flush on the crown jewels from Philander and immediately collapses on all fours. Aussie physio Alex Kountouris comes out to check on the skipper's well being and after a few deep breaths he returns to his feet and takes guard once again. Philander does his best to find the same region, but the Aussie skipper is up to the task this time and plays defensively back down the wicket.

RMB of Brisbane says: Batting has been beyond dumb in this match. Some atrocious shot selection from both openers. Ridiculous.

1632: FIFTY! Cowan brings up his half-century with a square-drive out to the point boundary. WICKET! Cowan brings his hard work undone as he falls for the Proteas sucker-punch and is caught pulling on the square-leg boundary from the bowling of Steyn. Cowan goes for 53 and the Aussies are now 4-137.

Rippersportspro of NSW says: Sam Bruce, you and Robert Craddock are both spot on. Both Khawaja and Doolan will be playing in the PM's match against Sri Lanka before the series starts. At the moment, I think Khawaja has the nod but Doolan is well and truly breathing down his neck. If the selectors go with Khawaja, I would have him at 4. If they go with Doolan, I would have him at 5. To say that the PM's game is crucial for both these candidates is an understatement. Either way, this should mean that hopefully Clarke moves up to 3 and Watson goes down to 6.

Barryhall says: Shame to see punter retire as long as we don't rue his departure in the Ashes

1626: Philander continues with his second over after lunch and Cowan moves to 48 as he picks off the speedster through mid-wicket. The opener retains the strike and moves to 49 as guides Philander down to fine-leg from the final ball of the over.

1622: Clarke picks up three runs through mid-wicket as he works Steyn off his pads. The Aussie captain has moved to 12 without any trouble and looks to be seeing the ball pretty well. Has he got another century or double century in him? Australia 3-123.

Parko of Queanbeyan says: Who cares what CRAPPOCK thinks - he is consistantly WRONG and is only "respected" within News Limited circles.

Sam Bruce says: Fair enough, Parko. Who are you throwing up as Ponting's replacement?

Tim of Brisbane says: Is COWAN the only aussie with his head screwed on? Chasing 600 against a quality bowling attack was almost impossible to begin with. Why treat a TEST as an ODI and play aggressive cricket when defending the good balls, ignoring the wide ones and punishing the bad ones would have been the only logical tactic??

1616: Vernon Philander takes the ball from the other end and strays down the leg side with his first delivery. Clarke doesn't miss the opportunity to get up and running after the break and picks up a single down to fine-leg. Philander follows Steyn's lead in coming around the wicket to Cowan, but the Aussie opener is once again solid in defence.

1614: Michael Clarke and Ed Cowan are back out in the middle and Dale Steyn takes the first over after the luncheon interval. The paceman decides to come around the wicket to Cowan and is immediately on the spot. FOUR! Cowan guides Steyn wide of gully and out to the backward-point boundary to bring up the first runs of the afternoon session. FOUR! Cowan hits back-to-back boundaries as he pulls Steyn through mid-wicket. He finishes the over with a solid forward defence. Australia 3-118.

1607: Parko of Queanbeyan says: Making 632 against the World's best attack on Day 4/5 of Test Match with Warner (44.35); Cowan (35.53); Watson (37.54); Ponting (52.21); Clarke (52.15); Hussey (50.98); Wade (34.42); Johnson (21.81) - and if they all make their averages it's 325 - THREE HUNDRED RUNS SHORT. Do your FORM and do your HOMEWORK all you DELUDED optimists because you ain't in the real world.

Leo Press of Newcastle says: Sad day for cricket, I have lost my hero!

Arjun of India says: Thank u punter for the memories . There is no cricket without u . Hope to see u soon as a fielding coach .

Rippersportspro of NSW says: Unlucky Punter, thanks for the many memories throughout a wonderful and unforgettable Test career. Now, I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing Cowan, Clarke and Hussey all replicate what they did in Brisbane. Some runs from Wade and the tail wagging would be very handy as well.

1546: Sam Bruce says: Well said, Rippersportspro. It's going to be weird to see an Australia Test line-up without Ricky Ponting's name on it come Hobart. Attention now turns to who'll replace him and News Limited journalist Robert Craddock is currently on The Cricket Show suggesting it's a race in two between Alex Doolan and Usman Khawaja. Who do you think will get the nod?

Daniel of Melbourne says: I'm really liking Cowan's attitude at the moment. He's hitting a lot of the good deliveries put in front of him and is playing with a straight bat. I think any chance of the win is riding on his shoulders right now. As much as I love Warner in the team I think he would be better suited down the order which sucks because our middle order is solid. If I had to pick a team for the next Test I think I would go Cowan, Hughes, Khawaja, Warner Clarke, Hussey, Wade, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Starc and Lyon. Hilf has only played two average Tests in the whole season and I think he deserves more of a shot at it. Watson needs to figure out what is going on because at the moment he shouldn't be playing unless he can bowl at least 15 overs an innings. Obviously Bird and Cutting are stiff to miss out but they wouldn't be in the frame if Pattinson and Cummins were fit anyway. Bird and Cutting will get their chance eventually and it remains to be seen if they can do good at Test level. Hastings's stats are great in Shield and he doesn't appear to be up to it. Siddle is consistent and aggressive, no one can deny that and Hilf can bowl great into the wind. Siddle's average certainly doesn't do him justice.

1542: Brian Fisher of Brisbane says: Sad to see Ponting go but the introduction of Hughes is just what we need.

1541: Ashton of CBD says: Clarke needs to pull a Brian Lara and get 400 not out for Australia to have any hope of chasing these runs down.

1538: Glenn of Batemans Bay says: Oh wow!. Bye bye Ricky. With tears in my eyes.

1530: Four! Four! Michael Clarke wastes little time settling in, the Aussie captain hitting back-to-back boundaries off Peterson to move to eight. The umpires take the bails off and Australia go to lunch at 3-110. Join us again in 40 minutes for the second session of play on day four.

1528: PONTING OUT! Ricky Ponting's Test career is over! The former Aussie captain rocked on the back foot and got an edge straight to slip from the bowling of spinner Robin Peterson for just eight runs. Ponting leaves the ground to a thunderous applause and handshakes from the Proteas players. Australia 3-102!

1525: Ponting looks to have sorted himself outside the off stump today. He's leaving well and doesn't appear to be going as hard at the ball as he usually does early in his innings. Steyn is persisting with the line the Proteas know gives Ponting trouble, but he looks pretty comfortable. The Aussies have moved to 2-97 just before lunch.

1515: FOUR! Ponting hits his second boundary with a beautiful on-drive through the legs of Morne Morkel at mid-on. Things are looking good for the former Aussie captain early in his innings.

1514: Steyn is back into the attack. He's had Ponting's measure so far this series. Ponting looks to be concentrating harder than I've seen all series. He's not pushing as hard at the ball as he usually does.

1510: Sharon says  What a fantastic gesture of sportsmanship by the South Africans.  Shows the respect they have for Punter… Even if they want to get him out as quickly as possible

Ben Higgins says: You're dead right Sharon. A great gesture by the Proteas. There is a great respect between these two nations. Ricky Ponting's wicket will be the most valued today/ tomorrow ... hopefully not.

1508: Rippersportspro of NSW Come on Punter, hope you have 1 last solid knock left in you. Have to agree with Falcon, 3 century makers is the minimum that the Aussies need if they are to somehow win this match. Hopefully Clarke's single figure score was a one off and a case of law of averages working against him. Hussey for a hometown hundred whenever he bats (hopefully tomorrow).

Ben Higgins says: Probably going to need a big double-century maker as well Rippersportspro. I'd like to think Punter has that innings in him. He's famed for that fighting spirit and Australia can't get their back any closer to the wall. Don't forget Matthew Wade. He was the hero of the first innings and is more than capable of making a century.

1506: We're seeing a change of ball here. The umpires obviously think the ball has gone out of shape. The Aussies wouldn't be too happy about that.

1504: The Aussies are now 2/93. The run-rate has never been a problem but there's half an hour before lunch and Michael Clarke would be praying he isn't required in the middle for a long time to come.

1501: FOUR! Ponting with a classic pull off Morkel. That was vintage Ponting. He's looked solid so far and what a geat way to get off the mark.

1452: Morkel around the wicket to Cowan now. The two Tasmanians are at the crease. That hasn't happened to often. The big South African is trying to shake Cowan up ... it worked against Watson.

1448: SIX! Amazing shot. Ed Cowan launches a slog sweep over the cover boundary. Well that is certainly one way to up the scoring rate and push the South Africans back.

1447: Ponting strides to the pitch. A huge ovation as the former captain walks into the middle for the last time in his 168th Test and the South Africans stand in a guard of honour. What a fantastic gesture.

1445: WICKET!! Watson 25 (c Smith b Morkel; AUS 2/81) Watson gets squared up and Smith takes a nice catch, low and to his right. Morkel gets the breakthrough.

1444: A shout! AB de Villiers asks the question after Watson tries to glance the ball off his hip. The South Africans decide not to review it and replays suggest they made the right decision. The ball was no where near the bat.

1440: Watson has gone past Cowan now. A couple of classy boundaries has taken Watson to 25 while Cowan is on 24. Both the batsman seem to have got their eye in now.

1436: FOUR RUNS: Shane Watson drives back past Morkel for four runs. A lovely stroke as Watson looks to get his feet moving . As shown on Sunday the batsman can get on top after the new ball loses its tricks.

1430: DRINKS. Australia have survived the first hour with the loss of only one wicket. David Warner went on the second ball of the day to a cracker from Philander. However, Watson and Cowan have steadied the ship and put on 33 runs. Australia are now 1/73.

1428: BOUNDARY! Watson creams a full toss from Peterson for four runs. Watson is starting to open up a bit now.

1427: Ball to the groin.  Ouch that hurt! Cowan cops an inside edge into his corridor of uncertainty. Couple of deep breathes Ed, you'll be right.

1424: FOUR! Watson belts a wide short ball from Morkel to the boundary. He follows it up with a clip off the legs that rotates the strike nicely. That's what the Aussies are going to need today. Changing it up and keeping the scoreboard ticking over. The South Africans will try to strangle us and build pressure by drying up the runs.

1422: Morne Morkel into the attack. Ok. I might have gone a bit early hoping Morkel was out of the attack. He has been the most dangerous Proteas paceman in this series.

1420: Robin Peterson is on. South Africa turn to spin far earlier than I though they might. Does this mean Morne Morkel is out of action for today. Let's hope so. Cowan is now on 22 and Watson is taking his time, he's still on nine.

1415: FOUR RUNS! Cowan knocks a classy drive down the ground to the boundary line. Steyn pitched it up looking for some swing but Cowan pounced. The Aussies will need to jump on any loose balls today. The score moves along to 1/62.

1410: Brayden Yates asks How many runs would Australia need to get without the test being declared a failure? Considering we lost that is, and also why do you think we could not kill off SA in the first 2 tests, we could be world No.1 by now.

Ben Higgins says: I think it is more a matter of time rather than runs. If Australia can survive today I think it would be an achievement and if they can do that then the runs shoud follow. Any home series loss should be declared a failure. There is no such thing as an honourable loss.
Why we couldn't kill off South Africa. In Brisbane a day and a half was lost to run so that's fair enough. In Adelaide we just ran into a bloke who would not be moved. Faf du Plessis was incredible and Australia is going to need a similar performance here. Also losing James Pattinson didn't help.

1405: Ashton of CBD: This innings is do or die for Watson. He must make this the day he finally converts to another test 100 to retain his spot at number 3.

Ben Higgins says: I reckon you're spot on Ashton. Watson still hasn't cemented himself in the top order - as much as the Australian hierarchy would love him to. I think with the inclusion of Khawaja, Hughes or Quiney it should allow Watto to move down the order a bit.

1402: Amla is in to a bat pad as the South Africans think Ed Cowan might be nervous off his pads. Graeme Smith is certainly going after the Aussies early on day four.

1359: Geoff from Sydney: Hi Ben, I am at a loss to understand the criticism of Starc's performance yesterday, he Bowled 26% of all the Overs Bowled, went for 27% of the Runs, and took 60% of the Wickets. How does that make him part of a "second string, pop gun attack" as labelled by some Writers ? If anybody let the side down it was watson who only Bowled 9 Overs all day, (so much for his fitness) and Lyon who didn't take Wickets and didn't contain.

Ben Higgins says: You're not wrong Geoff, Starc was 12th man in the first two Tests so is hardly second string. He's a wicket-taker, if he gives up some runs I don't think Michael Clarke would mind too much. I don't think anybody knows why Watson didn't bowl except for Watson and Clarke. It certainly is a puzzle. Lastly, I think its a bit harsh on Lyon. He was very good in the first innings and we know Perth isn't kind to spinners on a whole. He is the best spinner in Australia and deserves to start every Test.

1348: FOUR RUNS: Glorious straight drive by Watson off Steyn. That shows you the pitch is batter friendly. Hopefully provides Watto with a bit of confidence and Australia moves to 1/49.

1345: Ashton of CBD: This innings is do or die for Watson. He must make this the day he finally converts to another test 100 to retain his spot at number 3.

Ben Higgins says: Got to say I agree with you there Ashton. Watson hasn't cemented himself at the top of the line-up as much as the selectors would love him to. The inclusion to Khawaja or Hughes would allow him to move down the order.

1344: A maiden for Philander as Cowan looks comfortable in behind the ball. He is going to be a key today and could be the man to hold the innings together and allows the likes of Watson and Clarke to attack.

1339: A shout from the South Africans. It was turned down as Shane Watson's breaths a sigh of relief. Replays show it might have been out. Steyn is certainly getting the ball to talk at this early stage. Cowan is on 13 and Watson has made one.

1335: Well, I was going to say good afternoon and welcome to the coverage but that's been thrown out the window already. It's Ben Higgins here with you to start the day. Warner's gone and Watson survives a close call on his first ball. Should be an interesting day ahead. Stay tuned!

1331: WICKET! Warner (29 c Smith b Philander; Aus 1/40) Australia get off to a shocking start as Warner is on his way second ball. Great ball from Vernon Philander. Got one to jag away and take the edge through to Smith at first slip. Wow!

1320: Hello and welcome to day four of foxsports.com.au's LIVE and INTERACTIVE coverage of the third Test between Australia and South Africa. The weather is looking good at the WACA and we're almost ready for the start of the day's play. Australia's batsman will be desperate to survive but they must also keep the scoreboard ticking over if they hope to chase down the massive 632 runs needed for victory. Stick with us throughout the day and don't forget to send in your questions and comments by emailing blogs@foxsports.com.au or leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Farina era starts with Heart draw

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Stalemate ... Sydney FC couldn't take their chances against Melbourne Heart at Allianz Stadium. Source: Phil Hillyard / News Limited

Incoming coach Frank Farina got a glimpse of the job ahead as Sydney FC were held to a scoreless draw with Melbourne Heart in Sunday's bottom-of-the-table A-League clash

The Sky Blues at least snapped a four-game losing streak but neither side was able to capitalise on a handful of chances in front of 12,425 fans at Allianz Stadium.

Farina watched on from the stands having arrived at the club on Friday, and while caretaker coach Steve Corica was officially in charge, the new coach was seen dishing out instructions in the sheds at halftime as he prepares to take charge next week.

The former Socceroos coach would have taken several positives from an improved performance, not least the fact the last-placed Sky Blues finally plugged a leaky defence which had let in 15 goals in the previous four games.

Re-live the match, including video highlights of all the big moments, at our A-League Match Centre.

Farina, though, would have some concerns that star playmaker Alessandro Del Piero failed to finish the match with the Italian substituted with 20 minutes to go, apparently a precautionary measure due to his troublesome hamstrings.

Both sides were affected by Socceroos duty with the Heart missing Richard Garcia, Aziz Behich and Michael Marrone and Sydney FC without Brett Emerton and Terry Antonis.

It opened the door for teenager Hagi Gligor to make his first start for Sydney while Corica also handed a debut in goals to Vedran Janjetovic as Ivan Necevski was dumped to the bench.

Heart's Josip Tadic and Sydney's Yairo Yau wasted good early opportunities as both sides traded blows in the opening exchanges.

P W D L GD Pts
1 Central Coast 9 6 2 1 9 20
2 Adelaide 9 6 1 2 6 19
3 Victory 9 5 1 3 -1 16
4 Newcastle 9 4 1 4 -3 13
5 Wellington 9 3 3 3 2 12
6 Perth 9 3 2 4 0 11
7 Brisbane 9 3 1 5 1 10
8 Western Sydney 9 3 1 5 -3 10
9 Heart 9 2 3 4 -1 9
10 Sydney 9 2 1 6 -10 7

The home side was slowly getting on top throughout the first half but Rhyan Grant blasted a close-range volley over the bar in the 38th minute to ensure scores remained level at halftime

Sydney went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock in the 56th minute as Sam Mitchinson did brilliantly to defuse a dangerous Del Piero cross.

Janjetovic then justified his call-up with a fine save to deny Fred's header.

Sydney injected Jason Culina off the bench and continued to mount pressure, with Del Piero forcing a scrappy save from Clint Bolton with a scorching 35m free kick shortly before being substituted.

Fabio looked fortunate to escape a red card for a lunging tackle that forced Ben Garuccio to be substituted in the 74th minute.

Chances continued to go begging as the struggling sides had to settle for a result that did little to help either's A-League finals hopes.

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'It's been a phenomenal year'

Champers ... Whincup finally gets to enjoy his 2012 V8 crown on the Sydney podium. Source: Mark Horsburgh / Supplied

Sitting in the post-Sydney Telstra 500 press conference, race suit drenched in sweat and champagne, Jamie Whincup uttered the biggest understatement of the V8 Supercars season.

"It's been a phenomenal year for us."

In the 2012 V8 Supercars championship, Whincup and TeamVodafone have racked up a resume that is difficult to top.

A one-two finish in the drivers championship. The teams championship. A Bathurst 1000 win. A Sandown 500 win. 19 race wins across the season, including 12 for Whincup.

Since the season-opening Clipsal 500, Whincup has been engaged in battle with Ford Performance Racing, but the newly-crowned champion says while it has been heated, he has enjoyed himself.

"It's been an intese battle, but on track it's been a lot of fun.

"I think we'll look back and enjoy what it really was."

Whincup was finally allowed to grasp the championship trophy on the podium at Sydney Olympic Park, after finishing in a hard-fought fifth place from 24th on the grid.

Mathematically he clinched the title at Winton two weeks ago, but was only officially crowned once he crossed the line on Sunday.

Whincup said the moment that had been on-pause for a fortnight was definitely worth the wait.

"Without doubt it's an unbelievable feeling standing on the podium there, looking down on everyone that's contributed to the sport in one way or another."

The triumph caps off an incredible run of success for the 29-year-old, who has won four out of the last five V8 titles. It puts him on a par with some of the sports greats in Allan Moffat, Bob Jane and Jim Richards.

It also puts him within reach of becoming the sport's winningest champion, with Dick Johnson, the late Pete Geoghegan and Mark Skaife only one title ahead with five each.

But Whincup isn't getting carried away, and immediately shot down talk of notching up a sixth crown.

"I was happy with one championship, and somehow I'm sitting here with four. I'm not a greedy person, but we'll come out here next year and roll on and have a bit more fun."

Re-live the final V8 Supercars event of the 2012 season at Homebush in HD, Dec 1-2 at 9:30pm EDT on SPEED (512).

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