Cricket: Australia vs India ODI, Aaron Finch century, video, score, average


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Aaron Finch saluted the heavens on Friday as he dusted off the cobwebs and made his 17th ODI century on the anniversary of Phillip Hughes’ death.

Hughes died six years ago on Friday after being struck by a bouncer while at the crease of the SCG, where the first ODI between Australia and India is being played.

Finch – who was a pallbearer at Hughes’ funeral – carried the memories of his close friend all the way to an emotional milestone.

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Australia cricket 2020 vs India, Aaron Finch on Virat Kohli, ODI series


Australia vs India LIVE on Fox Cricket — Australia captain Aaron Finch believes Virat Kohli is “probably the best one-day player of all time” but has warned his side it cannot simply look to contain the Indian maestro.

Australia and India resume hostilities at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday (2:40pm AEDT), with the importance of shutting down Kohli even bigger for the hosts in the absence of injured star opener Rohit Sharma.

“There are not too many chinks in his armour,” Finch said of Kohli on Thursday. “He is probably the best one-day player of all time. It is about sticking to our plans and being really committed in that regard.”

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Sydney FC lose to Aaron Mooy’s Shanghai SIPG


Sydney FC were made to pay for wasted opportunities as their resuming AFC Champions League campaign got off to a losing start in Qatar on Thursday night.

A brace from Li Shenglong secured Chinese giants Shanghai SIPG, whose side included Socceroos star Aaron Mooy, a 2-1 win over the Sky Blues.

The loss dropped Sydney to the bottom of Group H, and the A-League champions have plenty of work ahead of them in their remaining three group matches if they are to finish in the top two and progress to the knockout stages.

But it could have a much better night for Sydney, who should have led 3-0 in the opening quarter of an hour.

The Sky Blues started strongly and should have gone ahead after five minutes.

Speedster Trent Buhagiar got behind a dozing Shanghai defence before laying a square ball into the path of teammate Kosta Barbarouses.

But with only goalkeeper Chen Wei to beat, the New Zealand international fluffed his shot and failed to even hit the target.

But roles were reversed with a much happier outcome for the Sky Blues three minutes later.

Barbarouses was this time the provider, with Buhagiar running on to the pass and placing his shot into the top corner of the net to give the Australian side a 1-0 lead.

Sydney continued to attack it was only the woodwork which prevented them doubling their advantage in the 14th minute when a header from defender Ben Warland hit the post.

The rebound fell for Sky Blues midfielder Paulo Retre, who blazed his shot over the crossbar.

Barbarouses missed another chance 10 minutes into the second half.

The host of missed chances came back to haunt Sydney.

Not surprisingly it was Mooy who supplied the ball for Shanghai’s equaliser, with his cross headed home by Li in the 63rd minute.

With Sydney tiring visibly, Li then put Shanghai in the 80th minute with another header.

Sydney’s loss was compounded by the stoppage time send-off of goalkeeper Thomas Heward-Belle, who was deputising for the unavailable Andrew Redmayne.

In a brain snap, Heward-Belle charged out of his penalty area and handled the ball, giving the referee no option but to send him off.



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Aaron Pico knockout vs John de Jesus, reaction, world stunned


Fight fans went wild after Aaron Pico delivered a monster of a KO to turn John de Jesus’ lights out at Bellator 252 on Friday (AEDT).

The 24-year-old weapon nailed de Jesus during the second round of their fight in the MMA promotion, unleashing a right hand from hell that sent his opponent crashing to the canvas

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De Jesus was picking his shots, landing a leg kick then shaping up for a knee to the head. However, Pico moved more decisively and before de Jesus knew it, he was seeing stars.

Pico’s devastating right hook knocked the 30-year-old down against the cage, and the American hopped down to pile on even more pain, raining down punches to his rival’s head as he lay flat on his back.

De Jesus tried to protect himself but it was clear to everyone his day was done and the referee jumped in to call off the fight — signalling the first time “Platano” has ever been knocked out in his pro career.

“Oh my God,” one TV commentator said. “Take a look at this shot right here. De Jesus, man he gets bent over, he almost scorpions him with that shot.

“That thing almost takes his head off.”

A former wrestler, Pico is now 7-3 in his MMA career and paid tribute to his team at the Jackson-Winkeljohn Academy in New Mexico, where he trains.

“When I first went to Albuquerque I was broken,” Pico said after the fight. “They rebuilt me. I was broken. I didn’t really tell them but I think they knew.”

Understandably, social media went wild for the jaw-dropping KO.

ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto tweeted: “Wow. If you missed it, I’m sure you’re about to see social media flooded with the replay. Absolute bomb.”

Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports wrote: “Aaron Pico is must watch every time he fights.”

Journalist Andreas Hale added: “Aaron Pico just killed a man. He’s finally figuring this MMA thing out and is going to be a PROBLEM.”

Alan Dawson called it “beautifully horrific” while Peter Caroll said Pico “nearly decapitated de Jesus with that shot”.



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Cricket news, IPL 2020: Ricky Ponting, Ravi Ashwin, Mankad, Aaron Finch


Ravi Ashwin said Ricky Ponting changed his tune on Mankading — albeit briefly — after the Indian star warned Australian batsman Aaron Finch to stay in his ground rather than run him out.

Ashwin — who is an advocate of Mankads when batsmen back up too far — spared Finch during their clash in the Indian Premier League earlier this week, but said that would be his first and final warning for the tournament.

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Ashwin caused huge controversy in last year’s IPL when he ran out England’s Jos Buttler with a Mankad, and said he would have no issue doing it again. However, Ponting is now the spinner’s coach at the Delhi Capitals and the former Australian captain said ahead of the tournament he is completely against Mankads, and would be making sure Ashwin knew that.

“I’ll be having a chat with him (Ashwin) about (Mankading), that’s the first thing I’ll do,” Ponting said on The Grade Cricketer podcast in August.



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Australia cricket 2020 vs. England ODI, news, Jofra Archer, Aaron Finch, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood, batting collapse, scores, video highlights


A six-wicket collapse for just 22 runs handed England a surprise comeback win over Australia to level the three-game one day international series on Monday.

But Australia’s nightmare batting has come in for heavy criticism, having failed to finish off a promising start to the run chase – and at one point, going nearly ten overs without finding the boundary.

Shane Warne in commentary said Australia simply ‘weren’t good enough’.

“Australia hadn’t played cricket for quite a long time so you sort of excuse them [that collapse] in the first T20, even though it cost them that series.

“They have been pretty good since then but tonight will be a real punch in the guts for Australia. They pride themselves on getting over the line in those sorts of games and doing the basics well but they didn’t. They weren’t good enough, so it’s 1-1”.



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Lifesavers for Lilah: How the KKKK charity helped Bowral family Amanda and Aaron Fowler deal with autism | Goulburn Post


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Since 1989, the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (the 4 K’s) has raised funds to help disadvantaged and special needs children in the Southern Highlands. Bowral parents Amanda and Aaron Fowler consider them lifesavers. Their 10-year-old daughter Lilah has severe autism and Down syndrome. Caring for Lilah can be particularly challenging, the Fowlers say, but the support and assistance the KKKK has given them has taken a burden off their shoulders. “One day when our daughter Lilah can speak, we will make sure she comes to each of you to say a big thank you.” READ ALSO: Recently, the charity helped the Fowlers fund a much-needed renovation. Lilah spends an hour and a half each day in their spa therapy pool; being in the water, Amanda explained, calms her behaviours. “We have to work hard at trying to keep her calm in her little world,” Amanda said. “If we do that, if she has a routine, she’s pretty good – but anything new or unexpected, she doesn’t cope with very well.” Placing Lilah into the pool has become more difficult as she has grown. She now weighs 40kg – too heavy for her mother (who has multiple sclerosis) to lift. Aaron Fowler explained to KKKK founding member Tony Springett OAM that he wanted to build a deck so Lilah could sit down and swing her legs into the pool. “If we had gone through the NDIS and the government departments,” Amanda said, “I would have had to wait a couple of years for somebody to come out and look at the site and do an assessment, then an engineer would have to draw up the plans.” Tony Springett, however, listened to the couple’s needs, and agreed that the KKKK would fund the materials. “We’re just so grateful for your support,” Aaron wrote. “It’s really lifted us! … With any help from other organisations also comes a mountain of paperwork, so much so that we and families like just give up. But one simple form and having Tony to help us was just so easy – no red tape, and real help!” “The KKKK were set up to cut through the red tape and get help for families when they need it and exactly what they need,” Amanda said. “We’re very thankful.” This is the third time the KKKK has helped the Fowlers in the last six years. When Lilah started school, her parents were told she would need a specific wheelchair – costing $6000. “It was right on Christmas time,” Amanda remembered. “We only had a few weeks [before school started]. We hadn’t budgeted to buy something [so expensive], and to go through the government channels – where we had gotten equipment in the past – would have taken two or three years.” At that time, Amanda was running the Highland Hamper Company in Springetts Arcade. Tony Springett found out about the Fowlers’ plight, and came down to see what he could do. He contacted Lilah’s physiotherapist to ask what was needed, and within three days, the order had been placed. The wheelchair came a few days before Lilah started school. “Thank goodness for the KKKK; they really stepped up and helped us,” Amanda said. Six years ago, the Fowlers were having trouble applying to the government to get nappies for Lilah, who needed changing every hour. There was a four-month waiting list, and requirements seemed to change constantly, Amanda said at the time. “I tried and tried to get something, and it got to the point where I couldn’t even think about it or talk about it anymore,” Amanda said. The KKKK approached the Bowral Amcal Pharmacy, and explained the problem; the pharmacy donated $2000 worth of nappies – four years’ worth. “I got so overwhelmed and emotional,” Amanda said. “I’d only mentioned it in passing to somebody, and they had gone to the KKKK. We’re so grateful for their help; each time it’s come when we have desperately needed it.” The children’s charity has raised more than $2.5 million over the last 30 years for the region’s special needs and disadvantaged children. They support ASDESI, a support program providing services for families caring for autistic youngsters. They have helped organisations, including Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Shepherd Centre, Childflight, Clown Doctors, and Camp Quality. They have bought wheelchairs, mechanical lifts and speech therapy for those with autism and down syndrome, cochlea implants for the deaf, and equipment for the visually impaired. “Thank you everyone in the KKKKs,” the Fowlers said. “What you have done for us and others is just amazing! Please don’t ever stop what you are doing; you give the helping hand that families dealing with autism really need.” For more information about the KKKK, visit: https://www.the4k.com.au/.

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Cruel truth behind Aaron Finch’s Test cricket confession


Nine years after his international debut, Australian one-day captain Aaron Finch has cemented himself as one of the world’s most prolific opening batsmen.

Since 2018, Indian powerhouse Rohit Sharma is the only opener to score more ODI centuries than the Australian captain, who averages 50.17 with the bat during that period.

But as the Australian squad prepared for their six-match series against England, Finch made a startling confession about aspirations to represent his country in the game’s longest format.

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“In terms of red-ball cricket, I don’t think it’s realistic to play Test cricket again,” Finch said last week.

“Just based on two things — the amount of opportunity to play four-day cricket and force a claim, I think, is going to be really limited; and also the young batters coming through, there are some seriously good players in Australia, especially top-order batters.

“The talent depth is really, really strong at the moment so I don’t think that’s an opportunity to be honest.”

When looking back on the circumstances surrounding Finch’s short-lived Test career, the truth behind his honest admission is bitterly cruel.

The ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town left the Australian Test team without both of their opening batsmen. Despite missing the fourth match of the infamous tour to South Africa, openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft remained Australia’s highest run-scorers in the series.

Desperate to resurrect the top order, Australian selectors turned to one-day maestro Finch, who made his Test debut against Pakistan in October 2018.

The Victorian had already proven himself a natural leader, and was touted as one of the figures who would restore the team’s image.

But the national selectors were so hellbent on filling the void left by Warner, Finch was chosen to open the batting, despite rarely playing the role in first-class cricket.

Inevitably, Finch struggled to adapt to the unfamiliar situation at the top of the order, and after five Tests was dropped with a batting average of 27.80.

In Amazon docu-series The Test, a discussion between Australian head coach Justin Langer and bowling coach David Saker highlighted precisely why his axing was unjust.

“If Finch plays, the only way he can play is opening,” Langer conceded.

“That’s my gut feeling with the team we’ve got, because we have enough guys who can play in the middle order.”

Saker replied: “If you go with Finch at the middle, who goes at the top? Finch can’t bat at the top, not in Australia.”

Langer responded: “Well, he can’t play then, mate. Who else are we going to pick?”

These comments occurred before the Perth Test against India in December 2018, two matches before Finch was dropped. The coaching staff knew he was not equipped to open the batting in Test cricket, but they persisted with the failing experiment regardless.

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Due to Australia’s lack of batting depth in the aftermath of the ball-tampering saga, Finch was never given an opportunity to prove his worth in the middle order.

With Warner and Steve Smith back from their bans, it’s unlikely the 33-year-old will don the whites for Australian ever again.

“Doing the opening duties last summer was one of the first times I’d really done it in the longer format,” Finch said last year.

“But you take any opportunity you can when you play for Australia.”

Australia’s T20 series against England kicks off on Saturday morning AEST at 3am.



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Aaron Mooy swaps Premier League for Chinese Super League, with move from Brighton to Shanghai SIPG



Socceroos star Aaron Mooy has sealed a surprise move from Premier League side Brighton to Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG.

Mooy joined the Seagulls on a permanent basis during the January transfer window after moving on loan from Huddersfield following their relegation from the top-flight in 2019.

His move to Asia involves a deal reported to be worth $18 million.

The 29-year-old made 32 appearances for Brighton last season and scored twice to help the club to their best ever Premier League points tally.

Mooy will reportedly make $180,000 a week and will line up alongside former Brazil internationals Hulk and Oscar at his new club.

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Brighton are well stocked in the midfield areas with Alexis Mac Allister, Steven Alzate and new signing from Liverpool Adam Lallana all pushing for starts.

Brighton coach Graham Potter said the move would be beneficial for both player and club.

“Aaron has been an excellent professional during his time with us. From day one with us he fitted in really well,” Potter said.

“It’s a good move for all parties. We have a number of really good players in that position and therefore Aaron goes with our blessing.

“I have really enjoyed working with him, and on behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him well for the future.”

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