Australia vs India cricket 2020: Mark Waugh series prediction, Virat Kohli departs, Brad Haddin on Rohit Sharma


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India is “no hope” of fighting back to win this summer’s Test series against Australia according to former Aussie batsman Mark Waugh, who’s now predicting the visitors to go down in a 4-0 whitewash.

The Aussies head into the Boxing Day clash in Melbourne – the second of four Tests between the two nations – off the back of an emphatic eight-wicket victory in Adelaide that was punctuated by dismissing India for a paltry 36 in the third innings of the match.

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India now faces a tough task to get back into the series after superstar captain Virat Kohli flew home to be with his pregnant wife and gun paceman Mohammed Shami ruled out for the rest of India’s tour of Australia due to a forearm fracture.



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DJ roasted by Brett Lee, Mark Waugh in Sixers vs Renegades result, news


In a summer where the Big Bash’s latest series of innovative trainwrecks included the Power Surge and the Bash Boost, a new contender has emerged for the most cringe-inducing cricket development of recent times.

Aussie cricket legends Brett Lee and Mark Waugh had had enough of the DJs that have blasted music inside largely vacant stadiums so far this BBL — and spoke out against it in the middle of the Sixers’ thumping of the Melbourne Renegades in Hobart on Sunday night.

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Live DJ sets at the Bash are nothing new, but the increasingly intruding tunes and higher profile position enjoyed by the disc-spinners has become a very real headache for BBL fans.

It was there for all to see on Sunday when the DJs in Tassie repeatedly over-stepped the mark by playing music over the top of the live action on the field. Launching into songs before the fielders collected the ball and returned it to the bowlers after each delivery.

It had Waugh, who admitted to enjoying a previous set in Canberra earlier this BBL, hot under the collar.

“Gee the old DJ is a bit keen on getting the music on,” he told Fox Sports.

“That only just reached him and he stuck the music on.”

He complained about them again an hour later during the Renegades’ disastrous run chase where they were rolled for 60 in the biggest defeat in the history of the competition.

“Someone should tell them not to put the music on while the ball is still in play,” he said.

Lee was much more scathing of their performance from the podium itself.

“Look at him, he couldn’t mix a cake,” Lee said of the DJ.

In the second innings he also took a crack at them for the deflated atmosphere after the Renegades slumped to a miserable start in their run chase.

“We saw recently the worm went flat, but I reckon the DJ’s gone flat as well. I don’t know where they’ve gone those two blokes,” he said.

“They’ve just lost a bit of enthusiasm the boys.”

Their thoughts were echoed on social media.

“Renegades mercifully threw the match quickly to shut down the DJ,” ABC reporter Phil Staley posted on Twitter.

The official Sportsbet Twitter handle also stuck the boot in.

“I’m guessing the Renegades don’t want to be out there much longer after being forced to listen to that DJ while getting belted for 200+,” the bookmaker posted.



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Australia cricket 2020, Tim Paine, Joe Burns, Mark Waugh, India Test series


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In 2017 Australia’s selectors surprised the cricketing world when they turned to Tim Paine to keep stumps in the Ashes.

Three summers later and Mark Waugh believes the same man could be the answer to Australia’s issues at the top of the order.

“It’s a sad sight isn’t it?”

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Australia vs India T20, Ravi Jadeja concussion substitution, Mark Waugh


Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh has called for the ICC to re-evaluate their concussion protocols after Ravindra Jadeja’s controversial substitution at Manuka Oval on Friday evening.

During the first T20 against Australia, Jadeja was struck in the helmet by a Mitchell Starc delivery in the 20th over of India’s innings.

The 32-year-old was substituted for spin bowler Yuzvendra Chahal, who proceeded to claim 3/25 in a Player of the Match performance as India secured an 11-run victory.

The substitution was particularly fortuitous considering Jadeja had injured his hamstring earlier in the match, and almost certainly would not have bowled in the run chase.

Footage of Australian coach Justin Langer in a fiery exchange with match referee David Boon during the innings break went viral and sparked plenty of debate.

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On Sunday, Waugh recommended the ICC adjust their concussion protocols to ensure no teams could be accused of exploiting the newly-introduced system.

“I think something the ICC has to look at is whether you need a neutral appointed doctor to make the concussion decision,” Waugh said on Fox Cricket. “Obviously the team doctor of the Indian team made that ruling.

“I’m not saying he did anything wrong, but I think the ICC needs to look at employing a medical officer or doctor who is neutral to make the decision.”

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On Saturday, the BCCI confirmed Jadeja had been withdrawn from the remainder of the series due to lingering concussion concerns.

Despite Friday evening’s blow up, Langer believes the concussion protocols have been an “absolutely brilliant” addition to the game.

“We all had to learn to live with it five years ago,” Justin told Fox Cricket on Sunday. “The protocols are so strict now we know exactly what is happening.”

“It was just a really strange situation … we saw Ravi Jadeja go down with a hamstring and then he got a hit and then all of a sudden we found out he was out for concussion.

“As a general rule, the concussion protocols are strict, we adhere to them closely and they’re very important in our game.”



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Mark Waugh calls for ICC to re-evaluate concussion protocols


Cricket great Mark Waugh has called on the ICC to re-evaluate their concussion protocols after Ravindra Jadeja’s controversial substitution.

During the first T20 against Australia, Jadeja was struck in the helmet by a Mitchell Starc delivery in the 20th over of India’s innings.

The 32-year-old was substituted for spin bowler Yuzvendra Chahal, who proceeded to claim 3/25 in a Player of the Match performance as India secured an 11-run victory.

The substitution was particularly fortuitous considering Jadeja had injured his hamstring earlier in the match, and almost certainly would not have bowled in the run chase.

Footage of Australian coach Justin Langer in a fiery exchange with match referee David Boon during the innings break went viral and sparked plenty of debate.

On Sunday, Waugh recommended the ICC adjust their concussion protocols to ensure no teams could be accused of exploiting the newly-introduced system.

“I think something the ICC has to look at is whether you need a neutral appointed doctor to make the concussion decision,” Waugh said on Fox Cricket. “Obviously the team doctor of the Indian team made that ruling.

“I’m not saying he did anything wrong, but I think the ICC needs to look at employing a medical officer or doctor who is neutral to make the decision.”

On Saturday, the BCCI confirmed Jadeja had been withdrawn from the remainder of the series due to lingering concussion concerns.

Despite Friday evening’s blow up, Langer believes the concussion protocols have been an “absolutely brilliant” addition to the game.

“We all had to learn to live with it five years ago,” Justin told Fox Cricket on Sunday. “The protocols are so strict now we know exactly what is happening.”

“It was just a really strange situation … we saw Ravi Jadeja go down with a hamstring and then he got a hit and then all of a sudden we found out he was out for concussion.

“As a general rule, the concussion protocols are strict, we adhere to them closely and they’re very important in our game.”



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Australia cricket 2020 vs India, concussion substitute, Justin Langer, David Boon, Mark Waugh


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Mark Waugh has called for a change to the ICC’s concussion protocol after India controversially substituted Ravindra Jadeja during an 11-run win in the first T20.

Australia coach Justin Langer blew up at match referee David Boon on the night after being informed Jadeja would be replaced by spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who took 3-25 in a man-of-the-match performance.

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Austin Waugh walks away, Steve Waugh, pressure


Steve Waugh’s son Austin is taking a break from cricket as the pressure of carrying one of the sport’s most famous surnames played a part in the young gun falling out of love with the game.

Austin, 21, has reportedly told his Sydney grade club Sutherland he won’t be playing for a while as he takes time out to rediscover his passion for cricket, according to Sharks captain and Sydney Sixers paceman Ben Dwarshuis.

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“He wasn’t that interested in playing this year and wanted to spend a little bit of time away from it,” Dwarshuis told The Sunday Telegraph.

“He’s a great player with a lot of potential but you never want to push someone to play.

“The game can take its toll and having Waugh as a surname just adds that little bit of extra pressure.

“I think he’s enjoying a bit of time away. Hopefully he takes a year off and comes back refreshed and loving his cricket again.”

Austin has represented NSW under-age sides and also played for the Australian Under-19s as he followed in his father’s footsteps, showing remarkable similarities to his dad as the talented all-rounder forged a career of his own.

His batting in particular reminded plenty of good judges of Steve, who played 168 Tests for Australia, captaining his country 57 times for 41 wins.

In 2016, former South Australian wicketkeeper and then-Cricket Australia pathways manager Graham Manou, noticed the similarities immediately.

“It was very scary, the first time I saw him, his mannerisms,” Manou said. “Genetically, I suppose you’d expect (it) but it’s like he’s watched a tape of his old man for years. They’re very, very similar.”

Austin was on hand as a substitute fielder for Australia during the fourth Test against India in the 2018-19 summer and has previously played down expectations that naturally come with his surname, and also tried to distance his game from his dad.

“I think our batting styles are pretty different, but our bowling is a bit similar,” Austin said in 2018. “We have a few similarities, but on the whole, I’m a pretty different player to him.

“He (Steve) is always going to be there, people are going to have an interest in him, being the player that he was. I’ll just keep focusing on my game, I am not worried about that.”



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Batting dynamo has the support of Test great and former selector Mark Waugh to pay India


Former selector Mark Waugh says form should be the one and only guide for picking the Test team in another strong push for batting dynamo Will Pucovski to open with David Warner against India in Adelaide.

Australian coach Justin Langer, also a selector, has suggested his preference is to stick with Joe Burns because of the partnership he formed with Warner at the top of the order last summer in series wins over Pakistan and New Zealand.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said Warner would be consulted because “it’s important (Warner) is comfortable as well”.

“We certainly do consult players on such issues,” he said.

But Waugh, who was a selector from 2014-18, serving with Hohns, said he couldn’t remember ever asking a player about selection beyond “a chat at the airport” and Warner should bat with whoever is picked.

“There has been a lot of push for Joe Burns to be picked because David Warner wants to bat with him, which is not on,” Waugh said.

“David Warner bats with whoever is selected.

“You pick the best player, the best two opening batsmen. Whoever it is they can work out how to bat with each other.

“As far as batting is concerned, I think the most important thing to focus on is obviously the position, a specialist position and whether you‘re in form or not.

“There’s a bit of credit for experience and runs beforehand. But it’s all about the form rather than who someone wants to bat with.”

Waugh said he would go with 22-year-old Pucovski, who scored two double-hundreds for Victoria to earn selection in the Test squad, ahead of Burns, who didn’t pass 30 in five innings for Queensland.

“If I was selecting I would go with Will Pucovski. I think he’s just in such great form and you strike while the iron is hot,” he told RSN.

“I know the Australia A game (against India next month) is going to have a bearing on selection. But at the moment I would pick him because he is the form player.

“When you are not making runs you open up discussions about your spot, and that’s been the case with Joe Burns.”

Earlier this week Warner said he didn’t think Burns “did anything wrong last summer” when the pair averaged 60 batting together.

The veteran opener said he would be “honest” if asked by selectors but would also bat with whoever was picked.

“It‘s on the selectors to pick the team and I’ve got to be happy with that and embrace it,” he said.



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Eden Waugh killer Jason Pikula-Carroll cries in court while apologising to victim’s parents


A man who cheered “gangster” after his friend shot a Canberra artist dead has cried in court while apologising to the victim’s parents, saying he now lives under a cloud of shame.

Jason Pikula-Carroll, 25, who has pleaded guilty to the 2016 murder of Eden Waugh, was recorded on a triple-0 call cheering in the aftermath of the shooting.

During a sentencing hearing in the ACT Supreme Court today, he said he now lived under a cloud of shame and denied he was excited by the killing.

Pikula-Carroll cried as he read an apology letter to Mr Waugh’s parents, who were in Canberra for his sentencing.

“If I was to know the outcome of that dreadful night I would never have been there,” he said.

“I am not a hardened criminal.
 I will never forgive myself.”

He told the court he had realised he was a bad person.

Eden Waugh’s parents described him as a “beautiful” person with a love of art and the guitar.(Supplied)

Pikula-Carroll is the third person to be sentenced over the murder.

Peter Forster-Jones, 25, who fired a shot through Mr Waugh’s front door, inflicting the fatal injury, is now serving 30 years in prison.

Accused denies murder plan

Prosecutor Anthony Williamson told the court Pikula-Carroll was the driving force behind the crime and he intended to stop Mr Waugh talking to police because he feared going to jail.

Two months before the killing, he and Forster-Jones had launched an attack at the unit due to a dispute over money paid for drugs that had not been delivered.

During the attack, Pikula-Carroll hit Mr Waugh with a rifle and slashed another man with a machete.

A third man was so scared he jumped off the balcony, breaking his back.

The hole where the bullet entered can be seen, with a ruler measuring its size.
Mr Waugh died after a bullet was fired through his front door.(Supplied)

Pikula-Carroll told the court he had not intended the meeting to end in violence, and had instead gone there to “fix” his relationship with Mr Waugh, who was his drug dealer.

Mr Williamson said that was utter rubbish.

Pikula-Carroll admitted the pair had a plan when they returned to the unit a second time, but he denied it was to kill Mr Waugh.

He argued it was “to get drugs and scare him out of talking to the police”.

He denied there was discussion about hurting Mr Waugh, although he later said there was an exchange about tactics.

“We did discuss that we’d have to threaten, but we did not think he would put up resistance,” he said.

He said he did not know the gun was loaded and he was surprised and scared when it went off.

Mr Williamson challenged his account, asking why he was wearing a balaclava to hide his identity.

Murdered Watson man Eden Waugh
Eden Waugh was killed in 2016.(Supplied)

Pikula-Carroll said he knew the home invasion would be a crime.

When Mr Williamson challenged his claim to have been scared when he could be heard on the triple-0 call shouting and cheering Forster-Jones, Pikula-Carroll repeated that he was frightened.

“I was verbalising that but internally I was scared,” he said.

He also admitted grabbing Mr Waugh’s girlfriend by the hair and dragging her across the floor, saying he wanted to scare her because he wanted heroin.

Disagreement over who bears most responsibility

Mr Williamson raised the fact Pikula-Carroll had faced disciplinary action in jail, including an accusation he smeared faeces on exercise equipment.

Pikula-Carroll said it was a prank and it was actually Weet-Bix.

He also played down the discovery of papier-mache guns in his cell.

But the court also heard he had stayed out of trouble in recent months and had entered drug rehabilitation programs.

Pikula-Carroll’s lawyer John Purnell told the court Forster-Jones bore greater culpability for the crime and argued his client’s sentence should not exceed 15 years.

But Mr Williamson said Pikula-Carroll’s culpability was higher because he instigated the attack.

Pikula-Carroll’s mother gave evidence describing her son’s descent into drug use after a back injury, and the family’s struggles over the alleged bad influence of his half-brothers.

Pikula-Carroll will be sentenced next month.



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Will Pucovski, Marcus Harris, Sheffield Shield history, record partnership, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh


Victorian batsmen Will Pucovski and Marcus Harris have combined to create an astonishing piece of Australian cricket history.

The openers can now lay claim to the highest-ever partnership in Sheffield Shield cricket, going past the previous mark of 464 set by Mark and Steve Waugh for NSW in 1990.

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Pucovski and Harris put South Australia to the sword on day two of their Shield match in Glenelg, reaching stumps at 0/418 in response to the Redbacks’ even 200.

The Victorian duo then entered the record books on Sunday, resuming at the crease and heaping further pain on the home side.

Harris and Pucovski surpassed the Waughs and looked like they were going to hit 500 between them before Harris was finally out for 239, ending the opening stand at 486.

Both men were keen to deliver Australian selectors a message in their first outing of the summer. Harris has been in and out of the national side since debuting against India in 2018, dropped ahead of last year’s Ashes, then recalled midway through the series only to be axed for Joe Burns at the start of Australia’s last home summer.

Pucovski has been on the radar of selectors for some time and was a chance to make his Test debut two summers ago before withdrawing from the squad for mental health reasons.

The 22-year-old is considered one of the brightest batting prospects in the country and already boasts two first-class double centuries.

Speaking after play on day two, Victoria captain Peter Handscomb was in awe of his comrades’ achievement.

“That was awesome, so great to watch. They had chemistry from the start,” he said.

“Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer used to love each other as openers and I think these two will as well.

“It was a pretty special day. We asked Puc if he was happy to open, he was and we can see why.”

Harris has ensured he will be in the frame if incumbent Burns fails early in the upcoming series against India, while Pucovski is in the mix for a middle order berth should the likes of Matthew Wade or Travis Head fail to fire.

Harris and Pucovski smashed Victoria’s record Sheffield Shield partnership of 390 between Julian Wiener and Jeff Moss in 1981, and comfortably zoomed past the state’s highest ever opening partnership (375) set 94 years ago by Bill Woodfull and Bill Ponsford.



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