Brisbane Heat have secured the services of Australia Test quick James Pattinson on a two-year deal.Victorian paceman Pattinson signs on from Melbourne Renegades, having missed BBL|07 with a back injury that resulted in him undergoing surgery in New Zealand late last year.The 27-year-old consulted Christchurch orthopaedic surgeon Grahame Inglis, the same surgeon who successfully extended the playing career of former New Zealand fast bowler and ex-Heat assistant coach Shane Bond as well as other Black Cap pace bowlers in Matt Henry and Hamish Bennett and allrounder Corey Anderson.Pattinson has recovered well since his surgery and will begin bowling again during the winter.Heat coach Dan Vettori said the club was delighted to attract a player of such calibre to the team."We identified some areas where we needed to improve on from last season, and James will help us deliver on some of that," he said."James at his best is a handful for any batting side and we believe he will add another dimension to our club.
Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee says emotion and aggression are part of the game and doesn’t want to see robots on the field, but he warned against behaviour “crossing the line”.The ongoing Australia tour of South Africa has been marred by on-field altercations with South African speedster Kagiso Rabada appealing against a two-Test ban for a shoulder barge on Aussie skipper Steve Smith in the second Test. The 41-year-old Lee, a fearsome fast bowler during a sparkling career for Australia from 1999 to 2012, told AFP that controlled aggression is good for the sport.“The thing that I will say about that, in all honesty, is we don’t want robots on the field,” he told AFP ahead of the T20 tri-series final between India and Bangladesh in Colombo on Sunday.“Of course, there is a line that the players should not cross,” Lee added, without offering any judgement on the incident involving Rabada, whose appeal is due to be heard by the International Cricket Council later on Monday.
Cape Town - It hasn't been the easiest two weeks for Australian opener David Warner and his family, but they seem to be doing just fine. With the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands only getting underway next week Thursday (March 22), the players from both sides have been given some time off. Warner, who has been at the centre of a controversy including Quinton de Kock and the South African wicketkeeper's alleged comments about his wife Candice, is at Sabi Sabi private game reserve outside the Kruger Park. Accompanied by his wife and their two children, Warner has posted a series of pictures to his Instagram account.
The precise nature of that sledge remains a mystery, though respected South African broadcaster Neil Manthorp told Supersport: “I believe Clarke basically called Steyn a “cheat” in the closing stages of the Cape Town Test match. You can call Steyn pretty much any name under the sun and it will be water off a duck’s back, but don’t call him a cheat!”It would take something remarkable for next week’s encounter to be anywhere near as eventful, but given the way things have gone this series you would be a fool to rule it out.
Has there been a tougher performance by an Australian team this century than 2014 at Newlands?From Michael Clarke scoring a century with a broken shoulder to Ryan Harris bowling Australia to a last-gasp victory in the full knowledge he would require knee surgery after the series — this was a performance that shouted courage.On day one Clarke copped blows to his elbow, shoulder and helmet in a fiery spell from Morne Morkel. On day two he declared not out on 161. Scans later revealed he had fractured his left shoulder early in the innings.Twin centuries from David Warner saw South Africa set the entirely unachievable target of 511 to win and by stumps on day four the Proteas were 4-71.But the hosts forced Australia to work for the victory, fighting to the very end in Graeme Smith’s final Test. AB de Villiers (43 off 228), Kyle Abbott (7 off 89), Faf du Plessis (47 off 109) and JP Duminy (43 off 99) all frustrated the tourists before Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn gave the Australians once last scare in a spiteful series.
Before Trent Bridge in 2015 there was Newlands in 2011.Having done well to score 284 in the first innings and rolled the hosts for 96 when it was their turn to bat, an Australian batting order that featured Ricky Ponting, Clarke and Michael Hussey collapsed to 9-21.If not for a fighting 26-run tenth-wicket stand between Nathan Lyon (14) and Peter Siddle (12 not out), Australia would have posted its lowest ever total. By the time Lyon fell to Dale Steyn, he had dragged the tourists to the fourth worst total in the country’s history, and its lowest all-out score since 1902.That match is much of the reason Australia remain so watchful of Vernon Philander. On debut, the seamer took 5-15 in Australia’s disastrous second innings.Despite the shock performance, Australia still managed to set South Africa a tricky target of 236. With momentum firmly on their side, the Proteas still made light-work of the chase, winning by eight wickets thanks to centuries from Graeme Smith (101 not out) and Hashim Amla (112).
An Australian debutant stole the show in Cape Town in 2009. Unfortunately for the Australians, it was for all the wrong reasons. At the ripe old age of 36, leg-spinner Bryce McGain was handed his baggy green for the first time in South Africa.While McGain will always cherish his cap, it was not a happy debut, with the spinner going for 8.27 runs an over and registering what were then the worst figures by a Test debutant ever — 0-149 — as the Proteas monstered their way to a total of 651 all out.Ashwell Prince (150) and Jacques Kallis (102) both scored centuries but it was AB de Villiers who did most of the damage, hammering a 196-ball 163. De Villiers’ innings was punctuated by seven sixes, and three of them came off McGain.Knocked over for 209 in the first innings, Australia went into its second with a deficit of 442 and all hopes of a 3-0 series whitewash extinguished.Mitchell Johnson gave Australian fans something to cheer about with an unbeaten 103-ball 123 that featured 11 fours and five sixes but the tourists still failed to make South Africa bat again.
2006 – STUART CLARK’S MOMENT IN THE SUN Of the five Tests Australia has played at the Newlands in the past 20 years, this is arguably the most devoid of drama — with Australia racking up a straightforward seven-wicket victory in a three-day Test to take an early lead in the series.Debutant Stuart Clark made the most of seam-friendly conditions, putting on a starring performance with match figures of 9-89 after destroying the home side with Glenn McGrath-like precision in both innings.The 154-run first-innings partnership between Matthew Hayden (94) and Ricky Ponting (74) proved the biggest difference in a low-scoring affair, while Andrew Symonds provided some fireworks with a blistering 47-ball 55 which included four sixes.Australia were never truly troubled in their chase, despite Makhaya Ntiti claiming 3-28 as the visitors reached the target of 95 three wickets down.
2002 – WARNEY TONS UP - It was Shane Warne’s 100th Test match, the iconic Aussie legspinner didn’t disappoint. Ever the showman, Warne knew that this was his stage and he well and truly stole the spotlight with a man-of-the-match performance in which he had an impact in every innings. Two wickets in the first innings was followed by a vital 63 — in a 132-run partnership with Adam Gilchrist, who made an unbeaten 138.Warne then turned it on, taking six as South Africa piled on a sizeable 473 — setting Australia a then-record chase of 331 between the two nations.After half centuries to Justin Langer (58) and Matthew Hayden (96), Australia stumbled a touch and when Damien Martyn was dismissed for a duck the visitors were still 63 from victory with five wicket sin hand.
CSA and KG have 48 hours to appeal the decision by the ICC. At the moment they are seeking legal counsel on what decision to make. If Rabada appeals he will still be suspended unless the Judicial Commissioner is appointed early and hears an argument to allow him to still compete whilst hearing is being sorted out.