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Ryan Carters looking for big score against India

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A run feast against England kick-started his breakthrough summer last year and Ryan Carters is hoping a big score for the Cricket Australia XI against India will do likewise.

Opening bat Carters is New South Wales’ reigning Sheffield Shield player of the year after crunching 861 runs at 53.81 – including three centuries – after moving north from Victoria.

However he has started this summer slowly with just one half century in six innings for the Blues, and has made a handful of starts before getting out.

The two-day clash against India at Adelaide’s Glenelg Oval starting on Monday is a golden chance for the right-hand batsman to rediscover the form that has him rated a potential star of the future.

Last year Carters made 93 and 40 against the touring England side and said it gave him a huge injection of belief before conquering the state scene.

“I played against England last year in a similar match and made a few. It was a good confidence boost early on and probably helped me get in a good zone,” he said.

“I definitely felt like I was in a good head space after that match.

“This match with India is a great opportunity to play against top class international competition and give them a real shake, but also to try and put in some good individual performances.”

The make-up of Australia’s top order is unsettled, with evergreen Chris Rogers’ opening position with the established David Warner under scrutiny.

An opportunity exists for opening batsman if they can score big runs in coming years, but Carters isn’t getting ahead of himself.

“I’m not looking too far ahead, I’m just looking to play well every time I take to the crease,” Carters said.

“It’s a little bit frustrating [this summer] to get a few starts and not go on with it, but it’s also part of cricket.

“You have to accept that sometimes, and keep working away.”

Brad Haddin hints about hanging up the gloves after 2015 Ashes

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This summer could be Brad Haddin’s last in the baggy green cap after the wicketkeeper floated next year’s Ashes series in England as a possible end point to his international career.

With a World Cup and another Ashes series on the horizon, Haddin has no plans to bow out this season but a successful defence of the urn next year would be an apt time to draw the curtain close.

A fairytale finish would be the 2016 Sydney Test but Haddin will then be 38 and a home series against New Zealand and the West Indies next season will present national selectors with the perfect opportunity to blood the next gloveman. This summer’s Sydney Test is shaping as his last on home soil, provided he is not injured.

Haddin’s stance on his future since losing his Test place in 2012 has been that he would continue playing so long as he feels he can improve and has something to offer. But he hinted on Sunday the end would be nigh after the Ashes.

“I’ve enjoyed being part of the Australian group. We’ve got a big schedule with the World Cup and Ashes and they’re as big a carrot as you can have put in front of you from a cricketer’s point of view,” Haddin said. “I’d like to be part of that, after that it’d be fair enough to say it’s pretty close to the end there.”

Haddin admitted to being emotionally drained earlier this year after winning back his position in all three forms of the game but said he was now revitalised.

“I dont think I was ever going to retire, I still think I’ve got a lot of cricket in me,” Haddin said, playing down reports suggesting he was thinking of retiring earlier this year.

“After the emotional and mental drain of coming back and playing the way we did in the Ashes, from where I’d come from to get to that point I just hit a wall,” Haddin said on the Big Sports Breakfast weekend radio show.

“It wasn’t physically, it was more emotionally – I just needed to do nothing for a while. It took more out of me than I thought to get back. Now I feel as good as ever, it was just the emotional drain of coming back and getting to where I got.”

Haddin took a major step forward in his recovery on Saturday when he practised rolling on his right shoulder, which he injured just over three weeks ago in the UAE.

“The reason behind that was to see if it would stay in the joint and it did, it’s all moving in the right direction, which is good,” Haddin said.

Haddin acknowledged there would be a chance of his shoulder popping out again but said he could not afford to worry about it once he was passed fit by doctors.

Haddin returns to the field on Tuesday when he leads a star-studded NSW team in a Shield game against South Australia.

NSW squad: Brad Haddin (c), Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe, Gurinder Sandhu, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson (12th man TBA).

OBIT: STEPHEN GIBBS, 1950-2014, cricket loving librarian leaves a lasting legacy

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Stephen GibbsSTEPHEN Gibbs – avid cricketer, historian, librarian and beloved husband and father – recently died of pancreatic cancer. He was 63.

Stephen Walter Gibbs was born on November 6, 1950, the third child of Walter Gibbs and his wife, Rose (nee O’Brien). He had four siblings – Ruth, Rosemary, Peter and Laurence – and was remembered as a “loving brother”.

He attended school at De La Salle College, Revesby Heights and went on to study a Bachelor of Commerce, graduating from the University of New South Wales in 1972.

Stephen worked as a nurse from 1975 to 1978, completing his Nursing Aide Certificate in 1977.

In 1980, motivated by a deep interest in history, Stephen decided to undertake a Diploma of Librarianship and subsequently worked as a librarian at the Willoughby, Ku-ring-gai, Blue Mountains, Penrith and Hurstville libraries from 1979 to 1995.

But Stephen’s true passion was cricket – not only playing the game but also researching and writing about it. From 1969 to 1990, Stephen played for Gloucester (where he owned a property), Springwood Royals and University of NSW cricket clubs.

Stephen also revelled in the opportunity to contribute to the Australian Cricket Journal, which he did from 1985 to 1990.

He also wrote on cricket memorabilia for Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack Australia.

With fellow historian and friend Dr Richard Cashman, he co-edited Early Cricket in Sydney 1803-1856, publishing a meticulously researched and original manuscript that had been hand-written by Jas Scott in 1931.

In 1991, Stephen approached former Test cricketer Alan Davidson to secure the support of the NSW Cricket Association to publish the manuscript.

In 1992, Gibbs formed the Company of Cricket Scribes in Sydney and organised talks, with the help of fellow historian and close friend Alfred James, until 2013.

The speakers at these meetings included former Test cricketers, respected international cricket writers and commentators and the controversial Test umpire Darrell Hair, among others.

In James’ obituary to Gibbs, he fondly remembered a passionate and dedicated historian and friend.

“Stephen will be greatly missed by all who knew him,” James said. “He was that rare sort of friend who was always constant and engaged and his legacy will be greatly appreciated by historians and aficionados of cricket for decades to come.”

After 1995, Gibbs played in the Masters Competition, and one of the highlights of his cricketing career was taking a hat-trick on March 2, 2003 for Hornsby Masters (over 40s) against Kenthurst.

Gibbs also contributed many entries to the Oxford Companion to Australian Sport in 1994 and the Oxford Companion to Australian Cricket in 1996. He was an Honorary Library Consultant with NSW Cricket Association from 1996 to 2006, where he was responsible for expanding the collection of its library.

Stephen obtained a Masters of Management at the University of Technology in 1993, and became a management analyst in the local government and tertiary education sectors in later life.

He moved to Newcastle in 2001, where he took the position of Executive Officer in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle, which would be his final job before retirement.

He was well-liked among the staff at the university for his positive attitude and talent for the written word.

“In meetings Stephen brought humour, levity, an ordered informality,” friend and colleague Sheila Proust said.

“He shared information freely, was considered and thoughtful in his opinions and always co-operative, affable and respectful.

“He was very articulate and a great wordsmith.”

Fellow colleague Donna West agreed, adding: “Stephen drew the respect of some of the most respected people in the university . . . I will miss his wit, humour, warmth and wisdom.”

His passion for cricket took him to the end, with Gibbs recently completing his 2000-page monumental manuscript The Gibbs Index to Cricket, which references tens of thousands of matters related to the playing, history and recording of cricket over the years.

His revised 2014 version of The Gibbs Guide to Items Not in Padwick references over two thousand books, brochures and other items not described in the two Padwick bibliographies.

This was followed by his Post Padwick: The Gibbs Extension of Padwick’s Bibliography: 1990-2006, recently extended to 2013.

The guide was sent to book collector Roger Page in Melbourne a week before he passed away, solidifying Stephen’s legacy as integral to the conversation about cricket, past and present.

Parkruns fire fitness

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Start on Parkrun in Carrington- its a free timed run every saturday. Pic by Ryan OslandWELL, here it is – the last week of spring and hopefully over the past 12 weeks a few of you have implemented some new health and fitness strategies to have you ready for summer.

If you haven’t, then do not fear. Now is as good a time as any to make some positive changes in your life. And there are plenty of places to start.

The inaugural Beaches parkrun (parkrun杭州龙凤论坛m.au/thebeaches/) will be staged this Saturday at 8am from Cooks Hill Surf Club – a 5-kilometre free event run entirely on the sand.

The beauty of parkruns is you are trying to better your own time each week while taking part in a wonderful community initiative.

If you have been training for the part three months with Run Newcastle in mind, then good luck this Sunday. It is not too late to enter if you wanted to join in and also help raise money for the Adolescent ward of the John Hunter Hospital.

And the Merewether Ocean Baths are back in action, so dust off your goggles and swimwear and take the plunge for some laps or even just some highly beneficial walking in the water.

After giving birth to our third child two weeks ago, I am looking forward to slowly getting back into some running, swimming and cross training myself.

Actually, while in hospital recuperating, I caught an interesting family sporting story on morning TV about a couple who, along with their nine-year-old son, are traversing the globe and taking part in 50 sports in 50 weeks (http://50sports杭州龙凤论坛).

Along the way they are spruiking the benefits of being active.

They started last month by doing a beach volleyball workout with Olympian Natalie Cook and this week they are playing wheelchair rugby in England. They are visiting schools and communities along the way to talk about ways families can embrace a healthier lifestyle.

It sounds like a dream holiday to me – getting the family involved in sporting activities every week for a year.

It is a great example of how different sports or activities are for different people and sometimes it can take a while to find something you enjoy and can reap health benefits from.

Use this last week of spring to get yourself in the right mindset for a healthy summer – this may be continuing with a new training program or by setting yourself goals for this season.

Here are some fitness ideas for the final week of spring:

Day 1: Cross training circuit session

5-min warm-up with dynamic stretch

Workout (45 seconds of work, 15-second recovery between exercises): Squats; skipping; push-ups; step-ups; pull-ups/rows; 10-metre shuttle run; shoulder press; hover; 20-metre shuttle run. Repeat.

5-10 min cooldown and stretch

Day 2: 30-minute walk

Day 3: Strength and cardio

5-min warm-up, stretch

Workout: 10-20 lunges; 10 push-ups; 10 pull-ups/rows; 10 bicep curls; 10 tricep dips; 2-3 minutes x easy: hard intervals (20 seconds easy followed by 20 seconds harder). Repeat 3-4 times.

Cooldown, stretch

Day 4: Swim or walk in the water

Day 5: 30-min run/walk

Days 6 and 7: Get active with the family by heading to the park, beach, or something similarly active.

Help and advice for families at hospitals

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Founder of Friendly Faces, Helping Hands, Kelly Foran, Maules Creek, was a guest speaker at the 2013 CWA State Conference in Moree. Kelly ForanELEVEN years ago, Maules Creek woman Kelly Foran was excitedly anticipating her firstborn baby when she began to experience headaches, nose bleeds and hearing congestion.

Although initially assured it was pregnancy-related, her symptoms worsened over the weeks and Kelly was taken to Dubbo Hospital for a check-up.

An MRI scan revealed a brain tumour the size of a goose egg.

She was immediately sent to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney for what she thought would be an emergency caesarean and the removal of the tumour.

Upon her arrival, doctors informed Kelly that she would need to undergo steroid treatment to first shrink the tumour before it could be removed.

Two weeks later, Kelly gave birth via caesarean to a baby boy named Jake at 36 weeks’ gestation.

Sadly, Jake was also afflicted with health problems. He was born with a hole in his lung, hyper-insulin anaemia, jaundice and could not drink unaided.

Kelly said Jake required medication from the United States to treat the condition.

Things became further complicated when Kelly was told the steroid treatment had not shrunk her tumour. But due to her critically high blood sugar levels, her surgery to remove the tumour could not commence.

“The tumour didn’t shrink and neither did I,” she said.

“I went from weighing 67 kilograms after Jake’s birth to 89 kilograms in two weeks.”

Kelly endured a gruelling 16-hour surgery and awoke with a slight stroke on her left side and excruciating pain in her breast rather than her head, due to the fact that she was still breastfeeding.

Kelly spent a month recuperating in intensive care and the neurology ward, but her health challenges were not over yet.

Another stroke, a meningitis diagnosis, muscle dystrophy and learning to walk again followed. Further, when Jake was one year old, a cancerous tumour was found in his right eye.

Doctors had no choice but to remove the eye.

“We now had to look forward to three-month hospital visits and day surgeries as well as the challenge of what if it’s back,” she said.

“We also had to deal mentally with our beautiful baby having only one eye and our guilt for allowing this to happen.”

It was Kelly’s extensive experience in hospitals that prompted her to establish an online support network for patients and families struggling with day-to-day living during long-term health issues.

Friendly Faces Helping Hands provides information on accommodation, parking, cheap eats, supermarkets and even hairdressers that are located near each metropolitan hospital. Links are also available for support networks, social workers and counsellors.

This year marks the fourth anniversary of the service, with TV personality Scott Cam recently coming on board as an ambassador.

Since establishing the service, Kelly and her team of volunteers have helped more than 45,000 regional Australians.

She recently supplied Hunter New England Health with 5000 kits to be distributed to patients and families at John Hunter Hospital and other hospitals in the region to help them access services.

“This site has been designed from the heart,” she said.

“Many occasions we struggled to get food, supermarket goods, nappies, milk and parking. We had been going to Brisbane for two years and paying $17 a day for parking when we found a cheaper parking spot around the corner for $4.

“This website helps to minimise the overwhelming feelings of isolation and give people the power of information in these difficult times.”

For more information, visit friendlyfaces.info.

Sidelines: Happy return

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Warren Spinks.NEW Cooks Hill United football coach Warren Spink is delighted to be back in the Hunter.

The Herald reported last week that the former Newcastle Breakers and Socceroos striker would guide Cooks Hill in their first year in Northern NSW Football’s second-tier competition in 2015.

“I absolutely loved it up here,” Spink said of his time at the Breakers in the early 1990s.

“I’d just signed a new two-year contract then the club went down for a year in 1995, so I had to move.

“Otherwise I would have probably never left Newcastle.

“I’ve played and lived in many countries, but Newcastle was always my favourite place.”

IT has been a frustrating start to the summer for Ruben Zadkovich.

The former Jets skipper missed the first six games of the A-League season with his new club, Perth Glory, after pre-season knee surgery and a back complaint.

Then on Friday night, in his debut in Glory colours, the feisty midfielder was shown a straight red card for a sliding tackle on Wellington midfielder Vince Lia in Perth’s 2-1 victory over the Phoenix at nib Stadium.

Coming off the bench in the 61st minute to replace Rostyn Griffiths after Andy Keogh had given the league leaders a 2-0 advantage, Zadkovich was on the field for all of 17 seconds and will now spend at least the next week on the sidelines cooling his heels.

The 17-second dismissal is believed to be an A-League record but, on recent form, the sloppy studs-up challenge was out of character for the one-time bad boy.

Before Friday night, 28-year-old Zadkovich’s last send-off was while playing for Newcastle against Brisbane on September 5, 2010.

WINNING NSW coach Laurie Daley will be in town next month, and he is bringing the State of Origin shield with him to put smiles on the faces of some special young lifesavers.

Daley will be at Cooks Hill Surf Lifesaving Club between 10am and noon on Sunday, December 7, to help good mate John “Choc” Anderson oversee the club’s “Same Waves” nippers program for children with disabilities.

Anderson, who has replaced the late Jock Colley as Country Rugby League chairman, is a Cooks Hill life member and long-time nippers co-ordinator.

“All those kids love their sport and they love their State of Origin footy, and I know they’re going to be excited to see Lozza and the Origin shield,” Anderson said.

WELL travelled Knights forward Clint Newton joined the ranks of Twitter last week and wasted little time taking a swing at the Seven Network for leaving his famous father, Jack, off their commentary team for the Australian Masters at Metropolitan.

“This may be seen as bias, but when there’s Aussie golf on TV @JackNewtonCC should be commentating #bringbackjack,” Clint tweeted from his @c_newton11 Twitter handle.

THE Men of League Foundation’s Upper Hunter committee will hold a fund-raising bowls day on Saturday, December 6, at Scone RSL Club.

“The bowls day is a great way for local league fans to come together to celebrate as we enter the festive season and will also test their bowling arm as we raise funds for Men of League,” Upper Hunter committee president Peter Ford said.

Bookings can be made by contacting Ford (0421 805 235) or Ian Ingle (0416 145 260).

GEORGETOWN heptathlete Sophie Stanwell proved she is more than just a good sport last week when she was awarded the NSW Institute of Sport award for academic excellence.

The 23-year-old multi-sport specialist, who finished fourth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year, was recognised at the annual NSWIS awards presented at the Australian Turf Club.

The awards acknowledged the accomplishments of athletes in the categories of academics, career progression, coaching and performance.

Stanwell edged out other world-class athletes including Jo Brigden-Jones (canoe sprint), Jarrod Geddes (track and field), Steven Solomon (track and field) and Matthew Levy (swimming) as the institute’s best academically.

The Rio Olympic aspirant was awarded the University of Newcastle Faculty of Health and Medicine Medal last month, graduating with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics degree.

Apart from finishing fourth in her Commonwealth Games debut, in the past year Stanwell has been named University of Newcastle sportsperson of the year, won her second Australian heptathlon title and represented Australia at the World University Games.

Her next goal is to make the team for the 2015 world championships in Beijing.

WIGAN chairman Dave Whelan will quit the Championship club if the English Football Association punishes him for the controversial comments which led to him being labelled a racist by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan.

Whelan sparked the row in a newspaper interview in which he was defending his decision to hire former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay.

Mackay was recruited by Wigan despite being under investigation by the FA for allegedly sending racist and anti-semitic texts, and Whelan responded to criticism by telling The Guardian: “I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else.”

Whelan also said he did not view the word “chink”, the term by which Mackay allegedly referred to Tan in a text message, as offensive.

Malaysian businessman Tan, who sacked Mackay in December, told Sky Sports News: “Here we have a racist chairman hiring a racist manager. All the fans in Wigan now think it’s OK to be racist.”

The FA says its investigation into Whelan’s comments will be treated “as a priority”.

Juventus remember injured Jets teenager

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NICE TOUCH: Josh Barresi with the shirt from Juventus. Picture: Simone De PeakJOSH Barresi’s horror Jets debut finally has a silver lining.

The midfielder suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in a friendly against Juventus during the Italian giants’ Australian visit three months ago.

Barresi, who joined the Jets from Western Sydney Wanderers this season, was collected in a challenge and twisted his knee.

He had reconstructive surgery eight weeks ago and has recently started the strength phase of his eight-month rehab program.

It was hardly the introduction the attacking midfielder had planned.

Nor was it the memory he hoped to take from playing a star-studded Juventus line-up.

At least now he has something to show for it.

As a gesture of goodwill, Juventus sent the 19-year-old an autographed playing shirt last week.

“It was definitely a bittersweet night,” Barresi said of the friendly at Kogarah Oval. “I got a bit of contact in a tackle and it was unlucky the way my foot was positioned.

“[Jets CEO] Robbie Middleby told me that Juventus had been in contact and asked how I was. I didn’t expect a signed shirt. It doesn’t make up for hurting my knee, but it was a nice gesture.”

Barresi is of Italian heritage and has been a Juventus supporter since he was a child.

“I will certainly be getting it framed and putting is somewhere special,” he said.

Barresi is out of a brace but will not return this season.

“Hopefully I will be back in training by May, but I won’t be involved this campaign,” he said. “There is a chance I could play for the youth team in the NPL next season, but that will be up to the coaching staff and physio.”

Bathurst man dies in tragic accident at Chifley Dam

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TRAGEDY: Chifley Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Andrew Spliet has urged people to be safe on the water. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 112314cops1aA 36-YEAR-OLD Bathurst man died in a tragic accident at Chifley Dam on Saturday night while trying to save the life of his five-year-old daughter.

The pair were kayaking when their vessel overturned and they both fell into the water, and while the man managed to save his daughter, he failed to resurface.

Paramedic Inspector Rhys Dive, who attended the tragic search, said the man was at the dam along with his family and friends when the “horrible” tragedy occurred.

“[The kayak] upturned and they both ended up in the water and he managed to lift his child onto the boat,” attending paramedic Inspector Dive said. “The first thing he did was save his little girl.”

Inspector Dive was among emergency services personnel called to the scene at 7.14pm to join the frantic search.

“There were already people searching on kayaks and fishing boats and swimming when we arrived,” he said.

Chifley Local Area Command police and Bathurst State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers began a search of the water and the man’s body was discovered just before 9pm.

Police yesterday confirmed the man and his young daughter were not wearing life jackets at the time of the accident.

Inspector Dive has remembered the husband and father of three as a dedicated community member who regularly volunteered with the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church’s Rapid Relief Team.

“We know him, that church group is part of the group that come and feed us at emergencies,” he said.

Plymouth Brethren Christian Church spokesperson John Wells said the deceased man had been a member of the church’s Rapid Relief Team for a number of years.

The team is made up of church members who volunteer their time to provide catering to emergency service personnel during times of crisis.

Chifley Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Andrew Spliet said the man and his daughter were paddling in water that was 3.5 to four metres deep when the incident occurred.

Despite the flat water, and innocuous nature of kayaking, Inspector Spliet said people should still be aware of the risks in deep water, especially if they are not strong swimmers or are with children.

State Emergency Service Central West region controller Craig Ronan said people need to be adequately prepared when undertaking any water-based activities.

“Anybody going on a boat should have a PFD [personal floatation device] on and children and adults should have one for their own safety,” he said.

The cause of the man’s death has not yet been determined, and Inspector Dive said he did not want to speculate, but he said while the upper water level of the dam is quite warm, it is very cold lower down.

Police will now prepare a brief for the coroner.

Source:Western Advocate, Bathurst

Virat Kohli insists Indians will cope with pacy Australian pitches

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Acting India captain Virat Kohli says he and his teammates will cope with the extra pace and bounce that comes with returning to Australia – and facing Mitch Johnson for the first time in his home conditions.

Johnson, newly crowned as ICC Cricketer of the Year for a second time, bowled only 19 overs in the 2013 away series when Australia was pummeled by India, and missed all of India’s last visit in 2011-12 due to injury.

The only non-tailender Indian batsman to have faced Johnson in Tests in Australia is captain M.S. Dhoni, who will miss the first Test due to injury.

When India played in Australia in 2011-12, they had a total of five days’ match practice before the series and were thumped 4-0. This time they have only four days’ play across two matches, the first of which starts on Monday at Glenelg.

“It should be enough. We don’t have any choice, I guess,” Kohli said on Sunday, after India trained the morning after it arrived in Adelaide. “We’ve got to do whatever we can with those four days of practice games, and the sessions in between.

“I think coming to Australia and playing, it’s more about the mindset rather than getting used to the conditions, because pace and bounce is something which you can get used to. But unless you’re mentally there, there’s no point of any sort of practice.”

India’s opposition, the Cricket Australia XI, boasts only five players with Sheffield Shield experience, with wicketkeeper Ryan Carters accounting for about half of their combined 43 matches. The hosts’ pace depth was severely weakened by the withdrawal of Gurinder Sandhu due to NSW shield duties, with his uncapped state colleague Harry Conway replacing him.

While the CA XI boasts a left-arm paceman in Josh Lalor, he is incomparable to Johnson in terms of pace or bounce.

Kohli said India were “absolutely” capable of withstanding the threat posed by Johnson, who in the past year has dominated against both England and South Africa.

“He’s been bowling really well – everyone knows that. Credit to him for doing all that,” Kohli said. “We are equipped enough to tackle him on these pacy and bouncy wickets. I don’t see any good reason why we can’t come up and put up a good fight.

“It’s all about mentally being there. If you can visualise being in that battle and being on top, I think you’re going to be able to go out there and execute it. I think the guys in our team have the ability to do it … it’s all about being mentally present.”

Until Dhoni returns Kohli will be the only survivor from India’s batting order from their most recent visit to Australia, due to the retirements of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman and omissions of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. The 26-year-old was India’s best batsman in that series and said he would enter this series emboldened by that experience.

“There’s more pace and bounce, so the shot selection becomes very important. That’s what I saw last time – you need a lot more patience compared to back home. You’ve got to pick the right balls to hit in the right areas and figure out with the big fields what are your spots and strengths are – and the areas you should avoid early on with the new Kookaburra because it does quite a bit, especially on these tracks,” he said.

“I think Australia is a great place to bat on, once you get in. The morning session goes through [well for bowlers]. The guys need to realise that and play themselves in. Eventually I experienced that last time as well. It’s a beautiful place to play cricket as a batsman, it’s a lovely place to be when you’re 30 or 40 and the ball gets a bit old.”

On Kohli’s previous visit he was fined for an obscene finger gesture, which he made in response to crowd taunting. On that issue, he said he was “certainly expecting it again”.

“I had quite a bit of it last time, but I loved it. Once you perform in those conditions, the people love you here and they love a good fight,” he said.”We’re here to play aggressive cricket, play the brand of cricket that Australia plays. They can expect a lot of fightbacks on the the bat and there’s going to be more aggression this time around with the whole squad.”

A suggestion from Peter Siddle that Kohli would be daunted leading his country in Tests for the first time was rebuffed with a wry smile.

“Well that’s for me to know and for me to experience, to go out there and know how it is. I’ve played against him, he [Siddle] is quite a competitive guy, so I’m not surprised there’s already some banter starting from that end.

“But I don’t mind all that. I’m here to experience this new stage, this new area for me, captaining in the Test format, and I’m pretty confident of the ability the guys have. It’s up to me how I handle them, how I handle different situations,” he said.

“I love leading the side, I love being captain, I love putting my first foot forward and putting in my [views] throughout the game. I don’t see any issues on why I can’t be up to the challenge. As long as the team backs me and puts in the performances we want, I think I’m going to look good at the end of the day.”

Kohli said little about the potential for Michael Clarke to miss the start of the series, on the basis he was unsure about the severity of the Australia captain’s hamstring injury.

CA XI (from): Ashton Turner (c – WA), Ryan Carters (NSW), Harry Conway (NSW), Alex Gregory (SA), Sam Grimwade (Vic), Seb Gotch (Vic), Josh Lalor (NSW), David Moody (WA), Jonte Pattison (NSW), Matt Short (Vic), Kelvin Smith (SA), Nick Stevens (Qld).INDIA (from): Virat Kohli (c), Varun Aaron, Ravi Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Naman Ojha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Karn Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav.

Mixed emotions about a life spent at the smelter

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THE Pasminco smelter closed more than a decade ago but Barry Bradley’s mind hasn’t quite moved on.

‘‘I still wake up at night and think I’ve got to start my shift in an hour,’’ he said.

It was with mixed emotions that the 38-year smelter veteran walked out the gate with 319 other workers for the last time in 2003.

The industry’s economic benefits could not be disputed; it had provided secure employment to thousands of men for more than a century.

In Mr Bradley’s case it had allowed him to buy a comfortable brick house in Fifth Street, Boolaroo, in which to raise his family.


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His income later allowed him to support them through university.

His career at the smelter started in 1965 – when he was 20 years old.

‘‘I moved up from Sydney and got a job as a plant operator. My job was to prepare charges to go into the furnace,’’ Mr Bradley said.

‘‘It was pretty horrendous in those early days, everything was hands on.’’

Although the pollution and safety standards gradually became tighter, the health and environmental effects remained a lingering concern.

‘‘In the early days there was a lot of lead dust and slag around. The slag was put into a lot of the footpaths and used as fill,’’ he said.

‘‘They spent millions and millions trying to upgrade the place over the years but it just ended up getting run back into the ground because they weren’t prepared to put the money in there.’’

Former Pasminco worker Barry Bradley. At his home in Boolaroo. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Remarkably, the 70-year-old doesn’t have any obvious ill-health effects from his four decades at the smelter. But he knows many others weren’t as lucky.

‘‘When I started working there it was a job and you didn’t think about it. In the ’90s they brought the [blood] lead level down to 30 parts per million. When I first started there anything up to 70 was acceptable,’’ said.

‘‘I would like to see an independent review done to test people who worked there for a long time, just to see what the [healthy/unhealthy] ratio is.’’

Like many others, Mr Bradley has questions about the remediation work done following the smelter’s closure.

‘‘When they came up and tested all the houses they said everything was all right. But I have very grave doubts about it.’’

Overall he likes what he sees when he walks around the town today – the new businesses and younger families that have moved in over the past decade make him particularly happy.

‘‘I’d like to think there will come a day when the smelter is completely forgotten,’’ he said.