Month: December 2018

  • Watson in Ashes limbo as Clarke is ruled out for 10 weeks

    Chairman of selectors John Inverarity has refused to guarantee Shane Watson’s position as vice-captain or batsman for the Ashes.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Australia’s Ashes plans were thrown into further disarray when it emerged that skipper Michael Clarke would be ruled out for up to 10 weeks, further underscoring the need for selectors to debate Watson’s leadership role.

    Clarke will be forced to miss a lucrative IPL stint but Cricket Australia hopes the injury will not derail his Ashes campaign, or the Champions Trophy before it.

    Speaking for the first time since Australia’s shambolic 4-0 loss in India, Inverarity expressed frustration that Watson averaged 16.5 on the subcontinent, and 24.11 in the past two years.

    Asked whether the vice-captaincy would be revisited before the Ashes, Inverarity said: ”Things will always be discussed. Every aspect of the team will be discussed, players and leadership roles. That is absolutely normal and it will be done so again.”

    Inverarity was selector on duty for the first two Tests in India. He flew home before four players, including Watson, were stood down from the third Test for disciplinary reasons. He supported that decision, and said the selectors considered alternatives before settling on Watson to lead in Clarke’s absence in the fourth Test.

    ”I won’t go into details there but it was all carefully considered,” he said. ”There were a couple of other options and that was the preferred option. He was tour vice-captain and he was the one who had captaincy experience at international level.

    ”We’re concerned about his performances. In those ODI matches back in Australia his form looked to be outstanding, and in the first couple of Test matches when I was there he was playing well until the ball of his dismissal.”

    Pressed on whether Watson’s Ashes place was in doubt, Inverarity added: ”We’ll have discussions later this week and through April, and every player will be discussed.”

    Watson’s leadership was thrown into doubt when he briefly but publicly toyed with retirement after his suspension. He also raised eyebrows by promoting Glenn Maxwell to open the batting instead of Ed Cowan in the second innings of the final Test in Delhi.

    Watson has spoken of his intention to resume bowling before the Ashes, which would enhance his value.

    Clarke was under pressure to captain Pune in the IPL and could have received up to $2 million for doing so. As Australia’s only world-class Test batsman, his condition is a huge concern as the team tries to patch itself up for back-to-back Ashes tilts.

    CA’s chief doctor, Justin Paoloni, said Clarke’s scans confirmed an exacerbation of previous issues with his spine.

    ”Michael is having intensive rehabilitation for both his back and hamstring but is still seven-to-10 weeks away from returning to training and playing,” Paoloni said. ”We are confident that it will not affect his Ashes preparation but will know more over the coming weeks.”

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  • Sport gallery Saturday, March 24

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  • Destination Melbourne: Food just one reason to visit Wyndham

    WYNDHAM has changed a lot since Bart Beek moved to the area 12 years ago.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Bart Beek. Picture: Michael Copp

    The celebrity chef and his wife Alaine moved from Sydney to open their business, Essence Food Studio, a place where people can enjoy a meal and learn to cook the dishes they’re served.

    When Beek (pictured) arrived in Werribee it had a two-lane highway and few dining options.

    Since then, the suburb has become home to a range of new restaurants and cafes.

    “There has been a massive change in the food scene. There is a good range here nowadays,” Beek said.

    “The Park Hotel has been turned around and it has set a new standard in Werribee.”

    While Beek hopes people continue to visit Wyndham in search of great food, he realises many visitors are looking to experience the Werribee Park precinct.

    He says Werribee Park is what makes Wyndham a unique tourist destination — combining history, wildlife and flowers with great accommodation and gardens.

    “Werribee Park Mansion and the state rose garden are great attractions. You would think we are in south England,” Beek said.

    “I am surprised by how many locals haven’t been there. A tradition in our family is to gather up the leftover food at Christmas and spend the day together at the mansion.

    “The zoo is another magnificent attraction. Another great thing is the night theatre shows at the mansion.

    “We have been doing them for 10 years . . . the tower tour is a hidden gem. People don’t realise you can take a tour to the top of the tower at the mansion where the views are spectacular.”

    Beek also recommends the red cliffs along the Werribee River and Shadowfax Winery.

    He says only a “lucky few” people know about the cliffs, which are often chosen as a wedding location because they are so beautiful.

    “There is so much to do here. We are always going on day trips and looking for things for visitors to do.”

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  • Long road ahead for Gillard government

    OPINION
    Nanjing Night Net

    When Paul Keating had the task of recasting his ministry after removing Bob Hawke from the prime ministership in 1991, he opted for minimal change and retained all the key Hawke loyalists in his cabinet. They were, he said, ”old dogs for a hard road”.

    Julia Gillard took a different path after finally, and emphatically, seeing off the challenge of Kevin Rudd. Rather than call in the Rudd backers in her cabinet, one by one, and demand either a pledge of loyalty or their resignation, she put the onus on them to make the call.

    Aside from Simon Crean, whom she sacked for bringing the issue to a head and backing a change to Rudd, two cabinet ministers, a member of the outer ministry and a parliamentary secretary walked, prompting more vacancies than there were old dogs to fill them.

    The result is the selection of a cabinet for the campaign, where competent ministers in demanding portfolios suddenly have double the workload, suggesting this is a cabinet with an expiry date of September 14.

    Mark Dreyfus has been a minister for less than two months and now, in addition to the key cabinet post of Attorney-General, becomes Minister of State and Minister for the Public Service – the two roles Gary Gray gives up to become Resources and Energy Minister.

    He is capable, but is he that capable? The same can be asked of Craig Emerson, now the third Minister for Tertiary Education in less than three months. He keeps his old job as Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, with its onerous demands of overseas travel, and remains minister assisting Gillard on ”Asian Century Policy”.

    Then there’s Anthony Albanese, who was wanted as Rudd’s deputy PM. He assumes regional development, yet retains his existing responsibilities – the infrastructure and transport portfolios and managing the Parliament.

    The sustainability of these and other changes is one question. Whether Gillard understands the extent to which the government’s problems transcend the instability engineered by Rudd is another.

    Gillard’s purpose on Monday was to draw a line under one of the most bizarre, self-indulgent and self-destructive weeks in Labor history and instil in the new team a determination ”to get up every day determined to do better that day for the Australian people than we have done the day before”.

    The challenge, especially for the leader and the old dogs who bear the biggest load, is to do a lot better – on a road that is suddenly much, much harder.

    The Age

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses with her new-look cabinet yesterday. Picture: ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

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  • Good Friday Appeal: Scarlett’s part of RCH family

    Living proof: Sasha Dickson, with Scarlett, is urging people to support the Good Friday Appeal. Picture: Michael Copp Living proof: Sasha Dickson, with Scarlett, is urging people to support the Good Friday Appeal. Picture: Michael Copp
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    SASHA Dickson is under no illusions. She knows that without the hard work of staff at the Royal Children’s Hospital, her daughter Scarlett would not be alive.

    Scarlett, 7 months, spent the first six months of her life at the hospital after being born with severe cardiac problems.

    At just six days old, and weighing less than two kilograms, Scarlett endured her first open heart surgery to have a narrow aorta repaired.

    The surgery was a success, but doctors were unable to correct her mitral valve because the surgery was too complex and dangerous to perform on such a small baby.

    When Scarlett was six weeks old, doctors decided it was time to repair the blocked and leaking valve.

    The surgery bought her another six weeks, before the valve became progressively blocked and narrow. This time, doctors decided to replace it.

    The surgery took more than 15 hours and Scarlett was returned to intensive care on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), to provide her with cardiac and respiratory support.

    “We thought the other surgeries were bad . . . when she came back with her chest open we thought that was horrible, but seeing her on ECMO was scary,” Mrs Dickson said.

    “When she was coming off ECMO all the nurses and doctors knew there was no going back and they came in to visit and give us hugs. It was like she was part of their family.”

    Scarlett will need continuing heart surgeries, with doctors expecting her to require a valve replacement when she weighs 10 kilograms.

    Mrs Dickson said everyone at the RCH had “just made the past six months easier for us”.

    “We couldn’t have got through it without them. They are the most beautiful, wonderful people.”

    Mrs Dickson said her family would never forget what the hospital’s staff had done for Scarlett.

    “There was a time we thought we wouldn’t have her home.

    “We are so lucky to live in Melbourne.”

    To donate to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, phone 9292 1166 or go to goodfridayappeal南京夜网.au