Monday 19 March 2018

Clarke fury at 'disgraceful' flop


Australia captain Michael Clarke described his team's batting as "disgraceful and unacceptable" after they were skittled for 47 in their second innings as the first Test against South Africa took several sensational twists yesterday.

The touring side collapsed to 21-9 and were in danger of making the lowest ever Test total before last-wicket pair Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon added 26.

"That certainly was not good enough," Clarke said. "It was unacceptable. Our shot selection was disgraceful, there's no excuse for being bowled out for 47."

South Africa were themselves knocked over for 96 on an extraordinary day at Newlands in which all four innings of the match were played in some part. The home side reached 81-1 in their second innings at the close and need another 155 runs for victory.

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Novak Djokovic ran into a spot of bother before seeing off Viktor Troicki 4-6 6-3 6-1 to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters.

Tomas Berdych booked his place in the ATP World Tour finals with a 7-5 6-4 win over Janko Tipsarevic. While Andy Murray breezed past Andy Roddick 6-2 6-2, world No 1 Djokovic made heavy weather of Troicki, explaining that he was still trying to adjust to the slick indoor conditions.


Irish riders took two of the top three placings in the $100,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto last night, WRITES LOUISE PARKES.

Conor Swail and Lansdowne finished a close second to Great Britain's Scott Brash riding Bon Ami, while Dermott Lennon slotted into third with Hallmark Elite.

Just seven horse-and-rider combinations went clear in the first round, and in the jump-off, Swail returned clear once again in 42.4 seconds, just short of Brash's target-time of 41.95 seconds.

Lennon was almost two seconds further off the pace, but with the remaining four riders all leaving a pole on the floor, his foot-perfect performance secured third spot.

Meanwhile, the final of the Global Champions Tour takes place from November 24-27, and not this weekend as previously advised.


TIPPERARY super-heavyweight Con Sheehan will make his World Series of Boxing debut for Leipzig Leopards in a home tie versus Mexico City tomorrow night.

Sheehan will face Mario Heredia over five three-minute rounds. Ken Egan will make his debut for the Leopards at home to Istanbulls on December 3.

Meanwhile, David Oliver Joyce and Patrick Gallagher have been named in the Istanbulls and Mumbai Fighters teams to face Paris United and Milano Thunder tonight.

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