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Live sport coverage, Saturday 8 December

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Hope you enjoyed the coverage of the events of the day. Enjoy your sporting evening.

Re-capping the day:

Sri Lanka makes 5/396 against the Chairman's XI in Canberra, then declares their innings, and the game, closed, two sessions early.

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Australia defeats India 3-0 to make the Champions Trophy hockey final against the Netherlands, which beat Pakistan 5-2.

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John Senden storms back to the lead in the Australian Open by two strokes after three rounds.

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Ricky Ponting falls ill, meaning he may miss the Hobart Hurricanes' opening Big bash match Sunday night.

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... And US open champion Andy Murray pledges to quit swearing on the tennis court.

Read here.

Jamie Dwyer of Australia (L) is congratulated by team mate Eddie Ockenden (R) after scoring against India.

Jamie Dwyer of Australia (L) is congratulated by team mate Eddie Ockenden (R) after scoring against India. Photo: AFP

HOCKEY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Here's the full report on Australia's convincing 3-0 semi-final triumph over India.

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Here's how well New Zealand cricket is going. They win a Test, in Sri Lanka, with captain Ross Taylor, their most accomplished batsman, scoring a wonderful ton. Less than a month later, he is deposed as skipper in any form of cricket, and has banished himself from playing with the team. And the Kiwis bring back Peter Fulton, 33, Test batting average 21.

Taylor says being stripped of the New Zealand cricket captaincy was inevitable given his dysfunctional relationship with coach Mike Hesson.

Read more here.

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor, with his teammates Martin Guptill, left, and Doug Bracewell, right, after winning the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor, with his teammates Martin Guptill, left, and Doug Bracewell, right, after winning the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Photo: AP

TAKE THE MURRAY PLEDGE 4: What is it with tennis players? Surely golf is more infuriating. Jeff Tarango forfeited at Wimbledon in 1995 after receiving two code violations. He didn't cover his mouth throughout those outbursts.

TAKE THE MURRAY PLEDGE 4: What is it with tennis players? Surely golf is more infuriating. Jeff Tarango forfeited at Wimbledon in 1995 after receiving two code violations. He didn't cover his mouth throughout those outbursts.

So Andy Murray has banned himself from swearing? There are some other sporting luminaries who might have benefitted from some self-restraint.

HOCKEY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, MELBOURNE.

Australia will meet the Netherlands in the Champions Trophy men’s hockey final in Melbourne tomorrow after Australia beat India 3-0 in today’s semi-final. Jamie Dwyer scored twice for the Kookaburras in the comfortable win at the state Hockey Centre.The Kookaburras are aiming for a fifth successive gold medal in the tournament. Earlier the Dutch beat Pakistan 5-2 in the other semi-final.

RACING RESULTS.

Caulfield:
R1: 2,6,4,5
R2: 3,4,2,1
R3: 7,6,4,1
R4: 8,5,9,1
R5: 6,11,10,3
R6: 1,7,9, 4
R7: 9,12,10,1
R8: 8,12,5,14

Quaddie 6,1,9,8: $2389.40

8-ASCEND SALES/SPONSORSHIP-BM82 1200m:
5.00 INFINITE ENERGY (O Em J Racing Synd, Mrs A Nolen, M Goodsell, Cocky Lewis Racing, I Wallace, March Racing Synd, D Booth, Live The Dream Synd, Darcy Racing & R Recep’s ch g 4y Flying Spur - Golden Pedigree. Trainer: P G Moody) 57 (L Nolen) 1,
16.00 LE BONSIR 56.5 (Dale Smith) 2,
21.00 DANE THE RAVE 59.5 (V Duric) 3.
Then followed: 12.00 King Buddy 56 carr 54.5 (Damian Lane) 9.00 Dash For Viz 59.5 carr 56.5 (Damien Thornton) 19.00 Outstandingly 60 (J Mott) 7.50 Holy Heart 56 carr 54.5 (C Schofield) 41.00 Johnny Fiasco 57 (S R King) 4.00 fav British General 56.5 (L Currie) 9.00 Regalmania 60 (Nicholas Hall) 11.00 Emboldened 60 carr 57 (Thomas Sadler) 18.00 Magic Weekend 58 (D Dunn) last.
Scr: Rebel Truce, Goldstone, Signor Socks.
Hd, 2-1/4 len.
Time: 1:09.70. (Last 600m 35.21).

Michael Rodd revealed how weights worked in his favour after classy sprinter Catapulted made a one-act affair of Saturday’s Doveton Stakes. Trainer Mark Kavanagh prepared the quinella in the Listed 1000m sprint at Caulfield with Rodd only taking the ride on Catapulted when stablemate Undeniably, who had 54kg, didn’t get enough weight for him.Catapulted ($6), labelled a "dear old horse" by Kavanagh, signalled he was right on target to defend his Standish Handicap crown on New Year’s Day as he spaced Undeniably ($31) by three lengths under 60.5kg with a long neck to Hotham Heights ($21) third.

"I trialled the pair of them at Werribee two weeks ago and I leant towards the other horse," Rodd said.

"Had he (Undeniably) got my weight I would have gone the other way, and I wasn’t far wrong, but this bloke just felt like he wasn’t interested in his trial."

So Andy Murray has banned himself from swearing? There are some other sporting luminaries who might have benefitted from some self-restraint.

TAKE THE MURRAY PLEDGE 3: Dennis Lillee didn't like to be told to do anything, maybe even by himself. One doubts he would have emvraced the idea of a ban on swearing.

TAKE THE MURRAY PLEDGE 3: Dennis Lillee didn't like to be told to do anything, maybe even by himself. One doubts he would have emvraced the idea of a ban on swearing.

So Andy Murray has banned himself from swearing? There are some other sporting luminaries who might have benefitted from some self-restraint.

TAKE THE MURRAY PLEDGE 2: Andy Murray's initiative came too late for 80s firebrand John McEnroe. Confronted with the idea of a self-imposed ban on swearing, he would have said "YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!"

TAKE THE MURRAY PLEDGE 2: Andy Murray's initiative came too late for 80s firebrand John McEnroe. Confronted with the idea of a self-imposed ban on swearing, he would have said "YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!"

So Andy Murray has banned himself from swearing? There are some other sporting luminaries who might have benefitted from some self-restraint.

TAKE THE MURRAY PLEDGE 1: Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon needs a chill pill.

TAKE THE MURRAY PLEDGE 1: Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon needs a chill pill. Photo: Reuters

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HOCKEY

Semi-final

Australia 3, India 0

Five minutes to go, until the Aussies get another crack at the title, which they have won four times in a row. A win would pit them against the Netherlands, who beat Pakistan 5-2.

John Senden burnt on theback nine to take a two-shot lead after three rouns o the Australian Open.

John Senden burnt on theback nine to take a two-shot lead after three rouns o the Australian Open. Photo: Getty Images

A back-nine blitz has vaulted John Senden back into the outright lead after the third round of the Australian Open at the windswept Lakes layout in Sydney.

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Collated scores from the third round of the Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club today (a-denotes amateur, par-72):

209: John Senden (AUS) 66 73 70
211: Justin Rose (ENG) 68 73 70
212: Kieran Pratt (AUS) 71 71 70, Matthew Jones (AUS) 71 72 69, Peter Senior (AUS) 75 68 69
213: Stuart Appleby (AUS) 70 73 70, Cameron Percy (AUS) 72 69 72, Kyle Stanley (USA) 72 71 70
214: Nick Cullen (AUS) 70 70 74, Josh Geary (NZL) 70 73 71, Mathew Goggin (AUS) 71 70 73, Andre Stolz (AUS) 72 71 71, Marcus Fraser (AUS) 69 69 76, Steven Jones (AUS) 73 68 73, Brendan Jones (AUS) 68 71 75, Adam Scott (AUS) 72 71 71, Matthew Millar (AUS) 74 71 69
215: Greg Chalmers (AUS) 71 75 69, Scott Gardiner (AUS) 76 71 68, Gareth Paddison (NZL) 68 73 74, Kim Felton (AUS) 68 75 72, Matt Stieger (AUS) 73 71 71, Matthew Griffin (AUS) 75 69 71, Cameron Smith  (a-AUS) 72 74 69, Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) 74 71 70, Stephen Leaney (AUS) 75 69 71
216: Tim Wood (AUS) 70 74 72, Jamie Arnold (AUS) 72 72 72, Scott Laycock (AUS) 76 69 71, Rod Pampling (AUS) 74 69 73, Wen-chong Liang (CHN) 73 71 72, Daniel Popovic (AUS) 71 73 72
217: Richard Green (AUS) 68 73 76, David Bransdon (AUS) 74 73 70, James Nitties (AUS) 77 71 69, Michael Hendry (NZL) 72 71 74, Brett Rumford (AUS) 73 69 75, Rory Hie (IDN) 73 69 75, Nick O’Hern (AUS) 71 73 73

Punters have to be hardy creatures. After a day spent analysing a racing pattern based around a fierce headwind, which favoured swoopers, against the usual state of affairs at Caulfield, the cool change has hit Melbourne, and the breeze has completely reversed. So the final leg of the quaddie will be run with conditions suddenly favouring frontrunners, as the mercury drops dramatically and the gale starts up from the south. Which means that the pattern will revert to normal... however, by the end of a long day's racing at Caulfield, the last races often start favouring the runners-on. Which means that the reversion to type is against the norm.

See why so many punters need a cold beer after trying to work all this out?

RACING RESULTS.

Caulfield:
R1: 2,6,4,5
R2: 3,4,2,1
R3: 7,6,4,1
R4: 8,5,9,1
R5: 6,11,10,3
R6: 1,7,9, 4
R7: 9,12,10,1

The third leg of the quaddie has been taken out by Warrnambool-trained gelding Full Peal (4.90), his second win in a row. Setling just off the pace set by Spacecraft, Full Peal took over 200 metres out and raced clear to win by a length and a half from bottom-weight Tuscan Fire (12.90) and Elusive King (4.10). Full Peal won five races in a row two preparations back, and eviently holds form once finding it. The son of Clangalang has now won an impressive nine of his 22 starts. The strong headwind has worked against pacesetters all day, and Spacecraft was another leader who failed to finish off after facing the breeze.

7-HAYMAN PLATE 1600m:
4.80 FULL PEAL (J M Moore, Mrs N A Moore, Mrs A H Latreille & T J Sherwood’s br g 6y Clangalang - Lake Solveig. Trainer: B & S Wilde) 56 (Jack Hill) 1,
16.00 TUSCAN FIRE 54 carr 51 (Damien Thornton) 2,
4.40 eq fav ELUSIVE KING 55.5 (L Nolen) 3.
Then followed: 8.00 Chasse 60 (V Duric) 4.40 eq fav Spacecraft 58.5 carr 57 (C Schofield) 8.00 Eraset 58.5 carr 57 (J Noonan) 7.50 Bolton 58 (L Currie) 41.00 Snow Alert 59.5 (D Dunn) 17.00 Westsouthwest 56.5 (P Hutchinson) last.
Scr: Good Value, Down Under Boy, Snow Cover, Chateau Fort.
3/4 len, 1/2 len.
Time: 1:38.99. (Last 600m 35.24).

So frustrating it makes you want to scrunch your shorts: Scotland's Andy Murray wants to control himself more on court.

So frustrating it makes you want to scrunch your shorts: Scotland's Andy Murray wants to control himself more on court. Photo: Darron Cummings

If you're announcing that you want to clean up your language, is this the way to do it?

"Obviously, me saying shit or whatever is bad and wrong, and it's something I want to try to stop doing."

So said US Open champion Andy Murray, according to Scottish newspaper the Daily Record.

 Murray is cleaning up his act after promising to stop swearing while on court.

The Scot has been warned about his language during matches in the past, but he believes non-Anglophone players get away with worse outbursts because umpires cannot understand what they are saying.

Full story here.

 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HOCKEY

Australia leads India 2-0 in its semi-final, close to half time.

Ricky Ponting has been struck ill ahead of the Hobart Hurricanes' first Big Bash fixture. By the looks of this publicity photo, he was taking his domestic T20 duties very seriously.

Ricky Ponting has been struck ill ahead of the Hobart Hurricanes' first Big Bash fixture. By the looks of this publicity photo, he was taking his domestic T20 duties very seriously. Photo: Getty Images

Ricky Ponting's farewell tour may be shortened by one game before it begins. The test icon, just retired from the national team, has been struck ill and is likely to miss the Hobart Hurricanes' first game of the Big Bash league Sunday night.

Read more here.

And Melbourne Renegades paceman Jayde Herrick will miss the entire T20 Big Bash League season due to a foot injury suffered during his November 28 one-day game for Victoria against South Australia.

The KFC T20 Big Bash League Technical Committee has approved a change to the Renegades squad, to enable them to cover Herrick's absence, with Jake Haberfield, a 26-year-old right-arm quick from South Australia.

RACING RESULTS.

Caulfield:
R1: 2,6,4,5
R2: 3,4,2,1
R3: 7,6,4,1
R4: 8,5,9,1
R5: 6,11,10,3
R6: 1,7,9, 4

The second leg of the quaddie was taken out in slashing fashion by topweight Catapulted, which swooped on the field from well off the pace, took over 300 metres out, and raced away to a three-length win. Roughies Undeniably and Hotham Heights also ran on from well back in the field, with several favoured runners unable to finish off after racing close to the front.

6-BMW DOVETON STAKES 1000m:
6.00 CATAPULTED (Mrs I P Kavanagh, J D Dollman, W R Glynn, J L Purdey, D L Bray, D F Moriarty, G S Small & A J Taylor & W T R, Mgr: P R Gunner’s ch g 7y Catbird - Siren Miss. Trainer: M A Kavanagh) 60.5 (M Rodd) 1,
31.00 UNDENIABLY 54 (J Noonan) 2,
21.00 HOTHAM HEIGHTS 54 (L Currie) 3.
Then followed: 6.00 Alpha Proxima 55.5 carr 56 (J Mott) 8.50 Kulgrinda 58 (L Nolen) 5.50 eq fav Winter King 57 (Nicholas Hall) 8.00 Halle Rocks 54 (C Newitt) 21.00 Galbraith 54 (P Mertens) 5.50 eq fav Esprit De Bullet 54 carr 54.5 (V Duric) 17.00 The Soldier 54.5 (D Dunn) last.
All started.
3 len, lg nk.
Time: 0:58.00. (Last 600m 34.27).

Mate Dugandzic of the Heart.

Mate Dugandzic of the Heart. Photo: Getty Images

There has been a amjor blow for Melbourne Heart ahead of its match against Perth Glory tonight at AAMI Park, with promising winger Mate Dugandzic ruled out for the rest of the season with a severe foot injury.

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CAULFIELD RACING. Quaddie first leg

5-HYLAND RACE COLOURS (BM72) 1100m:
8.00 MISS SOFTHANDS (Dr P Harcourt’s b f 3y Bel Esprit - Winslet. Trainer: C W Little) 57 (S R King) 1,
26.00 SHE CAN SKATE 56 (R Wheeler) 2,
3.80 fav OCTAVIA 56 carr 54.5 (J Noonan) 3.
Then followed: 10.00 Mawaakib 58 carr 56.5 (C Schofield) 10.00 Burndiniburn 57.5 (Ryan Maloney) 16.00 Hyperventilate 55.5 (Nicholas Hall) 17.00 Kolonga 59 carr 57.5 (Damian Lane) 4.60 Good And Hot 56 carr 53 (Thomas Sadler) 7.50 Queen’s Ransom 58 (C Newitt) 11.00 Armed For Action 60 carr 58 (A Stead) last. Scr: East Star, La Tikka Rosa, Hot Fever.
Lg nk, 1-1/2 len.
Time: 1:04.76. (Last 600m 35.28).

Track rider Harriet Leahy riding Australia's Hong Kong Cup hope Alcopop.

Track rider Harriet Leahy riding Australia's Hong Kong Cup hope Alcopop. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

PATRICK BARTLEY: The nerves have set in for South Australian trainer Jake Stephens as the race of his life approaches in Hong Kong on Sunday. But the reason behind the shaking hands and the churning stomach are all positive.

Stephens saddles the eight-year-old, one-time crock and part-time polo pony Alcopop in the group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000 metres) on Sunday - and he believes he's in with a chance.

''I'm loving it at the moment,'' Stephens said after watching Alcopop work at Sha Tin on Friday.

''In fact, it's making me nervous that he's going that well.''

Alcopop goes around against a field that includes last year's winner California Memory, the Queen's and Gai Waterhouse's soon-to-be-acquired Carlton House, the French Derby winner Saonois and the group 1-winning French mare Giofra. But the world's highest-rated racehorse, Cirrus Des Aigles, will be missing from the line-up with a leg injury that has failed to respond to treatment.

''It's a bit daunting, going into the barn every morning and working alongside the sort of people who are here,'' Stephens said.

''He's been working well, recovering well, loving the surface, changing legs as required, he's balanced. He's so good it's really making me nervous.''

For Stephens and Alcopop's owners, the Hong Kong Cup is a twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity coming after their horse started favourite in the 2009 Melbourne Cup and ran an honourable sixth behind Shocking.

Australian Open Live scores

Justin Rose is currently outright leader at the Australian Open, seven-under 15 holes into its third round, but by the time I have finished typing, there is likely to have been a change. It's been a topsy-turvy day at the top of the leaderboard and there are 11 players within four shots of the lead, including John Senden, Peter Senior and Stuart Appleby.

-7: Justin Rose (ENG) 15 holes
-6: John Senden (AUS) 13 holes
-5: Kieran Pratt (AUS) 17 holes
-4: Cameron Percy (AUS) 16 holes, Matthew Jones (AUS) 18 holes, Brendan Jones (AUS) 13 holes, Peter Senior (AUS) 18 holes
-3: Nick Cullen (AUS) 13 holes, Gareth Paddison (NZL) 15 holes, Stuart Appleby (AUS) 18 holes, Marcus Fraser (AUS) 13 holes, Kyle Stanley (USA) 18 holes

HOCKEY. Champions Trophy
Fulltime - Semi-Final

NETHERLANDS 5 (Billy Bakker 2m, 32m, Seve van Ass 20m, Valentin Verga 45m, Robbert Kemperman 62m) bt PAKISTAN 2 (Shakeel Abbasi 70m) at State Netball and Hockey Centre, Melbourne.

Next: Australia plays India for a place in the final, as they attempt to win their fifth straight Champions Trophy title.

RACING RESULTS.

Caulfield:
R1: 2,6,4,5
R2: 3,4,2,1
R3: 7,6,4,1
R4: 8,5,9,1
R5: 6,11,10,3

The first leg of the quaddie, race five, was won by Miss Softhands ($7.60), who gathered in leader She Can Skate ($31), yes, "in the shadows of the post". In the hot, blustery conditions, horses just off the pace are running down the leaders, against The Heath's usual pattern. Punters had been advised to "go wide" in the first leg, but the roughie getting pipped in the final metres may have caused some relief for flustered gamblers.

Grantland.com. takes on the blurred line between entertainment and the winning culture of sports.

Grantland.com. takes on the blurred line between entertainment and the winning culture of sports. Photo: grantland.com/Getty Images

The AFL agonises, at length, about possibly penalising Melbourne for tanking. The NBA promptly fines a team that rests stars for a regular-season road game. Check out this read from novelist Chuck Klosterman on the blurred line between entertainment and winning at all costs in US sport. It's food for thought for Australian sports lovers, and a reminder that the best way to ensure the integrity of a sporting contest is to ensure every game of its season matters. Less is more. In that sense, the NFL, with a 16-game season, leads the way. But even there, teams that can't make the playoffs are sometimes accused of selection shenanigans similar to what Melbourne.

Emma Quayle used insider access to Melbourne's preparations for the 2013 AFL season to file an intriguing insight into the summer regime of elite footballers. From wrestling to hoola-hoops afternoon 'recovery' naps, its a story full of surprises.

Read the article here.

See the pictures from Melbourne training here.

Hope that surface is forgiving. Patrick Schmidt of Germany hits out at the men's Hockey Champions Trophy tournament in Melbourne. Scores from this morning's matches: 
5th-8th Place: GERMANY 6 (Marco Miltkau 40m, 60m, Mats Grambusch 43m, Tobias Matania 52m pen, Jan Christopher Ruehr 61m, 68m) bt NEW ZEALAND 4 (Phillip Burrows 7m pen, Nick Wilson 20m, Stephen Jenness 51m pen, Nick Haig 64m pen).
5th-8th Place BELGIUM 4 (Jerome Truyens 27m, 60m, Cedric Charlier 57m, Loick Luypaert 70m pen) bt ENGLAND 0.

Hope that surface is forgiving. Patrick Schmidt of Germany hits out at the men's Hockey Champions Trophy tournament in Melbourne. Scores from this morning's matches: 5th-8th Place: GERMANY 6 (Marco Miltkau 40m, 60m, Mats Grambusch 43m, Tobias Matania 52m pen, Jan Christopher Ruehr 61m, 68m) bt NEW ZEALAND 4 (Phillip Burrows 7m pen, Nick Wilson 20m, Stephen Jenness 51m pen, Nick Haig 64m pen). 5th-8th Place BELGIUM 4 (Jerome Truyens 27m, 60m, Cedric Charlier 57m, Loick Luypaert 70m pen) bt ENGLAND 0. Photo: AFP

American golfing legend Tom Watson has crashed back to earth with a third-round 78 at the Australian Open at The Lakes in Sydney. After blazing his way to the yesterday equal-best round, Watson has followed up his blistering 68 with another horror six-over-par 78, the same score he opened with on day one. The 63-year-old eight-time major winner has dropped back to eight over, blaming old age and jet lag after his recent globetrotting of three continents in a fortnight.

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Latest Australian Open scores.

The only constant in the third round of the Australian Open is change, with Kieren Pratt and Justin Rose are now co-leaders at six-under. Overnight leader Marcus Fraser is two-over after nine holes, two off the pace, along with first-round leader John Senden, Matthew Goggin, and veteran Peter Senior. Amateur Cameron Smith and defending champion Greg Chalmers have charged on 'moving day' to give themselves outside chances at the title.

The cramped schedule of world cricket means too many teams start series on foreign soil underdone. Sri Lanka, however, felt confident enough about their form to call off their tour match against the Chairman's XI two sesions early.

Tasmanian paceman Luke Butterworth, one of the Chairman's XI, says the tourists will get a shock when they see the spicy Bellerive pitch for the first Test starting next week, a big contrast with the flat deck at Manuka Oval in Canberra. The normally placid Hobart deck has yielded up to 20 wickets in two days in Shield matches this season, though Butterworth says curator Marcus Pamplin is aiming for a less lethal pitch for the first Test.

Mahela Jayawardene hits out in Canberra. Sri Lanka made 6-396 before agreeing to end the tour match with the Chairman's XI  two sessions early as a draw.

Mahela Jayawardene hits out in Canberra. Sri Lanka made 6-396 before agreeing to end the tour match with the Chairman's XI two sessions early as a draw. Photo: Getty Images

Shane Warne was twice hit for consecutive sixes during Friday night's Big Bash opener, perhaps dampening calls for his reinstatement in the Australian Test team.

Shane Warne was twice hit for consecutive sixes during Friday night's Big Bash opener, perhaps dampening calls for his reinstatement in the Australian Test team. Photo: Getty Images

"The Melbourne Stars who have spent millions on players, support staff and marketing failed miserably."

So says South Australian coach, and former Victorian wicketkeeper Darren Berry, in his Sunday Age column tomorrow. Typically forthright, Berry revels in the win of the underdog renegades over the Melbourne Stars in last night's Big Bash opener at etihad Stadium.

"The underrated Renegades who spent some time playing the Canberra Comets at windy Corio Bay during the week we're given no chance leading in.  It proves once again that glitz and glamour is not always the answer."

Stars skipper Shane Warne, the most famous of his renowned line-up, had a stinker, being belted by Aaron Finch and Ben Rohrer for 41 runs off two overs, and dropping a simple catch at mid-wicket. Chris Barrett reports that Australian captain Michael Clarke said on Friday that he had been trying to talk Warne out of retirement "over the past five years". He said that before last night's performance...

We expect Warne, 43, will have the last laugh, as usual, once he gets some more overs under his belt. He will be targeted by some Big Bashers now, making watching him as compelling as ever. His woes remind us that even superstars need game time to be effective. (Although fellow retiree Muttiah Muralitharan fared better, with 0-24 off four overs).

Even when smashed and criticised, Warne remains the story.

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