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20 SPORT Thursday, January 4 2018 | NEW ERA Final Ashes Test in Sydney promises to be a clash in strategies be a dead rubber for all intents and purposes, what with Australia holding an unassailable 3-0 lead. But as with everything cricket, the intrigue lies in the details. For starters, there promises to be a clash in strategies. England will replace Chris Woakes, the injured paceman, with an exciting young leg-spinner in Mason Crane. That means the visiting side goes in with an attack comprising two pacemen and two spinners, Moeen Ali being Crane’s spin partner Australia, meanwhile, is set to go in the opposite direction. Mitchell Starc, who sat out the Melbourne Test with a heel injury, is in line to return in place of Jackson Bird. Ashton Agar, the left-arm spinner, is set to continue warming the bench There is a reason for such contrasting readings of the pitch. encounter in Sydney since Adam Lewis took over from long-time SCG pitch curator Tom Parker. The Sydney pitch has traditionally taken to turn, but there have been reports of tinges of green on the latest version of the SCG surface. “I think the wicket’s got a fair bit of grass and looks to be a pretty good wicket, so I’d say we’ll probably opt for just the one spinner,” said Steve Smith, the Australian captain, on the eve of the match. Joe Root, his English counterpart, thought otherwise. “It (the SCG pitch) looks like it should give a bit of turn throughout, it generally does here anyway. “I think once we got here and we saw the surface, that (retaining Moeen Ali) was a clear indication of what team we wanted to go with.” All of which means all eyeballs will be on Crane. The youngster will have the exciting honour of making a debut in an Ashes Test, but with it comes pressure. The 20-year-old is expected to cope well though. In fact, he is expected to more than just cope. Crane has past experience of playing at the SCG. “He played for New last summer, and has the distinction since Imran Khan in 1983-84. On this surface, he (Crane) is going to be a really good option,” said Root. “It looks like it should give a bit of turn throughout. The way he’s conducted himself throughout the whole trip has been outstanding.” Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, insisted Crane had the mettle to handle Test match pressures. “There’s maybe no time like the when asked if Crane could cope. “We think he’s a guy that has got the goods, and the more he plays at this level the better he will get. You’ve got to start somewhere.” There is a fair bit riding on this Test for England. The visiting side, three matches, fought back in Melbourne with Alastair Cook scoring an unbeaten 244, the highest by a visiting batsman at the MCG. England will hope for more of the same and end what has been a challenging series on a high. “It’s paramount we win this game,” said Root. “It’s really important to me and this squad moving into the rest of this winter, and then the summer, and build on that for four years’ time.” Australia would love nothing more than spoiling it for England. “It’s only a dead-rubber on paper.” – Nampa/ANA Coaching changes for Blitzboks, Springbok Women’s Sevens Beefed up… The Blitzboks will travel to Australia later this month for the HSBC Sydney Sevens, the third tournament in the World Series. Photo: Nampa/ANA JOHANNESBURG SA Rugby yesterday confirmed the appointment of Renfred Dazel to the Springbok Sevens coaching staff and promoted Paul Delport into the position of coach for the Springbok Women’s Sevens team. Former Blitzbok stalwart Dazel, who coached the Springbok Women’s Sevens team since October 2013, joined Neil Powell as assistant coach for the Springbok Sevens as they started their preparations for the next two tournaments of the 2017/18 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Stellenbosch on Wednesday. Delport, a former captain of the Blitzboks, has been elevated to the Women’s Sevens role after serving as SA Rugby Sevens Academy assistant coach in recent seasons. In another coaching addition, Warren Adams has been seconded from the Springbok management team to the position of strength and conditioning coach for the Springbok Sevens, which was left vacant by the departure of Allan Temple-Jones last year. “These appointments will not only streamline our sevens operations, but will further strengthen the working relationships between our national sevens teams based in Stellenbosch,” said SA Rugby’s director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus. “The Blitzboks have a full season ahead of them, with not only eight tournaments left in the World Series, but also a Commonwealth Games and Rugby Sevens World Cup on the horizon, so it was important to strengthen the management structures. “Neil requested the appointment of an assistant coach a while ago and he and Renfred enjoyed a solid relationship over many years, so has worked with the sevens team the vacancy left by Allan.” Erasmus said the elevation of Delport is well-deserved for the former Blitzbok captain: “Paul has done really good work with the SA Rugby Sevens Academy team and has grown tremendously as a coach over the last couple of years. “He has worked with the Springbok Women’s Sevens before, so there is no issue with continuity in their set-up. “They are playing at a tournament in Australia early next month and will also be in action at the Commonwealth Games and Rugby Sevens World Cup later this year, so Paul will be busy in the next couple of months.” “The other important factor in all these appointments is the fact that they all are familiar with the structures and values associated with the sevens culture,” added Erasmus. – Nampa/ANA

Thursday, January 4 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 21 Dream Sport …As archers grill each other in coastal weather Leading by example … Rudiger Woortman, NASP Chairperson showing the shottists how it is done. Shovaleka makes it Nehemia Shifeleni Shovaleka has been added on the 2018 list of referees following his nomination by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Tuesday saw 30-year-old man join 35 other referees from Speaking to Nampa tele- lighted Shovaleka said he was coming a good referee and just have to work even harder and looking forward to handling Shovaleka added that he was initially inspired by his mentor football league – the Namibia Premier League – for the past challenging game in 2017 was glamour football club African Stars and Young African at the match and the stadium was under tremendous pressure hold my own by controlling the He believes the overall standard of refereeing in the country is improving as every - - ment saying this showed that Namibia is making strides in erything possible to produce the fact that we did not have any NPL matches for over a - Goseb said NFA sent Shova- - He boasted that the future of local football referees looked bright as NFA is grooming many young upcoming match to understand the laws of the game because it seems coaches have their own agendas as they Goseb admitted to mistakes committed by the referees here working hard in training the es four times a year where – Nampa Rolling with the punches… Young Dandre Rivas (left) and his excited trainer Staff Reporter Walvis Bay Fifty-one archers from schools and various organisations from all corners of the country participated in the National Archery in the School Program (NASP) Year-End Shoot at the Walvis Bay Private High A typical Walvis Bay misty morning greeted the archers when they arrived and as they out just in time for the second The archers took a welldeserved break and continued Adult Archery Group (AAG) After a long journey to up a NASP bow joining in the fun and is looking forward to the next competition as he wants to Another remarkable achievement worth mentioning is a He started with NASP archery early this year and really struggled in school due to his experienced problems emotion- noticed that he became much calmer and focussed since he proved tremendously and he became more in control of his looking for ways to improve He is proof that this programme can achieve this and many more for people of nearly also saw that his micro/macro observation skills improved Whistleblowers… To be considered by the Confederation of African Football and FIFA, a referee must be over the age of 25 a consecutive three years. Photo: Nampa

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