Category Archives: Australia sport

Israel Folau's anti-gay comments condemned by All Black, referee and players

All Black TJ Perenara has stated his “100%” opposition to comments on homosexuality made by the Australian rugby star Israel Folau in a series of tweets supporting “diverse” sexual orientations.

The 42-Test New Zealand rugby star added his voice to a growing list of high-profile figures inside the game condemning Folau’s comments, including World Cup referee Nigel Owens, Super Rugby player Brad Weber, Wallaby Nic White and Welsh great Gareth Thomas.

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Steve Smith set to lose Australia captaincy and could face year-long ban

• Smith loses captaincy of IPL side after ball-tampering scandal
• Senior bowlers ‘upset by association with leadership group’

Steve Smith looks set to be permanently stripped of the Australian captaincy and could face a ban of up to a year from representing the country following his leading role in the ball-tampering scandal that has engulfed the tour of South Africa.

Smith, who has already lost the captaincy of Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Indian Premier League, is expected to learn his fate from Cricket Australia on Tuesday evening along with the vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft.

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Australia’s real leadership failures are in politics, not cricket | Van Badham

Where’s the national outrage over a terrified boy being abandoned to violent despair by our political leaders?

Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft has been caught on video shoving some yellow sticky tape into his underpants. Fortunately – or unfortunately – there was a cricket match in play at the time.

The image of him shoving sticky tape into his underpants was broadcast live to the crowd at the Newlands ground in South Africa, and they booed.

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Steve Smith must go after scandal that has torched Australia’s reputation | Jason Gillespie

This was pre-planned cheating in South Africa and we need to know who was involved if Australian cricket is to restore trust

Steve Smith’s time as Australia’s captain is surely up. It is impossible to envisage a scenario where he stays in the job. This is a train wreck.

When Smith fronted the media on Saturday to explain his role in the ball-tampering scandal, one that has taken an already distasteful encounter with South Africa to new depths, he did not appear to grasp the severity of what he was owning up to. That simply beggared belief.

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Australia exposed as cheats – and stupid ones – but Smith will survive | Vic Marks

The actions of this hard-to-like Australia side cannot be condoned but sportsmen have long sought an illegal advantage

Once the prime minister of Australia had addressed the nation on the subject it was inevitable that Steve Smith’s tenure of the Australian captaincy would come to an abrupt end. Australians are up in arms, and, somewhat confusingly, astonished that their cricketers are capable of cheating. Even more unprecedentedly, their cricketers are admitting it.

“How can our team be engaged in cheating like this? It beggars belief.” For a second or two, Malcolm Turnbull’s words sounded like denial. Then we realised he was merely reflecting the nation’s shock. It was shocking that they were all so shocked.

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Australia reaping benefits of new cricket pay deal, says Ellyse Perry

  • Clinical Australia wrap up ODI series against India
  • Perry hails ‘clinical and professional’ performance

Star all-rounder Ellyse Perry says Australia’s ODI domination of India can be put down to the increased investment in the women’s game. The pay deal reached between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association last year shot female player payments up from $7.5m to $55.2m.

Perry says Australia was reaping the benefits from the record-breaking deal, resulting in a crushing series triumph in Vadodara on Thursday by winning the second of three ODIs.

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Perfect 10 for Griffin Colapinto as US surfer gets a triple barrel – video

Wild conditions whipped up by ex-Tropical Cyclone Linda off the Queensland coast provided Californian teenager Griffin Colapinto a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to surf through three barrels at the World Surf League’s season-opening Quiksilver Pro event. The 19-year-old was rewarded with a perfect 10 score at Kirra Point, after the action had been moved from Snapper Rocks due to the swell off the Gold Coast.

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Kagiso Rabada rips through Australia again as South Africa level series

• Australia 243 & 239, S Africa 382 & 102/4, SA win by six wickets
• Rabada finishes with match figures of 11 for 150 but faces ban

Kagiso Rabada’s fourth 10-wicket haul in just 28 Test matches propelled South Africa to a six-wicket victory over Australia but could prove to be his last action in the four-match series.

The 22-year-old claimed six for 54 from 22 overs including nine maidens in a furious second-innings return, that brought an end to Australia’s innings at 239.

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South Africa's Kagiso Rabada rips through Australia on another fiery day

  • Second Test, day one: Australia 243; South Africa 39-1
  • Rabada embroiled in more controversy amid five-wicket haul

Kagiso Rabada ripped through Australia, stoking the animosity between the teams on the way as South Africa bowled out the tourists out for 243 on day one of the second Test on Friday.

Rabada took five wickets in 18 balls in a blistering spell just before and after tea at Port Elizabeth, sending the Australians slumping from 161 for three. They were saved from a worse fate when Tim Paine made 36 and put on 61 with Australia’s last two batsmen.

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Pauline Menczer: the bus-driving world champion's road to surfing immortality | Jock Serong

Finally inducted to the Hall of Fame this week, the 47-year-old brushes off the hardships she faced to reveal the fun she had

The bus driver’s got a secret. Not many of the schoolkids know it, as the bus winds its way along the coast at Billinudgel, but their driver is a former world surfing champion.

Pauline Menczer, the woman who had the world at her feet back in 1993, loves her job. Living in nearby Brunswick Heads with her fiancee Samantha, she has achieved a rare measure of peace for a retired athlete.

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