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TEST CAREER MILESTONES Sir Richard Hadlee (NZ) HS JOC's Wkts AvStf lOwST Tem Runs Ar 86 3.HZ 27.1$ 114 4.686 30.62 !5lrto 2 431 2129 36 Kaptl Dev (Ind) 66 Saturday, February 1, 1992 Wt Siibntij lilgrninci H.S Highest Scor lOwT IOwkksparTst 5wA 5 wickati par innings B.B Best bowling in an innings &B SJt 9 9-52 5.0! $ 9 ' Q.Bl AO Ijcntlbf 1" 1R Strike rate flUni'lY'-- ' DANIEL WILLIAMS A computer to rank all aspects of player performances, a plan to use different goal-kickers for different types of kicks, supposedly revolutionary defensive strategies, an emphasis on attacking fluidity . . . these are some of the things clubs have planned for the approaching Rugby League season. The Herald today begins a three-part series which looks at the off-season activities and prospects for the 16 premiership clubs. W ho are the serious challengers to defending premiers Penrith? Who are making up the numbers? Who'll claim the dreaded spoon? Who has improved and who has slumped? The siren in a grand final is a beginning as much as an end. Preparations for the new season started months ago for coaches and players. Western Suburbs, for example, have been training six days a week since November. We focus today on five teams: Balmain, Manly, North Sydney, St George and Wests. Tigers' coach Alan Jones is preparing for his second league season and scrutiny of his team's performance might be more intense than it was last year, when some critics, though not all, were prepared to give Jones a year to settle in. The coach is optimistic because this season fate willing he will have his international forwards on the paddock instead of nursing injuries on the sidelines. Manly's dual international Michael O'Connor reveals this will be his last season: "I'd have to say I've played my best football," he admits. He talks candidly about Manly's strategy of bolstering first-grade at the expense of the lower grades and predicts the seconds (who did not win a game last year) will fare little, if at all, better in 1992. Norths have gone futuristic in pursuit of going one or two steps further. If anyone still needed proof that the days of coaches barking "Four times around the oval" were over, examine this insight into the world of coach Steve Martin: "What happens is you press a button and out comes a report. It will say No I, Paul Conlon he made 25 runs, ISO yards, gained 22 tackles. Then we get graphs on yardages, runs, errors, and then we get bar graphs, like on workrate, which is a combination of runs and tackle stuff, and then we can compare them. . ." St George, who the Herald predicts to be one of two new teams to make the final five this year, are striving also for an edge through breaking tradition and thinking outside the square. Coach Brian Smith, ungues tionably one of the new breed, is nurturing a squad of goal-kickers. and considering a plan in which each may specialise in kicking from certain angles and distances or in specific circumstances. Western Suburbs coach Warren Ryan watched his centre recruit, Terry Hill, lift above his head and throw an 80kg man into a swimming pool, and knew immediately the Magpies would be a different team this year. He now has a backline he may confidently instruct to use the ball. PAGE 64: The Herald's experts look at your team s chances. Historic double beckons Kapil Dev India's champion all-rounder Kapil Dev needs only three wickets to become the first player to achieve the Test double of 4,000 runs and 400 wickets. Kapil has so far scored 4,686 runs at 30.62 and taken 397 wickets at 29.58 in 114 Tests. The only player to capture 400 wickets is New Zealander Sir Richard Hadlee, with 431 scalps at 22.29 and 3,124 runs at 27.16 from his 86 Test appearances. Hadlee took his 400th wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar's) in the Christchurch Test in February 1990 when aged 38. Kapil was 33 KERSI MEHER-HOMJI on January 6, the day India all but defeated Australia in Sydney. Has Kapil enough "puff left to get past the Kiwi knight's record? Here are some of his achievements at Test level: Kapil took his 100th Test wicket in a record time of one year and 105 days, beating Ian Botham's record of two years and nine days. At 21 years and 25 days, he had become the youngest to grab 100 scalps, a record previously held by Australia's Graham McKenzie. Kapil is also the youngest to achieve the Test double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets when 21 years 27 days, and the youngest to achieve a rare Test double of 2,000 runs and 200 wickets when 24 years and 67 days old. He is now set to become the first ever to scale Test cricket's "Mount Everest", 4,000 runs and 400 wickets. His next goal apart from guiding J. Srinath and S. Banerjee to reach their full potential would be to get past Sir Richard's record of 431 wickets. Others in the running are After countless years of frustrations and anguish during his Sydney sojourns, it was inevitable that the ageless South Australian cavalier David Hookes would at last inflict some pain on NSW on their own turf. Hookes dreads the cross-country trip to the East Coast, as his success rate at the SCG, particu- ' larly in Sheffield Shield matches against NSW, is surprisingly poor. He has hit centuries all over the world, but never at the SCG. Hookes, who may be 36 but is still playing with the brashness of a first-year inductee, came close to overcoming that barrier when he flaunted, flayed and fiddled about to save SA on the opening day of their Shield match by guiding them to a respectable first-innings tally of 282. Eventually Hookes fell for 87, his highest score at the SCG in 16 seasons. It may not have been Hookes's most memorable innings, but it had enough moments of brightness to indicate that this former Test player is still among the craftiest and most refreshing batsmen on the local first-class scene. Hookes has always played the game his way with admirable flair. The Blues already knew this, but also discovered that with players of such calibre you can ill afford to offer any leeway or half-chances. In an afternoon punctuated with NSW mistakes and fumbles, Hookes was dropped twice, at three and 43. Admittedly, the first to Mark Waugh in the gully was extremely hard, but NSW captain Geoff Lawson had every right to glare at first slip Greg Matthews when a chance shot through his upraised hands as Hookes was approaching his half-century. Hookes and Lawson are old foes, and the NSW skipper would have been livid that such a wily, slippery character had been let off so easily. David Hookes could only grin, realising that at last the Sydney gods were not crazy and at last he would finish with a sizable score on a ground that has been so unkind to him. Hookes did not have to be reminded that in his previous nine innings against NSW on the SCG since 1984-85 he had tallied only 179 runs. As the innings progressed, the more adventurous Hookes became, until late in the innings there was almost a re-enactment of one of the most famous moments in the 1977 Centenary Test, when the boyish new Test batsman clubbed five successive CRICKET GREG GROWDEN boundaries off England's Tony Greig. This time Wayne Holdsworth was the unwitting bowler, and with his first over with the second new ball he had to witness Hookes move from 67 to 87 in a six-ball sequence which involved two twos and then four boundaries. As in Melbourne, the sequence of boundaries involved most areas of the field, with Hookes dispatching Holdsworth to the backward square, cover, square leg and third man boundary. Thankfully, umpire Paul Dodd ended the carnage by calling "over", followed shortly after by a Steve Waugh delivery from the other end that found Hookes's pads to dismiss him lbw. Hookes seemed a little disgruntled by the umpire's decision, but that may have had something to do with coming so close to a personal dream of at last seeing the stars flashing on the SCG electronic scoreboard, to herald a century. Later Hookes admitted that the situation was made even more odd by the fact that he usually enjoys batting on the Sydney pitch. "It has been a monkey on my back as I would like to score a century here," Hookes said last night. "Fifteen years ago there was probably 30 hits in which to do it. Now it might only be one left." This last statement indicates that this could be Hookes's final first-class season, particularly with him now only 99 runs off John Inverarity's highest Shield run tally of 9,341. Then again, Hookes has issued similar statements in the past. While SA can primarily thank Hookes for their sizable tally, NSW were last night slapping each other's wrists for not ending the opponent's first innings some hours earlier. Realistically, NSW should have been chasing a 200-run target today, after numerous dropped catches and missed stumpings. Similarly, NSW's ground fielding was hardly inspiring. Australia will play NSW as part of their preparation for the World Cup tournament next month. NSW Cricket Association officials are confident of at least 15,000 spectators attending the one-day match at North Sydney Oval on February 18. PAGE 59: Scoreboard. Botham (aged 36) with 380 wickets, Malcolm Marshall (33) with 376 and Imran Khan (39) with 362. Kapil Dev added to his haul of wickets and runs in the fourth Test against Australia which finished at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday, and he has a tilt at new milestones in the fifth Test beginning at the WACA today. He took eight wickets (3-33 and 5-130) and scored 61 runs (56 and 5) in Australia's 38-run victory. In Australia's second innings, Kapil with successive balls dismissed Dean Jones and Mark Waugh for ducks. locgoaf 50th 1 00th 150th 200th 250th 300th 350th 400th I Astflqbal (Pak) Weffington 14 M. Arminath (Ind) Kanpur 25 Imran Khan (Pak) Napier 34 S. M. Gavaskar (Ind) Christchurch 44 N. C Cowans (Eng) Trent Bridge 53 Mohan Khai (Pak) DunwWn 61 A. K. Border Aus) Ve8ngton 69 R 8. Richardson (VVI) - Christchurch $0 $. Y. Minjrekar (Ind) Christchurch fi-a--V-it:frtrtiVlY.tffiVWIlVfWliW iJUrt 1st t Sadiq Md. (Pak) Falsaiabad 50th 16 a Ysrdiey (Aus) Kanpur 1 00th 25 TasIimArif (Pak) Calcutta 150th 39 C.Tavare(Eng) Lords 200th 50 A, H- Roberts (W1) Port-of Spain 250th 6S A, . Lamb (Eng) Bombay 300th 83 JCJ.Ratnayake (SI) Cuttack 350th 100 , Javari Miawiad (Pak) Karachi 123 m-73 1976-77 1978-79 i 980-81 1983 1984-85 ! 985-86 986-87 1989-90 1978-79 1979- 80 1980- 81 1982 1982-83 984-85 1986-87 989-90 3 ?m Wf- Ism illlllillllllp IBMIMMlllllillilillK McDermott is intent to join hall of fame PHILWILKINS A century of catches ... NSW all-rounder Greg Matthews takes his 100th catch to dismiss Jamie Siddons off skipper Geoff Lawson's bowling at the SCG yesterday. Picture by steven siewert PERTH: Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott is intent on an eclipse of the suns of Bishan Bedi, Richie Benaud and Alan Davidson in the fifth Test against India starting at the WACA today. In 44 years of Australian-Indian Tests, Bedi with 31 wickets in the 1977-78 series in Australia, and Davidson and Benaud, each with 29 wickets in India in 1959-60, are the leading wicket-takers. By Wednesday, McDermott could have surpassed their achievements. He already has 28 wickets from four Tests, carrying him to 150 wickets in 35 Tests. Til beat that record," he vowed yesterday, mindful of his 11-wicket haul against England in Perth last season. It has been a resoundingly successful 12 months for the 26-year-old Queenslander, 70 wickets falling to him in 11 Tests, 10 from the last win in Adelaide. "Adelaide's finished.'' McDermott said realistically yesterday. "The 10 wickets for the match are behind me. "It's a new Test match tomorrow. Regardless of how many wickets I have in this series, it's only what happens from Saturday that counts." McDermott has accepted an enormous workload since his return to Australian colours in Adelaide last January, but even he is quaking in his boots at the thought of successive Sheffield Shield matches in Adelaide and Perth immediately after this Test. The WACA pitch was white and hard and full or runs yesterday. If India win the toss, they could take advantage of an Australian attack which was wearying by the minute last Wednesday. The sight of the wicket even had the Indians talking of dropping spinner Venkatapathy Raju, one of their best performers, for Subroto Banerjee, the young paceman who made his debut in Sydney. "If Australia play Shane Warne, it will ruin him," one experienced Indian said yesterday of the young leg-spinner. Overcoming the probable four-man pace attack of McDermott, Merv Hughes, Paul Reiffel and Mike Whitney will be tremendously difficult for India, but the occasion does seem right for Sachin Tendulkar and Sanjay Manjrekar to distinguish themselves in a long partnership. Allan Border put the lbw furore of Adelaide into perspective yesterday, explaining why so many more Indians were out lbw eight to Australia's two. "They play differently to us," he said. "We go at the ball and play further forward against pace bowlers not as quick as our fellows. They Continued Page 65 Kiwis lose their grip AUCKLAND: New Zealand collapsed dramatically in the final session on the second day of the second Test against England yesterday. The tourists finished unexpectedly on top despite being all out for 203 in their first innings. New Zealand looked like taking a handy lead when they passed 90 for the loss of only two wickets, but then lost seven wickets for only 48 runs to be stranded on 9-141. The last four Kiwi wickets put on only 15 runs. Spies add spice to a dull race day SAN DIEGO, Friday: Spies were detected and warned off, above and below the water, in the challenger eliminations for the America's Cup yesterday. The New Zealanders, before they launched their yacht for day five of round-robin one, caught a diver sitting on the bottom of their dock with a camera. On the race course later, the Italians complained about the close attention of a power boat from the America3 defence syndicate, which they and Iain YACHTING BOB ROSS Murray's Spirit of Australia team believe is fitted with under-water cameras and sophisticated surveillance devices. The race committee warned the crew of this boat off the course, and its chairman, Dr Stan Reid, of Australia, informed its crew that he would make a formal protest to the America's Cup Organising Committee. The ACOC and the Challenger of Record Committee, representing the defenders, have an agreement with firm guidelines on distances a boat must keep from another's course. The racing was less exciting than the peripheral espionage: New Zealand (Rod Davis) had a walkover win when its opponent Nippon (Chris Dickson, Japan) withdrew halfway through the race with a steering system breakdown. New Zealand, point ing higher to windward and fast in the 10-knot breeze and smooth sea, had led all the way and at the time was lmin 56s ahead. Spirit of Australia (Peter Gil-mour), with better all-round speed, beat Espana 92 (Pedro Campos, Spain) by lmin 50s. The margin could have been three or four minutes but for some sloppy crew-work and minor mishaps on Spirit. During a gybe towards the end of the first run the brace (one of the spinnaker control lines) went under the bow and the sail flapped uselessly for a time for a loss of about three boat lengths; the spinnaker went overboard on the hoist at the start of the first reach; the clip on the sheet broke at the end of the reaching legs. "It was not a flash day," syndicate head Iain Murray said. Ville de Paris (Marc Pajot, France) beat Tre Kronor (Gun-nar Krantz, Sweden) by 5min 18s. II Moro di Venezia (Paul Cayard, Italy) sailed around the course alone for the winning Continued Page 65 BUY YOUR OFFICIAL OF AUSTRALIA team clothing and merchandise from the spirit shop: level 2, southern pavillion harbourside, Darling harbour Mon - Sat 10am - 9pm Sun 10am - 5pm TEL: 02 212 2221 ALU PROCEEDS TO THE 'SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA AMERICA'S CUP CHALLENGE 10 DISCOUNT TO DHYC MEMBERS 'Mm Mai 'M : i M d :Ih : -J A SPECTACULAR N Z. RISING 2 Y.O. CHESTNUT COLT FOALED 61090 BY THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL -NUINSKY- STALLION WESTERN SYMPHONY (U.S.A.) Sire of: S.W. PROCOL HARUM GIN RYTHYM WESTERN MUSIC WESTERN CHORUS DALMATOR WESTERN FRONTIER WESTERN From: showdown Etc. THE TOP. STAKES WINNING MARE SEA PICTURES 8 Wins from 1250 2100m inc. Gosford Gold Cup Gr 3 S.T.C. Diners Club Cup Gr 3 A.J.C. Emancipation S L 2nd A.J.C. Warwick S. Gr 2 . TO BE TRAINED AT THE PRESTIGIOUS "BOUNDING AWAY LODGE" RANDWICK ; GAI WATERHOUSE . A Partnership of Six is now being formed at $6950 per share. All Six Owners names on registration papers. Individual monthly accounts to each Partner from Trainer. Average $280 per month per Partner covers expenses. Vet certificate supplied. For Inspection and further details: HARRY LAWT0N or PAM WILLIAMSON (02) 955 4208 (anytime) HOLDER OF A DEALER'S LICENCE UNDER THE N S W. INDUSTRIES CODE Daly gives Randwick a world-class pack Australian loose head prop Tony Daly has decided to move clubs and will join his Test front-row partners, Ewen McKenzie and Phil Kearns, at Randwick this season, giving the Galloping Greens one of the strongest packs in world rugby. Daly, who scored Australia's match-winning try in the World Cup final against England at Twickenham last November, went to Randwick training on Thursday night, and yesterday agreed to join the defending premiers. Daly had been disenchanted at Eastern Suburbs, particularly after being selected as a reserve for last year's Sydney grand final. Although indicating during the World Cup that he would stay with Easts, Daly has spoken with several clubs since his return to Sydney. He attended a Gordon training session last week, prompting one North Shore newspaper to announce yesterday that he had joined the Highlanders. "I am definitely going to Randwick," Daly said yesterday. "I just want to improve and enjoy my rugby. I don't want the red carpet treatment at Randwick, and want to be picked on my merits. "I would expect to start in reserve grade because Mick Murray is a great player and I'll have to play well to put him out." Apart from now possessing the entire Test RUGBY GREG GROWDEN front-row, Randwick have lured several impressive backline players, including Darren Junee from Eastwood. Australia's acclaimed winger David Campese last night won another coveted award when he was named the Australian Society of Rugby Writers' Player of the Year. . - Campese, who was rated the best player of the World Cup tournament, won the award by a record margin. He polled 64 votes, ahead of John Eales (25), Nick Farr-Jones (24) and Tim Gavin (12), after 27 members of the society voted on a 3-2-1 point basis. Campese received 19 primary votes. Previous winners are Farr-Jones (1986), Matthew Burke (1987), Ian Williams (1988), Michael Lynagh (1989) and Gavin (1990). Scotland's leading referee, Jim Fleming, has been appointed to officiate one of the Tests in this season's Australia-New Zealand series. A French referee, yet to be appointed, will officiate the other two domestic Tests.

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