Support for Justin Langer was quickly silenced during the first Test against West Indies in Perth, with a banner reading ‘Justice for JL’ removed minutes after it was put up.
The WA public were furious when Langer was kicked out as Australia coach in early February, and fans are still angry at the decision 10 months later.
Langer is particularly revered in his home country and fans wanted to show their support on matchday three at Optus Stadium.
A group of rowdy teenagers unfurled a banner reading “Justice for JL” at the end of the Justin Langer stand on Friday, but within minutes a security guard was ordered by his superiors to remove it.
Optus Stadium has a policy of removing all objects that block commercial signage from the site.
Although the unfolded banner slightly obscured an electronic billboard, this part of the billboard was not used since there was already another billboard in front of it.
The band described the incident as a “stitch”, and they produced a series of chants to express their support for Langer.
“What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now.”
The incident continued a week of headlines over whether there was a rift between Langer and some of his former players.
Langer did his best to dispel that on the morning of day one when he hugged and chatted with the players as they warmed up on the pitch.
“I love Australian cricket and love being back and seeing the boys. I haven’t seen them for nine months,” Langer said.
Marsh hobbled for three months
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will be out for the rest of the summer after going under the knife to repair a long-standing ankle injury.
Marsh underwent keyhole surgery on his left ankle in Sydney on Thursday to remove loose bone fragments and repair cartilage and is expected to be sidelined for around three months.
The 31-year-old Western Australian has carried the injury for a long time and decided to undergo surgery after consulting with state and national team medics.
“Mitchell is an important member of our teams, and we will support him throughout his recovery period and hopefully he will be available for Australia’s selection for the ODI series against India in March,” the manager said. Chief George Bailey.
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“By undertaking surgery now, it gives Mitchell the best chance to recover and resume his versatile skills, which is an important part of our plans for the coming year and beyond.”
Moises guides the Blues to dominate Vics
Moises Henriques lost just under a century as a Victoria side sparked by Will Sutherland battled their way back into the Sheffield Shield game in Melbourne.
Henriques scored 97, hitting 10 fours and a six in his flowing 179-ball innings, but the Blues’ attempt to take a big first-inning lead on day two was shattered by two slumps.
Responding to Victoria’s 209, the Blues were 2-155 but lost two tufts of three wickets on the cheap and needed a few late finishing blows to reach 260, a 51 lead, with tea taken at the end of the innings.
Paceman Sutherland (4-57 from 22.1 overs) has been instrumental in the resurgence of the home side.
He dismissed Jason Sangha (44) just before lunch, ending a 107-run third wicket with Henriques.
At the start of the second session, Sutherland’s athletic dive and fine throw from the middle caused Matthew Gilkes (2) to run out and he then brought Sean Abbott (1) in behind as NSW lost 3 -7.
Henriques and wicketkeeper Baxter Holt (23) regained the initiative with a seventh wicket from 48.
Victoria fought back late in the session, taking it 3-3, just after NSW overtook Victoria’s first set score.
Holt was caught by Sam Elliott and Henriques was trapped lbw by spinner Todd Murphy, who also got Chris Green caught and finished with 3-44 from 16 overs.
The Blues’ last two wickets added 47, with Chris Tremain scoring a brisk 24 not out, with Adam Zampa and himself hitting a six.
Victoria had Sam Harper and Jon Holland replaced after testing positive for COVID.
Victoria captain Peter Handscomb performed admirably behind the stumps in place of Harper, making four catches.
Renshaw runs again for the Bulls
Queensland fly-half Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns each produced superb fifties before Western Australia pacemaker Joel Paris hit back with three wickets before tea on day two of the Sheffield Shield clash at the Gabba .
The Bulls were 3-166 at tea after Renshaw (54 of 145 balls) and Burns (72 of 203) went 116.
Lefthander Paris (3-21 from 17 overs) was the choice of WA bowlers and deserved the awards that finally came to him after lunch.
Burns attempted to leave a Parisian delivery that cut late but grazed his face with his bat, Josh Inglis catching the hold. Paris then snatched Sam Truloff’s first ball.
The opening day game at the Gabba was won and Western Australia captain Sam Whiteman sent the Bulls to bat after winning the coin toss.
Play started an hour early with 112 overs to go on Friday in a bid to make up for Thursday’s lost day.
Conditions were tough for early hitting, with the pitch generating tennis ball bounce and the ball stitching around.
Pacemen Paris, Matthew Kelly, Aaron Hardie and Lance Morris tested the Bulls’ openers with probing spells, but Renshaw and Burns showed all the experience and class that earned them Test cricket honors with Australia .
Both left the ball with aplomb and put away poor deliveries.
Renshaw returned to the Bulls side after going 81 and 101 no for the Premier’s XI against the West Indies.
The southpaw argues for a recall from the Australian side. He was caught in the middle of the wicket trying to up the ante, but the manner of his sleeves showed off his calm temper and courage.
Midway through the Shield competition, defending champions Western Australia emerged as early favorites after winning four of their first five games to top the table with 31.85 points.
Tasmania is second at 20.54 with the Bulls close at 20.42.
Tassie’s higher order crumbles against SA
South Australia’s Rapids played the starring role as the Redbacks brushed off Tasmania for just 149 runs to establish a 180 run lead in the first innings.
SA’s last two wickets added 20 to their total for the night before their innings ended on 329 at the start of day two at Blundstone Oval.
Tasmania’s early players put in 33 but the home side then fell 5-33 either side of lunch.
Brendan Doggett (4-21) caused most of the early damage, taking three of the first four wickets.
Fellow rapids Nathan McAndrew (3-51) and Wes Agar (2-50) kept the pressure on.
Jake Doran, who returned a positive COVID-19 test on day one, was the only home hitter to subdue the SA offense.
He scored 42 from 53 and went 66 for the sixth wicket with Beau Webster (26) after Tasmania floundered at 5-66.
However, Doran’s dismissal sparked another 5-17 drop on either side of the tea.
South Australia chose not to apply the sequel.