The first ODI between Australia and India saw both Aaron Finch and Steve Smith celebrate centuries, helping Australia to a win at the SCG. Finch bagged 114 runs from 124 balls alongside Smith who notched 105 runs from 66 balls. The first ODI finished with Australia posting 374/6 and India finishing with 308/8.
It looked to be more of the same for Australia in the second ODI, going for 389/4, thanks to Steve Smith’s 104 runs. The strong performance from the Aussies clinched the series after India went 338/9, meaning the third ODI set for this Wednesday to be one for pride as India will do everything they can not to be swept.
It was a bittersweet victory for Australia after David Warner went down with a groin injury, placing question marks around him being able to make an appearance in the first Test between Australia and India on December 17 at Adelaide Oval.
Australian centre Will Magnay is reportedly finalising a two-way deal with NBA team, the New Orleans Pelicans. The 22-year-old will leave the Brisbane Bullets, who signed him after playing for the University of Tulsa in America. The Australian big man won the 2019-20 NBL Most Improved Player after averaging 8.07 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.15 blocks.
Magnay will join Jae’Sean Tate, former Sydney King’s player, in chasing their NBA dreams as the NBL product Tate, recently signed a three-year deal with the Houston Rockets. The two players have now made it four NBL products that have signed NBA contracts in recent weeks.
The Adelaide Lightning demonstrated a strong performance against the Sydney Uni Flames last Saturday, winning 75-53 off the back of Steph Talbot’s 30 points, 12 rebounds, dominant performance. Yet they weren’t able to pull off the back to back days, losing to the Southside Flyers 110-79 yesterday. The Lightning will look to redeem themselves on Wednesday, 6:30 pm, against Southside, in what has been a busy schedule.
Ladies European Tour – Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De Espana
Aussie Whitney Hillier wasn’t able to get out of round two in the Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De Espana—the last round of the 2020 season—posting a result of +13, 78, 79, and an overall score of 157. Hillier was the only Aussie at the Open after fellow Aussie Steph Kyriacou flew home early.
After fears of having the quality diminished in the Australian Open, due to the two-week quarantine the Victorian Government imposes on incoming travellers potentially scaring off athletes, the ATP recently told players they would be able to practice during the 14-day quarantine.
Yet, this hasn’t been confirmed by Tennis Australia, as the Victorian Government hasn’t approved of the ATP’s message to athletes.
AFC Champions League
It was a bad day at the office for a few A-League clubs competing in the AFC Champions League. Melbourne Victory lost 2-0 to Beijing Guoan, leaving them with three points from the first four games. South Australian youngster Jay Barnett came off the bench for victory.
Perth Glory fell to Ulsan Hyundai 2-0, keeping them bottom of Group F with zero points and eliminating any chance for Perth to qualify into the knockout stages. South Australian Carlo Armiento was handed his first start for the Glory and almost made it one to remember, with a 20th-minute strike outside the box which forced a great save from keeper Jo-So-Huk.
The All Blacks have placed one hand on the Tri-Nations title after thumping Argentina 38-0. The result sees New Zealand sit five points clear on 11 points, meaning Australia needs to beat Argentina by 101 points or Argentina needing to beat the Wallabies by 93 for either to win the cup. The Argentina vs Australia battle is set for this Saturday and would have to be one for the ages if the Wallabies had any hope of being crowned champions.
South Australia’s Eva Karpani has been selected for the Wallaroos most recent training camp from December 1-6, in preparation for the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The 24-year-old will look to impress at the camp to solidify her position in the Wallaroos World Cup squad which is set to face Wales, New Zealand and the Final Qualification Tournament winner, in the battle for Pool A. An appearance at the 2021 Rugby World Cup will cap off a meteoric rise for Karpani who only started playing rugby at 15.
Australian National Shortcourse Championships
Kaylee McKeown set a new world record in the 200m backstroke, finishing in a time of 1:58.94, beating the previous record holder Katinka Hosszu’s 1:59.23. The championship was forced to go virtual to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing swimmers to compete simultaneously across multiple venues in the country. After the impressive result, the 19-year-old will be aiming to see herself in the Tokyo Olympic games, next year.
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