We will re­mem­ber them

Sunday Tasmanian - - Front Page - ADAM SMITH and SU­SAN OONG

THE brav­ery and sac­ri­fice of sol­diers 100 years ago – many of them young men of a sim­i­lar age – is not lost on Aus­tralian crick­eters Ben McDer­mott, left, and D’Arcy Short.

As the na­tional team pre­pares to take on South Africa at Blund­stone Arena to­day, of­fi­cials and play­ers will at­tend Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices in Ho­bart be­fore a spe­cial show of re­spect at the ground prior to play.

AUS­TRALIAN cricket squad mem­ber D’Arcy Short ad­mits a weight has been lifted from the one-day side’s shoul­ders fol­low­ing the break­through vic­tory against South Africa on Fri­day night.

The seven-run win at the Ade­laide Oval not only snapped a seven-match los­ing streak for the ODI out­fit, but en­sured the se­ries re­mains alive ahead of to­day’s fi­nal match at Ho­bart’s Blund­stone Arena.

Short, who made way for Shaun Marsh in the sec­ond match af­ter he had re­cov­ered from mi­nor surgery, said the re­sult pro­vided an in­stant morale boost within the chang­e­rooms and the group is des­per­ate to con­tinue the mo­men­tum in Ho­bart.

“It is only one win for the sum­mer so far and we would like a lot more, but it def­i­nitely shows we are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion and I guess a lit­tle bit of weight lifted off,” said Short, who has shot to star­dom fol­low­ing some scin­til­lat­ing form for the Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes in the BBL.

“But we still have to keep mov­ing for­ward to keep win­ning games.”

With Aus­tralia un­likely to make any changes for to­day’s clash, Short is likely to again be on the side­lines along­side Hur­ri­canes team­mate Ben McDer­mott, who was drafted into the na­tional squad as cover for Marsh.

The pair could play a more prom­i­nent role in the T20 se­ries against In­dia which fol­lows the South African one­day­ers.

“You go into the squad and get a gauge on how he [Marsh] is any­way when you get there, it is just about help­ing out the guys and be an­other set of hands to help out the guys who are play­ing,” McDer­mott said of be­ing on the fringes.

Sev­eral of the squad — in­clud­ing coach Justin Langer, cap­tain Aaron Finch and vice­cap­tains Josh Ha­zle­wood and Alex Carey — will at­tend the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice at the Ho­bart Ceno­taph this morn­ing, and will lay a wreath on be­half of the team.

The Aus­tralian uni­form has a red poppy on the left sleeve to ac­knowl­edge and pay re­spects to ser­vice men and women, and there will be a cer­e­mony per­formed prior to the start of the match.

Sup­port­ers are en­cour­aged to ar­rive at Blund­stone by 1.15pm to pay their re­spects.

Among the crowd will be hun­dreds of ju­niors ea­ger to get a glimpse of their sport­ing heroes.

Darcy Foale, 7, of Mt Stu­art, and Baxter Arm­strong, 8, of Laud­erdale, dream of play­ing for Aus­tralia.

“I love bat­ting, I love bowl­ing, I love how lots of peo­ple can do it and I love how girls can do it as well,” Baxter said.

“I don’t like to brag but I reckon that I’m pretty good at bat­ting and bowl­ing … I def­i­nitely want to play for Aus­tralia.”

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Pic­ture: MATT THOMP­SON

BIG GAME: Ju­nior crick­eters get­ting be­hind the Aussie team for to­day’s ODI at Blund­stone Arena are Darcy Foale, 7, of Mt Stu­art, Sam Miller, 7, of Bel­lerive, Alice Miller, 4, of Bel­lerive, Aspen Arm­strong, 6, of Laud­erdale and Baxter Arm­strong, 8, of Laud­erdale.

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