We will remember them
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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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.