A-League: Coach calls on senior men to lift in another test of Jets’ depthphotos

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ME: Teenage attacker Mario Shabow is in line to make his starting debut for the Newcastle Jets against Melbourne City. Picture: Max Mason-HubersERNIE Merrick is confident his young guns will “do a job” but it is the Jets’ senior players who the coach expects to step up against Melbourne City at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night.
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The Jets’ depth faces another test after Wayne Brown (calf) and Jake Adelson (knee) stretchedthe club’s casualty wardto seven.

Brown is only likely to miss a week but the news could not be worse for Adelson, after scans confirmed the right back had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the youth team’s 1-all draw with Sydney FC. The 21-year-old now faces a third knee reconstruction.

Brown and Adelson join Ronny Vargas (ankle), Roy O’Donovan (groin), Jack Duncan (foot), Daniel Georgievski (knee) and Jason Hoffman (groin) on the list of injured players.Although Hoffman is a slight chance of being fit.

Coach looks to senior men to set Jets course TweetFacebook Jets trainingPictures: Max Mason-HubersThe more likely scenario is for teenager Mario Shabow to be promoted for his first start on the right wing and either Nick Cowburn or Johnny Koutroumbis to replace Georgievski at right back.

“It is certainly testing our depth which has been an ongoing thing during the past few weeks,” Merrick said.

“All the boys who have come into roles have done a very good job.At the beginning of pre-season training we made sure everyone was well aware of the roles and what wasexpected in attack and defence. There is nothing new to the boys, it is just getting used to the intensity and the pressure of first-team football. If you have more than two or three youngsters then the senior players really have to step up.”

Merrick said they would look to sign an injury replace for Adelson during the January transfer window, but for now thefocus was on City and continuing the Jets’ climb.

Newcastlesit in second place, four points above Saturday’s opponents, who have lost three straight and on Monday sacked assistant coach Michael Valkanis.

“Melbourne City are a wounded team and will be out to prove themselves,” Merrick said. “I think it will be a really tough match. I keep saying to our players that tough matches are the best ones at this stage of the season in preparing for the finals.”

Merrick expects Tim Cahill will be fully recovered from a taxing Socceroos campaign.

“Cahill will play some part and McCormack will play some part as well,” Merrick said.

“Although they have lost Osama Malik (suspended), they still have Neil Kilkenny, Luke Brattan and Stefan Mauk. It is a team rich in players.

“However, we are in great form as well. The other thing about City is that they play open football and have the type of players to play open football. It should be an end-to-end affair which really suits us.”

The Jets in conjunction with community partner,Greater Bank, hope to raise funds and awareness for charity CanTeen on Saturday. The club will give 1000 general admission tickets to fans who purchase a CanTeen bandanna for $5 at the Family Fun Fairto be held in the stadium’s western car park before kick-off.

Property Watch: Luxury waterfront property in Belmont hits the market

Luxury waterfront home could set record WHAT A VIEW: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road comprises a five-bedroom main residence and separate guest house and is expected to fetch a suburb record.
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LUXURY: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road is being marketed with a price guide of $3.5 million to $3.75 million.

WHAT A VIEW: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road comprises a five-bedroom main residence and separate guest house and is expected to fetch a suburb record.

WHAT A VIEW: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road comprises a five-bedroom main residence and separate guest house and is expected to fetch a suburb record.

WHAT A VIEW: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road comprises a five-bedroom main residence and separate guest house and is expected to fetch a suburb record.

LUXURY: This Belmont property in exclusive Bellevue Road is being marketed with a price guide of $3.5 million to $3.75 million..

TweetFacebookPARK PRESENCEA Merewether home that has only been owned by the one family and backs on to Gibbs Brothers Oval is expected to be sought after.

The three-bedroom home at 60 Curry Street is set on 664 square metres, has a separate double garage and large workshop and gated access to the oval.

It is being marketed by Daltons Partners with a price guide of $1.6 million and will be taken to auction by David Phelan on December 16.

SOUGHT-AFTER POSITION: This Merewether home has been in the one family since it was built in the 1950s and enjoys private access to Gibbs Brothers Oval.

PRDnationwide’s Joel Soldado is marketing 1 The Avenue, Maryville, a two-bedroom home on 516 square metres with rare off-street parking for four cars and adjoiningIslington Park.

It has a price guide of $850,000 and will be auctioned on December 23.

SUBURB RECORDSThree new suburb records appear to have been set in the past 10 days.

Dalton Partners sold historic Lambton residence ‘Cartrefle’for $1.54 million on November 23, setting a new residential house sale record for the suburb according to n Property Monitors.

In Caves Beach, McGrath Estate Agents sold stunning ‘Vantage Point’ in the exclusive Sea Cliff Place for $2.75 million, believed to be a suburb residential sale.

In Cessnock, Baird Real Estate sold a four-bedroom home in Chapman Street for $700,000. Agent Heath Baird believes it set a newa residential house sale recordfor the city.

According to APM, there have been 271 sales in Cessnock this year.

Find more property news on what’s selling around town on page 8.

UNDER $500KIf you are looking for a home under half a million dollars then there have been a few hit the market this week.

Andriessen Property haslisted 83 Wilkinson Avenue in Birmingham Gardens for $480,000, Elders Real Estatehas listed 13 Chinchen Street, North Lambton for $430,000 to $470,000 and First National are marketing a five-bedroom home at 48 Steel Street, Jesmond with a price guide of $450,000 to $480,000.

NEW AGENCYA new boutique agency has opened in Tighes Hill.

Tracey Stewart Real Estate is operational and will officially be launched on Tuesday evening.

Ms Stewart is a licensed real estate agent, stock andstation agent, strata manager, business broker and auctioneer.

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New $1.54 million record in LambtonBig auction results in Maryville and Merewether

Cricket: Newcastle quartet poised for NSW Country call-up at national championships

POSSIBLE: Newcastle off-spinner Nick Foster will be in contention for NSW Country squad. Picture: Marina NeilUp to four Newcastle cricketers are expected to earn Bush Blues’ caps for January’s national campaign when the NSW Country squad is announced this week.
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The representative team, set for official release on Wednesday, will be named in the wake ofNewcastle claiming athird NSW Country Championshipstitle in five seasonson the weekend.

Newcastle defeated Central Coast by three wickets in the 2017-2018 decider at Bowral’s Bradman Oval to seal an undefeated campaign and coach Shane Burley said tickets to the n Country Championships in Geraldton were just rewards.

“For us, we’re all about winning that trophy because these guys are really proud to represent Newcastle,” Burley said.

“To earn a cap is a by-product of that and another reward for their efforts.”

Newcastle quartet Burt Cockley, Nathan Price, Nick Foster andJoe Price are the most likely candidates with skipper Mark Littlewood, last season’s n Country XI member Pat Darwen and left-arm opening bowler Dan Morton all unavailable.

Former first-class paceman Cockley, by chance, and all-rounder Nathan Price, by choice, are back playing first grade in Newcastle this summer while off-spinner Foster and form dangerman Joe Price are both Bush Blues’ incumbents.

Newcastle rookie Dylan Hunter also put himself into contention with a hard-hitting half-century in Sunday’s showdown as well as picking up 4-22 with his left-arm orthodox spinners during the preliminary rounds at Inverell earlier this month.

NSW Country will be coached by Jeff Cook.

The national titles will take place in Western from January 5 to 13.

Meanwhile the Newcastle Steel side will give injured Joe Price (groin) all week to prove his fitness for Sunday’s crunchNSW Premier T20 Cup game against Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval. Price went down in a double header at home last weekendand may be replacedby Jonty Durrheim, who has been put on standby.

And finally the Newcastle under-18team will be ledby Josh Claridge at next month’s NSW Country Colts Championships inTamworth (December 18-21).

Test recall rumoured for Stokes after boarding flight for NZ

Ben Stokes could be back playing cricket in New Zealand as early as this weekend as another twist emerged in the all-rounder’s Australasian sojourn.
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The intrigue surrounding Stokes’ participation in the Ashes grew after he was pictured at Heathrow Airport on Monday night with a trolley full of cricket baggage, presumably on his way to . Stokes, however, was travelling to New Zealand, where his parents live, to spend time with his family.

It has since emerged Stokes is in talks with New Zealand domestic team Canterbury, to play in that country’s 50-over and Twenty20 tournaments. Canterbury is based in Christchurch where Stokes’ parents live.

The games would allow Stokes, who has not played competitively in two months, to get much-needed match practice should he be sensationally drafted into England’s flagging Ashes campaign. But the ECB says the trip was organised independent of the board.

The timing of the Stokes development has the potential to embarrass Canterbury, which last week had batsman Ken McClure stand down from representative cricket after pleading guilty to an assault charge.

Canterbury coach Gary Stead said at the time that the organisation is “committed to building strong, healthy communities and has no tolerance for this sort of behaviour”.

New Zealand cricket was in shock in 2013 when former international Jesse Ryder was left in a medically induced coma after being assaulted twice as he left a Christchurch bar. He has since returned to professional cricket.

Stokes is under police investigation in Britain after being involved in a wild brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol in September. He has been stood down by the England and Wales Cricket Board pending the probe and also faces disciplinary action from his employer.

A Canterbury spokeswoman issued a “no comment” when contacted by Fairfax Media about Stokes and McClure on Tuesday, but the team later issued a statement confirming it had held “informal discussions” with the player.

“The CCA [Canterbury Cricket Association] Board and New Zealand Cricket will independently be considering this issue in the near future but, until then, we are unable to provide any more detail on the status of the deliberations. As and when there are any further developments we will of course release further statements,” chief executive Jeremy Curwin said.

As a centrally contracted player, Stokes would need a no-objection certificate from the England and Wales Cricket Board, which Fairfax Media understands will be granted, while New Zealand Cricket would also need to sign off on any offer from Canterbury.

If a deal is reached, Stokes could be back on the field as early as Sunday against Otago.

“NZC has yet to receive a formal request regarding Ben Stokes,” the New Zealand board said.

“However, we understand he and his representatives have been in discussions with Canterbury.

“NZC has an open mind on this issue and will await further information, and an official request, before making a decision.”

The ECB said Stokes is not on official duty with Team England.

“The ECB is aware that Ben Stokes is making a private trip to New Zealand to spend time with his family,” the statement read.

“His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the ECB. He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the England set-up.”

Smaller company share prices outpace market giants

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With only four weeks to the end of the year, our sharemarket is likely to finish on a reasonable note.

Share prices are up more than 5 per cent; though most of that has been since August. Add in the dividend yield of at least 4 per cent and that’s a total return of about 9 per cent.

Our market lifted strongly through October and broke through 6000 points in early November, though it has pulled back a little since then.

As I have written, I am not expecting our market to sustain levels above the record of just-over 6800 points it reached on November 1, 2007, for a long time yet.

But behind the headline numbers of the market overall, CommSec chief economist Craig James has found that since the end of August, the share prices of smaller companies, those in the Small Ordinaries index, have lifted by 9.6 per cent.

Over the same period, share prices of the biggest-50 companies have lifted by only 3.7 per cent.

Smaller companies, as least as far as the index is concerned, have really struggled over the past decade.

Over the 10 years to October 31 this year, the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Accumulation Index (which includes dividends) produced an annual average compound return of minus 1.34 per cent.

James reckons the run in smaller companies shows investors are prepared to take on the higher risk that’s inherent in investing in smaller companies because of record low n interest rates, low returns elsewhere on n investments and firmer global growth.

He notes a number of small cap stocks are among the most-traded stocks on the CommSec sharebroking service, including A2 Milk and Pilbara Minerals.

Over the last three months, the share price of A2 Milk, the baby formula maker, has lifted by 51 per cent.

Pilbara Minerals, a player in tantalum which is used in electronics, is up about 170 per cent.

The n economy is in fairly good shape with consumer confidence improving just in time for the Christmas spending period.

While the jobs market is improving I do wonder if the employment figures are really capturing the full extent of under-employment.

And while the earnings of n-listed companies are certainly growing, they are generally growing less quickly than other developed-country markets. Most market watchers expect that to continue next year.

Wilson Asset Management founder and chairman Geoff Wilson reckons there are some positives from this year that will likely persist in next year.

The rebound of the mining sector, increased capital expenditure as well as the domestic infrastructure boom and strong growth in China were positive themes to emerge in 2017, he says. Wilson expects these themes to continue in the year ahead.

Despite the generally pessimistic view on n company earnings, they might surprise as capital investment by them is rising, he says.

“This may suggest is joining the global business investment recovery and has the potential to drive company earnings growth,” Wilson says.

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Health checks for older doctors to prove they’re fit to practise

All n doctors aged 70 or over will have to undergo regular health checks to prove they are fit to practise, as part of a new plan to weed out dangerous medical professionals.
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Those who work in isolation, such as solo GPs, will also face additional scrutiny, as will those who have received multiple proven complaints against them.

But doctors will not have to resit their exams every five years.

The announcement was made by the Medical Board of on Tuesday, as part of planned professional performance requirements to pinpoint risky doctors.

Studies have found that badly performing doctors are more likely to be older men.

Other risk factors for poor performance include being trained overseas and practising away from other colleagues.

Following advice from an expert advisory group chaired by Professor Elizabeth Farmer, the board has announced that it will require all doctors aged 70 or older to undergo a health check every three years.

Doctors tend to retire later than many other professionals, with hundreds still practicing into their eighties.

The general health test for the older doctors could include cognitive, eyesight and hearing tests.

Medical board chair Dr Joanna Flynn said the measure had been proposed following legal advice that it would not constitute age discrimination and evidence that some people develop impaired thinking when they grew older, but did not realise it.

“The way that plays out is they don’t learn and retain new knowledge,” Dr Flynn said.

“They tend to go down pathways that are familiar to them. So they might miss an unusual diagnosis.”

Dr Flynn said the extra screening was not about forcing older doctors into retirement, as many aged over 70 provided excellent care.

“For some people it may be a matter of just reducing their hours a bit, or not being on call, or not doing such complex surgery – not putting themselves in situations where they are under such stress and pressure,” she said.

Of the 111,000 registered medical practitioners in , an estimated 5596 are aged over 70 and 865 aged over 80 – about 6 per cent of the total.

Dr Bastian Seidel, president of the college of GPs, said he was concerned about tests for older doctors.

“A heavy-handed approach would fail the public and it would certainly fail practitioners who have given decades of their lives to the profession,” Dr Seidel said.

“It would send quite a significant message to society to say once you are over a certain age, you’re not contributing anymore.”

However the changes were roundly welcomed by n Medical Association president Michael Gannon, who had worried that doctors would be forced to regularly resit their fellowship exams.

He said the health checks for those over 70 was preferable to forced retirements and would allow older doctors who are still providing “outstanding service” to work longer. iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},”#pez_iframe_tipstar_655″);

Older doctors will not be the only group affected by the changes, with all medical practitioners to undergo at least 50 hours of annual professional development, which could include having patients and colleagues rate them.

Though these changes could take many years to implement, consultation is not scheduled to begin until 2020 and plenty of details are yet to be confirmed, including how many complaints should serve as a red flag.

A relatively small number of bad apples appear to be responsible for much of the poor practice, with just 3 per cent of ‘s medical workforce accounting for almost half of complaints.

There is concern that information about poorly-performing doctors is not being properly shared and further work was needed to prevent “unfit” medical students from entering the profession, or becoming specialists.

Anne Shortall, a medical negligence expert with Slater and Gordon lawyers, said she was often frustrated to see the same “small group” of doctors appearing again and again in her cases.

These doctors were allowed to continue to work, she said, and patients would see them unaware they’d been embroiled in previous court cases.

“If the client was aware then probably they wouldn’t go to the doctor,” Ms Shortall said.

DINING REVIEW: Dumpling Story

DELIGHTFUL: The prawn wontons with satay sauce are full of flavour..
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I first visited the Dumpling Story space when it was in its Bistro Tartine incarnation, then as the paleo cafe and since opening as Dumpling Story, I’ve been a few times. I like dumplings. A lot.

On this particular visit –probably only a few months since the last time –we went on a Monday night. I didn’t bother to book, thinking ‘it’s a Monday night, there’s bound to be plenty of tables available’.

After a cold beverage at the Blind Monk to ease us out of the shock of it being a Monday, we toddled around the corner into Cleary Street.How wrong I was about the booking. Dumpling Storywas packed, with no spare tables and none on the horizon. The choice was was takeaway or go and have another drink and come back much later.

We decided for the takeaway option and enjoyed watching the kitchen team making the delicate dumpling pillows by hand, filling each with uniform amounts of filling and using swift, dexterous fingers to pinch and role and mould them into shape.

ONCE UPON A TIME: Dumpling Story at Hamilton offers tasty Chinese dishes every day for lunch and dinner. Picture: Simone De Peak

All around us are tables full of family, friends and people chopsticking dumpling after dumpling into their mouths. It’s an open room, polished floorboards and a few tables undercover outside. Busy waitstaff and coming and going from the kitchen and food comes out quickly.

So, half an hour later we are sitting at home surrounded by takeaway containers. Having eaten at Dumpling Story a few times previously, a serving ofprawns wontons with chilli oil, peanut and sesame sauce is a no-brainer. Ten pieces of big glutinous rice sheets are filled with a firm, but moist ball of chopped pork and prawn, neither flavour too strong for the other. The floppy wonton wrapper fills your mouth with that lovely al dente, almost chewy texture. The satay sauce is restrained and not drowning the pillows. Chopped cucumber adds a freshness and the sesame a heady, nutty hit.

The menu is large, so if in doubt, try the chef’s suggestions. One of these are the chicken and celery dumplings. A lighter, crunchier option than thebeef, a portion of twelve is fresh and filling.So too the pork and chive dumplings: not too salty, with a punchy hit of chive.

PACKS A PUNCH: The kong pao chicken has plenty of heat.

Another chef’s recommendation are the stir-fried combination flat rice noodle. Withchicken, prawns and beef, there is a great charred flavour to the biggest, thickest rice noodles I’ve had in Newcastle. It’s total comfort food, but it’s almost too sweet for my liking.

Kong poa chickenwith loads of spice really has some serious pow, especially if you chew right through one of the dried chillies in the dish. Loaded with whole peanuts, spring onion and small bite-sized chunks of chicken, this really packs a punch.

Steering away from noodles and dumplings, there are poultry, pork, seafood, beef and lamb options in the menu. We trythe sweet and sour pork. Served in a bowl of sauce,the dish consists of chunks of pork which aremore sweet than sour and not super sticky. Feel free to use fingers so you can suck and chew at the meat around the bones.

Peking-style shredded pork and beef comes with shredded cucumber andsteamed pancakes. Rather than flat pancakes to create your own rolls, these are more like steamed puffs made from the dough used for bao or pork bun casing. Rip them open and create a mini Peking pork burger instead.

Servings are large and you certainly won’t walk away feeling hungry. The menu translates well between eating in or taking food home so don’t feel like you are missing out if you turn up and all the tables are full. It seems thisfavourite has become a new chapter for the neighbourhood.

At a glanceThe essentialsWhat: Dumpling StoryWhere: 52 Cleary Street, HamiltonHours: Lunch and dinner, 7 daysContact: 4965 3804Drinks: BYO wine only, beer and wine available.Bottom line: Most plates are between $10-20Do try:Prawn wontonsTip: If you want a table, be sure to book. Dumpling Story: Busy and fun, with great food.

‘500 years’ of resource, BHP makes the case for Olympic Dam expansion

BHP is eyeing a possible $US2.1 billion ($2.8 billion) expansion of its Olympic Dam underground mine in South , where it says the copper resource is so large it would take 500 years to deplete at the current rate of mining.
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Top BHP executives briefed investors and analysts on the global miner’s Olympic Dam operations and hopes for expansion on Tuesday in Adelaide, and confirmed that the so-called Brownfield Expansion (BFX) option at Olympic Dam was likely to be considered by BHP’s board in 2020.

But BHP executives stressed that any expansion at Olympic Dam would be “subject to strict capital allocation framework tests”. Investors and analysts are touring the site this week.

“We have a truly unique resource here at Olympic Dam. It has an enviable grade profile, which will be mined to coincide with attractive fundamentals in the copper market. It also has optionality to grow,” said Olympic Dam asset president Jacqui McGill.

“Current estimates put the OD (Olympic Dam) resource in excess of 120 million tonnes of copper equivalent. At current production rates, it would take us around 500 years to deplete it. And while scale is important, what makes Olympic Dam so unique is the combination of grade and scale,” she said.

Investors and analysts were told that the Olympic Dam ore body was well defined, with more than 3200 kilometres of drilling having been completed in more than 11,000 drill holes.

In a slide presentation by Ms McGill, investors and analysts were told that Olympic Dam, about 600 kilometres north of Adelaide, was the world’s third-largest “copper equivalent deposit”, as well as the world’s largest uranium deposit and third-largest gold deposit.

BHP confirmed that the first incremental production from the possible expansion, which is now in a “study phase”, was targeted for late 2021, with “project ramp-up and completion targeted late-CY (calendar year) 2022”.

The slide presentation said the expansion did not require changes to “existing government approvals for water, power supply and production”. The ore could be processed using “latent capacity and targeted de-bottlenecking of existing surface facilities,” it said.

“As we move into the Southern Mine Area we expect to see the copper grade increase to 3 per cent by financial year 2023, which we believe would coincide with a structural deficit in the copper market,” Ms McGill said.

“If approved, the BFX option could lift production capacity to 330 ktpa and move Olympic Dam into the first quartile of the cost curve, which is where we strive to be with all our assets at BHP,” she said.

BHP Minerals president Mike Henry said the Brownfield Expansion option had the potential to deliver sustainable returns to shareholders, the local community and to government. But a possible expansion would “have to compete against other options within the portfolio, as well as the option of returning funds to shareholders,” he said.

The potential $US2.1 billion investment at Olympic dam, 45 per cent of which would relate to mine development, excludes study costs of $US240 million ($315 million). The mooted expansion will be closely watched by investors.

Morningstar resources analyst Mathew Hodge said the latest plan to expand Olympic Dam was vastly lower than a multi-billion dollar plan to expand it via an open-pit mine operation proposed a few years ago.

“I think the way they seem to be going is making smaller bets generally. And I think that behaviour is good,” he said.

“Philosophically I think it’s a lower risk approach, and I think it’s the right way to go by focusing more on getting a higher return on your invested capital, rather than trying to maximise NPV (net present value) which can mean there’s a lot more capital at risk and there can be a significant dislocation between financial model and reality,” he said.

“Brownfield expansions tend to be higher incremental return, because you’re utilising the assets that you’ve got – you may be driving more volume across that fixed cost base. And they tend to be more capital efficient as well, generally speaking. Lower risk because you’ve already got a presence there and you’re operating. I think generally that approach is the way to go,” he said.

England’s off-field plight masks depth of on-field issues

England’s off-field dramas have diverted attention away from their raft of on-field woes leading into the Adelaide Test, which shapes as their best chance to fight back into the series.
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History, injury and Test cricket’s embrace of the future are all conspiring to send England’s Ashes campaign to the verge of no return.

Already reeling from a heavy defeat, the visitors were dealt another blow to morale with reports of a midnight curfew imposed on the squad by team management in the wake of Jonny Bairstow’s headbutt incident.

History is already against the old enemy, who have not won or drawn a series on these shores after losing the first Test since 1954-55, when the express pace of Frank “Typhoon” Tyson spearheaded their charge.

Their cause is not being helped by a nasty cut to Moeen Ali’s spinning finger, while their unfamiliarity with the pink ball threatens to dilute any gain from an expected lush pitch that is likely to most resemble home.

Although the pink ball should increase the potency of Stuart Broad and James Anderson, the spectre of Mitchell Starc looms large over England’s inexperienced batting line-up, which folded meekly in the second innings in Brisbane.

Starc is a specialist with the pink Kookaburra and earlier this summer claimed a first-class career best 8/73 in the day-night round of the shield.

The hosts have a pronounced edge in Tests under lights, having played three matches compared to England’s one.

After seeing his team improve as the Gabba pitch gained more pace, coach Darren Lehmann cannot wait to take on Joe Root’s beleaguered men in Adelaide.

“At the back end when the wicket quickened up and we could go after them a bit harder was helpful. That’s the blueprint, it’s no secret we’re going to attack their middle and lower order like that. Hopefully that success continues,” Lehmann said.

“It’s a fascinating Test match, there’s a lot of talk about it’ll seam and it’ll swing.

“The ball stays pretty good, but you can make runs if you play well as per normal. And it does quicken up at night – it’s probably the fastest wicket around at night, so that’s going to be interesting, how it plays.

“We’re comfortable with where we sit having played it a few times. They played the Chairman’s XI game but it was a bit different to a Test match wicket. It’s bloody exciting.”

The England squad arrived in Adelaide on Tuesday and have three days to adjust to conditions before the first day-night Ashes Test. This will be ‘s third Test under lights in Adelaide.

“You’re more comfortable in your preparation, you know what you have to do to get ready,” Lehmann said.

“So the lead-in is a lot more normal for us than other teams having done it twice; this is the third time so we’re pretty comfortable where it sits. In terms of preparation and all that we’ll be fine, it’s just which team adapts the best I suppose.”

The perceived cultural issues besetting the England camp are a marked change from four years ago when it was Lehmann taking over an n team that had lost its way.

Lehmann, who was praised for bringing a more relaxed attitude into the n dressing room, said he was not a fan of curfews.

“We have faith in the blokes to do the right thing, but they’re grown men, they’re adults, and that’s just my personal opinion,” Lehmann said.

“You should enjoy your successes, there’ no dramas with that. It’s just making sure you don’t cross the line. I’m happy with where our blokes sit with that.”

Grant Walmsley: Malcolm Young was the heart of AC/DC

Angus Young (left) holds a guitar as the casket of his brother, AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young, is carried to a hearse in Sydney on Tuesday. Picture: Dean LewinsWHEN I lived in Los Angeles, I heard a great story from guitarist Waddy Wachtel (backing musician for Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Everly Brothers, Jackson Browne, Keith Richards etc).
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On a tour bus once with Keith Richards and The X-Pensive Winos, he says, “Hey Keith you need to hear this”. Now you need to understand nobody tells Keith what he has to hear; it’s his play list … he’s the teacher.

But he allowed Waddy to put on an album that day. It was AC/DC’sPowerage. Imagine Keith Richards’ jaw hitting the ground? That’s right: “The King of Riffs”, “Keef Riffhard”, “The Human Riff’ was floored by this band from .

More particularly, he was floored by the rhythm guitar of Malcolm Young.

And as ol’ Keef says, “the rhythm guitar is the lead guitar”. Take all else away and that role makes or breaks the song and the band. AC/DC was Malcolm Young as much, if not more than, younger brother and lead guitarist Angus. He achieved world domination, and then some, with his humble yet totally focused approach. His foundation of songs, riffs, groove and his unshakable belief in the absolute purity of what it takes to be a great band – not just a good band – cannot be overstated.

Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters performs in Mexico City on November 18 a giant image of Malcolm Young as the backdrop. Picture: Eduardo Verdugo

I saw the great man play many times. In Paris I saw Metallica open for Acca Dacca as they launched their mega-selling Black album with the single Enter Sandman. More than 100,000 Parisians were in rock raptures! “How could anyone follow this?” I asked myself. But out came AC/DC and they wiped the stage with them. I’m sure Metallica’s James Hetfield learned a lot from Mal too, as another great “riffmeister”. Even if you don’t know it, if you are in a rock band with two guitarists, you are following the Malcolm Young model. Jump aboard the steam train locomotive and see you at the end. He was the master.

There I am touring with Aussie super group Blood Sweat and Beers a few weeks ago and we finished a show with the AC/DC anthem Long Way to the Top. Former AC/DC member Mark Evans is on my left playing the same bass as he did in that iconic video. Angry Anderson is up front, belting out a song that can only be delivered by someone who has lived this life (as we all have in this band).

We walk off stage and hear the news of Malcolm Young’s passing and we all stop. I can see Mark is rocked. He toured and lived as the AC/DC bassist through the 1970s, recording and touring some of the greatest rock moments in history. I feel so blessed to have got even that close to Malcolm’s legacy and greatness.

It was like how privileged we felt in the Screaming Jets when recording our first album demos at Albert Productions, the legendary label home of older brother and iconic hit-maker George Young, who found fame himself with The Easybeats before producing everyone from AC/DC to The Angels and John Paul Young to Ted Mulry.

George Young, at age 70, died on October 22. Malcolm, 64, joined him on November 18. We all feel the heaviness when a true king of rock passes. Here, we lost two of the same blood in less than a month.

Malcolm was the musical equivalent of the “last of the V8 interceptors”! It was so cruel to see such a giant of his craft taken down so horribly (he reportedly retired from the band to battle dementia). His death marks the beginning of the end of what has arguably been the greatest era in rock history.

Make no mistake this man and his brothersachieved what mere mortals cannot. Up there with the Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the greatest of the rock greats. Vision and a relentless dedication to develop such greatness is what Malcolm Young epitomised, and it’s why his music and legacy will liveon. To hell with pop culture, reality TV and so-called instant stardom. Who will fill the void? A loop machine? Auto-tuned pop stars? Sequenced choreography?Pfft … yeah right … whatever … lol.

Let there be rock!