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The first roo of fight club - don't interfere

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 20 Januari 2013 | 23.08

Jason Davis had to rescue wildlife carer Jill Greenwood twice from the clutches of a cranky a two-metre Eastern Gray kangaroo. PIC: Sabrina Lauriston Source: Supplied

IT WAS a roo'd shock that Jason Davis never expected.

The 44-year-old had to save his mother - twice - yesterday from the grip of a cranky 2m eastern grey kangaroo at Booyal, 40 minutes southwest of Bundaberg.

Grabbing the animal by its muscular tail, Mr Davis yanked the towering roo away from Jill Greenwood who was locked in a "bear hug" between its paws.

But as Ms Greenwood scrambled to safety, the fired-up roo attacked her again, pinning the wildlife carer to the ground.

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Mr Davis, who escaped with just a scratch to his arm and back, jumped back into action pulling the buck off his injured mother.

Wildlife carer Jill Greenwood had to be rescued after she tried to intervene in a fight between Jack (pictured) and another Eastern Gray kangaroo. PIC: Sabrina Lauriston

Ms Greenwood was treated at Bundaberg Base Hospital for a large cut to her leg and minor cuts to her face and hands but does not blame the roo, "Jack", which she said was only acting on instinct.

Jack has been under Ms Greenwood's care for almost 12 years, since he was a joey, and Mr Davis said it was the first time the kangaroo had reacted wildly against her.

Mr Davis said the attack happened when they tried to stop him brawling with another male eastern grey, Chai.

The two randy males were locked in a heated battle over some females and were trying to beat each other up from opposite sides of a fence, ripping a large hole in the wire.

"They are the two eldest males. And because (Chai) was in the yard all night with the females and because one of them was in heat, he (Jack) maybe suspected he'd (Chai) done something with them and Jack's picked up on it," said Mr Davis.

Wildlife carer Jill Greenwood had to be rescued from the grip of a cranky two-metre Eastern Gray kangaroo near her home at Booyal. PIC: Sabrina Lauriston

"All I can think was that he was absolutely mad at him."

Normally the carers would not intervene in a roo tiff but they were worried the animals would seriously injure themselves on a star picket.

Deciding the best course of action would be to distract Jack away from the fence, Mr Davis and Ms Greenwood slowly approached the alpha male.

That's when Jack turned on them, first grabbing Ms Greenwood between his arms and then pinning her down.

"It was an instinctive reaction to grab him by the tail from behind because they can't get at you," Mr Davis said.

Jason Davis in the animal 'nursery' after rescuing carer Jill Greenwood from a cranky kangaroo near her home at Booyal. PIC: Sabrina Lauriston

"I tried to drag him back and then ran off while letting go of his tail at the same time. I'm very quick when I get nervous like that."

Mother and son ran to sanctuary up the stairs of their nearby house, with Mr Davis later reflecting that "if the stairs weren't there, I don't know what would have happened".

Neighbour Stan Kosut also found himself at the mercy of Jack when he came over to lend a hand and earned a few cuts.

This time, Mr Davis fended off the hot-headed roo with a stick.

"A few hours later, they (Jack and Chai) were at it again," Mr Davis said.


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Gas pistol pointed at politician

A man storms the stage and points a gas pistol at the head of a Bulgarian politican before being tackled by security

BULGARIAN police have detained a man after he pointed a gas pistol at an ethnic Turkish party leader delivering a speech at a party caucus in the capital.

No shots were fired from the self-defence device, which is not lethal but can cause serious injuries if fired at close range.

The video from the Saturday event in Sofia shows the man climbing the podium where Ahmed Dogan, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, was speaking, and pointing the gun to his face.

Mr Dogan struck the man before he could pull the trigger, while other delegates wrestled the assailant to the ground. TV footage showed several people punching, kicking and stomping on the man when he was on the ground.

Police arrested him and took him to a hospital. It wasn't immediately clear if he sustained serious injuries, or how he got past security to enter the hall with nearly 3000 people attending.

Oktai Enimehmedov points a pistol at the leader of the Turkish minority Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) party Ahmed Dogan during his speech at a national party conference in Sofia.

Eventually, the attacker was identified by police as 25-year-old Oktai Enimehmedov, a Bulgarian national and ethnic Turk, from the coastal city of Burgas.

He was carrying the gas pistol and two knives.

Interior Minister Tsvevtan Tsvetanov told journalists the assailant had a criminal record for drugs possession, robberies and hooliganism.

The liberal MRF party mainly represents ethnic Turks and other Muslims in Bulgaria, who make up 12 per cent of its 7.3-million population.

Bulgarian security officers escort a bloodied Enimehmedov after his attack on Ahmed Dogan. PIcture: Dimitar Kyosemarliev

The conference had to elect a new leader to succeed Dogan, who is one of the Balkan country's most influential political figures. The 58-year-old has been at the helm of the party since founding it in 1990.

Saturday's assault was the gravest attack on a politician in post-communist Bulgaria after the 1996 killing of ex-prime Minister Andrei Lukanov.
 


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Gas pistol pointed at Bulgaria politician

Bulgarian police have detained a man after he pointed a gas gun at a politician during a speech. Source: AAP

BULGARIAN police have detained a man after he pointed a gas pistol at an ethnic Turkish party leader delivering a speech at a party caucus in the capital.

No shots were fired from the self-defence device, which is not lethal but can cause serious injuries if fires at close range.

The video from the Saturday event in Sofia shows the man climbing the podium where Ahmed Dogan, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, was speaking, and pointing the gun to his face.

Dogan struck the man before he could pull the trigger, while other delegates wrestled the assailant to the ground. TV footage showed several people punching, kicking and stomping on the man when he was on the ground.

Police arrested him and took him to a hospital. It wasn't immediately clear if he sustained serious injuries, or how he got past security to enter the hall with nearly 3000 people attending.

Eventually, the attacker was identified by police as 25-year-old Oktai Enimehmedov, a Bulgarian national and ethnic Turk, from the coastal city of Burgas.

He was carrying the gas pistol and two knives.

Interior Minister Tsvevtan Tsvetanov told journalists the assailant had a criminal record for drugs possession, robberies and hooliganism.

The liberal MRF party mainly represents ethnic Turks and other Muslims in Bulgaria, who make up 12 per cent of its 7.3-million population.

The conference had to elect a new leader to succeed Dogan, who is one of the Balkan country's most influential political figures. The 58-year-old has been at the helm of the party since founding it in 1990.

Saturday's assault was the gravest attack on a politician in post-communist Bulgaria after the 1996 killing of ex-prime Minister Andrei Lukanov.


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Climbers killed in Scottish avalanche

Extreme winter weather has swept across Europe, leaving thousands stranded and claiming several lives.

FOUR people have been killed and a woman is seriously injured after an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands today as the UK is besieged by once-in-a-decade snowfalls.

Mountain rescue crews with police dogs were dispatched to Glencoe shortly after 2pm local time after reports of an avalanche.

Two men and two women were found within four hours but were pronounced dead. Another woman is in a serious condition and one man remained unharmed.

The climbers were part of a group on the Bidean Nam Bian mountain when the avalanche occurred, burying them under at least one metre of snow. The alarm was raised by another group of climbers who found one of the victims.

Avalanche risks in Scotland are not common and while there had been snowfalls last week, there had not been any new snow in that area for four days.

Instead it's the south that has been blasted by arctic winds and even blizzards in what is expected to be the biggest snow showers in at least a decade and experts predict it could last weeks.


The snow and ice caused chaos for the second day in a row at various airports, particularly Heathrow which had to cancel 417 flights yesterday and another 111 today with many other short-haul flights disrupted.

Heathrow management is now planning on axing at least another 100 flights in advance, ahead of more expected snowfalls this week. There were heated scenes at the airport today as some passengers had spent the night camping out in the terminals, that some have described as like a "refugee camp'', waiting for flights.

Other passengers told stories of having to sit in their grounded aircraft for hours before being moved back into the terminal area.

More misery for passengers is expected today with more snow on the way for the British capital hitting the south east of England first from France then moving north.

The dramatic weather is being blamed on "an upheaval'' in the stratosphere.

The phenomena caused temperatures in the stratosphere to rise by 50 degrees with the disturbance filtering down and causing wild easterlies instead of the usual mild westerlies.

"The lower stratosphere will be perturbed for weeks and its pushing chances of further cold and easterly winds well into February,'' the Met Office's Adam Scaife said yesterday.

This is expected to lead to significant snow showers and even blizzards in many parts of the country.

Rail passengers also suffered today with reduced train services across the country due to the weather and on the roads emergency crews battle 9000 breakdowns today after dealing with more than 11,000 yesterday. Seven people were also taken to hospital when a double decker bus crashed into cars.

Wales has borne the brunt of the worst of the weather.

That said, its not all gloom. Thousands took to parks across the country with toboggans and skis or to make snow men.

 The cold snap also led to power outages, particularly in Northern Ireland where at least 900 homes were without electricity on Saturday.

Passengers queue at for the check-in desks at Heathrow airport after hundreds of flights were cancelled due to severe cold weather and snow.

For Sunday, the snow is expected to reduce traffic at Heathrow by 20 per cent, and French air traffic authorities have ordered a 40 per cent cut in takeoffs and landings at Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports.

Aeroports de Paris, which operates the city's main airports, said air traffic there would be disrupted from late Saturday ``and all day Sunday''.

Air France said all of its long-haul flights would operate normally on Sunday, but that about 40 per cent of its short and medium-haul flights would be affected by the disruptions.

Snow and ice covering large parts of France led to several fatal car crashes, one of which killed three French soldiers about to join comrades fighting in Mali, authorities said.

Bad weather has forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights from London's Heathrow airport

The troops were travelling in an army car with their military packs and weapons when their vehicle crashed in an accident involving two trucks and two cars.

In total, six people were killed on the slippery French roads on Saturday, and the nation's weather services have forecast more snow across the northern and southeastern parts of the country over the weekend.

The French railway SNCF said high-speed train travellers could expect delays of up to 40 minutes for all TGV destinations on Saturday night, as train conductors had been ordered to slow down because of the elevated risks linked to the storms.

In southern Europe, the fierce weather claimed several lives, killing two men in Spain as the force of winds whipping the country's southeastern coast caused a wall to collapse on them in the city of Cartagena.

A man looks at icicles at Gibson's Cave in Teesdale, northeastern England.

Spain's national rail operator ADIF said wind damage forced delays to high-speed trains linking Madrid with the major cities of Seville and Valencia.

The country's interior ministry issued an alert for the weekend, warning of snow and rainstorms nationwide with winds up to 100 kilometres per hour and rough seas in the Mediterranean.

In Portugal, an elderly man was killed after strong winds hurled him into a door in the central municipality of Abrantes, leaving him with deadly head injuries. Two teenagers were hospitalised after a chimney collapsed in Agualva, in the Lisbon suburbs.

The Portuguese meteorological institute has issued the highest weather alert for six of its 18 districts. According to rescue services, some 3,900 weather-related incidents were reported in Portugal between Friday morning and noon on Saturday.

A woman walks along a snowy path in Bristol as snow shut roads and disrupted train travel across Britain.

Some welcomed the icy spell. In Russia, thousands of Orthodox devotees braved the cold weather and plunged into holes cut into frozen rivers and ponds to celebrate the Orthodox Epiphany.


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Koch comments spark breastfeed protest

Sunrise host David Koch has added fuel to a debate about public breastfeeding with his comments about a woman who was asked to refrain from breastfeeding beside a public pool. Courtesy: Sunrise, Channel Seven

UP TO 800 angry breastfeeding advocates will converge outside the Sydney studio of the Seven Network's Sunrise program to protest against comments made by host David Koch.

Discussing a story about a Queensland woman who was told she couldn't feed her baby at a public pool, Koch said on Friday he supported breastfeeding, but that women should be "classy'' about it.

The comments prompted an immediate backlash with enraged nursing mothers and other breastfeeding supporters setting up a Facebook page to encourage people to participate in the Sunrise Nurse-In on Monday.

"A nurse-in is without doubt needed at the Sunrise studio in Sydney,'' the page says.

"Join us on Monday morning to take a stand against this unfair view.''

The protesters are demanding an apology from Sunrise host David Koch after he said he supported breastfeeding, but that women should be "classy'' about it.
 

Participants are asked to arrive at 7am (AEDT).

By Sunday 565, people had indicated they would attend the nurse-in, with 228 "maybes''.

The event has gained publicity with media personality and mamamia publisher Mia Freedman condemning Koch's comments on her widely read blog.

Comment was being sought from Seven.
 

Supporters protest at the Bribie Island Aquatic Centre in support of Liana Webster, who was told she couldn't feed her baby at the public pool. Picture: Glenn Barnes

Moreton Bay Regional Council was forced to apologise to Liana Webster, pictured with her daughter Rori. Picture: Adam Armstrong


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Bikie murder underworld debt mystery

The crime scene in Wetherill Park. Picture: Peter Kelly Source: The Daily Telegraph

Shot dead ... Hells Angels bikie leader Zeljiko Mitrovic, with wife Sue. Source: The Daily Telegraph

A TOP-ranking Hells Angel murdered at his work may have been trying to protect an associate from underworld debt collectors.

Zeljko "Steven" Mitrovic, 45, was shot dead on Tuesday at his Dynamic Transport business at Wetherill Park, in Sydney's southwest.

Since the shooting, police have been unable to locate Frank Bacic, who they named in the hours after the killing as a "priority witness". Police believe Mr Bacic, 38, is either "laying low, dead or overseas".

Officers think Mr Mitrovic may have been acting for an associate who owed money to Mr Bacic.

Mr Bacic allegedly had debts of his own to another large group of men who had savagely beaten him in order to recover their money. It is believed he was under serious pressure to repay his debt and urgently needed the money from Mr Mitrovic's associate.

When the group came to collect money at Dynamic Transport, Bacic directed them to Mr Mitrovic, saying he could settle the debt.

Seven men, thought to have included Mr Bacic, were captured on CCTV cameras having a heated argument in the company yard. As Mr Mitrovic left the area to his first-floor office, three of the men followed him upstairs where another heated altercation took place.

According to one underworld source, Mr Mitrovic told the group to "f ... off" and, as a consequence, was shot.

"He was a bit brash like that, but that was the way he was," the source said.

Police said Mr Bacic was now being sought for assistance. There is no suggestion that Mr Bacic ordered the attack or was involved in the shooting.

"We can't find him, he's either laying low, dead or overseas," a source said.

Other areas of Mr Mitrovic's life are also being investigated, including a caveat placed on his Kenthurst home by City Nominees, a company run by the family of Mr Mitrovic's former business partner, George Alex, 42. City Nominees withdrew the caveat on December 21.

Police are preparing for Mr Mitrovic's funeral service tomorrow, which is expected to draw a number of outlawed motorcycle members from interstate.

Mr Mitrovic lived in NSW but was a member of the Hells Angels newly-formed Burleigh Heads chapter in Queensland. A "run" involving a number of Hells Angels bikers is expected to take place along the M5 in his honour.


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Match abandoned on day of farce

David Warner was lbw on 60 after a ball from Perera.

Dave Warner is furious after being incorrectly given out lbw. Picture: Phil Hillyard Source: The Daily Telegraph

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RE-LIVE the action as Australia is rocked by two umpire howlers against Sri Lanka, before the game is later abandoned to loud boos from the crowd in farcical scenes at the SCG.

9pm AEDT

GAME ABANDONED

After all that the umpires have decided to call this game off despite there being no rain for an hour. The outfield was still too wet.

Crowd boos and fair enough.

Farcical scenes at the SCG today with not only this decision, but two umpiring howlers during Australia's innings.

What it also means is that Australia cannot win this series now.

They trail 2-1 with only one game to play, so the best result for Australia is a drawn series after Wednesday's match in Hobart.

8.58pm AEDT

Michael Clarke, Mickey Arthur and the umpires all having a laugh out in the middle.

Don't know if the fans are laughing.

Hasn't rained for almost an hour.

8.46pm AEDT

Michael Clarke was just out in the middle and he admits the outfield is still a bit too wet, but the game should resume hopefully in the next 20 minutes or so.

When it does, the Duckworth-Lewis method will swing the match well in Sri Lanka's favour as they still had all 10 wickets in hand.

Looking at maybe 25 overs or so for Sri Lanka to get a revised total, which is yet to be determined.

Clarke was in good spirits talking to Channel 9, first praising Mitchell Starc's fine 50 in Australia's innings of 9/222 before jokingly adding, "If we can get out there and Mitchell Starc can take a six-fer, we'll win the game."

8.28pm AEDT

Small rope was being used to remove water from the surface, but umpire Paul Reiffel said it wasn't doing a good enough job.

Now they've called for the big rope with the hope we'll get back into it soon.

How long will this process take?

"Well, how long's a piece of rope?" Reiffel says.

8.22pm AEDT

All covers off. Umpires walking around the ground. Still no time decided for when play will resume.

8.10pm AEDT

Big cover is off. Still a light cover over the pitch.

Umpires to inspect again in 10 minutes.

8pm AEDT

RAIN HAS STOPPED, WORLD BEER SNAKE RECORD BROKEN

Looks like play is about to resume shortly. Rain has stopped and the umpires are out there.

Huge news during the delay: the world beer snake record was apparently broken, beating a 2007 mark at the WACA.

It stretched the length of the Victor Trumper stand.

Record-breaking beer snake at the SCG. Picture: Brett Costello Source: The Daily Telegraph

7.28pm AEDT

Still a bit of rain about and covers still on. Hopefully will pass shortly as there's nothing on the radar.

7.07pm AEDT

Covers still on.

6.51pm AEDT - SL 0/14 (3.2 overs)

RAIN DELAY

Rain is falling at the SCG and the Sri Lankan batsmen were given the option to leave the ground, and took it.

Mitchell Starc wasn't happy about it, clearly yelling, "Weak!" as the players began to leave the ground.

Looks as though we might have to call on our friends Duckworth and Lewis.

6.41pm AEDT - SL 0/3 (1.0 overs)

Clint McKay opens the bowling for Australia. Uneventful first over.

Mitchell Starc to operate from the other end. Let's see if he can get the ball to swing like the Sri Lankans did.

6.36pm AEDT

Sri Lanka's experienced openers Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan make their way to the middle.

Target: 223.

6.05pm AEDT - AUS 9/222 (50 overs)

SUPER STARC LIFTS AUSTRALIA TO DEFENDABLE TOTAL

With some good old-fashioned tail wagging, Australia posted a seemingly defendable total of 222 at the SCG tonight.

Mitchell Starc was a superhero for Australia, blasting his way to 52 off 37 balls, and he was well supported by Xavier Doherty (10 off 14) at the death for a much needed 40-run partnership.

Australia were reeling at 6-130 after two umpire howlers saw Dave Warner (60 off 73) and then Moises Henriques (3 off 11) given out lbw despite both batsmen getting thick edges.

Sri Lanka lead the five-game series 2-1 and will fancy their chances of chasing this total down tonight.

But Starc has made it much more difficult for them than it might have been.

SCOREBOARD

AUS INNINGS

D WARNER lbw T Perera 60 (73)

P HUGHES c Chandimal b Kulasekara 1 (8)

M CLARKE lbw Kulasekara 20 (20)

D HUSSEY c Thirimanne b Malinga 1 (9)

G BAILEY c T Perera b Herath 22 (39)

M WADE c Kulasekara b T Perera 31 (53)

M HENRIQUES lbw Herath 3 (11)

M JOHNSON lbw Malinga 10 (25)

M STARC not out 52 (37)

C McKAY b Kulasekara 2 (11)

X DOHERTY not out 10 (14)

Sundries (1b 7lb 2w) 10

Nine wickets for 222

Fall: 4 (Hughes), 50 (Clarke), 53 (Hussey), 93 (Bailey), 125 (Warner), 130 (Henriques), 145 (Johnson), 166 (Wade), 182 (McKay).

Bowling: A Mathews 10-1-50-0, N Kulasekara 10-2-30-3 (1w), L Malinga 10-2-33-2 (1w), T Perera 10-0-64-2, R Herath 10-0-37-2.

Batting time: 220 mins. Overs: 50.

Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS), Marais Erasmus (RSA).

Match Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND).

Third Umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG).

Mitchell Starc belted the Sri Lankan bowlers all over the SCG. Source: Getty Images

5.58pm AEDT - AUS 9/201 (48.2 overs)

Australia bring up their 200 thanks to a French cut from Starc that also takes him to 40.

Valuable, valuable runs.

5.52pm AEDT - AUS 9/190 (47 overs)

Three overs left and Mitchell Starc is giving Australia a hope here.

He's on 33 off 29. Batted very well so far, hitting the Sri Lankan bowlers to all parts.

5.44pm AEDT - AUS 9/182 (45.5 overs)

WICKET!

Kulasekara gets his third wicket, bowling Clint McKay for two with a slower ball.

Xavier Doherty the last man in for Australia.

If they can last out the 50, Australia should scrape to 200.

Clint McKay has been bowled out on 7 by N'Kara.

5.35pm AEDT - AUS 8/179 (44 overs)

Mitchell Starc's ability with the willow again coming in handy for Australia.

The towering quick has moved to 25 off 23 balls with some clean hitting.

5.28pm AEDT - AUS 8/166 (42.3 overs)

WICKET!

Matty Wade smacks a short, wide one outside off from Perera straight to third man.

Wade goes for 31 off 53.

Starc (13) is joined by Clint McKay.

Can Australia get 200?

5.15pm AEDT - AUS 7/154 (40 overs)

The goal now for Australia is obviously to try and bat their overs out and push up to somewhere around that 200 mark.

Wade is on 24 off 45 with Starc on eight off 10.

5.07pm AEDT - AUS 7/145 (38.1 overs)

WICKET!

Another lbw, but this one is legitimate. Plumb as it gets, actually.

Mitchell Johnson is out to a Malinga inswinger for 10.

No bat in sight. Hitting middle and leg halfway up.

Australia in all sorts. Mitchell Starc to the crease.

5.05pm AEDT - AUS 6/145 (38 overs)

Australia trying to re-build after two controversial decisions cost them the key wicket of Dave Warner and then Moises Henriques in no time at all.

Matty Wade is is on 23 off 44 with Mitchell Johnson on 10 off 24.

4.42pm AEDT - AUS 6/130 (31.4 overs)

AUSSIES ROCKED BY ANOTHER UMPIRE HOWLER

Now Moises Henriques makes way to a howler of an lbw decision, this time from umpire Paul Reiffel. 

Henriques also clearly hit the ball, but he's gone for three off the bowling of Herath, who gives a little wink to his teammates - perhaps suggesting he too saw the edge.

Decision Review System going to be the big story today, at least taking some attention away from the rotation policy.

Moises Henriques was lbw on 3 after a ball from Herath.

4.30pm AEDT - AUS 5/125 (28.6 overs)

WARNER GETS SHOCKING LBW DECISION

Australia's key man this innings, Dave Warner, is out to a terrible lbw decision as replays show he hit the cover off the ball.

Unfortunately for Australia, Michael Clarke used up the team's DRS challenge earlier in the inning when unsuccessfully reviewed his own lbw dismissal.

Warner got a thick inside edge on to his pad but it was missed by umpire Marais Erasmus.

And Warner knows it. He's angry, looking at his blade then hitting it against his helmet as he looks towards Erasmus.

The Aussie opener is out for 60 off 73, bringing Moises Henriques to the crease to join Matty Wade, who is on 16.

Could be a very costly moment for Australia.

Hot spot shows how wrong the controversial LBW dismissal of David Warner was. Picture: Channel 9 Source: Supplied

4.25pm AEDT - AUS 4/117 (28 overs)

Matty Wade playing a few shots and using his feet nicely to the spinner Herath as well.

He's on 14 off 23, with Warner 55 off 69.

Big partnership needed here.

4.11pm AEDT - AUS 4/100 (23.4 overs)

FIFTY!

Dave Warner brings up his half century off 57 balls with a beautiful cover drive for four.

With wonderful use of the feet, the Aussie opener danced down the wicket to guide a Herath delivery through the gap at cover, also bringing up his team's ton.

Job's not done yet though, that's for sure.

4.01pm AEDT - AUS 4/93 (21.3 overs)

WICKET!

George Bailey attempts to loft the spinner Herath to the mid-on boundary but doesn't get a hold of it, as he is beaten in flight.

Perera takes a comfortable catch at mid-on.

Bailey's gone for 22 of 39 balls, just as he was starting to look good.

It was a 40-run partnership with Warner. Not enough.

3.59pm AEDT - AUS 3/90 (21 overs)

George Baily starting to get going, with a classic cover drive for four taking him to 20 off 37 balls.

Dave Warner is 44 off 52.

Spinner Rangana Herath is into the attack. Will be interesting to see if the Aussies try to take him on.

3.47pm AEDT - AUS 3/77 (18 overs)

A few smart alecs in the crowd give a cheer as Australia pass their dismal 74 total from two days earlier.

Big over from the Aussies, taking Thisara Perera for 11 runs.

Warner goes to 41, with Bailey on 10.

3.39pm AEDT - AUS 3/65 (16 overs)

Largely uneventful couple of overs as Warner (30 off 40) and Bailey (nine off 19) play very watchfully, recognising Australia have a long fight on their hands this afternoon if they want to keep this series alive.

3.28pm AEDT - AUS 3/56 (14 overs)

Much has been made of the rotation policy being responsible for Australia's poor performances with the bat, but is the line-up's inability to face the swinging ball more the issue here?

If that's the case it is an enormous problem heading into the Ashes.

Dave Warner (30 off 39) and George Bailey (1 off 8) trying to steady the ship.

3.17pm AEDT - AUS 3/53 (12.1 overs)

WICKET!

Australia are in trouble again, as David Hussey departs for one.

Malinga gets the wicket, finding the edge with an outswinger on the way through to Thirimanne, who takes a juggling effort in the slips.

3.13pm AEDT - AUS 2/53 (11.5 overs)

THAT HURTS

Warner is doubled over after being hit in the the you-know-where.

Kulasekara strikes again.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

3.06pm AEDT - AUS 2/50 (9.6 overs)

WICKET!

Another masterful piece of bowling from Kulasekara picks up the key scalp of Clarke for 20 off 20 balls.

Kulasekara got the ball to swing back in and thud into Clarke's pad, the Aussie skipper not getting very forward at all.

Clarke reviews, hoping the ball may have hit him outside the line or that it was going high, but the replay shows it hit in line with off and was clipping the top of middle.

3pm AEDT - AUS 1/46 (8.5 overs)

WHAT A SHOT!

Malinga digs it in short but Warner arches back and uses the pace to guide it over the slips with an upper cut.

Complete control. Four runs...

2.53pm AEDT - AUS 1/41 (8.0 overs)

Warner's getting going here, moving to 24 off 28 balls.

He crunched Kulasekara for four down the ground, and worked him for a couple of twos.

Pup on 15 off 12 at the other end.

2.52pm AEDT - AUS 1/33 (7.0 overs)

Mathews yanked from the attack after going for 27 runs from his three overs.

Malinga does a much better job in his place, going for just the one run.

2.45pm AEDT - AUS 1/31 (5.5 overs)

WORST REVIEW OF THE SUMMER

The ball pitches half a foot outside leg and strikes Warner outside leg, but for some reason the bowler Kulasekara and his skipper Jayawardene decide to review.

NOT OUT.

What a waste.

2.41pm AEDT - AUS 1/29 (5.0 overs)

Another big over off the bowling of Mathews, with 12 coming from it this time.

Mathews has gone for 27 from his three overs.

Warner did much of the damage - the highlight a four thumped in front of point off the front foot. Flew to the fence.

At the other end, Kulasekara has been extremely threatening. He has 1/2 off his two overs.

2.32pm AEDT - AUS 1/15 (3.0 overs)

Great over for Australia, with 11 runs from it off the bowling of Mathews.

Clarke got 10 of them on the back of two exquisite drives square of the wicket for four.

2.26pm AEDT- AUS 1/4 (1.5 overs)

WICKET!

Nuwan Kulasekara, the man who destroyed Australia with 5/22 at the Gabba on Friday, is at it again.

He's got a ball to swing in and then seam across Phil Hughes, who finds an edge through to the keeper.

Hughes is out for one for eight balls.

Great nut.

Phillip Hughes has been caught out early by Chandimal on 1 after a ball from K'kara.

2.20pm AEDT - AUS 0/4 (1 over)

Already a bit of action in the first over of the day as Dave Warner slashes hard at a ball outside off and gets a thick edge down to third man, but it landed safely.

Angelo Mathews took the new ball.

Phil Hughes is already off the mark with a single to deep point.

2pm AEDT - AUSTRALIA WIN TOSS, WILL BAT FIRST

Australia have won the toss and elected to bat, despite plenty of cloud cover overhead and Nuwan Kulasekara's threat with the swinging ball.

No changes to the team from Friday.

Two changes for Sri Lanka, though,  with Rangana Herath and Dinesh Chandimal coming into the side.

TEAMS:

Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Phil Hughes, David Hussey, George Bailey, Matthew Wade, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty, Glenn Maxwell (12th man).

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath.

1.50pm AEDT

FRIDAY was a disaster at the Gabba. Australia all out for 74 - their third lowest ever ODI score.

Sri Lanka got the runs in 20 overs, even if they did lose six wickets in the process.

The controversial rotation policy has come under even more scrutiny following that loss and the one in game two in Adelaide, where Australia's "B team" only managed 170 runs and were smashed by eight wickets.

Sri Lanka, who disappointed in the Test series, lead this five-game series 2-1 and can wrap it up today at the SCG.

Follow our rolling coverage throughout today and tonight, send your tweets to @cam_tomarchio or leave your comments below.


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Siege ends with '25 foreigners dead'

A hostage crisis in Algeria has ended with the deaths of seven foreigners and 11 Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen.

SECURITY forces say the bodies of 25 foreigners have been found after a stand-off with Islamists, including nine Japanese hostages.

Citing security sources, Anis Rahmani of the private television channel Ennahar said the army discovered "the bodies of 25 hostages" as they sought to secure the sprawling Sahara site at In Amenas.

"In all nine Japanese were killed," one Algerian witness identified as Brahim said a day after special forces swooped on the gas plant run by Britain's BP, Norway's Statoil and Sonatrach of Algeria to end the siege that began Wednesday.

In Tokyo, a foreign ministry official said: "We are in a position not to comment on this kind of information at all. Please understand."

Amateur video appears to show burnt out vehicles following a government attack on a convoy of vehicles from an Algerian desert gas plant. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Algerian Communications Minister Mohamed Said had earlier told a radio station: "I fear that it (the toll) may be revised upward," after at least 23 foreigners and Algerians, mostly hostages, were killed over the four days.

Governments scrambled to track down missing citizens as details emerged of the deadly showdown after Islamists of the "Signatories in Blood" group raided the plant on Wednesday, demanding an end to French military intervention in Mali.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement that "it is now clear that this appalling terrorist incident in Algeria is now over.

An image from Algeria's Ennahar TV shows hostages surrendering to Islamist gunmen who overtook a gas facility in Tiguentourine near In Amenas in the south of the country.

"Tragically, we now know that three British nationals have been killed, and a further three are believed to be dead. And also a further British resident is also believed to be dead."

Japanese engineering firm JGC Corp had said 10 of its Japanese and seven of its foreign workers remained unaccounted for, before the reports became known of Japanese hostages being executed.

Kuala Lumpur said JGC had told it one of two Malaysians still unaccounted for is dead whilst the fate of the other was unknown.

Two freed British hostages identified as Peter (centre) and Alan (left) with an unidentified Norwegian hostage outside a police station in Ain Amenas, Algeria.

Norway's Statoil, which operates the gas plant alongside Britain's BP and Sonatrach of Algeria, said the situation remains "unresolved" for five Statoil employees.

"We will, and we must, keep hoping for more positive news from Algeria. However, we must be prepared to deal with bad news in the next few days," Statoil CEO Helge Lund said.

Thirty-two kidnappers were also killed in the 72-hour stand-off, and the army freed "685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners," Algeria's interior ministry said on Saturday.

Freed Algerian hostages arrive at Algiers airport after they were released by Islamist captors from a gas plant in In Amenas. Seven foreign hostages and 11 Islamist gunmen were killed on Saturday when the desert stand-off ended in a bloodbath.

Relatives of Kenneth Whiteside, 59, from Glenrothes in Scotland, were "devastated" after hearing that an Algerian co-worker claimed to have seen him being shot but dying bravely with a smile, Britain's Mail on Sunday reported.

The mother of survivor Stephen McFaul, 36, from Belfast, told the Sunday Mirror her son will "have nightmares for the rest of his life after the things he saw.".

Forced to wear explosives, he fled when the hostage-takers' convoy he was in came under fire on Thursday.

A satellite image shows the Amenas Gas Field in Algeria where the foreign hostages were held by al-Qaida-linked militants. Picture: DigitalGlobe

In Saturday's final assault, "the Algerian army took out 11 terrorists, and the terrorist group killed seven foreign hostages," state television said, without giving a breakdown.

A security official told AFP it was believed the foreigners were executed "in retaliation."

The militants, whose leader is Algerian Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a former Al-Qaida commander, first killed a Briton and an Algerian on a bus on Wednesday before taking hundreds of workers hostage when they overran the In Amenas plant.

A rescued hostage receives treatment in a hospital In Amenas.

Most of the hostages were freed on Thursday when Algerian forces launched a first rescue operation which was widely condemned as hasty.

But US President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande said responsibility for the deaths lay with the "terrorists."

"The blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out, and the United States condemns their actions in the strongest possible terms," Mr Obama said in a statement.

A family photograph of escaped Irish hostage Stephen McFaul, seen with his sons. Mr McFaul has contacted his family in Belfast to tell them he is safe, Ireland said. Picture: AFP/HO/Family album

At least one American had already been confirmed dead before Saturday's final assault.

Mr Cameron refused to criticise Algeria, saying the attack on the In Amenas gas complex had been an "extremely difficult" situation to deal with.

Mr Hollande called Algiers' response "the most appropriate" given it was dealing with "coldly determined terrorists ready to kill their hostages."

A photo of the In Amenas gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign hostages on Wednesday. Picture: AFP/Statoil/Kjetil Alsvik

Monitoring group IntelCenter said the hostage-taking was the largest since the 2008 Mumbai attack, and the biggest by jihadists since hundreds were killed in a Moscow theatre in 2002 and at a school in the Russian town of Beslan in 2004.

Algerian driver Iba El Haza said the hostage-takers spoke in different Arabic dialects.

"From their accents I understood one was Egyptian, one Tunisian, another Algerian and one was speaking English or (another) foreign language," he said after escaping on Thursday.

"The terrorists said: 'You have nothing to do with this, you are Algerians and Muslims. We won't keep you, we only want the foreigners'."

Mr Hollande said French troops would stay in neighbouring Mali as long as was needed "to defeat terrorism" in the West African country and its neighbours.

Malian and French troops patrolled the outskirts of the contested northern town of Diabaly on Sunday in a show of muscle a day after West African leaders demanded speedy UN aid to rout Islamists holding the vast desert north.

This video grab shows former al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) emir Mokhtar Belmokhtar speaking at an undisclosed location. Picture: AFP

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told Europe 1 radio Sunday that the hostage-taking in Algeria showed the need to be "relentless in the face of terrorism."

Defence Minister Stephen Smith believes no Australians have been caught up in a terrorist attack in Algeria.


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