Starc bags four as Aussies take charge

first_imgPERTH, Australia (AP):Led by swing bowler Mitchell Starc, Australia dismissed South Africa for 242 and took control of the first Test at the WACA yesterday.In reply, Australia got to 105 for no loss with openers David Warner and Shaun Marsh unbeaten on 73 and 29 runs, respectively. Warner raced to his 50 off only 39 balls, punishing the South African new ball attack for a six and 10 boundaries.Starc grabbed four for 71 and Josh Hazlewood three for 73 as South Africa struggled all day after winning the toss and batting first.Half centuries by Temba Bavuma (51) and Quinton de Kock (84) saved face for the tourists after the innings had nose-dived to 32-4, and then 81-5 soon after the lunch break.The pair batted defiantly against the Australian quicks in a 71-run sixth wicket partnership before Bavuma fell to a brilliant catch at the wicket.De Kock was the mainstay of the South African innings and was finally dismissed when he mistimed a pull to give Hazlewood his third wicket. He batted for 2 1/2 hours and hit a six and 11 fours off 101 balls.last_img read more

Sight adjustment will be a part of this passing ga

first_imgSight adjustment will be a part of this passing game — if the players can handle it — and this will be a very smart and aggressive offense. One other wrinkle to keep an eye on is CB Patrick Peterson lining up in some Wildcat/read-option packages to give defenses something else to prepare for. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo ErrorOK… ErrorOK In this 3-4 scheme, you expect your sack production from the OLBs and not the ILBs, D-line and safeties — which was where the Cards got their sacks a year ago. They need a double-digit sack guy to emerge. That premise is part of the reason defensive lineman Darnell Dockett has expressed happiness over the new scheme, and it could allow the team’s defensive front to be even more disruptive. It may have to be because, as Horton notes, Arizona does not boast a bevvy of sack artists at the linebacker spots. But alas, few have any qualms with the Cardinals re-working their offense. After ranking last in the NFL in total yards as well as second-to-last in points scored, change of any kind is likely to bring better results.However, the team’s defense was pretty strong, finishing the season 12th in yards allowed, fourth in takeaways and 11th in sacks.So what should we expect from new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles? It will remain as a 3-4 scheme, but Bowles will add some wrinkles of his own. Under Horton the guys up front played a lot of two-gap, read-and-react schemes where they occupied blockers to let the back seven make most of the plays. Bowles will utilize a lot more one-gap, penetrating looks up front and he needs the defensive line to be disruptive. Horton notes this will require the offensive line to hold up better, which after how things went last season, seems like a pretty tall order. However, if given time to throw, he believes QB Carson Palmer will utilize the tight end more and Larry Fitzgerald more effectively. Comments   Share   center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In all, Horton believes an improved Arizona offense would go a long way toward helping the defense take a step forward. – / 36 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Any time a team replaces its coaching staff, change can be expected.Otherwise, what is the point of making the move in the first place?But how different will the Arizona Cardinals be with Bruce Arians and his staff now running the show in place of Ken Whisenhunt and Co.?According to Gary Horton, in an ESPN Insider piece, the offense will be creative and aggressive in the passing game.This is not going to be a dink-and-dunk West Coast offense, as Arians is a coach who loves the deep ball. We will see a lot of deep crossing and seam routes, as the Cardinals look for those “chunk” plays.last_img read more