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Jonny Bairstow defends both Joe Root and Stuart Broad

Joe Root has been criticised by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting
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  • Joe Root has been criticised by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting
  • Stuart Broad recorded worst innings figures of his Test career in Perth last week
  • Australia have already won the Ashes by opening up an unassailable 3-0 lead

By David Clough, Press Association

Published: 04:42 EST, 23 December 2017 | Updated: 05:05 EST, 23 December 2017

Jonny Bairstow has launched a staunch defence of both his captain Joe Root and off-colour senior seamer Stuart Broad as England seek to salvage pride in the Boxing Day Test.

England and their Ashes hosts were back to work in Melbourne on Saturday, just as the much of the world clocked off for the Christmas break, and it fell to Bairstow to set out in his press conference the collective ambition to put right what has been lacking so far.

Australia have emphatically regained the Ashes by opening up an unassailable 3-0 lead with wide-margin wins at every stop so far.

Jonny Bairstow has launched a staunch defence of his captain Joe Root and Stuart Broad

Jonny Bairstow has launched a staunch defence of his captain Joe Root and Stuart Broad

Root has copped some stinging criticism from former Australia captain Ricky PontingRoot has copped some stinging criticism from former Australia captain Ricky Ponting

Root has copped some stinging criticism from former Australia captain Ricky Ponting

Alastair Cook has managed only 83 runs in the current campaign at a paltry average of 13.83Alastair Cook has managed only 83 runs in the current campaign at a paltry average of 13.83

Alastair Cook has managed only 83 runs in the current campaign at a paltry average of 13.83

For good measure, Root has copped some stinging criticism from former Australia captain Ricky Ponting – who has called on him to 'step up big time' and stop looking like a 'little boy' – while Broad recorded the worst innings figures of his Test career as the hosts racked up a record 662 for nine declared in Perth last week.

Bairstow, who conceded before that match that England had let their captain down in the first two Tests, responded individually with a first-innings century.

Root's men still fell short, though – and asked if they owe the captain two vastly-improved performances in Melbourne and then Sydney, Bairstow said: 'Absolutely, there's no question.

'We don't just owe him; we owe ourselves as well. You don't come away and work as hard as we've worked to get nothing out of a tour.'

To that end, England have isolated the last two matches not as a means to avoid a third 5-0 whitewash in the last four Ashes tours but a mini-series in their own right.

'You can talk as much as you want to talk about the whitewash – but in our minds, it's not on the agenda,' said Bairstow.

'In our eyes it is (now) a two-Test series. Let's try to put things right that we haven't previously – start with a clean slate.'

The wicketkeeper-batsman reports his fellow Yorkshireman Root and Broad are both 'fine' despite their tough tours so far.'

Australia have emphatically regained the Ashes by opening up an unassailable 3-0 leadAustralia have emphatically regained the Ashes by opening up an unassailable 3-0 lead

Australia have emphatically regained the Ashes by opening up an unassailable 3-0 lead

Stuart Broad recorded worst innings figures of his Test career in Perth last weekStuart Broad recorded worst innings figures of his Test career in Perth last week

Stuart Broad recorded worst innings figures of his Test career in Perth last week

Tom Curran could be handed his Test debut by England against Australia in MelbourneTom Curran could be handed his Test debut by England against Australia in Melbourne

Tom Curran could be handed his Test debut by England against Australia in Melbourne

Broad, reportedly struggling with a knee niggle, is one half of England's record-breaking new-ball partnership alongside James Anderson.

Bairstow is an unequivocal supporter of a pair who have banked more than 900 wickets together but, after their 244 Tests, also have a combined age of 66.

'Naturally, people will pick things apart when they are not going well,' he said.

'But you've also got to remember that those two guys opening the bowling for us are now the most successful ever seam-bowling partnership that's ever played the game.

'So yes, you can pick it to pieces and do whatever you wish, but the guys have got some serious skills – serious skills – and that's not just in England, that's all the way around the world.

'To pick apart someone's technique, their bowling stats because of one or two games – having played more than 100 Test matches – I think is pretty tough.'

Mark Wood pictured during England's Saturday net session in MelbourneMark Wood pictured during England's Saturday net session in Melbourne

Mark Wood pictured during England's Saturday net session in Melbourne

England are highly unlikely to risk exacerbating Craig Overton's cracked rib at the MCGEngland are highly unlikely to risk exacerbating Craig Overton's cracked rib at the MCG

England are highly unlikely to risk exacerbating Craig Overton's cracked rib at the MCG

England are highly unlikely, meanwhile, to risk exacerbating Craig Overton's cracked rib at the MCG.

He was unable to bowl at practice on Saturday morning and is most likely to be replaced by the uncapped Tom Curran.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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