In rich earth a richer dust concealed

IT IS 20 years since my husband, Lindsay Glover, died of melanoma at our home in Nelson Bay.
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At that time our children were seven and 12 years old.

The Glover family are one of the first original white settlers in the Bay area.

I am writing to let everyone know that even though living without my husband and raising two children had many difficult moments, we got through it relatively unscathed.

My daughter is married with a son and is teaching history.

My son has a partner and is attempting to make it in the film industry.

I remarried seven years ago and am teaching English.

I am proud of the way my children have turned out and I am sure Lindsay would feel the same.

Life does go on – albeit differently – with tears, sorrow, pain, laughter, joy and happiness.

Thanks to all who have been so supportive these past 20 years.

We really wouldn’t be the family we are today without all your help, advice and encouragement.

There is not a day goes by that I do not think of Lindsay and wish he were still with us.

He will live forever in not only our hearts but the hearts of the friends and relatives he left behind too.

I am grateful that you allowed this letter to be published. It may give hope to someone else who is experiencing the same as we did.

“In this rich earth a richer dust concealed” is Lindsay’s epitaph.

May he continue to rest in peace.

Cheryl Glover

North Haven

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Nick Kyrgios’ biggest win hurt him, says Rod Laver

Laver said Kyrgios’ stunning 2014 Wimbledon upset of Rafael Nadal appeared to have contributed to outrageous shot selection at times. Photo: Max RossiShanghai Australian tennis legend Rod Laver believes the biggest win of Nick Kyrgios’ career encouraged a low-percentage style of play that is now damaging his ability to win major titles, and regards part-time mentor Lleyton Hewitt as the wise head capable of overseeing his reform.
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Laver said Kyrgios’ stunning 2014 Wimbledon upset of Rafael Nadal appeared to have contributed to outrageous shot selection at times from the young Canberran, who meets sixth seed Kei Nishikori in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Wednesday.

“His charisma is that he likes to show off all the shots he’s got, and his great forehand and big serve, and I think because he won at Wimbledon against Nadal he feels that it’s gone up a little further, and that’s where he’s got to try and understand that that type of showmanship doesn’t win matches,” Laver said at Tuesday’s Australian Open launch.

“You need a whole range of different shots to win a match, and I think that’s potentially in my mind where he’s vulnerable; he’s got a lot to learn [such as] how do you win a point without exploring every shot that you’ve got. How about just keeping the ball in the court and making sure it’s a nice deep shot, and if I want to come to the net, don’t try and hit it like you’ve got to bust the ball, and hit the ground and put it over the stand somewhere, that sort of showmanship gets him in trouble.

“This last US Open, he could have won the tournament but he comes to the net [against Andy Murray] and he’s half-volleying it between his legs, and you figure well, ‘yes, if you don’t have any other way of hitting it, then you have to do it that way’.

“Maybe it’s boring for him, to be on the court not being able to show all the shots he has, but that’s not going to make him a champion and he does have the ability to be a champion, and I think it’d be a shame if he doesn’t allow himself to be that much better.”

While Laver predicts Hewitt, the soon-to-be Davis Cup captain, “could heal a lot of the things Nick has been doing”, Kyrgios believes his attitude has already been improved by his recent period of turbulence, the lowlight of which was the Montreal sledging incident involving Stan Wawrinka.

“I feel as if it’s helped me a little bit, everything that’s happened in the last couple of months,” Kyrgios said after an opening round 6-3, 6-2 win over Austrian world No.60 Andreas Haider-Maurer here. “I feel like I’ve definitely picked up my act a little bit. But I’m playing well and I’m enjoying myself, so that’s what matters.”

The 20-year-old was also defended by his friend Thanasi Kokkinakis, the day after the bizarre match against Haider-Maurer in which Kyrgios — who is on a six-month probation period from the ATP — received his second code violation warning in a week.

“To be fair, I’ve been watching him and he’s playing well and he’s probably a bit more switched on then I’ve seen him before,” Kokkinakis said. “He’s not going to change completely and not get frustrated. But he’s toning it down a bit.”

A semi-finalist in Kuala Lumpur and quarter-finalist last week in Japan, Kyrgios remains without a coach, but is in no great hurry to appoint one. He believes the mutual agreement to leave him out of last month’s Davis Cup semi-final after a controversial stretch in the headlines was “the best decision” for his welfare.

“I know what I need to get better at in my game. I don’t think a coach is necessary right now. I don’t think there’s any rush to get one,” he said. “The last few weeks have been really good. I think I’ve played some good tennis. I think I’m going OK at the moment.”

Linda Pearce is a guest of the Shanghai Rolex Masters

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Bill Shorten’s AWU ‘sold out’ workers for $300,000

Bill Shorten in Canberra on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Meares Witness Julian Rzesniowiecki outside the royal commission. Photo: Edwina Pickles
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Ex-Thiess manager admits company issued bogus invoices

A serious cloud hangs over Bill Shorten’s record as a union leader. He ran a union that took $300,000 from an employer in disguised payments based on fraudulent invoices as part of a deal that hugely benefited that employer.

That’s the damning conclusion from Tuesday’s evidence to the royal commission into union corruption, and documentary records, of former Thiess John Holland senior executive Julian Rzesniowiecki.

Unfortunately for Shorten and his then AWU sidekick, Cesar Melhem, Rzesniowiecki kept a detailed diary from his mid-2000s dealings with the AWU duo over the $2.5billion EastLink tollway in Melbourne.

In the diary he records that Shorten, now Opposition Leader, proposed in December 2004 that builder Thiess John Holland pay for four AWU staff on site at the tollway project.

That would have equated to at least $1 million to the AWU over the three years it would take to build the road through Melbourne’s south-east.

That figure was later negotiated down to $300,000 to, ostensibly, pay for one union organiser.

The diaries also show that Shorten’s proposal came at a time when the parties were negotiating an industrial agreement that halved the number of mandatory rostered days off for workers.

“Politically the AWU has sold out the 36 day [hour] week,” Rzesniowiecki wrote in his diary, noting also questions about how to publicly “package” the workplace deal to avoid criticism and how to “pay it out”.

There is no doubt the workers were paid well on the project, their actual pay being above then current rates.

But the ground-breaking “flexibility” around weekend work and rosters was worth huge money to Thiess John Holland, tens of millions of dollars in fact, and possibly as much as $100 million.

The project was completed as much as six months ahead of time.

EastLink was celebrated by employers and conservative institutions like the Institute of Public Affairs because the builder had been able to minimise the influence on site of militant union the CFMEU, and reduce the conditions it had gained over many years.

In return the AWU got its kickbacks.

As Rzesniowiecki admitted on Tuesday, Thiess John Holland was prepared to receive and pay false or inflated invoices from the AWU for work either the company did not need or was not done.

That included for seminars and forums organised by the union, for AWU magazine advertisements and back strain research.

The true purpose was to disguise payments for an AWU organiser on the project.

Yet the builder had so little interest in what it got for its $300,000 it did not care if an organiser even turned up on EastLink.  “It wasn’t a concern to me,” Rzesniowiecki admitted.

The AWU could spend the $300,000 as it saw fit, he told the royal commission.

From Rzesniowiecki’s evidence and records, the payments were suggested by Shorten but implemented by Cesar Melhem, now an embattled Victorian MP.

Shorten on Tuesday said he struck no such deal for payments. True there is no document headlined “deal for dodgy payments”.

Yet it was Shorten who ran the union as its state and national secretary when the money started to pour in from Thiess John Holland. His denials, and failing memory, are becoming harder to believe.

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Liberal fund-raiser John Hart considering a run for Joe Hockey’s North Sydney seat

Joe Hockey is is widely expected to be appointed ambassador to Washington. Photo: Glen McCurtayne Liberal Party fund-raiser John Hart has told colleagues he is contemplating running for preselection in the seat of North Sydney amid expectations that former treasurer Joe Hockey will announce his departure date from the federal Parliament within a fortnight, sparking a byelection before the end of the year.
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Mr Hart, who is chief executive of industry lobbying group Restaurant and Catering Australia, is also chairman of the North Sydney Forum, the controversial fund-raising body for the Liberal Party’s local Federal Electorate Council.

Last year Fairfax Media published an article that highlighted how the North Sydney Forum was offering business people and lobbyists privileged access to Mr Hockey as treasurer in return for membership fees of up to $22,000 a year.

Mr Hockey sued for defamation over the story, titled “Treasurer for Sale”. The federal court found the article and headline together had not defamed Mr Hockey but awarded him $200,000 in damages over an advertising poster and two tweets.

Reflecting the judgment, Mr Hockey was ordered to bear 85 per cent of his legal costs.

Last month, Mr Hockey announced he would leave Parliament after Malcolm Turnbull successfully challenged Tony Abbott as Liberal leader to become prime minister.

He is widely expected to be appointed as Australia’s next ambassador to Washington.

Mr Hart would be seen as one of the strongest challengers to the frontrunner for preselection in North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, who is the acting NSW Liberal Party president and a leading member of the left faction.

However, on Tuesday Mr Hart told Fairfax Media he had yet to make up his mind.

“I’m thinking about it,” he said. “With such a clear favourite in the field [Mr Zimmerman] it’s something I’ve had to think seriously about.”

Another potential contender is Tim James, a former chief of staff to NSW Energy and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts, who is aligned with the right faction.

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Throat and tongue cancers linked to sexually transmitted virus on the rise

Dr Matthew Magarey, a surgeon who uses robotic technology to remove cancer from people’s throats. Photo: Simon O’DwyerThe sexual revolution is producing a new wave of throat and tongue cancers among middle-aged people, who are falling victim to a rare side effect of the “common cold of sexually transmitted infections”.
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A growing number of Australians with oropharyngeal cancer are testing positive to the human papillomavirus (HPV), suggesting it has caused their disease rather than smoking or heavy drinking – factors responsible for many head and neck cancers in the past.

Oropharyngeal cancer is usually found in the back third of the tongue or the tonsils. In 2014, about 125 Victorians were diagnosed with it. Most were men.

An Australian study of 515 patients diagnosed with the condition between 1987 and 2010 found that the proportion of people with an HPV-related diagnosis increased from 20 per cent between 1987 and 1995 to 64 per cent between 2006 and 2010.

Over the same period, the proportion of people diagnosed with throat cancer who had never smoked increased from 19 per cent to 34 per cent, suggesting HPV may overtake smoking and drinking as a cause of the cancer in future.

American doctors say more oral sex following the sexual revolution of the 1960s probably spread HPV to more people’s mouths and throats. Actor Michael Douglas said he believed oral sex was to blame for his HPV-related throat cancer in 2013. 

But Dr Matthew Magarey​, an ear nose and throat surgeon at Epworth and Peter MacCallum hospitals in Melbourne, said while HPV-related throat cancers were occurring in more people aged 40 to 60, it should not necessarily be associated with oral sex because scientists believe HPV may be transmitted through kissing or simple hand to mouth contact as well.

Up to 80 per cent of the adult population is thought to have had some sort of HPV infection during their life (there are more than 100 strains) and most of them will not have experience any symptoms. Many people clear the virus within months of getting it.

Dr Magarey said a tiny proportion of people will get an HPV-related cancer, such as cervical, anal, or throat cancer. He said HPV in the throat probably took 30 to 40 years to turn into a cancer in the minority of people it affects in that way.

He said treatments were getting better for the cancer, which has a high survival rate if found early. Depending on the circumstances of the cancer, radiation, chemotherapy and sometimes surgery are used to treat it.

While the surgery has been long and complicated in the past, Dr Magarey said a new robotic procedure available at Peter Mac and Epworth was helping surgeons remove cancers more precisely and in less time. This was reducing long-term recovery problems such as difficulty eating and drinking and swallowing.

Dr Magarey said the most common first sign of throat cancer was a lump in the neck that persists for more than two or three weeks. Symptoms can also include a sore throat that persists for more than three weeks and difficulty swallowing.

“If you have these symptoms, see your GP and get a referral to a qualified ENT surgeon who can properly examine the throat. Just looking in the mouth is not enough,” he said.

Dr Marcus Chen, a sexual health specialist with Alfred Health, said the Australian government’s HPV Gardasil vaccination program for young people will reduce such cancers in future. In the meantime, he said testing for HPV – the “common cold of sexually transmitted infections” – was not recommended because there is no way of treating the virus or preventing it from being passed on to others.

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Cats catch Tiger

NEW STRIPES: New Osborne coach Matt Rava (right) tries on the colours of the Cats with club official Shayne Weidemann. Picture: Les SmithSame colours, different stripes.Same job, different league.
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New Osborne coach, Matt Rava,said he’s excited by the challenge that lies aheadafter signing withthe Hume League powerhouse.

The former Wagga Tigers mentor is looking forward to a fresh startbut can’t shake a familiar feeling about the Cats.

“The list at Osborne is very similar to what Tigers have had and I think there’s success on the horizon, not too far away,” Rava said.

“I’m looking forward to getting there as quickly as we can.”

Rava was dumped as coach of Tigers after taking the club to within four points of a grand final appearance in his second season.

“Obviously it was pretty disappointing because I put a lot of time and effort into getting the group up and about, but that’s football,” he said.

“I’ve really enjoyed the coaching over the last couple of years and I’d like to think I’m getting better at it as I go.”

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James Longworth was at his ‘weakest point’ when he punched bouncer Fady Taiba

Bouncer Fady Taiba leaves Downing Centre District Court during the trial of James Longworth. Photo: James Brickwood James Ian Longworth (centre), on trial for hitting bouncer Fady Taiba, leaves Downing Centre District Court. Photo: James Brickwood
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With the death of his father playing on his mind, and thoughts of his grieving mother, James Longworth said he was at the “weakest point” in his life when he punched a bouncer outside a Sydney bar.

“I remember thinking I wanted to hit him and it was spontaneous,” Mr Longworth told Downing Centre District Court on Tuesday.

“I just remember feeling the impact of the punch and just being in disbelief that I hit him.”

Mr Longworth, who went to school at Cranbrook and studied business at university, told the court what happened in the lead-up to punching Fady Taiba​, who had refused him entry to Bar 333 in central Sydney on September 6, 2013.

The 34-year-old said his father died in June, just as he was preparing to move from London back to Sydney to be at his bedside.

His family found out a crematorium had lost his father’s ashes on Thursday September 5, and he was still feeling devastated after work on Friday.

“I was heartbroken. I’d missed seeing dad while I was overseas and even though he’d been cremated, I hated the thought of never being able to visit him and just him being lost.”

Mr Longworth said he had 10 schooners of beer at the Concourse Bar, near Wynyard station, before he and his friends moved to Bar 333.

At the entrance, Mr Taiba refused him entry in a “laughing tone” because he was stumbling, he said.

“I just got overwhelmed with sadness about dad. I just lashed out.”

Mr Longworth has pleaded not guilty to intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Taiba, arguing his state of mind at the time meant he did not form an intention to seriously injure him.

Under cross-examination from Crown prosecutor John Pickering, SC, Mr Longworth insisted he didn’t intend to hurt Mr Taiba, who suffered a broken jaw, a fractured eye socket, and required brain surgery after the punch.

“It was panic. I was overwhelmed. I thought I wanted to hit Mr Taiba when I normally would have [been] reserved. It was just a lash out when I normally wouldn’t have lashed out.

“The thought process did not go beyond wanting to hit Mr Taiba.”

Mr Pickering suggested the link between his grief and the punch was made up.

“It was real, I would never act that way normally and I was truly overwhelmed. I’d never felt anything like it before. I just couldn’t breathe … I lashed out,” Mr Longworth said.

Mr Pickering asked: “How do you deal with the grief of your father by striking another man, can you explain that?”

“There’s no explanation,” Mr Longworth replied.

The trial continues before Judge Richard Cogswell.

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Opal takeover: Seniors reluctant to switch from paper tickets

Out the door: TravelTen tickets won’t be sold from January 1. Opal card. Photo: James Alcock
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The Gold Opal card available to seniors still entitles cardholders to a $2.50 pensioner excursion fare.

About 200,000 pensioners and senior commuters are yet to make the shift to Opal cards, just over two months from the end of the sale of most paper tickets for public transport in NSW.

Under government plans to move to a single ticketing system, the sale of 57 types of paper tickets for public transport will cease on January 1. While about 200,000 had yet to make the switch, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the fact about 480,000 seniors had signed up to Gold Opal cards showed that the paperless ticketing system was working well.

“For seniors in particular, [the Opal card means] less time queuing up at a train station. Now that we are close to half a million seniors, I think that is quite a successful outcome,” he said on Tuesday.

Those paper tickets that will no longer be sold from January 1 include the popular TravelTen for buses, Pensioner Excursion Ticket and Family Funday Sunday tickets.

The Gold Opal card that is available to seniors, pensioners and war widows still entitles cardholders to a $2.50 pensioner excursion fare.

Community groups say pensioners remain reluctant to ditch paper tickets for Opal cards because they find the technology confronting, harbour concerns about linking the card to their bank accounts or have privacy concerns.

“What we are hearing is that lots of people have tried it and find it quite difficult to use,” said Amelia Christie, manager of research and advocacy at the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association. “The feeling is that Opal is good but people should have the choice to use paper tickets and Opal.”

However, Mr Constance said it would be a waste of taxpayer resources to continue operating two ticketing systems in the state.

In an effort to encourage more seniors to make the switch, commuters will now be able to obtain and top up Opal cards at eight Service NSW centres. However, the top-up machines in the service centres will mostly be in regional centres, including Gosford, Newcastle, Kiama and Wollongong and Bathurst.

The government is yet to reveal how it will transition school children to a paperless ticketing system but Mr Constance signalled that an announcement would be made shortly.

About 4 million Opal cards have been issued since the system began on Sydney ferries in December 2012. The government is keeping adult and concession single or return paper tickets for trains, ferries and light rail, and single tickets for buses.

Asked whether he was closer to scrapping single and return paper tickets, Mr Constance said the government had made it clear that it would keep them in place in an effort to cater for tourists and people from regional NSW who did not have Opal cards.

In London, the ticketing system allows commuters to pay for journeys on public transport directly via contactless credit cards.

“Around the world we are seeing other advances in the technology. Ultimately it would be nice to swipe a mobile phone or move to account-based ticketing,” Mr Constance said. “We are now in the early stages of this but ultimately this is a card which is only going to further expand in terms of the technological offerings.”

While the minister has tasked Transport for NSW to look into account-based ticketing, he conceded that there were challenges to overcome regarding security, verification of users and software.

He declined to put a figure on the cost to the government of rolling out a system that allowed commuters to pay via their credit cards or mobile phones. “Anything we are trying to do with ticketing systems, you need to recoup through fares,” he said, adding that he did not believe the cost would be prohibitive.

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Things I wish I knew about setting up my iPhone 6s (before I lost half a day setting up my iPhone 6s)

Customers queue outside the Sydney Apple store for the release of the iPhone 6s. Photo: Nick Moir The new iPhone 6s Plus in rose gold. Photo: Melissa Singer
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When it comes to technology, there are early adopters (ie those mad people who will stand in the rain outside a store for days to get their fix) and what I like to call normal people.

I am usually one of the last people in my peer group to get the latest It Phone. To illustrate, I was still using a Blackberry Bold long after the first iPhone was already growing barnacles. But a serendipitous turn of events – aka the end of my iPhone 5s contract – meant I got my hands on an iPhone 6s Plus reasonably close to the release date.

Normally, I would consider myself a techonogically-savvy human. But armed with my iPhone 5s, my newly-minted iPhone 6s Plus (rose gold, 128GB, natch) and my home computer, I was reduced to a blithering mess.

After wrestling for five hours with my new toy, I finally got the familiar sight of my partner and dog on the home screen.

Is it faster than the 5s? Too early to say. Did I try the new 3D feature? No, I was too damned tired.

Before nodding off, I jotted down three key things about setting up the iPhone 6s (or 6s Plus) that I wish I had known before I lost an entire evening doing it.

1. Update the software on your old iPhone

It sounds simple (in hindsight, of course) that your two phones – old and new – will need to speak the same language.

I had put off upgrading my iPhone 5s software to iOS 9 for weeks. Turns out this was a bad move.

I backed up my iPhone 5s (running iOS 8.4, an embarrassing admission to any tech-heads reading this) to iTunes and was all ready to restore the backup to my new baby.

But the 6s Plus had other ideas. No matter how many times I seemed to perform the backup-restore tango, the 6s Plus still wanted more.

After five futile attempts, the lightbulb went off (OK, I read something on a Mac users’ forum). You can’t put a 2015 engine in a 2002 car and expect it to run smoothly, so it’s important your two phones are both running the same software before you can expect them to whisper sweet nothings to one another.

The fix? Update your old phone to iOS 9 before performing your final backup.

Time wasted: two hours

2. The backup password is the VERY first password set on your iTunes account

Trust me when I tell you this is the single most important thing you will read about setting up your iPhone 6s (other than how to turn the damn thing on). I could have cooked a lamb shoulder in the time it took me to sort out this riddle.

We are always being told to change our passwords to make them more alpha-numeric and hack-proof (ie not “1234qwerty” or “password”), so it would make sense that the password to protect The Entire Contents of Our Most Used Gadget would be up to date. Not so.

I was all set to restore my iPhone 5s backup to Miss 6s Plus (the rose gold ones are female, obviously), when it asked me for a special backup password. Say what?

Overcome with the sinking feeling that I don’t remember setting a special backup password, I set about trying to crack it.

First, I tried my current iTunes password. Rejected. Then my iPhone passcode. Nada. Then about 10 permutations of my most commonly used passwords. Zip.

After some furious searching, I learned that despite all the advancements in password technology, in some nostalgic quirk, iTunes wants the very first password you set for your iTunes account. Ex-partners’ birthdays, dead pets’ names, anniversaries of relationships long expired – they are all possible candidates. Be prepared for some awkward moments.

The fix? Cast your mind back, way back. And as soon as you’re able, change the encrypted password to something you can actually remember.

Time wasted: 1.5 hours

3. The iPhone 6s Plus is big. Very big

Compared to the diminutive 5s, the iPhone 6s Plus is a monster. And playing with it in the store does little to prepare you for its size when you actually go to use it.

Men will find slipping it in to a pocket a whole lot more cumbersome, and there aren’t too many handbags with a side pocket that’s the right size (although this could spell the need for a new handbag – or two).

As a one-handed texter, the 6s Plus is more than a handful, and I have slightly larger than average lady hands.

But on the plus-side, unlike with the transition from iPhone 4 to 5, at least Apple has had the decency to keep the chargers the same size, so you can continue the common pastime of collecting – then losing – charging cords.

The fix? Get used to texting with two hands and buy yourself a sturdy case, ol’ fumble-fingers.

Time wasted? one minute per text message (in lost multi-tasking opportunity)

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Melissa Singer is weekend news director for The Age.

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Darren Lehmann attacks Victoria over Peter Siddle, James Pattinson selection row

As the national selectors debate their best attack, Australian coach Darren Lehmann has taken aim at Victoria’s decision to overlook Peter Siddle through the one-day domestic series and their call for James Pattinson to not be considered for a Test recall.
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Victorian coach David Saker told Fairfax Media on Monday he felt Pattinson should not be considered for Test selection until Christmas, as the Bushrangers’ spearhead continues to refine a revamped bowling action he hopes will avoid further back injuries.

Despite Siddle being an Ashes tourist and returning strongly to the side in the final Test, he has been bypassed for Victoria’s three opening one-day clashes, with Saker admitting he is not in their best XI.

The national selectors had hoped to see him play during the Sydney-based series, with Lehmann on Tuesday sarcastically taking aim at the Bushrangers.

Asked if Siddle was likely to remain the third quick behind Mitchell Johnson and Mitch Starc for the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba, Lehmann responded: “Don’t know. Haven’t seen him bowl. Victoria have been nice – it’s been good for them not to play him, hasn’t it?

“That is just the way it is. We can’t control what Victoria do. It would be nice to see him play, because we have a Test match coming up. We’ll just have to wait and see at the selection table.”

Siddle has said he will continue to work hard in the nets. He will return to the Bushrangers side for the sole Sheffield Shield clash, beginning October 28, before the squad for the first Test is picked a day or two later.

“That’s probably all he is going to get, so that’s what it is,” Lehmann said.

Lehmann, also a selector, was clearly unhappy with Saker’s call for Pattinson to be allowed to regain his groove in several first-class matches for the Bushrangers before he was considered for a Test recall.

“I think David Saker should concentrate on coaching Victoria and leave us to pick the side for Australia,” Lehmann said. “If James Pattinson is in and ready to go, then we think highly of him. We won’t rush him back in if he is not right. He has got to be ready to play.

“I think at the end of the day, we have to pick a side to get 20 wickets, which we always do. One of the things Australian cricket has done over the last 20 years, we have been able to get 20 wickets. What we have got to do is get control back, go for less runs.”

The robust Pattinson, who has been man of the match in two one-day clashes this summer, played the last of his 13 Tests against South Africa in Cape Town last year.

Saker, a former Victorian fast bowler and former England bowling coach, did not wish to comment when contacted on Tuesday.

The Australians were unable to contain England as much as they had hoped during the losing Ashes series, and regularly leaked runs at more than four an over.

Siddle, the 57-Test veteran, has the ability to hit a consistent line and length, allowing Johnson and Starc – expected to be front-line quicks at the Gabba – the opportunity to attack more.

However, Lehmann has made it clear it will be unacceptable for any of the fast bowlers to concede runs heavily against the Black Caps and West Indies this summer.

“The biggest thing in England for us, the learning curve, was the type of pitches they chopped and changed with – that you might have to chop and change your best attack, depending on the best conditions, and Ryan Harris’ [retirement] certainly hurt,” he said.

“England was the first time our bowlers have leaked a lot of runs or went for pretty much four an over. We certainly had it [control] at Lord’s and the Oval, but the other three, we went around the park – that’s not what we have been about for the last 18 months.

“We have kept it really much under three an over and kept control of the game. That has been the interesting change for us with the group – to make sure those blokes who are playing, the attacking bowlers, have still got to be able to defend as well.”

Johnson, now said to be over his injury “niggles”, and fellow quick Josh Hazlewood were rested from what ultimately was an abandoned Test series in Bangladesh this month.

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