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Oz not shy of bowling bouncers post tragedy

Oz not shy of bowling bouncers post tragedy
There was no shortage of bouncers as Australia’s cricketers returned to training. For most players it was their first serious hit out since the Tuesday before last, when the build-up to the Commonwealth Bank Test series against India was put on hold after Hughes was fatally struck by a short ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Having farewelled their friend and teammate at an emotional service in Macksville on Wednesday, the Australian team returned their focus to on-field activities ahead of Tuesday’s first Test against India here. And despite head coach Darren Lehmann’s pre-session prediction that the players would “ease back into it”, the fast-bowlers did not shy away from firing in the short balls, reported.

After some light-hearted drills to start the day, which included some dancing and an impromptu handstand from David Warner, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Josh Hazlewood measured out their run ups in the middle of the picturesque Park 25 Cricket Ground here and began to charge in.

Hazlewood looked the most lively of the trio, with the uncapped right-armer forcing Shane Watson and then Chris Rogers to take swift action with a pair of lifting deliveries. Shaun Marsh ducked well to avoid a fast bouncer from Siddle while Warner also got in on the act late in the session, with his medium-pace pulled away by Brad Haddin.

Not even brotherly love could get in the way, with a short ball from Mitchell Marsh forcing a false stroke from older brother Shaun, with the pair bidding to become the first brothers to play in the same Test for Australia since Steve and Mark Waugh in October 2002.

It was far from a bouncer barrage, but it was enough to suggest that the tragic circumstances of Hughes’s passing would not affect the on-field aggression that has long been Australia’s trademark.
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