What was supposed to be a festive holiday drink turned tragic when a 33-year-old gold miner allegedly stabbed his friend to death during a row over alcohol at Waramuri Mission in Region One (Barima-Waini).Exactly one week following the incident, the miner was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan on Wednesday when he was not required to plead to the indictable charge.According to the prosecution’s case, Navin Harris murdered Rondea Peters, called “Ninja”, on December 20, 2017 at Waramuri Mission, Moruca in the North West District.Reports indicate that the two men were imbibing when the now deceased man accused Harris of stealing his liquor. An argument ensued and quickly escalated to a physical scuffle during which Peters was reportedly stabbed to death with a knife.The case was transferred to be heard at the Aquaro Magistrate’s Court in Region-One.
Former captain Ricky Ponting has called out Australia opener Aaron Finch for his poor shot selection and lack of application in the ongoing first Test against India in Adelaide.Finch lost his wicket for a duck off the third ball of Australia’s first innings, which was bowled by Ishant Sharma, after India got bowled out for 250 as the action resumed on the second day.In fact, two wickets fell in the first four balls at the start of play with India’s Mohammed Shami getting out off the first ball of the day while Finch fell three balls later as Australia came out to bat 10 minutes after India’s innings wrapped up.The third ball of the first over was delivered on a length and Ishant also got it to shape back in a bit. Finch tried to drive it through the line, but his footwork wasn’t good enough as he got an inside edge before the ball crashed into the stumps.Ponting was extremely disappointed with the shot that Finch chose to play and believes that the right-handed batsman still has a lot of work to do to improve his batting in red-ball cricket.”I think this problem has been created by picking him to open in the UAE. It’s the easiest place in the world to be an opening batsman over there, as we know. And he did reasonably well over there which meant they had to pick him to open the batting coming back here.”What was the long-term objective to open the batting with him over there? Everyone knows he struggles a little bit against moving red ball and we have a series here and an Ashes series not too far away, and the ball’s going to move around a lot when we’re over in England.advertisement”The shot we saw today is not what a good Test match opener should do third ball of the innings. The new ball on that wicket was always going to be the hardest time to bat and he went for a hard cover drive. Sometimes that can happen, but he’s got a lot of work to do, I think,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.The stumps went flying as Ishant Sharma gave India the perfect start with the ball.#AUSvIND | @bet365_aus pic.twitter.com/f7bg9MPGWdcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2018India reduced Australia to 191 for 7 at stumps on Day 2 with the hosts trailing Virat Kohli’s side by another 59 runs.Travis Head top-scored with 61 runs and will resume his innings on the third day but barring him, none of the other batsman put up a fight against the disciplined Indian bowling attack.Peter Handscomb (34), Usman Khawaja (28) and debutant Marcus Harris got starts but couldn’t convert it into a big score and got out to some rash shots. So it wasn’t just Finch’s shot selection which made Ponting unhappy.”I’m not here to bag anyone about the way things are happening, but you look at some of the shot selection today and it makes you wonder a little bit. I had no worries at all about the group coming in in terms of form and those sort of things, it just highlights that they might be a fair way off the mark.”It’s pretty hard to accept that we have 10-15 batsmen in Australian first-class cricket and only a couple of them average over 40. That’s unacceptable as far I’m concerned. So you’ve got to look at the levels of coaching on the way up and what’s not happening and try and find ways to improve it,” he said.Also Read | Not everyone here is Pujara: Rishabh Pant taunts Australia batsmen in AdelaideAlso Read | Adelaide Test: Ashwin, Ishant lead India’s sensational fightback vs AustraliaAlso Read | R Ashwin thrilled after perfect attrition day for India against AustraliaAlso Read | Ashwin looking very dangerous, has learnt from Nathan Lyon: Sunil Gavaskar