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24.12.21

SPORT REPORT BY ALAN JONES

Plenty happening in the world of sport which merits a comment.

Of course, extraordinary work by the Australian Cricket team which has been, in recent times, much maligned.

Whether England have played into Australia’s hands will be a matter of conjecture for some time to come.

Leaving the two strike bowlers, Anderson and Broad out of the Brisbane Test, has people still shaking their heads.

And where was the spinner in Adelaide apart from Joe Root?

But it is a very disciplined Australian side and obviously happy under Justin Langer.

Now, tennis looms and news that Rafael Nadal may not be able to make it to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

He has now tested positive to Coronavirus.

It is extraordinary how, when people test positive, the headline treats it as if they are facing death.

But Rafa at 35, has spent 4 months on the sideline with a foot injury so the way back is going to be difficult.

Novak Djokovic bids to win another Grand Slam.

There is an interesting stat about Novak Djokovic.

If you analyse the results, many of Novak’s Grand Slam victories have been achieved when Rafa and Roger have been absent.

But the continuing story in tennis is the fate of the Chinese tennis star, Peng Shuai.

Her wellbeing became a concern of the world tennis community when she appeared to allege that the former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her.

After she posted this on social media, she was absent from the public view for almost three weeks.

Now she seems to be saying that, “I have never said or written that anyone has sexually assaulted me.”

This was in a video posted on Lianhe Zaobao, a Singaporean media outlet.

It was the first time she had addressed the matter on camera, in public.

Peng Shuai apparently spoke at a cross-country skiing event in Shanghai that she attended.

She is 35 and said, “People have many misunderstandings,” but didn’t elaborate.

She said she had been living at home.

She didn’t mention Zhang.

The Women’s Tennis Association, this month, which has sought a direct line of communication with Peng, said it would suspend tournaments in China immediately due to concerns over her treatment and the safety of other players.

Zhang has not commented.

Will we see Peng Shuai in next month’s Australian Open?

That surely would be the test to remove suspicions.

At this point, her statement recanting the embarrassing sexual assault charges that she levelled against one of Xi’s closest political henchmen fails on the credibility front.

The Beijing Winter Olympics are due to start on February 4.

The Chinese Communist Party leaders are more than worried about continued global concern over the tennis player’s disappearance.

Especially now that she insists she was misunderstood.

The 1600-word message containing allegations of sexual assault that she posted on November 2 on a Chinese social media platform, Weibo, she now says was a “private matter”.

As critics are now saying, any such retraction seems about as credible as her assertion that the original charge was a “private matter”.

And one of the big “borrowed” Australian stories related to the former Australian soccer coach Ange Postecoglou.

Five months into his campaign as the Celtic Manager, the former Socceroos boss took his team to Hampden Park on Monday morning for the Scottish League final against Hibernian, and prevailed.

In the first opportunity for some time for the club to win a trophy and get some silverware, Postecoglou and his team delivered.

Mind you, he is no stranger to winning finals.

He won Premierships for South Melbourne in the National Soccer League; with Brisbane Roar in the A-League; and won the Asian Cup in 2015 with the Socceroos.

He was given the job at Celtic, charged with restoring Celtic’s Scottish domination.

He has done the job, 2-1.

Ange Postecoglou is now mixing it with the “big boys” of coaching and leaving his mark.

Plenty on in the world of sport.

Enjoy the Boxing Day Cricket Test and the Sydney to Harbour Yacht Race.

It is all on.

And don’t forget to check all the news on alanjones.com.au, or go to my Facebook page, ‘Alan Jones Australia’.