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Steven Smiths captaincy starts here. If there was any doubt over control of the Australian team and its selection, the XI unveiled for the day-night Test in Adelaide sets those aside.Having pleaded for a group of players he can take into battle with him after the innings defeat in Hobart, Steve appears to have got his wish. He has a bat-all-day opener in the 20-year-old Matt Renshaw, an adaptable and capable middle-order player in Peter Handscomb, a potential match-winner at No. 6 in Nic Maddinson, and a proven fighter with the gloves or the bat in Matthew Wade.The decision to move on from Peter Nevill and back to Wade will have been a particularly tough one for Steve and the coach Darren Lehmann. Nev is a terrific team man and a wonderful character, so an asset to any dressing room. He certainly has not been dropped for reasons relating to character or anything like that. It is more a case of sacrificing a gloveman in the search for more runs from Wade and the lower order alongside him.Whatever you may think about how tidy or otherwise Wade can be behind the stumps, his enjoyment of a scrap down the batting order is obvious. The two Test hundreds he has made, in Dominica against West Indies and at the SCG against Sri Lanka, were fantastic rearguard innings in conditions other batsmen found difficult. On both occasions he was able to build partnerships with the tail to help set up a winning position. Australia have lacked that lately.Something that has changed about Wade since he was last in the Australian Test side is that he has taken up the captaincy of Victoria with plenty of success - the last two Sheffield Shields, in fact. By all accounts captaincy has not overly changed his aggressive demeanour on the field, but it has enhanced his appreciation for all the roles in the team. Hes had good results, too, from using spin bowlers like Fawad Ahmed and Jon Holland, so Im hopeful he will be able to work productively with Nathan Lyon this time around. There is actually potential for a really damaging partnership to be set up between Wade and Maddinson, who is among the most talented players of his generation. I was in Bristol in 2013, when, playing for Australia A, he tore up Gloucestershires attack to make 181 from 143 balls. Those are the sorts of innings that win matches, and Maddo is more capable of putting them together than most.In addition to his power, placement and ability to play pretty much every shot in the book, Maddo has also been impressive in the way he thinks about the game. I was a big fan of the decision to give him some captaincy experience with the Blues last summer, and he has demonstrated on a few occasions, either on the field or in conversation, that he can come up with the sort of tactical thought that marks him as being ahead of the game. Steve has known Maddo for years, and I wont be surprised to see them swapping ideas over the course of this Test.Another step up the batting order and Handscomb will walk in at No. 5. He is regarded as one of the best players of spin in the country, and uses his feet to good effect. Something else that has impressed me about him is how he approaches training, which I saw first-hand when doing some coaching work with Australia A earlier in the year.The fundamental thing I liked about Pete is that he wasnt afraid of getting uncomfortable in training. We did several batting drills where he wanted to be taken out of his comfort zone - one of which was me firing balls down at him from a shorter distance than normal to test his reflexes and technique under that pressure. Players who seek out difficult experiences in training, to stretch themselves, invariably perform well on the field because they have made the game easier for themselves by doing so.Apart from his batting, Pete is also an excellent slips fielder, a trait he shares with Renshaw. The injection of a couple of high-quality specialist catchers will make a difference to the Australian team, and may in fact contribute to the sort of presence and energy that Steve has called for. Runs, of course, are the biggest thing the team will be searching for after their recent run of outs, and Steve will walk onto the field in Adelaide knowing the changes to the team have offered up a fresh a chance of that happening. Swell Water Bottle Clearance . He was followed closely by David Clarkson, donning red, seconds later. Clarksons actions one night earlier, leaping off the bench in defence of Kessel during a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres, will cost him the first 10 games of the regular season. Swell Drink Bottle Sale . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. http://www.swellbottlesclearance.com/ . But when it comes to determining if Raymond will find a place on the Leafs roster when training camp concludes in a week, well, that decision will ultimately fall to the head coach. Swell Water Bottle Cheap . John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo were also being counted on to slow down sizzling Rangers forward Rick Nash. That plan didnt go so well early. Swell Bottles Wholesale . Following a lopsided 5-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, Paul MacLean told reporters that "theres a lack of focus, theres a lack of leadership and theres a lack of preparation" with his struggling team. That came on the heels of Bryan Murray taking the unusual step of going into the locker room at the Prudential Center and addressing the players himself. COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Trevor Knight and the Texas A&M offense took some time to get started Saturday, but when the Aggies got going, they were tough to slow down.Knight threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in a 67-0 rout of Prairie View A&M.Knight finished 21 of 37 and threw touchdowns of 8 yards to Speedy Noil and 34 and 64 yards to Christian Kirk in the second quarter as the 20th-ranked Aggies (2-0) built a 38-0 halftime lead. Knight also ran for a 78 yards on seven carries in just over one half of play.We didnt start as quickly as I hoped we would, Knight said. Theres not a lot of explanation for that besides execution. We have to execute better out of the gates. We settled in obviously and got some big plays going, especially in that second quarter and to start the third quarter.Noil made his debut after missing last weeks game serving the second game of a two-game suspension he received before A&Ms bowl game last season.The Aggies extended their home non-conference win streak to 23 games and are 2-0 for the fourth straight season.As a coach, when you set out and have a plan -- not necessarily Xs and Os plan but what you ask guys to do -- and that happens, you feel good about it, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. The key to any successful team is to be able to duplicate that week in and week out.Texas A&M outgained the Panthers 672-205 in earning its largest shutout since defeating Missouri 73-0 on Sept. 18, 1993.Shutouts are hard to come by, Texas A&M cornerback Nick Harvey, who also had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown, said. Getting a shutout doesnt happen every day. We feel great right now, but we made some mistakes.Texas A&M managed a 22-yard field goal in the first 10 minutes before busting the game open over the final 18 minutes of the half.Keith Ford, who had two touchdowns, had an 11-yard scoring run with three minutes left in the opening quarter before Knight tight-roped the sideline for the final 5 yards of a 32-yard TD scamper to end the first.With us, its getting up to our tempo, Kirk said. All we need is oone explosive play to get us going.ddddddddddddOnce we get that first explosive play, we take advantage of the tempo and get right back on to the ball and start running our plays.Prairie View (1-1), which plays in the FCS Southwestern Athletic Conference, had a 38-yard field goal blocked and missed a 42-yard field goal in the first half.We knew going into it that we were going to have to play above ourselves to have a chance against a top 20 SEC program, Prairie View coach Willie Simmons said. I thought they competed for 60 minutes. They didnt quit. We have them our best punch, and thats all you can ask for.Trey Green threw for 160 yards on 13 of 39 passing, but the Aggies defense had pressure on Green throughout the game.TAKEAWAYTEXAS A&M: The Aggies played well in every facet of the game ahead of their SEC opener. The first-team offense was balanced, while the defense kept pressure on Prairie View throughout. The one miscue was a Knight interception in the end zone to end a drive in the second quarter.BY THE NUMBERSPRAIRIE VIEW A&M: Demarquo LaStrappe caught six passes for 88 yards. The Panthers totaled 32 rushing yards led by Dawonya Tuckers 28 yards.TEXAS A&M: Kirk had 106 yards receiving on five catches to go with his two touchdowns. The Aggies had 30 first downs. The defense finished with two sacks, including a safety.THEY SAID ITWe put 67 points on the board and pitched a shutout on the defensive side, Knight said. Thats about us. Do I think we can still improve in so many different areas? Yes. We didnt play our best game of football today.POLL IMPLICATIONSAfter entering the top 25 last week, the Aggies should maintain their spot in the poll after their resounding win over this FCS opponent.UP NEXTPRAIRIE VIEW A&M: The Panthers will travel to Alabama A&M Sept. 17.TEXAS A&M: The Aggies start SEC play with the first of three away from Kyle Field when they go to Auburn Sept. 17.---AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '

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