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Mitchell Marshs immediate Test future hinges on the vagaries of Hobarts weather, as a pressured Australia wait until match morning before naming their XI to face South Africa at Bellerive Oval. Wholesale Brooklyn Nets Jerseys .In a scenario that echoes the prelude to the fateful fourth Test of last years Ashes series at Trent Bridge, the selectors Rod Marsh and Darren Lehmann are waiting until the last possible moment to name their team, leaving the captain Steven Smith unable to announce his line-up, as is customary, on match eve.Marsh is likely to play as a fifth bowling option should Hobarts weather forecast clear up and allow play on the first two days. However if the current prognostications hold true and rain blights Saturday and Sunday, Callum Ferguson will be set for a Test match debut as a sixth specialist batsman alongside four bowlers.Well wait and see what happens in the morning with the weather, Smith said. You might not need to have that extra bowling option if theres going to be lots of rain around and the bowlers are going to get some adequate rest with that. Theres possibilities that we could go in with six genuine batsmen but well wait and see in the morning when we can have another look at the wicket and what the weathers doing.South Africas captain Faf du Plessis said any signs of Australia abandoning the balance provided by an allrounder was going to be helpful to the visitors, who have fought their own team balance battles in the wake of Jacques Kallis retirement.Allrounders are fantastic to have in your team, we had Jacques Kallis playing for us for all those years and it just makes the balance of the side so much easier, du Plessis said. So I suppose they are looking at our team and what we are doing playing specialist batters and specialist bowlers, so it would also be nice to have an allrounder as well. So if they are changing it then that means that is a weapon that they do have in their team and if they change that, then thats good for us.Even if Marsh does play, it appears likely he will be demoted in the batting order to No. 7, swapping places with the wicketkeeper Peter Nevill. That change would grant Nevill the same commission he holds with New South Wales as a top six batsman, while also allowing Marsh to play with more freedom at seven. Yeah its possible, Smith said of that change. It just depends on which XI we end up with for where guys will bat. Well wait and see with that one.Smith admitted Australias confidence levels may have dipped over the course of four consecutive Test losses, the sort of sequence that has historically cost the job of the captain or the coach. I guess its a tough one, we obviously havent played overly well in the last little while, he said. Were finding ways to get ourselves in positions where we should be able to drive the game, but were not executing well enough in those moments to take the game away.Were getting in those positions, which is a positive, but we need to find a way to make sure we really nail a team when we get on top of them. Were letting oppositions back into the game too easily. Thats one thing weve talked about here, if we get in front of the game - make sure we take the game away from them and dont let them back in.To that end, Smith said he was looking to see members of the team take the game on at critical times, mirroring the efforts of Kagiso Rabada, JP Duminy and Dean Elgar in Perth. I think thats something that Australia has done very well in Australia for a long period of time, Smith said. Weve been able to score big first-innings runs and identify those moments when we can take the game away from an opposition, and weve been able to do that.We just havent been doing it of late, thats something weve got to turn around. We have to identify those moments first of all and then when we do that, we have to execute well enough to take the game away from the opposition. Thats one thing we really need to work on.One intriguing element of this week has been the presence of Australias former batting coach Michael Di Venuto in Hobart. Despite a strong record and robust rapport with the players, Di Venuto quit earlier this year to become coach of Surrey after being reportedly declined a request for a pay rise from Cricket Australia. He was replaced by Graeme Hick, but Smith said Di Venuto had been taken back into the confidences of the batsmen this week.Its nice to have him back around the group for a week in his hometown, Smith said. Hes a magnificent batting coach and I know hes really enjoying his time at Surrey at the moment as head coach. Thats fantastic for him. Its nice to have had him around and have a little bit of a chat face to face about batting and whats going on with all that.A few of the boys have had some throws from him, which has been great. Hes an outstanding batting coach and its great to have had him around to work with this week and be able to talk some good stuff about batting. Wholesale Youth Nets Jerseys . The 29-year-old from Port Colborne, Ont., has nothing but good things to say about former U.S. marine Liz (Girlrilla) Carmouche ahead of their co-main event Wednesday on the UFCs "Fight for the Troops" televised card in Fort Campbell, Ky. Cheap Nike Nets Jerseys . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. 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But we can see the injustice by todays standards even if we take issue with some of things Ali said and did.Ali won all five of his fights in 1966 and did so in impressive fashion. He was at the peak of his career, which was soon to be interrupted for three years while he fought courts over his refusal to be drafted.But the magazine declined to namme a fighter of the year for only the second time, saying Ali -- who Ring called by his former name, Cassius Clay -- did not meet the moral criteria for the award. Discount Nets Jerseys. .Most emphatically is Cassius Clay, of Louisville, Ky., not to be held up as an example to the youngsters of the United States, wrote Dan Daniel, a co-founder of the magazine, at the time.Ali would later have his conscientious objector status upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and resumed fighting in 1970. He was named the magazines fighter of the year in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1978 along with his original award in 1963.Ali died in June at age 74 after years of battling Parkinsons.The story on the retroactive award, as well as the original 1967 story, will be in Rings March 2017 issue. Wholesale Throwback JerseysWholesale Black NFL JerseysChina JerseysWholesale NFL HoodiesWholesale NFL T-shirtsCheap Jerseys ThrowbackCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic ' ' '