Ashes: Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch ‘poor’, says ICC

The pitch used for the Boxing Day Test between Australia and England in Melbourne has been rated as “poor” by the International Cricket Council. Only 24 wickets fell over the five days of the drawn fourth Ashes Test.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42541481

Big wave surfer Mark Mathews, his horrific injuries and the battle to control his own fear

Mathews was told he might not surf again after an excruciating wipeout in 2016. But now he is planning a comeback Mark Mathews had to shut the blinds for six months. He couldn’t bear to look outside.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/03/big-wave-surfer-mark-mathews-his-horrific-injuries-and-the-battle-to-control-his-own-fear

‘I’m not going to cry’: Leonie Sheedy reveals personal pain in fight for sexual abuse survivors

A vocal supporter of the royal commission into child sexual abuse, Sheedy implored survivors to tell their story and to keep fighting for justice For the past five years Leonie Sheedy travelled around Australia urging survivors of childhood sexual abuse in orphanages and foster care

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/03/im-not-going-to-cry-leonie-sheedy-reveals-personal-pain-in-fight-for-sexual-abuse-survivors

Is Melbourne in the grip of African crime gangs? The facts behind the lurid headlines

Sensational media reports about violent incidents have raised social and political tension, and put Victorian police in the spotlight. But the truth is inevitably more complicated Victoria is having a debate about gangs.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/03/is-melbourne-in-the-grip-of-african-gangs-the-facts-behind-the-lurid-headlines

The Post is a timely reminder of the struggle between press freedom and government lies

You know something is amiss when a US-based foundation dedicated to monitoring and defending press freedom around the world feels compelled to set up a website to track it in the one place that has always held itself up as a beacon of free speech – the United States itself.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/03/the-post-is-a-timely-reminder-of-the-struggle-between-press-freedom-and-government-lies

Sydney seaplane crash: investigators say type of plane considered reliable

The model of seaplane that crashed on New Year’s Eve, killing five Britons and the plane’s pilot, is generally reliable, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said on Tuesday. The plane crashed in the Hawkesbury river, north of Sydney, at 3.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/02/sydney-seaplane-crash-investigators-say-type-of-plane-considered-reliable