USA cricket team trains with Australia cricketers in SharjahThe USA cricketers were seen bowling to the Australian batsmen in the nets during a training session. Australia are slated to face Pakistan in a 5-ODI series starting Friday.advertisement Ritayan Basu SharjahMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 11:32 IST Justin Langer, Aaron Finch spent some time with the USA team during Australia’s net session (@usacricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUSA cricketers were invited to train with the Australian team in SharjahThe USA players had the chance to bowl to the Aussie batsmen in the netsAustralia play Pakistan in a five-match ODI series starting FridayThe Australian team, who are touring the United Arab Emirates, practiced with the USA men’s cricket team at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday.Some of the USA players bowled to the Aussie batsmen in the nets and in fact it was the Australian team who had asked their American counterparts to train with them. Justin Langer, Aaron Finch also spent some time with the USA team.The United States cricket team recently played their first-ever Twenty20 international in the two-match series against UAE, which they went onto lose – rain spoiled the first match and UAE beat USA by 24 runs in the second T20I.What a truly fantastic afternoon for the #TeamUSA bowling group today, as we were invited to train with the Australian team in Sharjah!Some phenomenal insight from Justin Langer, Aaron Finch and Troy Cooley for all our boys to learn fromOur thanks to all involved pic.twitter.com/DHkRI07dkOUSA Cricket (@usacricket) March 20, 2019Some more shots of a memorable day for the #TeamUSA bowling group with the @CricketAus squad in SharjahSee all the photos here: https://t.co/90Jb9f3QLO pic.twitter.com/dCkdxW1joUUSA Cricket (@usacricket) March 20, 2019″It was great to have you guys down at practice today. Some very skilled USA cricket players,” Finch posted on social mediaIt was great to have you guys down at practice today! Some VERY skilled @usacricket players!! https://t.co/TuhEy6vKaR Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) March 20, 2019Australia, on the other hand, are slated to face Pakistan in a five-match one-day international series, starting Friday in Sharjah.advertisementThe Australian batsmen may have faced the USA bowlers in the nets but they will have to take guard against Mohammad Abbas, who had wrecked havoc in their previous meeting in the longer format of the game.Finch, the Australian skipper, feels though he will not be as effective this time around.”He had some great success with the red ball in the Test matches against us. He bowled very consistently, just moved the ball enough each way,” Finch said.”But I think it’ll be totally different conditions, different format. Your mindset is definitely a bit different as a batter in one-day cricket,” Finch added.Finch is counting on the confidence from the success in the ODI series against India as Australia prepare for the 2019 ICC World Cup.”That’ll be a good challenge again though, there are a few guys in our side who he did have some success against. So it’s about coming up with a plan for him,” Finch said.Also Read | Illness hits Australian camp ahead of Pakistan seriesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow USAFollow AustraliaFollow practiceFollow UAEFollow PakistanFollow SharjahFollow Justin LangerFollow Aaron Finch
The following day the pair dragged Ms MacKenzie’s body into the bath and dismembered it after Higgins went out and bought a saw.The victim’s body was cut into 12 pieces and her upper torso, lower torso, a leg and feet were dumped in four bins in Montrose.The rest of her body, including the head and thighs, was packed in a rucksack and a suitcase and left in the shower cubicle of a house in Montrose for which Higgins had the keys. She told the jury that Jackson was violent and she was scared of him. This is a picture of depravity of such horrendous proportions you might have thought could only happen in the pages of crime fictionAshley Edwards QC, prosecuting They were caught on CCTV, after the killing, walking through Montrose carrying a child’s rucksack and a green suitcase containing body parts, including the victim’s head. The judge Lady Rae said it was one of the most distressing cases she had heard and told them: “I have difficulty finding appropriate words to describe these horrific depraved crimes.”Jackson and Higgins blamed each other in court. She said in evidence that Jackson attacked Ms MacKenzie minutes after she visited them in the home they shared.She told the High Court in Glasgow that he hit her on the side of the head with hammer while she was drinking tea. He then hit her repeatedly after she fell over.As Ms MacKenzie lay dying, the pair went out to buy heroin and were seen on CCTV walking hand in hand. Michelle Higgins helped dispose of bodyCredit:Paul Reid A man is facing a life sentence for murdering and dismembering a mother-of-three before hiding her body parts in bins in a crime so “horrendous” a court was told it sounded as if it could only be “from the pages of fiction”.Steven Jackson, 40, battered and stabbed his former partner Kimberley MacKenzie at a flat in Montrose before cutting up her body in a bathtub.The 37-year-old sustained at least 11 blows to the head and was stabbed more than 40 times. The following day he chopped up her body in a bath. Jackson’s co-accused, Michelle Higgins, 29, a friend of the victim, was cleared of murder when the charge against her was found “not proven”, but found guilty of helping dispose of the remains.The former lovers had both been charged with murdering Ms MacKenzie at a flat in Market Street, Montrose, on Oct 27 last year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Police search after the murder in MontroseCredit:Paul Reid The killer Steven JacksonCredit:Paul Reid Ms MacKenzie was reported missing by her 66-year-old father Terence on Oct 28 last year.Days later, police visited the pair in Market Street and noticed a “smell of death” by the bins in the communal close.At the end of the five-week trial, Ashley Edwards QC, prosecuting, told the jury: “This is a picture of depravity of such horrendous proportions you might have thought could only happen in the pages of crime fiction, not in a small market town.”Prosecutors believe two knives, a hammer and a large paint scraper were used in the murder.Jackson has 21 previous convictions, including misuse of drugs, breach of the peace, housebreaking and fire-raising. Higgins has previous convictions for shoplifting and breach of the peace.The pair will be sentenced on Jan 17.