December 2012

Six months out, here’s my Ashes squad

There are still four Tests to be played, half a first-class season remaining here at home and 194 days until next year’s Ashes series begins. So when you’re on holidays and it’s 40 degrees in Perth what better way to spend an hour than gazing into a crystal ball and trying to frame a squad […]

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David Warner will be worth the rollercoaster ride

Not everybody seems enamoured by David Warner’s methodology and hence his position as a Test opener. For mine, he is a key to the Australian team and possesses that X-factor that has the ability to totally demoralize an opposition. Of the players available in Australia at present, I would have him in my team every […]

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Siddle the go to man in the Aussie pace battery

Peter Siddle is living proof of the adage, “from opportunity comes success”. In the wake of a litany of injuries among Australia’s fast bowling ranks, Siddle has been the man to answer his captain’s call. From humble beginnings, the Victorian quickie has made himself into a first-pick player for his country. He was selected for […]

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Michael Hussey is Australia’s ole man river

Michael Hussey just continues to make runs while the twilight shines. Where the likes of Ricky Ponting, also 37 years of age, and 39-year-old Sachin Tendulkar have found the going tough in the latter parts of their glorious careers, Hussey continues to maintain his standards. Yesterday’s unbeaten 115 against Sri Lanka was his third century […]

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Australian public must needs to lay off Test selectors

Many of the problems that confront the Australian cricket team are primarily as a result of the lack of knowledge and nous possessed by the National Selection Panel (NSP). That, by the way, is not my assessment but that of a great number of the cricketing public. A few days ago I wrote a piece […]

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Shane Watson is underperforming

Shane Watson has made plenty of headlines lately with topics relating to his fitness and ability to bowl and his best spot in the batting order. But the bottom line is the fact that wherever he is utilized he needs to perform. There is no doubting his ability from a technical point of view but […]

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Is Twenty20 a plague or panacea?

Twenty20 cricket. The very mention of it solicits varied responses. Traditionalists tend to ignore it, while the younger generations and those who have little interest in longer form cricket flock to it like moths to a flame. It is in many ways seen as more entertainment and razzamatazz than it is cricket with dancing girls, […]

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