January 2014

One year out, here’s my 15-man squad for the World Cup

It’s just over 12 months before Australia and New Zealand host the 11th edition of the 50-over World Cup with the final to be staged at the MCG. Winning on home soil has not been easy with India the first to do so when it won the final at Mumbai in 2011 against Sri Lanka. […]

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Why are we such a great sporting nation?

In the shadows of Australia Day what better time is there to reflect on just why this nation of ours has such a strong culture and history of sporting success? Once again the Australian of the Year was a sportsperson – this time the Sydney Swans’ dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes. The dual AFL premiership […]

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Chris Rogers is the right man at the right time

When Simon Katich failed to have his Cricket Australia contract renewed in June 2011 it signalled the end of his international career. The 35-year-old left-hander was cast aside despite having amassed 2928 runs at 50.5 since he had returned from the wilderness in 2008. The move came as a surprise too many, including his teammates. […]

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Who is the greater player – Federer or Nadal?

They are chalk and cheese, yet one thing is beyond dispute, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are true champions of their sport. Federer is very much the traditionalist, ice cool and an exponent of the old-fashioned one-handed backhand. He seems to play an effortless game, generating power that belies his slender build. Nadal is the […]

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VIDEO: My thoughts on the Australian squad named for South Africa

The Australian selectors have named their 15-man squad for next month’s three Test tour of South Africa. It looms as a massive challenge for Michael Clarke’s men as they take on the number one Test team in the world in its own backyard.

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Voges the man to replace Bailey

The eleven men who combined through five Test matches to win back the Ashes this summer are no doubt still basking in the glory of what was an outstanding achievement. For ten of those involved they know, injury aside, they will be lining up at Centurion on 12 February when the opening Test of three […]

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FIFA is a laughing stock

Soccer in Australia is going ahead in leaps and bounds. After decades of disunity and dysfunction the current authorities in this country have given the world game a proper place in the sporting fabric of the nation. Praise must be given to FFA chairman Frank Lowy and the equally adept and competent men who now […]

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Is Australia a realistic chance in South Africa?

After vanquishing England 5-0 next on the agenda for the Australian Test team is the world number one, South Africa. The three-Test series kicks off at Centurion on 12 February followed by matches at Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Watching England disintegrate was painful, akin to observing an autopsy on a man who is still […]

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England routed

Since the inception of the Ashes 45 five-Test series have been contested. Only three of them have been swept 5-nil and each time it has been by Australia: 1920-21, 2006-07 and this season. The ’20-21 squad featured named like Warwick Armstrong, Warren Bardsley, Charlie McCartney, Jack Ryder and Bert Oldfield – all stars of the […]

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VIDEO: Wrapping up the fifth Ashes Test at the SCG

Australia continued on its merry way at the SCG with a 281-run win. In the process it recorded just the third 5-0 sweep in Ashes history.

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