December 2014

Boy, the selectors got it right with Steve Smith

Taking pot shots at our national cricket selectors is a common occurrence. And yes, they do sometimes get it wrong. However a lot of the time – in fact, most of the time – they get it right and the rebirth and emergence of Steve Smith as a world-class batsman is a very strong example […]

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Clarke or no Clarke, Smith should remain Test captain

I hope Michael Clarke can overcome his injury woes and make it back into the Test side. At 33 and with 108 Tests under his belt he still has much to offer in the next couple of years. However, should he return I would like to see him do so as a batsman only and […]

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Test cricket is ripping us off with incessant time wasting

It defied description yesterday afternoon when, four minutes before stumps, drinks were run out to the Indian batsmen at the Gabba along with towels and an assortment of batting gloves. Yes, that’s right, four minutes before stumps. It must have been damn thirsty work yesterday as the same two blokes had run out drinks just […]

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Australia’s fast bowling future looks bright

Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson and Pat Cummins have a lot in common. They are all quick with the ability to bowl consistently above 140km/h. They are all young – Hazlewood is 23-years-old, Pattinson 24 and Cummins 21. They have all had their unwanted share of injuries. They also each claimed a five-wicket haul in their […]

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It’s a farce that India continue to refuse DRS

There was high farce again yesterday when the Indian team was refused the wicket of David Warner when he was on 70. The fielding team went up as one when a short ball from Varun Aaron appeared to be gloved down the leg side to wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, however the beseeching mass appeal was turned […]

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Cricket must stop being so precious about weather

At the Adelaide Oval yesterday we once again heard commentators bemoaning the fact that the umpires would not resume play after a break because it was lightly drizzling. It is a protestation heard every cricket season around the globe. However it is the dismay of the fans that should be more concerning to the authorities […]

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Clarke and Warner walking divergent paths

Michael Clarke stepped on to the Adelaide Oval to a rousing reception. He had desperately wanted to be there and the fans had wanted him there too. Over the past ten days the world witnessed a different side of the Australian skipper as he wore his heart on his sleeve whilst endeavouring to provide strength […]

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It’s hard to see India troubling Australia this summer

Few things other than prawns travel worse than the Indian Test team. Today it launches its four-Test campaign for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the verdant Adelaide Oval. The current squad will be looking to achieve something that each of its predecessors could not – a series win on Australian soil. This encounter marks the 11th […]

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Michael Clarke – above and beyond this past week

Mateship is seen as one of the quintessential values in Australian society. It is written into the country’s history with tales of it being forged in the rugged outback, by miners working endless hours underground and on the battlefields of Gallipoli and Western France. Over the past week we have seen a very real, heartfelt […]

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