March 2015

Michael Clarke – from tragedy to triumph in one summer

Michael Clarke has been at the forefront of this Australian cricketing summer. Not unusual when you consider that he is the captain of both the Test and one-day teams. However, most of Clarke’s headlines this summer have been centred not on matters on the field but for issues off it. His summer started with the […]

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Starc can bowl a white ball but can he bowl in whites?

Many people believed that Mitchell Starc would be right up there when it came to the most successful bowler at this World Cup. In my pre-tournament prognostications I said he would top the wicket tally … mind you I also chose Kane Williamson as the leading run-scorer! Heading into today’s semi-final against India at the […]

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Fawad Ahmed should be on the plane to the Caribbean

Pakistan-born Fawad Ahmed was dominating the cricket headlines in mid-2013 despite not actually being on the field. At the time Cricket Australia was attempting to have his Australian citizenship fast-tracked ahead of the Ashes. On 2 July that year the leg-spinner became an Australian citizen. The following month he was selected to represent his adopted […]

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Proteas bury the jinx but have plenty to do to lift the Cup

We have arrived at the pointy – or should that be meaningful – part of the World Cup. Last night South Africa broke through for its first win in a knock-out match since it played its first tournament, following readmission, in 1992. It was not a matter of removing a monkey off their back but […]

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Two major sporting codes and two major stuff-ups

The major sporting codes in this country are always trying to outdo each other. This week two of them simply imitated each other with respect to mind-blowing ineptitude. Both the AFL and Cricket Australia have certainly failed to cover themselves in glory. And from what we know both could have easily avoided the embarrassment that […]

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‘Old Man’ Kumar just keeps on breaking records

Kumar Sangakkara is approaching the finish line of what has been a truly stunning career. Sri Lanka’s last match of this World Cup will be his last one-day international. Come August he says he will retire from Test cricket as well. For anyone who loves the game that news is disheartening. And it has many […]

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Pro-cycling is still a drug-riddled mess

A three-man independent panel, 13 months and a 227-page report has told us that the sport of cycling is still riddled with drugs. Up until yesterday, when the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) was released, many involved in, and close to, the sport spoke proudly of a new unsullied era. We have heard of so […]

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Has Watto played his last ODI?

The selectors have finally lost faith in Shane Watson – after 14 months of modest form in the one-day arena he was dropped for the match against Afghanistan at Perth yesterday. He was then forced to watch his teammates, in the words of Geoffrey Boycott, “fill their boots”. A World Cup record 6-417 was plundered […]

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