November 2015

It is time to level the playing field in Test cricket

Of the all the batsmen to have played over 20 innings across Test cricket’s 138-year history just 43 boast an average over 50. In each decade there has been a very select group of batsmen who have been members of the 50-plus club. Across the 1970s and 1980s, for example, there were just five batsmen […]

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Shaun Marsh’s selection confirms it’s Groundhog Day

He’s back and the question being asked by many people is “WHY”? Shaun Marsh has been thrown yet another lifeline by the National Selection Panel with the enigmatic left-hander recalled to replace the hamstrung Usman Khawaja. Once again the selectors are hoping that Marsh will defy the set of numbers that are testament to his […]

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Mitchell Johnson is gone but will never be forgotten

Few things excite a cricket crowd more than a full-throttle fast bowler. They personify menace and have fans collectively edging towards the front of their seat. Mitchell Johnson, who drew the curtain on his international career yesterday, was one of those men. On his day, and there were many of them, he was a weapon […]

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Is David Warner bound for greatness?

David Warner entered the record books in Brisbane and there is little doubt there is still much more to come. His knocks of 163 and 116 put him in rarefied air. It is the third time he has posted twin centuries in the one Test, equalling the all-time record held by Sunil Gavaskar and Ricky […]

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Beach cricket at the Olympics? Sutherland can’t be serious

Most of us are aware that cricket has designs on being included in the Summer Olympic programme. A few years back the ICC floated the concept of ‘Twenty20 at 2020’. That went nowhere as the Tokyo Games will be sans cricket but shortly the IOC is going to sit down and listen to the ICC […]

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Burns and Khawaja prove they belong

Steve Smith could barely have wished for a better day in his first at the helm of his new side. It started with the toss and ended with a scorecard of 2-389, the biggest first day total in the history of Tests at the Gabba. Smith (41no) and his newly anointed deputy, David Warner (163) […]

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Smith is the right man to lead us into the new era of Australian cricket

Steve Smith is being accorded an opportunity that few Test captains have. Most times when a new skipper takes over he inherits a team that contains numerous long-term players. When the likes of Greg Chappell and Michael Clarke ascended to the captaincy they had amongst their ranks their former skippers. For Smith it is quite […]

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