December 2015

Mitch Marsh needs to start scoring runs

Mitch Marsh may well be asking Santa for an elixir that will help restore his batting. The all-rounder will go into his 12th Test on Saturday badly in need of runs. An innings of 87 in his second Test appearance – against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi in October 2014 – remains his only half-century. In […]

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Where is the interest this summer – Tests or BBL?

  BBL 05 starts this evening and it is shaping as the main event for fans over the next five weeks. After the complete destruction of the touring West Indies side in the opening Test at Bellerive Oval interest in the marquee MCG and SCG Tests is at its lowest ebb since the World Series […]

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Woeful Windies walloped

It is no wonder Sir Garfield Sobers was recently reduced to tears. Six weeks ago the game’s greatest all-rounder was asked at a media conference in Sri Lanka about the plight of West Indian cricket. The man who played 93 Tests, scored 8032 runs and captured 235 wickets found it tough putting his thoughts into […]

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Jackson Bird has been thrown a lemon

Jackson Bird turns 29 tomorrow. I have no idea what his loved ones will give him but the Australian selectors’ early present was a lemon. And it must have had a particularly sour taste. There is no doubting that Bird would have considered himself a prospect to replace the injured Mitchell Starc in the 12 […]

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Is Dale Steyn the greatest fast bowler post-WWII?

Today’s Test cricket is a batsman’s game. Every now and then you will get matches like the recent concurrent Tests at Adelaide and Nagpur where bowlers reign supreme. But, on the whole, a quick scan of the top-end batting averages will show you just how many batsmen have profited in recent times at the expense […]

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Make no mistake, day-night Tests are here to stay

While a turtle only advances by sticking its neck out, Cricket Australia decided to put its on the line and it won. No doubt the sound of champagne corks popping is still being heard at its headquarters in the Melbourne suburb of Jolimont. It may have gone less than three days, but for mine, the […]

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