January 2017

Australian cricket is in great health

The Big Bash League has become a juggernaut. The sixth edition of the Twenty20 franchise league has again broken records. Last night’s crowd at the Gabba for the second semi-final between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers took the aggregate tournament attendance to 1,032,165. With the final still to be played on Saturday at the WACA […]

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Sorry Nick Kyrgios, but a grand slam win is light years away

Nick Kyrgios was an embarrassment last night. Sadly, it was not the first time and doubtless it will not be the last. His second-round loss to Italian world number 89, Andreas Seppi was yet another lost opportunity. Pre-tournament Kyrgios was talking up his chances. What he threw up against Seppi was not the stuff of […]

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No way to spin it, the Australian Test team needs a decent leggie

It was almost 24 years ago that Shane Warne truly announced himself on cricket’s international stage. It was June 1993, when he drifted a leg-spinner well wide of Mike Gatting’s leg-stump and ripped it back to hit the top of off. That feat at Manchester was dubbed “The Ball of the Century”. Warne became the […]

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Australia must look to the future when it tours India

Australia is going to get hammered in India. On its last tour in 2013, it suffered a historic whitewash, losing 4-0. There is every likelihood that the four-Test series which starts late next month will end with a similar score line. Australia’s ill-fated 2013 tour marked the start of a 19-match unbroken streak where India […]

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