February 2017

India Calling: What it’s like to broadcast cricket in a country with a billion fans

As a sports broadcaster, very few things can surpass commentating cricket in India In more than two decades at the ABC I was privileged, and lucky, to go to multiple Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games and cover world championships in numerous sports. But commentating cricket was my greatest passion. And commentating in India was always […]

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Australia must avoid repeating the nightmare of 2001

Sixteen years ago this week Australia was celebrating a massive victory in India. It was the opening Test of the 2001 series and the tourists had destroyed the home side by ten wickets inside three days at Mumbai. Talk of ending a 31-year series winning drought in India was rife. Three weeks later that dream […]

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Boy, did we get it wrong!

I am quite happy to admit I have substantial egg on my face. In fairness though, I am not an orphan. Before this series, I predicted India would win 4-nil, just as it did when the two countries met in India in early-2013. Over the past four years, if anything, India has become a stronger […]

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Five things Australia must do in India, right from the start

Let’s face facts. Australia is staring the down the barrel of a sizeable series defeat in India. When last they toured India, in 2013, the result was 4-nil in favour of the home side. India is a better side four years on. Australia may not be when it comes to playing on Indian pitches. But, […]

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Love it or hate it, the AFL is the top dog of Australian sport

When it comes to marketing a sport few do it better than the AFL. It starts with the very name itself. Ask a lot of parents what sport their kid plays, and they will say, “AFL”. The kids will say the same. Yet, they aren’t playing AFL at all. They are playing Australian football for […]

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What if Matthew Wade struggles in India?

Australia has chosen three specialist pace bowlers for the tour of India. The selectors have deemed Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird are the men to get the job done. They have also said they will review the situation half-way through the series. It is a concession that has not often been made for […]

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Are Cameron White’s fears for Australian cricket justified?

Cameron White stuck his head above the parapet this week and Trevor Hohns was quick to take a shot. White complained that the national selectors were no longer taking Sheffield Shield and domestic one-day performances into account when choosing national sides. “Right now, it seems that the Australian team at some stages is a development […]

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