July 2019

New concussion rule will give ICC a headache

The new concussion rule in Test cricket comes into vogue as of the first Ashes Test tomorrow. Its application may well prove to be a headache for match referees as they will be the sole arbiter as to who is allowed to replace a concussed player. The new ICC regulation states that the replacement has […]

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Sure things and surprises in my Aussie Ashes team

Come Thursday, Australia is guaranteed to field a Test team that will contain at least four changes to the one that played against Sri Lanka at the end of last summer. Everyone has an opinion on what the XI should look like, so here’s my take. We are entering a unique Ashes series with the […]

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Selectors have to opt for Siddle over Starc in first Ashes Test

The National Selection Panel is due to announce its Ashes squad on Saturday, six days ahead of the opening Test at Edgbaston. For mine, Peter Siddle needs to be amongst the names read out by chief selector, Trevor Hohns. I would have him in the 17 alongside Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and comeback […]

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It’s time for Glenn Maxwell to step up

Glenn Maxwell’s World Cup has been lukewarm. His performance has to heat up as Australia enters the finals. Yes, he boasts the third highest strike rate in the tournament and is the best of the Australians at 163.1. But unfortunately that strike rate has been accumulated across an aggregate of just 95 balls from nine […]

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Mitch Starc may retire as Australia’s greatest ever ODI bowler

Mitchell Starc is building a body of work that may soon see him as Australia’s premier one-day bowler of all-time. He is also on a trajectory that will see him mentioned in the same breath as the best from any nation. His form at this World Cup has him in the frame for Player of […]

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