You will be able to find my thoughts on myriad issues in sport here on a regular basis with both written & video blogs.
And, from time to time, they may just move away from the realm of sport and delve into other areas of society.
I hope you enjoy reading and viewing the following blogs …. no matter the topic!
My 2017 World Test XI
Date: January 1, 2018 / Posted by Glenn Mitchell
Picking the 2017 Test team of the year is not an easy task. Several players excelled during parts of the year but also had significant flat spots while a team like India played eight of its 11 Tests at home with the other three in Sri Lanka meaning similar conditions throughout the year. Anyway, here […]Read More →
It’s time to bury the Kolkata follow-on myth
Date: December 7, 2017 / Posted by Glenn Mitchell
The theory that the 2001 Kolkata Test influences Australian captains re the follow-on is baseless and makes no sense. It is time to abandon the concept altogether. Let me explain. Steve Waugh’s first Test series as skipper was in the Caribbean in March 1999. He had a dream start with the Windies shot out for […]Read More →
Steve Smith: a batting genius who does it his way
Date: November 27, 2017 / Posted by Glenn Mitchell
If Steve Smith was to now make 20 consecutive ducks he would still average 50.1. No, that is not a typo but rather a stunning statistic. It simply underlines the career that the Australian captain has compiled so far. His unbeaten 141 in his first innings of this Ashes series leaves him with an aggregate […]Read More →
If Shaun Marsh is the answer, you have to wonder what the question was
Date: November 18, 2017 / Posted by Glenn Mitchell
Shaun Marsh has been recalled to the Test side for a eighth time. Yet, the Gabba Test will be only his 24th for Australia. Not every omission has been due to form but the significant majority have. Not even John Farnham can boast as many comebacks. Given his Test record – 1476 runs at an […]Read More →
Should the selectors punt on Cameron Bancroft?
Date: November 14, 2017 / Posted by Glenn Mitchell
Adam Gilchrist changed the way we look at wicket-keepers in Australia and it has little to do with what he did with the gloves. In 96 Test matches he amassed 5570 runs, compiled 17 centuries and averaged 47.6. He finished his career with a then Test world record 416 dismissals. His predecessor, Ian Healy, previously […]Read More →
Don Pyke is the saviour Adelaide needed
Date: September 28, 2017 / Posted by Glenn Mitchell
The vast majority of focus heading into Saturday’s grand final has centred on Richmond. Like the Bulldogs this time last year, the Tigers are the sentimental favourite. A premiership drought that extends to 1980 and the re-emergence of one of the code’s most powerful and strident forces – the yellow and black army – has […]Read More →
Nathan Lyon: From near zero to hero
Date: September 5, 2017 / Posted by Glenn Mitchell
Ten months ago Nathan Lyon’s Test career was hanging by a thread. Today, once again, he is firmly ensconced as his nation’s number one spinner. In the past two weeks he has leapt over Richie Benaud (248 wickets) and Jason Gillespie (259) to sit seventh on the all-time Test wicket-taking list for Australia. The man […]Read More →
It’s the week Test cricket needed
Date: August 31, 2017 / Posted by Glenn Mitchell
The past week has breathed life into Test cricket, the sport’s venerable old lady. In the space of 15 hours, West Indies ran down 322 to beat England at Leeds, while Bangladesh recorded a 20-run win over Australia at Mirpur. Just as one swallow doesn’t make a drunk, these results in isolation are not guaranteed […]Read More →
Australia’s credibility is on the line in Bangladesh
Date: August 25, 2017 / Posted by Glenn Mitchell
Australia’s last four Test series in Asia have produced one win and 13 losses. The two-match series against Bangladesh, which gets underway at Mirpir on Sunday, is very much a test of Australia’s cricketing credibility. Australia enters the series ranked number four. Its opponent sits at number nine. A two-nil series loss for Australia would […]Read More →
Cricket Australia is running out of time, and it knows it
Date: July 28, 2017 / Posted by Glenn Mitchell
After months of posturing, claims and counterclaims, CA is looking to bring the current pay dispute to a head. In a break from its previous policy of containing the dispute as best as possible behind closed doors, CA went public yesterday. Very public. CEO James Sutherland held a hastily convened al fresco media conference at […]Read More →