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We have on our hands not only a crisis in Australian cricket but a crisis of character, and it has little to do with the leather coating of the ball in question. What’s written regarding deliberate changes to the state of the ball is perfectly clear; on the other hand, the unwritten codes are as… Continue reading Crisis & Character
What could be the highlight of the cricketing summer is set to start imminently, and the question all commentators are asking is: can South Africa beat Australia at home? Away teams have had more than their share of success between the two sides for decades, and on paper, both teams look very strong. South Africa… Continue reading 5 Shameless Predictions for South Africa
There’s limited room for sport in the Australian collective psyche, so it’s no surprise that the upcoming tour of South Africa has fallen off the radar somewhat, replaced (deservedly) by Scotty James, Matt Graham and the rest of the team over in South Korea. Overseas cricket tends to attract little attention here in Australia, but… Continue reading Don’t Forget About South Africa
I’m an eldest sibling, which, stereotypically, is a blessing that brings with it sublime confidence associated with being older than those around you most of the time. According to the Huffington Post (who have, by the way, successfully morphed themselves from “click-snatcher” to “fountain of mainstream wisdom”), I should be a high-achievement standard bearer and… Continue reading The Middle Kid of Cricket
A word for the nine men onerously tasked to watch cricket all day and make it interesting to millions. Punters regularly put out a kaleidoscope of arguments as to why the current, markedly unkaleidoscopic, commentary team is as bad a lineup as the English top order. They reek of Inner West snobbery and usually has… Continue reading The Channel 9 Commentary Team is Pretty Good.
Two interesting matches so far with large margins of victory take us to Perth tomorrow, where Australia haven’t won since 2013. England, written off by most, need to extend Australia’s dry spell there to keep the series alive. A draw, which is a potentially likely result given the Shield results so far (the two highest… Continue reading 2017/18 Ashes in Stats, So Far
We love attaching a number to the magnificent series of movements performed by an individual over the course of 30 hours of cricket, despite its sheer inadequacy at describing the nuances of how the said individual played. Maybe it’s because a “nine out of ten” performance could apply to even the lowly village cricketer, while… Continue reading Adelaide Player Ratings
A nasty, albeit purist, habit of mine is to support the visitors until a mythologised deciding Sydney Test—in which the Australians gloriously conquer the opposition and Test cricket resumes its rightful place as the king of sport in the Aussie cultural zeitgeist. Sadly, however, only one New Year’s Test has been played in my lifetime… Continue reading Adelaide Preview, or Why England Might Make it to Sydney Alive
12 hours to go; most of the media has bothered themselves with facts and quotes. Not me.