Tribute to my dad by Peter Newlinds


I’ve been lucky enough to be able to pay tribute to my own father in Around the Grounds in both fond and, I hope, amusing ways. A highly accomplished and by any measure successful man who appreciated the simple pleasures of life, my father was also very practical and good with his hands. When the opportunity came up some time…

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Women's Sport Captures The Public Imagination

Women’s sport captures the public’s imagination.


The status of women’s sport in Australia A recent survey revealed that Australia’s sporting public was more emotionally engaged (and therefore more impressed) by our women’s sporting teams than our men’s. It makes plenty of sense. The Southern Stars recent sweep of the Women’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean made it an incredible four titles from six events. The…

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Around The Grounds

Cricket’s vanishing act


Australian cricket’s vanishing act  One night early in the history of the BBL when it was clear the concept of city-based franchises with jazzy logos and fluro team colours was working beautifully Adam Gilchrist in a moment of commentary box reflection sat back and observed ‘the BBL as I see it is a six week soap opera, on your screens…

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Cricket’s cultural crisis’, complex problems for a simple game. Peter Newlinds


In my two decades in the working media covering and commentating on Australian men’s cricket, a term I always liked was a ‘Suit’, a general somewhat pejorative term used to refer to an important looking ex- player or official who spent time (often lots of it) watching over cricket matches. I never saw someone wearing a ‘Suit’ taking a wicket…

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Winx – The horse that stops the nation


I’m happy to watch sport for its own sake and I’m not really one for betting on it or gambling of any type. Most of the time I can’t really see the point of it or indeed the fun. It seems to me that however you go about it you can never really win in the long run, so why…

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