Tag Archives : Australian Cricket

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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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Cricket in the suburbs – a serene start to the season


When the full-time siren sounds at the AFL Grand Final that’s it for the footy season. The full stop of the final chapter. All that’s left is the trophy presentation, laps of honour and the post-season ritual of best and fairest nights. The season though has definitely ended. The start, exactly six months earlier, is equally as definite. There’s the…

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It’s just not cricket…is it?


In my modest playing career I never got the impression that running a cricket team was particularly hard. There were always players of different ability level and often significant differences in age and playing experience. There was a captain who ran the show, supported by some trusted deputies and a club president (always a volunteer) setting the standards. If you…

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BBL is growing up!


When the original Big Bash was played over a decade ago it was between state teams in state colours. It turned heads, filled stadiums and was definitely the future. But it was nothing too serious. Nicknames were written on the back of players’ shirts and they did unconventional things. The name on Tasmanian Star George Bailey’s shirt was ‘Geronimo’ and…

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