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The Steve Smith furore is a joke

This week, ex-players and fans howled down the decision to send Steve Smith home, ahead of a frantic six months of cricket. The furore is laughable.

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The Liebke Ratings: Sri Lanka v Australia second ODI

Australia somehow won the forst ODI of this five-match series against Sri Lanka. Naturally, this couldn’t last.

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Test cricket exposed at its embarrassing worst

The ICC has a credibility problem.

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Australia captain Steve Smith is to fly home from Sri Lanka following defeat in the second ODI in Colombo after a decision was made by national selector Rod Marsh to rest the 27-year-old.

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A hat-trick from James Faulkner and a gritty Mathew Wade half-century were to no avail as Australia crumbled to a hefty 82-run defeat against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Wednesday.

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Cricket takes over AFL in participation as Australia’s No. 1 sport

Cricket has overtaken Australian Rules football to become the country’s most popular sport in terms of participation.

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The Liebke Ratings: Sri Lanka vs Australia first ODI

Australia had lost their number one Test ranking after being thrashed 3-0 by Sri Lanka. They’re still the number one ranked one-day team though, so they’ve now set about on a five-match series to see if they can lose that top spot too.

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Australian cricketers get a win in Sri Lanka thanks to Starc, Faulkner, and Smith

After a three-Test shellacking by Sri Lanka, Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner, and skipper Steve Smith combined to lift the Australians back into the winner’s circle in the first of five one dayers, by three wickets.

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English paceman Stuart Broad will make his BBL debut in 2016-17 after signing with Hobart Hurricanes.

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Australia vs Sri Lanka Test series: Full player ratings

Australia now have lost nine Tests on the trot in Asia after slumping to a 3-0 clean sweep to Sri Lanka this week. Here are my series ratings of the players from each side.

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The Liebke Ratings – Sri Lanka v Australia Third Test

Australia lost the Third Test against Sri Lanka to complete not just a 0-3 whitewash, but also a whitewash of whitewashes in their most recent overseas Test series against India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Australia’s Asian woes have to be stopped, but how?

Not so long ago, while perusing the website of the bookmaker with which I hold an account, my interest was piqued by the price being offered on Australia to triumph in Sri Lanka.

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“There aren’t too many positives really”: Smith stunned after whitewash

Australia had lost one Test to Sri Lanka in 33 years, but after losing three in just over three weeks, Steve Smith was asked how it all went so wrong.

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Rejuvenated Sri Lanka crush listless Australia

Sri Lanka will head to Zimbabwe in October as a Test team rejuvenated and surging with confidence after flattening Australia in Colombo yesterday, to complete a 3-0 whitewash.

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India and Pakistan in gold rush for top Test ranking as Australia demoted to bronze

I know cricket is not in the Rio Olympics, but there is a rush as to who will claim the top-ranking – call it a gold medal – in Test cricket.

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Australia’s clumsy batting collapse on day five of the third Test in Colombo typified their tour as Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath put the finishing touches on a thumping 3-0 series whitewash.

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Sri Lanka Australia cricket

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Australian captain Steve Smith

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Australian batsman Shaun Marsh reacts after scoring a century

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Australian batsman Adam Voges plays a shot

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Australia's Joe Burns celebrates scoring a century

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Are Cricket Australia trying to kill Test cricket?

Cricket Australia have announced sweeping changes to the structure of junior cricket games.

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Shorter pitches and smaller teams? New junior cricket rules are set to backfire

Cricket Australia announced this week a raft of new rules designed to increase club participation.

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Australia vs Sri Lanka highlights: International Cricket, Second ODI scores, blog

Australia are looking to go 2-0 up against Sri Lanka in their ODI series after bouncing back from a disappointing Test series to win the opener. Join The Roar from 7pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage.

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New junior rules will significantly change cricket in Australia

Cricket Australia has announced a raft of changes to junior cricket including shorter fields, pitch sizes, equipment and game durations aimed at increasing participation.

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Cricket no longer so pale, stale, and male

By Anthony Condon, 24 Aug 2016
Cricket no longer so pale, stale, and male

Richie Benaud AKA Billy Birmingham AKA The Twelfth Man AKA MCG Hammer rapped poignantly in 1992, “If you don’t like cricket, I can tell it is a real bummer/ That’s because cricket is the number one game in town!”

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England vs Pakistan: International Cricket first ODI live scores

The newly crowned No.1 Test team in the world Pakistan look to replicate that success when they begin a one-day series on their tour of England, at the Rose Bowl. Join The Roar for live scores from 11pm (AEST).

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South Africa vs New Zealand: International cricket, first Test – Day 5 live scores

The sun is expected to be out again in Durban, but it should be too late to salvage a result in the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand with the first innings still ongoing. Join The Roar for live scores of Day 5 from 6pm (AEST).

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India joins the pink ball experiment

By Anindya Dutta, 23 Aug 2016
India joins the pink ball experiment

India generates somewhere between 70-80 per cent of cricket’s global revenues, according to various estimates.

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Sri Lanka vs Australia highlights: First ODI Cricket scores, blog

After a Test series dominated by the home side, Australia and Sri Lanka now turn their attention to the shorter form of the game with this five-match ODI series. Join The Roar from 7pm (AEST) for a live blog of the match.

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South Africa vs New Zealand: International cricket, first Test – Day 4 live scores

Update: Weather prevented any play occuring on Day 3 and has prevented the begin of play on Day 4. Play may still begin later today.

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When will Cricket Australia realise we struggle against spin?

The Australian cricket team have been given a reality check after their 3-0 series loss to Sri Lanka.

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South Africa vs New Zealand: International cricket, first Test – Day 2 live scores

Bad light interrupted play on Day 1, but New Zealand find themselves in a strong position after the first day of their two-match Test series against South Africa. Join The Roar for live scores of Day 2 at Durban from 6pm (AEST).

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South Africa vs New Zealand: International cricket, first Test – Day 1 live scores

There has been some enthralling cricket in recent times, but the two-Test series between South Africa and New Zealand promises to be a beauty. Join The Roar for live scores of the first day’s play in Durban from 6pm (AEST).

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Muttiah Muralitharan, ‘the Don Bradman of bowlers’?

Steve Waugh once called Muralitharan (who enters the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame this year) ‘the Donald Bradman of bowlers’.

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The Asian abyss: Australia’s crushing run of defeats continue

Everything that could have unravelled for the Australians during their disastrous tour of Sri Lanka, did.

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Some big changes are needed in the the Test side

When the Australian team heads out onto the WACA for first Test of the summer, the side should be very different to to the one that toured to Sri Lanka.

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Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates with Brad Haddin

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Angelo Mathews Sri Lanka Test Cricket 2016

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Cameron Bancroft

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Peter Nevill's stumping

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Steve Smith talks to Mitch Starc

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Shaun Marsh

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Peter Nevill takes off for a run

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