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My top ten Australian Test players of the past 25 years

Australia has enjoyed a golden era of Test cricket since 1989, with 164 wins and just 60 losses. During this period the country has produced remarkable players who are among the greatest performers in Test history.

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Big-hitting Glenn Maxwell has starred in a match full of Australians in the Indian Premier League, with the batsman known as the Big Show hitting 89 off just 45 balls.

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Have England made the right choice or missed a trick?

At one stage not too long ago, during the captaincy of Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh, the Australians were riding roughshod over anyone in their path.

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Kevin Pietersen’s hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end on Saturday when England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Paul Downton said there was no way back for the star batsman.

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England batsman Jonathan Trott is taking a lengthy break from cricket for the second time in five months because of a stress-related illness.

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Cricket Australia has pocketed $397,000 after finishing second on the annual Test rankings.

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My Aussie Test squad for Pakistan tour

Glenn Maxwell, Stephen O’Keefe, Sam Whiteman and Chris Lynn should be included in Australia’s Test squad for the away series against Pakistan in October.

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Steve Smith can become a potent Test spinner

Now that Steve Smith has graduated into a consistent Test batsman, he has the opportunity to develop his dangerous leg breaks.

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Spun and smashed: Top 8 moments from the World T20

The World T20 may have been crash-em bash-em stuff, but it contained some genuine cricketing brilliance. Let’s look back over the top performances.

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Senior members of Australia’s triumphant women’s World T20 cricket team believe it’s just a matter of time before they are embraced as full-time professionals.

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SPIRO: The state of cricket in NSW is just great

One of the oldest adages in Australian cricket is that when NSW is strong, Australian cricket is strong. How is this working out right now?

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Henriques can leapfrog Faulkner, Maxwell into Test side

Moises Henriques’ brilliant century in the Sheffield Shield final should have vaulted him back into contention for the Test side.

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Hail Lanning, for cricket’s women have the tougher job

Imagine captaining your country to a World Cup win at the age of 22, while personally turning in a decisive performance in the final four crunch matches. The deed would stand for the rest of your life.

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Australia’s record-breaking, history-making women’s Twenty20 cricket team seem to be everything their male counterparts are not.

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Should Matthew Wade quit ‘keeping?

Could prolific NSW opener Ryan Carters have set an example to be followed by his former Victorian teammate Matthew Wade?

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Sri Lanka fans burst firecrackers and danced on the streets as the national team won the World Twenty20 title beating India by six wickets in Dhaka on Sunday.

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Indian batsman Virat Kohli celebrates after India won the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament second semi-final match against South Africa at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on April 4, 2014.†India plays Sri Lanka in the final. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE

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Australia's Alyssa Healy bats. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

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Aussie cricketer James Faulkner.

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Australian cricketer George Bailey

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The Roar of the crowd

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Has the ‘Big Show’ finally arrived?

By Mellad Ibrahimi, Today
Has the ‘Big Show’ finally arrived?

Since his international debut, Glenn Maxwell has been teasing us. We saw glimpses of raw talent and jaw-dropping shots that were either incredibly imaginative or just plain stupid.

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The future of Australia’s Test team

By Samuel Gates, 22 Apr 2014
The future of Australia’s Test team

The dust has now settled on a dreamy summer of Test triumphs. A Sheffield Shield has gone to New South Wales for only the 46th time, and a peculiar list of Cricket Australia contracts has been awarded.

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Why Maxwell will be a Test star

By Samuel Gates, 20 Apr 2014
Why Maxwell will be a Test star

Glenn Maxwell hit a stunning 95 off 43 balls in the Indian Premier League the other day. My initial reaction, like some of his previous successes, was to brace myself for the backlash from those in the cricketing public who suffer from tall poppy syndrome.

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How long will Australia’s dominance last for?

This year has been superb for the Australian Test cricket team. A dominant display against the dormant and despised Poms was taken to even higher highs with a remarkable last-gasp series win against world number one South Africa.

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Kallis has claims to Tendulkar’s ‘cricketer of the generation’ title

Sachin Tendulkar was touted as ‘cricketer of the generation’ long before Cricinfo gave it some sort of officialdom in March this year. Tendulkar strolled to a victory which rubbed the egos of a billion Indian cricket worshippers.

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What will Klinger bring to Western Australia?

By Francis Curro, 15 Apr 2014

Michael Klinger has been signed by the Western Warriors on a two-year deal.

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Australians in the Indian Premier League 2014 (Part II)

This Indian Premier League season will see a total of 23 Australians take part in the tournament and we have already looked at some of the big-ticket players in the first part of this piece.

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Australians in the Indian Premier League 2014 (Part I)

The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League kicks off on 16 April, with 23 Australian cricketers set to ply their trade in the competition this year.

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Australia just didn’t care about the World T20

Australia crashing out in the group stages of a tournament normally triggers days of trial and judgement on the back page of every newspaper.

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Could Lehmann reverse the West Indies’ decline?

Australian coach Darren Lehmann has been lauded for turning around Australia’s fortunes in the Test arena, with series wins over England and South Africa lifting Australia to second in the Test rankings after hovering around fourth and fifth before his tenure.

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I had to read the women’s T20 World Cup final last night. That’s right, read.

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Five things Australia learnt at the World T20

After one win from four matches, the World T20 is over for an Australia team touted as one of the more dangerous to be unleashed on cricket’s shortest form. Here are the five things Australia could learn from the tournament.

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Scanning The Roar’s cricket comments is a riveting pastime. A symposium of passion, some points are well made, some less so. Some posts push the barrow of certain players, often curiously.

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Spin still a big concern for Australia

By gavjoshi, 2 Apr 2014 Video
Spin still a big concern for Australia

Australia’s failure to qualify for the semi-final of the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh is further indication Australian batsmen struggle against spin.

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The good, the bad and the ugly of on-field celebrations

After the West Indies smashed Australia over the fence and out of World T20 contention this week, serial slogger Chris Gayle took to the field and danced the jig he reserves for special occasions.

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Australia vs Bangladesh: World T20 cricket live blog, scores

Australia end their disappointing World T20 2014 campaign tonight, when they face off against tournament hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka. Join us for the live blog of this game from 8:30 pm AEDT.

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Australia cricketer Mitchell Johnson (C) celebrates after bowling out unseen South Africa's cricketer Graeme Smith, for 10 runs on the second day of the first test match between South Africa and Australia at SuperSport Park in Centurion on February 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Australian cricketer James Faulkner bowls during the Australian team training session at the Gabba in Brisbane, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Australia play England in the first One Day International at the Gabba tomorrow. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING

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Glenn Maxwell of Australia ducks under a short ball

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David Warner and James Faulkner celebrate taking Ian Bell's wicket at the SCG

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Brad Hogg prepares to bowl during the Big Bash League T-20 final between the Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat at the WACA in Perth. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AAP Image/Lincoln Baker).

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Australian cricketer James Faulkner bowls during the Australian team training session at the Gabba in Brisbane, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Australia play England in the first One Day International at the Gabba tomorrow. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING

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Aussie cricketer James Faulkner.

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Australia's greatest ever batsman, Sir Don Bradman

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