From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell have finally swapped chairs in Episode 30 of the Cheap Seats podcast.
In a deliciously ironic twist, an English-born player may well be Australia’s next long-term Test wicketkeeper.
Not only was Ryan Harris not expected to bowl in the second innings of the Test series decider against South Africa, he couldn’t even lift his leg early on the fourth and fifth mornings.
Tasmanian Tigers fast bowler Jackson Bird threatened to derail South Australia’s quest for a first Sheffield Shield final appearance in 18 years by taking 6-50 on day one of the match at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval.
It will take more than a hamstring niggle and bout of food poisoning to halt Brag Hogg’s Farnham-like farewell tour.
South Australian captain Johan Botha is remorseful for a brain-fade which led to his suspension as four states battle to reach the Sheffield Shield final.
Australian Test cricket hero Ryan Harris is banking on knee surgery extending his career well into next year.
The Roar has thrown up some fantastic articles dissecting the Test series some good debates in the comments, but I would like to throw in my thoughts on where I think Australia trumped South Africa.
Whatever off-field behaviour has seen Steve O’Keefe run afoul of the Australian selectors, it must be put aside for the sake of the Test team.
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All you can think of as you watch Ryan Harris bowl is that he shouldn’t be here.
Mitchell Starc says out-and-out aggression is the key to success with both bat and ball in Twenty20 cricket.
Legendary AFL coach Kevin Sheedy used to use footage of inspirational Australian sportsmen and women like Lleyton Hewitt and Betty Cuthbert to motivate his players.
Faf du Plessis was surprised by Australia’s antics in the field during the Test series decider, but is adamant there remains mutual respect between the cricket sides.
Former England spinner Graeme Swann has mocked David Warner’s claims he enjoys being sledged by opponents and says the Australian batsman will struggle to maintain his confrontational style when he has a dip in form.
After a Test like Cape Town, there will be a hell of a lot written about the uniqueness of Test cricket. Some of this will be a bit banal.
On November 11 last year, I suggested that if Australia regained the Ashes, we should thank Candice Falzon.
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I’m still not convinced, even after beating the Proteas in their own backyard and the 5-0 Ashes whitewash, that the Australian cricket team are as good as the media is making out.
If you’re a supporter of the Australian, English or South African Test teams, you’d be more than likely of the opinion that in the past 12 months, no single cricketer has had more say on the outcome of individual matches than Mitchell Johnson.
So the southern hemisphere summer has finally ended with the Australian cricket team victorious over England and South Africa. Now that these Test series are over and the T20 World Cup is up next, spinners have become one of my main concerns.
I wrote before the now completed South Africa series that the pressure was on Michael Clarke to consolidate on the games of the home summer.
With the Test series out of the way, the Australia’s tour of South Africa will now move on to the most recent format of the game as the two teams look to prepare for the World T20 to be played later this month with the first T20I in Port Elizabeth.
After picking the ball up during the third and final test, Faf du Plessis was howled down by the Aussie cricket team. He subsequently likened them to “a pack of dogs”. Some Aussies comically responded by barking at the dismissed Faf, on the final day of play, as he departed with tail between his legs.
In cricket, there is always a bias towards judging a bowler by how many wickets he takes.
Too often, we’re reminded of how our sportsmen and women are fallible.
“Cricket is a gentleman’s game.” Is there a bigger illusion in the world of sport than this blatantly absurd claim?
I’m lapping up a huge Australian Test series win over the current world number one South Africa. It’s amazing how the cricket landscape can change so quickly.
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Graeme Smith has now officially retired from the Republic of South Africa national cricket team.
When Australia began its Test series against South Africa, one of the intrigues was how Australia’s often much-maligned batting line-up would fare against South Africa’s bowling attack.
Sri Lanka’s recent tour of Bangladesh barely caused any reverberations in the cricket world. Most neutral cricket fans were probably oblivious to it.
The outcome of the Adelaide Test match in 2012 will be in the minds of most as South Africa and Australia take field on the fifth and the final day of the third Test match on Wednesday. Follow the action live from 7:00pm AEDT.
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The distance between a batsman and a bowler can be the scariest 22 yards in sport – just ask the likes of Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Smith.
With a full round of day-night Sheffield Shield cricket starting on Monday, the debate surrounding day-night Test cricket has ignited once again.
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