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Why the best team may not win the Big Bash League

It’s easy to win the Big Bash League, ask the Sydney Sixers, the Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers.

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Hand me the fluoro gear – it’s time to Bash

If it’s the week before Christmas, it must be Big Bash League time. The fourth edition of all-singing, all-dancing Australian Twenty20 competition kicks off tonight in Adelaide.

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Fitness problems haunt Australia

Already missing Michael Clarke and Ryan Harris because of injury, Australia lost Mitch Marsh to a hamstring strain yesterday. The Aussies ended play with quicks Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Mitch Johnson all looking ginger.

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The heat on Australia in more ways than one

India has never won a Test match at the Gabba and Australia has not lost one there against anybody since 1988. But both those streaks may come to an end in a few days’ time.

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Steve Smith’s first day as Australian skipper

Steve Smith had a mighty tough day at the office on the first day of the Gabba Test.

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I didn’t call Starc soft: Warne

No stranger to spin, Shane Warne has gone into damage control over his criticism of Australian quick Mitchell Starc by claiming he never called him “soft”.

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Indian opener Murali Vijay added insult to injury for Australia on Wednesday, chiding the home side’s bowlers for “sulking” during a brutal opening day in the second Test.

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No “magic number” can be provided for Michael Clarke’s comeback date.

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It seems nothing will convince India to re-evaluate its stance on the Decision Review System, judging by star opener Murali Vijay’s reaction to yet another howler.

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A reinvigorated Mike Hussey is relishing locking horns with old nemesis Andrew Flintoff in Sunday’s Big Bash encounter between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat at ANZ Stadium.

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Centurion Murali Vijay powered India to a score of 4-311 at stumps on an opening day of injuries, high humidity and hot-and-bothered Australian bowlers.

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Mitch Marsh faces the prospect of another stint on the sidelines, having suffered his fifth hamstring injury in a tick over two years.

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Murali Vijay was given a pleasant surprise after lashing his 14th boundary on Wednesday – news he had scored a hundred.

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Big Bash League 2014-15: How to watch on TV, online and radio

The Big Bash League is back, with season 2014-15 about to begin! Now in its fourth season, the BBL broke all sorts of viewership records last year, and will be looking to do the same this year.

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Second Test: Michael Clarke live tweets offer rare insight

Injured Australian captain Michael Clarke is providing fans with some rare insight into his mid-play thoughts, taking to Twitter during the first day of the second Test in Brisbane.

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Belated generational change forced on Australian cricket

Michael Clarke’s injury and the dumping of Peter Siddle has given Australia its youngest Test line-up in some time for the second Test against India.

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Australian bowler Nathan Lyon

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Peter Siddle claims a hatrick in an Ashes Test at the Gabba.

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Bob Simpson batting at the SCG nets aged 16

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Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith

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India's captain Virat Kohli (R) gives instructions to his pacer Varun Aaron

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The Roar of the crowd

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Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars: Big Bash League live scores, blog

The Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Stars will be the first teams out of the blocks for this year’s Big Bash League when they clash at the glorious Adelaide Oval. Join me on The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:40pm (AEDT).

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A guide to the Big Bash League: Pick some colours, watch the action and follow your fantasy

Since it replaced the old state versus state competition in 2011-2012, the Big Bash League has been a tremendous addition to the summer.

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[VIDEO] Australia vs India highlights: Day 2 cricket live scores, blog

Murali Vijay hit a chancy but brilliant 144 as India were aided by under-catching and Australian injury issues going into the second day of the second Test at the Gabba. You ​can ​follow the live blog of the second day’s play of the second Test from the Gabba in Brisbane starting ​11.00am (AEDT).​

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A year’s worth of Australian cricket stats, but what to make of them?

Cricket stats are sometimes misleading when looking at a players’ form. Sometimes a player in a form slump can be looked upon favourably based on their previous scores.

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BBL04 preview: Hurricanes the team to beat, plus Round 1 picks

The race for the Big Bash League in 2015 is about to begin, but who can take it out and who will come oh so close?

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My historic day in local cricket

By Alexander Bonacci, Today

I write this article not about any international or domestic game. This is about local cricket that will hit the heart of the purists out there.

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[VIDEO] Australia vs India highlights: Brisbane Test cricket live scores, blog

India’s performance in Adelaide gives cricket fans hope this will be a fighting second Test match as Australia take on India in Brisbane. You ​can ​follow the live blog of the first day’s play from the Gabba in Brisbane starting at ​11:00am (AEDT).​

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Raina and Ashwin should play in Brisbane

By Darshan Kawar, 17 Dec 2014
Raina and Ashwin should play in Brisbane

While India lost by a small margin in Adelaide in one of the most thrilling Test matches witnessed in recent times, there are a few areas that India will need to address to come back stronger at Gabba.

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BBL04 preview: Heat, Renegades and Thunder battling for a spot in the finals

Who is looking good to make it to the finals of the fourth Big Bash League? Who will just miss out?

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Given the chance, can Joe Burns fire?

By Golden, 17 Dec 2014
Given the chance, can Joe Burns fire?

Joe Burns is one of the most promising young batsmen in Australia, but he doesn’t get talked about enough. He’s not been earmarked and branded.

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Australia should take the ‘Spin Twins’ to Melbourne and Sydney

After starting the summer under pressure to retain his place in the side, off spinner Nathan Lyon responded by bowling Australia to victory in Adelaide last week.

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BBL04 preview: Scorchers, Sixers and Strikers to prop up the table

Having cast my eyes over the completed squads for the Big Bash League and run a few numbers, this is how I see the next six weeks playing out.

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The stage is set for young captains to take over

As Steven Smith has been named Australia’s stand-in captain for the remaining Test series against India, with the selectors convinced that opting for young blood to lead the side, instead of going for experienced player, is a step way forward.

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Vanishing pace and physique: Banana-man Siddle must make way for Hazlewood

In an era of injury prone Australian fast bowling stocks, it seems inconceivable the fittest and most durable member is facing the selection axe.

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Do we expect too much from wicketkeepers today?

With a five-ball duck in the first innings at Adelaide, Brad Haddin was greeted by the sound of journalists and armchair selectors around the country sharpening their knives.

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Selectors, all we are saying is give youth a chance

Michael Clarke’s hamstring has gone ping again. And this time, it’s the other one. He will be 34 by the time the Ashes roll round again.

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Australia's Matthew Wade makes his ground. AP Photo/Andres Leighton

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Australian cricket player Shane Watson. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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Australian Test cricket captain Michael Clarke speaks to the media following the announcement of the Australian squad for the upcoming Ashes cricket tour to England. (AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD)

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India's captain Virat Kohli (R) gives instructions to his pacer Varun Aaron

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Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith

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India's captain Virat Kohli

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Australian batsman Adam Voges. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Michael Clarke Announces the 2013 Ashes squad (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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Australian cricketer Nathan Lyon. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

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