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I was never much good but played cricket for 30 years in country NSW and have a real love for the game. I used to open the batting and was a change bowler with my dibbly dobbly medium pacers. .. I also played League as a halfback till my career was cut short due to a tragic lack of talent. .. I have been a farmer most of my working life.

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Keith Fletcher, that well known maker of arrows!

Get a job: The Occupational XI

What’s a Pieterson?

Get a job: The Occupational XI

Yeah, the old man used to say similar things. Easy power. Nonchalant ease. Stuff like that. .. Like I said, I wish I’d have seen him.

Born to rule: Top cricketing birthplaces, third and fourth rankings

Wish I’d have seen Sobers playing at his peak. My dad did and he always said that Sir Garfield was the most freakishly talented player he ever saw.

Born to rule: Top cricketing birthplaces, third and fourth rankings

At least Roberts shared the pain around and put his legion of suits in the firing line. I think I would have been more upset if he’d exempted the support staff from the razor and put the burden solely on the players and top level coaches. You may be right Paul, it might have been a panic reaction, but at least it’s an equitable one as far as I can tell.

Now that V’landys has fixed the NRL, can he come and fix the cricket?

I was thinking the same thing Micko. While I feel sorry for the workers and their families it just seems that 200 + employees might be a touch on the excessive side. This clean out might actually end up being a positive thing if it results in a leaner, more efficient administration.

Now that V’landys has fixed the NRL, can he come and fix the cricket?

Yeah. Something like that. I see from your samples it’s probably a lot easier than i thought. .. doh.

The best Test XI of Smiths

At the other end of the scale, I wonder if it’s possible to get a team from players whose last names only appear once on the list of test cricketers. I mentioned Labuschagne earlier and that got me thinking about it.

The best Test XI of Smiths

It might be a while before we can do a team full of Labushagne’s.

The best Test XI of Smiths

It’s really easy to imagine Bill getting a bit over excited and actually saying that. To quote Homer Simpson, it’s funny because it’s true.

The best Test XI of Smiths

Simon Jones was a good bowler imo Micko. That time he blew his knee up in, Brisbane was it, really crueled what might have been a great career.

The best Test XI of Smiths

Yes, they’re not pure Smiths are they. In a Smith & Jones team there’s no room for double barrelled Smith’s.

The best Test XI of Smiths

Looks to me as though he was just doing his drills. Plenty of McGrath line and length there. Seemed to be getting a bit of nip off the pitch too.

What it's like to face Jimmy Anderson with a Duke ball

He played 3 super-tests in the Packer era. He bowled 648 balls, took 17 wickets at 15.88 with an insane strike rate of 38.1 — Looks as though he could play a bit. I saw him in Tamworth of all places. He had poor old Dougie Walters dodging and weaving in some sort of exhibition match there.

Born to rule: Top cricketing birthplaces, fifth to eighth rankings

Or Kurri Kurri Kurri. .. Hmm, actually, I do ???? .. Over the years I’ve spent some time at the old Bong Bong, but that’s a completely different subject.

Born to rule: Which cities have produced the best Test players?

Well, you wouldn’t call Woy Woy Woy would you?

Born to rule: Which cities have produced the best Test players?

This one of the better articles I’ve read on this subject. After finishing I definitely felt as though I’d learned something about it so thanks for that Shounak. You got me thinking about it and here are a few things that sprang to mind immediately. .. The numbers you quoted are compelling. FTA looks to be far and away the most accessible, and not coincidentally, popular broadcast format. Here in Australia we’ve enjoyed a long and glorious run of FTA cricket but I fear that may be under threat. Last season all the ODI’s were behind a paywall for the first time I can recall. Is that the thin end of the wedge? If it is you can mark the day down as the beginning of crickets dark ages in this country. .. At the risk of seeming to indulge in some opportunistic Pommy bashing, what the hell is wrong with the ECB? It seems almost inconceivable that they could blow a viewership of 8.5 million by stuffing it behind a paywall. To make it even worse, they did it while England was still basking in the afterglow of that epic 2005 Ashes series. It’s probably not as simple as all that, things usually aren’t, but still, it’s seems (as Humphrey from Yes Minister might say) a ‘courageous’ decision by the ECB.

Investigating cricket’s broadcast conundrum

As I said, very different countries economically and socially, but, in pure cricket terms, Sri Lanka is a match for Australia for love of the game and participation rates. In fact, I suspect they surpass us as cricket is THE game in Sri Lanka while in Australia it’s just one of many in a crowded sporting landscape. .. Practically every single article I’ve ever read about the match pushes the ‘poor little Sri Lanka up against big, bad Australia’ theme and 25 years on it’s still the same. Time to give it a rest. As a sporting contest it was a much more even contest than anyone seems to want to credit. Sri Lanka had a great team that was playing innovative and excellent cricket in their own conditions. On this occasion Australia was the under dog and no amount of insults from the likes of you will convince me otherwise.

The night the tiny island of Sri Lanka was top of the world

“I’ll bet India would not be thrilled at all about using Aussie umpires,” .. and yet there’s barely been an Indian on the elite panel for 20 years. To my way of thinking they gave up the right to whinge about home town umpires when they didn’t put their own onto the elite panel and subjecting them to all the scrutiny the elites get.

Spit banned but sweat OK to polish balls

Roseville said of Boon. “Boon was a solid top-order batsman and short leg fieldsman.” .. Why bring his physique into it? 😁

The Calendar Ashes: Third Test, December

Not a hope in hell for CJ these days. My dad introduced me to Dennis 30 years ago and had to interpret/decode a lot of it for me way back then.

The Calendar Ashes: Third Test, December

What is a reasonable expectation from Marnus over the next few seasons? Personally, I’ll be astounded if he can maintain that 60+ average. In 140 years of test cricket very, very few have managed 60+ and it might be asking too much of Marnus to join that sort of stratospheric company. I’ll be happy if he can average mid to high 40’s over his career. Anything beyond that will be a genuine bonus imo.

The next three superstars in the making

I agree Micko. Never say never but I can’t see us giving up a boxing day test. I guess some flexibility is needed these days but not at the expense of marquise events like that.

Pitching for the MCG

Depending on how deep they are, those concrete boxes are a problem unless they are well drained. Water needs to percolate through the soil and run off. Not allowing it to drain properly will eventually kill most plants via drowning. .. I’m sure they allowed for some drainage. Seems inconceivable that they didn’t.

Pitching for the MCG

Good luck getting that one through Paul. I really think you’ll need it. I think it would encounter huge resistance from the broadcasters and massive inertia from the ICC. It’s not necessarily a bad idea but sounds like a lot of work to get it past the suits.

A simple change could get rid of one of cricket's pet hates