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Cricket's all-time alphabetical 'R' Team

With the pairs of Richards (and sons) and Russells, as well as other high quality players, the ‘R’ Team is perhaps best described as ‘light heavyweight”’– strong and powerful but just below a few of the others. Still, this is a very strong team.

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Cricket's All Time K Team

With some of the composite teams coming up, we are now past the half way mark of this marathon. To date, the B Team and the H Team are the stand outs and it’s fair to say that they won’t be challenged by the K Team.

I’m amazed it doesn’t happen more often.

Englishman forgets he's mic'd up, drops F-bomb after teammate spills catch

Glad to see that I wasn’t the only one underwhelmed with the catch in light of the headline.

England youngster consigns himself to life under the lid with an absolute screamer at silly point

Yes, Buttler should have been punished harsher I think. He only got one demerit point which is the same as what Rabada got for Root incident.

Proteas coach queries legitimacy of Rabada suspension

Yes because he has now racked up 4 x 1/4 match bans.

The key point is, he wasn’t given a one match ban because of what he did to Root.

Proteas coach queries legitimacy of Rabada suspension

He didn’t get a match for it, he got 1/4 of a match for it.

Proteas coach queries legitimacy of Rabada suspension

Maybe you should try batting left handed.

Cricket’s revolution: The paradox of batting ‘stump-high’

The tennis starts tomorrow!

The Big Bash has big problems

As many have pointed out, the ban wasn’t for the single incident, it was for a cumulation of incidents.

If Buttler abused someone like he did again, he’d get a ban too.

Proteas coach queries legitimacy of Rabada suspension

As much as I hate to say it, I can’t see Fed getting to the second week.

Either way, I really hope one of the pretenders can step up. Thiem looks most likely on clay but on other surfaces, it’s like they can’t concentrate to the required level for a whole GS event.

2020 Australian Open: Previewing the contenders and their potential paths to glory

It’ll be Novak and Naomi again.

Medvedev could have a deep run in the Mens.

2020 Australian Open: Previewing the contenders and their potential paths to glory

It is relevant because it is the only cricket of anything approaching first class level on in Aust for a large part of summer.

It shouldn’t be though.

The BBL has never been more relevant in the quest for higher honours

Yep. And he’ll continue to do it while he gets away with it.

Should Virat Kohli have been pinged 5 penalty runs for repeated running on the pitch?

Totally serious. He isn’t being suspended for this offence, he’s being suspended for doing this 4 times in 2 years.

He dodged a bullet in Jo’burg (which directly lead to the ball tampering fiasco, IMO) so it’s good that his behaviour has caught up with him.

Kagiso Rabada handed one match ban for overzealous celebrations

You wonder if Boucher is fit to be an international coach if this is the sort of stuff he comes out with.

Proteas coach queries legitimacy of Rabada suspension

Good. Only two years too late.

Kagiso Rabada handed one match ban for overzealous celebrations

Verrrrryyyy long. 😢

The Big Bash has big problems

You’re not a Dragons man are you Bob?

The Big Bash has big problems

You still need to work out what to do with ODIs. As it turns out, this year CA seemed happy to throw the ODI season out the window so maybe going forward they will just fit them in at random spots over the summer.

The Big Bash has big problems

Really excellent article – I pretty much agree with just about everything you’ve noted.

BBL reminds me of the NBL in the 80s – lots of hype, rotating imports, music, fireworks and dancing girls but eventually people looked beyond it to see that the product itself was pretty average. Same thing every night, no single night really making any difference in the long run. Mostly you get fringe or ex internationals beating up on fringe or ex first class players. I have always thought that it really only existed because there is literally nothing else to watch on TV over the school holidays until the Australian Open starts (our house will pivot to the AO during nights next week).

And for what it’s worth, I try to take the kids at least once per year to a BBL game but they genuinely hate it. We are probably unlikely to go next year.

That all said, I wonder if the fiasco with the India ODI series this year might be a turning point for CA. The world hasn’t fallen apart without local ODIs so just maybe CA will look to reducing the number of ODIs in future years to allow the internationals to play BBL instead. Or more likely move the ODI season to say the two weeks after the BBL. Not sure how possible that is under the current Future Tours Programme but maybe something to experiment with.

The Big Bash has big problems

Surely average partnership figures are useless without also including the partnership strike rates (and ideally the average strike rates of the era for comparison).

Warner and Finch becoming all-time great combo

As much as I love the charts section, surely taking the piss out of a Michael Slater comment is a bit too easy for a writer of your talents Dan.

The Liebke Ratings: India vs Australia, first ODI

Wow, it’s not like Steve spent a bunch of time with Marnus over the course of the Ashes or anything either.

And that is a long speech for the Stiff Gold. Imagine how long Waugh would take on a speech on a Baggy Green presentation.

The Liebke Ratings: India vs Australia, first ODI

A mate of mine has seen quite a bit of the series. He’s not a big cricket fan but he said it’s incredible. I’m very much looking forward to it.

Newly released footage shows behind the scenes of Steve Smith's sickening Lord's blow

Kuldeep was poorly used by Viratin Game 1. As with most chinamen bowlers, they become far less effective when the batsmen have had a good look at him. Yet Kuldeep bowled 7 overs on the trot to the same batsmen. He should have been saved for when a wicket fell (not that it actually did in that match).

Star Indian bowlers being exposed by Australia

I’m still yet to see what the case for 4 day tests is. The only vague thing I’ve heard was about workload management which was so laughable it doesn’t seem to have been raised again.

No, it's not time for four-day Tests