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I’m not a massive IPL fan anyway, but given the two positive Covid cases today it’ll be interesting to see if we even get a second half of the tournament.
As an aside, you would’ve thought guys would’ve picked Rashid Khan by now, but he just keeps adapting and continues to bamboozle the world’s best batsmen game after game, despite all the analysis teams can get on bowlers nowadays.

My IPL team of the tournament so far

completely agree rellum, cricket should do all it can to become carbon neutral or to carbon offset all the travelling involved, particularly given that cricket players rack up ridiculous air miles. I’d also like to see cricket play more games at night, particularly the shorter formats, as well as playing under roofs to make it cooler for the players.
Another issue is what will grassroots cricket do? Whilst the international game could find solutions/adaptions to climate change much more easily, all of them are probably going to be far too expensive to implement at amateur level.
It’s also interesting that not a single cricket board has signed up to the UN’s sports for climate action either.

Cricket must start preparing for climate change

gotta feel for Redmond, a bit like Kurtis Patterson, scoring a ton on debut and never pulling on an international shirt again.
I always thought of Munro as being a short format specialist, his first class average really surprised me, particularly when you think how crazily aggressive he is in t20. Shame he never got another game and a longer run in tests, though I’m sure he does alright for himself cash wise playing in the shorter formats.

New Zealand’s best ever one-Test players

absolutely no idea! They often put really weird lead images on the articles, I remeber writing an article about cricket at the olympics and they chose quinton de cock as the lead image! Do you know if you can suggest images or upload your own if they don’t require a licence?

Cricket must start preparing for climate change

There’s a bit of an issue with that given that the the T20 World Cup is the ICC’s biggest money spinner and I don’t think they’d be willing to lose such a profitable competition, especially given that they won’t get any of the cash from the olympics if cricket was to be included.

Why cricket doesn’t deserve to be an Olympic sport

He’s got a big break coming up as he’s not taking part in the IPL, which should hopefully be a chance for him to rest and get back on his feet.
There’s no doubting that he had a very poor season, but I still feel that on Australian soil Starc just about deserves his spot, particularly against the poms who often struggle against fast, bouncy, hit the deck hard type bowlers such as Starc .
I hope he gets some momentum behind him in the white ball games this year, which he has been performing brilliantly in as of late, and then comes back raring for the ashes.
At 31 he’s in his peak years still, but if he flops again this summer then I completely agree that someone else should be given a shot.

Starc's Sheffield Shield flop puts Ashes spot at risk

Obviously, my point is that the IPL is killing test cricket

IPL season postponed

nice point, but why draw a similarity with Kevin Petersen when you don’t have to?

The Wrap: Revealed! The real reason why the Wallabies bombed out of the World Cup

If only we could have no IPL every year and the best cricketers would actually play for their countries rather than franchises and the focus might shift a bit towards tests

IPL season postponed

labuschagne has the highest test average since Bradman so I think he’s pretty much bolted on, but I agree with your point about Burns, he hasn’t yet proved himself.

World Test match: North versus South

Agreed. This idea of making the best batsman the captain is ridiculous, not only does it put pressure on your big run getter, but also your captain should be someone who’s good at the job, not just someone who’s good with the bat.

Why Steve Smith should be the next Australian captain

Plus, NSW may recommend Steve Smith instead of Cummins anyway…

States can shape cricket captaincy debate

It’s ridiculous that some players won’t play in their domestic cricket leagues but will play in the IPL and hundred. Now the hundred’s here top players will have two leagues to play in were they can make serious money instead of doing the right thing and playing for their country

Cricket has an opportunity to solve a major problem thanks to coronavirus

Agreed, I think a lot of people forget about those who play domestic cricket and earn less ludicrous salaries and they’re the ones who’ll struggle the most, especially in places like England where the domestic season should be happening now

Cricket has an opportunity to solve a major problem thanks to coronavirus

Agreed, with the revised format there are so many games in the Big Bash it was almost impossible to even remember which game was on yesterday, making it feel so pointless. Maybe all these cancellations will make us appreciate the sport even more when it returns.

Cricket has an opportunity to solve a major problem thanks to coronavirus

Thanks for the comment, I guess Steve Smith is no stranger from time away from cricket! It is definitely a concern though, as Labuschagne and Steve Smith are two of Australia’s key players and if their form drops the side could be in trouble. However, you must also consider the other side of the argument, players such as Glenn Maxwell and Dom Bess who have had struggles with mental health and who would relish a break.

Cricket has an opportunity to solve a major problem thanks to coronavirus

I wonder how many players would actually play in the IPL purely for the experience and the cricket if they decreased IPL wages significantly and central contracts became more ludicrous.

Cricket has an opportunity to solve a major problem thanks to coronavirus

Good point, but isn’t it in the ECB’s and CA’s best interests to try to support players? It’s gone beyond the stage where top players are going to opt not to play in the IPL, so surely the boards should recognise this and help out the players anyway so they can help their top performers to be at their best for international duty?

Cricket has an opportunity to solve a major problem thanks to coronavirus

I agree with your point about the IPL, but nowadays it feels like CA are also cramming in too many white ball series. Take the Australia vs NZ ODI series that was cancelled for example, that would have gone on until late March by which it’s the start of the footy season. Series like that one are surely just for TV sponsorships and more cash for CA?

Cricket has an opportunity to solve a major problem thanks to coronavirus

I agree it was well worth a watch, but I felt it could’ve given a more rounded picture. Two episodes isn’t enough to give audiences a picture of an Ashes tour to England and it didn’t answer the burning question of what is David Warner really like as a person? The only parts of the series that felt like CA hadn’t influenced were the sections about Khawaja and also the part about the bromance between Zampa and Stoinis. There was way too much focus on Kholi, which is surely just a way to get Indian viewers to watch the series.

'The Test' a rare insight into a reformed Australian side

It wouldn’t surprise me if the Gabba lost its square. Apart from being a fortress for Australian cricket, there isn’t much else going for the place; it doesn’t have the atmosphere of the MCG, the history and beauty of Sydney and Adelaide or the modern engineering of Perth, it’s just a metal bowl. I simply can’t see the Gabba being used for a 3 or 4 match test series against quality opposition, so why would they keep the square? It’s a shame however, that cricket grounds keep losing their permanent wickets; I doubt this would ever happen in England without national uproar.

Poor crowds means the Gabba wicket is under a cloud

Firstly, thanks for a great article. Soon, the other teams will decide to seriously invest in the women’s game, meaning that Australia will have more of a genuine fight on their hands to retain their dominance. To get almost 90,000 people at the MCG for the final was incredibly special, but I would like to see slightly higher attendances at group games as well. Furthermore, given the increasing popularity in the game, it would be nice to see the WBBL final played at one of Australia’s many great cricketing arenas, rather than a small ground like Allan Border Field. Though above all else, it would be nice to see girls across the world aspiring to play cricket and to play like Elysse Perry and Alyssa Healy rather than Steve Smith or David Warner.

Where to next for women's cricket after the T20 World Cup?