Posts Tagged "Cricket"

With the Australian team imploding in South Africa, the public is now focused on selections for the Channel Seven commentary team next summer.

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The ECB’s brave new initiative and fresh approach to cricket,’The Hundred’ domestic competition in the 2020 English summer, has missed a real opportunity to bring in ‘backyard’ rules.

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The West Indies – defending champions of the T20 World Cup – will play in a charity match on May 31 against a World XI side at the iconic Lord’s ground, to contribute to the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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With their new television deal signed, sealed and delivered, some of the many questions left to answer are whether or not Cricket Australia (CA) is risking overkill with the expansion of the Big Bash League (BBL) into a full home-and-away series

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In early 2000 I migrated to Australia determined to give my young family a better life. What struck me about our newly adopted country was the sheer numbers of kids playing sport and, coming from the UK, I’d never seen anything to compare.

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Thar, the third largest desert in Asia, is located 728 kilometres away from Karachi. People living in that barren land seldom get the chance to enjoy one of nature’s greatest gifts – rain.

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Justin Langer’s fierce loyalty to Western Australian players has been a strength of his tenure as coach of that state, but it will create a perception problem for him should he become the new Australian coach.

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Cricket is this country’s national sport, no doubt. In the winter you either play NRL or AFL, but everybody plays cricket come off-season time.

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English domestic cricket is set to get yet another format after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced plans for an eight-team, 100-ball competition in the pursuit of younger, family-oriented audiences.

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When ‘Sandpapergate’ broke, The Daily Telegraph devoted a front page to former Australian cricketer Trevor Chappell, lamenting the fact that bowling underarm to the Kiwis in a one-dayer in 1981 overshadowed everything he ever did in life.

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Umpires have called it, ladies and gentlemen: there’ll be no Test cricket between Australia and Zimbabwe this year.

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It came as no surprise the West Australian newspaper trumpeted that Justin Langer will be named the new Australia cricket coach tomorrow after a Cricket Australia board meeting.

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Over the last decade or so cricket in Bangladesh has changed drastically.

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History, it is said, is written by the victors.

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Former Australia batting coach Michael Di Venuto has defended the culture of the Test team and wants administrators to come under similar scrutiny to the players following the ball tampering scandal.

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Who knows what goes on behind closed doors but you do get the sense that Channel 9 management are not necessarily mourning the loss of the cricket TV rights.

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The change of Australia’s televised cricket coverage means not only can we hope to see new technologies and techniques, but there is the chance to wipe the slate clean when it comes to commentary and revive the lost artform.

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Cricket Australia’s new TV broadcast deal provides a double-edged sword – more of the game being shown but a considerable amount of it behind a paywall.

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While the expansion of the Big Bash League and increased coverage of women’s cricket mean that mathematically the new broadcast deal sees more free-to-air cricket than ever before, that is nowhere near the complete story. It could even be described as an ‘alternative fact’.

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While the ball-tampering scandal left a dark stain on the Australian cricket team, it also created a rare opportunity for domestic batsmen to earn a crack at Test cricket.

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