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Of Dead Cricketers and Dead Shul-goers

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The national outpouring of grief following the tragic death of cricketer Phil Hughes after being struck by a cricket ball on the field has been quite overwhelming. Every day there have been several pages in the daily newspapers as cricketers around the country and the world deal with the tragedy. A huge campaign of people putting their cricket bats out as a public expression of grief – it was even featured on the Google search page,…

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Ashen-faced Aussies

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Surprise, surprise. We lost the Ashes again. And within hours, the blame game begins. Was it the terrible umpiring? Poor selection? (perhaps some poor shot selection on the part of our batsmen) Should Ponting fall on his sword? (no, we’re not English) It’s strange how we point to events toward the end of a test match as the key turning points. Like the run outs of Ponting and Clarke. Or the awful shot of Haddin…

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To refer, or not to refer

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The test series about to begin between South Africa and Australia looms as being significant not just because the winner will end up as the world number one ranked cricket team. The introduction of the new referral system (also here) promises to add further intrigue to an already absorbing contest. Over the recent home series, the Australians struggled to come to terms with tactics for the batting power play that was used in the one-day…

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There’s something about Adam

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After a stellar career as Australia’s premier all-rounder for some ten years, Adam Gilchrist has retired from all forms of international cricket (except the ones that pay far more than he has ever been paid to play cricket before). Yes, he was an great wicket-keeper, with over 400 Test dismissals. That said, standing behind the stumps with a pair of bright coloured gloves while Glen McGrath and Shane Warne were bowling meant that racking up…

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Having it both ways

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Talk about a slow news week! The cricket “scandal” involving Harbajan Singh‘s alleged racial comment to Andrew Symonds have captured the imagination of the Australian public, and the media. And it’s fair to say that said “imagination” has run wild! The story jumped from the sports page to the front page, and to the opinion page. For two days running, 4 of the 5 most read stories in The Age online were about this topic….

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World Cup Final – what went wrong

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Today, I am a zombie. After three hours of chatting and highlights, we were about to give up and go to bed, and then saw that the covers had come off (again), and the umpires had reduced the game to 38 overs. While this was not as bad as a potential Twenty20-style slogfest to decide the World Cup champion, already some gloss had come off, and the slightly shortened game seemed to advantage Australia before…

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A better World Cup competition structure

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Well, having received some interesting comments on my previous post, and having watched Ireland & Bangladesh proceed, and India & Pakistan bomb out (all fully deserved), here is my proposal for a better system: Just for the record, the majority of previous upset wins in World Cups have either been fixed, or been genuine “one-offs”, rather than an indication of a team moving up the world ranks. I hope this will be proved wrong this…

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Cricket World Cup Group Matches

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Well, the cricket world cup has begun in the West Indies, and the first stage consists of 24 “group matches” over a couple of weeks. The pool of 16 teams is divided into 4 groups of 4, with each group containing two “contender” teams, and two “minnows” who are either in the lower rungs of the ICC one-day rankings, or are associate ICC nations. After the group matches, the top two of each group proceed…

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Shane Warne Retirement

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So much has been written about Shane Warne in the context of his upcoming retirement, and I’ve probably read too much of it. As someone who has been bowling leg-spin for a long time (not particularly well, but with great intent), there is another angle to Warne that no-one has picked up. Warne has made leg-spin sexy. Back in the days of Jim Higgs, did you see little kids practicing leggies? I think not! But…

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Ashes Victory

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Call me un-Australian if you like, John McDonald, but this is not the result I wanted. Not yet, anyway. Having booked my tickets for the Boxing Day test months ago, I was hoping that it would still be a live rubber. The fourth day of the 3rd test in Perth would have to rank as a classic as far as test cricket goes. Yes, England were staring down the barrel of defeat. They had to…

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