CA have it all wrong

The announced Australian squad for the upcoming Indian tour plagues of inconsistency and irrational thinking. The squad reinforces the fact that consistent run making at state level will no longer be the determining factor for international selection. To the detriment of Australia’s short and long term future, Cricket Australia are rewarding “potential” at the expense…

Twenty20 cricket more than just an exhibition?

Twenty20 cricket grabbed the headlines, favorable crowds, biggest hits and Warnie but the latest cricket craze has yet to prove if it can be more than just a glorious exhibition. At the end of two T20 matches between Sri Lanka and Australia we learnt that the Sri Lankan spearhead Lasith Malinga is the number one…

Chance to join the all time greats

The next 12 months of test cricket has great team significance for Australia but an even greater personal significance for Michael Clarke. Clarke’s batting is undoubtedly on another worldly level to his other contemporaries. Ashley Mallett, a fine cricket writer and past test cricketer, described Clarke as an “amalgam of Victor Trumper and Don Bradman.”…

New Zealand cricket in a sorry place

Petty officials, chaotic politics, uninspired cricketers, forgotten identity and lost leadership was life in Asia, or at least that’s how their cricket could be sometimes neatly summed up in 10 words. Move over India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – you have a new nation who wishes to join the league of the dysfunctional: New Zealand.…

Step in the right direction

San Antonio can feel more buoyed by their overtime defeat against Memphis after a disappointing 48 minutes against the struggling Lakers two nights before. The Spurs’ locker room was reportedly flat after their underwhelming performance against a depleted and sorry Los Angeles Lakers. In an 82-game regular season, wins don’t always equate to good play…

One Day cricket damaged beyond repair

One Day cricket is nearly, if not already, irrelevant on the domestic and international scene. Australia and Sri Lanka are meant to be playing the first ODI of the summer at Australia’s home of sport, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, yet, if one flicks through the newspapers, courageously sits through Channel Nine programming or even listen…

Typical Hussey

Mike Hussey guided Australia home in a typical steady and understated fashion. Mitchell Johnson hitting the winning runs with Hussey on the other end was in someways a fitting tribute to Hussey’s character and career as an Australian cricketer. Hussey is the purest of competitors: His intensity in his training mirrored his match day effort…