Ahead of first Ashes Test, Australia gets a team devoid of direction

In the lead up to the first Ashes Test at the ‘Gabba starting on November 23, there has been plenty of talk from pundits and the Australian selectors on who may or may not be in the lineup. However, at the squad reveal on Friday, Cricket Australia said nothing. Chairman of Selectors Trevor Hohns talked aplenty, mainly in hypotheticals, regarding “players of interest” and referring to two half-centuries in 10 matches as “good form”. What he and Cricket Australia actually said though, regarding

Cummins, Renshaw have opportunity to build something special this summer

Two young Australian superstars are ready as ever for their first Ashes encounter. While Australia’s Ashes squad is yet unknown, the buildup for two men almost certain to snag a spot is one of palpable excitement. One is a new favourite of Aussie cricket fans. For the other, an Ashes debut has been a long time coming. When Pat Cummins made his Test debut, Matt Renshaw was just 15 years old, and likely still dreaming of one day playing for his country. This year, both men will likely suit up i

Nathan Lyon the hero Australia needs, but does not deserve

On Friday at New South Wales’ Cockatoo Island, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon was forced to block away probes about his presence in the opening Ashes clash. On Friday at New South Wales’ Cockatoo Island, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon was forced to block away probes about his presence in the opening Ashes clash in Queensland, as he seems to do so annually. “I know what you guys will write, it will say ‘there will be four quicks for the Gabba’,” he said. “I’ve played six test matches t

India a ruthless beast, but biggest test yet to come

India have climbed plenty of mountains the past four years, but there's one yet to be summited. Over the past three to four years, India have done a lot of winning. They have won their last eight test series, even in spite of a vindictive change of Head Coach from Anil Kumble to Ravi Shastri. To that point, given Team India’s latest result, it seems as if they’ve gotten better with the change at the top. This week, they completed a series sweep in Sri Lanka, the last two wins coming with innin

Keshav Maharaj is becoming one of South Africa’s most important players

By every measure of their performance, South Africa’s win over England in the Second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottinghamshire was a team win. The batsman set them up and the bowlers knocked them down, as the Proteas cruised to victory in the second of four tests, without young superstar quick Kagiso Rabada, but buoyed by the return of captain Faf du Plessis. Whilst their batting production was inconsistent, Hashim Amla led the team with the willow, with his Captain du Plessis hanging in there w

Are Cricket Australia causing more of a problem than they should?

Why do Cricket Australia continue to refuse mediation when the problem only continues to expand? In my number of articles on the issue to date, I have professed to support neither side in this ugly pay dispute. What I support is getting back to cricket, and doing it ASAP. However, there is something that has continually bugged me about the controversy for a while now – the repeated profession that Cricket Australia refuse to go into mediation over the issue. This perhaps seems like the logica

Far more at stake for Cricket Australia than a lost tour

How much damage is this civil war doing to Australian cricket? As Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketer’s Association (ACA) creep slowly but surely towards the June 30 deadline this Friday, which has so often been likened to jumping off a cliff, we may finally be about to see the first ramifications of the inaction of the warring parties. Plenty has been mooted about what may or may not happen, including Shane Watson suggesting yesterday that players could potentially sign rich,

A good story should not get in the way of the truth of Chris Lynn

Rain mercifully came to rescue Australia in their first Champions Trophy hit out against New Zealand, but most of the attention was drawn to a surprise omission. Most of the conjecture in the weeks’ lead up to the match was where the BBL superstar would fit into the one day lineup, with some suggesting the lower order, and others moving Aaron Finch out of opener to accommodate Lynn. But on the day, the Australians opted for the Finch at the top of the order, and the significantly less popular

A non biased presentation of facts and opinion regarding the Cricket Australia pay dispute

It might be the cricketing off-season in Australia, but the noise around the most popular sport in the country has not nearly died down. Just last week, the Australian Cricketers Association rejected Cricket Australias’ offer, which proposed a shake up the way cricketers in the country are paid, which has been relatively the same since 1997. The offered “Memorandum of Understanding” suggests the modification of the “set percentage model” that has been in play for the past 20 years, where Austr
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