Archive for the ‘Australian cricket’ Category

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Gamini Goonesena in Pictorial Mode

June 13, 2020

Photographs to complement Rohan Wijeyaratna’s classic account in Thuppahi = https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2020/06/13/gamini-goonesena-leading-cambridge-to-victory-in-1957/

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Cumulous Clouds over the Cricket Scenario

May 26, 2020

News Item in ISLAND, 26 May 2020 …. http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=222751

The coronavirus may have struck shortly before the English cricket season was due to start, but it threatens to have major implications for the game worldwide. English officials still believe they can fit a full international programme of three-Test series against both the West Indies and Pakistan, as well as one-day internationals with Australia and Ireland, into a season that won’t start until 1 July at the earliest.

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That Fat Bastard Shane Warne

May 18, 2020

David Runciman reviewing No Spin –Warne’s Autobiography

When​ the Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were exposed tampering with the ball during last year’s test series in South Africa there was, along with all the faux outrage, some genuine incredulity. Why did they take such an insane risk? The subterfuge was so cack-handed – rubbing the ball with lurid yellow sandpaper, perfectly suited to be picked up by the TV cameras – and the potential rewards so slight that they seemed to be putting their careers on the line for next to nothing. Confronted with the filmed evidence, Smith confessed straightaway. As conspiracies go this one barely got to first base, since almost no thought had been given to keeping it secret. They can’t have wanted to be caught. Each of the three culprits looked distraught in the aftermath. But it does appear that they didn’t think getting caught would matter much.

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A Critical Appraisal of the Gentlemen’s Game of Cricket

May 18, 2020

Sarath Gamini De Silva, in Island, 6 June 2019 where the title was different**               

I am an ardent cricket fan, being educated at a school giving pride of place to cricket. The annual “Big Match” was one of the most looked forward to events in the calendar. My own experience in the game was limited to playing with the soft ball in the backyard with my friends. Whenever time permits, I watch cricket on television but only occasionally do I go to see a match. I am overjoyed to see Sri Lanka winning matches, which unfortunately is a rarity now.

McGrath vs Sarwa Lara reprimands Waugh

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A Cricket Fanatic become Cricket Book Lover

March 17, 2020

Stephen Basso

Today’s post brought a book from England. My long-suffering wife smiled and inquired politely about it, knowing full well that it would be another book about cricket. More specifically, about players and officials, from anywhere on earth, who have had some fame or infamy in that great game that is a passion for so many of us.

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Harry Solomons, the Sri Lankan Aussie “Invincible” from St. Aloysius, Galle

March 1, 2020

Harry Solomons, the Aloysian Australian Invincible, in Australian colours…. the same combination as his alma mater, St, Aloysius, Galle …. playing for Australia’s Over Seventies against New Zealand this February 2020 –where, he says, “we  beat NZ in our only 70s International on tour…… [and]  I played the full 6 matches on tour”. Harry then presents snapshots of the “emotional cap ceremony.”

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Wes Agar in the Limelight in Australia

February 23, 2020

Louis DB Cameron, in cricket/com.au 13 February 2020, where the title is Agar following in footsteps of greatness in breakout summer”

South Australia bowler Wes Agar has transformed into a lean, mean, wicket-taking machine this summer and is now a key figure in the Redbacks pace attack

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Jadeja’s Inspiration behind Ashton Agar’s Hat-Trick

February 23, 2020

Michael Ramsey,of AAP in Courier Mail. 22 February 2020with this title “How conversation with ‘absolute rock star’ inspired Ashton Agar’s historic hat-trick”

Ashton Agar has revealed how a conversation with Indian superstar Ravindra Jadeja inspired his match-winning hat-trick in South Africa. Agar stole the show in the T20 series-opener at Johannesburg, snaring 5-24 to lead a rampant Australia to a thumping 107-run win.

The left-arm spinner is just the second Australian after Brett Lee in 2007 to deliver a hat-trick in a T20 international.

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Poonam Yadav bamboozles the Aussie Women Cricketers

February 21, 2020

ESPNcricinfo staff …. https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/28749203/we-want-play-defensive-cricket-anymore-sri-lanka-mickey-arthur

Australia were cruising at 2 for 67 chasing 133 with Alyssa Healy rolling on 51 from just 34 balls. Poonam Yadav didn’t bowl in the first nine overs and Healy hit her fourth ball for six over long-on. But the legspinner changed the game with a dazzling spell. She bamboozled Australia’s much-vaunted middle order to take 4 for 19 and guide India to victory. She nearly took a hat-trick with Taniya Bhatia dropping a tough caught-behind chance from Jess Jonassen. Here’s how Alex Malcolm and Deivarayan Muthu described the action on ESPNcricinfo’s ball-by-ball commentary.

Poonam Yadav is ecstatic after taking a wicket Getty Images

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From Southern Province Skipper to Space Law Pathfinder

February 21, 2020

When Nandasiri Jasentuliyana led the Southern Province Schools Team against the Australian Schoolboy Team in 1958

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