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Darren Lehmann’s Awkward History and Position

March 28, 2018

Daniel Brettig, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where the title is “Lehmann at heart of cultural contradiction”

As hard as the Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland tried to be clear and strong about the gravity of events at Newlands and the governing body’s need to put things right in the minds of the game’s followers at home and around the world, there was an inherent contradiction between his words and actions.

In the early moments of his address at the Johannesburg Holiday Inn, Sutherland spoke stridently about how this was about far more than the ball-tampering incident itself. “It’s about the integrity and reputation of Australian cricket and Australian sport,” Sutherland intoned. “Ultimately it’s about whether Australians can feel proud of their sporting teams. That depends as much on the way players conduct themselves as much as it does about winning or losing. All about how we play the game.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Fernando and Moncrieff on the Aussie Cricketing Kolahaalaya

March 26, 2018

ONE: Errol Fernando to Emil Vanderpoorten, 26 March 2019

I have heard that there is another person who shares my name and now you say that you have his address. If this is so,please tell me something about him, presuming that he really exists!

Let me answer your question about Aussie cricketers by telling you that during my school days I was an avid supporter of the Australian Cricket team. My heroes were players such as Keith Miller and Neil Harvey.When I arrived in Melbourne in 1963 I quickly found my way to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and started watching the Test matches.

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What a Violent and Unique Six-Balls in Test Cricket! …. with Just Desserts!

March 23, 2018

Rabada to Warner in Over 03

3.4 = Rabada to Warner, FOUR runs, too full, rifled to the cover boundary! Warner climbs into a cover drive, low in his stance and using 141kph to his own advantage
3.5 =Rabada to Warner, FOUR runs, oh, even better, a murderous scyth past extra cover for four! This wasn’t a half-volley but he dispatched it via first-class delivery to the ropes
3.6 =Rabada to Warner, FOUR runs, skelped off the pads, three in a row! Morkel gamely gives chase but he can’t reel it in, Warner lets his bat do the talking in his battle with Rabada – this could become a proper brawl (within the confines of the Laws, of course!)
Rabada to Warner in Over 05
5.1 =Rabada to Warner, SIX runs, digs the ball in short… and Warner hurls his bat, KABOOM! over fine leg! That has gone miles, high up into the stands – someone is going to have to fetch it!

5. 2 =Rabada to Warner, (no ball) FOUR runs, FETCH THAT! Five boundaries in a row for Warner off Rabada! Just a touch of width and he slashes it through backward point, and you can sense KG’s temperature rising!…………….Rabada had overstepped too… Literally, not figuratively this time

5.3 =Rabada to Warner, OUTbowled hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim! Rabada lands the decisive blow, up off the canvas and demolishing off stump! This enthralling duel is ended by Rabada slicing through Warner’s tentative defence and sending the stump pinwheeling back. An extraordinary innings from Warner, struck on the arm and then responding with a flurry of boundaries before being run through, bowled off stump for the third time in the series

DA Warner b Rabada 30 (28m 14b 5×4 1×6) SR: 214.28

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That Outstanding Bangladesh Test Victory

August 31, 2017
  • ONE+ Mohammad Isam in Mirpur,  courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, August 2017, where the title is “Shakib’s quest for excellence inspires Bangladesh”

    Some people might never agree to put Shakib Al Hasan in the same league as the legendary quartet of allrounders from the 1980s. For starters, he doesn’t bowl pace. He has played too many matches against Zimbabwe, and a series against a depleted West Indies. Even his position as the No. 1 allrounder in the ICC rankings is a result of the side he plays for, as he constantly gets more rating points by playing against higher-ranked teams.

  •  Bangladesh’s cricketers celebrate a famous victory over England Getty Images
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    Not that Shakib has tried to force the issue on anyone, but the numbers and list of achievements are growing. He played a central role in Bangladesh’s thrilling 20-run win in the first Test against Australia. In Bangladesh’s first innings, he struck a fifty and strung together a counter-attacking partnership with Tamim Iqbal to lift them from 10 for 3. He was then a constant threat in both of Australia’s innings, and finished with a second 10-wicket haul.

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Don Bradman as Youth

August 27, 2017

Ashley Mallett, courtesy of CRICKET MONTHLY and ESPNcricinfo where the title of this article is “Bradman as a Boy”

At Bowral Primary School in the summer of 1915-16, Don Bradman, not yet eight years old, built a reputation as a cricketer. When the bell tolled to end another school day, Bradman didn’t dally to chat with others. In a desperate rush to get home, he ran helter-skelter through the small township of Bowral, turned into Shepherd Street, hurdled a white picket fence, breezed through his front door, and tossing his school bag in the hall and grabbing his cricket bat, yelled, “C’mon Mum, how about bowling me down a few?” Emily Bradman smiled. She discarded her apron, shifted the kettle on the stove and dutifully followed her son into the backyard. As Mrs Bradman wheeled down her own brand of left-arm deliveries, she could never have imagined that the small boy facing her at the other end of the back lawn would one day become the greatest batsman the world has known.

 Bradman at 21, about to set sail for the 1930 Ashes, with a trophy for his world-record 452 made earlier in the year

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The Australian Cricketing Dispute: Some Light?

July 27, 2017

News Item in Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 2017

Australia’s cricketers have been blindsided by an extraordinary proposal from Cricket Australia which could see players re-employed next week and save the Ashes and the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.In a major twist to one of the most damaging pay disputes in Australian sport, CA dropped a bombshell on Thursday by calling for talks to be taken to a mutually agreed industrial umpire if an agreement cannot be reached by early next we

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Jaked! … and hospitalized! Sam Harper hit by Lehmann’s hook-shot

February 16, 2017

Reminding old-stagers of the moment when Ric Darling nearly died from swallowing his tongue when hist by the ball and, more recently, when Peter Neville was floored by Brad Hodge’s flying bat — all at Adelaide Oval –the Victorian keeper Sam Harper was felled by Jake Lehmann’s bat as the latter hit a swivelling hook-shot !!!!!!

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