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“God Awful ODI Squad” says Shane the Warne

January 4, 2019

Abhishek Patil in Cricket Age, 4 January 2019, where the title runs “Shane Warne Slams Australian Selectors After ODI Team Announcement”

A fuming Shane Warne slammed the Australian selectors after the One-day International (ODI) squad for the upcoming three-match series against India was announced on Friday. The selectors axed five players — Travis Head, Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott and all-rounder Ashton Agar — on basis of current form. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins were rested for the limited-over series while Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja and veteran Peter Siddle were brought back into the ODI setup.


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Angelo in Obeisance to the Pope for the Grace of His Century?

December 20, 2018

Not So, Folks! Just a Broad Hint to the Sri Lankan Coach and Selectors about his Fitness Levels …. while both Coach and Selectors were equally delighted that Their Previous Messages of Chastisement had driven ANGELO to such depths of resolve.

ALL is well that ends well.



Barmy Army’s Potent Brew in Sri Lanka 2018

December 7, 2018

Beer Consumption brings Barmy Army a Cricket Match with Lion  Brewery

Lion Brewery PLC hosted a friendly T20 cricket match between the Brewery and England’s Barmy Army at the Colts Ground in Colombo recently. The world renowned ‘Barmy Army’ squad was in Sri Lanka to support their home team at the recently concluded Sri Lanka tour…. Item in Island, 6 December 2018

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Cricket Fanatics’ Priorities in a Nutshell

November 29, 2018


Is Graeme Labrooy going to be Displaced as Chairman of Selectors?

November 23, 2018

N Krishnamurthy  in Cricket Age, 23 November 2018, where the title is “Graeme Labrooy to be sacked, Ashantha De Mel likely to be SL Chief Selector”

Graeme Labrooy, the incompetent chairman of selectors of Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), is likely to be sacked after the conclusion of the England series, Cricket Age reliably learns. Sri Lanka have already lost ODI, T20 and test trophies against England and the third test begins today. “Yes. Discussions are going on to replace Labrooy. We will be able to come to the conclusion only after the ongoing series” a top SLC Official told Cricket Age. When further inquired, Cricket Age learnt that the Sports Minister Faizer Mustapha has already given the node to sack Labrooy. Moreover, former Sri Lanka player Ashantha  De Mel’s name has been proposed to replace Labrooy.

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Ball-tampering: A Fine-grained Legal Analysis

November 3, 2018

Peter Hunt, 14 September 2018, THE ROAR  where the title is  Ball tampering – a legal analysis and a call for reform”

It’s lunch on the third day of the third Test between Australia and South Africa in Cape Town and the Test series is at a critical stage.

A day which will live in infamy 
Australia won the first Test and South Africa won the second. Now, in the third, South Africa enjoys a 56-run lead on the first innings and at lunch, they have lost one wicket in accumulating 65 precious runs. So, with a lead of 121 runs and with nine second-innings wickets in hand, South Africa will resume shortly and look to block, cover drive, leave and square cut themselves into a position of comfort.

Cameron Bancroft of Australia talks to the umpire on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

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An Older Mad Hatter Moment in Aussie Cricket -Mike Atherton in 2017

October 31, 2018

Michael Atherton, in The Australian, 20 November 2017, where the chosen title is I’ve never seen a circus like this in 30 years of Ashes cricket

At one stage, it would not have been a surprise to see the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit or the March Hare on stage. In nearly three decades of involvement in Ashes cricket, I cannot recall witnessing a more bizarre post-match circus than that which presented itself after the conclusion of the Gabba Test.

Cameron Bancroft, left, and Steve Smith following Australia’s Ashes Test win at the Gabba. Picture: AAP.

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