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Australia could take an inexperienced attack to the women’s cricket World Cup after naming four uncapped bowlers in an extended 21-player squad.
The Nine Network is being urged by bankers to end its long-time cricket coverage due to estimated $30-40 million yearly losses, placing Cricket Australia under a financial cloud.
Usman Khawaja really has not been that hard done by, regardless of the outcry from hordes of fans. It’s James Faulkner who’s been truly stiffed, first left out of the Champions Trophy and then denied a Cricket Australia contract.
Apologies for talking cricket in a rugby league season where there’s been so many superb games, especially the golden pointers.
Austin Waugh, the son of Aussie legend Steve, is performing promisingly for Australia in the under-19s ODI series against Sri Lanka in Hobart, scoring 40 not out and 60 in the last two matches.
Australia quick James Pattinson’s outstanding red-ball form for Nottinghamshire has continued in what could be his final match with the English county side.
There’s plenty of new opportunities for cricketers in the Indian Premier League, and for Australian captain Steve Smith, he finally got the chance to experience the sinking feeling of dropping his national teammate, David Warner, in the field.
Chris Gayle became the first player to reach 10,000 Twenty20 runs the other day as he spanked his way to 77 for Royal Challengers Bangalore in their 21-run defeat of Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League.
Australia has announced a 15-man squad to make the trip to the United Kingdom for the Champions Trophy starting June 1, including two injured players.
2017 might be remembered as the year that women’s sport has finally broken through.
Shaun Marsh, Jason Behrendorff and Moises Henriques should be selected in Australia’s Champions Trophy ODI squad to head to England next month.
Easter this year marks the official end of the New South Wales cricket season, with men’s and women’s seasons from Australian to grassroots level all complete.
Australian bowler Nathan Lyon says he is not the type to give rival cricketer Virat Kohli the cold shoulder if he spotted him at the local pub.
Former Test fast bowler Stuart Clark says Steve O’Keefe is hurting after he was fined $20,000 for making inappropriate comments while drunk at an awards ceremony.
Pakistan have wrapped up a series victory over the West Indies with a six-wicket win in the final one-day international in Guyana.
Chadd Sayers was named Sheffield Shield player of the season this past week, but he’s still well back in the pecking order for an Ashes berth next summer.
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Steve Smith’s incredible last few seasons have him threatening to displace Greg Chappell and Ricky Ponting as the next best Aussie batsman since Don Bradman.
With the announcement of the Australian squad for the Champions Trophy, there will be plenty of debate on the makeup and mistakes of the 15 men.
With the Ashes a mere seven months away and with loads of cricket to be played between then and now, it seems like the ideal time to engage in that most indulgent and useless of sporting exercises – the combined XI.
There is always something special about meeting your sporting hero.
The many coloured inks of the 18 signatures on the Australian ‘team sheet’ have long dried. The signatories have all passed on but for the youngest member of the side.
This year, as was the case last year, we saw some great performances from young batsmen in the Sheffield Shield.
I’m crackers about Christmas cricket. Last week reports surfaced that Cricket Australia are looking at the prospect of Christmas Eve Big Bash cricket being played in Melbourne – and possibly even Christmas Day Big Bash cricket.
The Australian Test wicketkeepers position is well and truly up for grabs.
The Oval, 2016. Younis Khan is walking down the pitch – not to smash a spinner for six, he has just done that to bring up his double century, so he is actually walking.
Stephen O’Keefe has had a shocker, a real shocker. It is now up to him to get his life together before a successful cricket career comes to an abrupt halt.
So, Steve O’Keefe became heavily intoxicated, made several stupid, tasteless, and inappropriate comments to various guests at an official Cricket NSW function.
He is not the leading run scorer for Pakistan in Test cricket. Not by a mile.
For a cricket tragic, such as myself, April in Australia is a difficult time. The Australian summer has concluded, and we have all but recovered from the tidal wave of cricket, which Channel Nine can make feel like a personal affront that lasts the best part of four months.
India versus Australia, 2017 edition, had to be one of the most exciting Test series in recent memory. We were expecting a 0-4 loss. We could have been 2-0 up. We were lucky we didn’t lose 1-3. It was gripping stuff.
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Some say David Warner should not be picked for Australia’s Test team in sub-continental conditions.
After a hard-fought series against India, Australian cricket takes its annual two-month hiatus for the IPL. International cricket will return in June, with the Champions Trophy taking place in England.