A yawning victory for Australia, a pugilistic century for David Warner, Steven Smith not even required to bat? Do not adjust your browsers. ……………….. Australia 2 for 233 (Warner 100*, Finch 64, Maxwell 62) beat Sri Lanka 9 for 99 ( Shanaka 17, Zampa 3-14) by 134 runs
Glenn Maxwell brought out all the shots AFP
Aaron Finch‘s team set down a brutal marker for the start of their 12-month run to next year’s Twenty20 World Cup by swatting Sri Lanka aside with their highest-ever total on home soil and fourth highest overall, as the captain and a promoted Glenn Maxwell provided the perfect complement to Warner’s triumphant return home after a nightmarish tour of England.
Daniel Brettig, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, … http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23408427/story-gideon-haigh-story-packer-affair .. where the title reads“The story behind the story of the Packer affair”
In his acknowledgements for the first edition of The Cricket War, Gideon Haigh admitted that “the person who wrote this book was not easy to like”. While he was talking mainly from the point of view of those who would help him put together this landmark chronicle of the World Series Cricket split, its origins and aftermath, there were many in Australian cricket at the time who chose not to like Haigh, or his book idea, in a manner that was both frustrating for the author and telling about the times in which he embarked on the task.
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.” Continue reading →
Daniel Brettig, in ESPNcricinfo, 27 March 2018 where the title reads “Warner and CA headed for Pietersen-ECB parting”
David Warner and Cricket Australia may be headed the same way as Kevin Pietersen and the ECB, with the vice-captain increasingly isolated as the instigator of the ball-tampering incident that has blown up into a perfect storm.
In reference to the view within the team that Warner had hatched the idea and delegated it to his opening partnerCameron Bancroft with the captain Steven Smith‘s approval, ESPNcricinfo has been told “the truth is starting to come out”. With the CA Board holding a teleconference with the head of integrity Iain Roy and the chief executive James Sutherland following the former’s hurried investigation, sources close to the board confirmed Warner “is the issue”. Continue reading →
Daniel Brettig, in ESPNcricinfo, 8 November 2016, “Marsh LBW correctly tracked”
Mitchell Marsh’s hotly-debated LBW on the final day of the Perth Test was correctly tracked from its initial point of impact on the allrounder’s front toe, the custodians of EagleEye have confirmed. The decision, which was reversed from Aleem Dar’s initial verdict of not out due to the widening of the zone in which the stumps can be projected to hit by the ICC earlier this year, was openly questioned by a succession of television commentators and also Australia’s captain, Steven Smith, who said it was like Kagiso Rabada was bowling “leg-spin”. The former captain Michael Clarke stated on Channel Nine’s cricket coverage that he was certain the ball was going down the leg side. “I was certain that was missing the stumps,” Clarke said. “When you look at that replay, I thought it was definitely swinging too far and missing the leg stump. “He’ll be really disappointed with that. It has clipped his toe, then clipped his pad, and then got onto the bat. But what I don’t agree with is the line of the delivery once the ball hits him on the toe … I believe the line of that delivery is going down and missing leg stump.”
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 07: Mitch Marsh of Australia looks dejected after being dismissed by Kagiso Rabada of South Africa after a DRS referal during day five of the First Test match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on November 7, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
Brydon Coverdalein ESPNcricinfo, 5 November 2016, where the title is “Players, umpires cleared of fault in Hughes’ death,”
The death of Phillip Hughes was a tragic accident arising from a “minuscule misjudgement” from the batsman and no players or umpires were at fault, according to the New South Wales coroner Michael Barnes. Mr Barnes on Friday released his findings from the coronial inquest into the death of Hughes, who was struck on the neck by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG in November 2014. Although the coroner determined that Hughes had been targeted by bouncers during his innings, he found that no laws of the game had been breached, and Hughes was well-equipped to deal with such bowling.
“Phillip was targeted by short-pitched balls bowled at or over leg stump or middle stump that placed him in greater danger of being struck,” Mr Barnes said. “Of the 23 bouncers bowled on that day, 20 were bowled to him. However, in view of the evidence of the other players, the presiding umpires, and Mr Taufel [former umpire Simon Taufel], that Phillip was, because of his high level of skill and confidence, comfortably dealing with the short-pitched balls, I conclude that no failure to enforce the laws of the game contributed to his death. The death of Continue reading →
Daniel Brettig, in ESPNcricinfo, 14 October 2016, with title “Clarify bouncer laws, Phillip Hughes inquest told”
Definitions of what constitutes “unfair bowling” should be clarified by cricket’s lawmakers, the New South Wales coronial inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes has heard on an emotion-charged final day. Counsel assisting the coroner, Kristina Stern SC, submitted that the inquest should conclude that this was a case of “accidental death”, which was not made more likely by the nature of play on the day of the Sheffield Shield match at the SCG. Hughes was struck in the side of the neck on day one of the match, November 25, 2014, suffering an arterial injury that resulted in his death at St Vincent’s Hospital two days later.
Rex Clementine, in The Island, 19 August 2016, where the title is “Cherishing our finest hour in cricket”
The great game of ours is filled with uncertainties. Steven Smith arrived in Colombo having not lost a Test match in the 11 games he had been in charge as Australian captain. Australia were world’s number one ranked team. Their preparations were meticulous.
By arriving 17 days before the first Test, the tourists wanted to be well prepared for the turning tracks here. They used Sri Lankan experts such as Muttiah Muralitharan and Tilan Samaraweera to stay one step ahead of the opponents.
Sri Lanka meanwhile arrived in the island following their tour of England with their heads down. To sum it up, the England tour was a nightmare. The experts were of the view that it will take a considerable time for Sri Lankans to be competitive in international cricket again. Coach Graham Ford wasn’t sure how he was going to make the turnaround happen. He had toiled tirelessly with little result. But he didn’t lose hope. John Wooden, one of the finest basketball coaches used to say, ‘Don’t complain about not having talented athletes. If you keep working hard, talent will emerge.” Ford seemed to have believed in that mantra for some of the younger players he backed in the series made a huge difference. Continue reading →