Harris the weapon, everyone else playing follow the leader

Preparation is key.  Even more so for Australia’s line-up of pace bowlers as the Ashes series in England draws closer.

Some have already cemented their places with some fine performances over the past six months, Ryan Harris included.  Continue reading

EFL: Pressure and structure key for Bayswater win over Wantirna South

Wantirna South stopped in their tracks by Bayswater (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Wantirna South stopped in their tracks by Bayswater (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Bayswater secured a top four spot against the promoted Wantirna South Devils at home leading into the Queen’s Birthday weekend bye, taking home the four points with a 16.10.106 to 8.6.54 win.

Much of the scoring was thanks to Bayswater’s power forward Wayne McInerney (six majors), but the credit went to the delivery across the ground, with more than 60 tackles laid. Continue reading

CWC 2015: Sri Lanka: Mentally tough, physically awesome

Tilakaratne Dilshan plays away on the off side (picture: AFP)

Tilakaratne Dilshan plays away on the off side (picture: AFP)

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They’ve safely qualified for the quarter-finals.  Only Australia and New Zealand were able to defeat them comfortably; everyone else hasn’t really come close to the high-flying Sri Lankans.

Much of the credit can go to the incredible, well-oiled machine that is Kumar Sangakkara.  Four centuries, an average of 124, and 496 runs during the tournament have made a supreme statement of the class of the 37-year-old that he’s not stopping just yet. Continue reading

CWC 2015: Australia v England – Aussies set to fire at home

Steve Smith in the ODI Tri-Series (photo: Getty Images)

Steve Smith in the ODI Tri-Series (photo: Getty Images)

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ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP: AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND

(Prediction: Australia. Both teams have talent, but Australia is putting it together with consistent performances)

AUSTRALIA

A home ground advantage in sport usually equates to visiting opponents being clinically beaten.

The way the Australians have prepared for the World Cup is ideal.  Back atop the ODI rankings, and a very convincing tri-series against England and India means their opponents need to watch out. Continue reading

DRS is here, India; don’t complain to anyone

Umpire refers upstairs for the DRS (photo: Google Images)

Umpire refers upstairs for the DRS (photo: Google Images)

Such is the controversy over cricket’s Decision Review System (DRS), the Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) has completely banned it from any series involving their national side.

Just how much longer remains a big question, however, with the Cricket World Cup literally on our front doorstep.  Continue reading

Scorpions sting reaches semi-finals of the WNCL

Skipper Lauren Ebsary hits down the ground v ACT (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Skipper Lauren Ebsary hits down the ground v ACT (photo: Davis Harrigan)

South Australian Scorpions captain Lauren Ebsary has taken her troops to a semi-final against the Queensland Fire on Friday, January 23, but it hasn’t always been an easy task, says the skipper.

South Australia’s last crack at the WNCL finals came in 2008-2009, where they were runners up to New South Wales in a washout game.  The team, the mentality, and the performances have improved out of sight since then. Continue reading

You cannot switch out new for old; cricket is no different

Steven Smith celebrates a century against India (photo: Getty Images)

Steven Smith celebrates a century against India (photo: Getty Images)

After his first test in charge of the Australian test cricket team, Steven Smith showed poise, humour, tenacity, grit, and positivity.

Michael Clarke watched on from his home in Sydney, live tweeting his thoughts about the game.  The crowd and audience were glued to the action in earnest and suspense; more so after India were able to post a competitive total with the bat. Continue reading

Brisbane: India tries and misses; Australia triumphs amidst last innings wobble

Says it all: Mitchell's Marsh and Johnson celebrate a win, as India look away (photo: Getty Images)

Says it all: Mitchell’s Marsh and Johnson celebrate a win, as India look away (photo: Getty Images)

Thank you, India.

You have come to Australia with a desire to be competitive; yet, in the thick of things, that has proven to be a bit of a shaky statement.

Australia sealed victory in the second test at Brisbane on Saturday by four wickets, mainly thanks to Chris Rogers (55) in the second innings.  It was, however, somewhat overshadowed by the fact the hosts were a fair way behind at the end of day two, which set the match up for a very intense finale. Continue reading

Magical Adelaide: Warner, Kohli, Lyon, and an inspired win

Nathan Lyon celebrates the winning moment in Adelaide (photo: Getty Images)

Nathan Lyon celebrates the winning moment in Adelaide (photo: Getty Images)

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Ecstatic scenes at the Adelaide Oval on day five of a test match that twisted, turned, surprised, and ultimately thrilled, encapsulated the perfect send off for Phillip Hughes by the Australian team.

David Warner was electrifying. Nathan Lyon was the spin king. Michael Clarke was falling apart and still put on a majestic performance. Virat Kohli decided defence was a bad idea.  India almost won the test. Continue reading

Cricket: Australia v India: David Warner steals Day One show

David Warner holds his helmet high dedicated to Phil Hughes as he celebrates a century (photo: Getty Images)

David Warner holds his helmet high dedicated to Phil Hughes as he celebrates a century (photo: Getty Images)

A sunny and dry Adelaide greeted Australia and India, on what was a heartfelt but heavy day for cricket.  Tributes to Phil Hughes flowed pre-game, as Australian skipper Michael Clarke won the toss and confidently chose to bat.

His decision was ultimately justified by the powerful David Warner, who decided to put Indian fast bowler Varun Aaron to the boundary three times in his opening over.  His very first delivery was smashed with precision timing to the cover ropes. Continue reading