Cricket: Rearguard action not enough to save average Australia

This Chris Rogers short edge shows Australia's situation in a picture (photo: Getty Images)

This Chris Rogers short edge shows Australia‘s situation in a picture (photo: Getty Images)

From ball one Pakistan played the Dubai conditions exactly right.  Many criticised the defensive mindset of the hosts top order batsmen, but it proved to be the ultimate victory as Australia was crushed by 221 runs.

While Mitchell Johnson’s stumping in the second innings – which left Australia reeling at 9/213 – was said to be lineball, there was very little the tourists could do under the onslaught. Continue reading

Cricket: Where has the notion of “select the experienced” gone?

Matthew Hayden in One Day Colours (photo: The Age)

Matthew Hayden in One Day Colours (photo: The Age)

Well, one answer could be nowhere.  The experience still exists, but is forgotten amidst the desire to select the brightest prospects as mere “pups”.

Ten years ago, Australia’s test side was comprised of experience, runs and depth.  Continue reading

Cricket: 10 great Australian cricket moments of the 21st century

QLD Bull Ryan Harris, Feb 2013 (photo mine)

QLD Bull Ryan Harris, Feb 2013 (photo mine)

Cricket is in the blood of all Australians.  It’s our summer sport; we play it in the backyard, at a BBQ, on the street, on a field, anywhere we can find space.

For that matter, we become so engrossed in it, we can’t turn away.

Welcome to a list of 10 moments I have compiled (with the help of some Twitter discussion) of Australian cricket moments of the 21st century.  They are not listed in any particular order. Continue reading

Cricket: Under The Microscope: Brisbane Heat

Brisbane Heat (sourced from Google Images)

Teal coloured clothing will swamp the Gabba starting December, as the Brisbane Heat begin their KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League campaign for 2012/2013.

With Matthew Hayden retired, and the team missing out on BBL|01 finals by a very small margin, the Heat will be seeking redemption as the revamped tournament begins on December 7.

Here’s a look at players who could give us a whole lot of entertainment:

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Cricket: Hayden retires from all forms

Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden today announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.  Hayden, 40, played 103 tests for Australia, which yielded 8,625 runs and 30 centuries with a batting average of above 50. Continue reading