Renegades stop the Thunder in its tracks

Jacques Kallis is bowled for a duck by James Pattinson (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Jacques Kallis is bowled for a duck by James Pattinson (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Returning to Etihad Stadium proved highly fruitful for the Melbourne Renegades, who had lost their first two matches in Sydney and Perth respectively.

A comfortable eight wicket win against the Sydney Thunder on Tuesday night at the Docklands gave the red army its first victory for BBL|04.  Having lost the toss and being asked to bowl by the Thunder, the Renegades looked hungry in the field, and with the ball. Continue reading

Cricket: Big Bash League: Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder Preview

Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers banner (Australia Free TV)

Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers banner (Australia Free TV)

Now titled the “Sydney Smash”, Saturday’s game between the two rivals gets an extra boost, with both Steve Smith (Sydney Sixers) and David Warner (Sydney Thunder) released from Australian duties. Continue reading

Cricket: Big Bash League: Season Three: the attraction

BBL 03 teams (photo from icricketbuzz.com)

BBL 03 teams (photo from icricketbuzz.com)

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The Big Bash League (and a full-on summer of cricket) is ready to grab our attention once again.  Seven weeks of action include 32 group stage matches and three finals, from December 20 2013 to February 7 2014.

Reigning champions the Brisbane Heat have compiled another strong squad; the Melbourne Renegades continue to attract fans after a surprise BBL|02, and the Sydney Thunder have recruited batting superstar Mike Hussey. Continue reading

Cricket: Why Glenn Maxwell is the right choice for the future

Glenn Maxwell (source from news.com.au)

Glenn Maxwell (source from news.com.au)

As another gaping hole opens up in Australia‘s batting stocks after Mike Hussey‘s retirement, it has once again brought the selection argument into the limelight.

Victoria‘s Glenn Maxwell was called up to the Australian squad for the New Year test, starting on Thursday at the SCG, with Shane Watson pulling out due to a calf injury.  He has been named 12th man, however. Continue reading

Cricket: Mike Hussey ‘Mr. Cricket’ to retire this Australian summer

Mike Hussey, Boxing Day, 2010 (photo mine)

Mike Hussey, Boxing Day, 2010 (photo mine)

Australian batsman Mike Hussey today announced he would retire at the end of the Australian summer from international cricket.

The 37 year old will be farewelled at the SCG for the 2013 New Year test, and will play the subsequent one-day series before bowing out from the Australian team.

The 78 test veteran (to become 79 in Sydney) told Cricket Australia that he wanted to spend more time with his family, stating that this was the primary trigger for his retirement. Continue reading

Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka: Boxing Day Test Preview

MCG Panorama

Overview:

Momentum looks to be with the Australians heading to the MCG and the 2012 Boxing Day Test, after the Aussies found some spark to rout Sri Lanka on the final day in Hobart.

Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc, who both bowled more than 50 overs each in Hobart, were the catalysts for the turnaround in the final innings after Sri Lanka began to settle in.  Nathan Lyon, despite match figures of 2/133, bowled some superb tight lines to keep the Sri Lankans under pressure. Continue reading

Cricket: How much longer: Ponting and Hussey

With another Australian cricket summer fast approaching (with series against South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies) it comes as no surprise that there will be questions over the squads picked.  With the first test against the Proteas at the Gabba on November 9th, the selectors will need to think long and hard as to whom makes the cut. Continue reading