Cricket: Ryan Harris and Meg Lanning in the commentary box: fresh voices a welcome change

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Meg Lanning at the Albert Ground (photo: Davis Harrigan)

No longer will the Channel Nine commentary box be an exclusive “boys club” this summer; at least, not for part of the season anyway.

Meg Lanning, Southern Stars and Victoria Spirit captain, might be 22, but she’s made so many inroads on the field that her recognition has skyrocketed.  Continue reading

Cricket: The Ashes: Emphasis on a whitewash

Steve Smith & Australia will look to continue their good form on Boxing Day (ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

Steve Smith & Australia will look to continue their good form on Boxing Day (ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

The message has been simple, if not roundabout: Australia needs to keep the foot on the gas until the end of the Sydney test.

With the fourth Ashes test starting tomorrow at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), England faces – metaphorically – a do or die battle to regain some pride.  Continue reading

Cricket: Five things we learnt from the Ashes

Ian Bell hits one away at The Oval (photo: ESPN Cricinfo)

Ian Bell hits one away at The Oval (photo: ESPN Cricinfo)

What we saw across the months of July and August was highly thrilling cricket, yet laced with controversy.

The Ashes provided the ground, TV and radio audiences with some super displays of batting and bowling, along with some very dubious decisions and skill errors. 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: Australian Cricket 2012-2013: team in focus: XXXX Gold Queensland Bulls

2011-2012 Season

Ryobi One-Day Cup: 4th

Bupa Sheffield Shield: 1st

Everything points to another good season for the Bulls.  Finishing top three in the Sheffield Shield every season since 2008-2009, and winning the trophy last season, Queensland has some of the most talented cricketers in the country.   Continue reading