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

Women’s Sport: The inequality just won’t stop

Club women's cricket, Melbourne (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Club women’s cricket, Melbourne (photo: Davis Harrigan)

(opinion rant)

The gap between perception of men’s and women’s sport is becoming both alarming and appalling.  In addition, the coverage of women’s games and events, while better, continues to languish behind the men.  This must change.

I’ll start with the Women’s Cricket.  Two one day internationals for the Women’s Ashes series were recently held at the MCG, and patrons were admitted for free. Continue reading

Cricket: Women’s Ashes: Australia wants to bring the urn home

The victorious 2013 England women's team (Google Images)

The victorious 2013 England women’s team (Google Images)

Cricket: Women’s Ashes: Australia wants to bring the urn home

If you want powerhouse teams in world cricket, Australia and England are two of them.  Experience, youth, leadership and talent all account for what will be a quality series.

Welcome to the next instalment of the Women’s Ashes.  Rather than play five test matches for a trophy, the squads play one test, three one day internationals and three Twenty20s based on a points system, which works like so: Continue reading

Cricket: The Ashes: Is it me, or did The Cricket Show go to a new low?

Meg Lanning playing for Box Hill & Ellyse Perry for Australia (left photo mine)

Meg Lanning playing for Box Hill & Ellyse Perry for Australia (left photo mine)

On Day 4 of the Boxing Day test, high profile Southern Stars cricketers (the Australian women’s team) were guests on The Cricket Show, Channel 9’s lunch break segment.  The two players were opening batsman and vice-captain Meg Lanning, and dual international Ellyse Perry.

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