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Wise words from aging newspaperman Maxwell Scott to senator Ransom Stoddart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The advice came galloping to mind when I read that Rod Marsh denied his role in a famous sledge; you know, one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Celebrating all things Mankad: “If they don’t want us to Mankad, why is it in the rules then? We saw in the under-19 World Cup that West Indies Mankaded, and went on to win the cup. It is not us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Another Test. Another greentop. Another toss won. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at AGB Cricket
The top is green, the undies brown, the toss critical. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Simon Barnes: I've also resented the treatment of the great Muttiah Muralitharan. Even after his action was cleared by scientific measurement, there were still plenty of people who knew better. They knew nothing of the science of the thing, of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Not sure how this fits in to the overall scheme of things vis-a-vis the Dean Jones - Tony Tea big bats brouhaha, but: Jones is a director of the company that makes Gayle’s bats and told his colleagues they needed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Last time Australia played an ODI in New Zealand (the World Cup match at Eden Park) everyone thought road and runs, then the ball started moving. Given recent matches, though, and the hefty scores made by Australia, India, New Zealand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Guess who? "We all know the batsmen of today have better bats" That's right, Dean Jones, who is still trying to make it up to me. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Ross Emerson: “Do I regret calling Murali, no,” he told The Weekend Australian. “I regret what happened to me, but I don’t regret calling him.” “Why not (call him) for chucking, it’s one part of 42 laws. What if I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Talk it down all you like, but... but... but I suppose I should just refer to this. Update! Errrrr... this Indian series is not a tri-series. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Way back in the original Summer of Kidding Ourselves 2009/10 (incidentally, the same summer Melbourne were kidding themselves recruiting Scully, Trengove, Gysberts and Tapscott) Australia smashed an underdone Windies at the Gabba, held on for a draw against an improved... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at AGB Cricket
How long until T20 is the main game? Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at AGB Cricket
Sorry, Windies, it looks like the rain is clearing. Mind you, if Australia bat first in swing-friendly conditions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at AGB Cricket
Dean Jones on why teams lose Tests away from home: The major mitigating factors to teams failing overseas are the doctoring of home pitches, a lack of talent, lack of preparation and the ICC purge of spinners with questionable actions.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at AGB Cricket
With a return to day-day Tests, what will the commentators rave on about? Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at AGB Cricket
So you thought Adelaide had rarely hosted a Third Test. Idiot. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at AGB Cricket
They still play Tests at the WACA? I trust the nets are up to keep the savages off the oval. (Or to keep the commentators from raving on about the pace of the WACA pitch.) Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at AGB Cricket
Our Phil Hughes. Their Kane Williamson: "Is New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson better than Don Bradman?" Malcolm Knox injects perspective. (Malcolm's "degree-of-difficulty loading" is also a reminder that perspective needs to be maintained when a batsman makes a big score.) Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at AGB Cricket
Bill Collins of film fame once said that you must keep watching films to keep in practice. The same applies to blogging: you've got to keep up the momentum. I've lost momentum. 95% of the way through a post on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at AGB Cricket
The rubber is dead, but a 3-2 scoreline will flatter England. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at AGB Cricket
So. Many. Layers. "In hindsight, it was the wrong decision to bat first in the third Test at Edgbaston." ~~ Ricky Ponting Yes. That Ricky Ponting. The Ricky Ponting who won the toss and wrongly bowled at Edgbaston in 2005,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at AGB Cricket
Nottingham is the "lace" capital of England, hence Paper Lace. Not sure if Nottingham is also the "paper" capital. Or if Nottingham is the "paper and lace" capital. Or even if Nottingham is the "paper lace" capital, as opposed to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at AGB Cricket
I trust no Aussies have claimed the momentum. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at AGB Cricket
Back to basics, please. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at AGB Cricket
Given Brad Haddin's "unexpected" dropped catch off Joe Root and that "Hadds usually takes more than he drops" and that Josh Hazlewood doesn't think Australia is "used to dropping catches at the moment," how about we keep track of Australia's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at AGB Cricket