Tim de Lisle – former editor at Wisden – penned a touching tribute to Richie Benaud in The Economist’s ‘Intelligent Life’.
A gentle reflection about the day a 10 year old Wayne Ball made it into the Channel 9 commentary box at the SCG, and met his heroes. The time and generousity that Richie Benaud offered was the mark of the man.
True heroes like Pele, Senna and Gough need only one name. Most remember the commentary doyen, but Peter Baulderstone reflects on Richie the cricketer and the power of imagination.
Richie Benaud was Colin Ritchie’s hero as a boy, then something earth-shattering occurred.
[This piece was first published in 2012 – it is timely we reprise it. Vale Richie. – Ed]
It’s funny how you bump into people. On this sad day for Australians, leave your memory of the grand commentator. Vale Richie Benaud.
Rob Bath argues that cricket is now totally a batsman’s game, with everything stacked in the favour of those wielding the willow. Nobody can bowl….
Much has been said about the appearance of a lack of grace or class within the current Australian Cricket team. Pat White, from Cricket Froth brings a new angle to the discussion. [And pictures that add a new dimension to the discussion. – Ed]
Luke Reynolds realised a long-held dream of being at an ICC World Cup final. The day – in almost every regard – didn’t disappoint.
And so the long summer of cricket is over. Yvette Wroby takes a compassionate and learned look back on key moments and major players.
Lou reflects on the ANZAC coincidence in the World Cup final.
2015 ICC World Cup – Final: For Love of Underdogs and the Australian Way (and Blog – add your comments)
Matt Zurbo argues the case that, if you’re really in touch with what it means to be Australian, then you’ll be barracking for New Zealand today.
What do you reckon? Add your pre-game comments. And join in the conversation during the game.
Sean Curtain respects – but doesn’t like – the way the Australian cricket team go about their work on the field. Moreso after moments in Thursday evening’s Australia v India ICC World Cup semi-final.
The final of the ICC 2015 World Cup looms large. If the usual trans-Tasman rivalry wasn’t enough to heat this one up, there’s also four years (and countless Bledisloe Cup meets) worth of bragging rights at stake. In the words of Tom Greenaway; “New Zealand could be the holders of both the Rugby and Cricket World Cups simultaneously.” Share your words with us, all are welcome.
Matt Watson is in chilly Melbourne for the World Cup Final. Here he considers the tournaments impact in Australia, meets Warnie, and considers his relationship with some of the teams – especially New Zealand.
Ahead of the World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia, here’s Keiran Deck’s wrap of Thursday evening’s semi-final win for the Aussies over India.
The FIFA World Cup generated huge interest in the States, the ICC World Cup barely a blip.
In this piece from Bruce Berglund’s The Allrounder, three Americans discuss being passionate about cricket in the US:
Straight and to the point: Raj Singh analyses ‘where-it-all-went-wrong’ for the Indian team after Thursday night’s semi final loss to Australia in the ICC World Cup. Not quite George Best being delivered room service while laying on a bed covered in £20,000 in cash and Miss Universe naked beside him, but we get where Raj is going with this…
“Think of it this way- New Zealand could be the holders of both the Rugby and Cricket World Cups simultaneously…” and other food-for-thought from Tom Greenaway on the formatting of the ICC’s showcase tournament (ping: denouement usage. – Ed)
Cricket, emotion and rain in the darkest hours. And some thoughts on the nature of cricket commentary.
Wayne Ball likes what he saw of the Australians at the SCG last night. Bring on the Kiwis. The MCG certainly isn’t Eden Park