Link: Cricket in the USA

What would be more fun than playing a game of cricket in Central Park? With a growing Indian expatriate community in the USA, there are attempts to revive the great colonial game. A cricket ground has even been built in Florida. The Guardian’s Spin blog casts an eye over developments. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/jun/02/thespin

Headingley, 1930

by Andrew Starkie Every cricket nut for miles around made their way to Leeds for the third Test in the summer of 1930.  Two weeks previously, young Don Bradman had helped level the Ashes series at Lord’s with 254, a ground record, and it seemed all in Yorkshire wanted to see him play.

From Many Wins to the Must Win

By Paddy O’Keeffe The 2009/10 summer of cricket has finished. More than 120 days ago, Jerome Taylor trapped Watson plumb in front for nothing. Taylor would only contribute a further 8 overs to the summer, while Watson made up for lost time by scoring a mountain of runs. Much has changed in the time that [Read more]

Down at the Basin

By Patrick O’Keefe When I was a kid, New Zealand seemed like such an exotic location to be playing cricket. I could get my head around a cricket match being played on the subcontinent. It is hot there. Cricket is played when it is hot. I could follow that logic. I think I grew up [Read more]

The Kiwi stomach punch

By Dan O’Sullivan At the beginning of March Kiwi cricket copped a kick to the teeth. It was swift and painful but hardly a surprise. And no, Scott Styrus was not involved. The pudgy trundler still has his front teeth fully intact as far as I’m aware, assuming he had them in the first place. [Read more]

Cricket: Weighing up the harmless and dangerous aspects of twenty20

I’ve been pretty negative about truncated cricket. It’s surprisingly fun to play, but I can’t say I get much out of watching it, and even less out of thinking about it. Those animated conversations about great games from last year just don’t seem to happen. Even half-watching what’s left of the West Indies trying to [Read more]

Cricket: Winners are grinners, especially against Victoria

When fluid-enhanced social intercourse among this nation’s sporting experts tackles the subject of great sporting rivalries, the punters often fall for the trap of blinkered vision. ‘Poms and Australia at Cricket’. ‘Waddabout  Kiwis and Australia at Rugby’ ‘Naaar, Collingwood and Carlton,’ and on and on and on. Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish and more rubbish.

Book Review: When dreams come true

Book: Golden Boy: Kim Hughes and the bad old days of Australian cricket Writer: Christian Ryan Publisher: Allen and Unwin, Melbourne, 2009 Price: $35 Reviewer: Les Everett WESTERN AUSTRALIA is a big State but it’s a small place. In 1974, when I left Kalgoorlie-Boulder to attend Graylands Teachers’ College, 600 kilometres away in Perth, I [Read more]

Cricket: The Summer of Cricket. Or was it the Season of Watto?

By John Butler Whilst lowering the curtain on the slow death that was the Hobart Test, Exalted Supremo of the Almanac, Paul Daffey, declared it had been a strange summer. Amen to that! The date was 18 January. It seems a very long time ago. As the Australian team returned from an ill-fated Ashes campaign, [Read more]

Club Cricket: What’s that burning sensation?

Not over the Hill – Issue 2 By Andrew Gigacz When I made a decision to return to playing cricket after a gap of more than a dozen years (see Not over the Hill, Issue 1 – The Legend of Chicken Man), I was pretty confident that I’d be able to slip back into the [Read more]

Cricket: Late debut proves memorable

By Paul Daffey When George Georgiou, president of East Coburg Cricket Club, asked me to play a game in the fourths I was chuffed. I’d never played a game of senior competitive cricket. My one game of junior cricket was as a 16-year-old fill-in with St Bernard’s at the Overland Reserve in East Keilor, where [Read more]

FOOTY: Life and times of the bush Bartel

By Paul Daffey Terry Bartel was still 15 when he announced himself to North East Victoria as a serious sporting talent. A slip of a kid with deceptive strength through his shoulders, he opened the batting for the Beechworth senior team and plundered 227 to break the Ovens and King Cricket Association record. In a [Read more]

Cricket: Gayle receives ultimate gift after Canberra clinic

Chris Gayle issued an invitation to the kids of Canberra to turn up at Manuka Oval at 4pm on Wednesday for a hit and bowl ahead of the Prime Minister’s X1 match, which starts on Thursday. I happen to be in the area so I go along and have a look. Boys with monstrous cricket [Read more]

Link: Times are strange when Dougie butts out

Holy smoke! Doug Walters has given up the durries! The Guardian gets over its shock to explore the link between cricket and cigarettes. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2010/feb/02/the-spin-cricket-smoking

Bat to the Future (or Here One-Day, Gone the Next)

by Andrew Gigacz Cricket’s big issue of 2010 is the future of the one-day international. Whatever your preferred medium of cricket coverage, chances are the undercurrent flowing beneath it will be the debate about how the Twenty20 form of the game will shape the landscape of the sport over the next decade or two. And [Read more]

Cricket: Yeah, but is it cricket?

By Darren Dawson The movable feast that is the “20twenty Big Bash” is all but over for another season, and I am now feeling a little bloated from the viewing. However, a number of questions remain unanswered, and to me, chief among those queries: “Is it really cricket?” As a traditionalist, I have been a [Read more]

Third Test, Day 5: Predictable end to a strange Summer

By Paul Daffey The final Test of the Australia-Pakistan series ended predictably enough, with Danish Kaneira chopping Peter Siddle on to his stumps to give Australia victory by a handsome margin and a 3-0 series whitewash. But while Australia did take six wickets to seal the match, it was only after a measure of resistance [Read more]

Pakistan proceed quietly to a Hobart demise

Not even the most determined spin doctor would have succeeded in whipping up much anticipation prior to the start of this day’s play. In a manner that’s become depressingly predictable, Pakistan had ended Day 2 in comic opera disarray, with selfishly negligent running from Salman Butt seeing off his side’s two most dangerous batsmen. At [Read more]

Third Test, Day 2: Ponting a chance for the Camira?

by John Harms We are on the Newell Highway. At last. Just south of Goondiwindi. Stumps have just been drawn at Bellrive; a couple of disastrous run outs ruining the Pakistanis day . The Handicapper has taken the wheel. The kids have been very good, sleeping from Michael Clarke’s dismissal, all the way to Pakistan [Read more]

Cricket: Commentary contributes to soundtrack of holiday bliss

By Damian O’Donnell Picture this: You’re sitting on the banks of the Murray at Yarrawonga just down river a bit from Bundalong. You are shaded by a large leafy willow tree that has seemingly been there since whales walked on land. An ice cold beer is sitting on the arm of the chair, kept ice [Read more]