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The end of the Ponting era?

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

So Australia’s dominant World Cup Era is over, and we’ve been shafted from the tournament in the quarter-finals by hosts and favourites India. But what does this really mean for Australian cricket? Is this the final nail in the coffin for this dominant group? If not, should it be? And most importantly, where does this leave skipper Ricky Ponting, who’s fighting hundred gave the side a chance? Is this his end…… Read more…

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Australia name World Cup squad

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Australian selectors have named their final 15 man squad for the World Cup on the sub-continent. Injured skipper Ricky Ponting returns, with Xavier Doherty and Peter Siddle left out from the squad which overcame England at the MCG. Read more…

Will we ever get out of this spin cycle?

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Just under four years ago a guy from St Kilda retired from international cricket. His name was Shane Keith Warne. Four years and ten attempts later, Australia still haven’t found their next great spinner, and from all indications, the hunt will continue for some time. Read more…

Australia look for a taste of the local Beer

December 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Australian selectors have thrown another spanner in the works, selecting unheralded West Australian Michael Beer for the Third Test against England. Beer, who moved to Perth this season after battling away in Melbourne Grade Cricket for years, has played only five first-class matches, with a modest record of 16 wickets at 39.93. Along with this, Beer’s much talked about local knowledge could be limited, having played only three matches at the WACA, and it yet to take more than three wickets in an innings.

Despite one selection shock, the remainder to the changes to the side were quite unsurprising, with Phillip Hughes, Steve Smith, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus called in to replace the injured Simon Katich, and the dropped Xavier Doherty, Marcus North and Doug Bollinger. Read more…

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