It might only be just a small part of sport, yet, in my opinion, may well be the most important part. I’m talking about sportsmanship: teammates encouraging each other, enthusiasm on the field of play, and being positive to those that surround them.
Having played competitively since the age of 11, I can speak for a lot of people in saying a positive vibe during play is essential. Chatter on the field, giving others a pat on the back, a small gesture of appreciation goes a long way to cementing an equal and fair playing arena, and a sense of camaraderie. Continue reading Generic: Sportsmanship vital for every single level→
It’s been a topic of discussion for several years now. The cricket calendar is filled with test matches, one-dayers and Twenty20 matches almost all of the year. Players are becoming more fatigued, have increased susceptibility to injuries, and are spending less time with family.
The addition of tournaments such as the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Twenty20 World Cup have been squeezed into schedules that scream alarmingly busy. So the question now stands: what is the go for the future?
There are certainly possibilities to resolve the issue. The International Cricket Council (ICC) could set rules that limit national teams to a certain number of matches per year. Teams and players are racing between countries to get to the next series and begin another routine of training and matches. Continue reading Cricket: Scheduling: Who is it hurting?→
The Australian domestic cricket season has been in full swing since mid-September, and there’s been plenty of action between the states.
New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia have all registered wins in the one-day format, while Queensland must wait until November 14th to have another crack at victory.
Australia has had some classy players during its last decade of cricket. Batters, bowlers, fielders, wicket keepers: the country and the world has seen them all.
Since Ricky Ponting stood down as test and one day captain, the Australian team has had a makeover. And so far, it’s going well. Even with the somewhat constant changing and rotation of players, we’ve unearthed some amazing talent. But we’ve also retained a fantastic bunch of veterans and experienced players.
It was a no frills game for the Sydney Sixers in the Champions League yesterday in South Africa, the reigning KFC T20 BBL champions slaughtering Yorkshire by 8 wickets in Durban with an awesome display of line and length bowling, followed up by some brutal batting. The Sixers won with 11 overs to spare, chasing a paltry total of just 97 for victory. Continue reading Cricket: Sixers give Yorkshire Champions League hiding→
The Australian cricket international summer series of tests, one-dayers and Twenty20 matches is hammering on our doors once again, and this time the Aussies will be facing South Africa and Sri Lanka.
While the Proteas and Australia are ahead of Sri Lanka in the ICC World ratings, neither team will be pushovers. Sri Lanka proved that they can take it to the end, collapsing in the ICC World Twenty20 against the West Indies in the final. South Africa boast the likes of Jacques Kallis, AB De Villiers, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn.
With the first test set to begin on November 9th, here’s a look at what the Aussie crowds can expect from what looks to be a top-notch summer:
Australia’s ICC World Twenty20 Tournament came to a close on Friday night on the back of a large 74-run loss to the West Indies. Chris Gayle led the charge and helped the Windies post 205. Australia never looked like threatening them, aside from a knock of 63 from captain George Bailey.
After scintillating and crushing form in their first four games, the Aussies seemed to “tone” things down against Pakistan, scraping through to the semi-finals on net run rate. Against the West Indies, the firepower of Gayle was the key in setting up a monstrous victory.
Having come into the tournament ranked 9th, the Aussies looked the goods until their Super 8 match against Pakistan, where the question was raised: ‘what do Australia care about?’ after their appalling loss to Pakistan.
It will also serve as a reasonable base coming into the Australian summer, which commences next month.
The first game of Test cricket was played in March 1877, between Australia and England. Charles Bannerman scored the first ever Test century-165 not out-and Australia won that game by 45 runs. (The first international match was played between Canada and the United States in 1844)