Peter Handscomb tees off on his way to 103 at the MCG (photo: Davis Harrigan)
The 33,580 fans that flocked to the MCG on Wednesday night went to see a Stars win – but they got a lesson in “bird handling” as well.
As the Stars – with much of the thanks to Peter Handscomb, who scored a career-defining and magnificent, unbeaten 103 – powered to a three wicket win after an early struggle, the entertainment, for a time, was front and centre on a seagull.
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Usman Khawaja, for the Sydney Thunder, 8 Jan 2013 (photo mine)
The bright colours will be gone next week from the
Australian state scene, with domestic one-day cricket and first-class competitions kicking off after the furious Big Bash League.
Even with the quality of
cricket on show for the better part of six weeks, it will be a welcome switch for a lot of the traditional cricket fans out there. State cricket is by no means dwindling, and seriously needs to be the platform from where the next generation of cricketers are selected.
Now, I have nothing against the Big Bash; it’s fun, allows a whole heap of players to get a taste of top level cricket, and can draw some big crowds and new faces.
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