He wanted his fifty. I knew it. They knew it too.
The underestimation of Justin Langer
In the midst of a successful Ashes series, Cricket Australia have pseudo sacked Justin Langer. Whilst quietly backgrounding the media, they (un)decided to offer him a six month contract extension. An act that was neither supportive nor fully negative. Which in my opinion demonstrates that they’ve underestimated Justin Langer. (Full disclosure: I’m writing about a…
The Other Game of Leadership
Much like two million viewers, I didn’t move until it was all over. No it wasn’t Nadal nor Barty in the tennis. Nor Nick and Theo either. What stopped my pulse was the last-gasp heart-stopping draw in the women’s Ashes cricket Test. And despite the non-result, I saw an incredible example of leadership. In a…
Again. I drew my hand close, splayed my fingers wide and pressed down hard. On my shoulder. I pivoted and turned left, facing the scorers. “Short run, ” I intoned, making sure my voice carried off field.
Bang! Crash! Wallop! The Real Game Of Cricket.
Bang! Crash! Wallop! Throbbing music and flashing lights. People stomping, clapping and shouting.
The Longest Match
I saw white. I’m supposed to see stars. Not me! Not now! White light, sound and impact merged into a wall of noise and pain. I didn’t feel myself fall. No, I feel myself float. I saw myself glide to safety. And there in the calm and silence I slept. I then woke up and…
Fire In Babylon : Attitude is Everything
Fire in Babylon is the best cricket documentary ever! And now the book is out too! I was lucky enough to see it at the Melbourne International Film Festival a few years ago. The documentary traced the rise and dominance of the West Indian cricket team from the mid 1970s. That dominance was due to a never-ending…
Michael Clarke : Three Moments
Michael Clarke is about to play his last cricket Test. Sadly, he will leave the game as an Ashes losing Test captain regardless of the result. For many people that will be his legacy. For some, this is the time to criticise and to bring up the past. But not for me. Here are the three…
Go for the Zac : Goodbye Phillip Hughes
Cricket is at times a lonely and solitary game. At least I thought so. You bat by yourself. You bowl by yourself. You stand in the field waiting for a catch, then run after the ball and throw it back. By yourself. Waiting for a catch or the chance to run after the ball can…
The Hidden Game Of Cricket (Thoughts On Phillip Hughes)
The terrible injury to Phillip Hughes gives some small insight to the hidden game of cricket. Cricket is seen so often seen as played in a village green. Players just seem to be standing around suspended in a state of ennui. Then the spell is broken. The quiet tap of bat and ball followed by quiet…
Australian Institute of Sledging?
As a cricket lover I’m following the current Test series. My hope is that one more Aussie win will return the Ashes to us. Yet cricket is not a predictable game. And it can be overshadowed by outside issues. Such as sledging. Sledging is sustained verbal banter (truthfully outright verbal abuse) designed to…