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Gabba a fitting venue for Nathan Lyon’s 100th Test milestone | Adam Collins

The quiet offspinner has found his voice but Lyon knows his actions with ball in hand will talk loudestNathan Lyon has never been the type let his guard down when a microphone is in front of him. Sure, he was always unlikely to be the most verbose of c…

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Australia will watch anxiously if Will Pucovski makes Test debut against India | Adam Collins

Justin Langer is upbeat but the fact two neurologists were consulted to pass the concussion-prone batting prodigy fit is cause for concernUnresolved as they are, the internal grumbles and logistical queries surrounding this Sydney Test have ceased. Com…

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The Spin | End-of-year cricket awards for a shambolic 2020

From the superb Stuart Broad and Monty Panesar to the less celebrated Boris Johnson and Cricket South AfricaSpending a fortnight locked in a quarantine hotel with a 10-month-old, as I learned in Perth this month, can inspire any number of strange decis…

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Australia v India: second T20 international – live!

Updates from the second Twenty20 match at the SCGAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 8.42am GMT 6th over: Australia 59-1 (Wade 47, Smith 0) Thakur drops his slower ball short at Wade to begin the final over of the power play and the left-hander d…

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South Africa v England: first men’s Twenty20 international – live!

Over-by-over updates from Newlands, start at 4pm GMTEngland will use series to tackle starting XI questionsGet in touch! Email Adam or tweet @collinsadam 4.09pm GMT Bavuma tries to ramp the final ball of the first over but only succeeds in getting a li…

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Australia v New Zealand: third women’s Twenty20 international – live!

Updates from the final match of the series in BrisbaneAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 5.43am BST 13th over: Australia 78-4 (Gardner 24, Molineux 6) Molineux slaps with authority through cover – nice shot to start the new Devine over. But the …

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What led me to buy the gigantic blue Batmobile from the 1991 AFL grand final | Adam Collins

It might end up being more trouble than it is worth but to footy fans the $25,300 outlay needs no explanationWhat? Why? To the uninitiated, these were the perfectly natural questions asked when it became apparent that I was going to assemble a group of…

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Australia beat New Zealand in second women’s T20 – as it happened

Hosts wrap up series win with eight-wicket win in BrisbaneSophie Molineux takes 2-17 to claim player of the match 7.41am BST Sophie Molineux is player of the match for her 2/17. “Sophie Devine is a world class player so we knew it was a pretty importan…

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Australia beat New Zealand in second women’s T20 – as it happened

Hosts wrap up series win with eight-wicket win in BrisbaneSophie Molineux takes 2-17 to claim player of the match 7.41am BST Sophie Molineux is player of the match for her 2/17. “Sophie Devine is a world class player so we knew it was a pretty importan…

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Australia beat New Zealand in first women’s T20 international – as it happened

World champions win by 17 runs at Allan Border FieldAsh Gardner named player of the match for her 61 8.00am BST Sophie Devine is talking. She laments her side letting it slip with the ball, and ultimately letting the chase get away from them with the b…

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England v West Indies: first women’s T20 international – live!

Over-by-over coverage of the action taking place in DerbySaving Bradman’s wicket: do we need to keep every relic?Any comments? Email Adam or tweet @collinsadam 6.58pm BST Knight edges the change of pace! Selman has been around long enough to know when …

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Australia’s evolution under Justin Langer continues as painful memories surface | Adam Collins

The disastrous post-sandpaper scandal tour to England of 2018 serves as a useful reference point for the progress made by this teamAs far as meaningless white-ball series are concerned, Australia’s 2018 trip to England lives long in the memory. The fir…

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England v Pakistan: first Twenty20 – live!

Over-by-over updates from Old Trafford, 6pm BST startPope out for four months with dislocated shoulderOne-off women’s tournament brings new opportunitiesGet in touch with Adam on email or tweet him 6.37pm BST 7th over: England 40-1 (Banton 20, Malan 16…

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The Spin | Internet friends took me from New York to the great Ashes series of 2005

Attending the first day at Lord’s 15 years ago was all thanks to a new form of communication“We’re gonna have a bat,” Ricky Ponting says. After months of crazed anticipation, it’s on. Justin Langer clocked second ball, Matthew Hayden moments later, the…

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More than the average bear: Peter Handscomb’s meditative approach to cricket and life

Despite multiple setbacks, Peter Handscomb continues to have faith in his abilityAs Peter Handscomb made his Test debut in 2016, Chris Rogers told a story about his former teammate on radio. Five years earlier, the pair were batting together in a produ…

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The Spin | Suwanji Madanayake, the spinner who wants to play into his 50s

The Sri Lankan cricketer started in 1991 and wants to play on for a few more years, saying clubs ‘need my experience’The scorecard wormhole starts innocently enough. You are are daydreaming of a match, pull it up and spot a player you didn’t realise wa…

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Australia-only cricket series would turn disaster into something bold | Adam Collins

If Covid-19 prevents international play this summer a series between Australia and the A team has the potential to provide pulsating sportThe final question we pondered when wrapping up The Greatest Season That Was podcast series by looking back at the…

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The Spin | When John Walker ran the forgotten mile at 1977’s Centenary Test

Everyone remembers the cricket but few recall the day John Walker took to the track in MelbourneIt started with a tweet. On 4 March 2018, reacting to the news that barrier-busting miler Roger Bannister had died, Mike Selvey – the long-term lord of this…

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A return to suburban grounds would offer a chance to reawaken the AFL’s soul | Adam Collins

Playing at a former cathedral like Princes Park would restore the sense that footy belongs to the suburbs as well as the city“The whole of consumerism is based on us wanting the next thing rather than the present thing we already have,” Matt Haig lamen…

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Hawthorn v Geelong: VFL grand final 1989 – retro liveblog

A retrospective account of the classic match at the MCGEvery goal as it happened over 30 years ago 3.18am GMT Q1. 14:45 gone: Hawthorn 4.2 (26) v Geelong 1.0 (6) Brilliant hands from Dipper to Whitman, who is the linkman again to Platten this time, the…