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Australia World Cup guide: gameplan, key player and prediction

Rejuvenated under Justin Langer, the champions are suddenly contenders again but must find a way to integrate Steve Smith and David Warner back into a winning sideA few months ago, we were talking up the prospect of Afghanistan spinning out Australia o…

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A year on from Cape Town: how far has Australian cricket come since the ball tampering scandal? | Geoff Lemon

Steve Smith and David Warner are free to return to a dressing room now fully aware of their ‘behaviours’ and ‘team values’ With one turning page, the calendar ticks neatly into place. It’s now one year since Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancro…

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Rejuvenated Australia head to Dubai with spring in their step | Geoff Lemon

The dilemma now for national selectors is where to fit in Steve Smith and David WarnerEven on the face of it, it’s a hell of a turnaround. In the early hours of Thursday morning, Australia became the fifth team in history to come back from a 2-0 defici…

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Bloated, jumbled and too long: where now for the Big Bash? | Geoff Lemon

Audience weariness set in after after the expanded competition failed to deliver this seasonAs the Renegades beat the Stars in the Big Bash final on Sunday, there was a general sense of “at last”. Less that a Melbourne team had broken the city’s title …

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Australia hit more stormy weather as Indian spinners take control

Marcus Harris top scores with 79 as hosts reduced to 236-6Weather offers respite after another batting failure All day it felt like the storm was closing in. A clear morning gave way to violent buffets of wind. The flags over the Members Pavilion stood…

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Cheteshwar Pujara stands tall to earn Australia’s grudging respect | Geoff Lemon

The India batsman has three hundreds in four Tests this summer – Australia are beginning to appreciate his rare talentsRespect is often described as grudging, and it doesn’t get more grudging than from Australians for Cheteshwar Pujara. Yet as this Aus…

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India’s magic Melbourne moment – but Sydney Test matters more

Retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is sweet, but becoming the first Indian side to win a Test series in Australia drives KohliYou can’t spell ‘magic’ without MCG. I’m not sure that’s significant in any way, but it’s nice. In some ways, India’s Test w…

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Cummins strikes, but Australia’s bowlers are at breaking point

The workload of Pat Cummins and the rest of the Australian bowlers is not being helped by batsmen who are not currently doing their jobsAs Australia’s Test team has struggled in the past year, the focus has been on batting. The three players suspended …

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Flashpoints of 2018: sandpaper fiasco forces Australia to atone

Ball-tampering in Cape Town led to sacking of captain Steve Smith and two other players and a softening of macho cultureTo some, scratching a cricket ball would be innocuous rather than infamous. But when the Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft did it …

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Australia v India: third Twenty20 international – live!

Updates from the match at the SCGAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 10.34am GMT 9th over: India 81-2 (Kohli 6, Rahul 8) What? Adam Zampa has been taken off? That makes no sense to this correspondent. Will be interesting to hear what Finch ha…

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Australia v India: first Twenty20 international – live!

Updates from the series opener at the GabbaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 11.28am GMT 13th over: India 114-4 (Pant 5, Karthik 3) A couple of dots from Zampa really ramp up the pressure. Pant heaves into the deep but sees his shot saved b…

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India v Australia: Women’s World Twenty20 – live!

Updates from the final Group B game in GuyanaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 12.52pm GMT Australia versus India, the last of the pool matches for both these sides. They’ve each already qualified from Group B for the semi-finals, but there…

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Australia v South Africa: Twenty20 international – live!

Updates from the one-off T20 match on the Gold CoastAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 8.36am GMT The Aussies back out having a run around. Outfield in very good nick considering the downpour #AUSvSA pic.twitter.com/HOaDkJeqFk 8.21am GMT Sim…

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Caught on tape: the story behind Australian cricket’s greatest fall | Geoff Lemon

In an extract from his new book, Geoff Lemon recalls the moment Australia’s sporting landscape was scuffed foreverYou know it’s serious when Mluleki Ntsabo isn’t smiling. The South African Broadcasting Corporation commentator is small in stature and hu…

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Women’s World Twenty20: Australia v New Zealand – live!

Updates from the match at Providence StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSportAmy Jones looking to seize chance with both gloves 12.36am GMT Mooney goes as she looks to follow Healy’s lead but she’s caught by Bates who holds on to take the c…

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Women’s World T20: Australia v Ireland – live!

Updates on the Group B clash at Guyana National StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 8.47pm GMT 12th over: Ireland 44-4 (Lewis 7, Delany 4) Another late boundary, as Delany prods at Gardner and gets a thick outside edge. I thought it wo…

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Sandpaper saga in the bin as Australia and South Africa focus on the present

One-day series could end up being more about bowling than batting, and Steyn’s return will make it a pace duel to enjoyIt’s inevitable that with South Africa visiting Australia’s shores in November, there would be questions about the ball-tampering epi…

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Pressure mounts on David Peever as Cricket Australia ducks bouncers | Geoff Lemon

An air of moral courage has been diluted given CA’s acceptance of accountability has included no concrete repercussionsThis time last year, after Cricket Australia’s disastrously failed attempt to force a reduced pay model on domestic professional cric…

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Australia cling on at the death to deny Pakistan victory in first Test

Pakistan 482 & 181-6 dec; Australia 202 & 362-8Khawaja sets up draw with epic 141 in 542 minutes at the creaseThere’s no way to play down how extraordinary this was. The longest time spent batting by any Australian in the fourth innings of a Te…

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Pakistan series a tough test of ‘new-look’ Australian cricket team

The Tim Paine era begins with potentially four new faces, but ‘continuity with change’ for Cricket AustraliaAfter a long winter, Australian Test cricket is ready to wake from hibernation. Upcoming in a new spring season is a tough assignment: Pakistan …