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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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Australia drops Dukes ball from Sheffield Shield with Ashes secured

Kookaburras to be used exclusively this summerDukes had been used to help prepare for 2019 Ashes Cricket Australia has dropped the British-made Dukes ball from its 2020-21 Sheffield Shield season and will use only the Kookaburra to encourage more spin …

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Cricket Australia appoint Nick Hockley as interim replacement for CEO Kevin Roberts

Roberts resigns after 17 months at helmCA begins search for a permanent CEO to fill roleCricket Australia has appointed Nick Hockley, chief executive of the Twenty20 World Cup, to replace Kevin Roberts as its new boss. CA chairman Earl Eddings announce…

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Players brace for pay cuts as Cricket Australia projects revenue plunge

Players’ union finally receives CA’s revised outlook CA facing $80m shortfall in revenue due to Covid-19Cricket Australia has projected a nearly 50% plunge in revenue that underpins player payments as the domestic game struggles to cope with the fallou…

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My favourite game: England v Australia, Fifth Test, the Oval 2009

Andrew Flintoff had struggled through his final Test but then he ran out Ricky Ponting and it provided a memory for the agesI was a relative latecomer to Test cricket. The 2005 Ashes kickstarted it all; the summer of Michael Vaughan’s heroes coincided …

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Mutual back scratching between Australia and India leads to pot of gold | Scott Heinrich

They might be the fiercest of rivals on the field, but off it the two nations can be the snuggest of bedfellows when it suits themIn the end it was much ado about nothing. The fate of this year’s men’s T20 World Cup, among other agenda items, has been …

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Covid subs could allow cricket safe return but replacement rules should remain strict | Vic Marks

If a player contracts coronavirus he could be isolated and substituted as an extension of the concussion regulationsEngland’s Test series against West Indies and Pakistan look ever more likely to happen, albeit behind closed doors. We await confirmatio…

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Covid subs could allow cricket safe return but replacement rules should remain strict | Vic Marks

If a player contracts coronavirus he could be isolated and substituted as an extension of the concussion regulationsEngland’s Test series against West Indies and Pakistan look ever more likely to happen, albeit behind closed doors. We await confirmatio…

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Gabba to host Test in Australia-India series as Perth misses out

Waca will host one-off Test against Afghanistan insteadAustralia have not lost a Test at Gabba in over 30 yearsAustralia will host India at their Gabba stronghold in the four-Test series with Perth missing out on a match in the lucrative tour.Western A…

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Mitchell Starc raises fears of ‘boring’ cricket during spit-polishing ban

ICC to ban use of saliva to shine ball during Covid-19 pandemicStarc urges ICC to ensure contest between bat and ballAustralia paceman Mitchell Starc has raised concerns that the International Cricket Council recommendation of a temporary ban on using …

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Players’ union slams Cricket Australia’s cost-cutting amid Covid-19 crisis

Cuts could have ‘disastrous’ consequences, says ACA chairConcern over long-term impact on health of gameThe chairman of Australia’s professional cricketers’ union has lambasted the national board’s cost-cutting measures in response to the coronavirus o…

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My favourite game: England v Australia, fifth Ashes Test, 1968 | Stephen Bates

A Derek Underwood-inspired England – assisted by the Oval’s resourceful spectators – beat the final-day flood, clock and Australian resistance to start my lifelong obsession with cricketI was clearing out some old papers a while back when a small pink …

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My favourite game: England v Australia, fifth Ashes Test, 1968 | Stephen Bates

A Derek Underwood-inspired England – assisted by the Oval’s resourceful spectators – beat the final-day flood, clock and Australian resistance to start my lifelong obsession with cricketI was clearing out some old papers a while back when a small pink …

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The Spin | A bittersweet time travel back to Edgbaston 2005: why not?

The BBC is replaying the whole TMS commentary of the second Ashes Test from 2005 as live from Thursday, if you don’t have anything else onWho fancies a Proustian rush? Actually, who fancies three-and-a-bit days of Proustian rushes? From 10.30am on Thur…

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Australia’s men rise to top of Test and T20 cricket rankings

Justin Langer’s side dethrone India and Pakistan‘We have earned some respect back from other teams’Australia have reclaimed the world No 1 Test ranking, dethroning India for the first time since 2016 to give players something to celebrate amid a challe…

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Usman Khawaja overlooked as Cricket Australia reveal 2020-21 contract list

Six changes made with Marcus Harris also missing out Annabel Sutherland among new faces on women’s listMarnus Labuschagne and Joe Burns have been included in Cricket Australia’s contract list, with out-of-favour veteran Usman Khawaja headlining six exp…

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Usman Khawaja overlooked as Cricket Australia reveal 2020-21 contract list

Six changes made with Marcus Harris also missing out Annabel Sutherland among new faces on women’s listMarnus Labuschagne and Joe Burns have been included in Cricket Australia’s contract list, with out-of-favour veteran Usman Khawaja headlining six exp…

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David Warner hints Australia won’t risk England trip for one-day series

Australia due for three ODIs and three T20s in JulyECB set to announce delaying the Hundred until 2021David Warner has poured cold water on the prospect of Australia touring the UK this summer, giving the England and Wales Cricket Board a fresh headach…

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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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Coronavirus crisis exposes black hole in Cricket Australia’s finances | Sam Perry

With the sport’s cash position in disarray, disquiet is brewing among the players and their representative bodyIn the first weeks of the pandemic, lovers of cricket in Australia might have concealed a little guilt. While the winter codes flailed, it ap…