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cricket November 12, 2016

Hitting it hard: Grace Harris, 23, cricketer

Missing the World Cup [due to a deep vein thrombosis] came down to a bit of an insurance policy issue, over injury. If I’d been hit by a ball in the wrong area, I could have ended up in some trouble. So I ended up not going. I...

cricket October 29, 2016

Pace odyssey: Liam Hatcher, 20, cricketer

It’s not easy to bowl fast. You get a lot of injuries, and it’s a tough thing to do. I think a lot of blokes come into the medium-fast bracket, and every now and again you get a couple of blokes that bowl at good speeds. You’...

cricket August 13, 2016

Scorching all-rounder: Hilton Cartwright, 24, cricketer

I guess I went about things a different way. I started in juniors like everyone else did, and then as time progressed I tried out for under 19s, but unfortunately didn’t make the side. And then I just basically kept chipping...

cricket February 20, 2016

Tricky wicket: Hamish Mackenzie, 46, blind cricketer

The ball in blind cricket is a lot lighter than a cricket ball. A couple of hundred grams of plastic shell with ball bearings inside it. That’s what makes the noise when the ball’s bowled. The ball bearings jar and rattle as...

cricket September 19, 2015

Back on deck: Ashton Agar, 21, cricketer

My first memory would be in my backyard. I remember wearing mum’s hockey shin pads, and my grandma throwing balls to me. I had this yellow wooden bat. One of my little brothers was being born at the time, so I might have been...

soccer July 11, 2015

The overachiever: Ellyse Perry, 24, cricketer and soccer player

I still play soccer and cricket. I’m involved in both sports. That’s where I sit with it. That’s probably all I’ve got for you. I think I’ve probably played a little bit more cricket in the last year or so but I’m still very...

cricket April 18, 2015

The natural: Holly Ferling, 19, cricketer

I had really no intention of playing cricket. I went along to my brother’s games, and used to take my foldout chair and my book. I just used to read the whole time. But I used to play a little bit of backyard cricket, and...

cricket March 21, 2015

The finisher: James Faulkner, 24, cricketer

You’ve always got a plan. I’ve had good people looking after me, senior players. I’ve got analysts here with the Australian cricket team, I’ve got analysts over in the IPL. I’ve played against a lot of the subcontinent players...

cricket November 29, 2014

Phillip Hughes, gone too soon

“It’s bloody sad,” the barkeep tells me, and his eyes are fixed elsewhere. He’s forgotten what he was doing. There’s a melancholic flatness to his voice. His laconism is not indifference, but resignation to the randomness of...

cricket November 15, 2014

The big hitter: Meg Lanning, 22, cricketer

Meg Lanning is captain of the Southern Stars in all three forms of cricket. An opening batter, she has captained Australia in the Ashes, and to victory in the World Twenty20 tournament. She holds a number of batting records,...

afl April 26, 2014

Cricket Australia and the AFL fight for best and brightest

Meet Alex Carey, a young man blessed twice over by the sporting gods. Growing up, Carey excelled at both cricket and Australian Rules football, making state junior representative teams for both sports. In his teenage years,...