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cricket April 9, 2022

Loud, indulgent and fitting: Shane Warne’s MCG memorial

The state memorial service for cricketer Shane Warne juxtaposed the personal grief of immediate family with a boisterous public celebration of a life lived large.

cricket March 12, 2022

Shane Warne, thanks for the memories

As a man, Shane Warne was no stranger to controversy and scandal. As a cricketer, he was the stuff of legend. Now his untimely death has left millions of Australians in mourning for a deeply flawed and deeply gifted stranger they felt they knew.

cricket February 19, 2022

What does the national cricket coach actually do?

Justin Langer’s departure as the Australian men’s cricket team coach sparked speculation and controversy. It also pulled focus on the requirements and necessity of the role.

cricket February 12, 2022

What have we learnt from the Justin Langer saga?

Justin Langer was a dogged opener over many seasons for the Australian men’s cricket team. But after ascending to the role of head coach, that same gritty determination brought him undone at the hands of an arrogant Cricket Australia.

cricket November 27, 2021

Tim Paine and the danger of redemption narratives

The man brought in to replace a shamefaced Steve Smith as Australia’s Test cricket captain has now also resigned in tears – but is he a victim of the inflated reverence placed on the position?

cricket June 5, 2021

It’s just not cricket

Despite three years having passed, the cricketers at the centre of the Sandpapergate scandal cannot expect forgiveness from sports-worshipping Australians any time soon.

cricket December 12, 2020

Cricket’s hope to bounce back

Cricket at a grassroots level was already struggling before the pandemic, but lovers of the game are confident it can rebuild against the backdrop of a Covid-safe summer.

nrl July 18, 2020

Power couple build their resilience

Faced with the uncertainty of Covid-19, pace bowler turned rugby league champion Courtney Hill and her English wife, cricket international Lauren Winfield, remain committed to being the best athletes they can be.

cricket November 30, 2019

Alyssa Healy takes the gloves off

She’s one of Australia’s most celebrated women cricketers in her own right and the niece and wife of two champions of the game. Alyssa Healy talks about the challenges and triumphs of her sporting life.

cricket August 10, 2019

Rising from the Ashes

A stunning win in the first Ashes Test has sparked new-found faith in Australian cricket. But is it the beginning of a renaissance after a period of decline and disgrace, or is it just due to the freakish talents of one Steve Smith?

cricket June 29, 2019

Cricket World Cup fails to excite

Once, one-day cricket was beamed free to all Australian TV sets, the commentators were beloved and the on-field theatrics magical. Now we have a six-week World Cup that is struggling to raise a flicker of interest.