Category: Lynn McConnell

The Times They Are A Changing

At a time when international cricket is preparing for another showpiece of its game with the Champions Trophy in England, an interesting battle of some significance is being fought out in Australia. Debate over a new Memorandum of Understanding between Cricket Australia and its players, represented by the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), has seen industrial…

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Who’s biting whose hand?

For many years the concern has been in the mushrooming reliance on television money to pay professional sports salaries and that the time would come when the television companies forking out start wanting to call the tune. Ladies and Gentlemen, that moment has arrived. Channel Nine, the leader in Australasian sports development through the Packer…

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Respect for Opponents

Cricket news out of India in recent times has centred on the acrimonious series between the home side and Australia, with some truly bizarre incidents defying all decency in the game. It doesn’t matter how good the cricketing contest may be out in the middle, if there is controversy generated from player disrespect to one…

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Who organised cricket’s first World Cup?

Question: Who organised cricket’s first World Cup? Clue, it is a trick question. Answer: Rachael Heyhoe Flint organised cricket’s first World Cup, the women’s World Cup of 1973, and what’s more she organised it single-handedly, two years before the men played their first world tournament. Heyhoe Flint, 77, died last week, honoured as a Baroness…

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To bounce or not to bounce?

How many captains have faced that dilemma when probing every avenue in a bid to win a Test match? It confronted New Zealand captain Kane Williamson after he chose to bowl first in the first Test against Bangladesh at Wellington’s Basin Reserve in early January. The visiting team put on 595-8 declared. New Zealand replied…

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Brendon McCullum Declared, with Greg McGee (Review)

Published by Mower Publications.   Brendon McCullum achieved, for a New Zealander, a significant place in cricket. Just how that will be remembered time will tell. There’s no doubt he had an impact on the game with his blistering batting when on song. He retired with a dossier full of statistical credits. Second highest run…

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Really? Best In History?

It may have something to do with Australians grasping at straws, or journalists not having enough work to keep them occupied. And that could have been a problem for Aussie cricket writers ahead of the overdue Test win against South Africa at the end of November. But out of the ether it appears that Josh…

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The rotten ‘culture’ of Australian Cricket

Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting

By Lynn McConnell, 27 October 2016 Are issues emerging in Australian cricket evidence that there is something rotten at the core of the game? It has long been known that there were problems during Michael Clarke’s era as captain of the side and just how significant these were have become evident in the release of…

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Where to now for Australian Cricket?

They face a big summer with no guarantees of who will make their sides. Ace bowler Mitchell Stark, possibly their most effective bowler, is under an injury cloud and battling to get back into action for their home summer. He split his leg open in a fielding accident when running into a stump that had…

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4 Day Tests – Why?

Pardon me for being cynical, but the mounting pressure to have four-day Tests doesn’t wash. Apparently, it’s all about attracting new fans. What a load of old tosh. Appreciation of cricket is not something that is instantly achieved – it never has been. There are some things in this life that happen at a pace…

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