The Roar: Fans deserve better than cricket’s conflicted commentary teams

Sport, by its very nature, is a partisan affair.

Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch, required reading for any sports fan, reassures us that the transformation from upstanding member of society into fanatic irrational mob is a common occurrence – that we are not alone.

Continue reading The Roar: Fans deserve better than cricket’s conflicted commentary teams The Moneyball Big Bash

Some interesting statistics have been thrown up by both the women’s and men’s Big Bash

Everyone loves a stat, and none more so than the cricket connoisseur.

While statistics are not the be all and end all, they’ve a role to play not just in measuring performance but also in understanding trends and identifying areas for improvement in the game.

Continue reading The Moneyball Big Bash A new frontier for Perry

The ultimate athlete, Ellyse Perry has been presented with a new challenge in the inaugural WBBL season

Ask any sports fan in Australia to name a female cricketer and chances are the first name they’ll jump to is Ellyse Perry.

Continue reading A new frontier for Perry Lanning returns to ruin Renegades’ run

Lanning’s unbeaten knock too much for the Renegades, unable to repeat yesterday’s upset in the second Melbourne derby

It was a poignant moment. Over two hours before the start of play, a solitary figure wandered out into the vast expanse of the MCG.

True to her heritage with an Aussie rules ball in hand, Meg Lanning paused, standing silently at the top of the crease.

Continue reading Lanning returns to ruin Renegades’ run Under-30s need not apply

Players over the age of 30 are leading the way at the Big Bash this summer

With every match of the KFC Big Bash League another record is broken as crowd attendances sky rocket.

With every match too, the pedigree of the tournament grows in stature with performance after performance outdoing what previously didn’t seem possible.

With every match therefore comes growing speculation over the inevitable: the make-up of Australia’s World Twenty20 squad.

Continue reading Under-30s need not apply Hogg, Perth and the creation of a legacy

The fun-loving, free-spirited, living-legend continues to live the dream in the BBL

The KFC Big Bash League is only five years old but already it’s creating legacies. Class war may be the preserve of the English, but state snobbery runs true in Australia – and no more so than when it comes to sporting rivalries.

Continue reading Hogg, Perth and the creation of a legacy Lyon rams home white-ball case

He made his intentions clear from the outset.

“I was disappointed,” said Nathan Lyon, after being overlooked for Australia’s squad for the limited-overs series against England earlier this year.

Continue reading Lyon rams home white-ball case Saying Grace – Heats’ Harris lights up WBBL

In Grace Harris we are witnessing a hugely endearing player make the transition from potential to proven

Tipped as one to watch off the back of an impressive Ashes debut, last weekend Grace Harris became the first woman to hit a century in the inaugural Rebel Women’s Big Bash League.

Continue reading Saying Grace – Heats’ Harris lights up WBBL There’s still a fire in Babylon

Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin prove there’s still a fire in Babylon, if you know where to look

“I don’t think we have that kind of person in (the) West Indies anymore who is quite prepared to play and to give it everything to their country. And that hurts.”

It was difficult to watch.

Continue reading There’s still a fire in Babylon