BBC World Service: Stumped – The Toughest Job in World Cricket?
BBC World Service
21 April 2018
Taking on the role of Australia’s men’s head coach is a daunting task. In the week Cricket Australia meet to discuss the process of recruiting a replacement for Darren Lehmann, we debate who are the frontrunners for the job.
South African batsman Aiden Markram reflects on his blistering start in international cricket.
And find out more about the ultimatum issued by the Afghanistan Cricket Board to some of its star players.
Just days following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union last year, the Financial Times ran the ominous headline: “The UK has no trade negotiators”.
After decades of being part of one big – for some, too big – club, the UK now found itself on the other side of the table, only this time without the negotiators.
Social media entered into the public domain amidst a frenzy of expectation that a direct line between us, the public, and the sports stars, actors, world leaders and general elite, was now a reality.
“We want you to comment on the pregnancy thing with female cricketers.”
“I think it’s a fabricated gender issue.”
“It was a bit over the top wasn’t it?”
On the day of an independent review commissioned by Cricket Australia into the death of international batsman Phillip Hughes, an investigation by The Sports Integrity Initiative has learnt that the governing body of cricket in South Africa will introduce a concussion substitute policy into its domestic first-class competition. Earlier today Cricket Australia announced that it too would formally propose a concussion substitute be allowed in first-class matches.
IT’S easy to come away from the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League singing its unequivocal praises.
It’s easy to think that its stellar launch will continue seamlessly into next year, and beyond.
It’s easy too to assume that its success was written in the stars, right from the outset. It won’t necessarily, and it wasn’t. But what a first season it was.
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.
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.
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.