For BBL04 all teams will be getting new kits produced by Majestic Athletic. They are replacing Kooga who supplied kits for the first three seasons. None of them have been officially unveiled yet, but let’s have a look at what we do know.
Rewind to six months ago, the Ashes were lost and English cricket thought it had a crisis. They were wrong.
This past week two of the Sydney Thunder’s biggest names declared themselves unavailable for the fourth edition of the Big Bash League, but it won’t matter, in fact it should help them build a better team.
Unlike an actual awards ceremony I’m not going to keep the big award until the end. Let’s just jump right in, the winner of the BBB Medal for 2014 is Ben Dunk.
Whether you love it or hate it, the Big Bash League gets a lot of things right. However it’s got two prominent issues, both of which can easily be solved. The tournament is (slightly) too long, and the finals system is flawed.
Just ask Mike Hussey. Six games into BBL03 and the Sydney Thunder have just chalked up, unbelievably, their 19th consecutive loss. They’ve been without a win since December 2011.
Despite having gone unchanged through 5 consecutive Ashes Tests, Australia will obviously need to take more than 11 guys on the trip to South Africa next month. The first 11 should pick themselves, but beyond that who should they pick?
Following the conclusion of the Boxing Day test and another win for the Australian side — taking it to 4-nil for the series — the selectors made their first real change to the squad this summer (ignoring the mid-series “bowling cover” inclusions of Bollinger and Coulter-Nile). With Ryan Harris’ knees a potential worry and Shane Watson clearly not 100% in Melbourne, the selectors have added Tasmanian batsman Alex Doolan to the 13-man squad. So, will he play?
The actual depth of the player pool is one of the biggest questions raised whenever expansion is discussed. So, is it possible to pull together a full squad using only players that aren’t already signed up for one of the real Big Bash League teams? I’ve given it a crack.
Round 1 off BBL:03 saw the Stars get revenge over the Renegades, the Thunder continuing their two-tear long losing streak, a Hale-storm followed by a wash out and a finals rematch that featured some crisp hitting from Chris Lynn as he led the Heat to a repeat victory.
The third edition of the BBL swings into action tomorrow night, I’ve just put the finishing touches on my fantasy lineup with a couple of last minute changes. How well have I selected? Only time will tell, but on paper I’m pretty happy with the squad I was able to afford.
The Decision review system (DRS) has an annoying, if not fatal, flaw when dealing with LBW reviews, that flaw is “umpire’s call” ruling. Non-sense fence-sitting rubbish. The technology is there to remove the non-sense fencing sitting rubbish not contribute to it. The ball is either going on to hit the stumps or it isn’t. It really should be that simple. There should be no grey area. Grey areas just make people grumpy.
We’re a week out from the first Test at Trent Bridge, and new coach Darren Lehmann didn’t mess around with making his mark felt. First he announced that Shane Watson would return to the top of the order for the first time since 2011 and then just prior to the final tour match he confirmed that Chris Rogers would be his opening partner.
In part one I discussed at length the (many) changes I’d make to the global structure of one-day cricket, but why stop there. What would I do to Twenty20 and Test matches? Well, more structure, more consistent scheduling, no IPL window, no Test Championship just for a start.
It’s a long standing discussion — what does the future hold for one-day international cricket. Some think it should/will die as Twenty20 takes over, some think it just needs to be reinvigorated, and other believe there is nothing wrong with where it currently stands. I think I sit in the “needs to be reinvigorated” group, but I’m not talking about changing the rules or the format — there’s no need, the 50-over format sits quite nicely between Test/First-class and Twenty20.