What if, just like one-day and twenty20 cricket, pink-ball test cricket is something that requires a slightly different skill set? What if an increase number of day-night tests sees the evolution of pink-ball specialists? What if this is how Glenn Maxwell returns to the Australian Test side? After the complete capitulation of the Australian side…
Sure, they invented the format, but in a world where franchise-based T20 competitions are the new black, few would argue that the current English domestic T20 setup is ideal. This is how I would fix it.
Not entirely sure it’s worth continuing with my tips after only having one correct after eight matches. Anyway, here are my tips. Probably better to not follow them. Heat v Stars (Gabba) – The Heat and Stars have never met at the MCG, which doesn’t say a lot for the balance of the BBL fixture. …
So my tipping in Round 1 was abysmal, picking just one out of four, and that one being the Thunder. Round 2 doesn’t look any easier to pick given that we haven’t seen the Scorchers yet, and two teams have double headers, but here goes. Scorchers v Strikers (WACA) – The Scorchers will kick off…
The Big Bash is back, last year’s undefeated team has lost two in a row, the Thunder won something, and a bunch of guys made 90+ including some guy called Jacques Kallis.
Somehow I managed to correctly pick the winner of 23 out of 32 matches last season, which I was pretty pleased with. Have my doubts that I can repeat that this year, but here goes anyway. Strikers v Stars (Adelaide Oval) – Brad Hodge will be facing off against his old team, Kieron Pollard will…
BBL:04 preview – part three
Then there were two, who will win BBL04? Who will be runner up? Australian representation within their respective best XIs is shaping to be the big deciding factor.
BBL:04 preview – part two
Who will make it to the finals? Who will just miss out? This is how I see 3rd, 4th and 5th playing out for the fourth edition of the Big Bash League.
BBL:04 preview – part one
Having cast my eyes over the completed squads, run a few numbers, this is how I see the next six weeks playing out. First up 6th-8th which includes a couple of surprises.
1988 – 2014
It’s November 30th and Phillip Hughes should’ve been surrounded by family and friends celebrating his 26th birthday, a 27th first-class ton should’ve been under his belt, and a likely return to the baggy green just a few days away.
It’s taken two years, but we’ve finally seen the first Big Bash League trade take place, and it is a trade that makes no immediate sense for either side.
Part 2 – All-rounder, keeper, and bowling attack.
Mitchell Johnson is a certain starter for Brisbane, but who shares the new ball, who stands behind the stumps, and who bats at six?
Part 1 – The batting core
What changes to the Australian XI might we see for the first Test at the Gabba? For starters, I would have Phil Hughes opening and Shane Watson at first drop – and I have the numbers to show why.
This season is the first in a two-year trial of a new points system for the Sheffield Shield. Will bonus points change the way teams play? Will it actually make any difference at all? I’ve done the maths so you don’t have to.
When Cameron White was announced as “Player of the Tournament” for the recently completed Matador Cup a puzzled look appeared on many faces. No doubt that White is in brilliant form, and deserves a spot in the World Cup squad, but was he really the best player in this year’s tournament?