Victoria Slide Further Towards Defeat: Disappointment for Chris Tremain

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The day didn’t start and end with Chris Tremain for Victoria. Problem was, it could have. Had Sam Harper scored a single or a three off the penultimate ball of the day, it would have been Tremain on strike. And it wasn’t as if Victoria had been batting for more than two sessions. Disappointment for […] READ MORE


Tasmania Outlast Victoria on Day One

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When he won the toss and elected to bowl first, Matthew Wade become a fairly low chance of being the batter to face the greatest number of balls in the day’s play. If not one of the Victorians, who boasted Marcus Harris, Will Pucovski, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson, all past, present or emerging Test […] READ MORE


Praise Cricket Tasmania

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With the new WBBL season, the Hobart Hurricanes have seen a change in their fortunes: two wins to start their season, giving them two opportunities to sing their valedictory song. People can reasonably differ as to the song’s quality. Personally, I think it’s pretty good. You’ll certainly hear a lot worse in sport. But I […] READ MORE


The 200 milestone was so important for Australia at Edgbaston

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200 is an important milestone for a team to reach in the first innings of a Test match, and not just for symbolic reasons. Such a mark is a useful starting point because of what might be called the Bangladesh and Zimbabwe rule: both teams have the same number of wins when they have batted […] READ MORE


Steve Smith and That Hundred

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Australia had a year without Steve Smith. They tried Peter Handscomb, then Mitchell Marsh, then Shaun Marsh, then Nathan Lyon, and finally Marnus Labuschagne at No. 4 in Test cricket. Between them, they scored 238 runs at 14.87, with one half-century, and these aren’t guys that Australia found at random bus stops. You can talk […] READ MORE


Ireland’s Bowlers give their Batsmen a Second Chance

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The sun was out, and the partnership was set. England were still 51 behind, but the gap was becoming small enough for the Irish to become nervous. Murtagh the Menace, or Tim Murtagh as he is commonly known, had been defied, as had Mark Adair and, after taking the wicket of Rory Burns, so had […] READ MORE


Tim Murtagh and The Day Ireland Shocked England at Lord’s

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There’s nothing like a batting collapse, of seeing a rush of wickets on the scoreboard nearly matching the flow of runs and, for a brief time, superseding it, especially when it’s least expected. To be sure, England had a weak top three. To be sure, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are the only batters in this […] READ MORE


Women’s Ashes: As The Walls Closed In

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Fielding in a multi-day match is different from fielding in any other type of single-day match, whether that match lasts for a full day or not. You may have to do it all day – certainly, you have to prepare for it as though you will have to – and not have a ball come […] READ MORE


Alyssa Healy Prediction Can Still Happen – For Now

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If Australian player, Alyssa Healy, is part of the best team in the world, why shouldn’t she think that her team will avoid loss in every game? Alyssa Healy predicted that her team would not lose a match of their Ashes tour. They took the first step towards fulfilling that ‘very bold’ prediction, defeating England […] READ MORE


Just on the rain

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As Sri Lanka collapsed against New Zealand, rain looked more and more like their only saviour, à la Pakistan’s escape against England in 1992. The only problem was that it never looked like raining and the Black Caps ended up winning by ten wickets and with 199 balls to spare. Since then, however, the amount […] READ MORE