Win Great Prizes & Stump Your Mates

How can we fairly compare cricket statistics and players?
Cricket statistics are hard to compare fairly, over different eras and playing conditions – as well as the great difference it can make to your statistics when you have a teammate with whom you virtually practice ESP.

Who would challenge that the Lillee/Marsh bowling and wicket keeping combination is one of the best the world has ever seen. Even the great Adam Gilchrist, as a wicket keeper, did not have the intuitive support that Marsh had with Lillee, even though “Gilly” took 10 catches against New Zealand in 1999/2000. Rodney (Iron Gloves) Marsh ended his career of 119 tests with 395 dismissals, many from his partnership with D K Lillee, who held the record of 355 test wickets until Shane Warne overtook him in 2000. Glenn McGrath is one of only five bowlers to have taken over 500 Test wickets.

You must have the latest Quiz Book to drive your Mates mad with all the things they THINK they know about cricket.
The Cricket Quiz Book

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Welcome To The Cricket Pitch

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The Cricket Pitch is an opportunity for you to tell us your cricket stories  and win some great cricket prizes – in our upcoming competition. 

So, now that you have arrived at The Cricket Pitch, don’t take the long walk back to the pavillion. Grab your bat or swing your best bowling action at us and take part in the game.

The Long Walk

 

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Get Quick Bowled By New Traffic To Your Blog

Every blogger’s dream is to have instant traffic to peruse their words of wisdom, their Christmas Cracker joke or look at their newest offer, as soon as their blog is updated.

Checking our blog statistics, one site is coming up over and over again as THE SITE to use.

Get Instant Traffic at Alphainventions.com

This is the comment I have left for Cheru Jackson:

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If you are on twitter, please come follow, too. I am going to put in a short link to this site and ask everyone to retweet. That should get US ALL some extra traffic.

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By the way, your blog can be submitted to StumbleOn and others from there, too, by your readers. Fantastic.

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Are The Golden Days of Australian Cricket Over?

South Africa dish it up to the Australian Cricketers
With the Australian Cricket Team struggling to avoid a 3:0 test match whitewash by the South Africans – for the first time in history on Australian soil – international cricket fans will be looking forward to a season of new possibilities. With the World Cup series starting again in 2009, India hosting a raft of 20/20 games and Australia defending the Ashes against England, it will be a battle royal between South Africa and India for the No 1 ranking in the world.

 

The Huddle

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Michael Clarke shines

South Africa finally broke a fantastic seventh wicket partnership of 142 between Michael Clarke (c&b Duminy 138) and Mitchell Johnson (64) in this third test at the SGC. This stand has been a bright and shining light in the face of Ricky Ponting’s “Golden Duck” in the second innings, Brett Lee’s injuries and Andrew (Roy) Symonds bad knee could not have come at a worse time for the Aussies. The Australian Captain’s criticism of the WACA pitch after the second test did not add much glory to the Australian’s game, either. The loss of Smith with a broken finger will hamper South Africa on the last day of play

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NZ Faces The Windies

Across the water
The New Zealand cricket team continues to play the West Indies in a series of One Day Internationals (ODI) after two tests that suffered dreadfully from almost constant rain. Daniel Vettori, the new young New Zealand Captain compares well with Richard Hadlee and Chris Cairns as New Zealanders who have taken 200 wickets and scored well with the bat. His spin bowling shows he is a master of drift and he is now regarded as New Zealand’s most dangerous player.

 Turning Point

Courtney Walsh scored 43 ducks in his Test cricket career yet he is more remembered for his 61 not outs and for being one of only four cricketers to have bowled more than 5,000 overs. How the West Indies must dream of their glory days when Garry Sobers knocked up 365 not out against Pakistan in the 1957/58 series in Jamaica – a record that stood for 36 years until his compatriot Brian Lara hit 375 against England in 1993/94.

You can buy his book or maybe you will win it in our upcoming competition

My Autobiography

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Autobiographies Outnumber Falling Wickets

Telling their own stories
Playing and retired Australian cricketers are publishing their autobiographies almost as fast as the current wickets are falling: Shane Warne, Steve and Mark Waugh are all in print – while Max (Tangles) Walker prefers the humour of How To Hypnotize Chooks and others. Brett Lee, David Boon and Alan Border have all made their contributions to the printed history of how Australian cricket has enjoyed a glorious period for the past twenty years. In my view, no one has more right than the great Adam Gilchrist.

My Life

Sir Garfield (Garry Sobers) tells in his autobiography how Dennis Lillee got him out, in the first innings, for a duck in Perth (b Lillee, c I Chappell) and again, in the first innings, in Melbourne (b Lillee c Stackpole). His revenge came in Melbourne when Sobers bowled Lillee a bouncer that caught him off guard and the next ball the Aussie dropped the easiest of catches into the hand of the captain, Tony Grieg. To rub salt into Lillee’s wounded pride, in the second innings Sobers cut Lillee to ribbons in that New Year test of 1972. He scored 254 and Sir Donald Bradman said it was the best innings of cricket he had ever seen on Australian soil. Finally, Sobers was b Chappell, c Walters to end his innings. You can win your own copy of this book, in our competition.

My Autobiography

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England Will Not Be Facing The Little Master

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England to tour India
Some of the best recent news is that the English cricket tour of India will go ahead. This will be a great boost for Indian cricket after the terrible bombings in Mumbai, and Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement from test cricket will rejuvenate their team with new selections. While Sachin ensured some terrible criticism in the last couple of years of his career, he stands alone in the 12,000+-run club.

On 17 October 2008, he passed Brian Lara’s Test match tally of 11,953 runs. He is the same Brian Lara that ended Garry Sober’s 36-year record in 1993/94. In his career, Sachin Tendulkar tallied up over 16,422 runs at the rate of 44.26 runs for every time he has gotten out. A remarkable performance for any cricketer and he is quoted as saying that his personal cricket hero was the West Indies Captain Viv Richards.

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Support the McGrath Foundation here

This third test at the Sydney Cricket Ground is continuing the fund raising for the McGrath Foundation in memory of Glenn McGrath’s brave and beautiful wife, Jane – it will be an excellent day. Visit the McGrath Foundation and see how it is working to raise funds, nursing staff and support for those with breast cancer.

You can view and hear  their interview with Andrew Denton on Enough Rope.

Photo by Gary Johnston.

Photo by Gary Johnston.

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