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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.


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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.

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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.

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England Will Not Be Facing The Little Master

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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