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WARNE, Hayden, MacGill – these are names
you’d expect to find in a cricket history book;
instead they are all starters in the revamped
Big Bash League.
The League, Australia’s domestic Twenty20,
started as a pathway for talented youngsters en
route to four-day cricket and then hopefully a
baggy green cap.
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon started his
first-class career a year ago in the Redbacks
When the BBL starts on December 16 with
eight city-based teams the focus will have
shifted to guaranteed crowd-pullers from
Australia’s Test past along with a galaxy
of international stars, some of whom were
playing state cricket when their current team-
mates were in nappies.
Brad Hogg (Perth Scorchers), Matthew Hayden
(Brisbane Heat) and Shane Warne (Melbourne
Stars) are all in their 40s and past their best.
All three are confident of, as Warne puts it,
pulling their weight in the competition which
will compete with Australia’s home Test series
against India for public and... Read more
LIAM FITZGIBBON: AAP
THE Socceroos can begin planning for the final
stage of 2014 World Cup qualifying but were left
with plenty to ponder after an unconvincing 1-0
win over Thailand in Bangkok.
Needing only a point to go through to the final
round of Asian qualifying, starting in June,
Australia had to soak up some heavy pressure
at a near-capacity Supachalasai Stadium last
night before Holman’s 77th minute header put
progression beyond doubt.
The result means Australia head into their
final Group D qualifier at home against Saudi
Arabia on February 29 already assured of
topping Group D.
But despite talk of being determined to atone
for Friday’s shock 1-0 loss to Oman in Muscat,
the Socceroos were far from convincing on a
hot and humid Bangkok evening and will need
to show significant improvement to book their
spot in Brazil.
However Osieck was staying positive after
the match, paying tribute to his players after
negotiating a tricky double header away
“I think it was a very hard victory against
a Thai team that really played very well,”
“They were so well organised and they were
well prepared to play our team. Read more
Test spot opens for Cummins
BEN HORNE: AAP
AUSTRALIAN Test hopeful Pat
Cummins says he hopes to bowl
faster as he gets older, but won’t
be doing it at the expense of
The 18-year-old pace prodigy
is well in line for a baggy green
debut in the second Test against
South Africa in Johannesburg
starting on Thursday.
He would be the second-youngest
debutant in Australian Test
cricket; Ian Craig began his career
at 17 years 293 days against South
Africa in 1952-53.
Peter Siddle is shaping as the
likely man to miss out; however
an out-of-form Mitchell Johnson
isn’t safe from the axe either.
Cummins is consistently
knocking on the door of 150km/h,
even as a teenager.
Watching his powerful delivery
action, Cummins... Read more
Big Bash finds room for golden oldies
Socceroos’ tough night in Bangkok
Brett Holman reacts after scoring in last night’s World Cup Asian zone
qualifying football match in Bangkok
India’s run feast
VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni
led India’s run-spree with
superb centuries to put their
team in command on the
second day of the second
Test against a hapless West
Indies. Laxman hit a stylish
176 not out and skipper Dhoni
a robust 144 as India posted
a massive 7 declared for 631
in their first innings at Eden
Gardens in Kolkata. The West
Indies are 2-34 in reply.
TRACK great Michael Johnson
has placed doubt on Usain
Bolt’s plans to win four gold
medals at next year’s London
Olympics by extending his
range to include the 4×400m
relay. Bolt is set to defend the
100m and 200m Olympic
titles he won in Beijing, where
he was also a member of
Jamaica›s victorious 4×400m
MacGill hits the winning run in a Shield match at the
end of his career in 2005
Pat Cummins at training in South
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