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Negative batting by home sides in the Sheffield Shield final has been targeted by a major change to the way the competition winner is determined, with the match now to be awarded to the team earning the most first-innings bonus points in the event of a drawn match. The decision, reached by Cricket Australia’s playing
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Glenn Maxwell has confirmed he ignored offers to play county cricket in England this year after being first advised by Cricket Australia to rest ahead of the Australia A tour of India and then ahead of the Test series against Pakistan, before being left out of both squads. The omission of Maxwell from the squad
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Australia’s first Test match collective since the Newlands ball tampering scandal will be a statement about indifferent playing stocks. It will also be about the sorts of characters Justin Langer and the selectors think are capable of weathering the team’s biggest storm since the mid-1980s. Suspensions robbing Langer of Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron
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In the world of finance, “recession” has a simple definition: two consecutive quarters of negative growth. Cricket in Australia now faces an equivalent recession, according to the latest edition of CA’s annual census conducted each year since 2000. 2012: “313,536 people participated in club cricket in 2011-12 across 570 associations and 3,820 clubs. 2,359 coaches
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Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine is uncertain for the side’s pre-season camp in Brisbane this month, in the lead-up to the series against Pakistan in the UAE, given he is awaiting the birth of his second child. The 33-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, however, could be available for two-match Test series, starting from October 7 in Dubai. “The
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Australia batsman Steven Smith will miss the rest of this year’s CPL with a side strain. The injury was revealed by his Barbados Tridents captain Jason Holder at the toss ahead of their game against St Lucia Stars on Sunday at Kensington Oval. A subsequent interview with the side’s head coach Robin Singh revealed that
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An independent review, set to deliver plenty of harsh truths to Cricket Australia, may yet be closed off from public view, even as the director Mark Taylor admitted that the organisation needed to make substantial changes to win back public trust and prevent the game from stagnating. Taylor, part of the CA subcommittee that elected
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As far as injury stoppages go, Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh has racked up quite the number during his international career. Since his ODI debut in 2011, Marsh has played in a combined 90 matches across formats for Australia, far fewer than might have been expected from someone who, even seven years on, is considered one
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Australian cricket’s custodians are expectant that a fresh commitment to major strategic funding for the game’s lower levels will be matched – if not bettered – by local, state and federal governments to address a host of infrastructure problems unearthed by a Cricket Australia audit of facilities last year. Broadcast rights revenue and a tightening
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Australia left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 36-year-old, who went on to play in T20 tournaments across the globe after quitting international cricket in November 2015, last played in this year’s IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders. “It’s over. I’ve bowled my final ball. Taken my final
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Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, two of Australia’s premier quicks, will not be available for the Test series against Pakistan in October. Both men are undergoing rehabilitation for back injuries and, according to physiotherapist David Beakley, will not be able to recover in time to play the two-Test series in the UAE. “Pat and Josh
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