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Sitting on the Fence

August 30, 2011 by

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“The time is coming where you have to choose between what is easy, and what is right” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It didn’t take a rocket scientist – or a banking executive – to figure out that Australian cricket has both structural and talent issues.  A 4-1 thumping in […]

Australia’s Blueprint for Success

January 2, 2011 by

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On the eve of the final test at Sydney, all there is left to play for Australia is pride. While there will be plenty of talking points as to the sharp decline in performance of a once champion side, Cricket Australia (CA) need to look critically at the few key factors that are of deep […]

An Ashes Postmortem

January 2, 2011 by

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It would be amiss to not start the piece without a congratulatory note to the England team for ensuring that the Ashes were retained. This has not happened for 24 years and that is quite a wait. What has astounded me however was how easily they managed to do it. At the time of writing […]

Ricky Ponting in a controversy: What’s new?

December 27, 2010 by

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England should just go ahead and retain the Ashes. It would establish that the most dominating team over a grueling 5 Test match series will win the trophy at the end of the day. It would also do a ton of good for Australian cricket, because they will cease living in denial that everything is […]

The Opposite

December 3, 2010 by

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There is an episode of Seinfeld called “The Opposite” where George Costanza and Elaine Benes go through a change in their fortunes, with respect to their careers and social lives. George, from being an unemployed bum, with no social life to speak of and staying with his parents to becoming the Assistant to the Traveling […]

On Machismo

November 30, 2010 by

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A few years ago, I read a piece that claimed that the NBA built its audience share through a policy based on creating individual stars in a team game – something that complemented the growing industry of sports stars being used in advertising and marketing. “Be like Mike” only worked if we knew who Mike […]

Why the Ashes are important to Australia and why we must win them back

November 17, 2010 by

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I assume if you’re reading this, Cricket is probably pretty important to you. Or you at least like it. Taking a larger world view, though, cricket is really a pretty small deal. Or it is to some. England, for example, has so many things to their name – history, military prowess, royalty, empire – that […]