An NZ quinella? No way, bro.

A couple of weeks ago, when I was taking a little too much pleasure in England’s departure from the Cricket World Cup, a Pommy colleague desperate to shut me up said something that stopped me mid-sledge. “You do realise,” he said, “that the Kiwis could end up winning both World Cups.” Oh crap, I thought….

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Winning ugly

There were times last night when I wasn’t sure if I was watching a game of cricket or the Jim Rose Circus. Some of the contortions going on in the middle of the Adelaide Oval were reminiscent of the guy who can thread his body through a tennis racquet. Like this — can I even…

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Is it wrong to be enjoying this so much?

You know that scene in Love, Actually when Laura Linney’s character gets the tall, dark, handsome colleague back to her place and ducks into an alcove to jump excitedly on the spot? That was me last night when England got bundled out of the Cricket World Cup. I’m not Robinson Crusoe on this one. Bagging…

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When sport is more than a game

Over the past few months, cricket fans — myself included — have fixated on Kevin Pietersen’s exclusion from England’s World Cup team, Michael Clarke’s battle to be match ready and whether  West Indies cricket would implode before a ball was bowled. On Thursday, these petty musings were put into perspective when Afghanistan, playing in only…

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What’s the hurry, sport?

OK, I’ll admit I’m a late adopter. If there’s a new gadget on the market, I’ll get it about three years after everyone else. I’ll embrace a fashion trend just as the hipsters are sending it to the charity bins. And it’s taken this sports devotee twelve years to appreciate the merits of T20 cricket….

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The year in sport… in song

Who better than Miley Cyrus and the cast of Deliverance, among others, to recap some of the highlights — and lowlights — of the year in sport? Budget schmudget Vladimir Putin spent $US51 billion staging the Sochi Olympics, more than every other Winter Games combined. It wasn’t enough to adequately furnish the facilities, light up…

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The legacy of No. 408

I didn’t know Phil Hughes but I reckon he’d be gobsmacked by the global outpouring following his death. There have been condolences from the Queen, a mid-concert song dedication by Elton John, a Vatican Mass in his honour. Flags have flown at half-mast at cricket grounds from Sydney to London. Parliament was silent for one…

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The elephant in the room

              I hear that in a land of old Disaster’s struck the green and gold A two-Test flogging, so I’m told Don’t look at me to facts unfold I will not mention the cricket.   You cannot make me, I’ll resist No matter how much you persist This issue,…

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The death throes of West Indies cricket?

Our world has had to contend with some pretty big upheavals in its 4.5 billion year history — the Ice Age, the obliteration of dinosaurs, the fall of the Roman Empire. Now we face the greatest cataclysm of all. No, I’m not talking about global warming. This is much more serious. I’m referring to the…

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When superheroes retire

In recent days, we’ve been shown a variety of ways to negotiate the twilight of a stellar sports career. I’m going to focus on three: the Fred Astaire for enduring grace and dignity, the Brian Meeker for reasons that shall become obvious and the Honey Boo Boo, for sheer search-and-destroy precociousness. The Fred Astaire: This…

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Watching sport through a Bachelor filter

If you’re looking for good comedy, it’s hard to go past The Bachelor, a game of romantic musical chairs where women compete for the affections of a serial snogger with the personality of a stick. This season he’s being played by a bloke called Blake. It may be all sorts of wrong but it’s hilarious….

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Time to see women’s cricket

I had to read the women’s T20 World Cup final last night. That’s right, read. It’s not the most satisfying way to follow a game. Granted, the Twitter banter between Adam Gilchrist and Michael Vaughan was an entertaining alternative to the live action. @MichaelVaughan appreciating Meg Lannings work! #goaussiegirls pic.twitter.com/PxlRiBkEDM — Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) April…

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