Back for the Test

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I used to be a five-day-all-day man but I left live Test cricket behind many years ago. The lure of shade, the digital representation of the WACA scoreboard and a more appealing Australian team led me back this week – a couple of hours on day three and 65 minutes or whatever it was on the final day. Continue reading

Captaincy and learnings* in the Big Bash

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Shaun Marsh trudges off Perth Stadium. It’s because, according to the ground announcer HE’S OUT!!!!

It felt like I was in a team meeting but I was just on the couch as usual. Perth Scorchers captain Adam Voges was being interviewed a few days before the historic Big Bash semi final at Perth Stadium. He’s learned stuff, he said, from two trial matches and the One Day International played at the new venue – in short the team batting first had won comfortably each time. The Scorchers tend to like bowling first but they’d obviously need to reconsider. Continue reading

Looking back at our sports grounds

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Subiaco Oval 1937

Even in the very early days of the Swan River Colony there was a need for a sports ground on which to play cricket, run horse races and other contests. Initially a piece of flat, relatively clear ground in East Perth, roughly where Queens Gardens is today, was used for cricket and horse races were run on the downs in Fremantle. Slowly, as the population grew, better facilities for various sports were developed.   Continue reading