Big bash for cash

As published in Inside Sport, December 2011 Not yet sold on the Big Bash’s extreme makeover?  Neither are we.  Around the globe cricket is navigating the winds of change. The spectre of omnipresent gambling, evolving technology and viewing habits, product saturation, private ownership and dynamic power shifts have impacted the game at every echelon. At…

Double Trouble

As published in Inside Sport, March 2011 Richie Benaud labeled it ‘disgraceful’.  New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon called it cowardly and ‘disgusting’.  Ian Chappell instinctively pleaded to his brother from the commentary box to desist.  In the Kiwi dressing rooms, the stunned silence was shattered by an enraged Mark Burgess smashing a teacup!  Thirty…

Tours of Duty

As published in Inside Sport, April 2009 In more innocent times, the most serious threats to the health and wellbeing of touring Australian cricket teams was a severe case of Delhi belly or any combination of Holding, Garner, Roberts, Marshall or Croft. Sure, rum-infused locals fed up with rain delays in a 1978 WSC Supertest…

Killjoys

As published in Inside Sport, May 2007.  Are the fun police the only ones running riot at major Australian sporting venues? In one of the superb cricket documentaries screened by the ABC in recent times, one 1970’s image seems light years ago.   As flannel hatted lads file into a cricket ground with eskies perched upon…