Despite overcast skies and intermittent rain, the Big Bash Derby between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars on New Year's Day attracted more than 71,000 spectators - down on last year's 80,000 crowd, given the conditions, but still an attendance figure that marketing directors in England can only dream about.
England are producing spinners but they need to be thinking about the longer format of the game and how they can get wickets. It is easier said than done of course but England will continue to struggle in the sub-continent until we can answer this conundrum of what to do about spinners in English cricket.
'Cricket for recovery, cricket for all' @TheCrippledCric signs off one of his first blog posts. A potent exemplification of the healing powers in spor...
Published a year ago now, the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer the world a framework around which global development can rally. The new goals offered, for the first time, a truly north to south appreciation of the issues and challenges facing the world today.
Over the pond, video replays are used to assist official's decisions in basketball, ice hockey and baseball. So someone please tell me why the suits over at football HQ haven't given it the green light yet? The sooner we get them in, the better and fairer the game will be.
Sport has never been just about playing; it's also about spectating. The start-up of the football season will see many of us yet again travel all over the country (and Europe) in support of our clubs - and we love it. If we didn't have these beautifully constructed arenas designed specifically to accommodate our live viewing experience, sport simply wouldn't be the same...
The Olympics give sport a powerful platform every four years, and it is now time for communities all over the world to recognise how sport can be used for development. Through challenging social norms and providing a platform for community led social development, CCI's inaugural project will lead the way in achieving this recognition.
All these potential mergers and more could have resulted in big crowds and successful, well funded teams. There is just one thing...its called heritage.Anyone suggesting mergers in some towns could have been lynched. Try convincing Hull and Hull KR supporters that they should come together for the greater good. This would lose a hundred years of history in one fail swoop.
Forty years ago this year took place one of the most spectacular tours in cricket history. A seismic change in how the game was played was afoot and it was to be the England team that would face the brunt. With the backdrop of one of the hottest summers on record, a West Indies team skippered by the iconic Clive Lloyd began a period of dominance for the Caribbean.
The second Test between England and Pakistan beginning tomorrow (July 22) at Old Trafford has acquired a strange tension, which is vastly more intense and different from the buzz surrounding the crowd reaction to Mohammed Amir's return to the stage where he had let the cricketing world down.
England cricket supporters will not doubt lament the defeat to Pakistan at Lords over the weekend as what might have been. Chris Woakes came out as a hero in defeat and there were cameos from some of the batsmen but no hundreds to match that of Misbah Ul Haq that might have made the difference.
I managed to watch quite a bit of the recent series between the England and Pakistan Women's cricket team. Whilst Pakistan are a team growing into women's cricket, there were some fabulous performances on the England side, particularly with the bat.
I was one of those child cricketers who used to run it to bowl at 100mph and bowl about 50mph. My idols at the time were the likes of Waqar Younis and Allan Donald and the West Indies at the time were still in their relative heyday of pace bowling even if they were reliant on the greats, Ambrose and Walsh.
The Bangladesh cricket team has never been better. World Cup quarter finalists, seventh in the one day rankings and with recent series wins against India, South Africa and Pakistan - it's no surprise that when Bangladesh fans come up with their all-time eleven - it tends to skew heavily towards the current line up.
Tony lived and loved cricket. The state of the game in his beloved West Indies in the last few years broke his heart and frustrated him in equal measure. His outspoken views on what the West Indian Cricket Board were doing to the game often landed him in trouble, but always came from his big, genuine heart.
Safety in sport has become very much in the public eye over recent years and cricket cannot afford not to take its responsibility seriously. Cricketer...