Universal’s Summer Cricket Guide 2018-19

Universal’s Summer Cricket Guide, edited by Australian sports journalist and commentator Ken Piesse, is a yearly edition that contains your complete tour guide for the international and domestic cricket season ahead. Including insightful editorial coverage on each team and player with commentaries by leading industry insiders on topical issues. Each magazine also contains a market place section with a review of the latest products available.

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1 min
first v third

JUNE 2018, TRENT BRIDGE: England’s 6-481 at Nottingham was the highest score in the history of ODI cricket and its eventual 242 run win the most crushing, in terms of runs, in Fifty50 cricket between England and Australia. The Aussies lost all five matches, much to the disappointment of Tim Paine (pictured above). The Aussies slumped to 6th in the ODI rankings. ODI RANKINGS TEST RANKINGS TWENTY20 RANKINGS * Rankings to August 18…

3 min
you’ve been ashwined

Never before has a humble finger spinner promised to wreak such destruction on the dawn of a major new Test series as cricket’s new spin king Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin’s likely mastery over Australia’s top six threatens to derail Australia’s bid to recapture the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. His compelling performances over the English in winter could easily see the weakened Australians two-nil down approaching the prestige Tests of the holiday season, in Melbourne and Sydney. So dominant and so psychologically scarring were Ashwin’s whirring varieties of offies, carroms and dippers that viewing the late-night cricket from afar should have come with an ‘X’ rated warning, especially for Australia’s likely set of lefties led by Matt Renshaw and Shaun Marsh. Ashwin may not take 46 wickets like Jim Laker several generations ago prompting the headlines: YOU’VE BEEN…

1 min
australia v india

First Test in Australia: 1947-48 Tests in Australia: 44 (Australia won 28, India won 5, drawn 11) Overall: 94 (A 41, I 26, dr. 26, tied 1) Highest total (in A): Aust.674, Adel. 1947-48; Ind. 7-705 dec., Syd., 2003-04 Lowest total (in A): Aust. 83, Melb. 1980-1; Ind. 58, Bris. 1947-8 Most Tests: Ricky Ponting (A) 29; Sachin Tendulkar (I) 39 Most runs: Ricky Ponting (A) 2555 at 54.36; Sachin Tendulkar (I) 3630 at 55 Best average: Steven Smith (A) 84; Ravi Shastri (I) 77 Most runs in a series (in A): Steven Smith (A) 769, 2014-5; Virat Kohli (I) 692, 2014-5 Highest score (in A): Michael Clarke (A) 329 not out, Syd. 2011-12; Sachin Tendulkar (I) 241 not out, Sydney, 2003-4 Highest partnership (in A): 386 (4th wicket), Ricky Ponting & Michael Clarke (A) Adel., 2011-2; 353 (4th wicket),…

5 min
calling all batsmen

Australia’s top-six batting positions are in the greatest state of flux for 30 years. Rarely have runs on the board been so important this spring, both for the touring team in the United Arab Emirates and back home for the opening of the 2018-19 Sheffield Shield season. The bans imposed on David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith, combined with the uncertainty and lack of recent Test runs in South Africa from Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja, have made the selection of Australia’s top six for the coming home-soil Tests against the Indians and Sri Lankans the most open in years. Will the selectors trust the experienced players they have seen and know? Or will they go for a young bolter or two — picking on promise and potential rather…

6 min
how times have changed

So much money is made from television rights when the Indian cricket team visit, they are now clearly the world’s most sought-after touring team. Half a century ago, they were considered such easy beats that Sir Donald Bradman and the Australian selectors omitted their No.1 fast bowler, Graham McKenzie, from the final two Tests of the 1967-68 series, when the famed West Australian was in the most destructive form of his mighty career. It was an astonishing axing. And there was never any official explanation. Maybe the Don and co wanted to “trial” other players for places in the follow-up Ashes tour of England. Some reckoned they were instructed to leave him out to allow India to be more competitive. In McKenzie’s hometown of Perth, the decision was called an insult to…

6 min
girls, take a bow

American activist Marian Wright Edelman once said: “You can’t be what you can’t see.” While she was talking about women in technology, her statement certainly applied to me and many of my teammates in the Australian women’s cricket team. Growing up in the Sydney suburbs, I was unaware that Australia had its own cricketing XI — arguably the most successful in the international women’s game. I knew nothing of the outstanding domestic interstate competition established in the 1930s or even that there was a club structure in Sydney, the strongest in Australia. My love for cricket came through my father, of Indian origin, playing the game in the backyard and visits to the Sydney Cricket Ground, to watch the men play. At weekends, I noticed all the kids playing cricket. It didn’t…