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Inside Cricket January 2018

The Inside Cricket team gives you an insider's view of what's going on around the cricketing world - news, features, coaching tips, fitness guide, statistics, giant posters, and the chance to win great prizes. Plus, there's columns from former Australian captains Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor, along with Australian No.4 Test batsman Mike Hussey's exclusive monthly insights, making it a must read for all cricket tragics. Inside Cricket is a seasonal title publishing 4 issues PA - 3 issues over Australia’s summer, and one in its Autumn as a season round-up.

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4 min.
editor’s note

Ambivalence is a place where conflicting feelings co-exist. It’s what you get when you watch your mother-in-law drive over a cliff in your new Cadillac, according to David Mamet. The selection of Tim Paine as Australia’s wicketkeeper and Cameron Bancroft as opener highlights, more than any other selections in recent history, the difficulties of national selection and the ambivalences, contradictions and inconsistencies that arise out of it. Paine and Bancroft are both deserving of selection, yet if logic or decency had prevailed, neither would have made it, it might be argued. They were selected according to conflicting criteria: Bancroft on hard, empirical evidence, Paine on a hunch. An educated guess. The latter is as valid as the former. Sometimes the best result rigorous research can yield is an educated guess. It seems most people…

1 min.
great shot

4 min.
henry thornton

NEW BALL Essential assets ▪ Quick through the air▪ Great variation▪ Good lowerorder bat▪ Calm, clear thinker▪ Great perspective With an imposing presence on and off the field, Henry Thornton is poised to become a key member of the next generation of Australia’s fast-bowling cartel. After having just been upgraded from a rookie contract to a full contract with the NSW Blues, the 20-year-old tearaway quick has enjoyed runaway success. A myriad of bowling variations, in combination with his raw pace, make him one of the better long- and short-form bowling prospects to rise through the ranks. With a swag of first-grade wickets for Easts Dolphins in the NSW Premier Cricket competition, and four List-A games for the Cricket Australia XI in this season’s JLT Cup, Thornton has already made his mark on the national…

3 min.
a bit o’ lip

"I'm just glad I'm on the same team as him. I don't want to be facing it. It was incredible down there – he changed the game on its head on the night of day two.” Daniel Hughes on Mitch Starc’s blazing first game. "You try some funky stuff and every now and then end up looking like an idiot, so it was nice for it come off for a change" Alyssa Healy explaining her “funky” stumping of England’s Tammy Beaumont in the third ODI of the women’s Ashes series, when she ran after the ball and slapped it back onto the stumps before the batter got back to the crease. “It is this lack of equality, clear favouritism and push of friendship-based agendas that is cruelling the cricket landscape. It plays…

4 min.
what’s the score?

OLD HAT? Australia’s left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc created history at Hurstville Oval in Sydney by becoming the first bowler to take two hat-tricks in one Sheffield Shield match, for NSW against Western Australia in November 2017. He became the first bowler in nearly 40 years, and only the second Australian after Thomas Jimmy Matthews in 1912, to perform two hat-tricks in the same first-class match. Matthews’ is cricket’s only instance of a double hat-trick in a Test match. The eight who took first-class double hat-tricks are Alfred Shaw (Nottinghamshire versus Gloucestershire, 1884), Albert Trott (Middlesex versus Somerset, 1907), Thomas Jimmy Matthews (Australia versus South Africa in the 1912 Manchester Test, both hat-tricks on the same day), Charles Parker (Gloucestershire versus Middlesex, 1924), Ronald Jenkins (Worcestershire v. Surrey, 1949), Joginder Rao (Services v.…

5 min.
wicket world

RUN OF THE MILLER South Africa’s David Miller thrashed the Bangladesh attack in October to register the fastest-ever T20 International century. After Hashim Amla did the softening-up with a superb 85, Miller came to the wicket. Thirty-five balls, seven boundaries and nine sixes later, he brought up his century. The Proteas posted 4-224 in their 20 overs. Miller was dropped before scoring a run. Five of his sixes came from the first five balls of the 19th over, bowled by Mohammad Saifuddin, who up to that point must have thought the game was easy, as he conceded only 22 runs from his three overs to that point and dismissed Amla and de Villiers. South Africa won the second T20I by a whopping 83 runs. ENTER VIRENDER! The Delhi and District Cricket Association honoured…