Inside Cricket

Inside Cricket December 2016

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

This issue ofInside Cricket is all about recognition. Jason Krejza speaks of our spinners going to waste due to lack of patience and encouragement – a situation that has been going on a long time, as we’ll mention in the next issue in our tribute to Johnny Gleeson. The topic for our “Timeless Test” was chosen before Max Walker died, because we felt it was time he was recognised for the real value of his contribution, as a cricketer, not just a personality. With his passing, he’s taken up even more space than we anticipated, for reasons we’d rather didn’t exist. Ian Chappell touches upon the outrageous withdrawal of recognition from past South African greats, thanks to post-Apartheid politics. Our feature on Cricket Australia’s Female Engagement strategy addresses a landmark year for…

1 min.
great shot

4 min.
matthew renshaw

Talented young batsman Matt Renshaw recently suffered a setback to his rise through Australian professional cricketing ranks after sustaining a knee injury during play. Renshaw, batting for Queensland Bulls, retired from a Matador Cup clash against Tasmania and was subsequently replaced by Peter Forrest. The unfortunate injury comes after a stellar couple of years for the left-hander. Earlier this year Renshaw found himself selected as a member of the Australia A and NPS (Nations Performance Squad) teams. He toured with the teams as part of the Quadrangular Series across his home state of Queensland where they took on India A and South Africa A. Renshaw received the news of his national selection from Cricket Australia’s Chairman of Selectors, Rod Marsh, following a morning of golf with mates. During that phone call,…

3 min.
a bit o’ l ip

“India’s overdrive in making wickets that blatantly favour their spinners was on display in the Test series against South Africa at home.” The Hindustan Times being unusually frank! "There was a time when Australian teams used sledging cleverly as a strategy. The mindless babble that this group have resorted to is both embarrassing and totally ineffective." The withering assessment of Kepler Wessels, who’d played international cricket for both Australia and South Africa. "If they want to throw stuff at us, obviously they're in front as well, but we're not going to stand back just because we're down. We have a lot of pride in our players, in our team and in our country so we're going to fight back." Ryan Harris’ response to Wessels. "It is Dr Owler's opinion that no intervention, no…

4 min.
what’s thes core?

ANZ CRICKETERS WHITEWASHED Australia and New Zealand reached their nadir this October. New Zealand’s Test team was whitewashed 0-3 in India while Australia’s ODI team was whitewashed 0-5 in South Africa. A RUN REPAST! It was Australia’s first loss to South Africa in a bilateral ODI series against them since 2009. Australian opener David Warner’s stunning 173 in the final ODI in Cape Town was the highest ODI score by an Australian against South Africa. But it could not prevent defeat. The third ODI at Durban was a run-rich thriller. Australia totalled 6-371 with centuries from Warner and skipper Steve Smith. But South Africa hit back, registering 6-372 to win by four wickets with four balls remaining. The only higher victory chase in an ODI was also by South Africa when they smashed 9-438 runs at…

4 min.
wicket world

Not many pictures of Hasan Raza exist, but here’s a pic of England’s Ashley Giles, who believed he got him out in this shot – corroborated by a teammate! SAY THIS QUICKLY: RIAZ AND RAZA IN SHARJAH Hasan Raza first played Test cricket 20 years ago, for Pakistan. Given that his age today is officially 34, that made him 14 at the time! So far, he’s the youngest man ever to play cricket at the highest level. Now living in Sharjah, he’s set to resume that international career as a representative of the UAE. Raza is months away from qualifying under the UAE’s fouryear qualifying rule. Raza, who played seven Tests for Pakistan, is set to join another former Pakistani national, Riaz Afridi, who played one Test as a bowler in 2004…