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Inside Cricket December 2017

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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

The day after MCC cricket law 41.5 was passed in September, Marnus Labuschagne of the Queensland Bulls broke it. The law states, “It is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball”. Labuschagne was penalised five runs for pretending to throw the ball when he’d actually failed to pick it up. Former MCC committeeman, the august Right Hon. Lord Percy Ridgewell Blitherington-Prigg, approves of the ruling: “Labuschagne?! Trust some bally Frenchman to turn our game into a dashed mockery! We all know what those knife-wielding alley-dwellers used to do to splendid Englishmen who went for honest, virile ways of sorting matters out! “Pretending to throw a ball! When he didn’t even have it in his hand!…

1 min.
great shot

4 min.
will somerville

Essential assets • Big spinner of the ball • Brings it down from a great height • Extracts lift from most wickets • Gets speed through the air • Handy batsman down the order After a stellar start to his career in the proud colours of NSW, Will Somerville has soared into national spinning circles. With a remarkably cool head on his shoulders and an unusual ability to extract a response from wickets devoid of any indication of life, the spritely 33-year-old packs the ultimate punch. Having snared a phenomenal 35 wickets at 23.14 in his debut Shield season for the Blues, Somerville, a Wellington-born accountant (prior to Shield selection), turned Australian heads during the 2016-17 season. His stellar six months peaked in February 2017, when the right-armed off-spinner spun webs of deception at the SCG against a…

4 min.
a bit o’ lip

“In limited-overs cricket, I thin k Virat is ahead of Steve, but just by that much. Smith I believe is a better Test batsman.” Michael Clarke, assessing the relative merits of Kohli and Smith ahead of the September/October one-day series in India. “World record, thank you. Somebody needs to hold it.”Morne Morkel, graciously accepting his world record for the most w ickets lost to no-balls (13) after he bowled Ben Stokes on ly to see the extended arm of doom. “Ussie’s an unbelievable player. If Test cricket was easy, everyone would do it, that’s the thing that you’ve got to remember. We’re facing quality bowlers. I’m supporting Ussie 100 per cent ... I’m backing Ussie to bounce back and have a massive summer for Australian cricket.” Nathan Lyon giving unconditional endorsement to…

4 min.
what’s the score?

NO PLACE LIKE HOME Although England holds the Ashes, having won 3-2 in England in 2015, Australia had whitewashed them 5-0 in Australia in 2013-14. Australia has won more Tests in Australia and England more in England. At home Australia has won 91 Tests, lost 57 with 27 drawn. England has won 51 Tests in England, lost 49 with 66 drawn. These stats include 15 Tests where Ashes were not at stake. Of the 69 Ashes series, Australia and England have won 32 times each with five drawn. So the 2017-18 series will decide the overall winner. ONE (HUNDRED) IN A HUNDRED In the Bengaluru ODI against India this September, Australia’s dashing opener David Warner became the eighth player and the first Australian to score a century in his 100th ODI. He is the…

6 min.
wicket world

THE SECCOMBE ELEVEN Former Queensland wicketkeeper Wade Seccombe has been appointed the state’s new coach after his predecessor, Phil Jaques, announced he was returning home to New South Wales. Seccombe played 115 first-class matches until 2005 and was Queensland’s all-time leader for wicketkeeping dismissals across all formats until Chris Hartley beat his record last summer. He also toured England with Australia’s Ashes squad in 2001 as Adam Gilchrist’s understudy. Since his retirement as a player, Seccombe has served as Queensland youth coach, assistant coach to Darren Lehmann at Queensland and Brisbane Heat, and Australia’s fielding coach. “Wade had an enviable record and gilt-edged reputation as a player, for his skill level as an individual and his dedication to the team environment”, Queensland Cricket chief Max Walters said. “After his playing career finished, he made…