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Inside Cricket February 2015

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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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3 min.
editor’s note

Well, these quadrennial cycles seem to be accelerating. Is it really eight years since Gilly slaughtered Sri Lanka? Forty years since one-day cricket’s Big Bang? Twenty-three since Australia and New Zealand last saw a World Cup on their soil? Say what you like about the 50-over game and its World Cup – its history has been amazing. Cricket’s already-fertile lore was enriched immeasurably the moment that first ball was bowled in 1975. It is the place where cricketing nations all get together, and the same subjects are discussed in a multitude of accents, in Aussie pubs, Indian bazaars or at Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival. Akram, Garner or McGrath? Murali or Warne? Did Waugh really say that? Who authored the locus classicus of World Cup batting lore? Viv or Gilly? Or Ponting?…

1 min.
great shot

4 min.
ryan carters

NEW BALL There are cricketers who play the game intelligently, and there are intelligent people who play cricket. Ryan Carters is blessed enough to be both. Carters is the sort of thoughtful sportsman whose approach and technique are a function of his intelligence, not just his physical abilities. As a student of Canberra’s Radford College in 2008, Carters attained a score of 99.95. For those of you unfamiliar with HSC scores and what they mean, a score of 99.5 is – well, extremely high. Carters was dux of the college. Naturally, to the average cricket fan, such details don’t even rate as window-dressing. They’re not the sorts of scores to impress selectors, either. But when Carters talks about his cricket and the way he approaches it, you come to understand the reasons why…

4 min.
they said

FIRST SESSION “The West Indies tour? I’m not sure. My wife has a baby due early June, which is when that tour is on, so I’m not sure I’ll make the West Indies.” Ryan Harris. Geez, Rhino! Priorities! “He’s a handful on most wickets, but certainly if they’re a bit handy or useful, he looks like he could be quite unplayable.” Dennis Lil lee was one excited ol’ fast bowler after Josh Hazlewood’s five-for on debut. “I know from speaking to him he thin ks he’s got some things to prove in one-day cricket, so I expect some things from him.” Aussie q uick Pat Cummins on Wa rner just before his ton in the first ODI against England in the tria ngular series. Expectation met. “There’s no bowler in the world that I…

4 min.
numbers game

FIRST SESSION UNUSUAL WORLD CUP FACTS Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas’s spell against Bangladesh in 2003 was unique. He started the match at Pietermaritzburg with a hat-trick. Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga became the only one to capture four wickets in four balls, against South Africa, Providence, 2007. Only two wickets fell for 441 in the match between Pakistan and West Indies in Melbourne in 1992. Pakistan scored 2-220 and West Indies replied with 0-221 to win by 10 wickets. The last 344 runs were amassed without the loss of a wicket! Australian batsmen are the only ones to feature twice in five run-outs in a World Cup match – against West Indies in the 1975 final when Alan Turner, Ian and Greg Chappell, Max Walker and Jeff Thomson were run out, and against India in 1996…

5 min.
wicket world

NEW BALL CRICKET’S RAINBOW CONNECTION You might have noticed a number of BBL players this season, and players in the India-Australia ODI match on 18 January, using a rainbow bat grip, wearing rainbow shoelaces, or a rainbow wristband. There are two reasons for it: the first is to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation. The second is to immortalise the memory of a feisty, vibrant seven-year-old who died in December 2004. Her name was Zaidee Turner. Zaidee died suddenly after collapsing from a burst blood vessel in her brain (cerebral aneurism). Not long after, her stricken parents, Kim and Allan, founded Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation. The family had all been registered organ and tissue donors for five years and had spoken to Zaidee about it. It was her wish that her organs and…