Inside Cricket

Inside Cricket January 2017

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 is written just before the Test series against Pakistan, but regardless of the outcome, it’s anticipated by many that India will murder Australia come February-March. It’s a shame this series comes so soon after what looks like a new dawn for Australia. The Subcontinent has been the ruin of many a great side. These young batsmen and bowlers jostling for position in the Aussie team have been dealt some crappy cards. As Jason Krejza rightly pointed out in last month’s issue, experience is the only solution. India’s bowlers know where to pitch it, and their batsmen know how to play the spinners. Australia’s pattern in Sri Lanka was that Starc would get the Aussies off to a flyer with early wickets, then – well, donuts, as they say in the…

1 min.
great shot

3 min.
kurtis patterson

Following his best pre-season to date, Kurtis Patterson is ready to tackle the upcoming summer for NSW and Sydney Thunder. The big-hitting left-hander spent the winter playing for Australia A in the Quadrangular Series as well as “Test” matches against India A and South Africa A. The exposure to high-level international competition paid big dividends for the 23-year-old in the recent Matador Cup series. The Blues reached the final and decimated Queensland to take the win with Patterson himself scoring an impressive 77 not out. Patterson rose to prominence as a teenager when he was selected to the U19 Australian team, where he gained international experience touring in Dubai and playing against the West Indies. He returned home to vice-captain the national team in the U19 World Cup, which narrowly fell…

3 min.
a bit o’ lip

"He probably opened his mouth before his brain got working. It might have been early in the morning, he loves a sleep in." Rod Marsh the day Khawaja was selected for the first Test. Marsh was asked about Usman’s com ments on being made a “scapegoat” after Sri Lanka. "Just because you've got Steyn and Rabada bowling fast, it doesn't mean we don't have anyone to match that." Mitchel l S ta rc before the firs t Test. Got anyone in mind, M itch? “He’s a smart arse. He’s a winning smart arse and you can be when you’re winning but I don’t think the South Africans have handled it really well to be honest.” Brad Haddin, on Faf during and after the bal l-tampering episode. " That is probably pretty bad manners,…

4 min.
what’s the score?

A MEASLY 99! This is going back a bit, but is worth recalling. In a varsity match against Cambridge on July 8, 1912 at Lord’s, Oxford’s 21-year-old Gerald E.V. Crutchley was unbeaten on 99 at stumps. But at the end of the day he was diagnosed with measles and had to withdraw from the match. Cricket, cruel cricket! Wisden 1913 devoted two pages to it. PALLEKELE AND PERTH There were many similarities between the Pallekele and Perth Tests played by Australia four months apart. In Pallekele in July 2016, Sri Lanka was dismissed for 117 after being 4 for 43 and 5 for 67. In Perth in November 2016, South Africa was dismissed for 242 after being 4 for 32 and 5 for 81. In Pallekele, Australia replied with 203 to lead in the first…

4 min.
wicket world

PAKISTAN DEFEATS ENGLAND – AGAIN! In October, Pakistan’s cricket team for people with a disability won the ICC Academy PD T20 Tournament 2016 when they defeated the defending champions, England, by three wickets. Played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the final was a thrilling match. England, batting first, scored 137-5 in their 20 overs, with Jamie Goodwin hitting 40, Gordan Laidlaw 34 and Jordan Williams unbeaten on 17.Pakistan ’s Nihaar Alam bagged two wickets. It was a handy score, but Pakistan achieved the target in 19.2 overs with three wickets in hand. Hasnain Alam scored 39 and Jahanzeb Tiwana made 29. England’s 21-year-old veteran bowler, Dan Reynaldo, took 2-24. It was a triple triumph for Hasnain Alam, who was declared man of the match and man of the tournament. THE PARRAS THEATRE Meet…