Inside Cricket

Inside Cricket July 2015

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

What should I be commenting on? The recent, aborted bid to overthrow the leadership of world cricket? A revolution is brewing, after all. Or perhaps the heated debate over Pietersen’s exclusion from England’s team. Nemesis dooms the rebel to a lifetime of admiring only himself. We wait to hear the final “plop” No. I want to make a belated tribute to a real revolutionary and a true rebel. Richie Benaud. That’s right. Those who only ever knew him as an elderly commentator might think that’s a risible description of the man, something like saying John Howard was an unacknowledged giant of hip-hop. Revolution is about change for the better. That’s what Richie was about. He showed the world what rebellion and revolution can achieve when it’s done with the right heart; when…

1 min.
great shot

4 min.
andrew fekete

Before last season, if anyone was familiar with the name Andrew Fekete, they might have been art connoisseurs, because the first man to make the moniker famous was a Hungarian-born Brit, an abstract expressionist painter, poet and writer who died at 32 in 1985. At the start of last season, the most curious thing about Tasmanian fast-bowler Andrew Fekete’s name was that, against all probability, it gave fellow Aussie cricketer Mark Steketee a partner in rhyme. Fast bowler Fekete, a 30-year-old from Tasmania via Victoria, deserves a break – not the kind that almost ruined his career in 2013, but rather the sort of recognition a talented, hard-working fast-bowler should be getting. Hopefully, his shock sweep of all the big Cricket Tasmania awards at the end of the last Shield season will gain…

3 min.
numbers game

ASHES FLASHES After the first three Tests in England in 1989, Steve Waugh averaged an awesome 393.00 (177 not out at Leeds, 152 not out and 21 not out at Lord’s and 43 at Birmingham). He averaged 126.50 in the six-Test series. Coincidentally, Australia’s Charles Turner and Glenn McGrath and England’s Sydney Barnes have an identical bowling average of 19.34 in Ashes Tests in England; Turner in eight Tests, McGrath in 14 and Barnes in seven. Another Aussie, Terry Alderman, came close, averaging 19.33 in 12 Tests. All 11 England players bowled against Australia in the 1884 Oval Test. The most successful bowler was the regular wicket-keeper Alfred Lyttelton who took 4-19 with lobs while W.G. Grace kept wickets. Only two batsmen have aggregated over 2000 runs in Ashes in Australia: Hobbs 2493 runs…

5 min.
wicket world

…AS LONG AS THE CRICKET ISN’T FRENCH! A new T20 competition has been started in Europe to raise interest in the game on the Continent. Called the Mediterranean Premier League, the competition has the noble aims of enhancing the status of the game throughout the Continent, and creating some history of its own. Having the various ancient peoples of that melting-pot of a landmass agree on anything is no easy task – just ask the European Union. But the MPL has been crafted to appeal to people of all European nations and sensibilities. The competition will include all existing teams, at all levels, from club through to national. Currently, numbers appear to be somewhere between six and 12 teams, which will compete in one match a day over four, or five,…

4 min.
jess jonassen

Southern Stars and Konica Minolta Queensland Fire all-rounder Jess Jonassen is no dill, as a cricketer or in any other matter. Apart from being the current WNCL Player of the Year, she is studying for a law degree. Jonassen was the most shocked person in the room at the Australian State Cricket Awards this year, when she won the coveted award from a strong field. She attributed it to “the most consistent year I’ve had,” but that is, typically, an understatement. Though she describes herself as a bowling all-rounder, Jonassen has dug the various national and State sides she’s played in out of trouble, and won them games, consistently with the bat as well over the last few years. But with ball in hand, Jonassen is a very skillful purveyor of effective, wicket-taking…