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Inside Cricket March - April 2016

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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

Twenty20 cricket is a theme of this issue, for good reason. It’s a phenomenon. It’s fantastic entertainment. It generates excitement. It creates new heroes. It’s bringing crowds. It’s bringing more female players. We’ve been a supporter since its inception, but 2015-16 will be remembered as BBL’s breakout. You’ll notice another underlying theme in this edition: Chris Rogers and Matt Cleary both question Test cricket’s future. Last issue, Justin Langer said good Test-match technique would see a cricketer through any format, whereas a good T20 technique is only good for T20. People are hitting the right questions. But it’s getting late in the day. In the end, it won’t matter whether T20 technique is good for Test cricket, because the gap is widening enough for each to have its own specialists. No-one can…

1 min.
great shot

3 min.
jackson bird

Jackson Bird’ progress has been meteoric, and his performances rewarded and awarded, yet he has the late-bloomer’s habit of being ignored. Bird, a fast-bowler who was recently considered for the recent Australia-West Indies series before he was inexplicably overlooked for the largely-inactive Nathan Coulter-Nile, only began his first-class career when he was almost 25, in season 2011-12. But he made an immediate impact. In order to be noticed, Bird, a tall, accurate fast bowler with an impressive array of tricks, moved to Tasmania that very season. By season’s end, he was Sheffield Shield Player of the Year. The decision was a no-brainer. He’d claimed 53 wickets in his debut season, averaging 16. Included in that performance was a hat trick against Western Warriors, and match figures of 11-95. In fact, after only…

3 min.
they said

“I’d like to ask Steve Smith the same question.” Mitchell Starc after the nail-biter Third Test against New Z e a land in Adelaide, when asked why he was asked to bat in h is usual position, despite a stress fracture to h is foot. “I think reputationally I’m completely scorched.” Chris Cairns on why he won’t return to cricket. Cairns was cleared of perjury and perverting the course of justice during a 2012 match-fixing trial. “I really don’t see question marks and I hope the players aren’t thinking that way either because that is negative.” West Indies team manager Richie Richardson before the first tour match. Obviously one thing West Indies cricket won’t put up with is negativity. “I wouldn’t be selecting four bowlers just because they can bowl at 140km/h.” Said without…

4 min.
numbers game

ONE BEATS XI In the December 2015 Hobart Test, Adam Voges (269 not out) outscored the West Indies (223 all out) in the first innings. His batting partner in Australia’s only innings, Shaun Marsh (182), beat the Windies total of 148 in the second. The fourth-wicket stand of 449 runs between Voges and Marsh was 78 more than the Windies total 371 in both innings. A week earlier in Delhi, India’s Ajinkya Rahane (127 runs) outscored South Africa (121) in the first innings. In the January 2012 Sydney Test, Michael Clarke (329 not out) defeated India (191) off his own bat. In the 2004 Perth Test Justin Langer became the first batsman to outscore an opposition in either innings. He scored 191 and 97 runs. Pakistan was all out for 179 and 72. Ricky Ponting (98) and Damien Martyn…

1 min.
cricket schnell!

Germany launched a brand new domestic T20 competition this last European summer to concentrate talent and improve international performance. Following relegation to ICC Europe Division 3 last year for the first time in a long while, the Deutscher Cricket Bund (DCB) decided it needed to lift its game – and a T20 national tournament for the top 40 to 50 players in the country was born. Taking inspiration from the format of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the DCB Super Series comprises three teams, each with the best talent from different regions of Germany. These were the Western Eagles, representing the state of Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia; the Alpine Tigers, representing Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg; and the Northern Lights, representing Berlin and Northern Germany. The combining of regions meant that competition for places…