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Inside Cricket November 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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in this issue

4 min.
editor’s note

Most of the oppositions in society are artificial, and describe life as others would have us live it. Cricket’s contrived fault line is populated on one side by “conservatives” who insist on the inviolability of Test cricket, and on the other by “progressives” who contend they should “move on”. Sound thinking has sunk into the crack. Thank heaven cricket has people like Ian Chappell. Chappell writes for us because, along with a handful of ex-players like the late Richie Benaud, Rod Marsh and now Justin Langer, no-one has spoken greater sense about the game with only the state of the game in mind, minus ego or self-serving agenda. Ian’s column in this issue shows his mastery of cricket nous. Sound thinking, always necessary, fled the moment T20 sashayed into the arena. Many…

1 min.
great shot

4 min.
steve o’keefe

Steve O’Keefe came to prominence on the recent tour of Sri Lanka when there was momentary frisson before the series started at the prospect of Australia fielding a twin-spin attack. Sadly, injury to O’Keefe put paid to that. But who is Stephen O’Keefe, and how did he vault to the forefront of Australia’s selection calculations? O’Keefe, who is currently captain of NSW, has never really failed to impress at the highest level. He was actually picked in Australia’s squad to play Pakistan in England in 2010, but a leggie who might have been just a bit better-performed with the bat named Steve Smith was preferred ahead of him. However, he was respected for his abilities and his leadership qualities, and, when Simon Katich left the game, O’Keefe was conferred the captaincy…

3 min.
a bit o’ lip

“It's a little bit disappointing from our point of view because ... we like to play an aggressive brand of cricket, we like to entertain the crowd. So far it's been very difficult to do that. From a Sri Lankan's spectator point of view, for them I would like to see fours and sixes and big hits." On the other hand…Oz contrarian David Warner simply believed Sri Lankan curators need to lift their game! He’s right about those Sub-Continental curators though – they’re un-Australian! "Probably hit the ball more and not get LBW for a start." Darren Lehmann on how to handle spinners Rangana Herath and Lakshan Sandakan. "I'm playing for my country and paid to friggin’ bowl." Mitchell Starc, when it was suggested he, too, be sent home from Sri Lanka…

4 min.
what’s the score?

ODDLY ENOUGH! In the first innings of the third Test in Colombo (SSC) in August, Sri Lanka started 5 for 26 and Australia with 1 for 267. Who won? Sri Lanka by 163 runs. At times, badly begun is half done! In this Test, Sri Lanka was rescued by their number six and seven batsmen, Dinesh Chandimal (132 runs) and Dhanajaya de Silva (129) who added 211 runs for the sixth wicket after that horror start to the innings. A week earlier in the Gros Islet Test, India were also rescued by their number six and seven batsmen, Ravichandran Ashwin (118) and Wriddhiman Saha (104) who added 213 runs for the sixth wicket after India was 5 for 126. Chandimal, de Silva and Saha are wicketkeepers. In the Colombo Test, de Silva became the…

5 min.
wicket world

A STEPPE FORWARD The Mongolian Cricket Seed Appeal has managed to raise funds for the country’s first-ever cricket ground. Locals are discovering, and loving, the game, and are turning up excitedly to net sessions to test their skills. Our photos show locals and expatriate players in the nets at MACA Mongolian Friendship Cricket Ground on July 16, in Ulaanbaatar. The local hero of this visionary movement is Battulga Gombo, who founded the Mongolian Amateur Cricket Association in 2007. In 2009, “Tulga” attended Cricket Australia’s Cricket Coach Accreditation Course in Melbourne while his wife studied at Monash University. Years earlier, on a trip to Australia, Tulga, a national judo champion, became intrigued by the game and its ethos. Seeing cricket’s potential for positive social change, Battulga began an outreach program, taking cricket to…