Eleven a side: The grand final

England and Australia are meeting today in what could well be the last one-day international played between teams of eleven players each. Lawrence Booth is doing the blog you have when you’re not having a blog at The Guardian. Follow the live scorecard at The Cricket Site (who, hopefully, will fix their home page which currently states that Bangladesh are playing in today’s final). Live audio from BBC Five Live Extra.

Progress score: Australia 3, France 0. Ten minutes into the first half. Channel Seven’s coverage of the cricket commences after the rugby.

Enough, Zimbabwe!

Sadly, I think it’s time for the ICC to suspend Zimbabwe from all international cricket competition. Mugabe’s conduct in running the country has finally, in my opinion, made it untenable for any side to play cricket there. The ICC, of course, is going to do no such thing.

In the past I’ve supported Zimbabwean cricket’s right to remain on the world stage, acknowledging the complexity of political and commercial interests that have bound the ICC and its members. But how, really, can we continue to justify sending teams to play in a country whose fabric is being torn to shreds by a reckless and deluded president, who just happens to also be Patron of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union? The “Drive Out Rubbish” program is, for me, the last straw. Continue reading “Enough, Zimbabwe!”

Keeping it Cricket in the City of Compton

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We’ve heard much over the years of Ted Hayes and his work in organising street kids into cricket teams in Los Angeles. NPR‘s (National Public Radio) News and Notes program on Thursday did a feature on Hayes’ latest project – the Dome Village of Compton, California – and its cricket team, the Compton Homies. Continue reading “Keeping it Cricket in the City of Compton”

Andrew Symonds 5-18

Is there a message in this somewhere? Something along the lines of “try sacking me now you bastards”…

Symonds saves Australia

The question has to be asked: If Andrew Symonds stayed off the turps last Friday night, would Australia be undefeated in the NatWest Series today? Continue reading “Symonds saves Australia”

Random thoughts during NWS 5

In my BBC interview on Tuesday, Rhod Sharp described me as “following the NatWest Series avidly”. I have no idea how he arrived at that conclusion. Continue reading “Random thoughts during NWS 5”

Sledging by Media 2: Is that the truth or is your news limited?

Rupert Murdoch’s flagship random word generator doctoring photographs and dredging up sexist, homophobic stereotypes yet again. Yes, it’s all good clean honest sledging, isn’t it?

On the BBC

I was interviewed by BBC Radio Five Live earlier today as part of their weekly Pods and Blogs program during their overnight shift. Continue reading “On the BBC”

Sledging by Media 1: Shane’s Shame

Shane’s Shame: Married Aussie cricket ace begged me for sex, but it was OWZAT! in seconds
(Mike Duffy/Sunday Mirror, 19.6.05) Continue reading “Sledging by Media 1: Shane’s Shame”

The paper rout of Bangladesh’s Aussie rout

Coverage from the British Sunday papers of Australia’s humiliation by Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens on Saturday: Continue reading “The paper rout of Bangladesh’s Aussie rout”