If he misses out in Sydney, Labuschagne is prone to be on the radar for the Canberra Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka.
Whereas it is his efforts with the bat which is able to in the end decide his long-term future, his leggies can have him in rivalry for Checks on spin-friendly tracks.
Doyen reaches triple century
There’s been a serious milestone in Australian cricket this week which has caught many abruptly. Commentary doyen Jim Maxwell is looking his 300th Take a look at.
There has not been a lot fanfare within the lead-up as not even his employers, the ABC, had been conscious of the landmark till late within the week.
The broadcaster plans to mark the event on Saturday by reuniting him with former colleague Kerry O’Keeffe in the course of the lunch break.
O’Keeffe is now with Fox Sports activities however made his identify as a broadcaster with the ABC, the place he and Maxwell had been behind the microphone collectively for 13 years.
The Tonk requested Maxwell, whose tally contains two ladies’s Checks, to checklist his 5 favorite long-form video games, all of that are matches the place Australia had been overwhelmed, usually by slender margins.
On the high of the checklist is the well-known Edgbaston Take a look at in 2005 which England gained by two runs. That match was important because it gave Michael Vaughan’s facet real perception they may regain the urn after 16 years in Australian palms.
Maxwell additionally contains the 2001 Take a look at in Kolkata, the place VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid added 376 to swing the match again in India’s favour simply because it appeared Steve Waugh was about to overcome what was dubbed because the “last frontier”.
Those that have began following the sport within the final 10 or so years might be stunned that the West Indies function 3 times – Adelaide 1993, Barbados 1999 and Antigua 2003.
The heartbreaking loss in Adelaide meant Allan Border by no means featured in a successful sequence in opposition to the once-mighty Windies.
ACA urges warning over stump mics
Australian cricket’s gamers’ union has aired its issues overs stump microphones to broadcasters.
The Australian Cricketers’ Affiliation shouldn’t be in opposition to the adjustments which have introduced viewers nearer to the motion within the center however has sought better readability over the “guidelines of engagement”.
“I would not say we’re not pleased. [Players are] conscious issues can probably unintentionally be picked up – whether or not it is unintentional swearing or issues like that,” ACA chief Alistair Nicholson stated on SEN.
“We’re acutely aware we do not essentially need gamers to be slapped with code-of-conduct fines when they are surely working as onerous as they will to deliver that aspect of the sport by means of that we have by no means had.
“It is extra warning than negativity however very a lot desirous to embrace it.”
Ponting again for Sydney
Ricky Ponting has confirmed such a success for Channel Seven the community has made a last-minute change to its roster for the fourth Take a look at.
The preliminary plan had been for the previous Take a look at captain to be on the Massive Bash League circuit subsequent week however he’ll now name all 5 days of the Sydney Take a look at.
Ponting has confirmed a giant hit for Seven along with his mix of tactical information and frank and incisive commentary.
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald