Reviewed: In the Firing Line. Diary of a Season (Ed Cowan).

There are cricket books, and then there are cricket books. Such are the mysteries of life, that sometimes you read a cricket book and put it down, never to really remember it. Others, the really good ones, make you think. I could happily wax lyrical about this book, but then I'd rather you go and buy it, and sit, and read, and go away, as I have done, and think about the issues that Ed Cowan raises it in. In short, Cowan's book is a fine long-form broadsheet cricket essay over a summer. I lov...
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Reviewed: Back to the Studio

Back to the Studio is a series of interview-based chapters on Australian radio and TV sporting commentators, by Peter Meares. Not a hard read, it's good for getting for a trip where you can meander in and out, or just have it lying round the house, to have there for a chapter here, a chapter there. Meares makes it clear at the outset he's not interested in horse or car racing and so his interviewees come from the world of cricket, rugby, AFL, league, football (soccer) and general commentators,...
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Armchair cricket selectors – pick your Australian Test team 2014-15

In a Twitter conversation yesterday with @Matt_Cenin, I threw out my 2014-2015 Ashes Test team and he hand some good ideas in terms of people like Nic Maddinson and Mitch Starc as future Test players. Given the interest in the Australian team for the future, I’d like to offer four people, fellow cricket pundits, the opportunity to guest post their views on who they think will be the eleven blokes taking the field for the start of the 2014-15 Australian summer. My post back in October had this ...
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Why Whateley may be right; and an Ashes Test team – four years from now

This morning on ABC1's Offsiders, Gerard Whateley made some comments on the need for generational change in the Australian Test team.   He was right. This coming Ashes test series isn't going to be a doddle, it's going to be tough. And while we can reasonably expect not to play in India as well as we may at home, the fact is that the team is carrying some players; the team needs regeneration as we look post-Ashes; and there are blokes waiting, scoring runs, ready. If you're not prepared...
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