Gutted about no WACA test, pretty much my favourite cricketing venue.
RIP Philip Hughes - 1988-2014
Potential hater of abilities. Blocked on twitter by Michael Vaughan, Brad McNamara and AtlCricket for my hard hitting truths.
Watch James Hopes cut loose and Nick Stevens take a great diving catch to get rid of him in the trial against the Bulls at Eagleby today. Heat won by 15 runs with Dan Christian (54no off 39), Hopesy (32 off 23), and Ben Cutting (3-19 off 3.5) the standouts.
Perth Scorchers take a comprehensive eight-wicket win over NT Strike in under 17 overs.
Here's today match report & scorecard: Scorchers Strike Back In NT
Sam Whiteman (pictured) top scored for us with 29, Nick Berry for them with 40. Sir Bradley Hogg brought his Superman cape to the ground, taking 3/13 off his three overs.
Deciding game tomorrow.
Western Australian Cricket Association added a photo from September 11, 2013 to their timeline.
WA bowlers Matt Dixon and Ryan James have held their nerve to lead the Western Warriors to an exciting two-wicket win over South Australia in their 4-day trial match in Brisbane today. Check out the full report...
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Wes Robinson moves back to WA.
The Scorchers have set NT Strike the largest victory target of the series, ending their innings with only two drops, 2/183.
Liam Davis 49, Ashton Agar 41, Hilton Cartwright 46, Ashton Turner 38.
Adam Bayly and Steve Taylor the wicket-takers for Strike.
Ashton Turner opening the bowling for us.
Perth Scorchers added a photo from September 12, 2013 to their timeline.
The Scorchers dominated Game 3 to win by 95 runs and take the Top End Challenge series at Darwin's Marrara Cricket Ground 2-1. Check out today's report & scorecard: Scorchers Crush NT To Win Series
If the batsmen were tremendous, losing just two wickets and setting 184 for a Strike win (Liam Davis top-scored with 49), then the fielding was outstanding, bowling NT out in the 17th for just 89.
Hilton Cartwright shone with the ball, taking 3-7, while Ashton Turner took both openers in the first over of the innings and ended with 3-15.
Not sure if this was ever brought up here but some interesting points brought up when your top tier only has 6 teams -
FORMER Australia skipper Greg Chappell is concerned the country's next generation of cricketers isn't being tested by the best at domestic level and believes this could explain why Australia's production line has faltered in recent years.
Chappell has noticed that international players aren’t playing as much domestic cricket as they once did and are unlikely to do so in the future.
But he believes Cricket Australia has taken a proactive step to address this issue by boosting its investment in Under-19 cricket, The Futures League and the Australia A program.
This year the Australian Under-19 team has toured New Zealand and India, while Australia A has travelled to England and South Africa as part of an expanded program.
"What this means is that our next generation of players is being exposed to higher levels of competition in a variety of conditions in an attempt to accelerate their learning and to prepare them for even higher levels of competition," Chappell said on cricket.com.au.
Chappell was responding to criticism from former first-class cricketers Theo Doropolous and Dirk Nannes, who said restrictions to the number of players over the age of 23 is the sole reason for Australia's current problems.
"I wish it was that simple," Chappell said.
Concerned with Australia’s ageing batting line-up back in 2008, a restriction was placed on the number of over-23 players playing in what was then called the Futures League. Only three players out of 12 were allowed to be over 23.
Two years later the restrictions were relaxed for the 2011-2012 season to allow six players over the age of 23 to play.
Chappell says the restrictions have had a profound effect on the number of Under-23 players being contracted by the States.
"This season, there are 17 batsmen under the age of 23 on State contracts," he said.
"That is an increase of 90 per cent in the five years of the restrictions.
"I would argue that not having the restrictions in place was hurting Australia more than the restrictions are. In fact, everything that I know about the development process for producing talent reinforces this."
Doropolous and Nannes argued that experienced players are vital for the domestic competition and Chappell agrees, but only to an extent.
"My reservation is that experience is overrated," he said.
"In fact, a lot of players who have been around for any length of time and who are not progressing in their own game may not be the right players at all.
"Experience is important, but so is youthful experience and enthusiasm; when one has a desire to learn, one creates experience at a higher level.
"We only have six States, so it is imperative that we have more than nine batsmen under 23 at any given time or the pain we are currently experiencing will be nothing compared with what we might expect in the future."
Gee, good thing a certain Greg Chappell didn't **** around with the system to help exacerbate such a problem, then...
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who were the 9 batsmen 5 years ago and who are the 17 now.
The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.
Canberra batsmen Aaron Ayre joined Victoria.
I'm pretty sure I can convince the attendant that I'm still under 18
also, C10 'wins' champions league television rights 8 days before it starts
Brad McNamara @bbuzzmc
Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
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