Richardson revealed that he has taken to patronising the newly established outlet of batsman-barista David Warner, adding warmly that "to me it all tastes the same". Marnus Labuschagne has also tried to claim a slice of the market with what connoisseurs describe as a homespun brew that looks a bit funny but gets the job done - though given he is only open for business when not batting in the nets (or throwing for Steven Smith in the nets), success is believed to have been limited. … [Read more...] about The coffee wars are going to create latte problems for Australia
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He will look to take on England's fast bowlers if they bounce him on what is expected to be a lively WACA pitch. Smith is quite small at 176cm, but has an aggressive approach that can make things exciting and hairy. With the ball, he will work with Michael Beer, the debutant left-arm spinner. As the team joker, it looks like he'll be on his own. … [Read more...] about Joker role for Steven Smith
"When guys are starting to find things a bit tough mentally from just living in the bubble, being able to get out - even if it might just be a few days of being normal might be a real help. Those conversations need to be had," he said. … [Read more...] about Steve Smith says ‘no chance’ of playing Big Bash League
Which horse named after a cricketer won a classic race? asked Christopher Ingham from EnglandWisden readers probably cheered home Editor's Note in the Belmont Stakes (one of the American Triple Crown races) in 1996, while Playfair won the Grand National in 1888. But my personal favourite cricketing horse is probably the winner of the French 2000 Guineas in 1995: Vettori, ridden by Frankie Dettori, which must have amused the commentators. There may well be more! … [Read more...] about How many IPL teams have won and lost a match by ten wickets in the same season?
Quite how the idea works if a player picks and chooses his tours is unclear. It was easier back in the day because there was no money to speak of. The subcontinent was off limits for anyone who didn't like the food, never mind the daily grind and long hours in a hotel room with a colleague whose world spun differently from his own. Tony Lewis modestly talks of captaining England to Pakistan in 1973 because other, greater, names were unavailable. He rejoiced in the opportunity, drew the series in tricky conditions and made close friends both with his own players, who were delighted to embrace all that the hosts had to offer, and with the opposition, who applauded the visitors for their willingness to tour and warmth to their land. … [Read more...] about Life in the bubble is okay for a while, but over time it is an existential threat