"I've been told that I've got to come into the side and be fun," Smith said at the WACA. "For me, it's about having energy in the field and making sure I'm having fun and making sure everyone else around is having fun, whether it be telling a joke or something like that. It's to make sure we're all upbeat and we're ready to go. I think that's something I can bring to this side." … [Read more...] about Joker role for Steven Smith
While captain Aaron Finch has so far managed to maintain appearances of elite mateship, mainly by overseeing a series of team-bonding latte art sessions, there are fears more serious cultural issues may once again be percolating through the Australian system. Dressing-room feuds such Warne v Waugh or Katich v Clarke are nothing new, but the emergence of this latest beef/vegan-friendly meat substitute could tear the squad apart. What might be the consequences, for instance, of Pat Cummins starting up a cold brew movement, or Glenn Maxwell experimenting with kombucha? Remember, as the old saying goes, a team is only as strong as its weakest pot of vacuum-brewed single-origin fair-trade Sumatran. … [Read more...] about The coffee wars are going to create latte problems for Australia
"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
What's the most runs in a Test series without a century, and the most wickets without a five-for? asked Rajiv Radhakrishnan from Englandmost runs in a Test series without a century is held by England captain turned commentator Michael Atherton, who scored 553 in the 1993 Ashes, with a highest of 99 (run out) in the second Test, at Lord's. Atherton beat the old record of 550, set by Conrad Hunte for West Indies at home to Australia in 1964-65, which remains the record for a five-match series (there were six Tests in 1993). Hunte made six scores between 53 and 89. … [Read more...] about How many IPL teams have won and lost a match by ten wickets in the same season?