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9:21 AM GMT Communication has been the word on almost everyone’s lips when it came to the decision to make George Bailey a selector alongside the selection chairman Trevor Hohns and the national team coach Justin Langer. It is an area in which, it is widely acknowledged, things need to improve between players and panel.
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4:45 AM GMT The Australia squad named for the Test series against New Zealand was probably one of the simpler discussions the selectors have had in recent times following back-to-back innings victories over Pakistan. However, there could be some tricky decisions on the horizon, most significantly around who would be the second spinner should one
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3:58 AM GMT Australia’s first Boxing Day Test with New Zealand in 32 years will be the backdrop to critical talks between Cricket Australia and the ICC aimed at resolving an impasse over global events for the next international cycle. Financial woes among the majority of Full Member countries have caused them to be increasingly
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Play 00:36 Pink ball behaves more like a white ball – Mitchell Starc Australia’s captain Tim Paine has called for an end to demands for a pink Test match ball that behaves identically to a red one, arguing that the players and followers needed to accept floodlit long-form cricket for the high drawing entertainment product
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4:48 AM GMT Alex Malcolm Highly-rated Western Australia allrounder Cameron Green believes he ‘is a few good years’ from being ready for international cricket despite calls from Ricky Ponting for him to be included in Australia’s squad for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand. Green, 20, made his second Sheffield Shield century in three
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6:04 AM GMT Kevin Roberts, the Cricket Australia chief executive, has revealed that the governing body has declined offers to sign on a betting partner for the men’s and women’s Big Bash Leagues on the basis that the format is pitched primarily at children and families, amid discussion around their high-profile partnership with Bet365. In
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7:31 AM GMT Earl Eddings, the Cricket Australia chairman, has indicated that the broad issues of anti-corruption processes and sports betting are up for discussion with the Australian Cricketers Association, though he has stopped short of meeting with its president Shane Watson to specifically address the Emily Smith WBBL case. In a week where CA
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6:54 AM GMT Alex Malcolm Australia’s newest selector George Bailey won’t shy away from difficult selection conversations with players he shares close relationships with, including Tasmania team-mates Tim Paine and Matthew Wade. Bailey won’t begin his role alongside Justin Langer and Trevor Hohns until early February and will instead be an unofficial national teams advisor
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7:12 AM GMT Australia’s captain Tim Paine insists that it will take an awful lot for him ever to send an opposition side into bat after twice seeing his men struggle against England when he did so at Lord’s and The Oval. Perhaps this is just as well, because his talismanic No. 4 Steven Smith
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9:03 AM GMT Alex Malcolm Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch believes that George Bailey‘s quality as a person and a cricketing judge will transcend any danger of bias towards his Tasmania or Hobart Hurricanes team-mates as the newly appointed selector alongside Trevor Hohns and Justin Langer. Cricket Australia confirmed on Wednesday that Bailey has been
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© PA Photos via Getty images Justin Langer describing Marnus Labuschagne as among the most “coachable” players he has been involved with does not sound particularly special unless it is placed in the context of the vexed role for coaches over cricket’s long history. Unlike the football codes or numerous other sports, coaches have never
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9:16 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff New Zealand left-arm quick Neil Wagner has moved up to No.3 among bowlers in the ICC Test rankings. He gained five places after bagging eight wickets, including a five-for in the second innings, to lead New Zealand to victory in the first-ever Test in Mount Maunganui. Wagner’s team-mate BJ Watling,
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8:49 AM GMT Former Australia ODI captain and current Tasmania batsman George Bailey is set to become the third member of the national selection panel alongside chairman Trevor Hohns and head coach Justin Langer, adding the contemporary voice that Cricket Australia has been searching for in their deliberations for the national team. Bailey, who is
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