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Aussie cricket commentators have been a breath of fresh air on air

England’s victorious Ashes campaign was compelling enough in its own right to make sleep deprivation a palatable hardship. But for older cricket fans, who remembered the meagre fare of the BBC’s haphazard live screening of tours in the 1980s, the myriad opportunities to follow it seemed like a paradise, to paraphrase Philip Larkin, we dreamed of all our lives.

Alongside the over-by-over coverage, the internet has opened up the possibility of listening to commentary streams from Australia to complement Test Match Special’s excellent coverage, particularly during the shipping forecasts. And those tuning in to ABC, particularly its Grandstand Reflections end-of-play wrap, will have discovered rich baritone voices and fresh, quirky insights.

Full story: The Guardian

 

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Steve Waugh debates Ricky Ponting’s future

Ricky Ponting leaves the field after being caught by Paul Collingwood in the slips.

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes current skipper Ricky Ponting will quit international cricket if he loses the captaincy.

Ponting, who made 12 on Thursday as Australia scored 268 all out in Perth, is under increasing pressure following his side’s poor start to the Ashes.

Waugh told the BBC’s Test Match Special it would be “very hard” for Ponting to continue if he was no longer captain.

“I don’t know what would motivate him in that situation,” added Waugh.

Full story: BBC Sport

 

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Who gets on the plane to Australia?

Jonathan Agnew at Adelaide Oval. He was interv...

Jonathan Agnew. Image via Wikipedia

With the cricket world gripped by the potentially hugely damaging Pakistan spot-fixing allegations, Ashes fever has been thoroughly dampened down.

However, it is not too long before England’s selectors gather to select 16 names to take to Australia this winter, and to prompt some debate I asked Test Match Special pundits Jonathan Agnew, Alec Stewart and Phil Tufnell to name their squads.

Read the thoughts of Jonathan Agnew, Alec Stewart and Phil Tufnell on Oliver Brett’s blog

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