FROM Michael Clarke lifting the trophy to Grant Elliott’s match-winning six and Wahab Riaz staring down Shane Watson, these moments defined the World Cup.

    AFTER the World Cup final, Shane Warne hovered over the triumphant Australians like the sad old uncle at an 18th birthday party, writes Richard Hinds.

    A $2 million pay day beckons for Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc, who are in the frame to be ranked No.1 on Cricket Australia’s lucrative contract list.

    BRAD Haddin appears set to follow Michael Clarke into retirement from one-day cricket.

    LEG spin is set to return to the Australian Test side, with Pakistan-born Fawad Ahmed expected to be named in the dual-squads for the Ashes and West Indies.

    Footy Launch Lunch delivers again

    Mar 23, 2011

    From left: Tim Lane hosts a panel comprising Nick Maxwell, Danny Frawley and Tim Watson at the 2011 MCG Footy Season Launch Luncheon on March 23.More than 300 members and guests enjoyed the build up to the 2011 AFL season at the MCG Footy Season Launch Luncheon today in the Members Dining Room.

    Hosted by broadcaster Tim Lane, new MCC president Paul Sheahan addressed his first official function, before Collingwood premiership captain Nick Maxwell gave some forthright and insightful views on the state of the game and what his team was doing to avoid the dreaded premiership hangover.

    Later, former Essendon champion Tim Watson and decorated St Kilda defender Danny Frawley joined Maxwell for an entertaining chat about the big issues in the game - and some very funny anecdotes from yesteryear!