SKIPPER Steve Smith has guided Australia to a solid position at stumps on day one with an unbeaten 72 not out at the MCG.

    IT’S time for Shane Watson to get the monkey off his back and start batting for long periods of time and making big runs, writes Allan Border.

    MEDIOCRITY is threatening to overwhelm the Australian top six, with players out of form and no one putting their hand up to replace them.

    THE American yacht Comanche and defending champion Wild Oats were within sight of each other this morning on the approach to Bass Strait.

    THE biggest loser of the Sydney to Hobart fleet could well end up becoming its biggest winner.

    Kate Fitzpatrick

    Actress Kate Fitzpatrick address the Women in Cricket Test Breakfast in the Members Dining Room on December 27, 2008.