JAMES Magnussen is back where it all started and he wants Australia to know he has become a better man for the journey he has taken to this moment.

HURDLES champion Sally Pearson has conceded her interrupted preparation means she won’t be able to chase further glory in the 100m.

MELBOURNE City is on the verge of signing decorated Slovenian midfielder Robert Koren as its international marquee player.

ALASTAIR Cook is in the midst of the worst slump of his career, and Australia is at the heart of both the pinnacle and nadir of his career.

CRANBOURNE trainer Shawn Mathrick doesn’t believe his talented mare Gig is simply making up the numbers in Saturday’s $150,000 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield.

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Cricket under the microscope, with many balls in the air

Cricket, our raison d’etre for so many years, is in a state of flux.

We have variation upon variation of the shorter game, an international calendar so busy that matches seem to morph into the next without definition, and a huge pool of Australian players servicing one form of the game or another to the point where we have trouble remembering the names.

As another cricket season gets underway, we sought the views of three key figures in the game – Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, journalist Greg Baum and park cricketer, author and journalist Gideon Haigh. Here’s how they see our great summer game…

We're overcoming challenges, making progress  - James Sutherland

One-day cricket, limited appeal  - Greg Baum

Indian largesse holds key to cricket's future  - Gideon Haigh

 

The MCG during the 2006 Australia v England Boxing Day Test