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NATIONAL Selector Rod Marsh has dropped a bombshell by claiming Mitchell Starc is unlikely to be fit for the February Test series against New Zealand.

SCOTT Boland, the former chubby kid who was too fat to open the bowling for his club team, lay awake last night dreaming of playing the Boxing Day Test.

THE future is bleak for one of the most prestigious sporting brands in the world. There are some huge questions lingering ahead of the 2016 season.

Zinedine Zidane’s four sons are all on the books at Real Madrid and like their father, all know how to use their head — in particular 17-year-old Luca.

IN an extraordinary gamble Australia is set to pick a 28-year-old debutant with no Sheffield Shield matches under his belt for the Test against the West Indies.


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


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