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THE Wallabies’ Bledisloe drought will continue for another season after they were thumped 51-20 by the All Blacks at Eden Park.

AN injury depleted Collingwood have staged a courageous comeback to beat the Giants by eight points and keep their finals hopes alive.

ADELAIDE’S finals aspirations are covered with a black cloud after they dropped a fast-paced thriller against North Melbourne in sunny Hobart.

EXCLUSIVE: NRL players did their own drug tests, and often substituted the urine of clean teammates to avoid positive swabs, according to late disgraced footballer Ryan Tandy.

FORMER skipper Dom Cassisi has paid tribute to Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley for turning a “heartbroken’’ playing group into winners.

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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

 

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