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LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard has derided his side as soft, while former boss Graeme Souness says they’re a lightweight shadow of last year.

MILE Jedinak has become so integral to the Crystal Palace EPL survival cause that his impending absence for the Asian Cup has manager Neil Warnock worried.

KURTLEY Beale has been dropped from the Wallabies team a day after it was revealed he was involved in a mid-air argument with a team official.

BANNED Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke will now be allowed on stage to be in the celebration photo with his teammates if they win Sunday’s grand final.

ARSENE Wenger praised Danny Welbeck’s goal-scoring instinct after a maiden career treble in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Galatasaray.

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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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