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AFGHANISTAN’S Rambo-styled paceman, Hamid Hassan, is ready to tick another box off his cricketing wish list when he walk onto the spiritual home of pace bowling, the WACA.

MELBOURNE Storm skipper Cameron Smith says he will put his hand up to play on Monday night against the Dragons if his ankle pulls up well on Thursday.

SOUTH AFRICA notched a second-straight score in excess of 400 before unleashing a pace barrage to record a thumping win over Ireland in Canberra.

MICHAEL Clarke says he’s the fittest he’s been in five years as the Aussie captain prepares to go into unchartered territory over the next week.

BRAD Hogg’s gut feeling says Australia will miss the World Cup final. He also thinks India have timed their run perfectly and will win the showpiece event.

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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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