Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald

Cameron Bancroft set to earn baggy green cap for first Test against New Zealand

Andrew Wu Australian cricket is set to mark the start of a new era by blooding West Australian opener Cameron Bancroft for his Test debut against New Zealand next week.

Tim Southee laid low as New Zealand bowlers hammered in tour match

Off early: Tim Southee was forced to leave the field with a stomach ailment.

Andrew Wu New Zealand's bowlers failed to make a breakthrough in the first session of their tour match against a Cricket Australia XI at Blacktown on Thursday.

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Australia's Test aspirants Cameron Bancroft, Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns fail to fire

Dismissed cheaply: Cameron Bancroft walks towards the pavilion after being dismissed by James Faulkner.

Andrew Wu It took just over one session of the Sheffield Shield season for national selectors to be delivered sobering reminder how much Australia's short-term future rests on the shoulders of Steve Smith and...

Brendon McCullum delivers soothing message to Black Caps before Gabba challenge

Experienced campaigner: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

Andrew Wu Brendon McCullum has told New Zealand's players not to be overawed by the hard and fast Gabba wicket, as the Black Caps aim to tick off another first in Australia this summer.

Did New Zealand's cricketers call off tour game to watch Rugby World Cup final?

Andrew Wu New Zealanders are rugby mad, so too their cricketers but did they decide to call off their final practice match early so they could watch the All Blacks in the World Cup final?

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David Warner still in pain from broken thumb but right to play first Test against New Zealand

David Warner is in a race to be fit for the New Zealand series.

Andrew Wu David Warner concedes he will have to battle the pain from his broken thumb for the rest of his career but will not let that prevent him from playing in the first Test next week.

New Zealand to shun match practice for extra time in Gabba fortress

New Zealand's BJ Watling hits the ball square against Cricket Australia's XI Peter Siddle in their cricket tour match in Canberra, Australia, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Christo)

Andrew Wu New Zealand are taking unusual steps in a bid to avoid becoming the next touring team to fall victim to the fiery conditions which have made the Gabba Australia's fortress for the last 27 years.

Matador Cup: Mitchell Starc caps off dominant display as NSW cruise to title with victory over South Australia

Andrew Wu Mitchell Starc set himself the goal of replicating his dominance in the one-day arena into Test cricket after reaffirming his standing as the king of the white ball in the final of the Matador Cup.

Australia's players say not too late to call off day-night Test over ball fears

 Luke Feldman of Queensland holds a pink cricket ball

Andrew Wu, Jon Pierik Hard to see and changes colour. These are the criticisms of the pink ball that could force Cricket Australia to abort next month's groundbreaking day-night Test aginast New Zealand.

New faces herald a summer of transition for Australian cricket

Western Australia's Cameron Bancroft will be among the next generation of players to be given an opportunity with the Prime Minister's XI.

Andrew Wu Ten issues likely to be bubbling throughout the Australian summer.

Day-night Test match: Josh Hazlewood says pink ball a safety hazard

Sunset claws: Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood is concerned for fielders square of the wicket.

Andrew Wu Josh Hazlewood has expressed safety concerns over the pink ball to be used in the historic day-night Test match, saying visibility issues are making it hard for fielders square of the wicket.

Mitchell Johnson offers sneak peek of destruction to come with Matador Cup display

Well done: Mitchell Johnson celebrates dismissing Charlie Hemphrey during the Matador Cup match between Western Australia and Queensland at Drummoyne Oval.

Andrew Wu New Zealand are taking extra measures to counter the menace of Mitchell Starc but it's another express-paced left-armer Mitchell Johnson threatening to rattle their cages.

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Australia's batsmen to get Test audition in tour match against New Zealand

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 14:  Usman Khawaja of Australia preapres to bat during the Australian Test Players red ball player camp at Hurstville Oval on October 14, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu Australia's new look batting stocks have been given a gilt edged opportunity to prove their Test credentials this weekend as selectors look to finalise one of the most uncertain batting line-ups in...

The best is yet to come for Australia's spinner Nathan Lyon

Andrew Wu He's already Australia's greatest finger-spinner of all time but Nathan Lyon believes he is still two years away from hitting his peak.

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith prepared to play boring to beat Bangladesh

Whatever it takes: New Test captain Steve Smith isn't afraid to deviate from the methodology of his predecessor Michael Clarke.

Andrew Wu Steve Smith is ready to part ways with Australia's mantra of aggressive cricket in Bangladesh and is prepared to even "bore" batsmen out if it reaps him a series victory on his first Test tour as...

Ashes 2015: David Warner endorsed by Cricket Australia as new vice-captain

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  David Warner of Australia reacts after being dismissed by Ben Stokes of England during day two of the 4th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge on August 7, 2015 in Nottingham, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu David Warner's transformation from the bad boy of Australian cricket to an official leader is complete after the opener was endorsed by Cricket Australia on Friday as the new vice-captain of the...

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Ashes 2015: Steve Smith left in charge of Australian team in utter disarray

Heir apparent: Steve Smith.

Andrew Wu, Daniel Cherny The meek surrender of the urn has laid bare the shambolic state of Australian cricket which is facing its second major rebuild in a decade after Michael Clarke's mid-series resignation.

Ashes 2015: Michael Clarke's captaincy to be reviewed as Ashes defeat looms for Australia

On shaky ground: Michael Clarke leads his team off the field after the opening day debacle at Trent Bridge.

Andrew Wu The urn is gone, and Michael Clarke could be the next to leave the scene.

Race commissioner slams 'despicable' booing of Goodes

Adam Goodes won't play this weekend.

Andrew Wu Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner has condemned the booing of Sydney champion Adam Goodes, describing the "vilification" of the AFL great as "despicable behaviour" which aimed to silence...

Trent Johnston to be named NSW's new head coach

Trent Johnston

Andrew Wu Former Ireland captain Trent Johnston has been entrusted with arguably the most important job in Australian domestic cricket - coaching NSW.