Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu

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

Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Meg Lanning claim major ICC player awards

Andrew Wu Steve Smith's standing as one of the world's pre-eminent players was officially recognised on Wednesday when he claimed two major international gongs.

How New Zealand could provide blueprint for West Indies' revival

West Indies' opener Kraigg Brathwaite shakes hands with Australian captain Steve Smith after the first Test ended in a resounding defeat for the tourists.

Andrew Wu West Indies coach Phil Simmons has urged his bosses to follow the path laid by New Zealand if the former superpowers of world cricket are to recover from their 20-year slump.

From 60 all out in August, top of the world by February: Australia eye No.1 Test ranking

Motivation galore: The chance to return to the top of the Test tree is driving David Warner and the Australian team.

Andrew Wu Australia's players have set themselves the lofty goal of not only regaining the No.1 Test ranking by the end of the summer but staying there long term.

Australia vs West Indies second Test: Great day for the Bolands, more blushes for embattled tourists

Boland them over: Nick Boland (right) playing for Frankston in the VFL.

Andrew Wu If the brother of promoted paceman Scott Boland can land a blow on the West Indies, wait until they face the best bowler in the family.

Australia vs West Indies: Scott Boland called up as Australia's pace supplies run low

Andrew Wu Australia's once rich fast bowling stocks are running alarmingly low after Nathan Coulter-Nile's latest injury setback left unheralded quick Scott Boland within reach of a Test debut on Boxing Day.

'Pitchsiders' finding new ways to stay ahead of the game while betting on cricket

Cricket and cash: Betting has exploded on cricket matches in recent  years.

Andrew Wu A computer program used by audacious cyber scammers has emerged as a new weapon for pitchsiders to avoid detection by cricket's anti-corruption officers.

Michael Clarke wants West Indies stars to prioritise country over Twenty20 franchises

Grave fears for Windies cricket: Michael Clarke.

Andrew Wu Michael Clarke has called for the International Cricket Council to do more to prevent a repeat of the club versus country player crisis which has crippled the West Indies' tour and threatens to turn...

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Big Bash League: Usman Khawaja to undergo birthday fitness test for Boxing Day

Four into three won't go: Mitchell and Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns.

Andrew Wu Usman Khawaja could learn his Boxing Day fate as early as Friday when he undergoes a fitness test on his injured hamstring that will also have ramifications for incumbent duo Shaun Marsh and Joe...

Young gun Jake Doran's baptism of fire in Tasmania

Andrew Wu An unproven but precocious young talent arrives on a lengthy contract, seasoned pros are out of form and now out of favour, and the team is being used as a punching bag - what an environment to start...

Sleeping giant Sydney Thunder ready to end Sydney Sixers hoodoo

Hands-on approach: Mike Hussey and Nic Maddison before the first match of the season.

Andrew Wu, Daniel Lane Michael Hussey has declared the time for excuses is over for Sydney Thunder and now they must deliver, starting with opening night of the Big Bash League against cross town rival Sydney Sixers.

Shaun Marsh has nose in front in Boxing Day Test race with Joe Burns

Inconsistent: Shaun Marsh.

Andrew Wu National selector Mark Waugh has given a strong indication Shaun Marsh will get the nod ahead of Joe Burns for the Boxing Day Test, in one of the tightest selection races in recent years.

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Sydney Thunder import Stafanie Taylor calls for end to double-headers in Women's Big Bash League

Double trouble: Thunder's West Indian star Stafanie Taylor is no fan of double-headers.

Andrew Wu Sydney Thunder's West Indies star Stafanie Taylor has called for Cricket Australia to scrap double headers from the Women's Big Bash League schedule, saying it was too taxing to play two Twenty20...

Extra round of day-night Sheffield Shield games a pointer to more pink-ball Tests

An Australian coaching staff member holds a pink ball during training at the Adelaide Oval ahead of their cricket test against New Zealand in Adelaide, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. The test starting Friday will be the first ever day/night cricket test match and will use a new developed pink ball. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Andrew Wu Cricket Australia's move to expand day-night Test cricket is gaining momentum with the addition of another round of Shield cricket under lights this season a sign of things to come.

Michael Holding slams West Indies Cricket Board as 'dysfunctional', 'untrustworthy' as board ignores calls for change

Scathing: West Indies great Michael Holding has been critical of the West Indies Cricket Board.

Andrew Wu Former Test great Michael Holding has labelled the board governing West Indies cricket "dysfunctional" and "untrustworthy" and warned the game in the Caribbean will only deteriorate further if...

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Australia v West Indies first cricket Test: Five things we learnt on day three

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Andrew Wu It's one thing to be well beaten because the other team is simply much better but to lose by such a big margin in seven and a half sessions is just not good enough.

Australia v West Indies first cricket Test: James Sutherland says West Indies must fix own malaise

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 11: Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland is interviewed during day two of the First Test match between Australia and the West Indies at Blundstone Arena on December 11, 2015 in Hobart, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu As the sorry state of Caribbean cricket is rammed home the Cricket Australia chief hopes their board will follow the recommendations of a report that says its structure should be reformed.

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Sydney Thunder running out of membership cards as demand doubles

Thunder man: Gurinder Sandhu will return for the Sydney franchise in the Big Bash.

Andrew Wu Once the basket case of the Big Bash League, Sydney Thunder are set to say no to members after exceeding their own projections for the upcoming season.

Nic Maddinson in frame for national honours after NSW Blues heroics

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25:  Nic Maddinson of New South Wales walks out of the change rooms during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu Nic Maddinson did what few batsmen in state cricket are capable of to lift NSW to victory this week - and it may just be enough to book him a game for Australia this summer.

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Live: Australia vs West Indies cricket - First Test from Hobart, Day Three

Australias' Adam Voges hits a boundary against the West Indies during their cricket test match in Hobart, Australia, Thursday, Dec.10, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Andrew Wu Follow our interactive blog for full live coverage of the first Test from Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

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Australia's players to collect $1.75 million bonus if they regain No.1 Test ranking

David Warner

Andrew Wu Australia's international players are in line for a bonus of nearly $1.75 million if they can topple South Africa as the No.