Greg Baum Sport is not war, and a cricket team is not an army. Then why are they being treated as such?
Greg Baum Abysmal result demonstrates that Australia has lost control of its own cricket destiny.
Greg Baum If we shut our eyes, put our fingers in our ears, and hum loudly to ourselves, the India series eventually will go away. Immediately, there is no other viable tactic.
Greg Baum JACKSON BIRD'S first ball passed unremarkably, but the crowd clapped anyway because he was new to Test cricket and because this was Boxing Day at the MCG.
Greg Baum Jackson Bird's first ball passed unremarkably, but the crowd clapped anyway.
Greg Baum Michael Clarke made a hundred, and Shane Watson did not. In Australian cricket terms, this was as night follows day.
Greg Baum Sri Lanka was rudely manhandled back to the beginning, suffering at Australia's hands its third heaviest defeat in Test cricket.
Greg Baum At the fall of the second wicket at Bellerive yesterday, Ricky Ponting appeared as usual. This was happenstance.
Greg Baum Cricket does not have to be synced to a teenager's temperament to be fulfilling.
Greg Baum At the heart of Sunday's play at Blundstone Arena, as the first Test hung in the balance, not many people watched not much happen for quite a long time. It was a deceptive inertia.
Greg Baum The first Western sailors to find Sri Lanka called it the Isle of Serendipity. Serendipity is the faculty for making happy discoveries by accident.
Greg Baum Michael Clarke's work with smoke and mirrors was so deft that another sparse gathering of watchers at Bellerive could have sworn they saw wicketkeeper Matt Wade bowl an over of nippy medium pace.
Greg Baum For the second time in three Tests, Peter Siddle shoulders burden of leading threadbare attack.
Greg Baum Again, it is tense and terse and testy, and watchers can't take their eyes off it.
Greg Baum Watson is picked as an all-rounder. If he is unable to bat and bowl, he cannot play.
Greg Baum The announcement of the Australian team for the first Test was straightforward.
Greg Baum The announcement of the Australian team for the first Test was straightforward. Once the selectors were agreed on Matthew Wade, it involved not much more than filling out a pro forma.