I’m calling ‘Stumps’ on this summer of discontent

The Adelaide Test was outstanding, and several elements from it should be applied to Test cricket more broadly. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Adelaide Test was outstanding, and several elements from it should be applied to Test cricket more broadly. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: A different kind of Eden Park thumping is enough for me to put the summer of cricket behind me for 2015/2016. Yes, there is still a bit of cricket to go between now and the end of April, but the Kookaburra must give way to the Gilbert.

And what an interesting summer it’s been..

This might just be the most important cricket photo taken ever…

And yes, I do understand the obvious hyperbole in such a statement, but stick with me.

After the Sydney Thunder took out the fifth edition of the Big Bash League (and running last and second-last for the previous four BBLs, that’s a story in itself), they posed for obligatory celebratory photos. But after this, the guys called the Thunder’s also-victorious Women’s Big Bash League side into the photo. And it’s absolutely outstanding.

The Thunder very deliberately went into the summer with a ‘one club’ mentality, to the point where ever the playing shirt numbers were unique. So WBBL skipper Alex Blackwell’s no.2 was hers alone; none of the guys wore it, just like none of the girls wore Mike Hussey’s no.48.

This is significant. It’s picture proof that women’s cricket is no longer the poor cousin. It’s very much up front and very worthy of sharing the spotlight. I imagine the cartwheeling up and down the Cricket Australia corridors will go on for months…

Peter Handscomb should be in the Australian limited overs squad, but I want you to conclude that..

The Roar: I had a bit of a moment the other night during the second leg of the BBL Melbourne Derby, when halfway through yet another tweet espousing the clear and obvious brilliance of 24-year-old Victorian and Melbourne Stars batsman-wicketkeeper, Peter Handscomb, I realised that just maybe it was possible to go on about someone too much.

"Anyway, I’ve said enough about Peter Handscomb over time; watch him yourself and see what I’ve been going on about. Hopefully the Australian selectors are seeing it too." Image: ABC Grandstand

“Anyway, I’ve said enough about Peter Handscomb over time; watch him yourself and see what I’ve been going on about. Hopefully the Australian selectors are seeing it too.” Image: ABC Grandstand

I’d already earlier in the game mentioned how well I thought he was ‘keeping. I may have even re-mastered John Lennon’s famous line about Ringo Starr, and suggested that Matthew Wade wasn’t even the best ‘keeper in Victoria, let alone Australia.

Despite this epiphany, I still maintain he should be in the Australian limited overs squad, and though I’d rather you saw that for yourself, here’s a few reasons why…

the BBL week ahead: may the cream commence rising

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Christmas BBL crisis solved, the Thunder rumble on, a selfish Chris Lynn, and a redemptive Shaun Marsh: plenty to look forward to over the next week of the BBL…

The Roar: Two weeks into the Big Bash League, and we’re already starting to get an idea of which teams are and aren’t in contention for the playoffs in the second-last week of January.

With the Perth Scorchers winning very well under the open roof in Melbourne last night, they join the logjam of teams with two wins and four points, and it’s this group of teams that will probably battle it out to claim the remaining spots in the top four.

It’s quite likely that the coming week will be massive for a number of sides for a number of reasons, and there is plenty to look forward over the next week, including Shaun Marsh building his case, the Sydney Thunder confirming their maiden semis berth, and whether my Tip of the Week run can continue..