Perth centuries show value in the 50-over format

"George Bailey and Steven Smith’s third-wicket partnership of 242 was narrowly pipped by Bailey’s ‘Floppy Gold’ (inset) as the highlight of the day.."

“George Bailey and Steven Smith’s third-wicket partnership of 242 was narrowly pipped by Bailey’s ‘Floppy Gold’ (inset) as the highlight of the day..”

The Roar: The great Mark Twain misquote reads, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” and I reckon sometime one-day cricket must feel this way too, sometimes.

Twenty20 cricket was invented in England and first played at a First Class level in the northern summer of 2003. Roughly three minutes after the completion of the first ever game, the first report of 50-over cricket’s demise was penned. Perhaps.

For a format on its death bed, one-day cricket has proved remarkably resilient, to be still going 13 years later, and on Tuesday, we saw four excellent innings that you just wouldn’t in a Twenty20 game…

Steven Smith’s Australian rebuild is Allan Border-esque

Long form debut - 7 Jan 2016Today marks my long-form feature article debut for The Roar, a piece in which I’ve likened the rebuild ahead of Steven Smith and the Australian cricket team as being very similar to what Allan Border undertook back in the mid-1980s.

It’s comfortably the most involved and longest sports feature article I’ve written; more than twice the length of a typical magazine feature. Even thinking back to University, it might be the longest essay or article I’ve written in my life!

So my sincere thanks go to Paddy Effeney and The Roar for giving me the opportunity to tackle the long-read format, and certainly to Paddy for his editorial assistance along the way. Once you take into account the layout and sourcing the images, he’s easily put as much time into the final product as I have..

Cheap Seats Episode 81: Pom-thumping and shark-punching

Both Ryan O’Connell and I are claiming to have punched a shark in Episode 81 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

#AskTheCheapSeats includes questions on golfer Soren Kjeldsen, Brad Haddin’s future in the Australian Test team, Steve Smith’s technique, Argentina’s scrum, and yet more questions about Michael Hooper and David Pocock in tandem.

Stephen Smith: in decent nick currently...

Steven Smith: in decent nick currently…

Australia have squared The Ashes series with a 405-run win in the Second Test at Lord’s, and with it, we’ve now seen a massive momentum swing in the series. Australia’s big guns fired, the new inclusions justified their selections, and suddenly, happily, all the pressure is very much back on England ahead of the Third Test at Edgbaston next week.

In other news, the Wallabies produced a heart-stopping come-from-behind win over South Africa in Brisbane, The Week’s NRL Premiership Favourite is not quite as clear as last week, Hawthorn have one hand on the AFL cup, and in the biggest, scariest sporting moment of the weekend, Mick Fanning punched a shark.

Plus there’s a wrap up of the Cheap Seats Tipping League, which you can still join which you can still join for The Ashes and The Rugby Championship.

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app, and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!

Third Test, Melbourne: Day 3 – Rahane, Kohli test Captain Smith

Virat Kohli (left) congratulates Ajinkya Rahane on his hundred in Melbourne today. The pair added 262 for the 4th wicket. Image: ABC Grandstand

Virat Kohli (left) congratulates Ajinkya Rahane on his hundred in Melbourne today. The pair added 262 for the 4th wicket. Image: ABC Grandstand

For the most part, Steve Smith had a tough Day 3...

For the most part, Steve Smith had a tough Day 3…

The New Daily: One of the features of Steven Smith’s captaincy across the six whole days of his reign, up until the start of the day’s play, has been his evident willingness to attack at any given opportunity.

When he’s batting, this is obvious, and with the possible exception of Brendon McCullum, there may not be any other Test batsman in better form currently than Smith.

It’s also been abundantly clear when in the field, when Smith and his bowlers have deployed attacking fields, and bowled very well to those attacking fields to date.

For large chunks of Day 3, things didn’t go well for Steve Smith

STUMPS, Day 3: India resumed 1/108, trailing by 422.

INDIA 8/462 (V.Kohli 169, A.Rahane 147; R.Harris 4/69, N/Lyon 2/108); Australia lead by 68.