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The Plastic XI’s feared pace attack: Ron “The Hound” Reed, Ian “Beefy” Botham and Australian Test player Ian “Mad Dog” Callen.
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Pop the cork – Beefy’s back!

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HE’S BEEN a familiar figure on the Melbourne cricket scene for more than 40 years but now one of the great all-rounders is putting runs on the board in another enjoyable way, says Chief Writer RON REED. More »

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Star of the big show is a big hit

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WHEN he’s on fire, no cricket match is ever a lost cause — Chief Writer RON REED watches Glenn Maxwell do it again: GLENN Maxwell has never liked the nickname he acquired early in his colourful cricket career, The Big Show, and you don’t hear it much these day... More »

Darren Weir was a one-man show for Channel 7 presenter Jason Richardson at Caulfield.
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Three winners for the stairway phantom

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DISGRACED trainer Darren Weir was conspicuous by his absence at Caulfield on Saturday as his four-year-suspension came into sharp focus but his horses were still winning, says chief writer RON REED. More »

“Mad Dog” at full tilt.
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‘Mad Dog’ the one-Test wonder

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FORTY or so years ago, this weekend, Ian Callen collapsed mid-match during his first Test, the result of an adverse reaction to inoculations ahead of Australia’s 1978 tour of the Caribbean. KEN PIESSE remembers his remarkable effort to rise from his sick bed a... More »

Glenn Maxwell in Action against the Renegades. Pic: Kathy Watt
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Overcooking the Golden Goose

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AS TEST cricket returns this week with some overdue fresh thinking, the signs are that the once immensely popular Big Bash is losing its appeal, says Chief Writer RON REED. More »

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Let’s hear it for the ladies

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AUSTRALIAN women are performing at the highest levels across a wide range of sports but many of them are doing so without any real recognition, says LOUISE EVANS. More »