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Ravi will have Aussie bats in a spin

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RAVI Ashwin is threatening to derail Australia’s patched-up batting line-up months before the toss of the coin in Adelaide, writes cricket expert KEN PIESSE: NEVER before has a humble finger spinner promised to wreak such destruction on the dawn of a major new... More »

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Steve Smith got his fair whack

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STEVE SMITH shamed himself and the game and deserved his 12 months suspension, says author KEN PIESSE in his  soon-to-be-published new book Australia’s Cricket Scandals. More »

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Pepper added his own spice to cricket

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CEC PEPPER was the quintessential wild colonial boy. He blued with Bradman.  He lived for 30 years in a “ménage a trois” and shortly before his death 25 years ago, willed half his fortune to a woman he’d just met. KEN PIESSE introduces the best cricketer never... More »

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It’s not a war, says elder statesman

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SLEDGING IS an even bigger threat to cricket's well being than ball tampering, according to the iconic Dr Ali Bacher. KEN PIESSE spent an hour with South African cricket's renaissance man. More »

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Ball tampering gets raised again

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NEW ball-tampering allegations, this time against South Africa, have been raised in Johannesburg as the most acrimonious Test series since Bodyline goes into its final hours. KEN PIESSE, on the spot in Johannesburg, reports: AS Australia’s top order was being ... More »

Big questions for Australian cricket

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OUT OF the wreck of Australia's derailed South African campaign could come some valuable lessons on and off the field after Tim Paine's patched up top order was blown away on Saturday in Johannesburg. KEN PIESSE reports. More »