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Blowing it in the Windies

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IT WAS like old times watching the West Indies threaten to embarrass the Australians only for them to drop the ball, says Chief Writer RON REED. More »

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When it’s how, not how many

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HE’S BEEN dead for more than a century but Victor Trumper’s reputation as one of the greatest Australian cricketers of all time survives in one of three books reviewed by RON REED. More »

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Pace guns upstage each other

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VICTORIAN pace pair James Pattinson and Peter Siddle destroyed NSW in the Sheffield Shield final – and now might be marching in lockstep towards the Ashes , writes RON REED: More »

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GREEN TEAM SEEING RED NOW

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YOU had to see it to believe it. That was one newspaper’s take on the Melbourne Stars’ astonishing collapse in the Big Bash final, snatching defeat from the jaws of certain victory. Regrettably,I didn’t see it – and I scarcely believed it. More »

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 »

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 »