Opinion: Hands(comb) up to play test cricket?

When Steve Waugh speaks, the country listens.

And so we should; he’s the much-lauded 2004 Australian of the Year, an all-conquering test captain, and leads from the front even whilst... Read More »


Six times cricket was all over the news (and it had nothing to do with cricket)

I hear a lot of "cricket" stories that, well, don't really include all that much actual cricket. Read More »

Opinion: Wrong man on the plane

Did the selectors make the right decision by picking Jon Holland to debut in Sri Lanka?, asks Ben Gibson. Read More »

Five cricket innovations more “full toss” than “yorker”

Not every idea is a good one; and here are five cricketing innovations that must've sounded like good ideas at the time. Read More »

Opinion: Stoinis > Marsh in search for next allrounder

Yet another disastrous first test in the sub-continent has seen the Australian cricket team come under fire. Who's to blame, asks Ben Gibson? Read More »

Seven ways to impress blokes at your new cricket club

You can change cricket clubs for many different reasons. Maybe because you’ve moved house. Because you want to play with a different group of mates. Because you want... Read More »


How to make MyCricket more accurate

Here are The Sledge's ideas on how to make MyCricket more accurate. Read More »

Six Things You’ve Forgotten by the Start of Cricket Pre-Season

Despite your common sense, you head to your first hit of cricket pre-season. Read More »

Knackerbags and Co.

Nicknames are a rite-of-passage for every cricketer. Read More »

Ruling Class

Suburban cricket is charmingly D.I.Y. And as with all DIY activities - the results are varied. Read More »

Weekday Blues

Suburban cricket is more than a game: it's the great equaliser. Read More »

The Sledge Awards: 2013/2014 Finale

We wrap up season two of The Sledge with "THE SLEDGE AWARDS"! Read More »

The Sledge: 2013/2014 Episode 10

This week, the Sledge panel of Ryan Thomas, Mick Nevenvand Jonathan Howcroft examine the upcoming battles for the resurgent Australian team. Read More »

The Sledge: 2013/2014 Episode 9

It's Nicko, Jono and Murray wrapping up the Ashes. (Read: roasting England like it's Sunday lunch!) Read More »

The Sledge: 2013/2014 Episode 7

It's Dennis Freedman, Mick Neven and host Ryan Thomas versus the BBL, the English top order, and ICC Test Team of the Year. Read More »

The Sledge: 2013/2014 Episode 6

This week, we go all Sixty Minutes as Ryan and Jono chat all things Adelaide. Read More »

The Sledge: 2013/2014 Episode 5

The Sledge panel are here to discuss everything you need to know about the first Ashes test. Read More »

The Sledge: 2013/2014 Episode 3

Sports writer Murray Middleton takes the reigns as the Sledge panel of Jonathan Howcroft (BackPageLead.com.au) and Hammy Goodman (spinfrombothends.com) tackle the Ashes history of the Gabba. Read More »

The Sledge: 2013/2014 Episode 3

Sachin gets disassembled. The English get examined. There's a trip to the MCG Library, an interview with legendary sports photographer Wayne Lubdey, and the Marsh Brothers get whacked. Read More »

The Sledge: 2013/2014 Episode 2

Who: Ryan Thomas, Jonathan Howcroft, Dennis Freedman.

What: This week, the Sledge panel chat all things cricket new media: there are a million new ways to follow the game, and it is... Read More »


Blind Cricket: How it began, how it’s played, and how to get involved

The Sledge goes on-location at Keilor Park Cricket Club to find out more about blind cricket. How was blind cricket created? How is it played? And how can people... Read More »


Where does the MCG pitch come from?

The MCG is rightly regarded as one of the best stadiums in the world. But how does it continue to produce such high-quality pitches, given that the venue is... Read More »


The Sledge: 2013/2014 Episode 1

Who: Nick Hancock, Jonathan Howcroft, Murray Middleton.

What: The Sledge is back for 2013/2013. In this episode, the panel discusses the past six months in Australian cricket – just in case you’ve... Read More »


This Week in Cricket: 13/07/13

This Week in Cricket: holy Don Bradman, it's the Ashes! Read More »

This Week in Cricket

This Week in Cricket is everything you need to know about the last seven days, compressed down in to bite-sized chucks and tossed on to YouTube. Read More »

This Week in Cricket: 29/06/13

This Week in Cricket: Mickey Arthur disappears, Cricket Australia sells its soul and the Poms turn to poetry. Read More »

This Week in Cricket: 17/06/13

This Week in Cricket: Warner hits out, Misbah gets in, and Dinesh flies out! Read More »

The Sledge: The Imparja Cup

The Sledge spoke to Ben Abbatangelo, Barry Firebrace, and Chief Executive of Cricket Victoria, Tony Dodemaide to find out more about the Imparja Cup. Read More »

The Sledge: 2012/2013 Episode 12 Finale

The Sledge goes on location at the Harmony in Cricket Clinic, featuring the Victorian Bushrangers Pathway Program and ICC Cricketer of the Year Kumar Sangakkara Read More »

The Sledge: The Victorian Bushrangers Pathway Program

Jonathan Howcroft (BackPageLead.com.au) speaks to Rohan O'Neill, Cricket Victoria's Game Development Manager, about the Victorian Bushrangers Pathway Program, and where the next generation of Victorian cricketers are coming from. Read More »

The Sledge: Kumar Sangakkara at the Harmony in Cricket Clinic

Jonathan Howcroft interviews the founders of the Young Cricketers program, and Kumar Sangakkara, ICC Cricketer of the Year, about cricket building communities. Read More »

The Sledge: 2012/2013 Episode 11

Burnt out on the BBL, Nicko also comprehensively previews the returning Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup competitions, and Murray and Jonanthan are blackmailed into gritting their teeth and bearing... Read More »

The Sledge: 2012/2013 Episode 10 Premier Cricket

The Sledge presents it's tribute to local club cricket, hosted Jonathan Howcroft. Under the spotlight: Victorian Premier Cricket, with expert opinion contributed by long-time Baggy Blue-r, Bryce McGain, and... Read More »

The Sledge: 2012/2013 Cricket Quiz Show Christmas Special

The Sledge panel are back and goes all quiz show on us, pitting the Eric Hollies against the Hansie Cronjes in a no-holds-barred contest to discover which team is... Read More »

The Sledge: The Harmony in Cricket T20

The Sledge's Jonathan Howcroft spoke to the Premier Cricket Strategy & Development Manager, Mike Ronchi, and the Hawthorn-Monash University Cricket Club President, Petar Ivetic, about Harmony in Cricket, and... Read More »

The Sledge: Cricket in Kenya

The Sledge's Kenyan correspondent, Blaise Murphet, speaks to Clay Muganda, prominent Kenyan cricket writer, on the state of the Kenyan game - where it has come from, where it... Read More »

The Sledge: The Melbourne Stars Launch BBL02

Jonathan Howcroft speaks to a range of Melbourne Stars players and personalities, including John Hastings, Clive Rose, Luke Wright, Jackson Bird, physio Thihan Chandramohan, Damien Wright, and the Stars... Read More »

The Sledge: Extended Simon Helmot Interview

Jonathan Howcroft speaks to Simon Helmot, who operates as both the Victorian Bushrangers one day coach and as the coach of the Melbourne Renegades. Read More »

The Sledge: 2012/2013 Episode 07

Aaron Finch is lavishly praised, Murray sledges back at one of our Sledgemailers, and Nicko swears on camera. All this, and Essendon Cricket Club's Louis Cameron joins the panel... Read More »

The Sledge: 2012/2013 Episode 06

The Sledge panel exhume the Australian ashes, get flustered over Faf, and report from the Harmony in Cricket T20 from Monash Clayton, where Lasith Malinga tries to kill a... Read More »

The Sledge: 2012/2013 Episode 05

The Sledge panel perform a second test autopsy on the South Africans (not literally), ruminate on AB's gloveliness (metaphorically), and Danny admits he's practically stalking Phillip Hughes (this part... Read More »

The Sledge: 2012/2013 Episode 04

We'll cover the build up of the second Australia/South Africa test match, address Michael Clarke's public image, and Murray puts the final word down on Western Australia's leadership crisis.... Read More »

The Sledge: Extended Bryce McGain Interview

Jonathan Howcroft speaks to spin-bowling gentleman Bryce McGain about coaching, captaincy, and life after cricket. Also, he gives his thoughts on Michael Clarke, lists the key things... Read More »


The Sledge: Extended Paul Reiffel Interview

Jonathan Howcroft (BackPageLead.com.au) interviews Paul Reiffel, the former Australian cricketer who played in 35 Tests and 92 ODIs from 1992 to 1999. He was part of Australia's victorious 1999... Read More »

The Sledge: 2012/2013 Episode 03

Youtube Link.

Who: Nick Hancock, Jonathan Howcroft (BackPageLead.com.au), Ryan Thomas.

What: The Sledge panel discuss the UDRS, leaked dossiers, and Peter Siddle’s rampant vegetarianism. Also, the Western... Read More »


Leak Your Own Secret Australian Dossier!

Here at The Sledge we’re big on equal opportunity. Are you sick of bigwigs like John Buchanan and Mickey Arthur being the only blokes properly equipped to leak an... Read More »


The Sledge: Extended Alex Keath Interview

Jonathan Howcroft (BackPageLead.com.au) interviews Alex Keath, the Under 19 World Cup winning member of the Victorian Bushrangers and the Melbourne Stars.

You can find more Sledge at www.thesledge.net,... Read More »


The Sledge: 2012/2013 Episode 02

Youtube Link.

Who: Nick Hancock, Jonathan Howcroft, Dave Siddall, Murray Middleton.

What: The Sledge panel talk all things Australia versus South Africa; ruminate on England’s chances in... Read More »


The Sledge: 2012/2013 Episode 01

Youtube Link.

Who: Nick Hancock, Jonathan Howcroft, Ryan Thomas, Suren Jayemanne.

What: The Sledge panel of Nick Hancock, Jonathan Howcroft (of BackPageLead.com.au), Ryan Thomas and Suren Jayemanne... Read More »


Extended Rob Quiney Interview

Jonathan Howcroft (the Editor of BackPageLead.com.au) interviews Rob Quiney, the opening batsman for both the Victorian Bushrangers and the Melbourne Stars. Rob is also the reigning Domestic... Read More »


The Sledge 2012 Special

 

Youtube Link.

Who: Nick Hancock, Murray Middleton, Jonathan Howcroft.

What: The Sledge panel of Nick Hancock, Jonathan Howcroft (of BackPageLead.com.au) and Murray Middleton look back at the... Read More »


Weekly Headlines – 26/08/12

Unmukt Chand has lead his India Under Nineteens team to victory over Australia by six wickets. Chand, who hit an unbeaten 111 from 130 deliveries in the final, including... Read More »


 

Who: Ryan Thomas, Blaise Murphet, Jonathan Howcroft.

What: The Sledge panel of Ryan Thomas, Jonathan Howcroft (of BackPageLead.com) and Blaise Murphet (of WorldCricketWatch.com) preview, discuss and analyse the... Read More »


Special 03 – New Zealand in Australia, 2011

 

First Test Review.

Second Test Preview.

Who: Ryan Thomas, Blaise Murphet, Jonathan Howcroft.

What: The Sledge panel dissects the New Zealand carcass after their... Read More »


Weekly Headlines – 02/04/12

South Africa have defeated India in a surreal, rain-interrupted T20 game in Johannesburg that took place just over a week after India’s Asia Cup campaign, five days before the IPL... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Matthew Wood

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Ryan Thomas

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Dave Siddall

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Michael Wagener

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Ricky Mangidis

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Nicko Hancock

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Suren Jayemanne

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Subash Jayaraman

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Mr. Smith

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Avi Singh

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Ant Sims

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


What I’ve Learned This Summer: Blaise Murphet

The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s... Read More »


Bodyline: The Novel

I equate “living” with “swimming through goo”; mostly, you’re drowning in it, weighed down by assignments, budgets, deadlines and washing. It’s too thick to break the surface. We live for... Read More »


T20 Nation

The following was written in airports, hotels, and 24-hour McDonalds between Monday, the 9th of January, and Friday, the 13th of January, 2012. It was originally going to be... Read More »


Sex Sells!, or: How I Learned To Stop Being Overwhelmed And Accept Girls Kissing On Camera

Throughout summer, the Australian cricket team is firmly entrenched in the Australian psyche. How could they not be?! They’re our national icons for the three months in the year... Read More »

BulletPoints: Australia vs India – Boxing Day Test

Welcome to BulletPoints, where we want to keep you – the casual cricket fan – up to date with Everything That Could Quite Possibly Be Cricket. Having mates who... Read More »


India in Australia, 2011/2012: The Last Decade

Who: Hosted by Ryan Thomas, with Jonathan Howcroft of BackPageLead.com.au and Blaise Murphet of WorldCricketWatch.com

What: For something new and novel, the Sledge panel looks back over the last decade of... Read More »


India in Australia, 2011/2012: Indian Team Preview

Who: Hosted by Ryan Thomas, with Jonathan Howcroft of BackPageLead.com.au and Blaise Murphet of WorldCricketWatch.com

What: Over the course of this week, the Sledge panel will be previewing the impending... Read More »


India in Australia, 2011/2012: Australian Team Preview

Who: Hosted by Ryan Thomas, with Jonathan Howcroft of BackPageLead.com.au and Blaise Murphet of WorldCricketWatch.com

What: Over the course of this week, the Sledge panel will be previewing the impending test... Read More »


Preview: The Big Bash League

“Like Home and Away and fairy floss combined – the BBL is here to decrease your intelligence and rot your teeth!” Or so the naysayers say!

However, the intelligence shown... Read More »


New Zealand in Australia, 2011-2012 – Second Test Preview

Continuing on our focus on the New Zealand tour of Australia, the panel previews the second test being played in Tasmania.

Who: Hosted by Ryan Thomas, with Jonathan Howcroft and... Read More »


New Zealand in Australia, 2011-2012 – First Test Review

It’s summertime in Australia, and that means test cricket. The Sledge team provides a timely review of the first test between the Baggy Greens and the Black Caps.

Who: Hosted... Read More »


Bulletpoints: Australia vs New Zealand – Second Test

Welcome to BulletPoints, where we want to keep you – the casual cricket fan – up to date with All Things Cricket. Are you heading down to your local,... Read More »


Bulletpoints: Australia vs New Zealand – First Test

Welcome to BulletPoints, where we want to keep you – the casual cricket fan – up to date with breaking developments in The World Game That Is Played With... Read More »


Is rotating Cummins and Harris an answer?

Amidst the euphoria of the victory against South Africa in the 2nd Test in Johannesburg, Australian management’s most important task is to ensure the man of the moment in... Read More »


It’s all about the Cummins and goings

Test cricket returns to Australia this summer, beginning with an all Antipodean affair.

Few rivalries have a dynamic quite like that of the Trans-Tasman nations; New Zealand when victorious, feels... Read More »


Bulletpoints: Australia vs South Africa – Second Test

Welcome to BulletPoints, where we want to keep you – the casual cricket fan – up to date with breaking developments in The World Game That Isn’t Soccer. Having... Read More »





Around the grounds

Here's everything we've got on the red, white and/or pink-ball game.