Australian cricketer Matthew Wade left Australia for the UK just four days after his wife gave birth to their second baby girl, and now finds himself with an unlikely shot at World Cup glory. Wade left to be part of the Australia A tour for young and back-up players, concurrent with the World Cup and Ashes series, but now because of injuries he has been called into the main squad just before Thursday's semifinal. Wade's wife Julia said their family sacrifice will be worth it if he comes into the team to replace Usman Khawaja or Marcus Stoinis, who are battling to be fit for the game against England. The couple shared a picture of the batsman cradling his newborn baby girl with his older daughter before he made the trip overseas. Wade, who hasn't played an ODI for Australia since 2017, was picked up following his blistering performance for Australia A. He scored 355 runs at an average of 88.75 and an astonishing strike-rate of 182.05 in four matches. … [Read more...] about The ultimate sacrifice: Australian cricketer who left his daughter behind four days after she was born is now on the brink of World Cup glory
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With the honour of being asked to be Wisden's literary reviewer for its 150th edition also comes the pleasure. The pleasure of getting to read every cricket publication that has crossed the cricket almanack's desk during the past year. While each tells its own particular story; collectively they document the state of cricket publishing. This year, roughly 70 books and pamphlets came my way. Most were (fairly) mainstream books from mainstream publishers, some were distinctly minority interest – The Statistics of the Minor Counties in 1906 – from not-so-mainstream publishers, and a few were self-published. For a sport and an industry sometimes held to be in decline, I'd say this was indication enough of good health. But what of the quality? It's often said that cricket writing had its heyday with Neville Cardus, RC Robertson-Glasgow and CLR James, and that no one has come close to matching them in the past 50 years or so. In fairness, they were … [Read more...] about John Crace surveys the past year’s cricket books for Wisden
They are among the most competitive and verbally abusive teams in cricket. And this morning they’re taking on England in the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup. Yet on the eve of the momentous encounter, the most important for the England side in years, it has emerged that the ultra-macho Australian team are going to decidedly bizarre lengths in their desperation for victory. For their coach Justin Langer has introduced an extraordinary new training ritual in the hope of boosting their performance. No, not a new approach to sledging — verbally insulting and intimidating the opposition on the field — at which the Aussies are past masters. Nor a variation of ball tampering — last year the Aussies were caught cheating by sandpapering the ball to make it swing in flight so batsmen found it more difficult to hit. Instead, Langer — who has confessed to being ‘a bit of a hippy’ — has been getting his team to sit barefoot in a circle on a … [Read more...] about Australia’s superstitious cricket stars have a bizarre new pre-match ritual. So does walking barefoot across the field before a match really give them a path to victory?