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The game is changing, baby: Chris Gayle and sexism in cricket

If you were hoping to turn to the innocuous TV spectacle of cricket’s Big Bash League for some light relief from the politics of gender, Melbourne Renegades player Chris Gayle just spoiled the…

Playing the woman: Healy and Kyrgios expose sport’s sexism problem

This ought to have been a good time for women in Australian sport. The women’s cricket team is on the cusp of regaining the Ashes in England after the men’s abject surrender of theirs. Australia won the…

English football holds lessons for cricket, as elites hijack the game

Just as Australian cricket followers are coming to terms with the loss of the (men’s) Ashes and the impending departure of captain Michael Clarke, the national broadcaster has warned them of a far more depressing…

Cricket, commentary and the dollar: Benaud’s legacy is complex

Around 150,000 deaths are registered in Australia every year, but few receive the “end of an era” tribute accorded Richie Benaud. He was with us as a player, journalist, author, consultant and commentator…

Australia’s summer of sporting events – has it been worth it?

The cricket World Cup’s opening game, which pits Australia against England on Valentine’s Day, is the latest twist in a summer in which Australia has played host to two of the world’s biggest…

Death of a sportsman: gladiatorial guilt

The untimely death of cricketer Phillip Hughes has garnered enormous media and public attention – the biggest Australian news story of the week covered extensively in the international media. Even the Google landing…