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Aerial view of the Sydney Football Stadium, which is to be rebuilt, and Sydney Cricket Ground. Questions of stadium design to deal with extreme heat are becoming more urgent. AAP

We need to ‘climate-proof’ our sports stadiums

The Australian Open tennis and the recent Ashes Test cricket series show why our sporting stadiums need to be "climate-proofed" to deal with extreme heat.
Despite being only about 10% of the population, there is a relatively high proportion of left-arm players in international cricket. Digitally altered image. Original by Dean Lewins/AAP

Video explainer: Bowling strategies and decision-making in cricket

In the final episode of our three-part cricket video series, we look at bowlers and how they find their rhythm and develop a game plan, and why left-armers are so successful.
Elite batsmen seem to be playing their natural game, but are constantly adapting to the conditions and the opposition bowlers. Digitally altered image. Original by Dean Lewins/AAP

Video explainer: Batting expertise and decision-making in cricket

In the second of a three-part series, we look at how batsmen make split-second decisions and cope with the mental demands of Test cricket.
The ability to perform and make good decisions under pressure actually comes from practice and experience, not innate talent. The British Council

Video explainer: How cricket captains make good decisions

Ever wondered how cricket captains make all the decisions they need to make in a test match? In the first of a three-part series, we look at what goes through a captain's mind on the pitch.
South Africa’s Temba Bavuma celebrates his century against England in Cape Town, South Africa. Mike Hutchings/Reuters

When English wickets fall much more than just cricket is at stake

South Africa's cricket is on the rise again, now represented by players of all the country's races. One of them is Temba Bavuma. His first test century in 2015 knocked a few perceptions for a six.
The rise of ‘the Richies’ half a century after Benaud’s time as a Test captain, here at the match against India in Sydney in January, is evidence of a career that became a cultural phenomenon. AAP/Dean Lewins

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

Richie Benaud was a key figure in cricket’s transformation into an entertainment business. A reading of his life is a tale of the changing relationships between sport, media, business and society.

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