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Perth Scorchers Sam Whitman at the Big Bash League T20 Grand Final match against the Sydney Sixers this year. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Chasing the audience: is it over and out for cricket on free to air TV?

Negotiations for the new media rights for cricket in Australia could see a change in how we watch games, and even be linked to a drop in people actually playing the game.
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.
Is Nick Kyrgios too difficult – and different – to become an Australian hero? AAP Image/Joe Castro

‘Australian’ enough to be a hero?

Examining our sporting heroes reveals much about ideas of national identity and who is accepted.
Dusk during the second day of the day-night Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and New South Wales at the Gabba, Brisbane, in October 2016. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Pink balls in day-night cricket could challenge players at sunset

New research shows pink cricket balls can be extra difficult to see in those crucial minutes when day turns to night during play.
Cricketer Chris Gayle’s comments to journalist Mel McLaughlin in a mid-game interview left her reportedly ‘embarrassed, angry and upset’. Network Ten

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

As Chris Gayle has so amply demonstrated, there is still considerable resistance to the full integration of women into sport culture – and not least in the sports media.
Australian bowler Mitchell Marsh receives the pink ball during the Test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

We need to ditch the pink ball in day-night test cricket

The pink ball introduced to this year's day night cricket test can be difficult to see for some players, especially if they are colour blind. There is a better choice of colour.
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios used an on-court sexual insult against an opponent in a recent match. Reuters/USA Today Sports

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

If a misogynistic atmosphere is allowed to prevail in men’s individual and team sports, then all the platitudes about sport being a socially positive force stand exposed.
Recent changes to cricket governance orchestrated by the ‘Big Three’ – India, England and Australia – guarantee that they will command most of the game’s billions. AAP/Joe Castro

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

Cricket, which has aspirations to become a global game despite the limitations of its growth trajectory along the lines plotted by the old British Empire, may shrink back to a few strongholds.

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