His cricketing greatness is often spoken about alongside that of the legendary Sir Donald Bradman, but the two men had very different approaches to life in the limelight.
After Tim Paine’s tearful resignation from the top job due to a sexting scandal, the clean-cut bowler from Sydney’s west takes the coveted job, with great expectations on his shoulders.
Australian fans certainly won’t be complaining, but some critics say T20 world cup matches can be “won on a coin toss”, such is the apparent advantage of batting second. What to the stats really say?
Australian cricket was rocked by a cheating scandal in March. But this month it has shown us what a gracious game it can be – and our political leaders could learn from the captain’s example.
While revered as heroes by their fans, Australia’s cricketers have played hard – too hard – for too long, and now the sport must begin the difficult task of self-reflection and change.
There are all sorts of ways of making a cricket ball swing, but Australia’s players chose an illegal one.