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Big hitter: England’s Tammy Beaumont. Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Women cricketers hit sixes too

And they are attracting record crowds: Lord's is a sellout for England vs India in the World Cup Final.
Trinidad’s semi-professional cricket, long a feeder for Caribbean cricketers to play broad, has lost of its lustre. Tom Hodgkinson/flickr

Can Caribbean cricket get its (political) groove back?

Once a sport associated with anti-colonialism, cricket in the Caribbean has become a career path for young men with dreams of wealth and glamour.
Cricket Australia has been unable to broker a new pay deal with the Australian Cricketer’s Association. EPA/DAVID JONES

Business Briefing: following the money in cricket

Business Briefing: following the money in cricket. The Conversation17.7 MB (download)
Rather than just admiring a good hit or delivery, there’s another way to analyse what’s happening on a cricket pitch. Cricket players are actually business people, in the sense that they’re weighing up…
Marc in het Panhuis demonstrating that surfers require fins in their surfboards for stability and control during manoeuvres. Jones Beach Boardriders Club

Surfing the 3D printing wave: the changing face of surfboard fin production

3D printing looms as a gamechanger for the surfing industry as surfboard and fin technology become increasingly high-tech.
Latvian Jelena Ostapenko won this year’s French Open at the age of just 20. Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Why women’s tennis rankings need an overhaul

The unpredictability of women's tennis in 2017 should make us strongly question the performance of the official rankings – and not simply the players’ performance.
Neglected and sub-par facilities are one of many barriers to youth participation in sport. tup wanders

Our ‘sporting nation’ is a myth, so how do we get youngsters back on the field?

The first step in reviving a lost sporting culture is to involve young Australians in working out why sport has lost its appeal and how to reverse the decline in youth participation.
Indigenous children depicted in an etching playing the game of marngrook, which some have claimed inspired the game of Australian rules. Wikimedia Commons

Indigenous players didn’t invent Australian rules but did make it their own

The revival of the idea of Indigenous influence on the origins of Australian rules football diverts attention from another, much more uncomfortable story about Indigenous relationships to football.

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