Cricket and the Politics of Representation

In the current round of the never-ending grind that is now international cricket, there are strong reminders that the game, like sport generally, carries strong social and political symbolism with powerful meaning and resonance within the broader communities involved. Take the Australia-Sri Lanka series, for example, in which a rebuilding home side is inflicting heavy … Continue reading

Whatever Happened to Cricket?

This has been the sort of week that makes you realise just how much cricket has changed in recent years, and to wonder what the long term consequences might be. Australia is in England to play just a series of one day matches, nothing else.  An England tour always used to be an Ashes tour, … Continue reading

West Indies Woebegone

In just under three weeks the Australian cricket team, as part of the international game’s now whirligig schedule, begins another tour of West Indies.  A few years ago I was fond of saying that anyone who thought themselves a cricket “tragic” could not properly claim that title until they had experienced such a tour: nowhere … Continue reading

A Woolf @ the ICC Door

There is a saying in government and consultancy along the lines of: “never ask a question to which you do not know the answer”, or “never order a review where you cannot predict the findings”.  It is highly likely that there are at this moment several highly placed members of the International Cricket Council wishing … Continue reading

India Struggling

India’s test cricket defeat in Adelaide was arguably the very worst of the eight they have now lost in a row while playing away from home.  Melbourne was a poor effort, Sydney worse then Perth was always going to be hard.  Adelaide, though, is a batting track as the Australians demonstrated and as the Indians … Continue reading