BY JONESY One of your Sportress correspondents has been lucky enough to spend Christmas in New York – which would be sportress TV viewing heaven if either of said correspondent’s generous host’s apartment’s had TV channels other than Netflix. However, given the dire start to the season of modern sports most wealth defying bad team, … More THE QUIZ! Different countries are good at different stuff
BY ROB Anyone who has followed the Australian cricket team and its selection process over the last decade will have no doubt witnessed the curious thing that is Shane Watson’s constant selection. Indeed it’s something we, in our short existence, have found a few opportunities to muse about. People will defend Watson: He’s an all-rounder, … More Shane Watson: Mutant or Demon?
BY DAN The New York Knicks lost their 28th game of the season today. This would be excellent if it was March of April. Expected if January or February. But given it is still 2014, it is disastrous. In the 2012-13 season, the Knicks lost 28 games for the season. It’s safe to say that … More An anatomy of disaster: The New York Knicks
BY BEN In case you missed it last night Glenn “The Big Show” Maxwell had an absolutely spectacular first ball leave. It’s one of those one’s where you really are left wondering what is going through his head. Was he hanging with some shady bookmakers? Hangover over from Christmas party? Re-asserting his claim for the … More Great leaves in human history
BY BEN Recently the Sportress wrote an article on how great all-rounders, much like the mythical centaur, simply don’t exist. Placing the bar for a good test batsmen average at 40 and a good test bowler average at 30, stats show that no cricketer has ever cut the mustard as a legitimate all-rounder. This sparked … More Was Garfield Sobers a Centaur?
BY HERMAN Today for the umpteenth time in recent history, Australia’s tail wagged and wagged and wagged. Most notably Ryan Harris made the easiest 74 you will see from a number 9. And for the third time this series, a struggling Indian team looked short of a fifth bowling option. In short, both teams learned the utility of … More The importance of bowlers who can bat.
BY DANAE As day one of the classic Boxing Day test opened with Australia electing to bat, one thing was clear to all – Indian fielding hadn’t got any better with the Christmas break. The early going had to its fair share of misfields and dropped catches, and there wasn’t much hard running happening in … More History of patchy fielding from India continues
BY JONESY Jesse Hogan’s piece for Fairfax today, calling for Shane Watson to be moved to six in the batting line-up and competing with Mitch Marsh for all-rounder spot, is an excellent one. It accurately charts the selection enigma that Shane Watson has become. After making a decent fist of opening for 18 months, Watson … More Shane Watson and Cricket’s Centaur
BY HERMAN At the Sportress we love try hards In sport, we often devalue players who don’t have all that much going for them but working their guts out. Sure they get the odd mention as having “heart”, but they rarely get discussed amongst the greats, even when statistically they probably should. Anyone who watched … More Trying hard is a talent.
BY DAN Recently, the worst kept secret in rugby league was announced – long-time Canberra Raiders star Terry Campese was released by the club. This information was met with some supportive tweeting from Raiders fans, an article in The Canberra Times and basically silence from the rest of the rugby league community. A former NSW … More Run that ball Campo: the final evaluation of Terry Campese’s legacy