It was a facility issue for players and fans (no upgrades for players in a significant period, save for the pool deck the concrete canyon has been unchanged for 14 years), an issue highlighted by the upgrades to Adelaide and Perth venues in recent times.
It’s unfortunate for cricket fans in NT as they are missing out on big matches like BBL and next year’s T20 World Cup.
As a former Gabba member I remember thinking how wonderful it was when the Gabba was finally ‘completed’… it didn’t really occur to me that the ‘new’ Gabba was already 10 years old by that time (taking 10 years to extend the original Northern Stand right around) meant we ended up with ‘decade old’ facilities replicated throughout.
So… one could argue the Gabba is now close to two and a half
What planet are the Fox cricket commentators on regarding the smokey conditions at Bellerive last night, are they not aware of the serious fire conditions in Tasmania, asking if someone is burning off !!!
Pretty disrespectful, ignorant or plain stupid if that was said.
Although, most of the commentators are from Sydney and Melbourne, where the level of smoke seen around Hobart yesterday is commonplace during hazard reduction burning.
But yes- doesn’t excuse it- one look at the headlines would tell them.
If they had window seats they likely would have seen it when flying in. Apparently a lot of them are all visible when flying in at the moment.
Bit hard not to smell it when they get off the plane… Just slack from Fox, absolutely no excuses.
That’s the problem with commentating from a tv screen in a studio rather than going to the games. It’s cheap and nasty.
Brett Lee has at least implied on social media that he was in Hobart??
But, yes, way too many games called off the TV. Wouldn’t be allowed to happen in certain other sports.
New Zealand thrashed India by eight wickets in the fourth ODI in Hamilton today, bowling out the tourists for just 92, with Trent Boult grabbing 5 for 21. At one stage India were 8/55. If only the Black Caps could have bowled out India this cheaply in the first three games of the five-game series, then India would not have won them all and securing the series with two games to spare.
Interesting, Australia lost a few wickets in this mornings Canberra session, better not lose another or Sri Lanka would be in this! Wasn’t expecting to see 3/100 odd. Seven and Foxtel will be hoping it lasts longer than 2.5 days this time too
Khawaja again not getting a score. Perhaps he should just focus on one day games.
Australia has recovered very well from losing three early wickets with Joe Burns and Travis Head posting a fourth wicket partnership of 308, the 18th biggest partnership in Australian test cricket history and the first triple century stand since January 2012.
Burns and Head also became the first and second Australian batsmen to score a 100 in a test innings this summer.
Head has been a find this summer.
Was pleasantly surprised when I got back into the car after last hearing Australia 3/28 and then finding out they were 3/315 at that stage.
Australia’s home test schedule (according to an article in The Canberra Times yesterday)
2019/20: 2 tests v Pakistan, 3 tests v New Zealand
2020/21: inaugural test v Afghanistan, 4 tests v India (Men’s T20 World Cup also in the period)
2021/22: 5 tests v England (The Ashes)
2022/23: 2 tests v West Indies, 3 tests v South Africa
Hopefully this actually happens!
ICC release the Future Tours program every 5 years. Was released 12 months ago, these next 4 summers I think are true from memory. Shame we are moving to a 5 Test summer.
Edit: was released June 2018 actually, sorry.
Did they not have a Bangladesh test abandoned in November?