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Is Scotland better than England at Sport?

A controversial question I know, but let’s looks at the facts: Cricket – Yesterday, Scotland beat a full strength England side, the number one ranked side in the World, in a One Day International in Edinburgh. The host team scored a record beating 371 runs before dismissing England for 365 with more than an over … Continue Reading

The International Cricket Council bowls a googly at Twenty20 cricket.

The International Cricket Council (“ICC”) has recently reported that it is considering a number of radical proposals to address the growing prominence of Twenty20 (“T20”) cricket after criticism that it is diminishing the primacy of internationals, especially test cricket. Short-form tournaments, such as T20s, are growing in popularity with some players opting to compete only … Continue Reading

Concussion protocol in sport: is sport doing enough?

The immediate as well as long-term risks of concussion are an ever-topical point of discussion within sport, and one that Sports Shorts has considered previously. Player welfare is regularly called into question, with concerns often voiced as to the quality and thoroughness of head injury assessments and concussion protocols. Ever since the death of Australian … Continue Reading

The Ashes – Jimmy Anderson & Momentum Swing Down Under – Test Match Cricket at its Greatest

Sports Shorts has previously covered the topics of both Test Match cricket generally and the introduction of Day/Night matches to the international arena. These articles focussed on the difficulties of ensuring Test Match cricket remains relevant and attractive in the modern era of sports consumption and participation where the common theme appears to be less … Continue Reading

Pay dispute – Australian cricket back on track?

Last month, Sports Shorts wrote about the pay dispute between the Australian cricket governing body, Cricket Australia (CA), and the players.  At that time, deadlock prevailed and the Australian players were refusing to play as they were effectively unemployed when the old Memorandum of Understanding (which governed matters such as pay) expired. At the beginning of this … Continue Reading

Keaton Jennings: a case study on cricket eligibility

Ahead of the start of the third test between England and South Africa on Thursday, many a column inch has been devoted to the apparent fragility of England’s batting line-up and discussion has inevitably turned to whether personnel changes are necessary.  In particular, questions have been asked about whether England should persevere with 25 year-old … Continue Reading

Cricket Australia v the Australian Cricketers’ Association – Picket lines at the Ashes?!

It has been rumbling on for some time, stories here and there in the press suggesting that negotiations regarding pay in a sporting context were going to come to a head and potentially turn into an ugly dispute.  It is not unusual to see such stories in sport, particularly given the salaries some sports stars … Continue Reading

What’s behind the ECB’s new (city based) Twenty20 tournament?

On 27 March 2017, the Chief Executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Tom Harrison, announced that, from 2020, there will (probably) be a new domestic Twenty20 tournament (in addition to the current Twenty20 Blast) designed to ‘rival the best in the world’.  Uniquely, the tournament will be city (as opposed to county) based and … Continue Reading

Bridging the gap – the highs and lows of the salary landscape in women’s sport

In recent weeks, salaries in women’s sports have been featuring frequently in the headlines. In the US, female ice hockey players are locked in heated negotiations with USA Hockey (the IOC-recognised governing body of organised amateur ice hockey in the USA) over wages, with the players threatening to boycott the upcoming wold championship if an … Continue Reading

From whites to reds: the introduction of red cards into cricket

In recent weeks, Sports Shorts has considered a number of forthcoming, or potential, rule changes in football, including the planned introduction of Video Assistant Referees from the third round onwards of the 2017-2018 FA Cup and the possible introduction of sin bins. Without wishing to be outdone by their footballing counterparts, similar changes are afoot … Continue Reading

The prevention of head injuries in cricket: will new regulations help?

Concussion is a contentious issue in sport and is a topic that has previously been covered by Sports Shorts here, here and here.  Many sports involve physical contact and, in the professional era where sportspeople are stronger, faster and more athletic than at any time before, the risk of serious injury is high.  The onus … Continue Reading

du Plessis in breach of ICC Code of Conduct after ball found in less than mint condition

The International Cricket Council (the “ICC”) confirmed on Tuesday 22 November 2016 that Faf du Plessis, the captain of the South Africa cricket team, would be fined 100 per cent of his match fee and given three demerit points for “applying an artificial substance to the ball” during the fourth day’s play in the second … Continue Reading

Captain Morgan isn’t setting sail for Bangladesh

While it may not have been the Ashes, there has still been plenty to enjoy over the course of England’s international cricketing summer. In particular, the Pakistan series, which garnered media attention for mostly the right reasons for a change.  It was a hard-fought contest only marred by the occasional booze-lubricated boo in the direction … Continue Reading

Corruption Bans for Four South African Cricket Players

Four South African cricket players have been banned by Cricket South Africa (“CSA”), following multiple breaches of the CSA’s Anti-Corruption Code for Personnel.  The players banned are Jean Symes, Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati and former South Africa Test wicket keeper, Thami Tsolekile. Tsolekile, the most high profile of the banned players, received a twelve year … Continue Reading
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