Mar 192014
White wins 2 awards as top Vic player

Cameron White shows what he does best — hitting the ball out of the park, this time in Au

Cameron White shows what he does best — hitting the ball out of the park, this time in Aussie colours. Source: Brett Costello / News Limited

CAMERON White scooped the pool on Wednesday night, winning the Bill Lawry Medal and Dean Jones Medal as Cricket Victoria’s top player for 2013/14.

The Bushrangers batsman was a runaway winner in both awards, having struck 10 half-centuries and one hundred across the Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup competitions.

The former Victorian captain was also honoured, alongside teammate David Hussey, for his 100 first-class matches for the state with a commemorative cap accepted by his sister.

White, also the national player of the Ryobi Cup, blasted 387 runs at 77.4 with five half-centuries in six innings to win the Dean Jones Medal.

He enjoyed his best Shield season since 2007-08 with 675 runs at 45 in eight matches to win the Bill Lawry Medal.

Aaron Finch’s 262 runs at 52.4 won him the Renegades’ best player award, while England’s Luke Wright was the top Star for his 288 runs at a strike rate of almost 145.

Elyse Villani won her second consecutive Cathryn Fitzpatrick Award as best WT20 player an award she duplicated on the national level in the Cricket Australia awards yesterday.

Villani was the competition’s leading run scorer with six half-centuries — twice as many as any other player — in her 498 runs at 49.8.

Sarah Elliott won her fourth Sharon Tredrea Award as Victoria’s top WNCL player for her 243 runs at 40.50.

Sophie Molineux and Matt Short were the Future Star Award winners as the best under-age players in the state.

Sep 032013
Jones livid at fake Benaud racism

Dean Jones

Dean Jones holds the Richie Benaud parody account in very low regard. Source: Hamish Blair / News Limited

FORMER Test batsman Dean Jones has been inadvertently entangled in a racism row involving new Australia spinner Fawad Ahmed and a fake Richie Benaud Twitter account.

Richie Benaud tweet

Source: Twitter

The imbroglio was prompted by a tweet sent out by the Benaud parody account, which has more than 45,000 followers, about Ahmed’s decision not to wear the logo of beer sponsor Victoria Bitter during the limited-overs series in England.

This prompted a furious response from Jones himself, as well as the Australian Cricketers Association.

It even prompted Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland to issue a statement clarifying that Jones did not make the comments attributed to him by the parody account.

“Cricket Australia would like to express its extreme disappointment over racist comments towards Fawad Ahmed on social media this afternoon, some of which are falsely attributed to former Australian cricketer Dean Jones,” Sutherland said.

“CA does not condone racism in any way, shape or form.  CA is fully supportive of Fawad’s personal beliefs and he is a valued and popular member of the Australian cricket team and the wider cricket community.”

The tweet from the Benaud parody referenced Jones’ infamous comments from 2006 in which he called South African batsman Hashim Amla a “terrorist” during live TV commentary of a Test match.

The 52-Test veteran was immediately sacked and apologised profusely for the remarks, which he called “stupid” and “completely offensive”.

Jul 172013
Dean Jones: Mickey Arthur should be looking at his own failings not revealing Aussie splits

I have played a lot of cricket and not everyone in the various dressing rooms I was part of got on. Mickey Arthur, the former Australia coach, has reignited the row around the team by revealing, albeit inadvertantly, that captain Michael Clarke and Shane Watson don’t get on. But then Shane Warne went on the record about how he didn’t see eye to eye with Adam Gilchrist and it didn’t stop them being crucial components of one of the greatest ever cricket teams.

There were different factions within the Australia team and Arthur could not cope with that. He did not manage the system in a way in which he could get the best out of his players. But it saddens me that he has felt the need to say all these things. Everyone has the right to have their day in court but it’s strange because he was so dignified in his press conference after he was sacked.

He was talking about how, as a South African, he was racially discriminated against because he “didn’t understand the Australian way”. So what is that exactly? For me the Aussie way is all about “mateship”– that’s how we fight and it’s the way we went to war. It’s sad that when you’re in trouble, you throw out the race card.

The thing to remember is that all the boys have to respect each other as cricketers. That’s a big part of our psyche as Australian players. Clarke’s captaincy has not been great off the field, and the boys have been playing up and have shown him less respect than they should have. Now that may be all right if you happen to be superstars but this lot are average at best. They need to smarten up their act.

Watson is a bit of a loner, but then Don Bradman was, too – not that there’s any comparison! Watson doesn’t say much, but then neither did Steve Waugh. Watson’s behaviour is a bit different, and that means he is slightly misunderstood. But the other players should be able to cope with that. You don’t all have to be full-bore mates to head in the right direction.

Having said that, from what I’ve seen in the first Test all these guys seem to be enjoying each other’s company and it was not like that when they got beat four-zip in India, let me tell you. There were smiles on faces at Trent Bridge and the body language was Test-class, not just first-class. It looks like the guys are starting to relish their work.

We can go out at Lord’s  with confidence high

We can take a lot of confidence to Lord’s today, more than England can, in fact. We opened up a few cracks in the England unit. Our bowling was a bit better than theirs, the catching was fantastic. We got more out of the match at Trent Bridge than England did and we’ll be going to Lord’s with a bit of a swagger.

To put your helmet on and walk down those stairs and out through the Long Room, past all those members giving you a big cheer, life doesn’t get any better than that. That’s the ultimate as a cricketer.

We’ve only lost twice in 120 years at Lord’s and if we can get off to a good start today then I don’t think we’ll lose this time. It’s always been a happy hunting ground for our batsmen, and if it’s a sunny day and England decide to bowl first, they won’t want to be out there too long because of all the hard yards they had to put in during the second innings in Nottingham.

A note of caution for the home side: I would worry for England if Jimmy Anderson breaks down. They can’t afford too many injuries because they’ve got a couple of young guys in the top six, there’s no one anywhere near as good as Graeme Swann in the spin department and there’s not much on the bench when it comes to the fast bowlers either.

The England hierarchy have got to be careful with the management of their players. You saw how it could all go wrong with Kevin Pietersen’s knee injury in New Zealand earlier this year. And there’s no doubt that Anderson will be feeling it after his marathon spell on that final day.

Clarke should review  he how uses his reviews

As for the Decision Review System, Clarke has not used it well and he needs to work out a better system. But then he’s not the only one – Roger Federer has said he has no idea how to use the challenges in tennis.

What does need changing is this: if the bowler challenges an umpire’s decision when he gives the batsman not out and DRS shows that the ball was just flicking the stumps but not enough to be certain one way or the other, the original decision should stand but the bowling side  should not lose one of their referrals. That’s not fair.

Another thing that’s not acceptable: if an umpire has a bad game he simply shouldn’t play in the next Test. Both the umpires at Trent Bridge had shockers. If I make a pair as a batsman, am I coming back in the next game? No, I’m not. How many times have those two guys at Nottingham stood in an Ashes Test? This is something different, this is good versus evil. This is tribal.

Was Swann really spraying  deodorant on his hands?

Finally, I think everyone is getting a bit self-righteous. Should he walk, should he not walk… We all need to take a big breath. But, having said that, players really should not be spraying their hands, like Swann has been filmed doing. What’s he up to? I remember back in 2009 some England players used lollipops to shine the ball and help it swing.

Now they are claiming that Swann has been using deodorant to dry his hands but towels do that job just as effectively, don’t they? Whatever he was doing, he was trying to do it surreptitiously, and you can see Stuart Broad giving him a funny look. For me that’s against the spirit of the game.

Feb 182013
Remember When: AB on the tied Test

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Dean Jones India

Tough … Jones was physically ill on the field during his famous innings. Source:Fox Sports

“We’ll get a Queenslander out here.”

Those were the words that inspired Dean Jones to stay on the field and play his career-defining innings in the oppressive Indian heat during the famous tied Test of 1986.

Speaking exclusively to, Australia’s captain at the time, Allan Border, has spoken of how he used interstate rivalry to inspire Jones to continue batting in Madras, despite the fact the Victorian batsman was suffering intense dehydration that had seen him vomit on the field several times.

In conditions that Border – who many forget also made a hundred in that match – compares to “playing cricket in a sauna bath”, Jones was ready to leave the pitch until his skipper intervened.

“I was wanting him to stay out there because he was batting so well, and of course I didn’t know just how distressed he was,” Border says.

“I knew Greg Ritchie was in next, and I knew there would be some easy quip I could make to fire him up, so I said, ‘Yeah well that’s okay mate, if you want to go off now we’ll get someone out here tough, we’ll get a Queenslander out here’.”

“I can’t repeat the words he said back to me, but he did stay on, he made another 30 or 40 … and the legend was born.”

After finally making his way from the ground, Jones collapsed and was sent to hospital soon after.

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But that was far from the only drama in that Test match, as it went on to become just the second in history to end in a tie.

Border admits that, amidst the euphoria of Greg Matthews taking a wicket with the penultimate ball of the match, there was a moment when he thought Australia had actually won.

“Just for a moment there, because I was diving for the ball fielding at bat pad, just for a moment I thought, ‘we’ve won!’ … and then all of a sudden it started to sink in. This had been a tied Test match.

“It was quite an incredible feeling to be a part of.”

Even if you weren’t a Queenslander.

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