Genius, we have long known, is subjective and wears many faces. Whether it’s Messi riding tackles, Steve Smith knocking another century in the Old Trafford mud, or Sinead O’Connor reminding us all what it is to be alive, when we observe it, we can lose ourselves temporarily, unprepared for what we have just witnessed.
Last March, Cameron Bancroft of the Australian men’s cricket team — with the prior knowledge of his captain, Steve Smith, and vice-captain, David Warner — was seen on TV cameras tampering with the ball during his country’s third test against South Africa in Cape Town, writes
Should criminal law be used more often to police serious incidents of violence during a game at whatever level of sport it occurs? Or should these matters be left to sport itself and thus not waste precious police and public resources?
Last week, with Australia having scored 138 runs for the loss of two wickets on the first day of the second Ashes test at the Adelaide Oval, four of the game’s most respected minds and former practitioners stood on the pitch and debated what hope, if any, there was for the future of Test cricket.
When Cricket South Africa announced last November that they had invited Ireland to play two one-day internationals in Benoni ahead of their series against Australia in September 2016, there was some quiet jubilation in Irish cricketing circles.
This morning’s game against the Western Force in Perth will offer the British and Irish Lions management a far greater barometer of what to expect over the next few weeks than the testing but ultimately one-sided game against the Barbarians in Hong Kong last Saturday.
AMIDST talk of crisis and gloom in the Ireland camp and speculation surrounding the future of Eddie O’Sullivan, Ronan O’Gara’s side is on the cusp of equalling a record set by Irish teams in the ‘70s, who defeated England for five successive seasons in the then Five Nations Championship.