Cricket sea­son prom­ises sports fans a thrilling sum­mer feast

The West Australian - - OPINION -

here are plenty of fans of the West Coast Ea­gles who are yet to come down from the clouds af­ter the team’s thrilling win in the AFL grand fi­nal.

No doubt many who don’t con­sider them­selves Ea­gles fans were sim­i­larly ab­sorbed by the clas­sic en­counter — it was im­pos­si­ble not to be caught up in the ex­cite­ment.

But, thank­fully, an­other sport­ing feast looms to pro­vide us with a sum­mer fix.

Yes, the sound of boot on leather is giv­ing way to the sound of leather on wil­low as cricket sea­son takes off.

And also thank­fully, fans can be as­sured that the sea­son will be bet­ter than ever as Chan­nel 7 takes over cov­er­age of Aus­tralia’s premier sum­mer sport with do­mes­tic free-to-air broad­cast rights to the Tests, the vast ma­jor­ity of the Big Bash League, key Women’s Big Bash League and in­ter­na­tional matches.

And what a feast.

The Aus­tralian Test team’s brave, fight­ing draw against Pak­istan in Dubai this week of­fered hope that its for­tunes are re­bound­ing af­ter the ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal in South Africa, which led to lengthy bans for for­mer Aus­tralian cap­tain Steve Smith, vice-cap­tain David Warner and opener Cam Ban­croft.

The fall­out left the team scarred and in need of a fresh start and a new path. En­ter WA’s own Justin Langer, the new coach, who has be­gun the task of rein­vig­o­rat­ing the Test team on and off the field to cleanse the na­tion’s stained rep­u­ta­tion.

“You can be a highly com­pet­i­tive crick­eter on the field and a de­cent hu­man be­ing at the same time,” Langer said of the bal­ance he will try to in­stil in his charges.

As the team ab­sorbs his grit and spirit, its Test clashes against In­dia this sum­mer will be un­miss­able, and will be fol­lowed by fur­ther fas­ci­nat­ing Tests against Sri Lanka.

And as for the con­stantly breath­tak­ing and thrill-a-minute Big Bash, we can only say this: Bring it on! Signed Al­ston prints are avail­able, framed or un­framed, from or by phon­ing 9482 2378.

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